MESA Pathway & Course Sequence
Introduction to Patient Care (Grade 10) course will introduce students to careers in healthcare, involving patient care in both clinical and non-clinical settings.
Health Science Emergency Medicine (Grade 11) course will teach students how to evaluate and treat patient injuries.
Emergency Medical Technician (Grade 12) course will teach students how to evaluate and treat medical emergencies.
Introduction to Patient Care (Grade 10) course will introduce students to careers in healthcare, involving patient care in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Course instruction will review the roles of diverse healthcare workers while emphasizing common professional skills such as using medical terminology and recording vital signs to assess illness or injury related to the human body and how it functions. Students will explore care scenarios involving patient wellness, situational communication, clinical documentation, medical ethics, and safety protocols. This course applies the standards for the Patient Care pathway to occupations involved in the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and injury.
Health Science Emergency Medicine (Grade 11) course will teach students how to evaluate and treat patient injuries. Course objectives will engage students more deeply in the emergency management of trauma by evaluating the mechanisms of injury associated with human movement. Students will learn skills for the rapid assessment of patient accidents and wounds. To practice teamwork, students will coordinate individual functions within the group workflow as they stabilize and treat patient injuries in the prehospital environment. Students will also learn to manage scene safety while setting up emergency equipment. In the role of First Responder, students will initiate care in the home or outdoor environment, before transferring the patient to a medical facility.
Emergency Medical Technician (Grade 12) course will teach students how to evaluate and treat medical emergencies. Course objectives will expand on patient care by focusing on the management of life-threatening illnesses. Students will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of medical emergencies in order to initiate treatment in the prehospital setting. By assessing the nature of illness, students will address the patient's chief complaint by making clinical decisions involving medical protocols. In the role of the Emergency Medical Technician, students will examine health conditions leading to patient shock, and they will initiate rapid response and transport to prevent the collapse of organ functions.
The Career Technical Education Standards for the Health Science and Medical Terminology Patient Care Pathway apply to occupations or functions involved in the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions. The standards specify the knowledge and skills needed by professional and technical personnel pursuing career in this pathway.
Instructional units include the history of health care, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) overview, CPR and first aid skills, patient assessment, legal and ethical issues, triage, and emergency responsibilities.
Completion of the pathway will provide a strong backgound useful in lifeguard positions, fire service, sports medicine, ski patrol, medical facilities and in preparation for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class.