Healthcare Science

Bainbridge College Staff

Career Pathways

Therapeutic Services/Patient Care Career Pathway Course Titles:
  • Introduction to Healthcare Science *
  • Essentials of Healthcare *
  • Patient Care Fundamentals *

    *Required for Pathway Completion


Introduction to Healthcare Science - foundational course for all Health Science pathways and is a prerequisite for all other Healthcare Science pathway courses. This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry. The concepts of human growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including microbiology, basic life support and first aid. This course will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global marketplace and/or the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training. The prerequisite for this course is adviser approval.

Essentials of Healthcare - Anatomy and Physiology is a vital part of most healthcare post-secondary education programs. The Essentials of Healthcare is a medical-focused anatomy course addressing the physiology of each body system, along with the investigation of common diseases, disorders and emerging diseases. The prevention of disease and the diagnosis and treatment that might be utilized are addressed, along with medical terminology related to each system. This course provides an opportunity to demonstrate technical skills that enforce the goal of helping students make connections between medical procedures and the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders. The prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Healthcare.

Patient Care Fundamentals - This course is designed to provide students interested in the careers that involve patient care with entry level skills most commonly associated with the career Nursing Assistant. 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), and 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). Upon completion of this course and its prerequisites, this course meets the Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum content as specified by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. Students meeting all academic, attendance, and age requirements may 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 Nurse Assistant. (Programs and instructors must affiliate with and be approved by the GA Medical Care Foundation in order for students to be able to sit for the GA Registry Examination. Requirements for equipment, clinical hours, etc. can be found through the GA Medical Care Foundation.)

Any Healthcare Science course that includes a clinical component (excluding a shadowing experience field trip) must adhere to identified guidelines under (WBL) work-based learning (available at under WBL manual. Training for the Healthcare Science teacher on these guidelines will be provided.

In working to identify existing assessment (or credentialing) opportunities that would support Georgia students in their quest to leave high school with valuable credentials, the state's technical skill attainment inventory will be comprised of several measurement components:
  • National industry certifications
  • National occupational assessments and
  • state licensures and state developed assessments
Students in this pathway earn certification upon passing NACES Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant (CNA) test.