The Health Science Technology Program at the Barnwell County Career Center is designed to prepare a student to assist qualified health professionals in providing diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive, restorative, and rehabilitative services to patients in health care facilities, the home, and the community. The program provides classroom, laboratory, and Co-operative Education experience in direct patient care at various clinical facilities.





Health Science Technology students are
learning to do all the basics: Denture care, blood pressures, and ice-pack treatments, to mention a few of their skills.

*Sports Medicine *Pre-Medicine

HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY prepares students in these areas:

Safety measures

History of health care

Basic nutrition

Basic first aid

CPR principles

Medical terminology

Human anatomy

Human physiology

Patient care


Co-op Education


5550  Health Science Technology I (Grades 10, 11)

    Health Science Technology I provides an overview of the various medical careers.  Both classroom and “hands-on” experience expose the students to the routine functions performed for patients (i.e. taking a pulse, measuring blood pressure, taking temperature, bathing, bed-making, patient transfer techniques, and nail care).  The procedures are performed either on a classmate acting as a patient or on a manikin.  The student will learn basic computer literacy.  CPR and first aid training are a required part of the classroom experience.  Field trips to health care facilities and to post-secondary colleges for exploration into various medical careers are integrated into class activities on a needs/availability basis.  First year of a two-year program.  (2 credits)
Prerequisites:  No major discipline or attendance problems


5551  Health Science Technology II (Grades 11, 12)

    Second-year students broaden their skills through continued classroom practice.  More advanced procedures such as changing a sterile dressing, charting, and hot/cold applications are taught.  There is an emphasis placed on geriatrics.  The student will spend ninety (90) hours of supervised clinical experience in a health care facility.  Students study anatomy and physiology and how disease affects the body.  Field trips and guest speakers are a regular part of classroom activity.  In the spring, students may elect to take the Nursing Assistant Certification Examination.  Second year of a two-year program.  (2 credits)

Prerequisite:  Health Science Technology I with a minimum grade of 80; health science technology teacher recommendation, no out-of-school suspensions, and good attendance habits


5553  Health Science Technology III (Grade 12)

    Third year students broaden their scope of practice through an extended co-operative education experience of 120 hours.  Students are re-certified in CPR.  In the classroom, there is continued emphasis in anatomy, physiology, geriatrics, and medical terminology.  (1 credit)

Prerequisite:  Health Science Technology II with a minimum grade of 80; health science technology teacher recommendation, and no out-of-school suspensions


5590  Work Study (Health) (Grade 12)

    This course enables students to work in a health care facility.  This can be during school hours or after school.  Students will be required to keep a journal and make presentations.  The maximum recommended work time is 16-20 hours weekly.  Credit is based on the hours of work accumulated during the school year.

Prerequisite:  Must have passed Certified Nursing Assistant Exam; health science technology teacher recommendation; no out-of-school suspension


5555  Sports Medicine (Grades 10, 11, 12)

    This course is designed as an introduction for those students interested in basic athletic training, sports medicine, etc.  Emphasis is placed on preventing injuries as well as recognizing and providing immediate first aid for common sports injuries.  Students will become certified in CPR and first aid.  The course of study includes anatomy, physiology, personal training, nutrition, sports psychology, composition of sports teams, effects of disease on athletic performance, taping, etc.  Students will be introduced to allied health careers.  Class sessions meet every other day.  (1 credit)

Prerequisite:  None


5599  Pre-Medicine (Grades 10, 11, 12)

    This course is tailor-made for students who are interested in a career in medicine.  There will be career exploration as well as first aid and CPR certification, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, communication skills, nutrition, etc.  Class sessions meet every other day.  (1 credit)

Prerequisite:  None (Health Science Technology students should NOT enroll in this course).


5530  Emergency Medical Care (Grade 9)

    Meets on A-day for 50 minutes during the fourth session class period.  This course is designed for students who are interested in learning immediate first aid care for the injured.  Additional topics that will be covered will be cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure), secondary survey, anatomy and physiology of the cardio-vascular and respiratory systems, as well as associated medical terminology.  Care of the acute trauma victim will also be offered as well as legal implications of treatment.  (1/2 credit)


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