Health Science

Health-bigHealthcare is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the United States. In the Health Science Career Cluster you can prepare for a career that promotes health, wellness and diagnosis, and treats injuries and diseases.

Some careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. You could work in hospitals, medical or dental offices, laboratories, communities, medivac units, sports arenas or cruise ships.

This career cluster is organized into five career pathways:

  • Biotechnology research and development
  • Diagnostic services
  • Health informatics
  • Support services
  • Therapeutic services

Health Science Pathway

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INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER EXPLORATION I

(Gr 10-12)(One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Biology (completed or concurrently enrolled in)

Provides students with the basic knowledge of health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings, as well as job opportunities, wages, and duties. This class includes instruction in personal health, community health and welfare, nutrition, epidemiology, disease prevention, fitness and exercise, and health behaviors that are associated with various health careers.

TECHNICAL LEVEL

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER EXPLORATION II

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Health Science Career Exploration I & Anatomy & Physiology (completed or concurrently enrolled)

Provides students with the extensive knowledge of health/wellness professionals in private/public industry, community organizations, and health care settings, as well as job opportunities, wage, and duties. Students will gain extensive knowledge of the various systems of the human body, how they interact, and common medical terminology associated. This class includes instruction in personal health, nutrition, dietary needs, anatomy, fitness, biology, body systems, and diseases. A variety of health-related skill sets may be covered, such as first aid, CPR, EMR, patient vitals, anatomy identification, using medical equipment/tools, and electronic record keeping.

APPLICATION LEVEL

HEALTH SCIENCE CAREER EXPLORATION III

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Health Science Career Exploration II

This course provides students with the extensive knowledge of health/wellness professionals in private/public industry, community organizations, and health care settings, as well as job opportunities, wage, and duties. Students will gain extensive knowledge in selected areas of health care, specific occupations, skills sets, educational requirements, credentials/licensure, and daily routines. This class includes instruction in specific skill sets related to health occupations, research on emerging trends, exploration of daily routines, understanding code of ethics, patient rights, standards and regulations, safety, and legal requirements.

RELATED COURSES

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY**

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual-credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 5 college credits at end of the course)

Prerequisite: Biology

Anatomy and Physiology offers information concerning normal human structures and functions and the developmental changes that occur during an individual’s life span.  The student will learn specific information about factors associated with expected and abnormal anatomical and physiological changes associated  with the body’s major organ systems. This course can be taken for dual credit through the Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. This course fulfills EHS graduation requirements and provides five hours of college credit. The entire year must be completed to get the college credit. In this course student will use models and cat dissection to gain understanding of the human body.  Students will also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. 

BIOLOGY

(Gr 9-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill Emporia High School’s life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities. Biology is recommended at the sophomore level for all students, especially those who intend to go to college. 

COLLEGE BIOLOGY

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 4 college credits at end of course)

This course introduces students to basic concepts and principles of biology from the structure and function of the cell to the organization of the biosphere. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for how life originated and developed on earth. Students also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. This course is taught at EHS during the regular school day. Students pay the current rate for college tuition and the textbook is provided by EHS.

PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.

CHEMISTRY I

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.

FOOD SCIENCE I

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Recommended Prerequisite: Culinary Basics

Students study the physical and chemical characteristics of food using scientific methods and equipment. This is not a food preparation course; the focus is on the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through measuring, recording, and graphing data; predicting and evaluating laboratory results; and writing laboratory reports. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.

FOOD SCIENCE II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Food Science I

This course continues the study of the physical and chemical characteristics of food. Food Science II expands on the content presented in Food Science I with more in-depth study in the biological and chemical basis for nutrition, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students conduct a short research project related to developing a new food product. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.

LIFETIME FITNESS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Freshman PE

This course focuses on improving personal fitness and lifetime fitness activities such as disc golf, golf, swimming and other activities. Students participate in daily rigorous physical activity which focuses on the development and improvement of the five health-related components of fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition). This course is for students who have an interest in maintaining total body health for a lifetime. The course may be repeated for credit. Uniform required.

ZOOLOGY

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit life science)

Prerequisite: Biology

In this course students study the taxonomy (classification) of the animal kingdom and the general conservation of our ecosystems through anatomy studies (dissection) of representative phyla. The course emphasizes knowledge of anatomy, proper vocabulary, the how and why of classification, and dissection techniques. Multiple texts are used.

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_16 and FHTC300_17)

Health Occupations Technology students explore health care opportunities. Students completing the program will be prepared for college health programs and will have gained their CNA, Restorative Aide, Activities Director, First Aid, Home Health Aide and CPR certifications.

Open to seniors in the morning.

BioMedical Pathway

*Check Prerequisite **Articulated Credit ***FHTC

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

BIOLOGY

(Gr 9-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill Emporia High School’s life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities. Biology is recommended at the sophomore level for all students, especially those who intend to go to college. 

