HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STRANDProgram Information
The Health Science Technology strand is a four year program that allows students to investigate careers in the health professions field through specialized coursework and unique enrichment opportunities. The program has various partnerships throughout the medical community. Students have visited Texas A&M’s Veterinary School, Texas Woman’s University nursing program, Memorial Hermann’s Trauma Unit, Methodist Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital to view a surgery. Each year, Westside organizes a Career Speaker Series which hosts professionals from various career areas. In the past, Westside students have been privileged to hear a genetic counselor from UT Houston, an orthodontist from Embrace Orthodontics, a vet from West Houston Vet Clinic, and an MD/PhD candidate from Baylor College of Medicine.
Through the coursework students will receive CPR, AED and First Aid certifications by Red Cross. In the students’ senior year, most students will take Practicum in Health Science Technology. In this course, students travel to various medical facilities twice per week for fieldwork experience. Students who are in the hospital program will participate in various rotations to learn about different areas of the hospital. Students can also opt to shadow in other medical facilities such as a veterinarian clinic, orthodontist’s office, chiropractor’s clinic, and more.Many students in this strand are also actively involved in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). This national organization attends various competitions throughout the year and works in conjunction with another student group to sponsor Westside’s successful Blood Drive.
FOUR YEAR PLAN
HEALTH SCIENCE STRAND
Geometry/ Algebra II
U S History
AP Science/Elective Science
Fine Arts Credit
Medmicro Biology and
Anatomy and Physiology
Practicum in Health Science
(requires 2 class periods)
Required electives are dependent upon the year the student started high school. To see the graduation requirements, please click here.
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