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Class Syllabus

NAME:  ______________________________________

Tift County High School

                                Healthcare Science / CTAE Course Syllabus




PRE-REQUISITES:  Introduction before Essentials. Essentials before C.N.A., Allied Health and Medicine, Sports Medicine, Pharmacy Tech. Advisor Approval for all classes.  Classes must be taken from basic to advanced levels in order.



Mrs. Dena Nelms / TCHS

Qualifications: Registered Nurse for thirty years, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Teaching experience at the technical and high school levels.

Email address: You may leave a message for me at the front office @ T.C.H.S. – phone # 387-2475.  I may not get back until after classes at the end of the day. Please leave a detailed message & phone no. where you can be reached upon that day.

Mrs. Lynn Blalock

Qualifications: Radiologic Technologist for 21 years, Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Teaching experience at the technical school and high school levels.

Email address: You may leave a message for me at the front office @ T.C.H.S. – phone # 387-2475.  I may not get back until after classes at the end of the day. Please leave a detailed message & phone no. where you can be reached upon that day.



This course is designed to provide students interested in the Therapeutic Services Pathway’s Career Specialty Nursing and Allied Health Medicine with entry level skills, most commonly associated with the entry level career title Nursing Assistant, and a background in other medical fields.  This course will provide students w/ a competitive edge to b the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global marketplace and/or the post secondary institution of their choice to continue their education.  The students are required to meet both national and intrastate professional guidelines as designated by applicable regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a specific focus on the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and (GMCF) Georgia Medical Care Foundation standards.  This course, with pre-requisites meets the Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum content as specified by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation.  Students meeting all academic, attendance and age requirements may elect to sit for the Georgia Registry’s Examination.  Successful completion of the Georgia Registry Examination allows students to seek employment in the state of Georgia as a Certified Nursing Assistant.



  • Prepare students for entry into and success in post-secondary programs that license or certify health professionals.
  • Develop the basic skills and knowledge base necessary to apply the principles or competencies performed in the health care industry.
  • Develop the ability to perform skills that are associated with the required competencies of the health care industry.
  • Develop attitudes consistent with those expected of an individual working in the health care industry and society in general.
  • Develop the ability to function as a citizen in a complex and modern society.
  • Reinforce and apply basic skills relating to reading, writing, science, mathematics and communication.
  • Complete the requirements necessary for Nursing Assistant certification.



State approved textbooks:  Diversified Health Occupations & Nursing Assistant – A Nursing Process Approach and other books of reference approved on the State Approved List

The following are Georgia Performance standards:

  • Healthcare Systems, Careers, Diversity and Ethics, Legal & Ethical Issues, Microbiology, CPR, Human Growth, Information Technology, Medical Math, CTSO, Role of the Nursing Assistant: Interpersonal Skills, Environmental Safety: Emergency procedure, Disaster Preparedness, Safety:  Patient/Resident and the Nursing Assistant, Communications, Promoting Residents’ Independence:  Residents’ Rights, Body Mechanics: Positioning, Moving and Transporting a Patient, Assessment Measurements:  Vital Signs, Height and Weight, Admission, Transfer and Discharge:  Assisting with Physical Examination, Patient Comfort Measure:  Bathing and Personal Hygiene, Nutrition and Diet Modification:  Intake and Output, Assisting with Elimination and Specimen Collection:  Enemas and Catheter Care, Therapies:  Warm and Cold Applications, Care of the Elderly: Rehabilitation, Surgical Patient, Special Care: Maternal/Infant Nursing Care, Special Care: Mental Health and Social Services, Death and Dying:  Postmortem Care, Trends in Home Health Care: Home Health Aides, Home Health Aide:  Client Care Skills, Home Health Aide:  Home Management Skills



Students must perform ALL skills with 100% accuracy to be eligible for certification as a C.N.A...  The student’s grade will be determined by written test scores, written assignments/projects, career portfolio and class work:


Formative: 55% - Daily Assignments/quizzes, Interactive notebook assessment, Reports/Projects, Scrub suits as extra credit, only if worn 10 times per Semester on Tuesdays.  It’s your responsibility to inform the teacher if worn.

