Health Science Fundamentals: Exploring Career Pathways, 4th Edition © 2024

Health Science Fundamentals: Exploring Career Pathways, published by Pearson, combines lessons in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and clinical skills to develop a competent and productive healthcare workforce.

  • New section on Public Health
  • New section on working in teams
  • Updated with new photos and infographics
  • Teaches the latest healthcare standards
  • Powerful Pearson MyLab® online course

Health Science Technical Education Program with Digital Resources

Provide students an up-to-date healthcare curriculum that empowers them to become effective in their health science careers.


Visual-Supported Learning

Numerous photos and graphics throughout the text hold students’ attention and help them better absorb information.


Teacher Empowerment

Instructors can use a wealth of features to improve student performance. They have the ability to fine-tune assignments for everyone or individuals then track progress throughout the course.


Student Empowerment Online

The Pearson MyLab® platform provides interactive resources so students can explore health science topics in greater depth and at their own pace.


Prepare Students for Certification

Health Science Fundamentals meets the standards for the Introduction to Health Sciences Certification from YouScience™

Health Science CTE Teaching Solutions

  • Clear Pathways for Learning
  • Real-World Examples
  • Pearson MyLab® Online Resources

Clear Pathways for Learning

  • Learning Objectives
    Objectives at the beginning of each lesson list the skills and knowledge students will need to know to complete the lesson successfully.
  • Vocabulary
    Vocabulary definitions and highlighted key terminology help students with reading comprehension and review of new concepts and words.
  • Review Questions
    Review questions at the end of each section allow students to measure their progress.

Real-World Examples

  • Apply It Sections
    Apply It sections give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they are gaining to real-world tasks.
  • Hands-on Practice
    Many chapters have hands-on application Procedures where students can practice their newly acquired skills with real-life scenarios.

Pearson MyLab® Online Resources

  • Unique Learning Resource
    This interactive online course is a unique web-based learning resource that provides a range of visual, auditory, and interactive elements to enhance training.
  • Student eText
    The full student eText includes search and navigation and highlighting features.
  • Assignments and Assessments
    Homework assignments and assessments provide instant feedback and record results in a digital Gradebook.
  • Study Components
    Interactive Study Components can be used as a remote lecture or module review.

Take a Deeper Look into Health Science Fundamentals’ Features


Program Overview

Our video introduces students and teachers to Health Science Fundamentals’ chapters, features, and previews digital resources.

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Pearson MyLab® Overview

Tour the engaging features of the Pearson MyLab® learning platform.

Online Platforms for your Health Science CTE Programs


Pearson MyLab® gives every student personalized tools to succeed. The flexible, online experience combines unrivaled content, assessments, and customization.

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The Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText platform features include search and navigation, bookmarking, note taking, creating personalized study tools and more. The latest enhancements to the platform even include AI generated assessment questions called Bookshelf CoachMe®.

Additional Health Science Fundamentals Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • TestGen® Test Bank
  • Visual Aid PowerPoint® and Rise Presentations
  • Answer Keys

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Access the complete collection of Teacher Resources provided for Health Science Fundamentals.

Download Teacher Resources

TestGen® Test Bank

Teachers can quickly select questions and create tests that align with the textbook. With customization available, creating multiple versions for academic integrity is an easy process.


Visual Aid PowerPoint® and Rise Presentations

Pre-made presentations correlate to the content of each chapter, so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.


Answer Keys

The downloadable Student Activity Guide Answer Key includes answers to all activities and lab scenarios.


Frequently asked questions about Health Science Fundamentals

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?

    • Chapter 1: Introduction to Being a Health Care Worker
    • Chapter 2: Understanding Health Care Systems
    • Chapter 3: Finding the Right Occupation for You
    • Chapter 4: Employability and Leadership
    • Chapter 5: Understanding Your Legal Obligations
    • Chapter 6: Medical Ethics
    • Chapter 7: Wellness
    • Chapter 8: Teamwork
    • Chapter 9: Effective Communication
    • Chapter 10: Medical Terminology
    • Chapter 11: Medical Math
    • Chapter 12: Measurement and the Scientific Process
    • Chapter 13: Your Body and How it Functions
    • Chapter 14: Human Growth and Development
    • Chapter 15: Mental Illness
    • Chapter 16: Nutrition
    • Chapter 17: Controlling Infection
    • Chapter 18: Patient and Employee Safety
    • Chapter 19: Measuring Vital Signs and Other Clinical Skills
    • Chapter 20: Medical Assisting and Laboratory Skills
    • Chapter 21: Therapeutic Techniques and Sports Medicine
    • Chapter 22: Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant
    • Appendix A
    • Appendix B
  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?
    Grades 9-12
  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Introductory Health Science courses.
  • Does the course align to any industry certifications?

    Health Science Fundamentals meets the standards for the following YouScience™certifications:

    • Essential Healthcare Practices (NCHSE)
    • Foundations of Healthcare Professions (NCHSE)
    • Human Structure Functions A & B (NCHSE)
    • National Health Science Certificate (NCHSE)
    • Health Science Fundamentals
  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available student resources include: Student Edition, Pearson MyLab® Student Access, Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText, and Student Lab Manual.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include: Teacher’s Edition, Pearson MyLab® Teacher Access, TestGen® Test Bank, Visual Aid PowerPoint® presentations, Rise presentations, and Downloadable Student Activity Guide Answers.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to Pearson MyLab® can be purchased for 1 or 6 years.
  • Can the standalone eText be purchased?
    Yes, the option is available to purchase student licenses to the Student Edition eText on Bookshelf by VitalSource®.

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