Link to SD Health Occupations Standards from the Department of Workforce and Career Preparation. 

Health Occupations Syllabus

Lake Area Multi-District, Watertown, SD

Course Description

Students will be introduced to the field of health care.  Students completing the course will be able to demonstrate the following:

1.      Identify health care facilities and careers.

2.      Describe the role and demonstrate the skills of the nursing assistant.

3.      Identify and demonstrate care required for specific patient situations.

4.      Know and identify how to safely administer medication.

5.      Know and comprehend medical terminology.

6.      Recognize medical emergencies and demonstrate first aid skills.

7.      Participate in career shadowing.

8.      Demonstrate ability to read, interpret and write professional communications.


This course is recommended for all students who may want to prepare for further study in a health care career.  Health Occupations is a yearlong program presented in 90 minute blocks five days a week.  Health Occupations is currently being offered as one science credit and one elective credit towards high school graduation requirements.  Portions of the curriculum will articulate to the post secondary health occupations programs at SD Technical Institutes.  

Instructional Philosophy and Delivery Plan

Students are expected to meet all of the course goals listed below and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the underlying concepts.  Students will complete all course requirements at a minimum of 68% to pass the course.  The instruction will include laboratory experiences, simulations, demonstrations, interactive computer software, lecture, tours, job shadowing and guest speakers.  Projects require students to use resources such as the library, texts, technical manuals, journals, Internet, resources within the school, post secondary and community resources, CD-ROM and other professionals.  Students will receive a clinical experience in a licensed health care facility.  Upon successful mastery of the nurse assistant skills, students may qualify to be a candidate for the state certified nursing assistant exam.  Upon successful mastery of medication administration skills, students may qualify to deliver medications under the supervision of a nurse. 

Integrated Course Goals

1.      Students will identify and research health care facilities and careers, how the health care delivery system utilizes facilities, services and workers, and communicate the knowledge gained through written and oral assessment.

2.      Students will describe the role and skills of the nursing assistant through demonstration, graphing, oral and written communication.

3.      Students will identify and demonstrate knowledge of how to care for    specific patient situations by demonstration of skills, oral and written  communication.

4.      Students will know and identify how to safely administer medication through demonstration, oral and written communication.

5.      Students will know and comprehend human anatomy, physiology,  pathology and medical terminology through oral and written communication.

6.      Students will be able to assess medical emergencies and demonstrate first aid skills through simulation, oral and written communication.

7.      Students will participate in job shadowing and synthesize the knowledge gained through projects, oral and written communication.

8.      The students will demonstrate ability to read, interpret and write professional communications, in both classroom and clinical settings. 


By completing this course, students will demonstrate ability in the following academic skills:           



Language Arts 9-12



Goal 1, Indicator 4, Benchmark:

a.      access and use multiple information sources for a variety of purposes, e.g., Internet, CD-ROM, print materials, video materials, library

c.      compile and synthesize  information to make reasonable and informed decisions



Goal 2, Indicator 1, Benchmark:  

a.       apply complex conventions of  language in written work.

b.       use varied, extensive vocabulary and accurate spelling in written work.

c.   revise and edit written work, using essential and refined conventions of standard English.


Indicator 2, Benchmark:  

a.  analyze and use appropriate organization, based on the established writing    purpose and intended audience.

b.      analyze and use the writing format required for a specific type of publication.


Listening and Viewing: 

Goal 3 Indicator 1, Benchmark :

a.      analyze various cognitive and physical barriers to effective listening and viewing, e.g., prejudice, prior knowledge/experience.


b.      apply effective listening techniques for creative problem-solving and collaborative decision-making.


Indicator 3 Benchmark:

c.  use organizing and categorizing strategies to recall oral/visual information.




Goal 4 Indicator 1, Benchmark—           

a.  analyze the  purpose/intent of oral presentations to determine appropriate organization/sequence.





Goal 1, Indicator1, Benchmark:              

a.       use practical applications to model the properties of equality and inequality.


Indicator 2, Benchmark:              

a.  analyze mathematical simulations to interpret the results of change, e.g. motion, time.



Goal 3, Indicator 2, Benchmark:  

a.   determine measurement necessary   to achieve indicated degree of accuracy or precision.


Number Sense: 

Goal 4, Indicator 3, Benchmark:

a.  justify the reasonableness of method   of calculation.


Statistics and Probability: 

Goal 6, Indicator 1, Benchmark:  

a.   support conclusions and make decisions based on graphic and/or algebraic models of data.




Nature of Science: 

Goal 1, Indicator 2, Benchmark:  

a.   analyze the potential and benefits of       scientific investigations.

b.      demonstrate various safety precautions when engage in scientific activity.


Physical Science: 

Goal 2, Indicator 3, Benchmark:  

a.  compare  and contrast fundamental forces and their forms. 


Indicator 3, Benchmark:

a.  evaluate relationships between force and motion.

b.  analyze the forces and motions of moving objects.



Goal 3 Indicator 1, Benchmark:              

a.      analyze the relationship between structure and function at various

      levels of organization.

b.      analyze relationships and interactions of systems in organisms.


Indicator 2, Benchmark:

a.      analyze factors impacting species and populations changes.


Indicator 3, Benchmark:

a.  analyze how environmental factors affect all living systems.



Goal 5, Indicator 1, Benchmark:  

a.   analyze how progress in science can be affected by social issues

      and challenges.

b.      analyze roles and responsibilities of scientific research in relation to environmental concerns.

c.      Interpret the impact of scientific discoveries from historical, social, economic, and ethical perspectives.


Indicator 2, Benchmark:

a.  analyze the relationship between human activity and the environment.



By completing the course, students will demonstrate the following transferable work skills:




Basic Skills—reading, writing, arithmetic and mathematics, speakin and listening;          

          Thinking Skills—thinking creatively, making decisions, solving           problems, seeing things in the mind’s eye, knowing how to learn, and reasoning;

  Personal Qualities—individual responsibility, self-esteem, sociable self-management, and integrity.




            Resources – allocating time, materials & space

Interpersonal Skills – working on teams, teaching other, serving customers, leading, negotiating, and working well with people from culturally diverse backgrounds

Information – acquiring and evaluating data, interpreting   communicating, and using computers to process information

Systems – understanding social, organizational, and technological systems, monitoring and correcting performance

Technology – selecting equipment and tools, applying technology to specific tasks


1.      Tours:  Hospital, health and wellness facilities, Emergency Medical Systems, funeral home, post-secondary technical institutes, cadaver laboratories. 

2.      Internship/Job Shadowing

3.      Health Education project

4.      Skills USA—VICA membership and projects

5.      Career Portfolio


            Assessment will cover technical processes, procedures, and competencies; academic knowledge; and transferable work skills.  A variety of assessment strategies including paper and pencil tests, demonstrations, oral presentations, models, etc. will be used.

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY            DESCRIPTION                                 WEIGHT  %

Assignments                                      Reports, workbook,                                     30%

                                                            Reaction papers      

Skills Demonstrations                    Demonstrate knowledge and                  40%

                                                            Skills, using oral and written

                                                            Communication, models,

                                                            Simulations, laboratory test-outs.



Tests                                                   Multiple choice, true-false, short                30%   

                                                            Answer given periodically.                          


Grading scale:           A  --     100-92%

                                    B  --        91-84%

                                    C  --        83-76%

                                    D  --       75-68%

                                    F  --          <68%