Summative: 45% - Portfolio, Career Exploration Interview, Test, and Lab Performance

Final Exam: 20%

S.L.O. Testing : 2 % , second & fourth 9 weeks – formative 53%.


Instructional Method:

Blended learning, Textbook reading, defining Key Terms, Independent & concurrent completion of chapter review questions, Ticket out the Door, journal entries, Group Discussion, Sponge/Class activator, Duties ending class/clean up & maintain class & lab, Lecture using charts, diagrams, models, audiovisuals such as CD ROM, power point, laser disc & overheads, lab instruction & practice followed by skills performance competencies, Guest Speakers, and approved videos to be shown throughout the semester such as CPR, Dean Vaughn Medical Terminology, John Hopkins series, Medical Assisting, Patient Perspectives, Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, Careers, etc. as approved by administration.

Course Requirements: (These procedures are basic courtesies expected of anyone in polite society.  It is important for a vocation/technical/career prep course to encourage behaviors that promote success on the job.  The medical field is a disciplined career area.  Society demands above excellent work ethics and habits of those in the Medical Field.


Due to rigorous requirements set by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation for nursing assistant students and the End of Pathway Exam per State of GA/CTAE requirements absenteeism is not encouraged.  Absences may result in inability to receive certification.  If a student has an excused absence from class, he/she has three (3) days to make up any missed work.  It is the student’s responsibility to see the instructor before or after school to obtain make-up work. Work that is assigned before the student’s absence will be due on the day the student returns to school. 

Late assignments will not be accepted as followed by board policy (DO NOT REQUEST!).  Clinical procedures are governed by Moultrie Tech.  You MUST have 24 clinical hours if enrolled in the C.N.A. class.

  1. Complete all daily work, tests, projects, and labs by assigned due date. Late work will only be accepted for absences, maximum of 3 days.
  2. Purchase the following supplies:

3 ring 1 ½”notebook and paper

glue and tape

­­14 dividers

Black pen and pencils

markers or colored pencils

sticky notes

index cards

gym clips


  1. Be prompt to class, seated and ready to begin work on bell. Tardies are unacceptable and will reflect in work ethics grade. 3 tardies within a month will be reflected in your ethics  
  2. Student’s name, assignment name, date, and block should be written on the top of each assignment. 5 points will be taken from any paper that cannot be identified. Each formal paper you turn in for me MUST be in black ink. 
  3. HOSA is our CTSO. Students are encouraged to join HOSA.  It is part of the HSTE curriculum.  The cost is $30.00 which includes local, state, and national dues, and T-shirt.
  4. Students are required to follow all classroom/lab rules/ TCHS Code Of Conduct rules at all times. Disciplinary procedures will follow the Tift Co. BOE policy.  The first will be a conference with the teacher, all discipline following the first will result in parents informed, reported to Coach Holland and Coach Jarrett.
  5. Act like “you’re grown” – be responsible for your actions, words, and claim your mistakes. Work quietly and independently. Do not copy others work.
  6. Display honesty and integrity. No cheating will be tolerated! Your papers will be collected and given a grade of 1 if it appears you are looking around, copying, giving signals, or removing your phone in view during an exam.
  7. Have a kind, courteous and friendly attitude toward others. Respecting your classmates is a trait for a good employee.
  8. Assume responsibility for behavior in the classroom as well as the clinical setting. Responsibility means the teacher does not have to“ spell out” everything - you come in, get to work, and act your age.
  9. Accept instruction and constructive criticism graciously and use it for self-improvement
  10. Consistently use good manners. This includes answering your teacher with Yes/No Ma’m.
  11. Always respect yourself, the teacher and your peers. Use a respectful tone of voice.  Use appropriate language. (NO PROFANITY)  Loud raised voices will not be tolerated.  This will result in an immediate discipline action.
  12. Actively participate in class discussions and activities. Exhibit interest and remain attentive to topics being studied.
  13. Clothing and shoes should meet the Tift County Board of Education dress code.
  14. Personal grooming is to be done in private, not in classroom. Do not apply any makeup or nail polish during these times.
  15. Begin work as soon as the bell rings without being told. The teacher will call the roll with each student answering for themselves.  If you fail to answer for yourself, you will be counted absent.  Remain in your seat, unless you raise your hand for permission to get up.  Walking randomly around the room, visiting your classmates, etc will not be tolerated.
  16. Keep your hands to yourself at all times. If touching another student is witnessed, it will be written up as a bullying act and result in an immediate trip to “Coach”.
  17. Stay awake and keep head off desk. If you sleep in class, you will be awakened, work ethics points deducted.  If I wake you up during class, your parents will be notified and asked to assist you to get to bed earlier.
  18. Refrain from idle talk, whispering and detractive behaviors.
  19. Read only materials which pertain to the study of Healthcare Science Technology Education. No studying for other subjects while in my class.  This material will be taken up and kept for your parents.
  20. Use equipment properly and safely. No playing with lab equipment. Students are NOT allowed at the computers in the back of the room or the hospital beds, unless accompanied by your teacher!  Report broken items and nonfunctioning equipment.  Many working items are damaged “accidentally” when you pick them up & practice without supervision.
  22. Keep assigned storage area or room in proper order. The instructor reserves the right to take extra points from your grade if you do not clean up behind yourself and do your duties as assigned.  A work roster will be assigned, failure to participate will be reflected on your work ethic grade.
  23. Sit in desk, not on top of desks, tables, beds or wheelchairs. Keep feet on floor, not in chairs, desks or tables.
  24. Take care of personal needs between classes and ask to leave the classroom for bathroom or other purposes only in emergency situations. Bathroom breaks are to be completed between classes. The water fountain may be used with permission from a raided hand, by the teacher.  Each student will be given only 3 “emergency” passes per month.  Take care of this before you reach my classroom.
  25. Request permission before entering storage areas. NEVER open a drawer, computer, or cabinet without permission.  You will be disciplined for theft if this occurs.
  26. Stay in your desk until dismissed by the teacher (NOT the bell)
  27. Cell phone discipline is based upon the teacher’s discretion. This is the policy for Health Science. 