TECHNICAL LEVEL

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY**

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual-credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 5 college credits at end of the course)

Prerequisite: Biology

Anatomy and Physiology offers information concerning normal human structures and functions and the developmental changes that occur during an individual’s life span.  The student will learn specific information about factors associated with expected and abnormal anatomical and physiological changes associated  with the body’s major organ systems. This course can be taken for dual credit through the Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. This course fulfills EHS graduation requirements and provides five hours of college credit. The entire year must be completed to get the college credit. In this course student will use models and cat dissection to gain understanding of the human body.  Students will also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. 

STEM ROBOTICS

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: Pre-Engineering or instructor permission

Students design and build robots to accomplish specific assigned tasks. Students practice programming, troubleshooting and application of engineering design principles. This course is articulated through FHTC.

APPLICATION LEVEL

BIOMEDICAL INNOVATIONS

(Grade 11-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit)

Prerequisite: Physical Science OR Honors Physical Science, Biology

This course is a lab-based class designed for students interested in going into the medical field. Students will be able to explore various concepts of human medicine, including topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. One of the major objectives is to utilize various biotechnologies in order to study the structures and functions of human cells, bacteria, viruses, and DNA. Students will also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and work collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to modern health challenges. Throughout this course, students will also acquire strong teamwork and communication practices, and develop organizational , critical- thinking. and problem-solving skills and investigate a variety of careers in biomedical sciences. Particular emphasis will be placed on scientific terminology/vocabulary. Students will be engaged in lecture, labs, experimental design, and various interactions with medical professionals. Discussions, current research/articles, problem solving, and lab work will be required as part of this course as well.

RELATED COURSES

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY**

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual-credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 5 college credits at end of the course)

Prerequisite: Biology

Anatomy and Physiology offers information concerning normal human structures and functions and the developmental changes that occur during an individual’s life span.  The student will learn specific information about factors associated with expected and abnormal anatomical and physiological changes associated  with the body’s major organ systems. This course can be taken for dual credit through the Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. This course fulfills EHS graduation requirements and provides five hours of college credit. The entire year must be completed to get the college credit. In this course student will use models and cat dissection to gain understanding of the human body.  Students will also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. 

BIOLOGY

(Gr 9-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill Emporia High School’s life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities. Biology is recommended at the sophomore level for all students, especially those who intend to go to college. 

COLLEGE BIOLOGY

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 4 college credits at end of course)

This course introduces students to basic concepts and principles of biology from the structure and function of the cell to the organization of the biosphere. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for how life originated and developed on earth. Students also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. This course is taught at EHS during the regular school day. Students pay the current rate for college tuition and the textbook is provided by EHS.

PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.

CHEMISTRY I

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.

FOOD SCIENCE I

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Recommended Prerequisite: Culinary Basics

Students study the physical and chemical characteristics of food using scientific methods and equipment. This is not a food preparation course; the focus is on the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through measuring, recording, and graphing data; predicting and evaluating laboratory results; and writing laboratory reports. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.

FOOD SCIENCE II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Food Science I

This course continues the study of the physical and chemical characteristics of food. Food Science II expands on the content presented in Food Science I with more in-depth study in the biological and chemical basis for nutrition, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students conduct a short research project related to developing a new food product. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.

LIFETIME FITNESS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Freshman PE

This course focuses on improving personal fitness and lifetime fitness activities such as disc golf, golf, swimming and other activities. Students participate in daily rigorous physical activity which focuses on the development and improvement of the five health-related components of fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition). This course is for students who have an interest in maintaining total body health for a lifetime. The course may be repeated for credit. Uniform required.

ZOOLOGY

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit life science)

Prerequisite: Biology

In this course students study the taxonomy (classification) of the animal kingdom and the general conservation of our ecosystems through anatomy studies (dissection) of representative phyla. The course emphasizes knowledge of anatomy, proper vocabulary, the how and why of classification, and dissection techniques. Multiple texts are used.

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_16 and FHTC300_17)

Health Occupations Technology students explore health care opportunities. Students completing the program will be prepared for college health programs and will have gained their CNA, Restorative Aid, Activities Director, First Aid, Home Health Aid and CPR certifications.

Open to seniors in the morning.

BioChemistry Pathway

*Check Prerequisite **Articulated Credit ***FHTC

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL

CHEMISTRY I

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.

TECHNICAL LEVEL

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY**

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual-credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 5 college credits at end of the course)

Prerequisite: Biology

Anatomy and Physiology offers information concerning normal human structures and functions and the developmental changes that occur during an individual’s life span.  The student will learn specific information about factors associated with expected and abnormal anatomical and physiological changes associated  with the body’s major organ systems. This course can be taken for dual credit through the Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. This course fulfills EHS graduation requirements and provides five hours of college credit. The entire year must be completed to get the college credit. In this course student will use models and cat dissection to gain understanding of the human body.  Students will also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. 

