Therapeutic Services Pathway
This pathway map represents a suggested sequence of courses leading to capstone, work-based learning, and post-secondary experiences which will assist students in being as successful as possible after leaving high school. Although each student will personalize their experiences, the earlier a student begins this sequence, the more opportunities students will have to fully explore the educational and community options available. These sequences should be coupled with appropriate core courses, as well as life-skills and courses in a student’s area of interest.
Health Science Exploration - FCS4010, .5-credit, Grades 9-12
Get a jump start on a career in the rapidly growing health care industry. Many describe this introductory course as a "make or break" in their decision to go into health care before investing in college tuition. Learn to use basic medical equipment while exploring the many career opportunities in health care. In this interdisciplinary course students will become introduced to medical terminology, health care delivery systems, legal and ethical health care issues, personal health financial literacy and employability and job seeking skills. This course is a prerequisite for the Nursing Assistant certification course. Students interested in the health care field are invited to participate in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club which sponsors community service projects and members are able to compete at the state and national events.
Medical Terminology* - FCS4020, .5-credit, Grades 10-12
The class is an introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems.. Students will gain knowledge of medical terminology, vocabulary and abbreviations used in health-related careers. Students will practice formation, analysis and deconstruction of medical terms. Interpretation of written material will be addressed. There is an emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Students interested in the health care field are invited to participate in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club which sponsors community service projects and competitions at state and national levels. *This is a college level course taught at the high school. Transcripted credit (3cr) through Madison College is available to 11th & 12th graders - Apply during first week of class. Must pass with 74% or better to avoid “W” (withdrawn) on transcript. Advanced standing (2 cr) available to 10th graders with a B or better, but will result in a “W” (withdrawn) on Madison College transcript. Not a transfer-credit course but is required at UW-Madison to enter the PA and PT graduate programs.
Body Structure & Function - FCS4060, .5-credit, Grades 9-12
Successful students will have completed Health Occupations with a “C” or better.
Designed to cover topics of body structure and function at an introductory level, this course prepares students for advanced study in Medical Terminology, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Physiology and Anatomy courses. Students use hands‐on activities and anatomy in clay to understand and remember the body systems and how they are viewed and treated by medical personnel. Discussions center around prevention, pathology, diagnostics, therapies, emerging technology, and related careers.
Nursing Assistant** FCS4045, 1 semester/3 college credits/1 high school credit
Career & Tech Ed Recommendations: Successful students will have completed Body Structure & Function with a “C” or better and/or have taken Medical Terminology prior to taking this course. Grade 11-12.
This course is taught by a registered nurse from Madison College. Students seeking employment in any health care field will find this a valuable first step! Nursing Assistant is a Prerequisite to all Wisconsin Technical College System nursing programs and some 4‐year college admissions to nursing programs. Units of study and skills include: human development, infection control, patient transfer, body in health and disease, personal care and hygiene, nutrition, and special care. Class meets for additional hours of lab and clinical time on weekends, mornings, evenings, and/or breaks. To meet certification requirements, students must pass both theory and clinical experiences in a local health care agency arranged by the teacher, maintain a grade of 75% or better, and meet attendance requirements. A successful background check, TB skin tests, and certification test fee are required, but may be covered in whole or in part by the district.
Principles of Biomedical Science* - SCI7010, 1.0-credit, Grades 10-12, Course Fee:$20
In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. This course is offered only at Memorial.
Human Body Systems* - SCI7020, 1.0-credit, Grades 10-12, Course Fee: $20
Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. This course is offered only at Memorial.
Medical Interventions* - SCI7060, 1.0-credit, Grades 11-12, Course Fee: $20
Prerequisite: Human Body Systems
Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. This course is offered only at Memorial. (Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Milwaukee School of Engineering [MSOE] with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.)
Biomedical Innovation* - SCI7070, 1.0-credit, Grades 11-12, Course Fee: S20
Prerequisite: Medical Interventions
In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution. This course is offered only at Memorial. Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Milwaukee School of Engineering [MSOE] with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.)