The Health Science Academy at North High School

The Health Assisting program at North High School is a Chapter 74 approved program that offers students the foundation of one of the most rewarding and fastest growing career pathways. Focusing on the development of nursing skills, our Health Assisting program is the ideal program for the outgoing, compassionate student interested in entering the growing field of healthcare.

With patient care a top priority, students receive instruction in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, growth and development, medical terminology, aging, infectious disease, mental health, and nutrition. In addition to a rigorous academic program, students’ hands-on practice includes routine hospital patient care, first aid, caring for those with memory impairments, writing patient reports and laws surrounding patient care.

Clinical experiences at area hospitals and facilities expose students to the nurse’s role and provides real-world experience that truly offers a glimpse into healthcare industry. In their senior year, students are prepared to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant exam, in which a passing score provides students with the credentials necessary to secure an entry-level position at various healthcare facilities. Upon graduation, many Health Assisting students pursue postsecondary education in the healthcare field leading to careers as Registered Nurses, EMTs, and Radiology Assistants to name a few. Choosing the Health Assisting career pathway opens the doors of opportunity through a solid foundation of academics and technical knowledge, as well as the chance to make a difference in someone’s life each day.

Course Offerings

HSA Internship

Course Numbers: 5163 (1.50)(C) | 8213 (1.50)(C) | 8343 (1.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Health Science Academy Internship: In this course, students will participate in a clinical or work assignment that is designed to provide experiences in a local medical center or job site. Students will work with departments that offer services or research that parallels their career goals.


HSA Laboratory Skills 10

Course Numbers: 5182 (0.75)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Health Science Academy Laboratory Skills 10: In this course students will continue to study topics that will prepare them for the American Red Cross Exam, the Nurses Aide Competency Exam and support students in becoming competent with their skills and knowledge. The course curriculum prepares students to perform competently in the lab, at the clinical experience, and as a professional in the future. Students enrolled in this course must take the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the conclusion of the coursework. The curriculum in this course promotes individual growth and emphasizes patient independence. The curriculum meets federal and state guidelines, enabling the nursing assistant to assume an effective career as an employee. The course content will stimulate the nursing assistant to pursue and continue with personal and professional growth. The objectives will be accomplished through meaningful teacher-student relationships with an emphasis on the basic nursing care skills for a patient in the long-term care facility. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


HSA Laboratory Skills 11

Course Numbers: 5192 (0.75)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Health Science Academy Laboratory Skills 11: In this course students will continue to study topics that will prepare them for the American Red Cross Exam, the Nurses Aide Competency Exam and support students in becoming competent with their skills and knowledge. The course curriculum prepares students to perform competently in the lab, at the clinical experience, and as a professional in the future. Students enrolled in this course must take the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the conclusion of the coursework. The curriculum in this course promotes individual growth and emphasizes patient independence. The curriculum meets federal and state guidelines, enabling the nursing assistant to assume an effective career as an employee. The course content will stimulate the nursing assistant to pursue and continue with personal and professional growth. The objectives will be accomplished through meaningful teacher-student relationships with an emphasis on the basic nursing care skills for a patient in the long-term care facility. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


HSA Laboratory Skills 12

Course Numbers: 5202 (0.50)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Health Science Academy Laboratory Skills 12: In this course students will continue to study topics that will prepare them for the American Red Cross Exam, the Nurses Aide Competency Exam and support students in becoming competent with their skills and knowledge. The course curriculum prepares students to perform competently in the lab, at the clinical experience, and as a professional in the future. Students enrolled in this course must take the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the conclusion of the coursework. The curriculum in this course promotes individual growth and emphasizes patient independence. The curriculum meets federal and state guidelines, enabling the nursing assistant to assume an effective career as an employee. The course content will stimulate the nursing assistant to pursue and continue with personal and professional growth. The objectives will be accomplished through meaningful teacher-student relationships with an emphasis on the basic nursing care skills for a patient in the long-term care facility. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


HSA Laboratory Skills 9

Course Numbers: 5172 (0.75)(H)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Health Science Academy Laboratory Skills 9: In this course students will study topics that will prepare them for the American Red Cross Exam, the Nurses Aide Competency Exam and supports students in becoming competent with their skills and knowledge. The course curriculum prepares students to perform competently in the lab, at the clinical experience, and as a professional in the future. Students enrolled in this course must take the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam at the conclusion of the coursework. The curriculum in this course promotes individual growth and emphasizes patient independence. The curriculum meets federal and state guidelines, enabling the nursing assistant to assume an effective career as an employee. The course content will stimulate the nursing assistant to pursue and continue with personal and professional growth. The objectives will be accomplished through meaningful teacher-student relationships with an emphasis on the basic nursing care skills for a patient in the long-term care facility. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.


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