Health Science II - Special Topics

Health Science II - Special Topics is an extended laboratory experience designed to address the advancement and specialization of healthcare careers through the provision of a specialized course for a specific healthcare workforce need in the school's region. Practicum is at a qualified clinical site and is designed to give the students the opportunity to practice technical skills previously learned in the classroom - all while working under the direction of the appropriately licensed healthcare professional.

Throughout the course, students will focus on learning about the healthcare system and employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels; an overview of the healthcare delivery systems, healthcare teams, and legal and ethical considerations; and obtaining the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for providing basic care in a variety of healthcare settings. Additionally, students will build their essential job-related skills for providing basic care appropriate for their healthcare setting and audience.

Course standards and curriculum must be tailored to the specific healthcare profession, preparing students to advance in this career field and, where applicable, provide students with certification or dual credit. This course also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to make the transition from high school to post-secondary opportunities, and to work in a variety of health science careers. Students are encouraged to focus on self-analysis to aid in their career selection. Job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application process for admission into a post-secondary program are also areas of focus. Participation in HOSA encourages the development of leadership, communication and career-related skills, and opportunities for community service.

  • DOE Code: 5286
  • Recommended Grade Level: 12
  • Required Prerequisite: Health Science Education I
  • Credits: 2 semester course, 2 semesters required, 1-3 credits per semester, maximum of 6 credits
  • Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for all diplomas
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