Healthcare

Contact:   Mrs. Kimm Gaster   Phone: 794-1436 ext. 240

Honors Health Science

What You Will Be Able To Do:

  • Become certified in Nurse Assisting
  • Develop Employability skills
  • Participate in an internship program in a hospital or other healthcare facility
  • Perform basic health care skills such as recording temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure
  • Understand responsibilities for meeting patients needs through direct care of patients
  • Use proper lifting, moving, and transfer techniques on patients
  • Know common health problems and diseases

This program introduces students to a range of health careers. Integrated academics combined with health care knowledge and skills provide the framework for a strong health care delivery system in the twenty-first century. Students are introduced to careers in therapeutic services including, but not limited to, nursing, medicine, physical therapist, surgical technologist, respiratory therapist, emergency medical technician, and others. The culminating class is designed to be completed in a hospital, extended care facility, rehabilitation center, medical office, imagery laboratory, or other health care facility. Further training is available after high school in many aspects of the allied health field.  This training can lead to a two-or four-year professional degree in any aspect of the field.  This program is especially helpful for students who are preparing for medical school.

Potential Earnings:  LPNs working full-time earn $26,000 -$50,000 a year, with a national median of about $37,000.  Registered nurses earn $40,000-$85,000 a year, with a median annual salary of $57,000. Earnings vary with education level, experience, and type of workplace. Nurses with bachelor's degrees generally earn more than those with associate degrees or diplomas. Those with additional training, or who work as managers or administrators, generally earn the highest salaries. Nurses who work in a hospital setting often earn more than those who work in doctors' offices.

College and Related Education:  Generally, you should graduate from high school with senior level science, math, and English courses. Further training is available after high school in many aspects of the allied health field.  This training can lead to a two-or four-year professional degree in any aspect of the field.  This program is especially helpful for students who are preparing for medical school.  To be an LPN, you must complete a state-approved program at a 2-year college or other vocational institution. A high school diploma is required for entry. Practical nursing programs take a year to complete and include classroom study and supervised clinical practice. To be a RN you must earn a high school diploma, and then complete a post-secondary nursing program. There are two types of degree programs: the 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) and the 2-year associate degree in nursing (ADN). Diploma programs take about 3 years to complete.

Health Science classes offered at DTC: 

  • Honors Foundations of Health Science
  • Honors Therapeutic Services  
  • Honors Health Science Internship
  • Honors Introduction to Pharmacy
  • Honors Diagnostic Services