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Best Health Science Curriculum: iCEV vs HealthCenter21

February 14th, 2022 | 7 min. read

Kristin Savko

Kristin Savko

Being part of the AES curriculum team for over a decade, Kristin has experience in almost every aspect of the curriculum development process. She most enjoys problem solving, breaking down ideas, making connections for learners, graphic visualization, and typography.

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With the increasing importance of adding digital resources to the classroom, many health science teachers are looking for new curriculum options to support hybrid or distance learning.

As a curriculum system provider, thousands of health science teachers use the AES HealthCenter21 system every year. However, our solution may not be the best fit for everyone.

When working with health science teachers, they often ask how HealthCenter21 compares to other digital health science curriculum options, such as iCEV.

Though iCEV and HealthCenter21 are similar, one may be better for your classroom than the other.

To help you decide, we’ll answer the most common questions about iCEV and HealthCenter21:

  1. What topics are covered?
  2. What is the intended audience and age level?
  3. What is the instructional format?

You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up for a free trial of HealthCenter21 to determine if it’s right for you and your students.

1. What Topics Are Covered?

When choosing a curriculum resource, one of the most important considerations is whether or not it meets your standards and the topics you need to teach.

In this section, you’ll learn what healthcare information and skills you can teach with iCEV and HealthCenter21.

Topics You Can Teach with iCEV

iCEV provides health science curriculum in pre-packaged courses, developed in alignment with the Texas health science TEKS standards.

Currently, the iCEV curriculum includes six courses:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Preparation
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Science Theory
  • Medical Terminology
  • Principles of Health Science

These packages are designed to fill your requirements for those specific TEKS courses.

If you’re a Texas health science teacher and your program includes one or more of these courses, iCEV could be a good solution to help you meet your standards.

However, if you’re looking for something more flexible, or if your students are taking any health science certifications other than the CNA exam, iCEV may not be the best choice.

Topics You Can Teach with HealthCenter21

HealthCenter21 includes more than 1,000 hours of curriculum that you can use to build your customized class curriculum.

You can mix and match these modules based on the specific skills and concepts you need to cover, without restrictions.

These include topics under nine overarching areas:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Healthcare Foundations
  • Health Career Readiness
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician

With the wide range of topics available, HealthCenter21 can help teachers from many states hit their standards and teach their classes.

Specifically in Texas, HealthCenter21 aligns with:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Health Science
  • Health Science Clinical
  • Health Science Theory
  • Practicum in Health Science
  • Medical Terminology

Related Resource: Alignments Between HealthCenter21 and Your TEKS

Additionally, HealthCenter21 can help you prepare students for a number of industry certifications, including:

If you’re looking for a health science curriculum that helps hit your standards and can prepare your students for a variety of certifications, HealthCenter21 is a great choice.

2. What Is the Intended Audience and Age Level?

In addition to seeing how each curriculum aligns with your curriculum goals, it’s important to know the intended grade level of the materials.

After all, if a curriculum is too easy or difficult for your students, it won’t help them hit their learning objectives!

iCEV Online’s Intended Audience and Age Level

The iCEV online health science curriculum is based on the Texas Health Science TEKS. Because of this, the iCEV curriculum is intended to be used in high school CTE health science courses, as detailed below:

  • Anatomy & Physiology: Grades 10-12
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Preparation: Certification prep for 12th grade
  • Forensic Science: Grades 11-12
  • Health Science Theory: Grades 10-12
  • Medical Terminology: Grades 9-12
  • Principles of Health Science: Grades 9-10

That means if you teach one of these courses at the indicated grade levels, iCEV could be a good fit for your classes.

However, with such a broad range of grade levels for some of the courses (like Medical Terminology), you may find that the content within them could be too basic or too advanced for your students.

HealthCenter21’s Intended Audience and Age Level

HealthCenter21 is designed to be used in CTE middle and high school health science courses.

Depending on what grade level you teach and how you want to implement the curriculum, the recommended modules will vary.

If you teach middle school courses, introductory topics such as health career exploration, wellness and nutrition, communications, and client status would work best.

If you teach a high school course, you’d likely include more advanced topics such as anatomy and physiology, bloodborne pathogens, emergency care, and behavioral health.

Overall, when implementing HealthCenter21, the AES team can help you determine which modules best align with your needs based on the classes you teach and the age of your students.

3. What Is the Instructional Format?

While both iCEV and HealthCenter21 are digital curriculum, the way the curriculum is developed and intended to be used vastly differs.

Depending on your teaching preferences and how your students learn best, you may find one works better than the other in your classroom.

The iCEV Online Instructional Format

iCEV provides detailed lesson plans for each lesson in the course that acts as a step-by-step guide to what the teacher should do on a daily basis.

This includes having students work on activity sheets, class projects, vocab lists, and digital lessons.

The digital lessons in the iCEV system present information to students via videos and click-through presentations.

The video-based lessons include slideshows, interviews, example scenarios, and skills demonstrations that students passively watch and take notes on.

The presentation-based lessons are static pages of information, similar to what you’d find in an eBook.

Though students may view these videos and presentations independently, the lesson plans often note that the teacher should show them at the front of class while students take notes.

Overall, if you’re looking for a lock-step program that is heavily teacher-led, iCEV could be the right option for you.

The HealthCenter21 Instructional Format

Each module within HealthCenter21 is designed according to our four-phase learning plan.

This four-phase curriculum framework maximizes student understanding and information retention, while saving you time with planning.

The four phases of the AES curriculum are:

  1. Explore
  2. Learn & Practice
  3. Reflect
  4. Reinforce

In the Explore phase, you’ll find teacher-led class activities, classroom discussions, and teacher presentations.

In the Learn & Practice phase, your students login to the system and work through interactive lessons.

These self-paced lessons are presented in a multi-page style that include videos, inline questions, drag-and-drop activities, decision-making scenarios, and other interactive learning experiences.

As students work through the curriculum, they can fill out worksheets and guided notes to help them retain information.

In the Reflect phase, you’ll lead the class with activities that are designed to help your students review and discuss the concepts from the module.

In the Reinforce phase, your students will work through self-directed activities and projects to enhance their understanding of the concepts and skills in the module.

Overall, HealthCenter21’s instructional format is designed to help you easily implement a blended learning environment that leads to better understanding and retention of information.

If you’re looking for a resource that balances teacher-led and student-directed learning, HealthCenter21 is a good fit.

Which Digital Health Science Curriculum Is Best for You?

Deciding between iCEV and HealthCenter21 ultimately depends on your needs and goals.

iCEV is more of a turn-key solution focused on specific Texas courses. So, if you’re most concerned about hitting your TEKS standards, iCEV would likely fill that need.

HealthCenter21 allows you more flexibility in your teaching methods and provides more interactive, self-directed ways for your students to learn information and prepare for certifications.

So if you’re looking for a health science curriculum that can meet your standards while providing flexibility to meet your teaching preferences, HealthCenter21 may be the better fit.

However, to really be sure one way or another you may want to try each digital health science curriculum option out with your students.

Click below to sign up for your free HealthCenter21 trial to determine if it’s right for you and your students:

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