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Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks


Building on the prior prerequisite course, you will further develop your understanding of health science. Starting with safety, you will analyze your responsibilities for ensuring patient and personal safety with special attention paid to emergency procedures. Infection control, first-aid, CPR, and measuring vitals are discussed in detail. You will also learn about numerical data, such as systems of measurement, medical math, and reading and interpreting charts. Finally, examine effective teamwork and leadership characteristics while building your employment skills.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1: Health, Safety, Security

  • Identify and manage safety hazards in a healthcare setting
  • Implement proper body mechanics while moving patients
  • Explain how different government agencies contribute to safety in health care
  • Prepare for and respond to emergencies
  • Analyze a problem using root cause analysis

Unit 2: Infection Control

  • Summarize the chain of infection
  • Compare levels of cleaning in a healthcare setting
  • Recommend when and how to cleanse hands in a healthcare setting
  • Differentiate between standard precautions and transmission-based precautions
  • Link infection control practices to the fight against drug-resistant infections

Unit 3: Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Assess the risks posed by the most common bloodborne pathogens in the United States
  • Describe how bloodborne pathogens can spread in healthcare settings
  • Reconstruct the steps for properly putting on PPE
  • Explain the reasons for safely disposing of biohazardous waste
  • Summarize the most risky behaviors for transmission of bloodborne diseases, both in a healthcare setting and in the community

Unit 4: Signs of Life: Vital Signs and CPR

  • Measure and assess body temperature readings, integrating knowledge about thermoregulation
  • Trace the changes in breathing and pulse rates throughout the lifespan
  • Appraise the relationship between the oxygen saturation of the blood and other vital signs
  • Summarize the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings
  • Describe the effects that CPR can have on a patient in cardiac arrest

Unit 5: Data, Measurement, and Math

  • Distinguish between ratios and percentages
  • Name the units of measurement in imperial and metric systems
  • Convert between imperial and metric measurements
  • Calculate body mass index
  • Interpret charts, diagrams, graphs, and tables to use numeric information

Unit 6: Technology in Healthcare

  • Describe the different types of technology used to diagnose, treat, and track patient health
  • Troubleshoot simple computer problems
  • Summarize the different parts of an electronic health record (EHR)
  • Evaluate the reliability of health resources on the web
  • Explain steps to keep protected health information (PHI) safe as an allied health professional

Unit 7: Teamwork and Leadership

  • Analyze the roles of different healthcare team members
  • List and explain characteristics of good teams
  • Lead or participate effectively in meetings
  • Recognize resistance to change in patients and colleagues
  • Apply conflict resolution techniques to disagreements

Unit 8: Employability in Healthcare

  • Present a professional image through behavior, appearance, and demeanor
  • Demonstrate work-ready characteristics and habits such as punctuality, dependability, discretion, and flexibility
  • Analyze your career goals and assess their feasibility
  • Evaluate and interpret employment opportunities in healthcare
  • Create elements of a career portfolio

Credits .5

Elective: does not meet Health or PE graduation requirement


  • Career Connections
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of various careers by researching careers and participating in and reflecting on sessions hosted by professionals working in these careers.
  • Health Safety and Security
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of health safety and security by explaining the use of root cause analysis to manage safety hazards and emergencies in healthcare and of the role of government agencies in healthcare safety.
  • Infection Control and Bloodborne Pathogens
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of infection and bloodborne pathogens by analyzing characteristics, risk factors, and prevention methods.
  • Data in Healthcare
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of mathematics and technology in healthcare by analyzing, converting, and interpreting data as well as analyzing how different technologies can enhance patient care.
  • Teamwork and Leadership in Healthcare
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of teamwork in the workplace by identifying the characteristics of positive collaboration and conflict resolution and explaining employability traits such as professional image, career soft skills, and feasible career goals.


Health Science Foundations 1a

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