Health and Human Services

The Health and Human Services Pathway exposes students to careers that meet the basic needs of our communities, including the health of individuals and families, assistance with social services, help with preventing and solving problems and striving to provide the highest quality of life possible through wellness and education. Students who choose to go into this growing field will be part of fostering advances in medicine, public health and social services. This pathway gives students several opportunities for hands-on learning in the field. 

Course Options

  • Teacher Education (grades 11-12)
  • Early Childhood 1 and 2 (grades 10-12)
     

Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) Program

  • Emergency Medical Responder (grades 11-12)
  • Emergency Medical Technician 1 & 2 (grades 11-12)
  • Nursing Assistant-Registered (grades 10-12)

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Other Exploratory Courses within the HHS Pathway

  • First Aid/CPR (grades 9-12)
  • Medical Internship 1, 2 (grade 12)
  • Medical Internship 3 Firefighter (grades 12)
Health and Human Services Pathways
OEC student in back of an ambulance
teacher student working with early childhood student
students who passed the registered nursing exam

Health and Human Services Course Descriptions

Teacher Education

In this year-long course, students will earn a variety of elective credits, including a required Social Studies elective and the opportunity for embedded college credit. The course is designed to give students an entry point into pursuing a career in education by providing both content knowledge and field experiences.

In the Teacher Education class, students will build a foundation for understanding growth and development, culturally responsive teaching and for meeting the diverse needs of students. In addition, the course introduces students to effective teaching methodologies, assessment, and creation of classroom culture. Throughout the year, students will job shadow and in the second part of the year, students will intern in a local elementary, middle, or high school classroom, under the supervision of a cooperating teacher.       

The Psychology course is about human thinking and behavior. Students learn something about who they are, where they are going, and why. The topics of the course focus on practical uses of psychology through the study of theories and experiments. Students get involved by engaging intellectually and emotionally in the activities of the class. Psychology is the science of human behavior and can help students understand themselves. The course will also help them understand student behavior that they observe in the teaching field. 

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 5
  • Type: Full Year block cohort, double-block course in trimesters 1 and 3 (two hours)
  • Trimester 1
    • Psychology (required Social Studies elective credit)
    • Teacher Education (elective credit)
  • Trimester 2
    • Teacher Education (elective credit)
  • Trimester 3
    • Teacher Education (elective credit)
    • Field Experience (elective credit)
  • Successful completion of course earns 3.0 college credits

Early Childhood 1

This course is designed to give students the skills necessary for effectively caring for, working with, and/or parenting children. Students will learn about the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of children, birth to preschool. Other topics will include parenting, guidance and discipline, prenatal development, pregnancy, birth and learning theories. Students will have the opportunity to experience and study children in a playschool/preschool setting. This is a great course for students interested in careers in teaching, social work, psychology, pediatrics, early childhood education, parenting education and human services.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective
  • Prerequisite: None – First Aid/CPR course recommended
  • Fee: No fee for basic projects, additional projects may incur a project fee.
  • Post-Secondary Connection: Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 may earn three articulated college credits by completing BOTH Early Childhood 1 and 2 with a grade of B or higher through Saint Paul College

Early Childhood 2

This course will give students the chance to explore the developmental areas of the child from birth to six years of age. Students will learn about brain research and development; importance of play and effective childcare and child care settings. Students will have the opportunity to experience and observe children in a playschool setting, as well as a chance to conduct some outside observations of playschools/preschools.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective
  • Prerequisite: Early Childhood 1
  • Post-Secondary Connection: Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 may earn three articulated college credits by completing BOTH Early Childhood 1 and 2 with a grade of B or higher through Saint Paul College

Health and Human Services Exploratory Course Description

First Aid/CPR

This is an entry-level course that prepares students to perform life-saving skills until healthcare professionals arrive. This course offers opportunities to get out of your seat and apply learning with practical scenarios. This class is strongly recommended, but not required for the other OEC classes.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Credit: 1
  • Type: Trimester; Elective
  • Potential Certifications:
    • American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED & First Aid

Medical Internship 1

Emphasis is placed on leadership as intern students are expected to work with and mentor the EMT students. Units include: EMT skills & academic review, casualty simulation (moulaging), sports medicine and a resume will be completed during the course. AHA CPR & First Aid Instructor course will also be offered as part of this course and students will have the opportunity to an AHA BLS & HeartSaver instructor certification. Intern students are expected to assist at after school labs, evaluating student skills run scenarios, and to facilitate state competition practices with EMT students. The course is taught by OEC faculty and ancillary staff, including paramedics, registered nurses, and others.

Course Logistics:

  • Grade: 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits.
  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in EMT 1 & 2
  • Fees: EMT uniform required for clinical experiences, provide own transportation (may carpool with classmates with parental permission)

Medical Internship 2

Units include: advanced medical training in IV administration, EKG placement and interpretation, endotracheal intubation, and ambulance operations relevant to Advanced EMT/Paramedic skills. Curriculum will cover Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and students will work toward the successful completion of a simulated cardiac arrest “Mega Code.” Intern students are expected to assist at after school labs, evaluating student skills and running scenarios, and to facilitate and participate in state competition with current EMT students. This course is taught by OEC faculty and ancillary staff, including paramedics, registered nurses, and others.

Course Logistics:

  • Grade: 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits
  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher Medical Internship 1
  • Fees: EMT uniform required for clinical experiences, provide own transportation

Medical Internship 3 - Fire Fighter 1

This unique course is taught in conjunction with the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department. Topics include: fire behavior, extinguishers, protective equipment, ropes and knots, forcible entry, extrication, ventilation, ladders, water supply, fire streams, fire control, sprinkler systems, building construction, fire prevention, fire fighter safety, SCBA, and other related topics. At the conclusion of the course, students will participate in a live, controlled burn as part of the final testing (if the opportunity is available), take the Firefighter 1 and Hazmat 1 examination, and attempt a department physical agility test.

