Health Science
  • The Health Science Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostics services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, communicate effectively, and work well with others.


  • Health Informatics

    Available at Silva Magnet HS

    The Health Informatics program of study focuses on exposing students to the management and use of patient information in the healthcare field. Students may learn about and research recent modifications of computerized healthcare and the process of creating and maintaining hospital and patient records in accordance with regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Students may also practice writing and interpreting medical reports.

    Successful completion of the Health Informatics program of study will fulfill requirements of the Public Service Endorsement or STEM Endorsement if the math and science requirements are met.

    Principles of Health Science

    Presents an overview of the roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting the delivery of health care. A grade of “C” or better is required in this course to take the next course.

    Medical Terminology

    Introduces the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care, with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals.

    Business Information Management I

    Introduces and develops foundational skills in applying essential and emerging business productivity information technology tools. The focus of this course is on business productivity software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, data analytics, and business-oriented utilization of the internet.

    Health Informatics

    The Health Informatics course is designed to provide knowledge of one of the fastest growing areas in both academic and professional fields. The large gap between state of the art computer technologies and the state of affairs in health care information technology has generated demand for information and health professionals who can effectively design, develop, and use technologies such as electronic medical records, patient monitoring systems, and digital libraries, while managing the vast amount of data generated by these systems.

    Project-Based Research

    Project-Based Research is a course for students to research a real-world problem. Students are matched with a mentor from the business or professional community to develop an original project on a topic related to career interests. Students use scientific methods of investigation to conduct in-depth research, compile findings, and present their findings to an audience that includes experts in the field. To attain academic success, students must have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.

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    Healthcare Diagnostics

    Available at Silva Magnet HS

    The Healthcare Diagnostics program of study introduces students to occupations and education opportunities related to performing complex medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.  This program of study may also include exploration into the opportunities associated with blood laboratories as well as radiologic technology and ultrasound technology.

    Successful completion of the Healthcare Diagnostics program of study will fulfill requirements of the Public Service Endorsement or STEM Endorsement if the math and science requirements are met.

    Principles of Health Science

    Presents an overview of the roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting the delivery of health care. A grade of “C” or better is required in this course to take the next course.

    Medical Terminology

    Introduces the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care, with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals.

    Health Science Theory

    An overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Focus is on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness.

    Anatomy and Physiology

    The Anatomy and Physiology course is designed for students to conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students in Anatomy and Physiology will study a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the human body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis.  Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

    Practicum in Health Science I

    The Practicum in Health Science course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. 

    Practicum in Health Science II

    The Practicum in Health Science course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience.

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    Healthcare Therapeutic

    Available at Bowie HS, Center for Career and Technology Education, Franklin HS, Silva Magnet HS

    The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

    Successful completion of the Healthcare Therapeutic program of study will fulfill requirements of the Public Service Endorsement or STEM Endorsement if the math and science requirements are met.

    Principles of Health Science

    Presents an overview of the roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting the delivery of health care. A grade of “C” or better is required in this course to take the next course.

    Medical Terminology DC

    Introduces the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care, with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals.

    Health Science Theory

    An overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Focus is on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness.

    Anatomy and Physiology

    The Anatomy and Physiology course is designed for students to conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students in Anatomy and Physiology will study a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the human body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis.  Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

    Pathophysiology

    The Pathophysiology course is designed for students to conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students in Pathophysiology 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.  Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

    Pharmacology

    The Pharmacology course is designed to 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.

    Mathematics for Medical Professionals

    The Mathematics for Medical Professionals course is designed to serve as the driving force behind the Texas essential knowledge and skills for mathematics, guided by the college and career readiness standards. By embedding statistics, probability, and finance, while focusing on fluency and solid understanding in medical mathematics, students will extend and apply mathematical skills necessary for health science professions. Course content consists primarily of high school level mathematics concepts and their applications to health science professions.

    Practicum in Health Science I

    The Practicum in Health Science course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. 

    Practicum in Health Science II

    The Practicum in Health Science course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience.

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    Medical Therapy

    Available at Center for Career and Technology Education, Silva Magnet HS

    The Medical Therapy program of study focuses on the study of biology and medicine in order to introduce students to the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the healthcare field in occupations such as, Respiratory, Occupational, Physical, or Speech Therapy. CTE learners may also practice patient care and communication.

    Successful completion of the Medical Therapy program of study will fulfill requirements of the Public Service Endorsement or STEM Endorsement if the math and science requirements are met.

    Principles of Health Science

    Presents an overview of the roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting the delivery of health care. A grade of “C” or better is required in this course to take the next course.

    Medical Terminology

    Introduces the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care, with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals.

    Health Science Theory

    An overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Focus is on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness.

     

    Scientific Research and Design I

    Scientific Research and Design is a broad-based course designed to allow districts and schools considerable flexibility to develop local curriculum to supplement any program of study or coherent sequence. The course has the components of any rigorous scientific or engineering program of study from the problem identification, investigation design, data collection, data analysis, formulation, and presentation of the conclusions. All of these components are integrated with the career and technical education emphasis of helping students gain entry-level employment in high-skill, high-wage jobs and/or continue their education.  Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

    Scientific Research and Design II

    Scientific Research and Design is a broad-based course designed to allow districts and schools considerable flexibility to develop local curriculum to supplement any program of study or coherent sequence. The course has the components of any rigorous scientific or engineering program of study from the problem identification, investigation design, data collection, data analysis, formulation, and presentation of the conclusions. All of these components are integrated with the career and technical education emphasis of helping students gain entry-level employment in high-skill, high-wage jobs and/or continue their education.  Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

    Practicum in Health Science I

    The Practicum in Health Science course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. 

    Practicum in Health Science II DC

    A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Provides an opportunity to utilize the roles of the vocational nurse while providing nursing care for adult clients with medical-surgical conditions.

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    Nursing Science 

    Available at Silva Magnet HS

    The Nursing Science program of study introduces students to the knowledge and skills related to patient care. CTE learners may learn about or practice caring for patients, routine procedures such as monitoring vital signs, development and implementation of care plans, maintenance of medical records, and disease or pain management. Students may focus on the healthcare system and research system designs and make recommended modifications.

    Successful completion of the Nursing Science program of study will fulfill requirements of the Public Service Endorsement or STEM Endorsement if the math and science requirements are met.

    Principles of Health Science

    Presents an overview of the roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting the delivery of health care. A grade of “C” or better is required in this course to take the next course.

    Medical Terminology

    Introduces the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care, with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals.

     

    Anatomy and Physiology

    The Anatomy and Physiology course is designed for students to conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students in Anatomy and Physiology will study a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the human body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis.  Students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement. This course satisfies a high school science graduation requirement.

    Practicum in Nursing I

    The Practicum in Nursing course offers students the practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. The goals/student outcomes for the course include advanced knowledge of the history of nursing, nursing theory, professionalism (teamwork, communication, conflict resolution), legal/ethical issues in nursing, infection control, safety, and customer (patient) satisfaction. Advanced skills learned include vital signs and how to document on a graphic record, patient positioning/transferring, bed-making, feeding, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience.

    Practicum in Nursing II

    The Practicum in Nursing course offers students the practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. The goals/student outcomes for the course include advanced knowledge of the history of nursing, nursing theory, professionalism (teamwork, communication, conflict resolution), legal/ethical issues in nursing, infection control, safety, and customer (patient) satisfaction. Advanced skills learned include vital signs and how to document on a graphic record, patient positioning/transferring, bed-making, feeding, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience.

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