Course Information

The Health Science Career Cluster focuses on preparing students for employment in careers that relate to the planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Biotechnology (11-12) -

Strands and Standards
Biotechnology is an exploratory course designed to introduce students to methods and technologies that support bioscience research and practice. Students are also introduced to career possibilities in the field of biotechnology.

Dental Assistant (12) -

Strands and Standards
An instructional program that prepares individuals to assist a dentist or dental hygienist performing the functions of a dental practice. Includes instruction in chairside assisting, patient preparation, front office functions, selected dental office laboratory procedures, and an introduction to radiology.

Emergency Medical Response (10-12) -

Certification Information (American Red Cross)
This semester course provides students with advanced emergency medical information and skills. The course introduces students to a variety of career options in emergency medicine.

Emergency Medical Technician (12) -

Certification Information (Bureau of Emergency Services and Preparedness)
An instructional program that prepares individuals to perform initial medical diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive care in medical crises, under the general supervision of a coordinating physician. Includes instruction in all aspects of basic healthcare; disease, disorder, and injury symptomology and diagnosis; emergency medical treatment procedures for various injuries and disease outbreaks; basic pharmacology; anesthetics; intravenous and other drug administration procedures; obstetrics procedures; basic surgical techniques; emergency medical equipment operation and maintenance; special care of patients exposed to heat, cold, radiation, or contagious disease; and administrative aspects of emergency medicine. Programs may include emergency vehicle operation and patient transportation procedures, depending on level of training.

Exercise Science/Sports Medicine (11-12) -

Strands and Standards
This full-year course is designed to teach students components of exercise science/sports medicine; including exploration of therapeutic careers, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, first aid, injury prevention principles, the healing process, rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic modalities, sport nutrition, sport psychology, and performance enhancement philosophies.

Introduction to Health Science (9-12) -

Strands and Standards
This semester course is designed to create an awareness of career possibilities in health care and inform students of the educational options available for health science and health technology programs. Instruction includes beginning anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical ethics, diseases, and disorders. The course prepares students for the Medical Anatomy and Physiology course and/or for a variety of health technology programs.

Advanced Health Science/Technology Enhanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (12) -

Strands and Standards
An advanced health science course that is taught through Weber State University as a Concurrent Enrollment class. This course is a college Anatomy and Physiology course that is taught via EdNet and is taught via EdNet and is broadcast into the individual classrooms from Weber State University.

Medical Anatomy and Physiology (10-12) -

Strands and Standards
This full-year course provides students with an in-depth study of healthcare careers including actual clinical experience in a variety of areas. Instruction includes intermediate anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diseases and disorders, medical ethics and first aid. The class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Health Science course and/or for a variety of health technology programs.

Medical Assistant (12) -

Strands and Standards
An instructional program that prepares individuals to support physicians by providing assistance during patient examinations, treatment administration and monitoring; by keeping patient and related health record information; and by performing clinical, administrative, and laboratory duties.

Medical Forensics (11-12) -

Strands and Standards
This year-long course is designed to create an awareness of the branch of health science relating to medical forensics. This course focuses on introductory skills and assessment in order to develop the ability to identify, analyze, and process logically using deductive reasoning and problem solving. Medical forensics involves many aspects of health science instruction including laboratory skills and safety, microscopy, toxicology, measurement, physical evidence identification, pathology, anthropology, entomology, psychology, blood spatter analysis, and career exploration.

Medical Math (11-12) -

Strands and Standards
An instructional program that prepares students with skills to compute mathematical equations related to healthcare. The course integrates medical-physiological concepts and mathematics. Students will engage in math activities including problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations.

Medical Terminology (9-12) -

Strands and Standards
A one-semester course that helps students understand the Greek- and Latin-based language of medicine and healthcare. Emphasis is placed upon word roots, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, symbols, anatomical terms, and terms associated with movements of the human body. This course also stresses the proper pronunciation, spelling, and usage of medical terminology. This class is helpful to anyone considering going in the healthcare field.

Nurse Assistant (CNA) (11-12) -

Utah Nurse Assistant Registry (UNAR): Core Curriculum Guide | State Exam Guide
An educational program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Pharmacy Technician (12) -

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs
An instructional program that prepares individuals to support pharmacists. This includes pharmacist approved consultation regarding over-the-counter (OTC) medications and natural products, counter dispensing operations, and prescription preparation; maintaining patient and related health record information; and by performing a wide range of practice-related duties for retail, hospital, home care, mail-order, and other pharmacy settings. Special emphasis will be placed on preparing the student to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification examination and the State of Utah law examination.

Introduction to Physical Therapy (11-12) -

Strands and Standards
This course introduces students to the field of physical therapy through the history, medical terminology, documentation, therapy treatments, and pertinent legal and ethical considerations of the profession. Healthcare for a diverse population begins its thread in this course. Students will participate in clinical observations.

Surgical Technician (12) -

Certification Information (Salt Lake Community College)
An instructional program that prepares individuals to perform general technical support tasks in the operating room before, during and after surgery. Includes instruction in pre-operation patient and surgical team preparation, handling surgical instruments at table side, supply inventory maintenance before and during operations, sterilization and cleaning of equipment, maintaining clean and sealed environments, operating room safety procedures, and record-keeping.