Our Top 10 Health Science Lesson Plans for CTE Teachers

Career and technical education is hard to teach.

It requires a strong background, thorough expertise, and a passion for education — not to mention the right lesson plans.

This is especially true for the health science CTE track, which is one of the most popular career and technical education tracks.

It’s also the track that gets the most teachers without teaching backgrounds.

That’s why we’ve hand-crafted hundreds of hours of health science lesson plans for teachers just like you.

These are the top 10 most popular health science lessons today:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology
  2. Client Status
  3. Infection Control
  4. Human Growth & Development
  5. Communications
  6. Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  7. Medical Terminology
  8. Medical Mathematics
  9. Patient Comfort
  10. Emergency Care

Check out details of these lessons below!

1. Anatomy & Physiology


Students learning from these lesson plans: 31,216 (3/5/19)

Anatomy & physiology is our #1 most popular module.

This is because it’s perfect for a huge range of courses and grade levels.

Students can learn from all 48 of our anatomy & physiology lesson plans as early as a sixth grade health class or as late as a post-secondary health science course.

Regardless, students need to learn what’s in this module at some point in their lives.

Our module specifically covers the 12 body systems and how they work together. We’ve found this overview to be the perfect introduction to anatomy courses of any age since it’s fundamental information.

In other words, students will need all of this information at some point in their lives, whether they’re middle school students or CTE students.

The default order of our anatomy units looks like this:

  1. Integumentary
  2. Skeletal
  3. Muscular
  4. Nervous
  5. Sensory
  6. Cardiovascular
  7. Lymphatic
  8. Respiratory
  9. Digestive
  10. Urinary
  11. Endocrine
  12. Reproductive


You can change the order of these units however you’d like.

And if you don’t need a unit, you can skip it altogether!

2. Client Status


Students learning from these lesson plans: 18,370 (3/5/19)

Client status lesson plans are concerned with instruments that measure vital signs and how health care workers can use them.

In total, this module contains 16 lessons that cover commonly-used items like mercury thermometers, typical EKG readings, and radial vs. apical pulse.

Most of this information is oriented toward students who are sure they want to start a career in health. For general education — like in primary school — these lesson plans are used less frequently.

Still, lessons on pulse (and how to measure it) show up in classes as young as sixth grade. It’s easy to learn, and it’s one of the most basic ways to measure someone’s immediate health.

Client status lesson plans may be oriented toward health care workers — but the information is helpful to any student.  

3. Infection Control


Students learning from these lesson plans: 11,687 (3/5/19)

Infection control is the first collection of lessons we have that delves into microorganisms, sanitation, and medical equipment.

Again, these lesson plans can apply to just about anyone, regardless of their age or education level.

Young students need to understand how microorganisms work so they can stay properly clean in today’s society.

Post-secondary students need to brush up on microorganisms, equipment, and sanitation procedures to ensure they can keep patients healthy.

All told, this module contains 19 lessons that you can use to inform and test your students.

That’s why we have about 850 teachers (and thousands of students) who use these lesson plans.

With so much content covering so many topics, any student will understand infectious disease through these lesson plans. 

4. Human Growth & Development


Students learning from these lesson plans: 10,494 (3/5/19)

The human growth and development lessons are so popular with students because they cover crucial information about how people physically and emotionally change over time. 

With 11 lessons based on these subjects, students learn about everything from the hierarchy of needs to coping with death and dying. 

That's a massive range of hard-to-teach concepts, which makes it all the more important for teachers to use lesson plans like these that have proven to be successful. 

Can these topics turn grim sometimes? Absolutely. 

But students must be prepared for these parts of working in healthcare. 

Things don't always go according to plan, and even with an expert's best efforts, sometimes it's just a patient's time. 

By covering these topics in the classroom, you don't just give your students the information they need to understand their future careers — you prepare them for the most complex and difficult parts of working in healthcare. 

5. Communications


Students learning from these lesson plans: 10,425 (3/5/19)

While hard skills are essential in health careers, communications are also important.

