The Health Science program supports the Health Science/Therapeutic Services cluster/pathway and seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.
The curriculum is designed to offer a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to health career preparation. Curriculum concepts incorporate technological advances related to the health care delivery system, including ethics, professionalism, prevention (wellness), diagnostics, therapeutics, and rehabilitation as a result of disease/disorders. Teaching/learning strategies integrate appropriate workplace basic skills that assist students to use resources and technologies, function as effective members within a complex system, and to access and use appropriate information/data.
A relevant connection between abstract theories and concrete applications is emphasized throughout the curriculum. This is practiced through team teaching with health professionals and on-site practicums (mentorships/internships) for students in the Nursing Assistant programs. dual-credit and industry certification alignment in health science coursework is evident.
Opportunities for expanded leadership, management, technical, and citizenship development are available through membership in an intra-curricular student organization, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
The Health Science curriculum is designed to enable students to:
- Select health career majors suited to their individual needs, aptitudes, abilities, and career development plan.
- Successfully pursue advanced education and/or entry-level employment in a health career cluster.
- Develop basic workplace skills and function as ethical and moral health team members.
- Develop a professional philosophy as evidenced in personal qualities and practices that improve the delivery of quality health care and health maintenance to consumers.
- Become knowledgeable consumers of health care in a consistently changing technological environment.