By combining a Health Care Concentration with earning a High School Diploma, students are able to get a head start on their future careers. Penn Foster Career School is considered the largest high school in the U.S. By completing a high school diploma online, students are able to have increased flexibility and are not tied down to attending on-campus classes each day. Aside from the concentration requirements, students will be required to complete general courses as well such as English and math. The curriculum includes 17 courses and five electives towards the Health Care Concentration. The elective consists of courses including Body Systems/Terminology 1 and 2, Law, Ethics, and Confidentiality, and Basic Pharmacology.
Similar programs offered through Penn Foster could include Medical Coding and Billing, Medical Administrative Assisting, or Medical Transcription. The electives earned through the Health Care Concentration can be transferred into any of the above programs offered by Penn Foster. Earning a concentration in Heath Care, students are preparing for office work such as answering telephones, sorting mail, answering emails, and displaying good communication skills. Students will be taught the terminology of body systems, human anatomy, functions, diseases, tests and procedures of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. Also taught are the lymphatic, excretory, reproductive, sensory, nervous, and endocrine systems. Students will need to be able to classify the major types of cancer and methods of treatment. Students are expected to learn the prefixes and suffixes of medical terms and their respective derived root words. The pharmacology course discusses types of drugs, calculating dosages, and understanding which drug is prescribed for which condition.
This program requires a minimum of 8th grade education.
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Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses
- Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
- Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
- Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.