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Course Syllabus


Course: Introduction to Healthcare Science

Course Description:  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 industry. 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, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental 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 marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training.


Text:                                       Diversified Health Occupations


Course Requirements:         One major test per objective

                                                Performance of skills relevant to each objective

                                                One medical vocabulary lesson and /or medical abbreviation lesson per week

                                                Work ethics appropriate to a career class


Topics Covered:     Employability Skills

Standard Safety Practices

Healthcare roles and systems

Healthcare Careers

Impact of diversity and ethics on healthcare delivery

Legal responsibilities, limitations and implications within healthcare delivery setting

Communication methods in healthcare

Medical abbreviations

Infection Control


Stages of development from birth to adulthood

Information technology applications required within all career specialties

Apply mathematical computations related to healthcare procedures


Materials Needed:                 iPad

               Pen, pencil and paper

                                                $20.00 HOSA Club dues

                                                $7.00 for CPR card


Grading Policy:                     Labs and Projects = 50%

                                                Tests= 20%

                                                Final Exam = 10%

                                                Employability Skills= 20%

Class Policies/Rules:   All policies of the Polk School District Board of Education and student handbook will be enforced.


Make Up Work Policy: For each grading period, makeup work must be completed no later than two weeks after progress reports are issued. Students may not make up work outside of the grading period window once the time has passed.  Re-Test Policy: Any student can retest any test regardless of the grade on the test provided that the student attends tutoring as directed by the teacher. The student must retest within two weeks of the grade being returned. The higher of the two grades will be recorded. This excludes, but not limited to benchmark assessments, final exams, standardized tests (such as EOC Milestones, SLOs, EOPA, AP Exams, etc.), major projects and/or research that required an exorbitant amount of time in and outside the classroom (i.e.research paper).



Exam Exemption:     Exam exemption policies must be approved by the superintendent each school year.  Any and all exemption polices do not apply to EOCTs, AP exams or other PSD mandated examinations.

Late Assignment Policy:   Students are expected to turn in all completed assignments at the time scheduled by the teacher.  Any assignment turned in late will result in a ten point deduction per day late in the grade.

Homework Policy:  Students are required to complete homework and turn in the completed assignments when requested.  Failure to turn in homework will result in a 10 point deduction per day late in the grade.