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Course Description:  This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental and information systems of the healthcare industry.  Students will begin to prepare for a medical or health science career by developing a broad understanding of the cluster and pathways in the Health and Biosciences Cluster.  Students will learn about ethical and legal responsibilities, as well as the history and economics of healthcare.  Students will engage in processes and procedures that are used in the delivery of essential healthcare services. As students learn to use medical terminology within a variety of medical and healthcare environments, they will develop the Skills for Success, academic, and technical skills necessary to function as a health professional.  It is recommended that students complete or be concurrently enrolled in Biology to understand the concepts of Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology introduced in this course.

Students will:

  • Explain the basic structure and functions of human body systems in health and illness;
  • Demonstrate how to maintain a safe environment for the patient, self and others;
  • Perform technical procedures used in a variety of medical settings; 
  • Accurately use medical terminology;
  • Read, understand, evaluate and interpret a variety of media, including research reports, related to healthcare issues;
  • Accurately perform mathematical operations and calculations related to healthcare;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current information and medical technologies;
  • Analyze ethical and legal considerations in healthcare in order to make informed decisions; 
  • Evaluate the career options available in the health and biosciences cluster;
  • Apply science concepts in the assessment and delivery of medical and healthcare services;
  • Perform basic first aid skills and obtain first aid certification from the American Heart Association; and
  • Perform techniques related to infection control while identifying various pathogenic microorganisms and various modes of transmission.

Course Description:  Students in this course study the structure and functions of the human body, including cellular biology and histology.  Systematic study involves homeostatic mechanisms of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous systems and special senses.  Students will investigate the body’s responses to the external environment, maintenance of homeostasis, electrical interactions, transport systems, and energy processes.  Students will conduct laboratory investigations and fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations to solve problems and make informed decisions.  Students will learn the medical terminology related to body systems.  It is recommended that students have completed biology and be concurrently enrolled in chemistry.


Students will:

  • Analyze the relationships between the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the systems of the human body and how they relate to disease;
  • Implement investigative procedures by posing questions, formulating testable hypotheses, selecting appropriate methods and technology, and solving problems;
  • Organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences and predict trends from data;
  • Accurately use various diagnostic and therapeutic technologies;
  • Apply science concepts in the assessment and delivery of medical and healthcare services;
  • Evaluate cause and effect of disease, trauma, and congenital defects on the structures and function of cells, tissues, organs, and systems;
  • Analyze the interrelationship of body systems and their role in the chemical and physical processes of homeostasis;
  • Analyze and explain the chemical reactions that occur in the human body;
  • Identify the effects of environmental factors on the human body and its systems;
  • Describe the various types of tissues that are found in the human body;
  • Accurately define, effectively use, and transcribe medical vocabulary related to healthcare;
  • Use directional terms and anatomical planes related to body structure and systems; and
  • Accurately use medical terminology.
  • Analyze the impact of healthcare delivery services and regulatory agencies within the context of a global economy
  • Compare and contrast cultural and life-span considerations;
  • Compare and contrast the historical significance of medicine with present practice and future advances;
  • Understand systems and construct a general systems model using inputs, throughputs, and a feedback loop;
  • Analyze global healthcare issues and predict future trends.

Course Description: Students partipate in classroom, lab-based and clinical experiences that prepare them for employment in acute or long-term care facilities. 60 Hours of Clinical Practice will be completed at area Nursing Homes/Health Care Facilities. Upon completion of this course students take the Certified Nurisng Assistant (CNA) ceritifctaion exam. Students taking this AHP Pathway Option will also participate in the Clinical Internship course. The content of this course must be approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBoN).


Students in this course will:

  • Complete the required theory hours as set by the Maryland Board of Nursing;
  • Complete the required clincial hours as set by the Maryland Board of Nursing at a clinical site approved by the MBoN (see the Clinical Internship Option under AHP Internship Options);
  • Understand the role of the CNA;
  • Practice infection control;
  • Demonstrate how to safely assist patients with mobility and positioning;
  • Effectively demonstrate patient hygiene techniques;
  • Demonstrate accurate data collection methods;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills;
  • Understand the legal and ethical considerations of being a CNA; and
  • Demonstrate competencies in order to pass the written and practical Nursing Assistant Certification Exam.
The Academy of Health Professions is a two year program which uses project and problem-based learning, clinical experiences, and classroom/lab instruction to teach students about the field of healthcare. Students are introduced to healthcare knowledge and skills through two foundation courses: Foundations of Medicine and Health Science and Structure and Functions of the Human Body. Opportunities for students to apply what they are learning to real-life healthcare situations are offered in the specialized healthcare courses offered during the second year: Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Students have the opportunity to earn state and/or nationally recognized certifications, and college credit through articulation agreements with Stevenson University and Wor-Wic Community College.