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    Health Sciences/Medical Assisting

    Enter a fast-growing medical profession. Practice and learn the language and skills of doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals. This course provides students with a broad survey of core skills needed in the Health Sciences cluster and leads to high-demand health and medical careers.  The class uses leadership projects, modules, and project-based activities in school and community-based industry settings.

    Medical Assisting is a fast-growing medical profession that has a long-term employment outlook according to national surveys with applications in many areas of the Allied Health Field. Those areas include pharmacology, veterinary, obstetrics, surgical technician, ophthalmology and many others. This course is articulated with various community colleges as a part of their certified medical assisting programs for credits in their programs. They will acquire knowledge and implement skills in medical law and ethics, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathology, computer applications, rehabilitation, nutrition, communications, employment skills, career planning, clinical skills implementation, and field hours that exceed 150 hours with this program.

    Location: Lincoln Building

    Intro to Medical Career Students in Action!

    Course Objectives:

    Students apply foundation health standards, gain essential skills for healthcare fields, and practice for clinical placements leading to post-secondary completion of an accredited medical assisting program and medical assisting certification. The students will learn and apply field-ready skills as required by industry standards and according to the requirements for the American Association of Medical Assisting organization for national certification through the completion of this program.

    Benefits/Certifications/Tech Prep:

    • 1.5 Occupational Ed. credits OR 1.0 Occupational Ed. credit + .5 Lab Science OR 1.0 Occupational Ed. credit +.5 Applied Math
    • 2 semesters - 1.5 credits per semester
    • Lab Science Cross-Credit Available
    • Math Cross-Credit Available

    Pre-Requisites REQUIRED

    • Family Health or Nutrition/Wellness or Human Development or Food Science or Biomedical Science or Sports Medicine or Health Care Intro


    • Lab Science Cross-Credit Available
    • Math Cross-Credit Available

    Program Supply List/Student Costs:

    • Additional fees and requirements may apply

    Career Opportunities:

    Medical assistants work in fields such as ophthalmology, pharmacology, surgical technician, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology and other health science professions.

    Summer School Opportunity: Intro to Medical Careers

    Participate in project-based learning, increasing your knowledge of the various fields of medical careers including: nurse assisting, health science, and medical assisting.

    Location: Lincoln Building, West Seattle High School