Medical Academy Pathway
Murrieta Mesa High School
Mrs. Wynn, RN, MA Ed.
Pathway Description:The objective of the Medical Academy is to provide interested students a moderately deep academic experience into the various health-related professions available at both the professional and technical levels. There is a heavy emphasis in Anatomy & Physiology & Disease, Medical Terminology, Trauma and medical/nursing professionalism. Students who complete this pathway will have a solid foundation in Pathophysiology and medical terminology that will give them an advantage when seeking employment immediately after high school when continuing their training in any health care field or their progression at the university level. An excellent course for future doctors, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists, EMTs, Paramedics or students interested in other paramedical fields.
Health Careers I (Grade 9-11)
This is the 1st year course of a 4 year-long program which investigates the health care delivery system, its services, occupations, and related sciences. Topics include the study of the language of medicine, introduction to medical mathematics, introduction to microbiology concepts, anatomy and physiology, introduction to diseases/disorders, diagnoses, treatments, patient/ client care regimens, career development, and present and future technological innovations. Skills in science, mathematics, communications, social studies and health are reinforced in this course. Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) For Health Care Professionals through the American Heart Association will be offered with frequent CPR refresher module activities. Successful completion of this course results in eligibility to continue in the next companion course; Health Careers II.
Health Careers II (Grades10-12)
This is the 2nd year course of a 4 year-long program which deepens its investigation of the health care delivery system, its services, occupations, and related sciences. Topics include the intermediate study of the language of medicine, medical application of the Metric System, Anatomy and Physiology, Diseases/Disorders, Diagnoses, Treatments, patient/ client care regimens, career development, and present and future technological innovations. Skills in science, mathematics, communications, social studies, and health and nutrition are reinforced in this course. Certification in First Responder First Aid and a refresher course in Basic Life Support for Health Care (BLS) for Professionals through the American Heart Association will be offered with frequent module activities.
Medical Terminology (Grades 11 or 12) with possible community internship.
This is the 3rd year course of a 4 year-long program. This course is awaiting District approval for elective credit. This course is an introduction to medical terminology as used by health personnel, including physicians, nurses, dentists, medical secretaries, insurance clerks and medical office assistants. Medical terminology is a useful course in preparation for entrance into any medical course of study, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, emergency medical technician or medical assisting. This is an approved Articulation Class through Mt. San Jacinto Community College which provides credit through MSJC.
Advanced Biomedical Science (Grades 11 or 12)
This is the 4th year terminal-course in the Medical Pathway which meets UC/CSU (D) laboratory science and District life science graduation requirements. Advanced Biomedical Science is a continuation of the Anatomy and Physiology course seeking to relate the Biological and Medical Sciences. Classroom activities will include training in the use of medical equipment, sterilization techniques, comprehensive dissections, diagnostic testing and laboratory procedures such as bacterial growth and biotechnology. Medical professionals will serve as guest lecturers as well as mentors to the students.