High School Diploma
With a Concentration in Health Care

Program Outline

Your program includes the learning materials and instructional support you need to earn your High School Diploma. All learning materials are provided at no additional cost and are yours to use and keep.

Courses
Your complete program consists of a total of 21.5 credits. The courses take you step-by-step through the lessons you need to earn your diploma.

Here's how it works
Your first course will be sent immediately after your enrollment has been accepted. Other courses will follow as you complete your exams, so that you will always have learning materials to work with.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Transfer Credits
Penn Foster gives financial and academic credit for High School transfer credits.  To receive transfer credits, an official transcript from an accredited institution recognized by Penn Foster must be submitted for evaluation. Transfer credits will be awarded for comparable High School subjects where a full credit has been earned. Since High School programs vary, only an evaluation by Penn Foster will determine the actual number of transfer credits to be awarded. The maximum number of transfer credits allowed is 16.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal: Students will be able to demonstrate they possess the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the workforce or to continue their education at a college.

Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate 21st century skills such as the ability to use technology to complete learning tasks and to communicate effectively
  • Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in English Language Art courses
  • Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in English Language Art courses
  • Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in science courses
  • Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in science courses
  • Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in math courses
  • Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in math courses
  • Use critical thinking and reasoning skills to complete learning tasks in social studies courses
  • Use declarative knowledge and demonstrate understanding to complete learning tasks in social studies courses
  • Apply fundamental mathematical skills to solve real world problems
  • Utilize writing skills to complete graded writing assessments
  • Demonstrate an ability to complete introductory level health care courses
Orientation
.5 credit
Human Relations
1 credit
Reading Skills
1 credit
Study Guide: Reading Skills
Basic English
1 credit
Study Guide: Basic English
General Math
1 credit
Supplement: A Closer Look
Fitness and Nutrition
1 credit
Supplements:
   Body Talk:  A Glossary of Fitness and Nutrition Terms
   HIV / AIDS Awareness
American History
1 credit
Study Guide: American History
Textbook: U.S. History Review
Practical English
1 credit
Study Guide: Winning with Words
Consumer Math
1 credit
Earth Science
1 credit
Study Guide: Earth Science
Textbook: Earth Science: Reviewing the Essentials
Civics
1 credit
Written Communication
1 credit
Study Guide: Word Power
Textbook: Word Power Made Easy
Biology
1 credit
Study Guide: Biology
Textbooks: Miller & Levine Biology
General Math II
1 credit
Supplement: A Closer Look
World History
1 credit
Study Guide: World History
Textbook: World History
Physical Science
1 credit
Literature
1 credit
Study Guide: Literature
Textbooks:
   Great American Short Stories
   The Call of the Wild
   Great Short Poems
   Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure
   Civil Disobedience and other Essays
   Great Speeches by Native Americans
   Narrative of Sojourner Truth
   A Midsummer Night's Dream
Health Care
5 credits

Office Procedures
Law and Ethics in Allied Health
Body Systems/Terminology 1
Body Systems/Terminology 2
Confidentiality in Allied Health

 

Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster High School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.