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Estimated Completion Time

1 segment / 18 weeks

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This course introduces students to the field of nursing. In the first semester students will learn about the history and evolution of nursing, education and licensure requirements, career path options, and nursing responsibilities. Students will also focus on foundational information such as basic anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology, first aid, and disease prevention. In semester two students will examine various nursing theories, as well as focus on the nursing process, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options. Students will also learn about professional and legal standards and ethics. Additional skills of communication, teaching, time and stress management, patient safety, crisis management will be included.

During this course, you will learn career-related skills and earn a badge for this accomplishment. A badge is a digital certification of your career-related learning that you can share on social media or with higher education platforms, colleges, potential employers, peers, and colleagues. Select this link to learn more about badges.

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1:

  • Intro to Nursing
    • Overview of Nursing
    • History & Evolution of Nursing
    • Career Opportunities
  • Education & Terminology
    • Education & Licensure
    • Medical Terminology
    • Equipment, Tests, & Procedures
  • Anatomy Basics
    • Musculoskeletal & Digestive Systems
    • Cardiovascular Systems
    • Nervous & Respiratory System
  • Disease & Drugs
    • Basic Health Care Practices
    • Illness & Injury
    • Basic Pharmacology
  • Nursing Tasks & Responsibilities
    • Providing Care
    • Management & Administrative Duties
    • Special Considerations



Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you have mastered your learning objectives.


Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.


While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies. The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real-world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In-Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline-specific content so that learning can take place through problem solving and collaboration.


Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

Credits .5

Elective: does not meet Health or PE graduation requirement.


  • Nursing Roles and Responsibilities
    Students will demonstrate the ability to understand the basic functions of a nurse by researching and identifying the skills needed to be a successful nurse, the characteristics of a successful nurse as well as the many career options afforded through nursing.
  • Nursing Terminology, Equipment and Procedures
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of common medical terminologies and equipment, tests and procedures used in nursing by researching and illustrating how they support and enhance the daily practice of a nursing.
  • Anatomy Basics
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major systems within the human body by analyzing the basic anatomical features, principle functions, and role the system plays within the human body.
  • Disease, Illness & Pharmacology
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic illnesses, injuries and diseases along with treatment by researching preventative and health promoting strategies as well as physical and pharmaceutical treatment.



Attend a virtual open house

We offer regular online open house webinars where VLACS staff members provide parents and students with an overview of our programs and answer questions about online learning.