Health Science Course Description

First Semester: Students study anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology in the classroom. The format consists of lecture, audiovisual aids, guest speakers, skill demonstrations and skill practice. Students demonstrate their mastery of objectives through written and objective tests, performance testing, and term research projects on a disease of the student’s choice. The term project is presented orally in class. This first semester, two hour per day course is the prerequisite to the second semester clinical experience. The following is an estimate of how many hours per week are devoted to the various aspects of the course:

Anatomy and Physiology 3 hours per week
Pathophysiology 2 hours per week
Skill Practice 2 hours per week
Lecture, Audiovisual, Guest Speakers 1 hour per week
Skill Demonstration 1 hour per week
Written and Objective Tests, Performance Tests, Research 1 hour per week

Second Semester: Each student has an individualized clinical rotation for two hours per day, four days per week. The principles and concepts studied during first semester Health Sciences and in other previous science courses are applied, reinforced and expanded upon. There are over 100 placements for clinical. Students stay in each clinical placement for 2-4 weeks with some longer experiences of up to the entire 12 weeks of clinical. The following is an example of one student’s clinical plan: two weeks/two hours per day at University of Michigan Emergency Department, UM General Medicine unit, UM Trauma/Burn Unit, St. Joseph Mercy Health System Trauma VA Medical Center Pharmacy, and Diagnostic Labs at the VA Medical Center.

This list of clinical experiences demonstrates the many opportunities our students have to be involved in the latest technological developments in health care and medicine.

- Attending patient rounds in various inpatient units of the University of Michigan Medical Center with physicians and nurses and other member of the health care team.

- Observing surgery at the VA Medical Center (many types of surgery including intricate eye surgery, vascular surgery, back surgery, neurosurgery).

- Observing and participating in labor and delivery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and University of Michigan Medical Center (vaginal births and C-Sections).

- Observing high tech procedures at all three medical centers including MRI’s, CT Scans, Nuclear Medicine Scans, Vascular Flow Studies, Angiography, Cardiac Catheterizations, Placement of Internal Cardiac Defibrillators, Ultrasounds, Skin Culturing, Skin Grafting, Endoscopy.

- Shadowing and assisting physicians, nurses, dentists, and many other health care professionals as they carry out patient care.- Assisting in an orthopedic surgery practice with casting, staple removal, looking at X-rays, and other orthopedic procedures.

- Providing patient care including taking vital signs, transferring patients, calculating fluids using the metric system, gathering data to help the health care team with an assessment of the patient’s progress.

- Reviewing patients charts, laboratory results, medications, and documentation by various health care professionals.

- Observing and gathering knowledge about certain areas of medical research such as animal research and clinical research studying patients having endocrine or dermatologic problems.

- Observing and assisting at veterinary clinics with all aspects of animal medicine including surgery.

- Observing and assisting in various medical disciplines including emergency room, hemodialysis, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech therapy, pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatric care, respiratory care, radiology, optometry, dentistry, organ transplantation, geriatric/long term care, rehabilitation, severely multiplied impaired treatment and education. Intensive care units include medical, surgical, cardiac, thoracic, neurology trauma/burn, neonatal, pediatric/cardio-thoracic, and post anesthesia unit.

Students learn skills and are prepared to work in the health care field at an entry level position after taking our course. The majority of our students are planning to enter college. This course prepares the student, both in knowledge and in exploration, for the career they plan to major in at the university level. Academically our students are challenged by the strong science content which is  complemented by writing, math, and human development components. Our course is rigorous, interesting, and sets high expectations for each student. The clinical experiences provide an opportunity for personal growth, responsibility and development of interpersonal not possible in the classroom setting. Students leave the program with higher readiness for employment, post secondary studies or both.

For more information about the Health Sciences Technology Program please call the instructor at 734-996-3154 for Pioneer High School or 734-9941720 for Huron High School.


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