Career Cluster: Health Science

Course Description: Introduction to Health Science is a foundational course for all Health Science Programs of Study. This course encourages awareness of career possibilities in healthcare and informs students of educational opportunities available in health science programs. Instruction also includes beginning anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, employability skills, communication skills, customer service skills, cultural awareness, disease and disorders with a focus on homeostatic imbalances, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry.

Certifications: American Heart Association Community CPR and First Aid, Precision Exams Technical Skills Attainment

Test Alignment: Precision Exams Introduction to Health Science – Colorado

Standards Alignment:

NCHSE, National Health Science Standards

The following alignments are contained in the document “Introduction to Health Science Standard Alignment.”

HOSA, HOSA – Future Health Professionals

CSS, Colorado State Standards

PWR, Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness


HOSA Advisor

Standard I – Students will explore the fundamental aspects of healthcare
ObjectivesEvidence OutcomesNCHSE Standard Alignment
1- Compare and contrast the history of medicine with current trends.Students can:
a- Create a historical timeline.
b- Identity current trends in healthcare.
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2- Summarize professional standards and characteristics of healthcare workers.Students can:
a- Demonstrate proper hygiene of a healthcare worker.
b- Describe proper dress of a healthcare worker.
c- Discuss proper behavior in a healthcare setting (i.e., ethical, honesty, empathy, dependability, life-long learner, and teamwork).
NCHSE: 4.11, 4.12, 6.22
3- Discuss desirable attitudes and behaviors when providing healthcare to patients.Students can:
a- Describe how cultural differences impact the delivery of healthcare.
b- Describe the importance of culturally sensitive care (i.e., gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.).
c- Evaluate Interpersonal Communication skills that are necessary for all healthcare workers (verbal and nonverbal communication, communication barriers, subjective and objective information, sender-receiver feedback model, speaking and active listening skills, modified communication skills).
d- Apply customer service principles in the healthcare setting (telephone skills, patience, honesty, confidence, work under pressure, positive language, going the extra mile, learn from mistakes, be a leader, time management, etc.).
e- Understand roles and responsibilities of team members.
f- Recognize characteristics of effective teams.
g- Differentiate creative methods for building positive team relationships.
h- Analyze attributes and attitudes of an effective leader.
i- Apply effective techniques for managing team conflict.
NCHSE: 4.11, 6.21, 2.11, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14, 2.15, 2.16, 8.11, 8.12, 8.21, 8.22, 8.23
4- Explore careers and technology used in healthcare career clusters.
A. Diagnostic
B. Therapeutic
C. Health Informatics
D. Support Services
E. Biotechnology Research and Development
Students can:
a- Assess career options and the preparation necessary for employment in the healthcare industry, academic requirements for professional advancement (including the differences between accredited and non-accredited programs) i.e., certification, licensure, registration with DORA, continuing education, and advanced degrees) from a variety of sources.
b- Describe the impact of health services on the economy.
c- Plan and prepare an oral presentation using HOSA guidelines for Clinical Specialty, Health Career Display, or Medical Photography.
NCHSE: 4.31, 4.32
5- Identify how math is used in the medical field.Students can:
a- Demonstrate use of the 24-hour clock/military time.
b- Demonstrate competency in basic math skills as they relate to healthcare (i.e., averages, rations, fractions, percentages, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
c- Demonstrate the ability to convert units of height, weight, and temperature.
d- Demonstrate the ability to use the metric system.
e- Demonstrate the ability to analyze diagrams, charts, graphs, and tables to interpret healthcare results.
NCHSE: 1.31, 1.32, 1.33
6- Demonstrate American Heart Association Community First Aid, CPR skills and safety practices.

Note: American Heart Association Community First Aid and CPR is the lowest level of recommended certification for this course. Advanced First Aid and CPR certification may replace the American Heart Association Community First Aid and CPR certification.
Students can:
a- Demonstrate American Heart Association Community First Aid and CPR.
b- Explain principles of infection control and assess methods of controlling the spread and growth of microorganisms and blood borne pathogens.
c. Demonstrate the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
NCHSE: 7.11, 7.12, 7.21, 7.41, 7.42, 10.12,