• Health and Medical Sciences offers a series of courses for students who may be interested in the field of medicine, health sciences, and the health care industry. These courses introduce students to planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development in their future careers.  Our focus is inspiring knowledge within our students to promote optimal safety, optimal mental health, optimal emotional health, and optimal physical health within our student population as well as their future clients.  Please read the course descriptions below and contact FCHS Guidance if you are interested in enrolling!

    Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences (8301)


    This course introduces the student to a variety of healthcare careers and develops basic skills required in all health and medical sciences. It is designed to help students understand the key elements of the U.S. healthcare system and to learn basic healthcare terminology, anatomy and physiology for each body system, pathologies, diagnostic and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and the fundamentals of traumatic and medical emergency care. Throughout the course, instruction emphasizes safety, cleanliness, asepsis, professionalism, accountability, and efficiency within the healthcare environment. Students also begin gaining job-seeking skills for entry into the health and medical sciences field. In addition, instruction may include the basics of medical laboratory procedures, pharmacology fundamentals, biotechnology concepts, and communication skills essential for providing quality patient care.  For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at: Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences (8301)


    Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Medical Sciences (8390)

    Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Medical Sciences is designed to provide an opportunity for students to gain a basic understanding of nutrition. The course will enable students to identify common food sources of nutrients and the purposes of these nutrients in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Students will learn to apply principles of nutrition, including current dietary guidelines to his/her lifestyle and future careers. For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at: Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Medical Sciences (8390)

     

    Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology (8383)


    Medical Terminology is designed to help students learn common medical terms essential for patient care. Topics are presented in logical order, beginning with each body system's anatomy and physiology and progressing through pathology, laboratory tests and clinical procedures, therapeutic interventions, and pharmacology. Students learn concepts, terms, and abbreviations for each topic. For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at: Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology (8383)

     

    Nurse Aide I (8360)

    Nurse Aide I, offered as an occupational preparation course beginning at the 11th-grade level, is regulated under the Virginia Board of Nursing. It emphasizes the study of nursing occupations as related to the healthcare system. Students study growth and development across the lifespan, simple body structure and function, and medical terminology. They are introduced to concepts of infection prevention and disease processes. Students receive entry-level skill training in patient nurse aide relationships; measuring and recording of vital signs; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and general patient care. Work-based learning may be offered as part of this course. The Nurse Aide I course introduces students to careers in nursing, health professions, and STEM-H professions. Students must maintain American Heart Association's Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) training during this course. For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at: Nurse Aide I (8360)

     

    Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide II (8362)

    Nurse Aide II is an occupational preparation course emphasizing body systems and diseases as related to advanced clinical care of the acute medical-surgical patient, the chronically ill, and the elderly. Students receive skills training and hands-on clinical experiences in a healthcare setting. Work-based learning in a healthcare facility is part of the course. Students must maintain American Heart Association's Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) training during this course. This course requires students to meet the Virginia Board of Nursing required clock hours to be eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam. Additionally, this course includes the approved opiate competencies for health and medical sciences education.  For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at: Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide II (8362)

     

    Sports Medicine I (7660)


    In this course, students earn a certification in First Aid/CPR/AED. The course introduces students to topics such as human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, medical terminology, injuries and illnesses, and legal and ethical issues in sports medicine. Students also examine prospective careers in the sports medicine field. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take Sports Medicine II and pursue certification as a personal trainer.  For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at: Sports Medicine I (7660)

     

    Sports Medicine II (7662)

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine-Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) exam. This course builds upon basic knowledge acquired in Sports Medicine I on topics such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise program design, and injury prevention, assessment, treatment, and management. Students prepare for a career in sports medicine, including completing an internship. For more course information visit Virginia's CTE Resource Center at:  Sports Medicine II (7662)