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Health Science – Certified Patient Care Technician Program Of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Principles of Health Science (2 Semesters) (9-10)
Designed to provide an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development systems of the health care industry. Taken Simultaneously with Biology. Pass STAAR Math and Science prior to entering the program.

Medical Terminology (2 Semesters) (9-12)
Designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, singular and plural forms, and medical abbreviations. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. (Prerequisite: Pass all EOC exams, Biology with 85+ and pass Principles of Health Science with an 85+)

Health Science Theory (2 Semesters) (10-12)
Designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will employ hands-on experiences for continued knowledge and skill development. (Prerequisite: Pass Biology and Chemistry with 85+ and pass Medical Terminology with an 85+) 

*Practicum of Health Science – Patient Care Technician (2 Semesters) (11-12)
Designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. Concentration in the Medical Assistant area. (Prerequisite: Pass Biology and Chemistry with 85+ and pass Health Science Theory with an 85+) 

Additional program requirements for Health Science NOT already mentioned above:

  • Must pass background check
  • No DAEP, misdemeanors or felonies (ISS reviewed by a committee)
  • Must be willing to pay for uniform, required immunizations, and any other program cost requirements

Program of Study Teacher:

  • Sylvia Beste (Canutillo High School)

Career and Technical Student Organization:
Health Occupations Students of America - Future Health Professionals

High School Industry Certification:
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
*40 clinical hours are required to receive a certification as a PCT.

Occupations in this Program of Study:
Surgical Technologist, Median Wage: $40,032
Physicians and Surgeons, Median Wage: $213,071
Certificate/License in this Program of Study: 
Surgical Technologist

Associate's Degree in this Program of Study: 
Medical/Clinical Assistant 

Bachelor's Degree in this Program of Study: 
Registered Nurse

Master's/Doctoral Professional Degree in this Program of Study:
Family and General Practitioners