Health Science


Carrie Given


Through health science courses, students will get a chance to explore career paths in the medical field. With these classes students can prepare for the State of Alaska Certified Nursing Assistant test or use them as a base for other medical field careers. The classes will provide the basics for exploration of health careers, including the roles and responsibilities of health care workers, career and educational opportunities, medical terminology, medical/legal ethics, confidentiality, safety, infection control, technology, problem solving, basic medical skills and anatomy/physiology related to emergency medical care. Many of the classes offered at GILA can be applied towards a health science degree or certificate program at U.A.F. Degree/Certificate programs at UAF that may require these credits are as follows:

• Dental Assistant (Certificate/A.A.S)
• Medical Assistant (Certificate/A.A.S.)
• Healthcare Reimbursement Certificate
• Medical/Dental Reception Certificate

CPR and First Aid

Students will be provided an opportunity to earn their CPR/First Aid certification during the school year. Currently through the Health Academy (a joint effort with YKSD), there is also a chance for students to receive their Emergency Trauma Technician Certification.

Medical Terminology

Health 100, offered over 2 semesters, is a class where students will be learning about the language of health care. This class is required by many of UAF’s Health Science associate degree/certificate programs and will help prepare students for any level of health care.

Health Care Careers

Our Health 105 class provides a good overview of the health care industry and the variety of career choices available to students. Health care careers are explored in depth and students choose one to focus on for the purpose of the class. This class is not a part of any of UAF’s
associate degree/certificate program requirements, but is a good place to start!

Professional Workplace skills

Health 110 focuses on the attributes of a health care professsional. Students explore career options and develop personal learning career plans, a resume, a mission statement, and a personal statement that can be used on college or scholarship applications. Students also participate in mock interviews. Health 110 is required by some of UAF’s health science associate degree or certificate program.