The Texas Principles of Health Science course was developed by the state’s department of education to teach high school students basic healthcare concepts and skills.
The Texas Department of Education has developed course requirements called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for each CTE health science course.
Because Principles of Health Science is one of the most important health science courses in Texas, teachers must adhere to those requirements.
But how do you know if you’re teaching the right information?
The Principles of Health Science TEKS include a two-part structure:
For the purpose of this page, we'll discuss the TEKS requirements for Principles of Health Science that were adopted in 2015 (Course 130.222), as it's the current version at time of publication.
With that, what are the actual Principles of Health Science TEKS requirements?
The Texas Principles of Health Science course includes 12 knowledge statements with a total of 50 skills statements among them:
In the following sections, you’ll see an overview of each standard. You can also refer to the Texas DOE’s official document for official information on the TEKS for every course in the health science pathway.
The Professional Standards and Employability Skills standard notes three statements that help students learn crucial career readiness concepts.
Specifically, students must be able to:
Though these skills are relatively general, they are crucial for any student entering the healthcare industry.
Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies Skills includes 17 statements that apply academic knowledge and skills into a healthcare context.
This includes a variety of skills:
These Principles of Health Science TEKS standards ensure that students can use general skills learned in academic courses to understand healthcare skills and concepts better.
Communication Skills features four statements related to communication concepts every healthcare employee must understand.
These statements focus on the students’ knowledge of:
Honing these skills help new healthcare workers better communicate with both other healthcare professionals and patients.
Leadership Skills includes three skills statements related to leadership skills and concepts.
Students must be able to:
In the healthcare industry, many professionals must demonstrate leadership skills regularly when collaborating with others to provide effective patient care.
The Career Seeking standard has two skills statements that help students understand concepts related to choosing a career in healthcare.
Students must be able to:
These skills are essential for any student to learn before entering the workforce, especially on a focused CTE track like health science.
The Academic Requirements standard has one specific skills statement related to understanding academic requirements for healthcare careers.
This standard includes common requirements for advancement in the healthcare industry, such as:
By learning the requirements for various healthcare careers, students will better understand what’s on the horizon if they plan to pursue a more advanced position.
Health Science Career Pathways includes two skills statements that help students learn about the five health science career pathways.
Students must be able to:
Ultimately knowing these details about the health science pathways will help students make more informed decisions when choosing a health career down the road.
Healthcare Teams includes two skills statements pertaining to how individuals work as part of the healthcare team.
This includes knowledge of:
The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities standard comprises five skills statements that teach students about the legal aspects of being a healthcare professional.
Students must understand these concepts and topics:
Understanding these concepts and laws is critical for anyone entering the healthcare industry, as they ensure safety and privacy rights for all clients.
Client Rights includes five skills statements related to the rights of patients receiving medical care.
This includes knowledge of these concepts:
Understanding these concepts can help healthcare workers provide better care for clients daily.
The Safety Precautions and Hazardous Situations standard has three skills statements that teach students about common safety procedures for healthcare professionals and patients.
Students must learn about:
Knowing regulations — like how to respond in an emergency — ensure healthcare professionals are ready to take action in hazardous situations if necessary.
Healthcare Technology includes three skills statements related to the use of information technology in the healthcare environment.
This requires students to have a basic knowledge of:
With the increased use of technology in every aspect of healthcare, every employee must know the basics of their work tools.
Now that you know the details of the Principles of Health Science TEKS standards, how do you actually teach them to your students?
Teaching Principles of Health Science may seem straightforward when you’re familiar with the TEKS requirements.
Many teachers purchase a Principles of Health Science textbook to use as the driving force for teaching their lessons. But there’s no guarantee that a textbook is the right option for you and your students.
After all, textbooks quickly become outdated as the healthcare industry changes from year to year. Even if you find a brand-new book, it may not hit all of your TEKS requirements!
That’s why so many Texas health science teachers have implemented digital curriculum to teach Principles of Health Science.
Meeting your TEKS requirements is an essential part of your work as a Texas health science instructor. But with HealthCenter21 from AES, it’s possible to meet all of your standards in a single solution that is easy to use.
This is why hundreds of health science teachers in Texas use HealthCenter21 to teach Principles of Health Science classes. One teacher who has seen incredible results with AES is Regina Jackson:
“For my Principles of Health Science class, HealthCenter21 has just about everything I need for the entire year. Over the past 24 years at Debakey HSHP, I have not found a textbook that will meet my needs for the course. HealthCenter21 meets all my needs for Principles of Health Science!”
Regina Jackson, Health Science Instructor
Debakey High School for Health Science Professions
Regina and many other teachers like her have found that because HealthCenter21 is specifically aligned to TEKS requirements for Principles of Health Science, you always know how your curriculum connects with your course standards.
If you’d like to see how AES meets individual TEKS for your Principles of Health Science course, read the alignment here.