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 I (grades 11-12)
  • Health & Sport Performance (grades 11-12)

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)

Click here to learn more about the OEC program

Other Exploratory Courses within the HHS Pathway

  • Child Development 1 & 2 (grades 10-12)
  • First Aid/CPR (grades 9-12)
  • Enhanced EMT Internship (grade 12)
  • Firefighter 1 & 2 Internship (grade 12)
Health and Human Services Pathways
OEC student in back of an ambulance
High school students practicing being a teacher with Woodcrest students
students who passed the registered nursing exam

Health and Human Services Course Descriptions

Teacher Education I: Exploring the Teaching Profession

This course is designed to give students an entry point into pursuing a career in education by providing both content knowledge and field experiences. Students explore the self as a teacher, the culture of teaching, student learning and the sociocultural and political influences on teaching and learning. Students will consider the role of equity in working with diverse students and develop reflective practices.  In addition, students in the course will participate in discussions, write reflective papers and engage in small group activities. Throughout the year, students will work with younger students as an intern in a local elementary, middle or high school classroom, under the supervision of a mentor teacher. 

**This course is the first in a sequence of two year-long courses offered by the University of Minnesota. While this course is open to any junior or senior, it is highly recommended to take this course as a junior so that you can take the second class as a senior. 

  • Grades: 11, 12 
  • Credits: 3 elective credits; includes 2 college credits through University of Minnesota
  • Type: Full-Year

Health & Sport Performance

This year-long course is designed for students who may want to pursue a career related to health, wellness or sports. It includes high school requirements for health, one requirement for physical education and one elective option in physical education while also allowing students to gain 4 college credits in health and physical education. The course will cover content in individual and community health, including nutrition, healthy sexual development, mental/emotional health and addiction. Students will work toward achieving individual fitness goals and must be able to participate in regular aerobic exercise. Students will develop skills to assess their current wellness levels and be able to develop a plan to positively enhance their personal health and fitness status. 

Students will have shadowing and other opportunities in sport and health-related fields, such as physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, sports management and sports psychology. Fitness labs will take place at the high school and National Sports Center. 

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 3 high school credits; meets required Health credit, meets 2nd PhyEd credit requirement, includes elective PhyEd credit; option for 4 college credits for HPER 1120 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Type: Year-Long;
  • Prerequisite:  Foundations of Fitness

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 basic First Aid, or become fully prepared for pursuing careers in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, in-home healthcare, ambulance services, fire departments, etc. 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 meets and exceeds requirements set forth by the National EMS Education Scope of Practice. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification. This course provides the EMR student the necessary tools for the rescuer to sustain life, reduce pain and minimize injury during out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies, while awaiting or alongside EMS personnel. Students can apply their skills at school and community events, and an optional four-day emergency care retreat in Amery, WI. At this retreat, students will have ample opportunity for hands-on experience through mock emergencies, ambulance runs and sessions from a variety of healthcare, fire and law enforcement professionals. 

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. Clinical opportunities include Spring Lake Park football games, Twin Cities Marathon, hockey games and more.

Note: First Aid & CPR Certification recommended but not required.

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 2
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective – (2-hour course); TRIMESTER 1 ONLY
  • Post-secondary Connection: Articulated college credits available upon successful completion, B- or 80% 
  • Potential Certifications: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR; Minnesota State Emergency Medical Responder

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 1

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 1 course is designed to train the lay person in emergency medical care in the pre-hospital environment. It is the entry level of training in the Emergency Medical Services career field. The program follows the current Department of Transportation (DOT) EMT curriculum. The program instructs the student in medical practices available to pre-hospital personnel, precise patient assessment and management of trauma and medical emergencies, airway management, resuscitation and pharmacological interventions. This program will develop the student’s confidence, knowledge and skills in performing critical assessment and management of patients with medical and trauma-related life threats. It also focuses on development of the EMT’s critical role as a team member during patient crisis situations. EMT-1 is the first half of the National EMT curriculum for certification as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician.

10 lab/service learning hours are required as part of the course.

