Health Sciences AcademyMISD Partnership

Students get to wear scrubs!!

Healthcare Career

A career in healthcare can be fun, exciting, and rewarding. There are a variety of opportunities that you will be able to explore in the Health Sciences Academy. High school students get a chance to work as a team with other students and in our community to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our Goal

Our goal in the Health Sciences Academy is to develop a strong foundation of health-related knowledge and skills that allow participants to work in the health industry and/or continue on a health sciences college degree path. 

Academy - Health Sciences

 

 

Industry Outlook and Program Overview

Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other industry by the year 2026, adding over 2 million new jobs, with a growth of over 18% (Occupational Handbook: Bureau of Labor Statistic, 2017).

In partnership with MISD, Midland College offers preparation for a variety of health-related careers to high school students in the Health Sciences Academy.

The Health Sciences Academy is a 4-year exploration of health related topics and career preparation. By the time students get to their senior year, they may pursue an industry certification in Nurse Aide, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy. Academy students could also begin preparations for medical careers such as nursing or physician practice. If unsure of which health career is right for them, students will have opportunities to explore many different options throughout the academy.

Academy students will practice on state-of-the-art equipment in a simulation lab, and connect to our local medical community through guest speakers, field trips and clinical placement.

MISD High School Students

The Health Sciences Academy is an excellent foundation of knowledge and skill competencies that will be relevant for any MISD high school student who intends to pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

Qualities Needed

  • Responsible
  • High Integrity standards
  • Hard working
  • Detail-oriented
  • Compassionate heart

Expectations

  • Attend class regularly 
  • Prepared to work hard in class and complete all homework
  • Dedicated to read & study 5-7 hours/week outside of class
  • Clinicals

Cost - STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

  • Students may be required to purchase scrubs or a uniform
  • A few supplies such as a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff (a list of supplies and fees will be provided in class)
  • EMT program has additional supplies required
  • Cost of National Certification Exam - specific to each field - may have a fee of approximately $80-$150

MISD covers student dual credit tuition

 

This program may require more discipline and commitment than students experienced in the past. Students are stepping into a profession, and must study like a life depends on them – because it does!

Admission Requirements

  • Attend a Parent Night during the Spring term of the student's 8th or 9th grade year
  • Good school attendance history
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Pass Criminal Background check
  • 11th & 12th Grade Immunizations:
    • Meningitis - within last 5 years
    • Hepatitis B series
    • MMR 
    • Varicella
    • Tetanus (DTAP) - within last 10 years
    • Before Clinicals: Tuberculosis (TB) - negative result within past year, and Influenza - current year

Enrollment

  • Students first take the Health Sciences Foundation courses
  • Once those hours are complete, students can enter one of the following paths: 
    • Nursing Aide
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Visit with your MISD Counselor for all enrollment details and immunization requirements

Instruction

Classes are held on the campuses of Midland High, Lee High, Midland Freshman, and Lee Freshman.

Freshman/Sophomore/1st Semester Junior

The Health Sciences Foundation is a Midland College dual credit - Level 1 Certificate (15 credit hours). It is offered to students starting in their 9th grade spring semester and ending 11th grade fall semester. The sequence of courses will introduce the student to medical vocabulary, knowledge, and basic skills.

9TH GRADE

HPRS 1202 - Wellness and Health Promotion 
2 Hours (2-1)
An overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the life span. Focus is on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness. Students explain personal, social, cultural, nutritional, and environmental components of wellness and prevention; correlate concepts of wellness and healthy lifestyle; and develop health promotion strategies.

HPRS 1101 - Introduction to Health Professions
1 Hours (1-0)
An overview of roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting the delivery of health care. Students will identify the roles of various health care professionals; outline state and national credentialing and licensing requirements; describe legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of health care professionals; give examples of professionalism; and define the rights and responsibilities of health care professionals.

10TH GRADE

MDCA 1210 – (Medical Assistant) Interpersonal and Communication Skills 
2 Hours (2-0)
Emphasis on the application of basic psychological principles and the study of behavior as they apply to special populations. Topics include procedures for self-understanding and social adaptability in interpersonal communication with patients and co-workers in an ambulatory care setting. Students will explain basic psychological principles and developmental stages of life; differentiate between verbal and non-verbal communication; identify behaviors that interfere with effective communication; identify elements of active listening; discuss the stages of grief; identify relationships among various health care professions; and describe and demonstrate professionalism of an effective health care worker.

