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Junior MSA Classes

Sports Medicine: Honors Sports Medicine  

This course is for students who are interested in the field of sports medicine. The course is intended to build upon the anatomy and physiology learned in the Body Systems and Disorder pre-requisite class. Anatomy and physiology will be learned as it applies to sports medicine and rehabilitation. Body Systems and how they relate to sports medicine evaluations and procedures are covered in depth. A key component to this class is the laboratory sections which reinforce the knowledge of anatomy and physiology learned. Common sports-related injuries, stretching, taping and rehabilitative concepts will be viewed and applied to student-athletes. This course also focuses on lab methods, critical thinking, problem-solving with both an individual and team approach, evaluation of data, presentation skills, and language skills commensurate with and expected from college prep students pursuing post-secondary education.

EMR Class: Medical Occupations and the Emergency First Responder 

This course is an introduction to Emergency Medical Services. Students will be introduced to the skills required as an emergency medical responder. Students will learn basic medical terminology, abbreviations, medical law and ethics, anatomy and physiology, asepsis, vital signs, documentation procedures and rules, communication, professionalism, first-aid, patient assessment, CPR, teamwork, and HIPAA regulations. Students will also be required to successfully complete simulation skills in vehicle extrication, proper use of nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways, emergency childbirth and suctioning, and immobilizing injuries to the skeletal system. This course also gives students a genuine context for the application of the knowledge learned to help patients in the field. This course presents the tools for students to understand the importance of pre-hospital care and delivers a thorough understanding of the proper use of medical equipment necessary to provide appropriate care.

Behavioral Health Class: Honors Mind Matters  

In this upper-level health sciences course, students will explore mental and behavioral health through a variety of disciplines. Students will explore the micro, mezzo, and macro aspects of mental health careers. They will examine principles of psychology, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology. Students will learn about how professionals in the healthcare system practice preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental and behavioral illnesses. Students will investigate laws impacting mental health and their effects on individuals and communities as well as barriers to healthcare on a national and international scale. Students will learn codes of ethics specific to mental healthcare and consider ethical dilemmas. Students will learn and practice the skills of active listening, motivational interviewing, psychological first aid, psycho education, and dissections, among many others. This ~160-hour course meets the UC “G” (College- preparatory elective- interdisciplinary) requirement and constitutes 10 units total for the two-semester course. Prerequisites for this course include Patient Care 1 and Honors Body Systems and Disorders.

What do Juniors do in MSA? 

Juniors are expected to thoroughly understand all aspects of the sports games they are working. They have been expanding their knowledge injury treatment, rehabilitation, and emergency procedures for the past two years and will be able to apply their skills to real situations. Juniors are in charge of working blood at sports games and treat any injuries that occur. As part of the upperclassmen, they must set an example for the freshmen and sophomores and help lead the Academy.


Like the other grade levels, juniors have the ability to participate in the MSA Practicum class. If they participate in the class they need to earn 30 hours of "work based learning" per semester for a total of 60 hours per semester. If students earn 60 hours per semester, for a total of 120 for the year, for honors hours. Seniors can earn these hours by staying after school in the MSA room to practice skills learned in their MSA Senior Class. They can also earn these "work based learning" hours through working sports games and practices. 


Juniors earn the following certifications

  1. Basic Life Support

  2. First Aid

  3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certification

  4. Bloodborne Pathogens

  5. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification

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