• 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.

  • 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, 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

  • 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

    Certifications

    • 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.

  • Photo unavailable Elaine Baumann
    Health Sciences
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    Janine Cavanaugh Janine Cavanaugh
    Health Sciences
    314.989.7433
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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
    314.989.7449
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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 Jones Louvenia Jones
    Health Sciences
    314.989.7405
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    Mrs. Louvenia Jones has been in the Medical Sciences industry for 23 years, and began teaching at South Tech High School in 2010. Prior to joining the Tech team, Ms. Jones worked for BJC Hospital Systems and was also a Community Health and Public Health-State Employee. Ms. Jones has a Bachelors degree in Nursing and Associates Degree In Nursing.