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

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits; first of two courses. TRIMESTER 2 ONLY
  • Fee: $20 for Department of Human Services background check, and Mantoux test for fire department ride-alongs, uniform, Explorer Post registration, State Competition, others. 
  • Post-secondary Connection: Articulation agreement for up to 9 credits. Students must successfully complete EMT 1 & 2 for college credit. See course registration guide for details. 
  • Potential Certification: AHA Healthcare Provider CPR (as needed)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 2

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

  • Grades: 11, 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits; second of two courses. TRIMESTER 3 ONLY
  • Fees: $40 for EMT skills exam / $80 for National Registry of EMT computer exam (optional for national EMT certification) and uniform consisting of black pants and white dress shirt highly recommended.
  • Post-secondary Connection: Articulation agreement for up to 9 credits. Students must successfully complete EMT 1 & 2 for college credit. See course guide for more details.
  • Potential Certifications: National Registry/State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician

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 6 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 3-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.

Note: Any student hired by a nursing home within six months of passing the test will be eligible for reimbursement of the test fee from the State of Minnesota. Students will follow the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for Nursing Assistant-Registered training.

  • Grades: 10, 11, 12
  • Credits: 2
  • Type: Honors credits; Trimester; Elective – (2-hour course). 
  • Prerequisite: Students in 10th grade applying for this class must have completed 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. For 11/12 graders, no prerequisites required.
  • 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 are available upon successful completion with a B-/80%.

Health and Human Services Exploratory Course Descriptions

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.

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

Enhanced EMT Internship

Units include advanced emergency medical training: 

  • EMT skills & academic review 
  • EMR skills examiner 
  • American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Instructor course 
  • Ambulance Operations 
  • Advanced Airway intubation including Endotracheal tubes, iGels, and King Airways, CPAP and BiPAP 
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) interpretation 
  • Basic cardiology medications 
  • Intravenous therapy, blood draws, intraosseous infusion 
  • Final mega-code demonstration including the use of cardiac monitor/defibrillator, starting an IV and administering medications used in a mock cardiac arrest

Emphasis is placed on leadership as intern students are expected to work with and mentor EMR students by assisting at after school labs, evaluating student skills, running scenarios and leading new students at medical events. The course is taught by OEC faculty and ancillary staff, including paramedics, registered nurses and others.

  • Grade: 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits.
  • Prerequisite: Grade of B+ or higher in EMT 1 & 2
  • Fees: EMT uniform required for clinical experiences, own transportation (may carpool with classmates with parental permission), AHA instructor testing fees (if pursued)
  • Potential Certifications: AHA CPR & First Aid Instructor

Fire Fighter 1 Internship

This unique course is taught in conjunction with the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department.  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 examination, and attempt a department physical agility test. Includes Fire Fighter 1 training.

  • Grade: 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits
  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher Emergency Medical Responder (Course 1353)
  •  Fees: EMT uniform required for clinical experiences, own transportation, fire fighter 1 testing fees (if pursued)
  • Potential Certifications: Minnesota Firefighter 1

Fire Fighter 2 Internship

Possible Certifications: 

  • Minnesota Firefighter 2
  • Minnesota Hazmat Operations Certifications
  • Unit includes Fire Fighter 2 training: Incident report writing 
  • Fire suppression – Flammable liquids and gases 
  • Fire ground command (ICS) 
  • Evidence preservation 
  • Vehicle extrication 
  • Assisting a technical rescue team 
  • Pre-incident survey 
  • Fire equipment maintenance 
  • Fire hose testing 
  • Fire safety survey (Prevention) 
  • Fire safety presentation (Prevention)

  • Grade: 12
  • Credits: 2 (two-hour course)
  • Type: Trimester; Elective - 2 hours / 2 credits.
  • Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Fire Fighter 1. 
  • Fees: EMT uniform required for clinical experiences, own transportation, Fire Fighter 2 and Hazardous Materials Operations testing fees (if pursued).
  • Possible Certifications: Minnesota Firefighter 2; Minnesota Hazmat Operations Certification

Child Development 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.

  • 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 articulated college credits by completing BOTH Early childhood 1 and 2 with a grade of B+ or higher. 

Child Development 2

This course will give students the chance to explore the developmental areas of the child from birth to 6 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.

  • 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 articulated college credits by completing BOTH Early Childhood 1 and 2 with a grade of B+ or higher. See course registration guide for details.