Health Science Academy

Nordhoff High School Health Science Academy

Course Descriptions 


9th Grade: Health
The course focuses on personal health and decision-making.  Broad topics include drugs, alcohol and tobacco and how addictions form and impact users and those around them; sexual behavior, pregnancy, and STDs; nutrition and physical activity.  Students use research and role-play to develop decision-making skills and to reinforce healthy personal choices.  Students gain awareness of personal and community health issues and the services available to them.


10th Grade:  Medical Terminology
This course takes a systems approach, incorporating anatomy diagrams and models as well as root words, prefixes and suffixes.  Students are prepared for more advanced science and health science courses, and in particular are prepared to be successful in anatomy/physiology the following year.

11th Grade: Anatomy & Physiology
This is a laboratory-based course, incorporating case studies, dissection, and sophisticated models.  Students learn how the human body functions, as well as what pathologies are common in each system. Medical terminology acquired the previous year is applied and reinforced throughout the course. High standards for laboratory skills and appropriate use, cleaning and storage of dissection instruments develop habits and skills that are directly applicable to work in a health care facility.


12th Grade:  Emergency First Responder, ROP
Students learn and practice emergency procedures, such as advanced first aid, CPR, patient immobilization and transport, triage, and maintaining an airway.  Students also practice taking vitals, setting up and reading an EKG, giving injections and drawing blood (on mannequins only).  Students are well prepared to be successful in an EMT program, or to obtain entry level work in a medical office.  Use and maintenance of common equipment, such as centrifuges, autoclaves and microscopes is incorporated in the class as well, which is taught by a registered nurse.