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What Modules Should I Assign to Meet My Health Science Course Standards?
What Modules Should I Assign to Meet My Health Science Course Standards?

Discover Learning Modules Recommended for Common Health Science Course Requirements

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Written by Bri Stauffer
Updated over a week ago

In this article, you’ll find recommendations and resources to help you hit your standards and prepare students for success.

Use the links here to jump to the course type you want to learn more about:

Don’t see your course listed here? Use the Curriculum Search Feature to find content that meets your requirements.

Middle School Health Science Courses

Many new middle school health science programs use HealthCenter21 as their core curriculum. These include courses such as Exploration of Health Science Professions and Orientation to Health Science Professions, among others.

With so many health science modules to choose from, how do you know which ones are appropriate for middle school students?

A few factors come into play, including how many middle school health science courses your district has and what topics your students will learn in their high school classes.

Read this article to learn how districts with well-established middle school health science programs use HealthCenter21: How to Teach Middle School Health Science Courses with HealthCenter21

Introduction to Health Science Courses

Teachers use AES as a core curriculum in introductory health science courses to teach foundational concepts and skills.

Depending on your state, the title of this course may be:

  • Intro to Health Science

  • Health Science Foundations

  • Health Science I

  • Principles of Health Science

While we’ve created course alignments to some introductory health science courses, we don’t currently provide documentation resources for every state.

However, we’ve found that most introductory health science course requirements are very similar.

So which modules are appropriate for an introductory course? The Health Care Foundations template is a great starting point.

The Health Care Foundations template modules prepare students for entry-level healthcare employment and provide a foundation for further training in more specialized healthcare careers.

Here's how to create a class based on the Health Care Foundations template:

Some states follow the National Health Science Standards (NHSS) from the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) when planning their course requirements.

If your course is based on the NCHSE NHSS, we recommend using the NCHSE template in the Health Certifications section to build your classes. There you’ll also find the assessment guide that shows you how the curriculum aligns with the National Health Science Assessment.

Here's how to create a class with the NCHSE National Health Science Standards:

You can also download these resources to use as a reference when planning:

Nursing Assistant / CNA Courses

Hundreds of health science instructors use HealthCenter21 as a core curriculum in their CNA programs.

Depending on your state, the title of your course or program may vary (such as the Ohio STNA certification), however even with those variations, we’ve found most nursing assistant courses and certification requirements are essentially the same.

So, which modules should you use for a CNA course? We recommend you use the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) course template as a starting point:

Modules within this template help you teach crucial concepts and skills your students need for success on their CNA certification exams and in their nursing assistant careers.

You can also use these resources as a reference when planning your CNA classes:

Medical Assisting Courses

If you teach a medical assisting course, you need to ensure your curriculum meets your course requirements and certification test plan.

While many medical assisting courses are similar, the recommended modules depend on the career path your students choose:

  • For a clinical medical assisting course, we recommend you start with the Medical Assistant template.

  • If you teach an administrative assisting course, the modules in the Medical Office Assistant template are a good starting point.

  • If your medical assistant course is more well-rounded, you can pick and choose from both templates to build a class relevant to your needs.

In addition, we provide alignments and resources for common medical assisting certifications to help you plan and prepare your students for success.

Dive into the resources below to discover which modules align to popular medical assistant certifications:

Phlebotomy Technician Courses

Many health science teachers use HealthCenter21 to supplement their phlebotomy technician classes to prepare students for the NHA CPT certification.

To build a course for phlebotomy students, add the modules found in the NHA CPT certification template:

You can also use these resources as you plan your phlebotomy classes:

Anatomy and Physiology Courses

You can successfully teach a full-year Anatomy and Physiology course with HealthCenter21 as your core curriculum.

To quickly build a class for an A&P course, add the modules from the Anatomy and Physiology curriculum template:

In addition to the AES Anatomy and Physiology curriculum, some teachers use the Medical Terminology module, the Diseases and Disorders module, and the Daily Quiz Challenge in their A&P classes.

Want guidance on transitioning from the previous Anatomy and Physiology module to the new full-year curriculum? Read this article: How to Incorporate the New Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum in Your Classes

Sports Medicine Courses

While HealthCenter21 can’t be a standalone curriculum for sports medicine, many teachers use it to supplement their other resources.

The modules available offer introductory topics that you can later expand on with your other sports medicine teaching materials.

Pharmacy Technician Courses

While HealthCenter21 isn’t a full pharmacy technician curriculum, some teachers use it as a supplement to incorporate blended learning while preparing students for the NHA CPhT certification.

So which modules do we recommend you use as a supplement for pharmacy technician classes?

Start by reading this article to learn which modules align with the NHA CPhT exam: How to Use HealthCenter21 in a Pharmacy Technician Course

Then assign the Daily Quiz Challenge to give your students regular practice with vocabulary and medical terms they’ll need to know as pharmacy technicians.

What If My Course Isn’t Listed Here?

If we haven’t provided information for a course you teach, send us a chat to share what you’re looking for.

You can also jump into the AES Educator Community to ask other teachers what modules they use for their health science classes.

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