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1 Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Health Science Careers Program

2 MISSION: The mission of the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) Health Science Careers (HSC) program is to provide School to Careers preparation for multiple health careers through a core curriculum emphasizing science, the human and organizational side of health care, and the opportunity to earn college credit and clinical experience. THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM ARE TO: Assist in achieving the health work force needs of the State; Promote the concept of the health care team as essential to patient well-being; Assist in creating a health work force that has ethnic and gender diversity; Provide students with a strong foundation in science, communication, and the health care system; Enhance quality high school to college articulation. PROGRAM OVERVIEW The HSC Program offers college-level, interdisciplinary, general health care, communication, and sciences course work generally during the junior and senior year of high school. The HSC Program is versatile and can easily fit in the high school curriculum. Each school shall offer at least two college level courses, which shall include Dynamics of Health Care in Society. Dynamics of Health Care in Society shall be the only course offered for participation by high school sophomores. The clinical shadowing component of the program, the potential earning of college credits, and a curriculum which provides a broad-based exposure to sciences, communication, and problem solving skills helps to assist in meeting the needs of future health professions. The overall purpose is to allow the students to earn college credit and receive practical health care practitioner skills, while keeping multiple health care career options open to them. Currently, the standardized tests, used to assess college level competency fees for each exam being taken is $ Schools with approved CTE programs (verified by NJDOE on their website) are eligible for the reduced rate of $25.00 per test. The intent of the HSC Program is to encourage entry into community colleges, state colleges and universities to ease upward career mobility. Due to the program, the students have a basis for decision making regarding career directions. Also, they receive a solid foundation in the health sciences, thus, helping retention in the chosen health related professions program. The high school students experience with college level course work enhances academic skill development.

3 CURRICULUM OVERVIEW The curriculum provides the students with the opportunity to earn 2-34 college credits for the following courses: Medical Terminology (3 credits), Dynamics of Health Care in Society (3 credits), Anatomy and Physiology (4 to 8 credits), Emergency and Clinical Care (2 credits), Medical Math (3 credits), Scientific Principles of Nutrition (3 credits), Nutrition and the Lifespan (3 credits), Fundamentals of Health and Wellness (3 credits), Writing for the Health Professional (3 credits), and Introduction To Clinical Research (3 credits). To participate in the Health Science Careers program, students must complete Dynamics of Health Care in Society, at least one other course, and a clinical experience. If a student does not achieve college level work, the high school lists the program and no university credit is received. The high school will be given syllabi for each course, suggested topical outlines, assignments, and activities. For Anatomy and Physiology, the entire curriculum and course lectures will be provided by a CD-ROM using Power Point presentations. There is also a CD-ROM of various vignettes for Dynamics of Health Care in Society. The materials for the Emergency and Clinical Care have been packaged by the Red Cross. Texts and computer programs for Medical Terminology are identified. To teach the RUTGERS SHRP courses the high school faculty must receive a RUTGERS SHRP faculty appointment and have at least a master s degree and or a degree as a health professional. Each individual is evaluated individually to evaluate qualifications. The college credit is granted to the student upon high school graduation, if course credit is earned. Name of Course Course Number Credits Anatomy and Physiology One IDST Anatomy and Physiology Two IDST Medical Terminology IDST Emergency and Clinical Care IDST Dynamics of Health Care in Society IDST Medical Math IDST Scientific Principals of Nutrition DENA Nutrition and the Lifespan DENH Fundamentals of Health and Wellness IDST Writing for the Health Professional IDST Introduction To Clinical Research IDST Anatomy and Physiology One and Two Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the structure and function of the human body. This course follows a sequential development of the major body systems in an organized and structured curriculum. The course is designed to give the students a selective overview of human anatomical structure and an analysis of human physiological principles. Labs will include slide work, dissection of various animals and studies of the human skeleton. The course will also use computer simulated dissection. Emergency and Clinical Care Emergency and Clinical Care is a course that describes how to respond to emergencies before medical help arrives. The course is designed to give the student the knowledge of how to recognize and respond to an emergency. The intent of the course is to help the student feel more confident in his/her ability to act appropriately in the event of an emergency. Students are prepared to 1) obtain a patient medical

