Syllabus 2016-2017 Principles of Health Science

Principles of Health Science Course Syllabus



Teacher:  Mrs. Mary Cantu                                                

Phone:  580-5300 ext. 1434                            Room:  309 PHS 235 SHS                         

E-mail:        Office Hours:  10:00 to 11:00 am


Tutoring is available at the following times and also by appointment.

Tuesday 4:15 – 4:45 p.m.              Thursday 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.


Required supplies:          Due Date:  1st week of school

·         1 inch binder / dividers 

·         Composition notebook

·         index cards (optional for extra credit)

·         highlighter, marker, bottle of hand soap, hand sanitizer, 1 box of kleenex tissues


Course Outline:

A course designed to develop health care specific knowledge and skills in effective communications, ethical and legal responsibilities, client care, safety, first aid, and CPR. This course prepares the student for the transition to Health Science Clinical Rotation, Pharmacy Technician or work based experiences. This course is a pre-requisite to apply for Clinical Rotations.


Topics Include:

Health Care Systems and History of Healthcare           Careers in Healthcare        

Human Growth and Development                                                Anatomy & Physiology

Personal Qualities of Health Care Worker                      Legal and Ethical    

Basic Medical Terminology                                                            Vital Signs                            

Nutrition and Wellness                                                       Promotion of Safety                        

First Aid and CPR                                                                Infection Control     

Cultural Diversity


Grading Scale:

The breakdown for your overall grade will be determined as followed:  Quizzes 40% and daily work 60% (this includes projects, tests and labs)




Class Participation Rules:


·       Be in your seat when the bell rings. I will dismiss class at end of period.

·       HSTE assignments are the only work to be done in class.  Any other assignments will be picked up.

·       When visitor is in room, please show courtesy and respect.

·       You will be responsible for obtaining any missed assignments, notes / handouts, at the hanging files in class. 

·       Clinical current events are acceptable for extra credit; however, you must make prior arrangements with me.

·       Your behavior at all times should reflect credit to you and your school.

·       As per Sharyland, ISD policy any missed work is the students responsibility, students with excused absences will be allowed to make up work as per district policy (please refer to your student handbook).

·       No food or drinks allowed in classroom.  (exception water)

·       No Cell phones are permitted in class.  SHS policy will be enforced

·       Follow dress code according to SHS policy.






I have read and understand these rules and agree to abide by them.  I will do my best to uphold these requirements. ( I have reviewed the rules with my son/daughter)


Student Signature                                                                          DATE


Parent / Guardian Signature                                                   DATE




Leadership Activities:


Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is the student organization that provides leadership development on the local, area, state, and national level.  Participation enables the student to grow personally and to network with other students in a method similar to a professional organization.  HOSA provides opportunities to learn citizenship and participate in community service projects. HOSA is co-curricular and some leadership activities will be conducted within the classroom setting. 



Membership is optional but highly recommended for HST students. 

Cost for HOSA membership:

Dues:  $50   (includes national, state and local dues)                     


·         Ladies:  Navy blue skirt/pant suit, white blouse, dark hosiery, closed shoe

·         Gentlemen:  Navy blue suit, white collared shirt, maroon tie, dress shoe

·         Please log in to for competitive events and guidelines




It is the policy of Sharyland ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.