Merced County Office of Education

Medical Occupations - Karen Frank

  Medical Technologies I/II

Karen Frank
Phone: (209) 325-1200


Class Description
College Credit is available
UC Approved for "g" Elective Credit

This course consists of scientific concepts, theories, and skill development for students interested in biology, anatomy, and health care careers. It is designed to follow biology or another life science related class. Students will focus on the physiological, biological and structural details of the human body, including a rigorous study of body systems.  Students will apply scientific methodologies (inquiry, developing hypotheses, gathering factual information, evaluating data, and drawing conclusions) to the practices employed by medical professionals.  Medical terminology will be integrated as students understand each of the body systems.  Students will exceed core academic knowledge and demonstrate critical thinking skills as they apply knowledge to laboratory experimentation, real-life scenarios, medical case studies, and physiological response and treatment
of infection.

Teacher Information

Karen Frank is the ROP Introduction to Health Careers and Medical Occupations instructor at Atwater High. She began teaching at Atwater High in 1984, and started teaching for ROP in 1999.
Mrs. Frank is an Atwater High graduate. She attended Merced Junior College and received her AA Degree in 1977. That same year she applied to the Radiologic Technology program and continued on for three more years to earn an AS Degree in Radiologic Technology.
Karen was hired at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, CA. She enrolled at CSU Stanislaus to finish her education and compete at the collegiate level in volleyball and tennis. She continued working at Memorial Hospital until she received her BA in Physical Education. She completed her teaching credential and was hired to teach at Atwater High School.
Karen coached tennis for her first seven years as a teacher, stopped coaching to raise her three sons and one daughter, and recently returned to coach volleyball and softball. She never stopped taking x-rays. She takes x-ray calls on weekends and during summer vacation to keep her license active and to stay abreast of what’s going on in the medical field. In her spare time she plays softball and goes bowling with her children.
Mission Statement
My purpose, through variety of teaching strategies, is to provide every opportunity possible for all students to obtain a quality, well-rounded education, by allowing exposure to current technology and resources and by exhibiting a genuine desire to educate all of my students.