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Health Occupations I
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Course title:  Health Occupations I (tentative)................................................................................. CREDIT 3.0  

Grades Eligible:  11-12

Description:  During this course the students will learn patient care skills in the classroom and lab.  Students will learn basic nursing and communication skills, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, and abbreviations. There is a strong emphasis on medical math. American Heart Association Heart-Saver CPR and First Aid certification will be available. Students are eligible to join a national student professional organization, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and SkillsUSA.


Course Rationale


Health care careers are always in high demand. The health care and medical fields are among the fastest growing industries in the nation, which has resulted in a high demand for knowledgeable professionals.  It is crucial that those pursuing a career in health care have a solid foundation of both knowledge and skills. SCTC provides training to students interested in pursuing a career in health care or continuing their post-secondary education.


Course Description


The Health Occupations course is a two-year program of study in the fields of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and health care careers.  The first-year focus is on medical terminology with the basics of anatomy and physiology being taught as well as career exploration.  The second-year focus is to master the skills, knowledge and hours required to sit for the Missouri Certified Nurse Assistant Exam. The student must successfully pass the first semester with C or better to continue into the second semester.  Students in this class will learn basic nursing and communication skills, anatomy and physiology, path physiology, medical terminology, medical math, and abbreviations. American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid certification will be available. Students are eligible to join a national student professional organization known as SkillsUSA.


Credits: 3 Hours


Grade level: 11


Course Objective


The students will be able to apply to the Health Occupations II program after successful completion of Health Occupations I. Students will be accepted based upon attendance, grades, and behavior. 


Course Outline


Curriculum is based on National Health Care Skills Standards, Missouri Learning Standards, Missouri Career Education Common Standards for Health Science, the needs of local health care facilities, and amended as needed based on biannual recommendations of a professional advisory committee.


Major units include:  

·      Anatomy and Physiology of the body and related path physiology

·      Medical Terminology

·      Basic entry level skills for nursing and other allied health care fields

·      Career Orientation, Observations and Planning


Methods of Instruction


Lecture and Discussion, Cooperative Learning, Audiovisual Aids, Skills Laboratory, Demonstration and Return, Guest Speakers, Assigned Readings, Programmed Instruction, Computer Aided/ iPad Instruction, Written Assignments and Exams, Daily Bell Work, Projects and Presentations, and Clinical application




Nurse Assistant in a Long-term Care Facility, IML Binder, Rev. 2001.

Diversified Health Occupations, 8th edition, 2009.

Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology DVD series and workbook. Second Edition 

Various apps and on-line assignments as appropriate

Skills USA curriculum 

Google Classroom



Homework/Assignment Policy: Homework will be assigned throughout the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to complete this on time. Class time will also be provided to complete homework and students should use this time wisely. 


Book Policy: Books will be checked out to you throughout the semester. It will be YOUR responsibility to pay for books lost, stolen, or damaged. 


Classroom Supplies: 

·      2-inch binder (tabs are recommended but optional) 

·      Spiral Notebook-Clinical Journal (Must be a notebook, not just loose-leaf paper) 

·      Flashcards-vocabulary (Need several hundred cards) 

·      Black Pens

·      Pencils

·      Scrubs will not be required for this class. Guest Speakers/Field trips may wear professional business dress or scrubs. 


College Prep Credit


This is offered to all students. A sign-up form, requirements, and syllabus will be provided the first week in class.  Any enrolled student may NOT drop back to grade level until semester break. Any incomplete assignments will be given a zero grade which may lower the student’s overall class grade. The assignments are intended to increase the rigor of the program and prepare the student for post-high school education and learning.


Make-up Policy


Absences must be kept to a minimum. The student will make prior arrangements for a planned absence; otherwise, he/she must request the missed assignments immediately after returning to school. 5 points will be deducted for each day work is late. It is always the student’s responsibility to get make-up work from the instructor and take personal responsibility.  Exams and quizzes must be taken the first day back unless other arrangements have been made prior to the absence.  No allowances will be made for any unexcused absences—this includes OSS.  This policy helps prepare you for working in the healthcare field. Daily points will be deducted each day you are absent (excused or unexcused). Points will not be deducted if missing for school function or activity. Sending schools will need to notify the teacher of days they will not be present. Will work with students individually if quarantined or miss school due to the current pandemic. 





Grading will be based on a large variety of activities, including worksheets, journaling, bell ringers, projects, tests, lab activities, skills, and quizzes given throughout the semester. Total points scale will be used. Mid-term and Final Exam will be given. 

                          Letter Grade         Percentage


                                    A                                 96-100

                                    A-                                90-95

                                    B+                               87-89

                                    B                                 83-86

                                    B-                                80-82

                                    C+                               77-79

                                    C                                 73-76

                                    C-                                70-72

                                    D+                               67-69

                                    D                                 63-66

                                    D-                                60-62

                                    F                                  59 and below


Classroom Expectations 


1.   Arrive on Time: To keep the classroom running smoothly, everyone needs to be on time and ready to start class. Students outside the door and rushing in after the bell has begun to ring will be considered tardy. You must be in your seat when the bell rings to be counted present. Instructions will be provided for sending schools. 


2.   Electronic Devices: When class is in session, cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned on silent and out of sight. If you need to charge a device during class, please ask the teacher's permission before doing so. NO music during class. No phone usage in the hallway during breaks. Other classes are still in session. 


3.   No Food or Drinks: Eating and drinking should be reserved for lunchtime and breaks between classes. (However, exceptions should be made for students with medical needs.). If drinks snacks are provided throughout the year, students are responsible for exact amounts/making change. 


4.   Use Technology for Learning: If the class is using a form of technology such as computers or tablets for a lesson, use the technology for its intended purpose—learning. Don't browse the web or use social media.


5.   Return Items Where They Belong: We will be doing various lab experiments/activities throughout the year requiring numerous items. Please be respectful and replace items where you find them.


6.  Chromebooks: Chromebooks will not leave the classroom. Students are responsible for powering down Chromebook on their desk at the end of class. These will be sanitized ONLY BY THE TEACHER. Students must use hand sanitizer prior to getting a Chromebook at the beginning of the class. 


7. Masks: Masks must be worn in class. Due to our class size, we will not be able to maintain a social distance of 6ft.


8. Be Respectful: Please be respectful in class to the teacher and classmates. When you work in healthcare you will be part of a team. It is vital to have a respectful relationship with everyone. 


9. Dress: Please dress appropriately for class. Some lab experiments and projects will require bending and moving. Scrubs are not required for this class. Professional dress may be required if we are having a guest speaker or field trip.