Course Offerings

Health Careers 2020-21

Students in Health Careers have the opportunity to select the course(s) that they are most interested in. Each class is one year, and students may take one or two years in Health Careers as it fits in their schedule. 

Some classes, such as Certified Nurse Assistant and Pharmacy Technician, have prerequisites that must be met to enroll. Click through each program's description box below for more details.

Health Careers Foundation

Program Duration – One Year

Program Description

This program is for students interested in learning about what it takes to work in the health care field. This one year program is designed for students to learn about all different types of health careers and how they are organized into 5 pathways.

Students enrolled in this program will be engaged in a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on activities, patient skill experiences, speakers and possible work-based learning experiences. During lab time students will have the opportunity to be both “patient” and “health care worker”.  Students will work individually, as well as in groups promoting teamwork and problem solving skills. Innovative activities and demonstrations help students apply the information learned in class, enabling them to be effective communicators, critical thinkers and life-long learners. The learning environment reflects a real workplace students might encounter during a career as a health care professional.

2017-18 Syllabus

Content Areas

  • Applied  Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection Control/Patient Safety
  • Employability Skills and Work Based Learning

Helpful Skills and Experiences

 

  • Motivated by science including being investigative and inquisitive
  • A team player who is willing to help others
  • Has high integrity and dedication that permits independent work by following rules

Future Opportunities

Employment:

  • Dietary Aide
  • Patient Transport
  • Home Health Aide
  • Rehabilitation Aide

Post Secondary Education/Training:

  • Any field in Health Care

 

Pharmacy

Program Duration: One Year

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician program is intended for students that would like to become a pharmacy technician, intend to pursue an advanced degree in pharmacy, or are planning to work in virtually any healthcare career that has contact with medications. It introduces students to all phases of the pharmacy field including actions and uses of drug products, the operation of a 21st century pharmacy, and the professional skills necessary to succeed in healthcare.

Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program will learn to identify hundreds of common medications and their uses, will prepare medications from ointments to IV’s and operate a mock ambulatory/retail pharmacy in the classroom. Our lab area is designed to simulate a pharmacy setting that should be instantly recognizable to anyone who has had a prescription filled, with drug storage and preparation areas along side prescription drop off/pickup  and patient consulting areas. Pharmacy Technician students will also have the opportunity to observe and participate in real community and hospital pharmacy settings. At the end of the program students may take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), the nationally recognized industry certification. Certification is necessary to become licensed as a pharmacy technician in Michigan.

Eligible students can earn American Heart BLS (CPR) and First Aid certification. Students may also earn High School Credit equalling 1 credit of Science and 0.5 credit of Math (awarding of credit is done by student's sending school and subject to their approval).

Prerequisites: This course is open to seniors only.

2019-2020 Pharmacy Tech Syllabus

Content Areas

 

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection Contro/Patient Safety
  • Legal and Biomedical Ethics
  • Employability Skills and WorkBased Learning
  • Drug Regulation and Control
  • Basic Biopharmaceutics and Factors Affecting Drug Activity
  • Prescriptions
  • Drug Classifications and Actions

Helpful Experiences/Skills

 

  • Attention to detail
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced, quickly changing environment
  • Enjoys working with public

Sports Medicine and Therapies

Program Duration:  One Year

Program Description

This program is perfect for students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and other careers related to the rehabilitation of patients.  Students are introduced to the fundamentals of health care, core skills, health care professional behavior, and the various pathways to becoming a trained and educated health care professional.

The learning environment reflects a real workplace students might encounter during a career in  Rehabilitation including the use of adaptive equipment, stairs, walkers, canes, gait belts, wheelchairs, and hospital beds.  Students will learn how to use medical terminology in their descriptions of patient care.

Eligible students can earn American Heart BLS (CPR) and First Aid certification.

