Medical Careers Pathway

Nursing Assistant students
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    Program Description

    Through a partnership with Saint Paul College, the Medical Careers program at Humboldt High School provides students with an opportunity to explore courses related to health care.   This enables them to gain a strong foundation in healthcare knowledge before they go on to pursue a higher degree. 

    Currently, the courses available are:

    • 8th Grade Sampler
    • Healthcare Careers
    • Medical Terminology
    • Anatomy
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Nursing Assistant

    Upon successful completion of their course, students may earn articulated credit or concurrent credit at Saint Paul College.   These courses may then be used towards healthcare degrees such as nursing, medical laboratory technology, emergency medicine, etc. 

    Course Descriptions: 

    8th Grade Sampler

    This course is meant to be an introduction to the medical classes that we offer here at Humboldt.    Students will learn concepts taught in the nursing assistant class, medical terminology class, and anatomy class.  Students will then do research on a medical career of their choice. 

    Healthcare Careers

    This course is meant to be an introduction to healthcare.  Through this course, students learn about the history of healthcare, infection control techniques, safety in the workplace, the opioid epidemic, and medical ethics.  Students also get a chance to sample different medical careers such as:  cytology, radiography (X-Rays), therapy (speech, occupational, physical), nursing, emergency medicine, optometry, audiology, and genetic counseling.  Students will then do in-depth research on a medical career of their choice. 

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    Medical Terminology

    Through this course, students learn the language of healthcare.  By studying the prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms, students will be able to understand medical language.  Students will learn how to spell, build, and pronounce medical terms correctly.  This class is offered as concurrent credit through Saint Paul College and students can apply this class towards many healthcare degrees. 

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    Anatomy

    Through this course, students will acquire basic knowledge of the form and structures of 11 body systems.    Students will learn through hands on lab activities, dissections, projects, independent work and teamwork.

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    Anatomy and Physiology

    Through this course, students will acquire basic knowledge of the form and function of 11 body systems.    Students will learn through hands on lab activities, dissections, projects, independent work and teamwork.  This is a course that is commonly needed for any medical degree.  Currently, this class does NOT offer articulated or concurrent college credit. 

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    Nursing Assistant

    The curriculum for this course includes major components of basic nursing skills related to patient care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or home care.  Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the Minnesota Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Competency exam.

    Career-Related Skills

    • Patient care, including grooming, bathing, dressing, and oral hygiene
    • Infection control techniques
    • Safety and emergency procedures
    • Maintaining a clean and safe environment
    • Performing vital signs
    • Medical abbreviations and terminology Healthcare provider CPR
    • Patient care observations
    • Communication techniques

    Career Outlook

    The Certified Nursing Assistant course is highly recommended for individuals who would like to earn a college degree to become a:

    • Nurse
    • Medical Assistant
    • Physician's Assistant
    • Physician

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    Have Questions? Contact Us!

    Becky Wood, Medical Careers Teacher

    Email:  becky.wood@spps.org

     

    Jennifer Farrell, Counselor

    Email: jennifer.farrell@spps.org