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“There is No Better Area of Study Than Health Science!”


The Medical Anatomy and Physiology (MAP) course is a required class for the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway and is an elective course for all other Health Science Education Pathways. The full-year MAP course provides students with an in-depth study of health care careers including actual clinical experience in a variety of areas. Instruction includes intermediate anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diseases and disorders, medical ethics, and first aid. The class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Health Science course and/or for a variety of health technology programs.

Q&A with Grace Vlasich: Health Sciences and Technology Program Coordinator at the Southwest Applied Technology College.

Question: What health science MAP modules are your students currently studying?

Answer: Students are studying the integumentary system and the reproductive system. In the integumentary system module students learned how to suture.

Question: What hands-on applications have students participated in while studying the integumentary system?

Answer: After we completed the integumentary system and the reproductive system modules, I took the MAP class to the veterinarian’s office of Dr. Esplin. Dr. Esplin spays dogs and cats. When he found out that the students’ had learned suturing, he let any student who wanted to suture the animal. They get pretty excited.

Question: How did the MAP class prepare you for your visit to the clinic?

Answer: “The MAP class helped prepare me for the visit to the clinic because of the anatomy portion and it was easier to understand the cat and what we observed,” said Janzen Jorgensen.

Question: How is the MAP class and other health sciences classes preparing you for life after high school—college and career?

Answer: “The classes I am taking right now have definitely prepared me and will continue to prepare me for my college classes and my future health science career. I have learned so much from taking the MAP class,” said Paige Keyes.

Paige Keyes sutures a cat while Dr. Esplin oversees.

Question: What would you say to other students who are thinking about a career in health science?

Answer: “There is no better area of study than health sciences. The studies are fun and you gain a better knowledge of something you will need in your future. It has definitely helped me!” said Paige Keyes.
“Take advantage of all Health Science classes your school provides because they can open your eyes to many careers and help you set-up a career path. I’ve taken MAP, Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology, Intro to Emergency Medicine, and Intro to Health Sciences. Nursing Assistant was a great experience especially doing clinicals and it made me think about being a nurse in some aspect,” said Sydni Dunford.

UtahCTE.org note:
Paige Keyes is the President-elect for HOSA SWATC and a junior at Cedar High School. In January, she was given the honor of Young Citizen of the Year by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce. She is currently enrolled in MAP and has also taken Intro to Emergency Medicine. She would like to go to medical school and/or paramedic school. She is very active in school and volunteers in the community.

Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in Health Science.

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