Medical

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  • Location: WANIC at LWTech
  • 3 High School Credits: CTE (1.5), Health (0.5), Lab Science (1.0)
  • No Tuition
  • Program fees may apply Financial assistance may be available for qualifying students
  • College Credits and Certifications available: Contact WANIC to find out more
  • Prerequisites: Biology - Students are required to have successfully completed and passed the course without any adjustments to the standards. Minimum 8th grade reading level ability

The Medical Careers program engages students in open-ended problem solving within the medical model where they study topics including anatomy and physiology, behavioral health, bloodborne pathogens, cultural, social and ethnic diversity, customer service, pathophysiology of diseases and disorders, emergency care, healthcare delivery systems, healthcare career exploration, health and wellness maintenance practices, and employability skills. Through mastery of the foundational industry-recognized National Consortium of Health Science Education standards, students will acquire important academic skills necessary to become future healthcare professionals such as medical mathematics, communication, infection control, safety practices, legal and ethical responsibilities, utilization of health information technology, leadership and teamwork. 

Students will have the chance to test for acquiring the National Health Science Certification Exam (NHSCE) at the end of the course, based on broad standards that frame the essential knowledge common across all health professions and are designed to prepare students to be college and career ready. Students will develop technical skills including measuring vital signs, CPR and Basic Life Support, first aid and emergency hemorrhage care, and preparation, collection and conduction of common clinical diagnostic tests.  Students will gain hands-on experience in therapeutic skills for patient care and treatment simulated in both inpatient and ambulatory settings.  This program prepares students to continue in their pursuit within a multitude of professional and educational pathways in the healthcare industry, examples of which include respiratory therapist, physical therapist, medical lab technician, medical assistant, physician, ultrasound technologist, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner.

 

Median Yearly Salary Seattle Metro area*

  • Medical Assistants  $48,660
  • Medical and Health Services Managers  $125,650
  • Phlebotomists  $42,470
  • Physician Assistants  $133,670

*Source: careeronestop.org, U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021

PREPARE FOR COLLEGE AND A CAREER!

Course Expectations: Medical Careers. Located at WANIC Skill Center

Reading Expectations of this class:

Minimum 8th grade reading level ability. This course combines several college level classes. We use online and hard copy textbooks that are college level reading standard. This requires a higher level of vocabulary comprehension to begin the course due to the extent of the complexity of medical terminology.

Writing Expectations of this class:

This course has several online platforms and hard copy textbooks that require writing comprehension at the college level to begin the course. Essays, discussion boards, group projects, and other assignments will be graded based on college level expectations for grammar and spelling.

Math Expectations of this class:

This course has several online platforms and hard copy textbooks that require math comprehension at the college level to begin the course. Medical math is the focus. Examples of medical math are calculating medical dosage, reading prescriptions, analyzing test results, weighing and measuring patients, taking temperatures, determining concentration levels and billing and record-keeping. Student should have a basic understanding of the customary numeral system as well as the Roman numeral system. Students will need to calculate fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, estimating, rounding, and averaging. Medical math will focus on teaching the English and Metric measurement systems and converting units. The apothecary system will also be introduced.

Science Expectations of this class:

This course has several online platforms and hard copy textbooks that require science comprehension at the college level to begin the course. The curriculum will focus heavily on the sciences including biology, physical science, and social science. Skills will be demonstrated for competency that are reflected in the medical assisting curriculum of the colleges offering credit to students that successfully complete this course with an 80% or better.

Homework Expectations of this class:

This course has several online platforms and hard copy textbooks that require daily homework typical of a college level class.

To be successful in this class, the student should be prepared to:

Complete assignments on time and actively participate in class daily, and maintain an 80% or higher in each course. Follow an attendance policy like business and industry; the student is considered an employee or a professional and is expected to be in full daily attendance and actively participating to assure that maximum learning and productivity are achieved. This program includes numerous hands-on activities which can be attained only by being in attendance. Applying and practicing skills are critical to demonstrating competency.

Additional Information:
  • Prerequisites: Biology - Students are required to have successfully completed and passed the course without any adjustments to the standards. Minimum 8th grade reading level ability.
  • CTE Dual Credit - College Credits may be Available.