Health Sciences Program
This course fully immerses students into healthcare through lab and patient care experiences, college-level academic coursework in anatomy and physiology, and clinical rotations at area hospitals and assisted living facilities.
Students MUST begin this program at the start of their junior year - no mid-year or senior enrollment is available.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be science), on track to graduate, and must be 16 years old on the first day of class.
Prerequisites at the Time of Application
“C” or higher in all completed science coursework (“C” includes “C+”, “C” or “C-”), 1 credit of Biology or concurrent enrollment projected, 2.0 minimum GPA
In response to a January 2022 United States Supreme Court ruling, all students participating in the Health Sciences program must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 2 CTE and 1 Science Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
- St. Louis Community College - 4 credits
- State Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) – State of Missouri certification
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) –10 hour General Industry – Healthcare Certification
- CPR and First Aid certifications
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 76% or more 25% or less CTE Year Two 25% or less 76% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Vital signs measuring equipment - electronic thermometers, manual and automated blood pressure cuffs, stethoscope, pulse-oximeter
- Gait belt
- Sarah lift
- Hoyer lift
- Shower chairs
- Personal care items for bathing and showering patients
- Hospital beds
- Syringes and needles
- State of Missouri CNA Manual
- Medical Terminology
- Teal Scrubs
- White, leather tennis shoes with slip-resistant soles
- No artificial nails or unnatural hair colorings
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Have a basic knowledge of biology; student will take Anatomy and Physiology with this program
Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, and standard units of measurement; have the ability to use mathematics to solve problems
Critical thinking: reading, comprehending, and analyzing text, articles, etc at a postsecondary level
Display professional behavior at all times (verbal & nonverbal cues) and in high stress environment
Read human behavior and make safe choices; must be able to follow all safety rules and assume personal responsibility; patience and tolerance of patients and their behavior
Empathy and ability to expression compassion
Adaptability and flexibility
Lift move and transfer up to 75lbs
Tolerate the noise level and smells of a hospital and/or long-term care facility environment
Ability to stand and move around for long periods of time
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.