Health

Nurse Aide Specialist – This course is designed for individuals seeking employment in health care or pursuing a college degree in nursing. This course fulfills requirements for admission to some college nursing programs. Students will develop nursing assistant skills in the classroom and laboratory setting at Central Campus, and will practice patient care in various Des Moines health care facilities. Internships at local hospitals and clinics will provide hands-on experience that will allow students to explore the big picture of health care. Students will learn the vocabulary and skills required for a successful career in health, and will visit health care and college settings. Upon successful course completion, students will be prepared to take the CNA (certified nurse assistant) exam.

Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, excellent attendance, interest in a health career, attend program orientation, submit student application and teacher recommendation. Current physical, updated immunizations and influenza vaccine required. Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended.

Grades: 11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:
HSC 105 Survey of Health Careers 1 credit (F)
HSC 109 Intro to Health Careers 3 credits (F)
HSC 172 75 Hour Nurse Aide 3 credits (F)
HSC 102 Emergency Care 1 credit (S)
HSC 120 Medical Terminology 3 credits (S)
HSC 182 Advanced Nurse Aide 3 credits (S)


Nurse Aide & Advanced Nurse Aide – Nurse Aide certification is required for admission to most Iowa nursing schools. Either of these courses prepares students for the nurse aide certification. This course includes classroom and laboratory instruction at Central Campus and supervised clinical experience at various health care settings. In addition to the content of the 75-hour Nurse Aide class, the 150-hour Advanced Nurse Aide class covers skills and knowledge utilized by nurse aides in skilled-care units and in hospital areas. Content in the 150-hour course is presented at a faster pace than in the 75-hour Nurse Aide class.

Prerequisites: 2.0 GA for 75-hour Nurse Aide course and 2.5 GPA or better for the Advanced Nurse Aide class, have excellent attendance, submit a teacher recommendation, submit a student application and attend a program orientation. A current physical and updated immunizations are required, Hepatitis B vaccine is required.

Grades:11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:
HSC 172 Nurse Aide 75 hour 3 credits (F/S)
HSC 182  Advanced Nurse Aide  3 credits (S)
HSC 102 Emergency Care 1 credit (S)


Career Opportunities in Health – Students are introduced to a variety of health careers through a curriculum that integrates academic and workplace skills. Rotations through partnerships with Iowa Health-Des Moines provides students with observation experiences with IH-DM hospitals, as well as some private clinics in the metro; this allows students to explore a variety of careers and develop personal skills while looking at the big picture of healthcare. Students are allowed to observe within areas of their interest.

Prerequisite: GPA of at least 2.5. Excellent attendance, submit an application with teacher recommendation and attend a program orientation.

Grades: 11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:
COM 703 Communication Skills 3 credits (S)


College Biotechnology in Medicine- This course will explore the basics of Biotechnology. Biotechnology is the study of DNA and its genes, including the science behind how DNA is used in forensics, genes expression (protein formation and use), mutation and transformation from one organism to another. We will cover laboratory techniques in DNA extraction, purification, visualization (electrophoresis), transformation, and amplification (PCR). We will also cover microbiology in both lab and lecture. We will learn the science behind current stem cell research, cancer and genetically modified crops (GMO), also covering the bioethics of stem cells and GMO and biofuels. Students must earn a cumulative passing grade for all work, including laboratory and lecture exams, experimental write-ups and projects.

Prerequisite: Biology Co-requisite: Chemistry Grades: 11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:
BIO 104 Introduction to Biology 3 credits (F)
BIO 191 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 credits (S)

 SDV 164 Electronic Portfolio 2 credits (S)


College Anatomy and Physiology – Anatomy and Physiology covers the structure and function of the human body from the cellular level to organ systems. The organ systems studied are the skin and integumentary system, the skeletal and muscular systems, the nervous system, and the senses, the endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the digestive system including nutrition, and the reproductive system. In order to receive college credit, students must earn a cumulative passing grade for all work, including:laboratory and lecture exams, experimental write-ups and projects.

Weighted High School Course

Prerequisite: Biology Co-requisite: Chemistry

Grades: 11-12

High School credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits (F)
BIO 173 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits (S)
SDV 164 Electronic Portfolio 2 credits (S)


Health Science Anatomy – Health Science Anatomy and Advanced Health Science Anatomy are offered to Nurse Aide Specialist students only. It covers the basic concepts in human anatomical structure with relation to body functions and all major body systems with emphasis on structure. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture and will include a mammalian dissection. This course is a prerequisite for the DMACC nursing program.

Grades: 11-12

High school credit earned: .5 credit per block each semester

May earn DMACC credit as follows:
BIO 733 Health Science Anatomy 3 credits (S)

SC1531 Biology Workplace Exp S1 (High School); SC1532 Biology Workplace Exp S2 (High School); Bio 922 Field Studies (DMACC)


Biological Research Course
This is a research course designed to familiarize students with comparative neuroanatomy and some of the research methods employed in mapping the human brain.
As a natural science course it is designed to expose students to the Scientific Method and allow them to explore using basic observational skills and relevant theoretical knowledge, the underlying neuroanatomy controlling behavior in mammalian species. Students will have the opportunity to study science outside of the traditional classroom setting and to apply this knowledge by collaborating on a research project pertaining to mammalian brain evolution. Because this course assumes no prior knowledge of neuroscience, the first few class meetings will focus on fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. With this background we will survey functional systems in the brain, highlighting phylogenetic variation in projection pathways, neocortical diversification, and evidence of brain evolution from fossil endocasts.

Prerequisite: Central Campus Biotechnology/college Anatomy and Physiology Instructor recommendation (Mrs. Cain) and passing either Central Campus Biotechnology or Central Campus college Anatomy and Physiology with an A or B :

Weighted high school science course: .5 science credits/semester
DMACC credit: Bio 922 2 credits (F/S)