NURA 1307 - Body Systems
3 Hours (3-0)
A basic study of the structures and functions of the human body. Students will identify the structures of the major body systems; describe the functions of each system; and discuss correlation among body systems.

MDCA 1213 - Medical Terminology 
2 Hours (2-0)
A study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. Includes structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. Students will define terms and abbreviations which apply to the structural organization of the body; analyze and identify terms and their components from a list, including prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms; pronounce, spell, and define medical terms; and interpret the contents of a written patient medical scenario.

11TH GRADE (FALL)

MDCA 1302 - Human Disease/Pathophysiology
3 Hours (3-0)
A study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology, including etiology, prognosis, medical treatment, signs and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems. Students will distinguish between normal and abnormal physiologic functions of all body systems; identify etiology, signs, and symptoms of diseases of all body systems; and correlate the prognosis, medical treatment, and procedures with patient morbidity and mortality.

HPRS 1204 – Basic Health Profession Skills
2 Hours (1-2)
A study of the concepts that serve as the foundation for health profession courses, including client care and safety issues, basic client monitoring, and health documentation methods.
Students will learn the importance of compliance with national, state, and local regulatory agencies; respond to basic medical emergencies; perform client monitoring skills; and document health care.

Junior/Senior Pathway Options

  • Nurse Aide
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Curriculum & Course sequence for Junior/Senior pathways - See section below

MIDLAND ISD


Kim Evans

Director of CTE
Advanced Technology Center, Room 148
(432) 240-1352
kim.evans@midlandisd.net

Katy Grimes

CTE & Assessment Secretary
Advanced Technology Center, Front Office
(432) 240-1351
katy.grimes@midlandisd.net

Angela Verner

CTE Counselor
Advanced Technology Center, Room 149
(432) 240-1353
angela.verner@midlandisd.net


MIDLAND COLLEGE


Wendy Wood-Collins, RN

Associate Dean of Health Sciences, Dual Credit and Continuing Education
Advanced Technology Center, Room 138
(432) 681-6364
wwoodcollins@midland.edu

William Goble, RN

Health Sciences Academy, Department Chair
Advanced Technology Center, Room 114
(432) 681-6324
wgoble@midland.edu

Shirley Linstedt

Department Administrative Secretary
Advanced Technology Center, Room 138
(432) 681-6305
slinstedt@midland.edu

 

 Junior/Senior Course Sequence by Pathway

The Nurse Aide course is offered during the spring of 11th grade year to students who have completed the Health Sciences Foundations. The student has the opportunity to continue into the Patient Care Tech Program in 12th grade. A clinical experience will be in a local nursing home – long term care facility. 

NOTE: For academic year 2019-2020, CNA will be offered to 11th and 12th grade students.

11TH grade (Spring)


NURA 1301: Nurse Aide for Health Care
3 Hours (3-1)

Knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Student will assist with activities of daily living including personal care; measure vital signs; assist with restorative services, positioning, and mobility; communicate effectively with residents and their families based on sensitivity to the psychosocial needs; and interact effectively as a member of the health care team. Topics include resident's rights; infection control measures; safety; body mechanics; observation, reporting, and documenting; and professionalism. Emphasis is on care of the geriatric population and dementia. Preparation to gain employment as a Nurse Aide/Assistant.


NURA 1160: Clinical - Nursing Assistant/Aide
1 Hours (0-0-3)

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and competencies in a long-term care facility. Skills involve specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and regulations. Students will demonstrate professional behavior; safety practices; interpersonal and teamwork skills; and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the healthcare industry. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical site.

The Patient Care Technician Program is a Midland College dual credit –  Level 1 Certificate (15 credit hours). It is offered to students during who have completed the Health Sciences Foundations. It starts with 11th grade spring semester and ends upon completion of spring 12th grade. The PCT position provides patient support in an acute care facility like a hospital. They have competencies beyond that of a Nurse Aide, with the scope of a variety of patients ranging from pediatrics to emergency room and critical care. 

11th grade (spring)

NURA 1301: Nurse Aide for Health Care
3 Hours (3-1)

Knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. Student will assist with activities of daily living including personal care; measure vital signs; assist with restorative services, positioning, and mobility; communicate effectively with residents and their families based on sensitivity to the psychosocial needs; and interact effectively as a member of the health care team. Topics include resident's rights; infection control measures; safety; body mechanics; observation, reporting, and documenting; and professionalism. Emphasis is on care of the geriatric population and dementia. Preparation to gain employment as a Nurse Aide/Assistant.

