The Benefits of the Healthcare Science Pathway
Students meeting all academic, attendance, and age requirements may sit for the Georgia Registry’s Examination. (Programs and instructors must affiliate with and be approved by the GA Medical Care Foundation in order for students to be able to sit for the GA Registry Examination. Requirements for equipment, clinical hours, etc. can be found through the GA Medical Care Foundation.) Any Healthcare Science course that includes a clinical component (excluding a shadowing experience field trip) must adhere to identified guidelines under (WBL) work-based learning (available at ctae.gadoe.org under WBL manual).
Introduction to Healthcare Science (Grade 10)
Introduction to Healthcare Science is the foundational course for all Health Science pathways and is a prerequisite for all other Healthcare Science pathway courses. This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare in-dustry. The concepts of human growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, and ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Funda-mental healthcare skills development is initiated including microbiology, basic life support and first aid. This course will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global market-place and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training. Each Healthcare sci-ence course is a dual enrollment course which allows for students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
Essentials of Healthcare (Grade 11)
Anatomy and Physiology is a vital part of most healthcare post-secondary education programs. The Essentials of Healthcare is a medical-focused anatomy course addressing the physiology of each body system, along with the investiga-tion of common diseases, disorders and emerging diseases. The prevention of disease and the diagnosis and treatment that might be utilized are addressed, along with medical terminology related to each system. This course provides an opportuni-ty to demonstrate technical skills that enforce the goal of helping students make connections between medical procedures and the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders. (Prerequisite: Introduction to Healthcare) Each Healthcare science course is a dual enrollment course which allows for students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
Patient Care Fundamentals (Grade 12)
This course is designed to provide students interested in the careers that involve patient care with entry level skills most commonly associated with the career Nursing Assistant. The students are required to meet both national and intrastate professional guidelines as designated by applicable regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Health and Safety Admin-istration (OSHA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a specific focus on the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accounta-bility Act of 1996 (HIPAA). (Prerequisite: Introduction to Healthcare Services and Essentials of Healthcare.). Each Healthcare science course is a dual enrollment course which allows for students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
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Meghan Fowler, LAT, ATC, ITAT
Healthcare Science Teacher