Health Science Technology
The Health Science Technology program is for students who possess a warm and caring personality and enjoy working with people. Students will work and learn about those who are healthy, sick, disabled, and dying. Students must maintain a positive attitude, excellent attendance, and exhibit good work ethics. Health Science students need a strong background in science. All health careers involve the knowledge of basic and advanced science.
Health Science ntegrates academic studies within specific health science courses. The program also includes a variety of work-based learning activities. Curriculum offers essential knowledge and skills that are needed by healthcare providers. Health Science students gain knowledge of leadership skills, community service opportunities, community resources, and industry partnerships. The healthcare industry employs more than 14 million workers in over 300 different health careers. Articulation credit and dual credit is available for Medical Terminology (AHS 102), Introduction to Health Care (AHS 101), Certified Nursing Assistant/Gerontology (AHS 163), and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (AHS 106) through Spartanburg Community College.
Job Opportunities Include:
- Athletic Trainer
- Biomedical Engineer
- Dental Assistant
- Dental Hygienist
- Health Educator
- Lab Technician
- Nursing Assistant
Health Science Technology I
Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA or higher. Biology is strongly encouraged
This course is designed to develop both academic and technical knowledge and skills necessary for transition to clinical or work-based experiences in healthcare. The foundational standards incorporate anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, communication, healthcare systems and teams, health science career research, legal and ethical practices, safety, health and wellness, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid. This course offers dual credit to Spartanburg Community College for AHS-106.
Health Science Technology II (Honors Credit or AP Credit and Dual Credit)
Prerequisite: Health Science Technology I with a minimum of an 80 average and 3.0 GPA and/or teacher recommendation, and the Reading and Writing Copass Test at Spartanburg Community College. Anatomy is stongly encouraged.
Health Science II applies the knowledge and skills learned in Health Science I, while further challenging the students to learn more about the healthcare field. This course will introduce students to basic patient care, skills, medical terminology, medical math, pharmacology, and further their knowledge of body systems and advancement in Health Science.
This course offers dual credit to Spartanburg Community College for AHS 102 if requirements are met, including an acceptable score on the Compass Test. Purchase of a college textbook is required, and dual credit fee for Spartanburg Community College.
Certified Nursing Assistant - Gerontology (Honors Credit or AP Credit and Dual Credit)
Prerequisites: Health Science Technology I; Health Science Technology II with a minimum of an 80 average; Social Security Card; Transportation to clinical site; Tuberculosis test (TB test); Compass Test with required scores and no criminal record.
The Certified Nursing Assistant course builds on information covered in Health Science Technology courses I and II. This course allows students to make connections from the classroom to the healthcare industry through work-based learning experiences/activities. Students will complete class time and 40 hours of clinical time in a local nursing home facility. Clinical days are from 6:30 am until 10:30 am (Mon.-Thurs) and two Saturdays from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the designated nursing home facility and for purchasing uniforms for clinical rotations. At the completion of this course, students are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Aid Exam provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Swofford Career Center is a state approved test site.
This course offers dual credit to Spartanburg Community College for AHS 101 (2 credits), AHS 106 (1 credit), and AHS 163 (5 credits). The fee is $250 (subject to change) and includes certification test, SCC Dual Credit fee, school fee, CPR fee, and uniform vest rental.