Linn County Regional Center - Academy Plans of Study

Pre-Allied Health Academy

College Credit in High School

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Carefully selected curriculum that contains the most common required introductory classes in Kirkwood's Allied Health programs. Human Anatomy and Physiology will provide for a rigorous academic challenge. 

Successful academic preparation for any two year or four year Allied Health program with a better understanding of the many pathways in the health profession beyond nursing. 

College Credits Earned 11.0

The demand for health care professionals is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health is the second fastest growing employment field. Kirkwood prepares students to be a part of this vital, growing profession by offering Allied Health programs that keep pace with technological advances and changes in health care. Allied Health programs include: Medical Assisting, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy and Surgical Technology. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at

College Credit Courses
Courses subject to change based on college curriculum.


HSC-107 | Professionals in Health | 2 college credits

Presents skills and characteristics expected for professional preparation and employability. Provides an overview of the health industry as it relates to health and safety regulations. Credits: 2, Hours: (2/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

BIO-168 | Human Anatomy & Physiology I | 4 college credits

Introduces the structure and function of the human body. Emphasizes organization at the cellular and tissue level and selected organ systems. Includes laboratory activities (which include computer simulations, dissection, and/or human specimens) reinforce current concepts. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: One year of recent high school biology/chemistry with a grade of B or higher strongly recommended, or completion of Basic Biological Concepts or other college-level biology course; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A


IO-173 | Human & Anatomy Physiology II | 4 college credits                                                                     

Continues the study of human organ systems. Includes laboratory activities and dissection, plus computer simulations and human specimens, that correspond to structures and functions investigated. Credits: 4, Hours: (3/2/0/0), Prereq: BIO-168; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

HSC-210 | Health Skills I | 1 college credit

Introduces basic patient care skills: infection control techniques, measuring and recording vital signs, and body mechanics. Laboratory practice and skill achievement is required. Credits: 1, Hours: (0.5/1/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Need to Know

Students are strongly encouraged to have had a recent year of biology at the high school level with a B or higher.

Senior Year Plus Arts & Sciences Proficiency apply to this experience. 

This experience requires a two-hour window for lab on Fridays. 8:00-10:00 am.

Student textbooks are provided.

How to Get Started
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