NURA 1160: Clinical - Nursing Assistant/Aide
1 Hours (0-0-3)

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and competencies in a long-term care facility. Skills involve specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and regulations. Students will demonstrate professional behavior; safety practices; interpersonal and teamwork skills; and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the healthcare industry. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.


12th grade

PLAB 1323: Phlebotomy
3 Hours (3-1)

Theory and skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. Student will demonstrate competency with vacuum collection devises; syringes; venipuncture and capillary skin puncture; butterfly needles; blood culture collection; and specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis is on infection prevention; patient identification; specimen labeling; quality assurance; proper specimen handling and processing, professionalism; ethics; and medical terminology. Preparation to gain employment as a Phlebotomist.

PLAB 1160: Clinical – Phlebotomy
1 Hours (0-0-3)

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupations theory, skill, and competencies. Skills involve specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and regulations. Student will demonstrate legal/ethical behavior; safety practices; interpersonal and teamwork skills; and appropriate written and verbal communications skills using terminology of the occupation. Direct supervision is provided by instructor or preceptor.

ECRD 1391: Special Topics: Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician
3 Hours (3-0)

Fundamentals of cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, and disease processes. Includes basic electrocardiography procedures; interpretation of basic cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias; and knowledge of appropriate treatment modalities. Student will demonstrate proper use of electrocardiography equipment and correct electrode placement.

NUPC 1320: Patient Care Technician
3 Hours (3-0)

Training, skills, and knowledge needed to provide basic care to patients of an acute care facility.
Student will assist with activities of daily living including personal care; measure vital signs; assist with positioning and transfers; communicate effectively with patients and their families; and interact effectively as a member of the health care team. Topics include patient's rights; infection control measures; safety; body mechanics; observation, reporting, and documenting; critical thinking; and legal/ethical issues. Emphasis is on acute care of the adult and pediatric population, and critical care specialties. Preparation to gain employment as a Patient Care Technician.

NUPC 1160: Clinical – Patient Care Assistant/Aide
1 hour (0-0-3)

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and competencies in an acute care facility. Skills involve specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and regulations. Students will demonstrate legal/ethical behavior; safety practices; interpersonal and teamwork skills; and appropriate written and verbal communications skills using the terminology of the healthcare industry. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

The Pharmacy Tech Program is a continuing education sequence of courses offered to 12th grade students who have completed the Health Sciences Foundations. The content is a comprehensive study of pharmacology and medication preparation. In this program you will have the opportunity to participate in clinicals at local facilities to practice skills. This is a good option for a student who has the goal of becoming a Pharmacist, Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner as it will provide a broad understanding of medication treatment modalities.

12th Grade

PHRA 1001: Introduction to Pharmacy

An overview of the qualifications, operational guidelines, and job duties of a pharmacy technician in a variety of settings. Students will outline the history of the pharmacy profession; identify standards of law and ethics governing pharmacy practice; define key terminology related to pharmacy; explain the proper usage of pharmacy related equipment and supplies. Preparation to gain employment as a Pharmacy Technician.

PHRA 1060: Clinical – Pharmacy Technician

A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and competencies in an acute care facility. Skills involve specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, and regulations. Students will demonstrate legal/ethical behavior; safety practices; interpersonal and teamwork skills; and appropriate written and verbal communications skills using the terminology of the healthcare industry. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

PHRA 1043: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review

A review of major topics covered on the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCB).

EMSP 1501: Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

5 Hours (4-4-0)
This course is a preparation for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Prerequisites: Permission from Health Sciences office required to enroll.

EMSP 1370: EMT Certification Preparation

3 Hours (2-4-0)
This course will review theory and skills necessary to meet national and state requirements to meet national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).   Prerequisites: Permission from Health Science Division required to enroll.

EMSP 1160: EMT Clinical

1 Hour (0-0-4)
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts.  Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. Prerequisites: Permission from Health Science Division required to enroll.

MISD Health Sciences Academy Faculty

Gail Day Duncan
gail day duncan
Instructor
MISD Health Sciences Academy
Advanced Technology Center, Room 121
(432) 681-6322
Susanna Dominguez
susanna dominguez
Instructor
MISD Health Sciences Academy
Advanced Technology Center, Room 128
(432) 681-6327
Holly Geerts
holly geerts
Instructor
MISD Health Sciences Academy
Advanced Technology Center, Room 115
(432) 681-6321

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