Health Science

  • Principles of Health Science is a three part course that includes Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology and Health Science. In these courses, students will learn the structure of medical terminology with an emphasis on root words, prefixes and suffixes, and combining forms as they apply to anatomy and physiology; the different career opportunties in the healthcare industry with an emphasis on past and current healthcare trends; and will apply their skills and knowledge to cover topics including public health, community education, nutrition and health and wellness across life stages. 

    For students interested in continuing their careers in health science, Practicum in Health Science: Clinical Rotation and Practicum in Health Science: Medical Assistant are also available.

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  • Dear Parents and Students,

    Welcome to Practicum in Health Science with Clinical Rotations! This course is designed to allow students to participate in rotations, which allow observations of different medical fields. The student will learn medicine from an interactive real world perspective. This course will teach insurance, CPR, use medical terminology learned previously, body systems and disease and much more. The students will see and/or participate in techniques in class and observe patient care in rotations, which they may never see or do again.

    This is a junior or senior level course offered as an elective. As a former physician and someone who spent years in the “real world” my expectations are high and students will be expected to pass tests requiring understanding of cause and effects, analyzing data and integrating many different systems to arrive at an answer. Simply memorizing material will not be effective since they must be able to apply the concepts covered in classroom lectures and reading. This is sometimes difficult for them to do at first.



    Charleen Handzel, D.P.M., CWS


    Dear Parents and Students,

    Welcome to Medical Assisting! I am a registered Medical Assistant, with over 20 years of experience working in Family Practice and Obstetrics & Gynecology.  I enjoy bringing real world experience to students at Dale Jackson Career Center and preparing students for an exciting and rewarding future in healthcare.



    Rachel Chesney



    Welcome to Principles of Health Science. I am so excited to get to know each and every one of you. This year we will be covering medical terminology and the basics of healthcare. My hope for this course and each student is that you discover your love and passion for health science. My goal is that you decide your future will be in a profession that you discover within our health science class and that this is the beginning of your journey into caring and serving people for the rest of your lives! 

    My name is Martha Eitelman. I have been a nurse since 2003. I graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and began my nursing career in the Emergency room. In the past 17 years I have worked in various areas of nursing including ER, labor and delivery and women's and children's services, ICU, long term care, and education. I currently still work as an ER/Trauma nurse at a local hospital on the weekends and during school breaks. I am also working on my Master's degree in Nursing from The University of Texas Arlington. 

    I am also the advisor for TECC LISD HOSA and would love to give you more information about this organization. HOSA is a student led professional student organization that helps prepare students to be the next leaders in the healthcare field! Email me to find out more information about this amazing and fun opportunity!



    Martha Eitelman RN, BSN