Health Science Program

Health Science
Posted On: Friday, February 19, 2021

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The Health Science program at Jefferson High School provides a variety of course and pathway options for students interested in health-related careers working directly with patients and changing the health status of the patient over time. This program prepares students for a career that promotes health, wellness, diagnosis, and treatments of injuries and diseases. The healthcare industry is among the fastest-growing in the United States.  

Jefferson High School offers five pathways within the Health Science program.  Each pathway has the same first and second courses in its sequence.  This provides students with the opportunity to select a focus within the healthcare field as they are exposed to the various options within the career program during the first two courses.

In addition to the flexibility provided by this consistent course sequence for each pathway, the second course, Essentials of Healthcare, provides an embedded credit for students.  Students who enroll in this course must have successfully completed the first course, Introduction to Healthcare Science. Students completing the Essentials of Healthcare course not only receive CTAE credit for this course in the healthcare pathway, but they also receive a science credit for Anatomy and Physiology.  This is the only course currently offered through the Georgia Department of Education that provides the opportunity to earn two credits while only taking one course.  Upon completion of the second course, students choose the third course of interest in order to complete a pathway, which defines the pathway area for the students.  All pathways within the Health Science program prepare students to take an end of pathway assessment in the particular area of focus.   

Students electing to take a survey course of the healthcare profession enroll in the Allied Health and Medicine course to complete the associated pathway.  This course explores many healthcare careers and the required skill sets, job requirements, and salaries for those careers. Students learn about opportunities for positions in various healthcare settings, including those in dentistry, rehabilitation services, pharmacies, emergency services, alternative medicines, and surgical services.  Students in this pathway must complete a capstone project, which focuses on research in their healthcare field of interest.

The Pharmacy Operations and Fundamentals course is the third course in the Pharmacy pathway.  This pathway will introduce students to a variety of pharmacy careers, postsecondary options, employment opportunities, state and federal pharmacy regulations, and basic pharmaceutical and related chemistry principles.  Upon completion of this course, students are prepared and eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. 

The Emergency Medical Responder Pathway is designed for students interested in lifesaving care for critical patients.  Students enrolled in this course focus on the care of a patient prior to hospital treatment. The EMR course prepares students who are interested in becoming an emergency medical technician, paramedic, physician, nurse, firefighter, or law enforcement officer. 

The Sports Medicine pathway is appropriate for students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, injury assessment, injury prevention, or rehabilitation. Workers in sports medicine focus on improving the body’s performance, recovering from injury, and preventing future injuries. Sports medicine and rehabilitation professionals treat many different kinds of patients; those who participate in sports for leisure or want to get better results from their exercise program; those who suffer from injuries and want to regain full function; and those who have disabilities and want to increase their mobility and capabilities. Many careers in this field require degrees, and certification may improve chances for employment. 

Jefferson High School partners with Lanier Technical College to offer the Patient Care pathway.  Patient Care is the third course in the Certified Nursing Assistant program. Students dual enroll with Lanier Technical College for two complete semesters their senior year. During this program, students learn direct patient care such as feeding, bathing, and other activities of daily living. Students complete 24 hours of clinicals in a long-term care facility. After completion of this course, students are eligible to take the State Certification Exam. Upon certification, students will be licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with the State of Georgia and can work in long-term care and assisted living facilities, hospitals, home health, and hospice.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the CTSO associated with the Health Science program.  Students who are interested in a career in the healthcare industry are encouraged to join this nationally recognized organization and may continue their membership throughout college. The Jefferson HOSA chapter typically sponsors two Red Cross blood drives each year. HOSA members volunteer to assist with the blood drive, and the success of these blood drives would not be possible without recruitment and assistance from its members.  HOSA also participates in other community service projects during the school year.  The Halloween Walk in downtown Jefferson is an event where HOSA members distribute candy and offer free face-painting to the children in the community. During this event, HOSA requests donations that are given to a local area food bank.  Throughout the school year, various healthcare workers from different backgrounds serve as guest speakers at monthly meetings.  HOSA members have created cards, signed by healthcare science students, thanking the JCS school nurses for their service during the pandemic. 

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