Our module on communications contains 21 lessons total, more than almost any other digital curriculum.

These plans cover basic information, communication barriers, expressing sympathy, and even breaking bad news to a patient. To wrap it up, we added lessons on documenting communications as well.

As a result, these lesson plans are more common in post-secondary education for students who want to start careers in health care.

It’s true that communication isn’t a health-only skill. It’s more of a soft skill — one that’s found in every job and every industry.

But we feel it’s important to orient this information toward the health field.

And with 700+ teachers using this module, we know many of our teachers feel the same way.

6. Legal & Ethical Responsibilities


Students learning from these lesson plans: 10,280 (3/5/19)

Legal & ethical responsibilities is our module covering the upper-level, less-concrete requirements of working in health care.

Because there are so many health regulations in the United States, we created 20 lesson plans that deal exclusively with legal and ethical concerns.

This module isn’t great for younger learners. But for post-secondary students, it’s essential.

Anyone who wants to go into health care will have to know this information. If they don’t, they could easily be caught off-guard by the intense bureaucracy associated with working in health.

In addition, these lesson plans cover the differences between civil and criminal law. That may sound simple, but the line between the two can be blurry in health care with all the contracts, regulations, and special considerations for individual patients.

Overall, there’s a lot of information that health care workers need to remember to succeed in their field.

By learning legal and ethical responsibilities, they’re equipped to succeed.

7. Medical Terminology


Students learning from these lesson plans: 9,641 (3/5/19)

Medical terminology is another popular module because its lesson plans cover some of the most important information in the healthcare field.


These 21 lessons all cover prefixes, words, suffixes, abbreviations, acronyms, phrases, descriptions, and unique terms that someone encounters in a health career.

But these lesson plans go well beyond health careers. Medical terminology is a big part of any education level and any expertise level.

In other words, a sixth-grade teacher could use these lesson plans for an introductory health science class.

At the same time, an experienced nurse could use these lesson plans for high-level certification prep at the post-secondary level.

This versatility — not to mention the importance of the lessons’ information — is why our instruction on medical terminology is in our top 10 modules.

It’s fundamental to student success.

8. Medical Mathematics

medical-math-headerStudents learning from these lesson plans: 9,351 (3/5/19)

Medical mathematics has become an increasingly-popular subject among health science students. 

Its 10 lessons cover basic math principles with examples of its practical applications make math easy to learn and understand, especially for students who like to learn by doing. 

These lesson plans cover measurements, medications, and other calculations that healthcare workers must perform every day. 

They'll even learn how to take mathematical information to arrange on charts, graphs, and other helpful visuals. 

With all of that said, medical mathematics has a reputation for being "boring." But when you use it in a blended learning environment — complete with hands-on application — it becomes a joy to learn (and teach).

9. Patient Comfort


Students learning from these lesson plans: 6,989 (3/5/19)

Patient comfort is pivotal to the recovery and success of clients from private practices to emergency rooms. 

These 16 lessons are so important to health science students because of the United States' needs for more patient care technicians

Perineal care, bed care, hand care, and even hair care are all included in these lessons, giving students a full-scope view of what their day-to-day duties will look like in the profession of patient care. 

Regardless of whether they become patient care technicians, nurses, or even doctors, they'll have to know some element of patient comfort to ensure they're truly helping their clients get the rest and healthy environment they need to recover or thrive. 

10. Emergency Care


Students learning from these lesson plans: 5,348 (3/5/19)

Last, our emergency care lessons cover a huge range of scenarios that students could encounter as emergency medical responders or emergency medical technicians. 

These 11 lessons include emergency scenarios, current events, burns, wounds, and even poisoning. 

With that knowledge, students become equipped to respond to life-or-death situations where the clock is ticking. 

Preparing for those instances also gives them a solid understanding of emergency room patients who may not call 911, but show up as they need care. 

Overall, these lessons give your students a thorough understanding of what constitutes an "emergency" and how they can remedy the situation as quickly as possible. 

In doing so, they'll save someone's life! 

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