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About Health Science

Health Science Year 1 introduces students to many of the basic medical skills that all health care professionals must have. At the beginning of each unit, the students explore the various career options available and learn some basic information about that specific field of health care. Students review necessary safety procedures and then move into emergency services; learning skills related to basic life support, first aid and how to record and interpret vital signs. After an overview of human growth and development the students then jump back into the various services/fields in health care, learning about careers and various skills in each area, with units on sports medicine and rehabilitative services.

Students completing Year 1 meet the state's graduation for 1/2 credit of Health.

Health Science Year 2 is a continuation of the exploration of careers and skills in various health care fields. The course begins with a substantial amount of time spent on medical services, where students learn the basic skills necessary to pursue a career in health care. Students learn about nutrition and dietetics, respiratory care, mental health services, pharmacology, laboratory services, and medical imaging. After a brief overview of health information management, students finish the course with a unit on employment opportunities in health care. This final unit will have them apply for jobs, participate in interviews, create resumés and cover letters, and more.

Students earn two regular weight credits for completion of Year 1 and those completing the 2-year program and achieve the minimum required score on the National Health Science Assessment (NHSA) are awarded two E-2 credits for Year 2.

Students have the opportunity to participate in HOSA (Future Health Professionals), whose purpose it to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.  

National Technical Honor Society membership is available to students that maintain an overall 3.25 GPA, a 90 average in their program, are a member of their CTE student organization, and exemplify honesty, good attendance, good character, leadership, and responsibility.  NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. 

Mississippi Tech Master Scholars recognition is given to students that complete a 2-year CTE program and a prescribed academic curriculum, attain an ACT composite of 18 or higher, maintain a 2.5 GPA, contribute 80 hours of community service, pass the MS CPAS test, and exemplify good attendance and discipline.  See the CTE counselor for additional information.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers a New Century Skills Scholarship to students completing this 2-year program and enrolling as a first-time college student.  $750/semester is available for an overall 3.0 GPA, and $1500/semester is available for an overall 3.5.  See additional information at

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