Exploring Health Sciences & the Language of Medicine

Course Instructor

General Course Prerequisites:

  • Students MUST register for both Exploring Health Sciences for Fall Semester and Exploring the Language of Medicine for Spring semester
  • Strong attendance

Exploring Health Sciences (Fall Semester)

  • Course #:  830226 – Grades: 10, 11, 12 – Credits:  One

Exploring the Language of Medicine (Spring Semester)

  • Course #:  838326 – Grades:  10, 11, 12 – Credits:  One
  • Prerequisite:  Students must have taken Exploring Health Sciences Course # 830226

This is part two (Spring semester) of a two-part, full-year course. Students must also register for part one, Exploring Health Sciences (Fall semester). This course builds on the foundations of the Exploring Health Sciences course. Exploring the Language of Medicine is designed to help students learn medical terminology. It is presented in logical order, beginning with each body system's anatomy and physiology and progressing through pathology, diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions, and pharmacology. Concepts, terms, and abbreviations are also presented to the students.

Topics covered by this course are:

  • Characteristics of the Health Care Worker
  • Controlling Infection
  • Health Care Issues
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Health Care Specialties and Educational Requirements for Careers
  • Health Care Systems
  • Health Regulatory Boards
  • Medical Math
  • Safety
  • Vital Signs


  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Health Care Provider Certification and First Aid accredited by the American Heart Association


Students completing Exploring Health Sciences my pursue more specific career pathways in high school such as emergency medical technician, dental careers, medical assisting, practical nursing, pharmacy technician, physical/occupational therapy, and sports medicine.  Graduates may continue their studies at schools including?


Exploring Health Sciences may lead to these careers:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse/RN, LPN
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Physical Therapist/Occupation therapist
  • Radiology Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • X-Ray Technician

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