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Health Sciences II (OTH094)

Health Sciences II (OTH094)

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Challenging. Variable. Rewarding. These three words can be used to describe many careers in the health sciences. In this course, you will learn more about what it takes to be a successful health science professional, including how to communicate with patients. You
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Course Description

Challenging. Variable. Rewarding. These three words can be used to describe many careers in the health sciences. In this course, you will learn more about what it takes to be a successful health science professional, including how to communicate with patients. You’ll explore the rights and responsibilities of both patients and health science professionals in patient care and learn more about how to promote wellness among patients and health care staffs. Finally, you’ll learn more about safety in health science settings and the challenges and procedures of emergency care, infection control, and blood-borne pathogens.

Course Length: One Semester

Health Care Systems

  • Identify the basic components of the healthcare delivery system, including public, private, government, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Discuss common methods of payment for health care services.
  • Describe the composition and functions of a health care team.
  • Explain factors that influence the current delivery system of health care.
  • Interpret the impact of emerging issues – including technology, epidemiology, bioethics, and socioeconomics – on health care delivery systems.


Communication in Health Care

  • Correctly use appropriate medical terminology and abbreviations.
  • Explain the importance of patient/client education regarding health care.
  • Develop basic speaking and active listening skills.
  • Analyze elements of communication using a sender-receiver model.
  • Distinguish between and report on subjective and objective information.


Legal Responsibilities and Patient’s Rights

  • Discuss the legal framework of the health care occupations, including scope-of-practice legislation.
  • Recognize practices that could result in malpractice, liability, negligence, abandonment, false imprisonment, and fraud.
  • Identify standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Explain the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Describe advance directives.


Health Care Workers’ Responsibilities in the Workplace

  • Explain the laws governing harassment, labor, and employment.
  • Differentiate between legal and ethical issues in health care.
  • Recognize and learn how to report illegal or unethical practices of health care workers.
  • Identify and compare personal, professional, and organizational ethics.
  • Distinguish among the five schedules of controlled substances.



  • Describe strategies for prevention of diseases, including health screenings and examinations.
  • Discuss the adverse effects of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and both legal and illegal drugs on the human body, and apply safety practices related to these and other high-risk behaviors.
  • Explain the basic concepts of positive self-image, wellness, and stress.
  • Develop a wellness and stress-control plan that can be used in personal and professional life.
  • Recognize the steps in the grief process.


Workplace Safety

  • Recognize safe and unsafe working conditions and know how to report safety hazards.
  • Identify and describe methods in medical error reduction and prevention in various health care settings.
  • Follow Materials Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) and comply with safety signs, symbols, and labels.
  • Demonstrate proper body mechanics and ergonomics.
  • Implement fire, safety, disaster, and evacuation procedures.


Emergency Care and Infection Control

  • Describe legal parameters relating to the administration of emergency care.
  • Monitor and record vital signs.
  • Define principles of infection control, including standard and transmission-based precautions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical asepsis and practice procedures, such as hand-washing and isolation.
  • Explain and apply the theory of root-cause analysis.


Technology in Health Care and Medical Math

  • Describe technology applications in health care.
  • Measure time, temperature, distance, capacity, and mass/weight.
  • Evaluate data and draw conclusions.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Organize and communicate the results obtained by observation and experimentation.


Blood-borne Illnesses

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal aspects of HIV/AIDS, including testing.
  • Identify community resources and services available to individuals with diseases caused by blood-borne pathogens.
  • Recognize at-risk behaviors that promote the spread of diseases caused by blood-borne pathogens, and the public health education necessary to combat the spread of these diseases.
  • Apply infection control techniques designed to prevent the spread of diseases caused by blood-borne pathogens to the care of all patients following CDS guidelines.
  • Recognize emerging diseases and disorders.



Getting a Job in the Health Care Industry

  • Demonstrate the personal traits or attitudes desirable in a member of the health care team.
  • Discuss levels of education; credentialing requirements, including licensure and certification; employment opportunities; workplace environments; and career growth potential.
  • Compare careers within the health science career pathways (diagnostic services, therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, biotechnology research and development).
  • Develop a job-specific resume.
  • Identify characteristics of effects teams.

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials

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Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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