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 Name & Email  Conference  Courses Taught  Phone
 Jackie Carver  7th Period Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology, World Health Research  832-484-4887
 Nestelynn Friday  5th Period Principles of Health Science, Pharmacology and Health Science Practicum Pharmacy Tech  832-484-4948
 Catherine Lawrence  4th Period Health Science Theory, Health Science Clinical Rotation and Medical Terminology  832-484-4874
 Dr. Ester Walls  5th Period Principles of Health Science, Health Science Theory, Health Science Clinical Rotation  832-484-4827
 Alexis Watts  5th Period Medical Terminology, Health Science Practicum Certified Nursing Assistant/Certified Medical Assistant
 832-484-5095


Principles of Health Science
This course includes skills related to the health care industry. Content relates to patient relationships, working environments, and ethical and legal responsibilities. Entry-level skills will also be developed for taking vital signs, maintaining safety, and performing first aid and CPR. Introduction to basic human anatomy and physiology and medical terminology will prepare the student for a transition to clinical experiences in health care.

Medical Terminology
This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, word roots, abbreviations, and acronyms. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper use of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances the student’s ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in health care. 

Pharmacology
Students will study how natural and synthetic chemical agents such as drugs affect biological systems. Knowledge of the properties of therapeutic agents is vital in providing quality health care. It is an ever-changing, growing body of information that continually demands greater amounts of time and education from health care workers.

World Health Research
Students will examine major world health problems and emerging technologies as solutions to these medical concerns. The course is designed to improve understanding of the cultural, infrastructural, political, educational, and technological constraints and inspire ideas for appropriate technological solutions to global medical care issues. Prerequisites are Biology I and Chemistry I.

Health Science Theory and Clinical  Rotation
This course will provide for the development of multi-occupational knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will observe and assist professional health care personnel in clinical/hospital environments. Students must provide their own transportation to their assigned clinical settings. Students must be CPR certified, have the current Hepatitis B series, and a TB skin test is required. A uniform, name tag, stethoscope and professional liability insurance will be required. This course receives advanced grade points.

Certified Nurse Assistant / Certified Medical Assistant.
The course of instruction is comprised of classroom instruction and clinical/hospital experience. Students will learn to attend to patients’ hygiene, comfort, nourishment, and social needs. Competencies will be demonstrated by the taking of vital signs, maintaining patient hygiene and safety, and providing infection control. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to test for state Certified Nurse Assistant certification. Students must be CPR certified, have the current Hepatitis B series, and a TB skin test is required. A uniform, name tag, stethoscope, gait belt, fee for certification testing, and professional liability insurance will be required. A criminal background check will be required upon entrance into the course due to licensing rules for certification. Students must provide their own transportation to the clinical setting. 

Practicum in Health Science / EMT
This is an occupational specific course designed to provide knowledge and skills for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Instruction will be provided related to patient assessment, spinal immobilization, trauma management, treatment of medical emergencies and mechanical aids to breathing. The EMT program requires an additional ambulance and emergency room experience outside the classroom. The student must be age 18 by March 1st to participate in the course and take the EMT test. In order to receive the state certification, the student must be 18 years of age, have successfully passed the certification test and have proof of a high school diploma. Students must be CPR certified, have the current Hepatitis B series, and a TB skin test is required. Student tuition, uniform, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, trauma scissors, penlight, safety glasses, and professional liability insurance will be required. Students must provide their own transportation to the training location. This course receives advanced grade points. Local Articulated Credit and Tech Prep college are available through the Lone Star Community College System.

Practicum in Health Science/ Certified Pharmacy Tech
The course of instruction is comprised of classroom instruction, lab applications, and independent study. No clinical hours are required but may be provided based on individual needs and students must provide own transportation. Students will learn federal and state law pertaining to the pharmacy industry, drug classifications, medical terminology, ethical and legal issues, safety, aseptic technique, calculations, career opportunities, and pharmacy operations. Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to test for national Certified Pharmacy Technician certification. The student must provide proof of a high school diploma to receive certification. Student tuition, computer access, and national testing fee will be required. This course receives advanced grade points.



Medical Sciences

Anatomy and Physiology
In this course students conduct laboratory investigations/fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Topics will be presented through an integration of biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will study the structures and functions of the human body and body systems and will investigate the body’s responses to forces, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy systems. Students will also analyze the relationship between anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human systems. This same course is also listed in the Science Section of the Guidance Handbook. This course receives advanced grade points

Medical Microbiology
Students will conduct laboratory investigations/fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on the exploration of the microbial world, studying topics such as pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, laboratory procedures, identifying microorganisms, drug resistant organisms, and emerging diseases.

Pathophysiology
 
Students will conduct laboratory investigations/fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and problem solving. Students will study disease processes and how humans are affected. Emphasis is placed on prevention and treatment of disease. Students will differentiate between normal and abnormal physiology.

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