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Patient Care 1

Freshmen MSA Class

The first course is designed to introduce students to careers in the healthcare field.  Topics of study will  include occupations in healthcare; health, safety, and environmental management; infection control; human structure, function, disease, and disorders; documentation of patient information; body mechanics, emergency procedures and protocols; and law and ethics. The first semester is focused on making goals and setting pathways for students’ future, from college to post college. In addition, they complete multiple certifications such as OSHA, HIPAA, CPR and First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens that will help in the medical field and life in general. Students also look at healthcare of the past, present, and future, and learn about different fields within healthcare by listening to multiple guest speakers. Medical terminology, soft skills, and introductory skills, such as ankle wrapping and checking pulses, are also incorporated into this class. Towards the end of the year, students narrow their focus and begin their end-of-the-year project by researching one specific healthcare profession and presenting it to MSA teachers and students.

What Do Freshmen Do In MSA?

Freshmen Responsibilities

Freshmen are introduced to the practical side of MSA through freshmen observations. For each sports game, freshmen will be able to observe sophomores, juniors, and seniors use their practical skills to treat injuries that occur on the field. During football games, they are able to work the water refill station. This involves refilling empty water bottles and observing other students’ roles in the game.


Freshmen Hour Requirements

Work Based Learning: 10 hrs./ semester. HONORS: 20 hrs. / semester

Community Service: 5 hrs./ semester

Team Bonding: 5 hrs./ semester


Freshmen Certifications

  • Basic Life Support

  • First Aid

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification

  • Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification

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