Health Academy Course Descriptions

Note: Health Academy I and Health Academy II (Do NOT meet A-G subject requirements). They

are elective courses.

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Healthcare Career Essentials I (ROP)

Grade Level: 11-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: Application and acceptance to the program

This course will provide an introduction to numerous healthcare careers through class assignments, classroom speakers, and field trips to hospitals. Students will study Advanced First Aid and skills used by First Responders in the emergency setting. This includes CPR certification of the healthcare provider covering infant, child, and adult CPR as well as learning to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Students will also study medical terminology with an overview of anatomy and diseases related to five human body systems. Additionally, the course includes instruction on communication skills, safety and health maintenance, and the ethical and legal responsibilities of healthcare providers. Successful students will earn 6 units of credit from Palomar College.

Healthcare Career Essentials II (ROP)

Grade Level: 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Healthcare Career Essentials I

This course is the second year of a two-year program to prepare students for college study and/or a career in the healthcare industry, Students will learn the preparation of patients and assisting physician with examinations, minor surgical procedures, and treatments, recording medical histories and observations. Principles and methods of aseptic procedures, handling and care of instruments and supplies are taught. Students will study pharmacology with emphasis on preparation and administration of medications. Students will also learn the basic concepts of health assessments which include interviewing and assessment techniques used to obtain a comprehensive health history from and adult and relating findings to the nursing process. Trans-cultural and adult development stage considerations are included. This course will provide hand-on experiences for students and is articulated with two Palomar college courses. Successful students will receive 6.5 units of college credit.