Course Syllabus

Health Science Practicum 

Instructor:  Jackie Robinius                   

Email:           Phone: 682-867-9565


9:35 - 11:06

11:16 - 12:47

1:43 - 3:14

3:19 - 4:50







No classes at CTC

Health Science Practicum

Health Science Practicum









No classes at CTC

Health Science Practicum

Health Science Practicum






Welcome to Health Care Practicum, it my privilege to work with you and your parent(s) this school year. Our most important goal for this year is your success. Parents if you need to contact me at any time please do not hesitate to email. This ensures the quickest response. If you call, please leave a message and I will get back with you as soon as possible.


Practicum Health Science is a course designed to develop deductive reasoning, critical thinking, and effective communication skills. This course prepares the student for the transition to clinical or work based experiences in health care, and provides them a foundation regarding health assessment, differential diagnosis, clinical pathways, medical documentation, ethical decision making, and medical policies and procedures. Students will utilize anatomy and physiology of the body systems (including the reproductive system) to determine the pathophysiology of disease processes and develop assessment skills in relation to these body systems. Students participating in this class will practice and become proficient in skills such as:

  1. Presenting a professional appearance and attitude
  2. Obtaining knowledge regarding health care delivery systems, organizational structure, and teamwork
  3. Meeting all legal responsibilities
  4. Being sensitive to and respecting cultural diversity
  5. Communicating effectively
  6. Comprehending human anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
  7. Utilizing medical terminology
  8. Observing all safety precautions
  9. Practicing all principles of infection control
  10. Taking and recording vital signs
  11. Performing waived laboratory tests
  12. Administering first aid and CPR
  13. Promoting good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to maintain health
  14. Utilizing computer skills
  15. Ordering and maintaining supplies and materials.  
  16. Performing administrative duties such as answering the telephone, scheduling appointments, preparing correspondence, completing insurance forms, maintaining accounts, recording medical histories, and maintaining patient records

This is a COLLEGE LEVEL course and can be very challenging if students at any time become overwhelmed with the course load they should seek additional assistance during time assigned for study hall during class or by appointment with their instructor.

During the clinical and lab section of the class, students will be in contact with blood, urine, and stool samples to practice specimen collection and laboratory procedures. The instructor MUST be informed if there is any legitimate reason why a student would not be able to participate in the lab or clinical activities as this is a MAJOR portion of the student’s grade and part of preparation for the certification exam.  Students will also be required to provide personal care and assist residents during the clinical internship.  Students who are unable to perform these duties WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the Patient Care Technician Certification Exam.



 Students are expected to come to class on time, prepared to learn with their laptops, binder, pens/pencils, and any other required supplies.

Students will be utilizing their binder for daily work, homework, lab assignments, and clinical assignments. This notebook will be checked periodically for grading. Labs, tests and internship documentation will count as major grades.

Tests may be multiple choice, short answer, essay, research paper, or any combination of the previously stated. Students must make a grade of 80% on all tests or internship documentation in order to receive a passing grade. Students who fail to achieve this 80% will be provided the opportunity to re-test. Students can retest or resubmit internship documentation within one week of the test or assignment/documentation initial due date.  Students need to schedule a time for retesting with their instructor PRIOR to coming in for retesting.

 NOTE:  Students absent prior to a previously announced test or quiz will be expected to take the test unless new material was covered on the day(s) of the absence(s).  Students who are absent on the day that an essay or project is due should arrange for the essay or project to be brought to the teacher by 4:00 P.M. on the due date.

 Students are expected to check their student Canvas and Google email, DAILY for assignments, quizzes, announcements, and class updates. There will be reading assignments for each unit. Students are required to complete the required reading PRIOR to coming to class.

Assigned reading may be found in class textbook, provided power points, provided handouts, or assigned web-sites. Students are responsible for making sure they have access to the information needed to complete the reading assignments.

Students need to proofread all short answer responses, essays and research papers as they will be graded for grammar, punctuation, and capitalization along with content.

Students must turn in all assignments into assigned tray for their class period if expected to receive credit. Please do not place assignments on my desk.  


  Grades will consist of

Lab/Project = 3


Tests/Quizzes= 1


 A 90 – 100

B 80 – 89

C 70 – 79

F 69 or below

 A passing grade for the class is 70% or higher.  However, a grade of 80% or higher is required to pass the certification test for Patient Care Technician given at the end of the course.


