• Course Description

    This medical exploration program will teach foundation skills in the healthcare industry as well as provide students with a variety of field experiences including hospital and long term care settings. Work habits, teamwork, and other employability skills will be emphasized.

  • Prerequisites at the time of Senior Year Enrollment:

    Minimum of 11 core credits (2.5 must be English), on track to graduate.

    *Students must demonstrate their ability to maintain positive behavior without any physical or verbal altercations noted in their school record or any other school documentation.

  • Credits & Certifications Offered

    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One


    • 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 less 25% 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

    Academic Materials

    • State of Missouri CNA Manual - a postsecondary text
    • Medical Terminology - a postsecondary text

    Uniform Requirements

    • Teal scrubs
    • Lab jacket
    • White, leather tennis shoes with slip-resistant soles 
    • No artificial nails or unnatural hair colorings
  • Louvenia WoodsLouvenia Woods
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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.