CTE: Health and Medical Sciences

All CTE courses apply towards elective credit, except Economics and Personal Finance.

Student leadership skills may be enhanced by participation in school-based or virtual enterprises, job shadowing, internships, clinical experiences and/or Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA). A student may receive an additional credit for their co-operative education experience.

Students also have the opportunity to apply to be in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams, with courses offered in partnership with The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Science. See this page for more information.

Classes

Dual Enrollment Biotechnology Foundations in Health and Medical Sciences

This is the first pathway course in the Biotechnology & Health Informatics sequence. The course focuses on various techniques that are used to modify living organisms, or parts of organisms, to improve plants and animals, and the development of microorganisms for specific purposes. Student activities range from bioprocessing and DNA analysis, to medicine, biomechanical systems, and the environment. Students gain insight and understanding about biotechnology career fields. Students will have the opportunity to partner with The George Washington University for special projects.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Emergency Medical Technician I & II

This is the first course in the Emergency Medical Science Pathway and represents the National and Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Educational Standards. Students apply and expand the fundamental anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology learned previously while demonstrating skills in assessing and managing patient care, including assessing the scene and understanding shock, resuscitation, and trauma. Students build on their knowledge and foundation skills for providing basic life support by focusing on the areas of EMS operation, medical emergencies, and management of special patient populations. Students must complete a minimum of 85% of the didactic and lab aspects of the course, per 12VAC5-21-1501 in the Code of Virginia. Supervised field experience that includes at least 10 patient contacts outside of school hours is required. Successful completion of all course requirements and instructor endorsement may lead to eligibility to take the Virginia State Psychomotor Exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive exam. Students must meet the requirements of the Functional Position Description for the Basic Life Support Provider (refer to EM.TR.14B and 12 VAC5-31-1501 in the Code of Virginia). Students will be required to dress in uniform and fees are associated with this course.

High School Credits

2

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences

This is the introductory course for students in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy and is offered in partnership with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for college credit. This course introduces the student to a variety of health care careers and develops basic skills required in all health and medical Sciences. Topics include: physical therapy, respiratory therapy, dental technician, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, EKG technician, physician and more. Students learn about human needs, theory, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, how to measure vital signs, job skills for success and how to conduct a career search. Field trips include visits to GW, local hospitals and/or other medical related locations. Students may also earn First Aid and CPS certification. Fees are associated with this course.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Accepted to the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy and completed the Summer Bridge College Preparatory Program

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Medical Laboratory Technology I

This is the first pathway course in the medical laboratory sequence. Students gain foundational knowledge and skills appropriate for a variety of medical-related career paths in the field of medical technology. They are introduced to diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory procedures that support medical research and practice, and investigate safety, quality assurance, and ethical concerns associated with the field of medical technology. Students may have the opportunity to partner with The George Washington University and participate in a summer program hosted at their Loudoun campus each summer.

High School Credits

2

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology

The Medical Terminology course is designed to help students learn common medical terms essential for safe patient care. Topics are presented in logical order, beginning with each body system’s anatomy and physiology and progressing through pathology laboratory tests and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and pharmacology. Students learn concepts, terms, and abbreviations for each topic. This course is offered for dual enrollment credit through NOVA and all students must take this course for college credit.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences and meet all college entrance requirements

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology

This is the second foundation course for students in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy. It is designed to help students learn common medical terms and anatomy essential for upper level academy courses. Topics are presented in logical order beginning with each body system’s anatomy and physiology and progressing through pathology, laboratory tests and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and pharmacology. Students learn concepts, terms, and abbreviations for each topic.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide I

This is the first year of a two year occupational preparation program beginning in the 11th-grade level. The curriculum emphasizes the study of nursing occupations as related to the health care system. Students study normal growth and development, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology and are introduced to microbes and disease. They received elementary skill training in patient-nursing assistant relationships; taking and recording of vital signs; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and bathing, feeding, dressing, and transporting of patients in hospitals in hospitals and nursing homes. Students have the opportunity to earn the CPR certification. Students may take field trips to nursing homes and hospitals. This course prepares students for Nurse Aide II which includes the clinical experiences required to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment (NNAAP). Fees are associated with this course.

High School Credits

2

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Pharmacy Technician I

This is the first pathway course in the pharmacy sequence and is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a pharmacy technician. The two- year coursework will fulfill the requirements of the Board of Pharmacy and prepare students to take either the state examination or the national examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Trained, experienced pharmacy technicians who can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge should be able to pursue many exciting and respected career options or postsecondary study in the pharmacy field.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Sports Medicine I

This is the first pathway course in the sports medicine sequence; students may earn a certification in First Aid/CPR/AED. The course expends students’ knowledge on topics such as human anatomy and physiology and medical terminology and introduces the topics of nutrition, biomechanics, injuries and illnesses, and legal and ethical issues in sports medicine. Students also examine prospective careers in the sports medicine field. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take Dual Enrollment Sports Medicine II and pursue certification as a personal trainer. Students may have the opportunity to shadow and assist the ACPS athletic trainers at various events during the school year.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Dual Enrollment Sterile Processing

This is the first pathway course in the surgical technology sequence; students acquire knowledge of sterile processes and clean, disinfect, and distribute sterilized instruments and equipment in health-care facilities. Student instruction focuses on work in a sterile processing department and central service location, working as a team to maintain sterilization and storage, learning about microbiology and infection control, and apply principles and practices of sterile processing and decontamination. Students may choose to complete a 400 hour externship, which requires a minimum of 200 hours completion by high school graduation, after which students will be able to take the international certification for sterile processing technicians and hold a provisional certification. Full certification is awarded after completing the full 400 hours after graduation.

High School Credits

1

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology and part of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

School Level

High School

Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences

This course introduces the student to a variety of health care careers and develops basic skills required in all health and medical sciences. Topics include physical therapy, respiratory therapy, dental technician, pharmacist, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, EKG technician, physician and more. Students learn about human needs, theory, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, how to measure vital signs, job skills for success and how to conduct a career search. Field trips include visits to local hospitals and/or other medical related locations. Students may also earn First Aid and CPS certification. Fees are associated with this course.

High School Credits

1

School Level

High School

Nurse Aide II

Nurse Aide II is the second year of an occupational preparation course, emphasizing advanced skill training in areas such as catheter care, range of motion, bowel and bladder training, care of the dying, selected procedures for maternal and infant care, and admission and discharge procedures. Students learn diseases and body systems as related to advanced clinical care of the acute medical-surgical patient, the chronically ill, and the elderly. On-the-job instruction in a licensed nursing home is part of the course. Upon completion of the nurse aide program, the student is eligible to take the nurse aide certification exam that leads to employment as a certified nurse aide in hospitals and nursing homes. Students are required to complete required clinical hours needed for their licensing exam. During their clinical experience students will be required to be dressed in uniform and adhere to grooming standards. Fees are associated with this course.

High School Credits

2

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide I

School Level

High School

Surgical Technologist I

This comprehensive elective program offers one school year (nine months) of pre-clinical instruction followed by nine months of clinical instruction after high school graduation. Completion of the 18-month program prepares the graduates to sit for the Tech in Surgery-Certified (TS-C) exam and possible employment as surgical technicians. Students acquire knowledge and assisting-level skills to function in association with licensed nurses and surgeons/physicians, providing the best possible care of the surgical patient. Instruction emphasizes surgical procedures, instruments, sterile processing, cleanliness, asepsis, safety and efficiency in the operating room. Fees are associated with this course.

High School Credits

3

Prerequisites

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences and Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology

School Level

High School