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Health and Biosciences

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE (PROJECT LEAD THE WAY)

PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (A2020) Grade Level 11, 12
This course is designed as an introduction to the various areas of biomedical science and provides the scientific foundation necessary for success in subsequent Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science courses. The course is an exploration of biological concepts, including pathways of infection, genetics, and physiology is guided by the project-based approach. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. Coursework is project-based and includes the development of fundamental biotechnology laboratory skills, including gel electrophoresis, micropipette, bacteria culturing, and aseptic technique.

HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS (A2021) Grade Level 11, 12
This course is designed to explore human body systems and their interactions, including identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students engage in scientific investigation as they build models of organs and tissues, analyze patterns in physiological systems and processes, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions, such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Students work through real-world medical cases and assume the role of various biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Coursework is project-based and includes the development of biotechnology laboratory skills, including the use of selection and use of restriction enzymes, tissue and organ dissection, and the collection and analysis of vital signs and physiological data.

MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS (A2022) Accelerated Credits, Grade Level 11, 12
This course is designed to study interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Students are exposed to a wide range of scenarios and laboratory research related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Critical thinking and bioethical reasoning is used in the analysis of medical data, interpretation of the various physiological processes involved, and proposal of appropriate treatment protocols. Coursework is project-based and includes the development of biotechnology laboratory skills, including polymerase chain reactions, tissue pathology, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), bacterial conjugation and transformation, and laparoscopic technique. Students prepare for an external assessment of developed biotechnology laboratory skills through the Biotechnican Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE).

BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION (A2023) Accelerated Credits, Grade Level 11, 12
This capstone course is designed for students to synthesize and apply learned content to design and conduct experiments related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease or illness. Students complete investigative missions that require them to propose and model innovations for solving real-world medical problems. The culmination of the work is an independent research project which addresses a particular medical problem and proposes a solution. Students are expected to present their research results to science researchers and representatives from the local healthcare and business communities.

ACADEMY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS CNA

FOUNDATIONS IN MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCE (A2024) Grade Level 11, 12
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, environmental, and informational systems in the healthcare industry. 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. It is recommended that students have completed biology and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology or be concurrently enrolled in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology. This course is required for the Academy of Health Professions.

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE HUMAN BODY (A2025) Grade Level 11, 12
This course builds on prior knowledge from Foundations in Medicine and Health Science. Students also study the structure and functions of the human body, including cellular biology and histology. Students will conduct laboratory investigations and fieldwork, use scientific methods during investigations to solve problems, and make informed decisions. Case studies, based on actual events, will include genetics, immune system disorders, and the health and aging of the human body. Students will have real-world experiences in preparation for their clinical experience during their senior year. This course is required for the Academy of Health Professions. It is recommended that students have completed biology and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology or be concurrently enrolled in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (A2026) Accelerated Credits, Grade Level 11, 12
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform basic care services for patients and residents in a variety of settings. Students will complete at least 40 hours of clinical experience. This course is designed to meet the curriculum requirements of the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON). After successful completion of the written and practical Nursing Assistant Certification Exam, students will have the opportunity to apply for certification as a CNA through the MBON, as well as the Maryland Geriatric Nursing Assistant certification, First Aid, and CPR certifications. This course is required for the Academy of Health Professions.

CERTIFIED CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTANT (A2027) Accelerated Credits, Grade Level 11, 12
This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform general, administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties in various medical office settings. Skills such as electronic medical records, phlebotomy, electrocardiography, and medication administration are included in this course. After successful completion of the required components, students will have the opportunity to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certification exam through the National Health Career Association. This course is required for the Academy of Health Professions.

PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY (A114SM) Dual Credit (BIO113), Accelerated Credit, Grade Level 11, 12
This course includes an introduction to molecular structure and biochemistry, cell structure, cell energetics and metabolism, classical and human genetics, and DNA structure. 

ACADEMY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS SPORTS MEDICINE

FOUNDATIONS OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCE (A2105SM) Grade Level 9, 10, 11, 12
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 academic and technical skills necessary to function as health professionals.

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE HUMAN BODY (A2106SM) Dual Credit (BIO116), Accelerated Credit, Grade Level 10, 11, 12
Students in this course study the structure and functions of the human body, including cellular biology and histology. The systematic study involves homeostatic mechanisms of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, and 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. This class is a dual credit course and aligns with BIO 116 at HCC, giving students the opportunity to gain college credit.

CARE AND PREVENTION OF ATHLETIC INJURIES (A2107SM) Dual Credit (PED216), Grade Level 11, 12
This course provides students with knowledge of specific areas of sports-related injuries. It is a dual credit course aligned with PED 216: Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries at Hagerstown Community College. Students may elect to take this course for both WCPS and HCC credit. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the care of athletic injuries and how to prevent these injuries from occurring. Students will discuss Legal Issues, Emergency Plans, Introduction to Injury, Mechanisms of Injury, Prevention of Injury, First Aid, Anatomy and mechanics of the joint, Conditioning, Concussion awareness, Life-threatening injuries, Cardiac, head/brain, spinal, respiratory, circulatory, thoracic/internal injuries, EpiPen, and seizures.

ALLIED HEALTH INTERNSHIP (A2108SM) Grade Level 12
The Allied Health Internship Course is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied theory. Students enrolled in the AHP Pathway Options of Dental Assisting, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Physical Rehabilitation, Nationally Recognized Pharmacy Technician, Other Medical Specialty Course, or Dual Enrollment which do not have a specific, required clinical experience aligned to the content, should choose this course to complete the AHP program of study. Those students should take this course for one (1) credit.

CNA/GNA (A2028) Dual Credit, Grade Level 10, 11, 12
For students who wish to complete a certificate program in practical nursing. The nursing program is approved by the Maryland State Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The nursing program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skill, and understanding necessary to function effectively in all areas of practical nursing. Graduates of the nursing program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).