Health Sciences

Course Description
Health Sciences is designed as a one or two-year program (3 credits per year) for high school students. The course prepares the student for entry level employment and/or post-secondary education in the health care field. First-year curriculum concentrates on a core curriculum applicable to all health care fields along with career exploration. An individually designed curriculum is the focus of the second- year student in Health Sciences which provides the student with further study in a specific field of their choice. Instructional methods include classroom lecture and discussion, laboratory, and clinical rotation sites.

11th or 12th grade, interest in health career, math skills in computation, measurement, ratio & proportions, reading comprehension & writing communication skills, GPA of 2.0 or above, and organizational skills.

Personal Skills
Personal skills include sincere interest in people, ability to make judgments and decisions, work under stress, oral and written communications, meeting strict standards, dealing with people, and many changing duties.

Physical Skills
Physical skills may include lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling, standing for long periods, reaching, using hands, talking, hearing, seeing clearly up close, and walking.

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level nursing aides in Missouri is $16,610 ($7.99/hr) to an average of $22,930 ($11.02/hr) for experienced workers. The average hourly wage in Missouri $10.01.

Suggested Related H.S. Coursework and Activities
Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Keyboarding, Language Arts, Speech, SkillsUSA

Continuing Education
Health care education can vary in length from a few weeks to several years depending upon the chosen career.

Related Occupations
Courses to be eligible to complete State Certification Exams, 1 year, 2 year, 3 year, Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctorate – each determined by the chosen career.

Missouri Job Outlook
Health careers are the nation’s largest industry. Employment in the health care industry is expected to grow much faster than the average growth. The occupational outlook for those choosing a career in many health careers is very promising. Employment in Missouri for nursing aides is projected to increase from 38,390 in 2006 to 41,440 in 2016, an 8% increase.

Clinical Experiences

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Care Facility
  • School Health
  • Medical Offices
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinarian Offices
  • Laboratory
  • Dietary
  • Radiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Individually designed experiences
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Housekeeping
  • Dietary

The percent of our students who, 6 months after graduation, were continuing their education, employed in the workforce or in the military.

  • 2003 – 93%
  • 2004 – 100%
  • 2005 – 94%
  • 2006 – 88%
  • 2007 – 100%
  • 2008 – 87%
Health Sciences Curriculum 
Units of StudyClock Hours
1st year
Anatomy and Physiology of the Human body100
Basic Health Care Skills / CPR100
Communication / Charting Skills30
Ethical & Legal Responsibilities of Health Care Workers10
Human Growth and Development20
Medical Terminology50
Microbiology and Infection Control30
Safety / Fire / Natural Disaster10
Clinical Experience40
Career Exploration40
Total Clock Hours450
2nd year  
Individually designed curriculum to meet student's career goals.
Total Clock Hours450

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