Career Academies

Health Science Academy

The Health Science Academy gives you the chance to explore a career in the health field while earning college credit before you graduate from high school!

This academy will begin to prepare you for entering the healthcare workforce in medical and dental offices, hospitals, laboratories, long-term care facilities, and more.

Careers in healthcare are in high-demand and the job opportunities continue to expand. As new technologies develop, our ability to diagnosis and treat patients improves allowing individuals to live longer healthier lives.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • Dental assistant
  • Dental hygienist
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Register nurse (RN)
  • Respiratory care technician

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to the course locations.
  • You are responsible for any supplies, field trips, and activities in and out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th-12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

If you complete the Health Science Academy, you will receive up to 22 credits (approximately a $3,000 value) toward your college degree!

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as:

Where are courses located?

Health Academy course locations:

Course locations may vary; contact your guidance counselor for availability.

Health Science Academy Courses

General Education course

Semester 1 – Fall

ENG105 Composition I * -OR-

3 credits—Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions

2 credits—This course introduces the student to the healthcare system and provides an opportunity to explore a wide variety of health careers/professions. Students will explore ethical and legal responsibilities within the healthcare system including expectations for professional behavior. This course will allow for certification in common healthcare requirements.

Lecture Hours: 32

Semester 2 – Spring

HSC113 Medical Terminology

2 credits—This course presents the foundation necessary to develop a basic medical terminology vocabulary. Emphasis on the components of terms as related to each body system will be provided. The course further provides the student with the opportunity to properly spell, pronounce and utilize medical terms in relation to pathological conditions, tests, and procedures. Common medical abbreviations will also be discussed for each system.

Lecture Hours: 32

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

Semester 3 – Fall

BIO151 Nutrition

3 credits—Principles of Nutrition will introduce students to the science of nutrition. The course will examine individual nutrients; their structure and function in the human body; nutrient composition of food; and selection of food to meet nutrient needs, maintain health and satisfaction. Students will understand and apply present day knowledge of nutrition to dietary patterns and needs of selected individuals and groups. The course is an advanced beginning course in human nutrition designed for students with a science background.

Lecture Hours: 48

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits—The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions. To be applicable to any health career program, successful completion of both BIO-168 and BIO-173 with a grade of ?C? or better is required.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

Semester 4 – Spring

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits—The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in BIO168.

PSY121 Developmental Psychology

3 credits—This course presents a life span, developmental approach to the study of the developing person that identifies the behavioral dynamics of the physical, cognitive, social and affective domains of development with a view to the impact of family, school and community.

Lecture Hours: 48

Health Elective 3 credits

Health Electives

EMS114 Emergency Medical Responder

2 credits—This course provides the student with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify and treat life-threatening emergencies, wounds and fractures, medical and environmental emergencies and patient access and handling. This course utilizes a combination of classroom lecture and skills practice.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

PNN100 Nursing Assistant

3 credits—This course is designed to meet the training requirements of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) for aides working in nursing facilities (NF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Emphasis in the course is on students achieving a basic level of knowledge and demonstrating skills to provide safe, effective resident/client care. This course parallels PNN-132 Nursing Fundamentals I.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 16 Clinic Hours: 32



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