This Is Health Sciences

  • Course Description

    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.

    Students must meet all vaccination requirements of our clinical providers, including the Covid-19 vaccination.

  • 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
    • 1 Science (Anatomy & Physiology) and 2 Electives Junior Year
    • 3 Electives Senior Year

    College Credit

    • St. Louis Community College - 4 credits
    • Missouri Baptist University, Dual Credit - 8 credits
    • State Technical College - college credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment


    • 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
    *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.
  • 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
    • Wheelchairs
    • Shower chairs
    • Personal care items for bathing and showering patients
    • Scale
    • Hospital beds
    • Syringes and needles

    Academic Materials

    • State of Missouri CNA Manual
    • Medical Terminology

    Uniform Requirements

    • 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.

  • Elain BaumanElaine Baumann
    Health Sciences
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    Janine Cavanaugh Janine Cavanaugh
    Health Sciences
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    Ms. Janine Cavanaugh has been in the Medical Sciences industry for 28 years and began teaching at South Tech High School in 2010. Prior to joining the Tech team, Ms. Cavanaugh received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SIUE and worked for a Long-Term, Home Health Care company.

    Angela Harrell Angela Harrell
    Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy
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    Ms. Angela Harrell has been in the medical industry for many years and began teaching at South Tech High School in 2012. Prior to joining the Tech team, Ms. Harrell worked as a patient care technician in Oncology and went on to work in a Level 1 trauma center as an Emergency Room Nurse. Ms. Harrell has a BA in Secondary Education, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and is a Registered Nurse.

    Louvenia WoodsLouvenia Woods
    Health Sciences
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    Ms. Louvenia Woods has more than 28 years of nursing experience and began teaching at South Tech High School in 2010. Prior to joining the Tech team, Ms. Woods worked for BJC Hospital Systems and was also a Community Health and Public Health-State Employee. Ms. Woods has a bachelor's degree in nursing and an associate's degree in nursing.