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What is Health Science?
Health Sciences is a 2-year course for students interested in any area in the health profession. The course includes classroom and hands-on experiences that will provide students with basic skills necessary to pursue health occupations. Students completing Health Science Core & Healthcare and Clinical Services are more readily accepted into competitive medical programs and have increased opportunities for employment in the health care field.

Health Science Core, the first course of the secondary Health Sciences program, introduces students to careers available in the health field, basic anatomy and physiology, and basic patient care skills. Upon completion of this course, students will be trained to be entry-level general basic health-care assistants and trained in CPR and first aid. Students will be able to make an informed choice of a health occupation that they plan to pursue. This course offers 2 Carnegie units. Students who complete Health Sciences Core may count one of the credits earned in this course as one science credit toward graduation requirements if they complete both years of the Health Sciences program.

The emphasis of the second course, Health Care & Clinical Services, is primarily to expose students to advanced skills in the various health occupations and the basic health-care sciences. Students may participate in shadowing experiences in selected health-care facilities. Upon completion of this advanced course, students will be trained to work as entry-level assistants in various health occupations and will be certified in CPR at the health-care provider level. This course offers 2 Carnegie units. Students who complete Healthcare and Clinical Services may count one of the credits earned in this course as one science credit toward graduation requirements if they complete both years of the Health Sciences program.

This program includes a minimum of 100 hours of clinical-type experience during the second course. This clinical-type experience can include tours of health-care facilities, guest speakers, laboratory practice/demonstration in the classroom, and observation experiences in medical facilities.
Requirements
1. B or higher in Biology I
2. C or higher in most recent English & math
3. Good attendance - more than 3 absences from Clinicals will result in losing credit for the course
4. Clear discipline record
5. Valid driver's license & current liability insurance for year 2 (must provide transportation to and from clinical experiences)
6. All necessary inoculations
7. purchase scrubs for clinicals
8. respect for authority, mature, and positive attitude

Benefits of Completing the Program

5 months ago

Industry Certification

First year students are required to successfully complete CPR training in the classroom.

Opportunities are available for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certification.

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) is a ten week night class offered during the spring at PRCC, Forrest County Campus.

Dual Credit

Seniors may choose dual enrollment in a community college practical nursing program after successful completion of Health Science Core.  Mississippi’s dual enrollment/dual credit practical nursing programs provide qualified high school seniors the opportunity to earn college credit for the first three courses in the postsecondary Practical Nursing (PN) curriculum. Upon successful completion of those courses and graduation from high school, dually enrolled PN students are eligible to sit for CNA licensure and are entitled to advanced placement into the colleges’ regular Practical Nursing program. Students who continue seamlessly into the second semester of the regular college program have the potential to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam and become licensed practical nurses within 6 months of high school graduation. The dual enrollment/dual credit practical nursing program is the administrative responsibility of the community colleges and the practical nursing programs, in coordination and cooperation with their partnering high schools.

Articulation:

Medical Office Technology

Health-Care Data Technology

Certified Nursing Asssitant

BOT 1613 Medical Terms I


Health Sciences Core

Unit

Title

1

Course Orientation and Professional Organizations

2

Safety and Standard Precautions

3

Health Care Systems, Legal, and Ethical Practices

4

Communication and Teamwork

5

Body Organization, Covering, Support, and Movement

6

Vital Organs and Protection

7

Intake and Elimination

 8Coordination, Sensory and Reproduction 


The emphasis of the second course is primarily to expose students to advanced skills in the various health occupations and the basic health-care sciences.  Students may participate in shadowing experiences in selected health-care facilities.  Upon completion of this advanced course, students will be trained to work as entry-level assistants in various health occupations and will be certified in CPR at the health-care provider level. This course offers 2 Carnegie units.  Students who complete Healthcare and Clinical Services may count one of the credits earned in this course as one science credit toward graduation requirements if they complete both years of the Health Sciences program.  This program includes a minimum of 100 hours of clinical-type experience during the second course.  This clinical-type experience can include tours of health-care facilities, guest speakers, laboratory practice/demonstration in the classroom, and observation experiences in medical facilities.

 

Healthcare and Clinical Services

Unit

Title

1

Course Orientation, Safety Review, Clinical Policies and Employability

2

Emergency Services and Technical Skills

3

Human Growth and Development

4

Rehabilitative Services

5

Medical and Nursing Services

6

Therapeutic Services

 7 Pharmacological and Diagnostic Services
 8 Information Technology, and Health Informatics