# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences Course Description

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences (8302/36 weeks) Course Description

Course Description

Course Code:8302
Co-op:Available
Duration:36 weeks
Suggested Grade Levels:9–12
Prerequisites:None

This course introduces the student to a variety of healthcare careers and develops basic skills required in all health and medical sciences. It is designed to help students understand the key elements of the U.S. healthcare system and to learn basic healthcare terminology, anatomy and physiology for each body system, pathologies, diagnostic and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and the fundamentals of traumatic and medical emergency care. Throughout the course, instruction emphasizes safety, cleanliness, asepsis, professionalism, accountability, and efficiency within the healthcare environment. Students also begin gaining job-seeking skills for entry into the health and medical sciences field. In addition, instruction may include the basics of medical laboratory procedures, pharmacology fundamentals, biotechnology concepts, and communication skills essential for providing quality patient care.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Health Science
    • Diagnostics Services
    • Health Informatics
    • Therapeutic Services

Available Credentials

Upon completion of the course

Certifications

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.