Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 school year.

Certified Nursing Assistant
HSC101 and HSC102
(Elective 10-11-12) First AND Second Semester
Prerequisite: Background checks are required before the first day of class. Students must be at least 16 years of age. Physicals, immunization records, and a T.B. test are all required before the first day of clinical.

Certified Nursing Assistant is a full-year program that allows students to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant certification by the end of the school year.  The program will support six DMACC dual-enrolled courses, those descriptions are below.  The program will cover two consecutive class periods and will meet every day of the week.

  • Survey of Health Careers—This course introduces both the variety and requirements for health careers.  Basic core knowledge and professional expectations common to all health careers are explored.  Workplace safety and an overview of the health system and current trends are also covered.
  • Intro. to Health Careers—Students will discover the many options available, including roles and responsibilities in health career options. This course is designed to provide the student with the information necessary to make their health career choice.
  • Emergency Care—Learn to perform care for medical emergencies:  fractures, burns, resuscitation, basic CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, American Heart Level II Standards) Certification.
  • Medical Terminology I—Builds a medical vocabulary through an understanding of anatomic roots for words denoting body structure, prefixes, suffixes, and body functions.
  • Nurse Aide 75 Hours—Entry level skills to seek employment in Iowa skilled facilities.
  • Advanced Nurse Aide—A continuation of the Nurse Aide course, providing additional skills and clinical to work in a hospital

If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost including board exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

EL Work Study
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Student must be enrolled in at least four courses, an EL resource and phys., ed.

Students may sign up each semester they are entitled to EL resources. Students are expected to work at least 15 hours per week and be employed for at least 14 weeks to obtain credit. Students are responsible for obtaining their own employment, as well as providing transportation to and from the job. An EL teacher will visit the jobsite twice per semester. Students will be required to meet with teacher weekly and turn in a time sheet. Students will complete a culminating activity as arranged by the teacher and student. Seniors may waive physical education requirements while enrolled in EL work study.

Extended Learning Program
MIS105 and MIS106
(Elective 10, 11, 12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Invitation and parent permission

Extended Learning Program (ELP) is designed to help exceptional students who have been identified for the gifted and talented program continue their individual educational plan. The course is based on the Autonomous Learner Program Model, where students design their own in-depth study and work independently to complete it. Extended Learning Program meets every other day for half credit each semester and can be repeated for a maximum of four years and four credits.

Foundations of Education (DMACC)
(Elective 11-12)      First Semester
Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA; Speech or concurrent enrollment in Speech

Students will learn the basic components of the teaching profession including understanding and assessing students, history, and organization of education, prominent educational theory, effective pedagogy, professional and legal aspects of the teaching profession, societal influences on education, and predictions for the future of education. Students should leave with a basic understanding of the teaching profession and an evaluation in continuing to pursue a teaching career. The course includes required classroom observations. Students must provide their own transportation if necessary. This course must be taken for DMACC credit. A successful background check is required.

MIS301 or MIS302
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

Students may take health for a year, or they may elect to take Health either first or second semester. First-semester Health is not a requirement for the second semester. First-semester Health will include five units: You and Your Health, Physical Fitness and Nutrition, Mental and Emotional Health, Family and Social Health, and Body Systems. Health resources from our community, as well as Web-based learning, are part of the health curriculum. Second semester will continue to use community resources and Web-based learning, as well as units in body systems, growth and development, medicines and drugs, diseases and disorders, consumer and environmental health, and injury prevention and safety.

Honors Seminar
MIS521 and MIS522
(Elective 10-11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in the Honors Diploma Track and ELP

Honors Seminar/ELP meets opposite phys. ed. for the entire year for one credit. It is required for Honors students at each level with a bigger vision in mind of where students need to be for Senior Honors Seminar and beyond. The focus is action-based and centered on the Autonomous Learner Model. The students will be facilitating seminars, participating in enrichments (service, leadership, cultural activities), exploring individual growth options (career and college), and dialoguing about aspects of giftedness.

Students will develop skills in the writing of college/university application essays. Students will synthesize learning with individualized projects including a major work related to their own areas of interest in the preparation of their Senior Exhibition. Senior Honors students will select an Academic Mentor, design an exhibition, have the design approved, conduct the research and then present their senior exhibition in conjunction with their 30-minute electronic portfolio presentation. They must pass the exhibition in conjunction with their 30-minute electronic portfolio presentation. They must pass the exhibition in order to earn the VHS Honors Diploma.

Information Technology Pathways (DMACC-off campus)
See your counselor
(Elective 10-11-12)     First and/or Second Semester

Introduction to IT courses provides students the opportunity to experience and explore career fields in Informational Technologies. Students would have the opportunity to move into DMACC programs such as Telecom/Data Communications, Information Technology Network Administration, Network Administration, Business Information Systems, Management Information Systems, and Electronics/Robotics. Successful completion of the four introductory courses will result in student earning a total of 12 credits towards an Associate of Arts Degree in one of five IT fields.

Initial Field Experience (DMACC)
(Elective 11-12)      Second Semester
Prerequisite: Foundations of Education with a C- or better final grade

Instruction at Valley will consist of exploring effective ways to create a positive classroom climate, demonstrating successful methods of instruction, identifying effective classroom management, demonstrating an understanding of the responsibilities and duties of the profession, evaluating current trends in education, and constructing a portfolio or exhibits to demonstrate understanding and analysis of the teaching profession. The course includes a required classroom practicum throughout the semester. Students must provide their own transportation if necessary. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

*Senior students who have completed or are currently enrolled in the highest level of a curricular area may be allowed to do their practicums in a lower level of that area at the high school level, with teacher recommendation. For example, a student in AP Calculus could do a practicum in Algebra A.

Lab Assistant
MIS321 or MIS322
(Elective 11-12)     First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Lab skills as demonstrated by previously earning an “A” credit in the course the student wishes to assist and teacher approval.

The student will assist the teacher in all classroom/lab preparations and clean-ups. The student will have demonstrated his/her expertise by previously completing the course with an “A” grade. Enrollment must have the teacher’s approval. Each semester will result in half credit and may be repeated for a total of one credit with a pass/no pass grade.

Senior Field Experience
MIS351 or MIS352
(Elective 12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Senior Status

Students may take this class for one semester (one credit) or for two semesters (two credits). Students may enroll in the field experience by finding a teacher who will oversee their career exploration. Students will also be responsible for finding a mentor in the community to shadow. Requirements for the field experience will be determined by the student, teacher, and mentor and will vary given the area to be explored. The course will consist of 90 total hours per semester of shadowing, contact time with the teacher, and research. Documentation of the semester’s work is required.

Success Center/Learning Lab
MIS313 and MIS314
(Elective 10-11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: At-risk students who are behind in credits or not progressing towards graduation and who have been recommended by their Valley counselor and the Valley at-risk staff may enroll or be assigned to the following programs.

  • High school credit (10-11-12)—Students who have failed a required course or who are behind in credits may enroll in an online or a DMACC correspondence course which is proctored in the Success Center. Valley counselors make the student recommendations.
  • Credit Recovery (10-11-12)—Proctored by certified teachers in the Success Center, this opportunity allows eligible students to pass required courses they have failed by completing necessary work assigned by their former classroom teacher. Eligibility is established through a set of qualifying guidelines.
  • Work experience (11-12)—A course for selected students to earn credit for practical job experience. Recommendation is based on credit need and counselor recommendation.
  • Learning Lab (10-12)—A class for identified at-risk students. Emphasis is placed on developing skills that promote academic success. All students are required to bring homework and study materials from other classes. This class meets every other day for a half credit each semester.