Course Logistics:

  • Grade: 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits.
  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Medical Internship 1 & 2.
  • Fees: EMT uniform required for clinical experiences, provide own transportation, Fire Fighter 1, Hazardous Materials Technician 1 testing fees (if pursued).
  • Certifications:
    • AHA Basic Life Support & HeartSaver CPR & First Aid Instructor
    • Firefighter I & II, Hazmat Operations Certifications
    • American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR (recertification)

Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) Course Descriptions

OEC is an award-winning medical education program that offers extensive opportunities to students interested in serving others in the healthcare field. We teach EMS (Emergency Medical Services) programs to regional high school students. Students can learn First Aid, or become fully prepared for pursuing careers in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, in-home health care, ambulance services and fire departments through our courses. Students can earn college credits and/or their NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician) certification, which enables them to pursue careers in various EMS and healthcare professions.

Emergency Medical Responder

This course follows the newest national EMR curriculum. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification. This course provides the EMR student the knowledge and skills necessary to manage patient care until ambulance personnel arrive at the scene. Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills at school and community events, plus a four-day emergency care retreat in Amery, WI is an optional part of the course. At this retreat, students will apply their skills in mock emergencies, learn from, and network with a variety of healthcare, fire, and law enforcement professionals. Successful completion of the course makes students eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Responder exam.

The EMR certification is required for any firefighter or police officer in the State of Minnesota. Course requirements include completion of a minimum of 10 service learning/skill lab hours to be completed outside the school day. Students may enroll in the Emergency Medical Lab/Service Learning course to meet lab/event hour requirements for certification and receive additional credit. Medical team opportunities include Spring Lake Park football games, Twin Cities Marathon, hockey games and more.

Note: First Aid & CPR Certification recommended but not required

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 2
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective – (2 hour course); FALL ONLY
  • Post-secondary Connection: 4 college credits through Century College available upon successful completion, B- or 80%
  • Potential Certifications:
    • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR                  
    • Minnesota State Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 1

The EMT-1 course is designed to prepare students for all aspects of emergency patient care and other emergency professional occupations. Career opportunities in ambulances, emergency departments, law enforcement, treatment centers, security services, rescue teams, and emergency response teams are some of the future opportunities for successful students.

Ten lab/service learning hours are required as part of the course. (The EMT Lab/Service Learning Course # 0521 is optional for students wanting to complete at least 40 lab or service hours for an additional credit.) The EMT 1 class begins a two trimester sequential course for certification as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) upon reaching the age of 18.

Note: The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course #1353 is strongly recommended, but not required.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 2 (two hour course)
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits; first of two courses
  • Fee: $20 for Department of Human Services background check, and Mantoux test for fire department ride-alongs
  • Post-secondary Connection: Nine articulated college credits with Century College are available upon successful completion of EMT 1 & 2 with a grade of B- or better.
  • Potential Certifications:
    • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR (as needed)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 2

This course includes assessment-based education and medical interventions. Ambulance calls will be staged for students on a routine basis. Ride-alongs available with Fridley Fire Department for students making adequate progress. Students are encouraged to participate in the optional four day emergency care retreat in Amery, WI, where they will apply their skills by working simulated emergencies out of an ambulance, learn from and network with healthcare, fire and law enforcement professionals. Ten lab/service learning hours are required as part of the course. (The EMT Lab/Service Learning Course # 0522 is optional for students wanting to complete at least 40 lab or service hours for an additional credit.)

Note: This is the second half of the course which meets the new National EMS Education Standards for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Students must take EMT 1 in conjunction with EMT 2.

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits; first of two courses
  • Fees: $35 for EMT skills exam / $70 for National Registry of EMT exam (optional for national EMT certification) and uniform consisting of black pants and white dress shirt highly recommended.
  • Post-secondary Connection: Articulation agreement with Century College for up to 9 credits with a B- better. Students must successfully complete EMT 1 & 2 for college credit.
  • Potential Certifications:
    • National Registry/State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician
    • AHA Healthcare Provider CPR (completed in EMT 1)

Nursing Assistant - Registered

In this college-level course, students are exposed to medical terminology, medical forms, and anatomy and physiology as it relates to aging and long term care. Students will learn how to assist and relate to and care for residents at a long-term care facility. A Nursing Assistant certification is a requirement for most college nursing programs. The required service project facilitates teamwork and a chance to see how service directly affects the lives of others. Attendance requirements are set by the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. Students with more than six absences in the course will not be eligible for clinicals and certification. 

Course Requirements:

  • Purchase own medical scrubs, transfer belt, liability insurance, and pass a background check
  • Provide own transportation to clinical sites
  • Complete a three hour service project during the course
  • Complete a minimum of 16 clinical hours at a long-term care facility
  • Students need to be 16 years old, two weeks prior to the completion of the course

Course Logistics:

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credits: 2
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective – (two hour course)
  • Prerequisite: 10th grade students only – Must complete first aid with a B or better, OR have a GPA of 3.0 or higher entering 10th grade without having taken first aid. Students must be 16 years old, two weeks prior to the completion of the course.
  • Fees: Students are required to purchase medical scrubs, a transfer belt, liability insurance, and pass a background check. Students wishing to complete the Nursing Assistant State certification test must cover the testing cost of $213.
  • Post-secondary Connection: Four (4) articulated college credits through Century College are available upon successful completion with a B-/80%+