Academy of Health Sciences

NAF Courses for NAFTrack Certification


Biotechnology is a lab course designed to introduce students to the scope of biotech research and product development across many fields. Students learn proper lab techniques and recordkeeping with a scientific notebook. They learn the methods of gel electrophoresis and restriction enzyme digestion. Students explore the ethical issues in applied biotech, as well as the rights and responsibilities of the stakeholders involved in the development, production, and use of biotechnology products. For the culminating project, students research and propose production protocols for a new biotechnology product.

Note: One year each of Biology and Chemistry are prerequisites for this course.

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Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology I

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology I is the first in a set of two semester-long lab courses that introduce students to basic anatomy and physiology. The first unit covers directional terminology and those aspects of chemistry and cellular biology that students must master in order to study anatomy and physiology. It also teaches students how to use lab equipment safely. Then students learn about the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine, with separate lessons on the brain and the senses. Students make connections to their personal health and the prevention of disease for each body system studied. As they conduct research, complete wet labs, participate in a wide range of group activities, and take quizzes and exams, students develop the skills they need for college-level work and careers in the health professions.

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Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology II

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology II is the second in a set of two semester-long lab courses that introduce students to basic anatomy and physiology. It builds on the knowledge and skills students developed during the first semester as it teaches students about the following body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic system and immunity, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. This course uses a wide range of assessment products in addition to quizzes and exams to evaluate students’ mastery of the material. For their course project, students use models and demonstrations to illustrate an anatomical or physiological function of the human body that they learned about in A&P I and II.

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Global Health

Global Health introduces students to public health on a global scale. Students learn what disease is and investigate how it impacts world populations. By studying different societies, they learn about the relationship between health and socioeconomic development. Students learn how environmental, nutritional, and behavioral risk factors jeopardize health. And then they learn how communities, the government, and cooperative global efforts can intervene to improve health. Wherever possible, students first study each concept as it applies to their own community, and then look at it in a more global context. In many lessons students practice deciphering and interpreting the data they find in tables, charts, graphs, and maps. Students are exposed to working with information compiled by the foremost global health agencies, such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Bank, and UNICEF. At the conclusion of the course, students have a chance to explore what it would be like to have a career in global health.

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design provides a hands-on introduction to the technical and creative skills of a professional graphic designer. First, students learn the distinguishing features of communicating visually through graphic design. Next, they gain technical skills in Adobe Photoshop to equip them for graphic design work. From there, students master the basic principles of graphic design, and then delve into the elements of graphic design, such as color, typography, and images.

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Health Careers Exploration

Health Careers Exploration is a survey course designed to introduce students to a broad spectrum of health careers. The course covers careers from the five pathways: diagnostic services, therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. For each career they study, students examine the main tasks and challenges of professionals in that career, the treatments they administer, and the interaction those professionals have with other professionals. Students learn about the educational requirements and the employment and salary outlook for each career, and they evaluate how their own skills, abilities, and interests align with different careers. Where possible, students do authentic hands-on work that a professional would do, such as reviewing scans and MRIs, taking vital signs, treating a wound, and completing dental charts.

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Principles of IT

The Principles of Information Technology course provides an overview of information technology (IT) today and introduces students to the basics of hardware and software. Students examine hardware components including peripherals, connectors, and memory. Students explore common operating systems, software applications, and programming languages. Students learn about types of networks and network topology, and they set up an email client/server connection. Students also consider contemporary issues such as security, privacy, and technological inequality. Finally, students explore career opportunities in IT.

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Professional Ethics

This course provides a solid understanding of why ethics is important in every profession. After an introduction to several philosophies that inform ethics today, students explore the characteristics of an ethical professional. Students consider the range of dilemmas faced by managers and employees in the workplace. They learn about the qualities of effective leaders and the tools modern professionals use to instill an ethical workplace culture. Throughout the course, students have opportunities to refine their personal sense of ethics as they begin to build an ethical foundation for their professional future.

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3rd Party Courses for NAFTrack Certification

PLTW Biomedical Science

Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Science curriculum has been approved for NAFTrack Certification. Courses include Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovation.

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For your planning purposes, we offer these crosswalks between PLTW courses with the HOSA Competitive Events Program.

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Paxton/Patterson Health Science Education

Paxton/Patterson offers a flexible turnkey health science program that includes all equipment and supplies, installation, and technical support, and it has been approved for NAFTrack Certification. Schools select the appropriate number of modules that best fit their district pathway and schedule. Modules include: Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology R&D, Clinical Lab Practices, Dentistry, Emergency Medical Technician, Environmental Health & Safety, Forensics, Health Information Management, Medical Imaging, Mental Health, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Speech Therapy, Sports Medicine, Therapeutic Services, and Veterinary Medicine.

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Supplemental and Support Courses

Algebra 1 Math Support

This math curriculum can serve as replacement units for the major chapters in a traditional textbook or as supplemental projects to make Algebra I concepts and skills more engaging for all students. Each of the six units is project-based and incorporates engineering and design themes, fundamental skills, problem solving, and critical thinking.

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Capital One Future Edge

Capital One has recently created a digital literacy curriculum that is free and open to everyone. The curriculum is delivered using an online module-based system to help people increase their digital literacy through 10 different modules. On the website, students can take a quiz to determine their strengths and weaknesses in digital literacy, which serves as a great talking point for preparing students for the world of work. Modules include: Computer Fundamentals, Searching, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Digital Communication, Digital Etiquette, Security, Focus at Work, and LinkedIn & Personal Branding. This content can provide a great boost to your students’ academy experience. Visit the Future Edge website to learn more and to access the curriculum.

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Summer Math Bridge Program

The Summer Math Bridge Program introduces students to the process of selecting and using units of appropriate size and type to measure angles, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume.

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