*You may NOT be allowed to charge your phones. 

*Cell phones will be used only for research. Cell phones must be out of view during class and tests.

*Cell phones will be taken and locked during standardized testing – SLOs.

*Discipline will occur with first offense: Verbal Warning

*Second Offense: Parental Contact by Student

*Third Offense: Student in Hall

  1. Students must sign out and in when you leave classroom and must take a hall pass.




  1. Dress Code including name tag identification – Clean pressed scrubs, clean work shoes, watch with second hand, and no jewelry. No dangling ear rings. Professional dress code for HOSA will be strictly observed when attending club related activities!
  2. Appropriate interaction with instructor, coworkers, residents, faculty, staff, etc.
  3. No personal cell phone.
  4. Disruptive behavior or inappropriate language such as profanity or inappropriate discussion of personal problems during any phase of training and testing is not permitted.
  5. Display professionalism and self-control in order to meet the demands of the duties as a nurse aide, instructor, program coordinator, and director and facility personnel.
  6. Perform no task in which the trainee has not received proper training.
  7. Practice all safety precautions taught for each lab skill.
  8. Follow HIPAA Guidelines. Respond to emergencies.
  9. Failure to follow the Code of Conduct results in discipline measures.


Class notes are very important.  You are expected to bring your notebook and journal to class every day.  There will periodic checks of your class notes and journal (unannounced).  This WILL impact your grade therefore you MUST have your notes for class every day.  Be sure to bring paper, BLACK pen and pencil every day. 


Students will need dividers for the notebook for each of the following sections:

  1. Notebook Evaluation/ Grade Sheet
  2. (Medical Terminology, Abbreviations and Word Power)
  3. Notes
  4. Handouts
  5. Skills check offs
  6. miscellaneous items

And  additional dividers showcasing standards.


All classwork should be done in BLACK ink.  Black ink must be used in the medical field, due to legal issues. 5 POINTS will be deleted for work turned in not written in black ink.


A student class folder will be maintained.  Do not put other items in the class folder.  These folders must be kept in file cabinet for the yearly state audit.



