This class is developed for learners who are interested in a career in nursing or who are interested in preparing themselves for employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Basic nursing principles are taught in a lecture setting while communication techniques, introduction to basic physical assessment and basic nursing procedures are demonstrated in the clinical and lab setting. Emphasis is placed on the care of the client in the long-term care setting. In addition to the classroom instruction, the student will complete at minimum two community observations. The clinical experience is scheduled and supervised by the instructor. Upon successful completion of the skills portion of the course the student will be eligible to write the certified nurse aid examination.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The Emergency Medical Services course places a special emphasis on the foundational knowledge and skills needed in medical emergencies. Typically, topics of skill development include clearing airway obstructions, controlling bleeding, bandaging, methods for lifting and transporting injured persons, simple spinal immobilization, infection control, stabilizing fractures, and responding to cardiac arrest. Along with these skills, other topics cover the legal and ethical responsibilities involved in dealing with medical emergencies. Course are designed to better prepare learners to obtain certification such as: Emergency Medical Response (EMR), CPR, First Aid, Incident Command System (ICS), and Wilderness First Responder.
Health Science I
This course explores the many career opportunities available in the medical, nursing, and allied health professions. Learners attain basic health-provider skills, including CPR and First Aid. Curriculum content includes ethics, legalities, safety, medical terminology, communication skills, infection control, professional attitudes, anatomy, and physiology. A variety of specialists from many health professions are utilized as speakers. Learners who have met set criteria will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of one community observation of a health professional as availability allows (examples: dentistry, pediatrics, pharmacy, radiology, sports medicine, veterinary medicine).
Health Science II
This course enables learners to gain additional and concentrated insights into the health career professions. Learners observe and interact with professionals to broaden their knowledge of the health care community. Learners can select community observations from more than fifty professional sites AS AVAILABILITY ALLOWS. This course also provides assistance in preparing the learner for entry into competitive two- and four-year college programs for professional health careers. Curriculum content includes career-planning skills, aging, bereavement, disease processes, wellness, mental health, and teen issues, along with associated careers.
Medical Terminology (Dual Credit)
This class is designed to introduce learners to the health information technology (Medical Records) field. Learners will be taught prefixes, suffixes, and root words for medical terms. This will include meanings, spellings, and pronunciations. Emphasis is on building a working medical vocabulary based on body systems. Anatomy and physiology of major organs, pathological conditions, laboratory studies, clinical procedures, and abbreviations are studied for each body system. The learner will also learn medical terminology as it relates to pathology, diagnostic, surgical, clinical, and laboratory procedures and common abbreviations and acronyms by body systems. (Can be taken for dual credit with NDSCS; however, the dual credit will transfer to most colleges)
Prevention / Care of Athletic Injuries
Provides the learner with a background in athletic training and basic health care. The course emphasizes injury prevention, first responder management daily for athletic injuries and skills to fulfill the activities of daily living. Learners will be able in one semester to complete the requirements to become a student athletic trainer.