OR

PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.

 

APPLICATION LEVEL

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE SCIENCE

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course is designed to show thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a variety of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment. During this course, students examine sustainability, ecology, biotechnology, water supply management, wildlife management, energy, and global environmental issues. The aim of this course is to increase student knowledge of the current environmental challenges of today, while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.

RELATED COURSES

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY**

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual-credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 5 college credits at end of the course)

Prerequisite: Biology

Anatomy and Physiology offers information concerning normal human structures and functions and the developmental changes that occur during an individual’s life span.  The student will learn specific information about factors associated with expected and abnormal anatomical and physiological changes associated  with the body’s major organ systems. This course can be taken for dual credit through the Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. This course fulfills EHS graduation requirements and provides five hours of college credit. The entire year must be completed to get the college credit. In this course student will use models and cat dissection to gain understanding of the human body.  Students will also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. 

BIOLOGY

(Gr 9-11) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science)

Prerequisite: Physical Science or Honors Physical Science

These laboratory courses introduce students to the fundamental concepts of taxonomy, ecology, biochemistry, cell biology, reproduction and development, genetics and evolution. The course emphasizes basic writing, laboratory and problem-solving skills. These courses fulfill Emporia High School’s life science graduation requirement and count as one of the three units of natural science required for admission into Kansas Regents’ Universities. Biology is recommended at the sophomore level for all students, especially those who intend to go to college. 

COLLEGE BIOLOGY

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters dual credit, ½ high school life science credit each Trimester, 4 college credits at end of course)

This course introduces students to basic concepts and principles of biology from the structure and function of the cell to the organization of the biosphere. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for how life originated and developed on earth. Students also relate advances in the biological sciences to applications in industry, medicine and environmental issues. This course is taught at EHS during the regular school day. Students pay the current rate for college tuition and the textbook is provided by EHS.

PLANT & SOIL SCIENCE

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, 1 credit life science) (Replaces Botany)

Prerequisite: Physical Science  OR Honors Physical Science

Courses expose students to the art and science of growing plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, fruits, agriculture crops and vegetables. In doing so, they cover a wide variety of topics, including greenhouse and nursery operations, soils & media mixtures, soil chemistry, fertility, mineralogy, hydrology, soil conservation, irrigation, fruit and vegetable production, turf/golf course management, interior and exterior plantscaping, irrigation systems, and weed & pest control.

CHEMISTRY I

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I, Physical Science I & II or Honors Physical Science I & II
Recommended: Geometry (previously or concurrently)

This course studies matter and time and changes it may undergo. Students master the basics of chemistry: structure and properties of matter, formulas, equations, problem-solving, and basic reactions. The study of matter continues second trimester with an emphasis on problem-solving, nuclear chemistry and solution chemistry. The course is recommended for juniors and seniors or sophomores with strong academic backgrounds.

FOOD SCIENCE I

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Recommended Prerequisite: Culinary Basics

Students study the physical and chemical characteristics of food using scientific methods and equipment. This is not a food preparation course; the focus is on the biological and chemical basis for food preparation, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through measuring, recording, and graphing data; predicting and evaluating laboratory results; and writing laboratory reports. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.

FOOD SCIENCE II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Food Science I

This course continues the study of the physical and chemical characteristics of food. Food Science II expands on the content presented in Food Science I with more in-depth study in the biological and chemical basis for nutrition, processing, fermentation and preservation. Students conduct a short research project related to developing a new food product. This course can be used to fulfill one half of the elective science credit needed for graduation.

LIFETIME FITNESS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Freshman PE

This course focuses on improving personal fitness and lifetime fitness activities such as disc golf, golf, swimming and other activities. Students participate in daily rigorous physical activity which focuses on the development and improvement of the five health-related components of fitness (muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and body composition). This course is for students who have an interest in maintaining total body health for a lifetime. The course may be repeated for credit. Uniform required.

ZOOLOGY

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit life science)

Prerequisite: Biology

In this course students study the taxonomy (classification) of the animal kingdom and the general conservation of our ecosystems through anatomy studies (dissection) of representative phyla. The course emphasizes knowledge of anatomy, proper vocabulary, the how and why of classification, and dissection techniques. Multiple texts are used.

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_16 and FHTC300_17)

Health Occupations Technology students explore health care opportunities. Students completing the program will be prepared for college health programs and will have gained their CNA, Restorative Aid, Activities Director, First Aid, Home Health Aid and CPR certifications.

Open to seniors in the morning.

Careers


Students in health science learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Scientist
  • Hospital administrator
  • Health unit coordinator
  • Nutritionist or dietician
  • Medical or public health researcher
  • Medical lab technician
  • Physician’s or medical assistant
  • Nursing assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • Transcriptionist
  • Physical therapist