2017-18 Syllabus

Content Areas

 

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection Control/Patient Safety
  • Legal and Biomedical Ethics
  • Employability Skills and Work Based Learning
  • Rehabilitation Career Exploration
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Range of Motion and Mobility Techniques
  • Cognitive Skills with ADL's
  • Rehabilitation Equipment Utililization

Helpful Experiences/Skills

 

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Works and learns well independently
  • Empathy for others

Future  Opportunities

Employment

  • Home Health Aide
  • Patient Transporter
  • Student Athlethic Trainer

Post Secondary Education/Training

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • OT/PT Assisstant

Health Professionals (Premed)

Head to GVSU's Cook DeVos Center downtown to get in the middle of the healthcare action and get hands on with nurses and Physician Assistants as well as an introduction to anatomy and physiology. Seniors only.

Prerequisite: AP Biology or similar course

New program for FAll 2020! More information coming soon.

Medical Assistant (MA)

Learn the ins and outs of working in a doctor's office from patient vitals and phlebotomy, to medical records, billing and more.

New program for Fall 2020! More information coming soon.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Learn how to react and save lives in emergencies. Perfect for students interested in criminal justice or firefighting. Seniors only.

New program for Fall 2020! More information coming soon.

Diagnostics

Diagnostic healthcare professionals use instruments to aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries, or other physical conditions.

Get Actual Experience
 

  • Perform blood draws
  • Test blood & body fluids using actual medical equipment
  • Grow & study bacteria & learn about new superbugs
  • Practice diagnostic tests using sonography & electrocardiography equipment
  • Perform respiratory assessments and treatments
  • Earn a phlebotomy internship & certification
  • Earn CPR certification

Get a Foundation in...
 

  • Anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology
  • Cardiovascular testing
  • Diagnostic imaging (radiology, MRI, CT scan, nuclear medicine, ultrasound)
  • Clinical Laboratory methods & equipment
  • Medical terminology
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Respiratory care
  • Scientific research & writing

Explore Careers

Sample a variety of health careers through job shadows in clinical settings and field trips

Potential Careers
 

  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Pathologist
  • Radiologist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Medical Assistant

Biomedical Technology & Research

Biomedical Technology is located at GVSU’s College of Health Sciences/Cook-DeVos Center.

Explore Careers Biomedical Technology professionals use a combination of biology, medicine and technology to improve medical science, medical equipment and the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

Get Actual Experience!
 

  • Dig into cell structure & function – re-engineer cells to stop a simulated outbreak while working in a GVSU lab
  • Isolate DNA & study new technologies in genetics using electrophoresis
  • Work alongside actual medical researchers & propose a cure for a real disease
  • Mutate, grow & study microorganisms for pharmaceutical use
  • Visit & tour a variety of clinical & lab environments along the “Medical Mile”

Get a Foundation in...
 

  • Cellular/Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Human anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology
  • Laboratory research & development methods
  • Medical math
  • Medical terminology
  • Scientific research & writing

Explore Careers

Meet inventors of high-tech therapies and discuss cuttingedge medical research and cures

Potential Careers

 

  • Biochemist
  • Biochemical Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biophysiologist
  • Cell Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pathologist
  • Clinical Biomedical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Coming Fall 2020: CNA, Nurse Tech (NT) and Patient Care Tech (PCT) for students returning for a second year who meet enrollment criteria, . Participate in patient care internships, prepare to earn certifications necessary to work with patients in multiple settings

Program Description

This program is designed for students interested in becoming a nurse, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, dietitian/nutritionist, physical/ occupational therapist, medical assistant or any career involving direct patient care.  It introduces students to fundamentals of health care, core skills, health care professional behavior, and various pathways to becoming a trained and educated health care professional.

Students enrolled in this program will have the opportunity to participate in work based learning experiences in both a hospital and long term care facility.  In our simulated patient rooms, students will practice skills to become proficient and apply their knowledge.

Eligible students can earn CNA, American Heart BLS (CPR) and First Aid certification.

Content Areas

 

  • Applied  Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection Control/Patient Safety
  • Legal and Biomedical Ethics
  • Employability Skills and Work Based Learning
  • Certified Nurse Assistant State Curriculum
  • Phlebotomy
  • Study of Disease and Disorders
  • Path to Scholarships
  • Nutrition

Helpful Experiences/Skills

 

  • Works Collaboratively
  • Empathy for others
  • Prefers a interactive learning environment

Future Opportunities

Employment

 

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Home Health Aide
  • Patient Care Technician

Post Secondary Education/Training

 

  • Registered Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physical/Occupational Therapist