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    Introduction to Health Care (Grades 10-12)

    Course Overview:

    Introduction to Health Care Systems is a one-year course that introduces students to the field of health care. Students completing this program will gain a working knowledge of body systems, medical terminology, and basic patient care skills common to various health occupations. Through an exploration of current issues and varied careers available in the health care industry, students will be prepared to set realistic career and continuing education goals. The course is structured to combine both classroom instruction and hands-on training in a lab setting, with an emphasis on wellness and healthy living. Students observe various health careers through job shadowing experiences.

    Upon successful completion of the Introduction to Health Care Systems course, a student should be able to:

    Demonstrate a basic knowledge of medical terminology
    Understand basic human anatomy and physiology
    Understand concept of wellness as it relates to body systems and to the whole person Demonstrate skills in hand washing and infection control
    Understand and apply safety rules in the student lab and at job shadow sites
    Appreciate the history of health care
    Develop skills in communication, leadership, problem solving, and professionalism
    List and describe various types of health care providers
    Perform basic first aid
    Acquire competence in skills that are suitable for entry-level employment in the field of health care
    Understand the duties and demands of various careers in health care

    Special Opportunities:

    Qualifying students in the Introduction to Health Care Systems program may compete in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Conference. Top-rated students in the state competition have the opportunity to compete at the national conference.

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    Interpersonal relations

    Health Occupations instruction includes:

    Introduction to the health care industry Body systems, with a focus on wellness and normal states Basic medical terminology Basic patient care skills Professionalism Communication Leadership

    Program Availability:

    2 semesters, 2 blocks per day Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

    Completion of Introduction to Health Care Systems course prepares students for:

    Entry-level employment in the health care industry, a second year of instruction in the Health Careers / Practicum program, and post-secondary education or training.