Medicine & Healthcare: Course Descriptions

Semester Overview

MNCAPS Interpersonal Communications

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the Speech elective requirement for graduation.

Course Description: This course is the study of speech and communication skill in regards to examining and developing effective interpersonal communication interaction with others in different relationships and in various communication contexts.  The primary units of study include communication theory, self-concept, perceptions, verbal communication, nonverbal communication, self-disclosure, assertiveness, emotions, listening, conflict, and relationships.The students will demonstrate learning through speeches, presentations, case studies, and verbal and nonverbal communication with mentors, teachers, students, and other experts in the field of study.

MNCAPS Healthcare Core Curriculum (HCCC)

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the Health requirement for graduation when paired with Health Professions Terminology.

Course Description: This course is the study of the exploration of the Healthcare profession in regards to career exploration, communications, behaviors of staff and clients, safety, healthcare legalities and ethics. The primary units of study include Health Career Exploration, Behaviors for Success in Healthcare Settings, Communications in Healthcare Settings, Awareness and Sensitivity to Client Needs, Respecting Client and Staff Diversity, Healthcare Safety and Standard Precautions, Legal Issues in Healthcare, and Healthcare Ethics. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, and projects.

MNCAPS Health Professions Terminology

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the Health requirement for graduation when paired with Healthcare Core Curriculum course.

Course Description: This course is the study of the medical language used in all professions and industries relating to healthcare and the introduction of body systems in relation to medical terminology, utilization, understanding, and pronunciation of medical terms.  The primary units of study include the structure of the medical language, relationships among medical terms, medical communications use to document health care, essential medical terminology for each body system, and CPR. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, quizzes/tests, case studies, and projects.

MNCAPS College Freshman Composition

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the English 11 requirement for graduation.

Course Description: This course is the study of critical thinking and writing skills necessary in college and professional writing, focusing on the field of medicine and healthcare. The primary units of study include the writing process to compose academic essays, conventions of academic writing, analysis of audiences, academic research, evaluation of sources for accuracy, appropriateness, and relevance, and synthesis of information from various sources using original ideas in the field of study. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, and projects.

MNCAPS Personal & Community Health  

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation.

Course Description: This course is the study of contemporary health trends and implications for the individual, family, community, and society.  Emphasis is placed on the prevention of health problems through the thoughtful examination of ethical issues and the exercising of personal responsibility relative to lifestyle choices. The course is also the study of the basic understanding of First Aid. The primary units of study include Health for the 21st Century, stress management, psychological and emotional health, physical fitness, nutritional choices for healthy lifestyle, responsible relationships, immune system and preventing communicable diseases, lifestyle choices, risks for cardiovascular disease, cancer, substance use, circle of life, proactive patient, and First Aid bandaging, splinting, rescue, and transfer skills. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, quizzes/tests, case studies, and projects.

MNCAPS Healthcare in the U.S.

  • Grades: 11-12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Location: Off Campus
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation.

Course Description: This course is the study of the history, organization, influences, and delivery of healthcare in the United States and abroad.  It will focus on analyzing the factors that have shaped our healthcare system compared to other parts of the globe. The primary units of study include health care institutions, functions of hospitals, and other facilities; accountability in healthcare, hierarchy of the healthcare system, organizational structure, and the role of government in healthcare. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, quizzes/tests, case studies, and projects.

MNCAPS Introduction to Exercise Science

  • Grades: 12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: MNCAPS Medicine & Healthcare Pathway Year One
  • Location: Off Campus – MNCAPS
  • Semester-long course

Course Description: This course is the study of the science of human movement and the field of kinesiology.  The primary units of study include exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, biomechanics, motor behavior, sociocultural aspects of sport and exercise, sport nutrition, and other related topics. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, and projects.

MNCAPS AP Psychology

  • Grades: 12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: MNCAPS Medicine & Healthcare Pathway Year One
  • Location: Off Campus – MNCAPS
  • Year-long course
  • This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation.

The Advanced Placement program (AP) provides high school students with the opportunity to take college level coursework and exams while still in high school, with each course culminating in a rigorous, optional exam to earn potential college credit. AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to develop the study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking skills that they will need in college.

Course Description:  This course is the scientific study of the mental processes of human behavior; and the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The primary units of study include neurobiology, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, sensation and perception, emotion and motivation, development, abnormal behaviors, therapies, social psychology and methodology. The students will demonstrate learning through tests, quizzes, group work, computer lab experiments, individual projects and in-class discussion.

MNCAPS Nursing Assistant Certificate

  • Grades: 12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: MNCAPS Medicine & Healthcare Pathway Year One
  • Location: Off Campus – MNCAPS
  • Semester-long course
  • This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation.

Course Description: This course is the study of physical nursing care for individuals in long term care facilities, hospitals, or board and care homes.  Students learn how to measure vital signs and assist individuals with physical and emotional needs. The primary units of study include physical, nutritional, emotional, psychosocial needs, and behavior management for individuals. The students will demonstrate learning through assignments, writing, projects, lab, and clinicals.

MNCAPS AP Psychology

  • Grades: 12
  • Instructional Delivery: Face-to-face
  • Prerequisite: MNCAPS Medicine & Healthcare Pathway Year One
  • Location: Off Campus – MNCAPS
  • Year-long course
  • This course fulfills the elective requirement for graduation.

The Advanced Placement program (AP) provides high school students with the opportunity to take college level coursework and exams while still in high school, with each course culminating in a rigorous, optional exam to earn potential college credit. AP provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to develop the study skills, habits of mind, and critical thinking skills that they will need in college.

Course Description:  This course is the scientific study of the mental processes of human behavior; and the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The primary units of study include neurobiology, states of consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, sensation and perception, emotion and motivation, development, abnormal behaviors, therapies, social psychology and methodology.The students will demonstrate learning through tests, quizzes, group work, computer lab experiments, individual projects and in-class discussion.