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Principles of Health Science syllabus

Principles of Health Science  



School Year:


H.S. Credits:


School Name: 

Metcalfe (Monroe ATC)


Health Sciences

KY Tech Course Name:

Principles of Health Sciences



Melissa Smith, RN



Course Number(s)                   KCTCS Course Name(s)                                College Credits


AHS-105                     Principles of Health Sciences and                            

Workplace Principles                                               

Prerequisite(s):  none

Course Description: Principles of Health Science is an orientation and foundation for occupations and functions in any health care profession. The course includes broad health care core standards that specify the knowledge and skills needed by the vast majority of health care workers. The course focuses on exploring health career options, history of health care, ethical and legal responsibilities, leadership development, safety concepts, health care systems and processes and basic health care industry skills. This introductory course may be a prerequisite for additional courses in the Health Science program.


Students will:

1.Analyze and interpret medical milestones, conditions, trends and issues to develop historical perspectives about the health care industry.

2.Explore the organizational structure of various health care facilities.

3.Observe, analyze and interpret human behaviors, social groupings and institutions to better understand people and the relationship among individuals and among groups.

4.Identify how key systems affect services performed and the quality of health care.

5.Describe ethical practices with respect to cultural, social and ethnic differences within the health care environment.

6.Recognize legal responsibilities, limitations and the implications of actions within the health care industry and manage professional behavior accordingly (specifically related to HIPAA regulations).

7.Evaluate services, products, and resources available in the community and state in order to make effective consumer decisions.

8.Follow health and safety policies and procedures to prevent injury or illness through safe work practices.

9.Understand the roles and responsibilities of the health care team and interact effectively with all team members.

10.Explore Maslows’ Hierarchy of Needs.

11.Recognize an acceptable Code of Conduct for a health care worker.

12.Use strategies for choosing and preparing for a career in the health care industry.

13.Apply methods of giving and obtaining information to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

14.Demonstrate skills and work habits that lead to success in future schooling and work.

15.Utilize activities of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) as an integral component of course content, skills application, and leadership development.

16.Use information technology applications as appropriate to health care specialties.

17.Integrate literacy and numeracy concepts and processes across all curricular units.

18.Demonstrate key employability skills (e.g. interviewing, writing resumes, and completing applications) needed for further education or employment.


  • Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards/National Health Care Skill Standards
  • HOSA-Future Health Professionals
  • Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) Guidelines (MNA program regulations)
  • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, ELA and 21st Century Science Standards
  • Post-Secondary Connection—KCTCS course determined through local dual/articulation agreement


Materials Used

Text: Diversified Health Occupations

Text: Introductions to Health Occupations 6th edition



Letter grades will be given according to the school’s grading policy


  • Workbook assignments/ daily work…………………………..20%
  • Quizzes, projects, papers, presentations ……………………..30%
  • Exams …………………………………………………………..50%


Procedures for Makeup Work/Tests

* Make-up work will follow Metcalfe County High School’s policy as outlined in the student handbook



Attendance Policy/Withdrawal Policy

* Attendance/ withdrawal  will follow Metcalfe County High School’s policy as outlined in the student handbook, however, this course progresses at a fast pace and poor attendance may negatively impact the student’s ability to master the content and earn dual credit.



*Each student is responsible for providing a 2 inch 3 ring binder and pencil



Communication:  Please stay current with updates and reminders from your teacher about this course by receiving one way messages. Please join our “Remind Group” for this course by texting     80178   to  81010 











Class expectations/Rules

  • Come to class prepared
  • Give 110 % effort on all projects, papers and/or presentations
  • Participate fully in all class activities
  • Utilize study and class time wisely
  • Respect yourself and others
  • Respect lab and classroom contents
  • Follow all safety guidelines and classroom rules




Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities and Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO)

The Education Cabinet, the Department for Workforce Investment and the Office of Career and Technical Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational services and/or employment.  The Education Cabinet provides, upon request, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities.  To request materials in an alternative format, contact the Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator in OCTE or Norb Ryan at NorbJ.Ryan@ky.gov.  Persons with hearing-and speech- impairments can contact the agency by sing the Kentucky Relay Service, a toll-free telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD).  For voice to TDD, call 1-800—648-6057.  For TDD to voice, call 1-800-648-6056.

The Office of Career and Technical Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, or religion in admission to education programs, activities, and employment practices in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (revised 1992), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and shall provide, upon request by a qualified disabled individual, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford individuals with a disability an equal opportunity to participate.

For more information, contact Mr. William Denton, Office of Career and Technical Education, 20th Floor CPT, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, (502) 564-4286.  Mr. Denton can also be reached through his e-mail address:  WilliamJ.Denton@ky.gov.





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Student Signature                              Date                 Parent/Guardian Signature                                   Date


Equal Education and Employment Opportunities M/F

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