course sequence

cte-medical pathway

Every prospective Health Academy candidate will begin by taking the CTE-Medical Pathway course. Upon successful completion with a passing grade of a C or better, the successful student will have the option of taking one of the two different pathways within the Health Academy. Below are the course sequence for each pathway.

1. CTE - Pathway (Medical Terminology)

  • 1st year Health Academy Students

Patient Care Pathway

The Patient Care Pathway provides students with an understanding of both pre-hospital and in-hospital care.

1. First Responder (Pre-Hospital Care)

  • 2nd year Health Academy Students

2. Certified Nursing Assistant (In-Hospital Care)

  • 3rd year Health Academy Students

Sports Medicine Pathway

1. Sports Medicine 1

  • 2nd year Health Academy Students

2. Sports Medicine 2

  • 3rd year Health Academy Students

CTE-Medical pathway

This course is designed to help students acquire the academic language of the medical profession. It explores the root words, suffixes and prefixes of the vocabulary used in medical offices, hospitals and other health settings. Students review the nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscular and other major systems of the human body, and they discuss terms related to physiology, anatomy and pathological conditions. There is weekly lab work that is associated with every body system that are presented to the students. Students learn to spell, define and pronounce common medical terms.


The First Responder course focuses on the pre-hospital care of the sick and injured. Students will be provided with a foundation and understanding of the role of first responders in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Basic Life Support (BLS) skills used to render immediate action and care for various emergencies. A majority of the emergency first responder's task in the emergency response field is to provide pre-hospital care for the sick and injured. This course will focus on medical services provided by first responders. Students will develop medical skills within the responsibilities of a first responder and proper procedures of pre-hospital emergency care. As a result, this class requires hands on participation. Students will be required to work with each other to practice skills in class. All students will be required to complete and obtain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.

What Are The Educational Goals Of The First Responder Course?

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and medical services used in pre-hospital care.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate basic life support skills within the scope of practice of the emergency first responder as required for emergency response occupations.

  • Demonstrate accurate Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.

  • Demonstrate proper patient assessment and recognize the seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of injuries to apply appropriate emergency pre-hospital care.

  • Demonstrate the ability to receive and provide patient care information to other medical providers.

  • Manage an incident scene as the first responder, using emergency response skills appropriate to training and medical scope of practice of the first responder.

certified nursing assitant (cna)

Certified nursing assistants work under the supervision of licensed nursing professionals. They care for patients who are infirm, ill, injured, disabled and otherwise unable to care for themselves. In many settings, CNAs are the health professionals whom patients encounter most often. A CNA performs a variety of basic duties that are important for the patient's comfort and recovery. These tasks vary depending on the employment setting.

What Are The Educational Requirement of a CNA?

When becoming a CNA, individuals are required to be at least 16 years of age and have nursing assistant training. This course is designed so that the students can acquire the educational requirement to prepare for the California Certified Nursing Assistance board exam. Before enrolling, Health Academy students will need to successfully complete their first two years of Health Academy course work with a C or better in the Patient Care Pathway.

Upon successful completion of CNA training, individuals will subsequently be prepared to take a CNA certification examination. This exam consists of two parts - a written part and a practical part. The written exam will be taken in a group setting and typically consists of a number of multiple choice-style questions. Test takers have 90 minutes to answer. The second portion, the clinical skills exam, is administered one at a time with a single test proctor/observer. Individuals will be tested on four randomly selected clinical skills to demonstrate their competency. They will have 30 minutes to complete this section of the exam.

sports medicine 1

The Sports Medicine I course is designed to educate students interested in fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, medicine, fitness, physiology of exercise, kinesiology, nutrition and other sports medicine fields. Students who are in their second year of the Health Academy course sequence are eligible to take the course. The main focus of this class during the first semester is to introduce students to the science of human anatomy and physiology, various injuries of the body, and methods to care for these injuries.

The primary focus of second semester course work will include, but not be limited to, the following topics: The Sports Medicine Team, organization and administration, injury prevention, physical training and conditioning techniques, nutritional considerations, protective sports equipment, psychology of sports injury/illness, mechanisms and characteristics of sports trauma, tissue response to injury, human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, CPR/bloodborne pathogens, injury assessment and evaluation, environmental concerns, basic taping and bandaging, explanations of therapeutic modalities, basic exercise rehabilitation, drug use/abuse in sports, and skin disorders.

sports medicine 2

The Sports Medicine 2 course is designed to give the sports medicine student a detailed examination of post-injury management techniques used by athletic trainers and physicians in management of orthopedic injuries. This curriculum will focus on surgical techniques and their implications on rehabilitation/activity and captures the totality of injury management including: pathology, immediate management, diagnostic imaging, definitive and differential diagnosis, medical management, medications, surgical intervention, post-injury and/or post-surgical management, and rehabilitation. The objective of Sports Medicine 2 is to apply skills learned from the Sports Medicine 1 class, while working independently developing Sports Medicine instructional materials and research projects. Students will attend class while also be placed on internships to complete their independent learning projects.