Intro to Health and Medical Science

Course Syllabus:                                 Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences

 Instructor:                                             Nora Atkins, RN, PTA

Contact:                                                 email [email protected]; phone: 853-6108

Location:                                              ROTEC Rm 6003 PH campus

Office hours:                                        by appointment M-F



Title of Course:                                    Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences 8302 (1 credit)

Texts and Virtual Learning:                  Diversified Health Occupations

                                                           AES computer-based instructional system

Course Description:                             This course emphasizes workplace readiness skills, participation in HOSA, exploration of health careers, concepts of first aid and CPR, safety, infection control, medical terminology, nutrition, legal terms, concepts and ethical responsibilities, vital signs, examination of professionalism in the health care industry, select human systems, and the opioid crisis.


Course Objectives:                             

  1. Demonstrate Personal Qualities and abilities
  2. Demonstrate Interpersonal Skills
  3. Demonstrate professional Competencies
  4. Examine all aspects of an industry
  5. Addressing elements of student life
  6. Explore Work-Based Learning
  7. Understand US Healthcare System
  8. Learn Basic Healthcare terminology
  9. Understand Anatomy and Physiology
  10. Understand the Role of Nutrition in Health Care
  11. Understand Patient Care
  12. Ensure a Clean and Safe Healthcare Environment
  13. Explain the Process and Importance of Patient Identification
  14. Handling Traumatic and Medical Emergencies
  15. Examine Professionalism in the Healthcare Industry
  16. Explore Healthcare Careers and Employability Skills
  17. Describe the Opioid Crisis
  18. Examine the Key Factors of Drug Addiction
  19. Understand Pain Management Protocols
  20. Describe Working with Patients and Caregivers


Please view this link for specific CTE student course competencies

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center — Career and Technical Education


Time Line:

First Nine Weeks

1          Class policies & procedures/begin history

2-4          History of health care and the basic structure of healthcare

5-7          Healthcare career clusters and A&P direction and planes

8-9          Integumentary system, skeletal, muscular system

WPR exam



Second Nine Weeks

1             Nervous system,

2-3          cardiovascular system, sensory and lymphatic system

4-7          Respiratory, digestive, urinary and endocrine      

8-9          professionalism


Third Nine Weeks

  • Wellness and nutrition
  • Legal/ethics, first aid,

6-8          infection control, medical assistant

 9           pharmacology

Fourth Nine Weeks

1-2          safety precautions

3-5          opioid epidemic and patient status

6-9          First aid and CPR





Grade Determination:

Student grades are determined utilizing a variety of tools including but not limited to: individual and group projects, quizzes, test, lab activities, journals, oral presentations, teaching projects, notebooks, portfolios and research papers.


                                                            A typical nine weeks is as follows:


                                                            Workplace Readiness Skills                   20%

Class work                                            25%

                                                            Quizzes                                                 25%

Tests                                                    30%                 







Policies:                                               Attendance

Students are expected to be in class and on time. Absenteeism and tardiness will significantly impact a student’s ability to be successful in this course.



Course assignments are due when stated.  No assignments are accepted for a grade after 7 days beyond the due date.  A 10% grade deduction occurs each day past the due date.


Behavior Expectations


  1. Be Prompt! - Arrive to class before the BELL. Turn in assignments when "DUE."
  2. Be Prepared! - Demonstrates positive Behavior and Attitude. Brings needed materials to class. Is ready for lesson, lab or clinical.
  3. Be Polite! - Cooperates with the teacher and other students. Abides by school rules and meets classroom expectations.
  4. Participate!
    Constructively contributes to class, lab or clinical. Follows directions, is on task, and does not disrupt the class or others.
  5. Be Professional - NO DRAMA! – Refrains from gossiping, whining, bickering, taunting others, bullying, cyber bulling, loud talking, cursing, using inappropriate gestures or other forms of profanity, discussing matters of a personal nature, or other disruptive behavior.



Electronic Devices

Presently, cell phones and other personal electronic devices serve no useful purpose in the classroom; to that end, any student using these devices during class will be addressed, the device will be confiscated, and no less than 2 points will be deducted from the student's daily grade.  All cell phones must be off and in backpacks throughout class.


Guest Speakers

Student attendance is mandatory for all guest speakers. If a student is absent on the day of a guest speaker an alternate assignment will be given.  All students will abide by the guest speaker code of conduct.

Academic Honesty:

Cheating includes any and all actions by a student that are intended to gain an unearned academic advantage by fraudulent or deceptive means.   Plagiarism is a specific form of cheating which consists of the misuse of the published and/or unpublished works of others by misrepresenting the material so used as one's own work and not involving others.   

Plagiarism can include submitting a paper:  

  • written by someone else as your own
  • written by means of inappropriate collaboration
  • written by you for another course, submitted without the permission of both instructors
  • purchased, downloaded, or cut and pasted from the Internet
  • that fails to properly acknowledge its sources through standard citations 

 For the first instance of cheating or plagiarism, students will receive an F for    the quiz, test or assignment, for   the second, failure for the course.