Link to SD Health Occupations Standards from the Department of Workforce and Career Preparation.
Health Occupations Syllabus
Multi-District, Watertown, SD
will be introduced to the field of health care.
Students completing the course will be able to demonstrate the following:
Identify health care facilities and careers.
Describe the role and demonstrate the skills of the
Identify and demonstrate care required for specific
Know and identify how to safely administer
Know and comprehend medical terminology.
Recognize medical emergencies and demonstrate first
Participate in career shadowing.
Demonstrate ability to read, interpret and write
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.
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
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
Students will describe the role and skills of the
nursing assistant through demonstration, graphing, oral and written
Students will identify and demonstrate knowledge of
how to care for specific
patient situations by demonstration of skills, oral and written communication.
Students will know and identify how to safely
administer medication through demonstration, oral and written communication.
Students will know and comprehend human anatomy,
physiology, pathology and medical terminology through oral and written
Students will be able to assess medical emergencies
and demonstrate first aid skills through simulation, oral and written
Students will participate in job shadowing and
synthesize the knowledge gained through projects, oral and written
The students will demonstrate ability to read,
interpret and write professional communications, in both classroom and clinical
By completing this course, students will demonstrate ability in the following academic skills:
Indicator 4, Benchmark:
access and use multiple information sources for a
variety of purposes, e.g., Internet, CD-ROM, print materials, video materials,
compile and synthesize
information to make reasonable and informed decisions
apply complex conventions of language in written work.
use varied, extensive vocabulary and accurate
spelling in written work.
and edit written work, using essential and refined conventions of standard
a. analyze and use appropriate organization, based on the established writing purpose and intended audience.
analyze and use the writing format required for a
specific type of publication.
Listening and Viewing:
Indicator 1, Benchmark :
analyze various cognitive and physical barriers to
effective listening and viewing, e.g., prejudice, prior knowledge/experience.
apply effective listening techniques for creative
problem-solving and collaborative decision-making.
organizing and categorizing strategies to recall oral/visual information.
practical applications to model the properties of equality and inequality.
analyze mathematical simulations to interpret the results of change, e.g.
Indicator 2, Benchmark:
measurement necessary to
achieve indicated degree of accuracy or precision.
Statistics and Probability:
Indicator 1, Benchmark:
conclusions and make decisions based on graphic and/or algebraic models of data.
Nature of Science:
the potential and benefits of
demonstrate various safety precautions when engage
in scientific activity.
Indicator 3, Benchmark:
compare and contrast
fundamental forces and their forms.
evaluate relationships between force and motion.
analyze the forces and motions of moving objects.
Indicator 1, Benchmark:
analyze the relationship between structure and
function at various
levels of organization.
analyze relationships and interactions of systems
analyze factors impacting species and populations
analyze how environmental factors affect all living systems.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT and SOCIETY:
Indicator 1, Benchmark:
analyze how progress in science can be affected by social issues
analyze roles and responsibilities of scientific
research in relation to environmental concerns.
Interpret the impact of scientific discoveries from
historical, social, economic, and ethical perspectives.
analyze the relationship between human activity and the environment.
completing the course, students will demonstrate the following transferable work
Skills—reading, writing, arithmetic and mathematics, speakin and listening;
Thinking Skills—thinking creatively, making decisions, solving
Resources – allocating time, materials & space
Skills – working on teams, teaching other, serving
– acquiring and evaluating data, interpreting communicating, and
using computers to process information
– understanding social, organizational, and technological
– selecting equipment and tools, applying technology to specific tasks
health and wellness facilities, Emergency Medical Systems, funeral home,
post-secondary technical institutes, cadaver laboratories.
Health Education project
Skills USA—VICA membership and projects
COURSE ASSESSMENT PLAN:
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.
Demonstrate knowledge and
Skills, using oral and written
Simulations, laboratory test-outs.
Multiple choice, true-false, short
Answer given periodically.