West Medical Academy

Course Options

HEALTH OCCUPATIONS ESSENTIALS [Mrs. Tunley]

Learn basic First Aid and CPR and get certified through the American Heart Association. This class is designed for anyone thinking about a career in the health care industry or wanting to learn more about their options in this field.

  • This course is open to all students in grades 9-12. (1/2 credit, life science)

How can this class help you?

  • CPR certification for jobs
  • Background information regarding many health professions

PHYSIOLOGY OF WELLNESS [Mr. Elmore]

This course is designed to introduce the students to the concepts and theories of wellness, sign/symptoms and management of diseases that affect each body system, body mass index, urinalysis, and exercise and its effects on the human body.

  • This course is open to all students in grades 9-12. (1/2 credit, life science)

How can this class help you?

  • Background information regarding diseases and ways to stay well. Very important information for future health professionals.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY [Mrs. Davis]

Designed to help you understand the medical language and terminology used by health care professionals. Students will learn how to build medical terms and determine correct definitions for many body systems, diseases, common disorders, prescribed medications, and more. Whether a student is interested in learning more about the medical field or they want to acquire practical knowledge for future personal use, this course provides the foundation for understanding the language of medicine.

  • This course is open to all students in grades 10-12 [9th with teacher rec.] (1/2 credit, life science)

How can this class help you?

  • Option to earn 3 UAA college credits
  • Gain practice knowledge for future use in healthcare.
  • Career application: Medical office (front desk, scheduling), home health airde, certified nurse assistant (CNA), personal care assistant (PCA), dental assistant

INTRO TO PHARMACY [Mrs. Davis]

No matter where your interest lies in the health industry, everyone is part of a team. The pharmacist and pharmacy technician play an important role in determining medication needs of patients. Learn about common medications and how they work in the body along with gaining hands on pharmacy skills.

  • This course is open to students in grades 11-12 [Biology and Algebra prereqs.] (1/2 credit, elective)

How can this class help you?

  • Option to earn 3 UAA college credits
  • Learn the top 100 prescribed drugs
  • Career application: pharmacy technician

ETT (Emergency Trauma Technician) [Mrs. Tunley]

Learn Professional Rescuer CPR and advanced first aid skills (certification through the State of Alaska). This class is designed for anyone thinking about a career in the para-medicine, emergency room care, or wanting to learn how to help in a medical emergency (this is a hands-on, skill based class).

  • This course is open to students in grades 9-12. (1/2 credit, life science).

How can this class help you?

  • Option to earn three UAA college credits
  • Learn how to help in a medical emergency
  • Career Application: If you are interested in para-medicine or emergency room care; then ETT training will give you insight into caring for medical (ill) and trauma (injured) patients

HUMAN ANATOMY [Mrs. Davis]

If you are interested in healthcare, you are going to need a solid understanding of the structure and function of the human body. This course is recommended for students interested in pursuing future studies in health related fields, such as nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, etc.

  • This course is open to students in grades 11-12 [Biology prereq / Chemistry recommended] (1 credit, life science)

How can this class help you?

  • Solid foundation for future academic studies in health related fields