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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify health care systems and trends in health care.
  2. Identify careers in each of the five groups of health care careers and develop job seeking skills by learning how to write a cover letter, resume, and practicing interviewing skills.
  3. Differentiate between law and ethics.
  4. Develop medical terminology vocabulary.
  5. Identify the basic body systems and their structures and functions.
  6. Develop an appreciation for diversity.
  7. Apply basic principles of infection control and safety.
  8. Explain healthy nutritional behaviors.

Course Materials

There are no outside materials needed to complete this course.

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This course consists of eight units and a final exam. A unit consists of several lessons, practice assessments, and a unit quiz.

Self Check Assignments

The Self Check questions allow you to test yourself on how well you understand the basic concepts that were presented in the lesson. Self Check assignments are ungraded. Use the Self Check section in each lesson to help you prepare for the unit quizzes.

Graded Assignments

The unit quizzes test your knowledge and you will receive a grade for each one.

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The final exam will consist of 100 multiple choice questions.

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The following tables show the weight for each graded assignment and the grading scale used for this course.

Assessment Number of Questions Percentage of Final Grade
Unit 1 Quiz 25 7%
Unit 2 Quiz 30 8%
Unit 3 Quiz 30 8%
Unit 4 Quiz 45 11%
Unit 5 Quiz 60 15%
Unit 6 Quiz 18 5%
Unit 7 Quiz 40 10%
Unit 8 Quiz 45 11%
Final Exam 100 25%
Total 100%
Grading Scale
A 100-94
A− 93-90
B+ 89-87
B 86-84
B− 83-80
C+ 79-77
C 76-74
C− 73-70
D+ 69-67
D 66-64
D− 63-60
E (fail) 59 or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 8 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Each unit quiz contains 10–30 questions. You should answer the quiz questions carefully. Be sure that you understand each unit before completing the assignment.

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

You must pass the final exam with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass this course. You may retake the exam once for a fee.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.