William B. Travis Early College High School

Health Sciences

Health Science is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that prepares students for the wealth of opportunities available to them in public health education and health promotion. This program exposes students to a wide range of health science careers while providing the foundation for professional postgraduate work in fields such as public health, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, environmental health and more.

Current courses include:

Principles of Health Science

Principles of Health Science provides an overview of the therapeutic, diagnostic, health informatics, development and support services of the health care system, as well as biotechnology research. This course satisfies the Health Education graduation requirement, and there is no prerequisite.  

Health Science

Health Science is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a variety of health careers. This course is designed to develop health care-specific knowledge and skills in effective communications, ethical and legal responsibilities, client care, safety, first aid and CPR. Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to make client assessment; interpret health science technical material; describe biological and chemical processes that maintain homeostasis; identify principles of body mechanics and movement and analyze the impact of local, state, and government on the health care industry. This course prepares students to work with health care issues and make the transition to clinical or work-based experiences.

Prerequisites:

  • Principles of Health Science
  • Enrollment or completion of Biology 

Anatomy and Physiology 

In Anatomy and Physiology, students conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students study a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the human body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis.

Practicum in Health Science

The Practicum is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. This course will develop skills in the classroom and clinical settings that comply with standard precautions, practices and prescribed techniques. Students learn to maintain a safe environment, to prevent hazardous situations, follow protocol related to hazardous materials and strategies for the prevention of disease and infection. 

Students will:

  • perform health screenings, examinations, monitor client health status during therapeutic and diagnostic procedures
  • observe client during care and procedures
  • accurately measure and report client vital signs and other indicators of health status

Students will learn to transfer knowledge and skills to new situations and apply problem solving strategies, update skills to enhance employability and identify emerging technologies in the health science technology industry.

Articulated credit may be awarded for Clinical, Med Lab or EMT upon successful completion of course requirements. 

Prerequisites:

  • Instructor approval
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Health Science, Biology and concurrent enrollment or completion of Chemistry 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:

Prior to acceptance, students must undergo a criminal background check and must be clear of any misdemeanor or felony convictions.