Assignments are due before the end of class or due date.  When work is late 20 points will be taken off the final grade per day.  Please communicate with me about anything that may interfere with turning in work.

It is the student’s responsibility to complete work missed due to absences. Students are given the number of days they were absent plus one, to make up their assignments.


Classroom Rules- follow the P5 rule- POSITIVE, POLITE, PREPARED, PUNCTUAL, , PRODUCTIVE.

  1. Follow all A.I.S.D and school rules (read all of the Code of Conduct and Ledger, especially the tardy policy, dress code, attendance policy, and cell phone policy).
  2. Follow A.I.S.D. Academic Honesty Policy
  3. Follow all directions the first time given and stay on task.
  4. Be in your seat before the tardy bell begins to ring.
  5. When the bell rings to leave, stay in your seat until I dismiss you. The bell does not dismiss you; I do.
  6. Respect others (students and adults) by the way you speak to others and waiting to be recognized before speaking.
  7. Respect and maintain school property and personal property of others (teacher and other students).

 On days when students are using the lab or attending internship rotations, students ARE REQUIRED to wear scrubs.


Academic dishonesty, or plagiarism, includes copying the work of someone else and claiming it as your own (not using proper citations), regardless of gaining permission from the other person.  Colleges and universities very seriously, and take plagiarism very seriously and penalties often include removal from a course or from the college.  It is important that AISD students understand the importance of academic honesty.  Plagiarism in any course will lead to repercussions determined by the teacher and/or Academy Principle as well as the possible removal from National Honor Society.  

Each party involved in plagiarized assignments will receive a “0”, and will lose the privileges for future field experienced and be placed on Project Based Internship.


 Students may leave class during non-lecture times and during class study hall with the permission of the instructor.  Time out of class will be based on where the student is going (i.e. Restroom 7 – 10 minutes).  The student will sign out of class when leaving and sign back in when returning.  

It is important that students come to class regularly and attend field experiences and clinical internships.  Refer to the Practicum in Healthcare contract for guidelines and consequences on missing class and field experiences.


 ALL students will be required to wear scrubs on clinical internship days, Students are required to purchase designated uniforms with approximate cost of $40.00.  Uniforms must be clean and unwrinkled. A clean under-shirt may be worn under the clinical uniform. Other street clothes may not be worn under the clinical uniform. Uniform pants are to be worn at the waist and the hem should not drag on the ground. Sagging of uniform pants will result in disciplinary action.

Students must wear tennis shoes or medical work shoes with their clinical uniform (scrubs). Deck shoes, open toe, or open back shoes are not permitted. A wrist watch with a second hand is required.

Shoes and uniforms that do not meet the above requirements will result in loss of field experience/internship as well as a deduction in the professional grade. A professional appearance includes minimum jewelry: for both males and females small stud or hoop earrings in one hole, no necklaces; and long hair pulled up and off the shoulders; for males: well-groomed facial hair. Nails should not extend beyond the tip of the finger. Nail polish, if worn, should be pale in color and be free of chips. Artificial nails and acrylic overlays are prohibited within our internship facility.

While in class and on clinical and field experiences, students MUST wear their CTC ID at all times. Failure to wear at your site you will be sent home and  a zero for their professional grade for the day and will result in denial of opportunity to participate in the field or internship experience.

Students in the Practicum class will be required to meet the immunization requirements of the clinical facility in which they intern. These students will receive a packet of paperwork which must be completed and returned to his / her instructor.

Included in this packet is a release form to send a copy of the student’s immunization records from the school to the medical facilities as well as a permission slip to receive a PPD(TB) skin test and chest x-ray if necessary. This is MANDATORY.

Any student unable to receive the PPD (due to prior exposure) must have a chest x-ray. Immunization requirements may be stricter than those required by the school district.

Participating in field experiences, job shadowing and clinical internships at the medical facilities is a privilege. The primary role of the sites our students attend is to provide the best care possible to their patients. They allow us to observe them as they perform their daily duties.

Inappropriate actions / behavior during clinical internships and/or field experiences will result in removal from the clinical experience and a “0” grade for their professional grade for that six weeks. An overall average grade of at least 70 IN ALL CLASSES must be maintained to continue clinical internship participation.

Course Summary:

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