CORE CLASSES OFFERED
Our goal is not only to prepare our students for a career in the medical field, but also prepare them for entrance into a 4 year university. We offer core classes with a medical focus which can be taken in lieu of the normal required class. These classes cover every California required standard and integrate Medical curriculum as well.
Medical Biology & Accelerated Medical Biology
Instructor: Dr. Hanono, Mr. Smith
Biology is defined as “the study of life and living things.” This textbook definition fails to convey the relevance of a course that explores the world around us. Why is the sky blue? Why is blood red? Why is grass green? In fulfilling a requirement for admission into the UC and CSU Systems, successful completion of Biology also creates an individual who is scientifically literate; able to make intelligent and informed decisions about our natural world.
Medical Biology is a course that is recognized and approved by the UC Regents as meeting the rigorous requirements for entry into the UC or CSU systems. Biology is an A-G course that incorporates a large amount of reading, writing and analysis of material. Students will participate in a weekly “hands-on/wet lab” activity. Students will meet or exceed the California State Standards for Biology. Through a special grant, the Medical Biology classes are able to integrate the biological standards with medical applications, thus creating a course that is both challenging and relevant.
Medical Chemistry & Honors Medical Chemistry
Instructor: Ms. Marin, Ms. Fresquez
In the medical field the entire study of drug development is based in Chemistry. From exploring the reactions and solubilities of drugs to making new pharmaceuticals and testing them on bacteria, we are able to take part in the drug discovery process first hand, deepening the understanding of the basic chemistry topics and building a strong foundation in chemistry.
These classes cover all state chemistry standards and are able to integrate examples and labs that are associated with the medical field. The Honors class is graded on a 5 point A, giving students a GPA advantage if they take the honors class. Both Medical Chemistry and Honors Medical Chemistry are constantly using algebraic calculations, and the honors class assumes that students are strong math students and can move forward without additional help on foundation math concepts.
Anatomy and Physiology & Honors Anatomy and Physiology
Instructor: Mr. Colarusso
Anatomy/Physiology is the study of the human body. Anatomy is the science of body structure and the relationships among theses structures. Physiology is the science of body function. Homeostasis, the condition of equilibrium in the body’s internal environment is a common theme throughout this course.
Colleges recommend a third year science, and this is a perfect choice for any student pursuing a career in the medical field. Here students are required to explore the terminology and science behind the body. This gives students a huge advantage in college, where Anatomy & Physiology classes can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks as the amount of terminology and the concepts can seem overwhelming.
Our campus is lucky to have classes in the Career Technical Education – Regional Occupational Program. There are a number of CTE-ROP classes which are offered as part of our medical pathway. Students earning a B or better in these courses receive a Certificate as well as College Credits from Southwestern Community College.
CTE-ROP CLASSES OFFERED
This course provides basic knowledge to be successful in completing other professional medical training. In addition, it provides the beginning student in health occupations with the basic entry-level knowledge and skills required for a variety of health care careers. Instruction covers the following areas: health care systems, communication skills, socio-economic factors, safety and health maintenance, ethical and legal responsibilities and computer skills. Job shadows, field trips and unpaid internships may also be a part of instruction. Students will continue to Medical Terminology course.
Instructor: Ms. Corona
This course prepares the student in their career as a health care professional. Student will be able to translate medical terms to lay terms with emphasis on the up-to-date language of current medicine. Students will learn the basic rules as to how medical terms are formed using word building, like piecing together a puzzle. Instructions will focus on specific body systems such as cardiovascular system, skeletal and muscular systems, respiratory system, and digestive system.
MEDICAL ASSISTANT CLINICAL/ADMINISTRATIVE
Instructor: Ms. Corona
This course provides entry-level training for employment as a skilled member of a health care team. The medical assistant instruction includes: medical ethics, communications skills, safety, medical terminology, basic anatomy/physiology, pharmacology-including methods of administration of medication and drug calculations, basic laboratory procedures, sterile techniques, assisting in minor office surgeries, CPR, First Aid, electrocardiograms, appointment scheduling, preparing and maintaining medical records, and phone skills.
SPORTS MEDICINE I
Instructor: Coach Freddy
This area of instruction provides content for knowledge and skills required in the Sports Medicine profession. This course will prepare students with an understanding of medical terminology, human anatomy, human physiology, injury prevention, injury evaluation, rehabilitation of injury, taping and splinting techniques, nutrition, vital signs, first aide/CPR, and general work place behavior. The course will introduce the necessary skills needed for students planning to enter the workforce or continue training for a future career in sports medicine. Skills that will be practiced are: measuring vital signs, basic first aid, OSHA standards, patient safety, taping, wrapping, and splinting injuries.
SPORTS MEDICINE II
Instructor: Coach Freddy
This area of instruction provides content for knowledge and skills required in the Sports Medicine profession. This course will prepare students with an understanding of First aide/CPR, medical terminology, human anatomy, Exercise Physiology, injury prevention exercise, and injury-evaluation, rehabilitation of injury, Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, Program Development, and general work place behavior. The course will introduce the necessary skills needed for students planning to enter the workforce or continue training for a future career in Strength & Conditioning, Physical Therapy, and Personal Training. Skills that will be practiced are: measuring physical fitness levels, Fitness Program Development, Effective Communication, Weight-loss and Weight-gain Management, Time Management, OSHA standards, patient safety.