4 history, 2) take and record vital signs relative to medical/dental treatment, and 3) acquire cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification. We have evaluated the American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies course materials and have found it to be presented at an appropriate level for our programs teaching needs. The materials include text, teacher s resource guide, transparencies and videos. It is published by Mosby Lifeline. Dynamics of Health Care in Society Dynamics of Health Care in Society is an orientation to health care and delivery, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on process skills to include critical thinking, ethical reasoning, effective communication, and self-directed learning abilities. The professional competencies stress application to general issues and topics common to all health care providers. Emphasis is placed on the role of the health care practitioner as both provider and consumer of health care services. Medical Terminology Medical Terminology is the study of words that pertain to body systems, anatomy, physiology, medical processes and procedures and a variety of diseases. It provides specialized language for the health care team, enabling health care workers to communicate in an accurate, articulate and concise manner. This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive knowledge of word construction, definition and use of terms related to all areas of medical science. The course includes but is not limited to terms related to anatomy of the human body, functions of health and disease, and the use of language in processing medical/dental records and claim forms. Included with the Medical Terminology curricula is additional information on various CD-ROMs available to supplement the current curricula or to use as a student-centered teaching tool. The CD-ROMS offer an interactive modality of teaching which enhances learning. Medical Math This course will provide a review of basic mathematical calculations and will instruct the learner on how to convert equivalents from one system to another and accurately mix and measure drugs. Emphasis will be places on how these techniques are used in the administration of medications for patient use. Scientific Principals of Nutrition Scientific Principles of Nutrition outlines the relationship of diet, lifestyle, and the prevention of disease. An overview of the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals is provided. Nutrition needs at various stages of the lifespan are stressed. Applying the science of nutrition to your life including needs for fitness and physical activity, evaluating nutrition claims, food labeling, and other consumer concerns are emphasized. Nutrition and the Lifespan Nutrition and the Lifespan outlines life cycle nutrition including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, the adult and the later years. Nutrition needs at various stages of the lifespan are stressed, and additional topics include complementary and alternative medicine, hunger and the global environment, and consumer concerns about food and water including the Servsafe food handler course and exam. Applying the science of nutrition to the lifespan including prevention of chronic disease, food safety and biotechnology, and environmentally-friendly food choices will be explored. Fundamentals of Health and Wellness This course provides a comprehensive overview of health and wellness. The impact of lifestyle choices on all aspects of personal health are discussed including physical, mental, emotional, social, and environmental. The course will explore topics related to nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, disease prevention, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. The information and skills necessary

5 for making informed and healthful decisions to promote wellness will be discussed with an emphasis on self-responsibility. Writing for the Health Professional Written communication is essential in many professions. In the health care field, there is an increasing demand for competent and qualified professionals who can write well. This introductory course enables the student to recognize and develop writing techniques and processes that are clear, accurate, responsible, and audience appropriate. The course includes developed discussion regarding various aspects of writing mechanics and structure and also ties in practical applications to common writing situations found in the medical setting. Introduction to Clinical Research This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of what clinical research is and the scientific principles on which it is based. The course starts with a historical perspective on clinical research and then goes on to explore in detail the following topics: purpose and phases of clinical research, clinical trial development and conduct, ethical and regulatory implications, and the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in clinical research. HEALTH SCIENCE CAREERS Sample Option for Course Sequences Freshman/Sophomore H.S. Biology H.S. Algebra Introduction to Health Careers (high school level) Clinical Experience Junior Year H.S. Chemistry or Biochemistry Dynamics of Health in Society (3 credits) (May be offered in Sophomore year) Medical Terminology (3 credits) Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) Clinical Experience Senior Year Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) Emergency and Clinical Care (2 credits) Clinical Experience Sequence determined by program.

6 STANDARDIZED TESTS The standardized tests for each course except Emergency and Clinical Care must be taken at RUTGERS in the Winter/Spring of each year. Emergency and Clinical Care must be taken with a certified Red Cross or American Health Association instructor using their examination. College credit cannot be obtained without taking the standardized tests. Health Science Careers Program Grading System Weighted Average of All Requirements Final Letter Grade A A B B B C C All students must attain a C (74) or better to earn college credits. Minimum passing standardized exam grade for all students must be at least 70 before calculations of college transcript grade can be determined. No grades higher than 100% are acceptable (i.e. no extra credit above 100%). When calculating the final grade that appears on the Rutgers transcript the above grading system applies. Keep in mind the Rutgers, SHRP numerical equivalent may not be the same as your school. Anatomy and Physiology 1 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Anatomy and Physiology 2 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Dynamics of Health Care in Society - 100% of Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Medical Terminology - 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Medical Mathematics - 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Scientific Principals of Nutrition 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Nutrition and the Lifespan- 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript. Fundamentals of Health and Wellness 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript.

7 Introduction to Clinical Research - 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript Writing for the Health Professional - 50% Rutgers, SHRP standardized exam grade + 50% high school grade = Rutgers, SHRP grade listed on transcript Emergency and Clinical Care Currently there is no Rutgers, SHRP final exam for Emergency and Clinical Care. Instructor submits grade based composite of class work and exam from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Beginning the school year we will have an Emergency and Clinical Care exam. Most likely it will be online however it will also be available for on campus testing. For those schools that currently use the American Heart or the American Red cross exams, we will accept them for this school year however starting the school year only the RU exam will be used for determination of college credit.

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