  1. Do not use any equipment until you have been properly instructed and have demonstrated competency in its use.
  2. Use proper body mechanics.
  3. Do not use damaged equipment.
  4. Notify the instructor of a broken piece of equipment or of any safety hazards observed in the classroom.
  5. No “horseplay” in the classroom.
  6. Wash your hands before and after performing a procedure using a classmate as “patient”/lab partner.
  7. Follow clean-up procedures as directed by the teacher.
  8. Parents, please do not text or call your child during the 90 minutes in my classroom. This distracts them, they will be unable to get back to you until after class.  If there’s an emergency, call the front desk, Mrs. Anderson may interrupt my class via intercom for those.









DATE:  ____________________________________


Student printed name:  _____________________________________________Student Signature:  ____________________________________


Parent/Guardian Signature:  _____________________________________


Student phone contact:  __________________________________________

Parent phone contact:  ___________________________________________

Student email:  ___________________________________________________

Parent email:  _____________________________________________________

Student home address for preferred contact:  ______________________________________________________________________________



The hands of HOSA mold the health of tomorrow!


HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America


HOSA meetings will be held in the classroom on the assigned club days of each month and other meetings as announced.  Only students applying for offices, competing and two observers will be allowed to attend field trips.  We are recruiting new members to join us for leadership activities, community service opportunities and state/national competition.  Dues are $30 for the year.  You MUST be a paid HOSA member to attend any field trips, competitions or other activities.


If you are interested in joining HOSA, please fill out the next page and return to your instructor.

NOTE:  All fees subject to change


We will attend field trips and conferences throughout the year.  Fees will be announced at meetings.  Fees must be paid 2 weeks prior to activities.  There will be no exceptions to this policy! 


Healthcare Science Student Information Sheet


HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America


Mrs. Lynn Blalock, Ms. Tommie Sue Hyde, and Mrs. Dena Nelms


Name:  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Address:  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


City, State, Zip:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone #: (home) ______________________________________________________ (cell) ___________________________________________________


Mother:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Mother’s phone #:  (home) ____________________________________________ (cell) __________________________________________________

Father:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Father’s phone #: (home) ______________________________________________ (cell) _________________________________________________

Parent email:  _______________________________________

Student’s personal email:  _____________________________________________


1st block class and teacher:  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________


2nd block class and teacher:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________


3rd block class and teacher:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________


4th block class and teacher:  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________


Blue Devil Block Advisor and room number:  ______________________________________________


Career Goal:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Extracurricular Activities (job, sports, clubs, etc) ____________________________________________________________________________


Are you interested in community service?  ____________________________ if yes, do you have any ideas of a good project?


Why are you enrolling in Healthcare Science (HSTE) and joining HOSA?  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________










The hands of HOSA mold the health of tomorrow!


HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America

Dear Parents and Friends,


The students that are pursuing careers in the health car field need your support and encouragement.  The HOSA Boosters Club is inviting you to help us ensure that future health care in Tift County will be in capable and knowledgeable hands by modeling appropriate job habits, encouraging community involvement and raising funds to allow students to attend regional, state and national conferences to develop their leadership and health care skills.  HOSA fosters team building and leadership; local, state and national healthcare awareness; and encourages and supports development of a professional healthcare career.  HOSA Community Service Projects include:  Volunteering, Home Church and other areas of choice by students; Canned Food Drive for Thanksgiving and Christmas; Toy Drive for a local family shown in need; Georgia HOSA Service Project. All donations are tax deductible.  Activities may change per club desires.

Your assistance by hosting a fund-raiser to help students raise money for their activities or by making a tax-deductible donation will allow our students to participate in conferences, competitions and leadership development.  Our students compete with others across the state and nation in nursing assisting, medical assisting, veterinary assisting, pharmacy technician, first responder, job interviewing, knowledge tests, parliamentary procedure and many other areas related to healthcare.  Checks should be made to TCHS HOSA and may be turned in to the front office or to your HOSA advisor.  Thank you for your support.



Health Occupations Students of America

Parent Support Group/Booster Club


Booster’s Name:                _________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Address:                              _________________________________________________________________________________________________________


City, State, Zip:                 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone #:                             (home) _____________________________________________ (work) ___________________________________________

                                                (cell)     ______________________________________________email____________________________________________