Course Description

Health science is designed as one or two-year program (3 credits per year) for high school students. The course prepares the student for entry level employment and/or post-secondary education in the healthcare field. First year curriculum concentrates on a core curriculum applicable to all healthcare fields along with career exploration. An individually designed curriculum is the focus of the second-year student in Health Sciences which provides the student with further study in a specific field of their choice. Instructional methods include classroom lecture and discussion,laboratory, and clinical rotation sites.



11th or 12th grade, interest in health career, math skills in computation, measurement, ratio & proportions, reading comprehension & writing communication skills, GPA of 2.0 or above, and organizational skills.


Personal Skills

Personal skills include sincere interest in people, ability to make judgments and decision, work under stress, oral written communications, meeting strict standards, dealing with people, and many changing duties.


Physical Skills

Physical skills may include lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling, standing for long periods, reaching, using hands, talking, hearing, seeing clearly up close, and walking.


Salary Range

The average salary for entry-level nursing aides in Missouri $13,610 ($7.9/hr) to an average of %22,930 (11.02/hr) for experienced workers. The average hourly wage in Missouri $10.1.


Suggested Related H.S Coursework and Activities

Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Keyboarding, Language Arts, Speech, SkillsUSA


Continuing Education

Health care education can vary in length from a few weeks to several years depending upon the chosen career.


Related Occupations

Courses to be eligible to complete State Certification Exams, 1 year, 2 year, 3 year, Baccalaureate, Masters, Doctorate – each determined by the chosen career.


Missouri Job Outlook

Health careers are the nation’s largest industry. Employment in the healthcare industry is expected to grow much faster than the average growth. The occupational outlook for those choosing a career in many health careers is very promising. Employment in Missouri for nursing aides is projected to increase from 38,390 in 2006 to 41,440 in 2016, an 8% increase.


Clinical Experiences


  • Hospitals
  • Long term Care Facility
  • School Health
  • Medical Offices
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinarian Offices
  • Laboratory
  • Dietary
  • Radiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Individually designed experiences
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Housekeeping
  • Dietary


The percent of out students who, 6 month after graduation, were continuing their education, employed in the workforce or in the military


  • 2003 –  93%
  • 2004 – 100%
  • 2005 –  94%
  • 2006 – 88%
  • 2007 – 100%
  • 2008 – 87%


Health Sciences Curriculum
Units of Study Clock Hours
1st year
Anatomy and Physiology of Human body 100
Basic Health Care Skills/ CPR 100
Communication/ Charting Skills 30
Ethical & Legal Responsibilities of HealthCare Workers 10
Human Growth and Development 20
Medical Terminology 50
Microbiology and Infection Control 30
Safety/ Fire/ Natural Disaster 10
Clinical Experience 40
Career Exploration 40
Pre-Employment 20
Total Clock hours 450
2nd year
Individually designed curriculum to meet student’s career goals
Total Clock Hours 450