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Patient Care

Introductory Courses

This course is designed as an entry-level core course in the health career field. It is for students seeking a career in health care and includes a common set of skills and knowledge necessary for all health care employees. This course provides a firm foundation for students planning to further their education in the health and medical fields. Students receive instruction in career path options, related mathematics, and general and specific workplace and employability skills. Basic health care skills, safe practice, and confidentiality are emphasized. Students are also introduced to anatomy and medical terminology. In addition, students will be exposed to guest speakers from various helath care fields.


Concentrator Courses

This course is designed as an in-depth study of the human body. Students will focus on body systems, emphasizing the structure and function of organs; causes, symptoms and treatment of disorders and diseases of each system; and diagnostic techniques. Curricula will include teacher-directed instruction, laboratory explorations, and guest speakers. Systems to be covered will be: digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive. Students not in the academy may enroll if there is space available. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.


This preparatory health careers course is designed for students seeking a career in the health field. The course will focus on the concepts and principles of the structure, function, and systems of the human body in relationship to human growth and development. Students will learn to recognize problem situations in health care settings as they relate to direct and indirect patient care. Safety issues, ethical considerations, legal restraints, and professional codes of conduct will be presented and discussed throughout the course. An extensive unit on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements will be taught. Students will learn about disease prevention for the maintenance of optimal health. Students will also learn foundation skills, including professional rescuer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Standard First Aid. In addition, students will be exposed to guest speakers from various health care fields.


This advanced health careers course will be offered during terms 3 and 4 of the junior year. This course is designed for students who will be pursuing a career in health care requiring post- secondary education. The 3rd term focuses entirely on nutrition. During the 4th term, students will continue with studies of health care issues at an advanced level. Students will develop their career portfolio and prepare and develop detailed plans for their post-secondary education in the health care field.


Capstone Courses

This is a course offered in the fall semester at Santa Barbara City College. Upon successful completion of this course and the state examination, the student meets California state requirements to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Basic nursing theory and nursing skills are taught in the classroom, and students are supervised in giving care to residents in a long- term facility. Content follows the California state approved CNA curriculum.


This is a one term internship, either 3rd or 4th term, that is required for successful completion of the Health Careers Academy. Sites vary according to student interest and space availability.


Upon completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant program, students are required to complete an internship either term 3 or term 4. These internships are done at Cottage Hospital. The students rotate through nine different departments, such as Endoscopy, NICU, Neurology, and Oncology. This class is only for 12th graders in the Health Careers Academy.


Prerequisite: 12th grade and member of the Health Careers Academy This course is designed to offer a 4th year of science credit for students in the Health Careers Academy. Students receive core classroom instruction in kinesiology, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, health processes, injury evaluation, and acquire basic knowledge of sports medicine, personal training, physical therapy, and the responsibilities of a fitness instructor. In addition, students will take part in labs in the classroom that will enable them to use a hands on approach to understanding the lecture materials. This course will prepare students for college-preparatory coursework in high school to meet college entrance requirements.


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