Covering medical terminology while studying the structure and function of the human body.


College dual credit during high school. Hands-on experiences in health care fields.

These are two attributes of this class, which can then lead to Health Science Education II, Fundamentals of Sports Medicine, Emergency Medical Services or Dental Careers.

This class will cover medical terminology while studying the normal structure and function of the human body. Each semester you will earn two elective credits plus one credit in anatomy/physiology—which counts toward any diploma as a science. You will do job shadowing and dissection labs. You will become a member of HOSA and exit the program with a workplace ready career portfolio.

Can you stay calm during an emergency situation? Can you control your emotions in the event of an accident? Do you enjoy problem solving? Can you see yourself in a helping profession? Could you imagine working in a dental office? If the answer to any of these questions seems to fit your goal, then you might be the perfect student to enroll in the Health Science Education Class. Health careers are the fastest growing occupational area in the economy with a tremendous demand for trained employees.


  • Vincennes University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Lincoln Tech (Melrose Park)
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Indiana State University
  • Marian College
  • Baker College
  • Purdue Northwest
  • Valparaiso University
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Saint Francis College
  • University of Southern Indiana


  • Registered Nurse
  • Home Health Aide/Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Dental Assistant/Hygienist
  • Physician
  • Emergency Medical Tech
  • Veterinary Tech




Mrs. Hardy is a Registered Nurse.  She has her BSN from Purdue Northwest and  has 30 years of nursing experience.  She worked in the hospital setting for 25 years.  Mrs. Hardy left the hospital to pursue teaching hoping to inspire future health care workers.  Her goal is to change the world of health care, one student at a time.  One of her favorite sayings is from Theodore Roosevelt – “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. 

When Mrs. Hardy is not working, she is either playing with her 3 grandsons (all under 2 years old) or playing ball with her German Shepherd and GoldenDoodle (Archie and Lilibet).

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Mrs. Marcus is an RN and BSN and studied at Ivy Tech, Ball State and Purdue University Northwest. She has been teaching for 10 years at the career center. She started her career as a CNA 30 years ago and went back to school to get her LPN and RN. She has worked in pediatrics most of her career as a nurse. Her love for educating future healthcare workers and years of experience in the field make her a strong educator at the career center. She also served as a school nurse. She has a large family and grew up in Chesterton. She has a wonderful husband, 3 daughters, a son in law and 3 amazing grandchildren with a fourth on the way. She enjoys running and swimming and feels blessed to have her dream job!

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Mrs. Wilson attended IUN for Dental Assisting and then went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree from IUPUI. Her Master’s Degree is in School Counseling. She spent 12 years teaching at IUN in dental assisting and dental hygiene. She also taught five years at Porter County Career Center and has been at Portage High School for 25 years. She began her career as a CNA and then became a dental assistant and worked in private practice for Dr. Peter Ferrari in Hobart and Chesterton. She taught Expanded Functions for Dental Auxiliaries as well and learned about her passion for teaching when offered a position to teach at Indiana University Northwest. She notes that, “Teaching is a way that I can continue to give back to the profession of dentistry and the field of medicine.” Something interesting about her: “My high school coach–my mentor is a gold medal Olympian! Barbara Jones (athlete) from Chicago, IL, now known as Barbara Pearl Jones Slater, was part of the 4×100 relay team that won gold medals at the 1952 and 1960 Olympics and at the 1955 and 1959 Pan American Games!”

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