Health Sciences Courses

Course Descriptions

  • Health Science I
    This course explores the many career opportunities available in the medical, nursing, and allied health professions. Students learn basic health-provider skills, including CPR and First Aid. Curriculum content includes ethics, legalities, safety, medical terminology, communication skills, infection control, professional attitudes, anatomy, and physiology. A variety of specialists from many health professions are utilized as speakers. Students who have met set criteria will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of one community observation of a health professional. (Examples: Dentistry, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Radiology, Sports Medicine, Veterinary Medicine.)

    Health Science II
    This course enables students to gain additional and concentrated insights into the health career professions. The students observe and interact with professionals to broaden their knowledge of the health care community. Students can select community observations from more than fifty professional sites. This course also provides assistance in preparing the student for entry into competitive two and four year college programs for professional health careers. Curriculum content includes career-planning skills, aging, bereavement, disease processes, wellness, mental health and teen issues, along with associated careers.

    Certified Nursing Assistant
    This class is developed for students who are interested in a career in nursing or who are interested in preparing themselves for employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The class involves both lecture and lab instruction. Basic nursing principles are taught in a lecture setting while communication techniques, introduction to basic physical assessment and basic nursing procedures are demonstrated in the clinical and lab setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of the client in the long-term care setting. In addition to the classroom instruction, the student will complete at minimum 2 community observations. The clinical experience is scheduled and supervised by the instructor. Upon successful completion of the skills portion of the course the student will be eligible to write the certified nurse aid examination (students wishing to do so will be responsible of payment for this exam. Cost is approximately $120.

    Medical Terminology
    This class is designed to introduce students to the health information technology (Medical Records) field. Students will learn prefixes, suffixes, and root words for medical terms. This will include meanings, spellings, and pronunciations. Emphasis is on building a working medical vocabulary based on body systems. Anatomy and physiology of major organs, pathological conditions, laboratory studies, clinical procedures, and abbreviations are studied for each body system. The student will also learn medical terminology as it relates to pathology, diagnostic, surgical, clinical, and laboratory procedures and common abbreviations and acronyms by body systems. (Can be taken for dual credit with NDSCS; however the dual credit will transfer to most colleges)

    Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
    Provides the student with a background in athletic training and basic health care. The course emphasizes injury prevention, first responder management daily for athletic injuries and skills to fulfill the activities of daily living. Students will be able in one semester to complete the requirements to become a student athletic trainer.