Syllabus – Health Careers

Course Outline

Lycoming Career & Technology Center

Health Careers Curriculum Outline

 

I.  History and Trends of Health Care

  • History of Health Care
  • Trends in Health Care

II.  Health Care Systems

  • Private Health Care Agencies
  • Government Agencies
  • Voluntary or Nonprofit Agencies
  • Health Insurance Plans
  • Organizational Structure

III.  Careers in Health Care

  • Introduction to Health Careers
  • Therapeutic Services Careers
    • Dental Careers
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Medical Careers
    • Mental and Social Services Careers
    • Mortuary Careers
    • Nursing Careers
    • Nutrition and Dietary Services Careers
    • Veterinary Careers
    • Vision Services Careers
    • Other Therapeutic Services Careers
  • Diagnostic Services Careers
  • Health Informatics Careers
  • Support Services Careers
  • Biotechnology Research and Development Careers

IV.  Personal and Professional Qualities of a Health Care Worker

  • Personal Appearance
  • Personal Characteristics
  • Effective Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Professional Leadership
  • Stress
  • Time Management

V.  Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

  • Legal responsibilities
  • Ethics
  • Patients’ Rights
  • Advance Directives for Health Care
  • Professional Standards

VI.  Medical Terminology

  • Using Medical Abbreviations
  • Interpreting Word Parts

VII.  Anatomy and Physiology

  • Basic Structure of the Human Body
  • Body Planes, Directions, and Cavities
  • Integumentary System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Nervous System
  • Special Senses
  • Circulatory System
  • Lymphatic System
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • Endocrine System
  • Reproductive System

VIII.  Human Growth and Development

  • Life Stages
  • Death and Dying
  • Human Needs

IX.   Cultural Diversity

  • Culture, Ethnicity, Race
  • Bias, Prejudice, Stereotyping
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity
  • Respecting Culture Diversity

X. Geriatric Care

  • Myths on Aging
  • Physical Changes of Aging
  • Psychosocial Changes of Aging
  • Confusion and Disorientation in the Elderly
  • Meeting the Needs of the Elderly

XI.   Nutrition and Diets

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Essential Nutrients
  • Utilization of Nutrients
  • Maintenance of Good Nutrition

XII.  Computer Technology in Health Care

  • Introduction
  • What Is a Computer System
  • Computer Applications
  • Using the Internet
  • Computer Protection and Security

XIII. Promotion of Safety

  • Using Body Mechanics
  • Preventing Accidents and Injuries
  • Observing Fire Safety

XIV.  Infection Control

  • Understanding the principles of Infection Control
  • Bioterrorism
  • Washing Hands
  • Observing Standard Precautions
  • Sterilizing with an Autoclave
  • Wrapping Items for Autoclaving
  • Loading and Operating an Autoclave
  • Using Chemicals for Disinfection
  • Cleaning with Ultrasonic Unit
  • Using Sterile techniques
  • Opening sterile packages
  • Preparing a sterile dressing tray
  • Donning and removing sterile gloves
  • Changing a sterile dressing
  • Maintaining Transmission-Based Isolation Garments
  • Donning and Removing transmission-based isolation garments
  • Working in a hospital: transmission-based isolation unit

XV.    Vital Signs

  • Measuring and Recording Vital Signs
    • Cleaning a clinical thermometer
    • Measuring and Recording Oral, Rectal, Axillary, Tympanic, & Temporal Artery Temperatures
    • Measuring Temperature with an Electronic Thermometer
    • Measuring and Recording Radial & Apical Pulse
    • Measuring and Recording Respirations
    • Measuring and Recording Blood Pressure

XVI.  First Aid

  • Providing First Aid for:
    • Bleeding & Wounds
    • Shock
    • Poisoning
    • Burns
    • Heat/Cold Exposure
    • Bone, Joint, and Other Injuries
    • Sudden Illness
  • Performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    • Adult/Child/Infant CPR
    • Obstructed Airway on Conscious Adult/Child/Infant
    • Obstructed Airway on Unconscious Adult/Child/Infant

XVII.  Preparing for the World of Work

  • Developing Job-Keeping Skills
  • Writing a Cover Letter and Preparing a Resume
  • Completing Job Application Forms
  • Participating in a Job Interview

XVIII. Dental Assisting Skills*

XIX.  Laboratory Assistant Skills

  • Obtaining & Handling Specimens & Cultures
  • Measuring Blood-Sugar Level

XX.   Medical Assistant Skills

  • Measuring/Recording Height & Weight
  • Positioning a Patient
  • Screening for Vision Problems
  • Assisting with Physical Examinations
  • Assisting with Minor Surgery & Suture Removal
  • Recording & Mounting an Electrocardiogram
  • Working with Math & Medications
  • Using Roman Numerals
  • Converting Metric Measurements
  • Converting Household (English) Measurements

XXI.  Nurse Assistant Skills

  • Admitting, Transferring & Discharging Patients
  • Positioning, Turning, Moving & Transferring Patients
  • Unoccupied & Occupied Bedmaking
  • Administering Personal Hygiene
  • Providing Routine Oral Hygiene
  • Cleaning Dentures
  • Giving Special Mouth Care
  • Administering Daily Hair Care
  • Providing Nail Care
  • Giving a Backrub
  • Shaving a Patient
  • Changing Patient’s Gown/Pajamas
  • Giving a Complete Bed Bath
  • Assisting Patient with Tub Bath/Shower
  • Measuring & Recording Intake and Output
  • Feeding a Patient
  • Assisting with Bedpan/Urinal
  • Providing Catheter & Urinary Drainage Unit Care
  • Providing Ostomy Care
  • Collecting Stool & Urine Specimens
  • Enemas & Rectal Treatments
  • Applying Restraints
  • Administering Preoperative & Postoperative Care
  • Applying Binders
  • Administering Oxygen
  • Giving Postmortem Care

XXII.  Physical Therapy Skills

  • Performing Range of Motion Exercises
  • Ambulating Patients
  • Transfer/Gait Belt, Crutches, Cane, Walker
  • Administering Heat & Cold Applications

XXIII.  Business & Accounting Skills

  • Filing Records
  • Using the Telephone
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Completing Medical Records & Forms
  • Composing Business Letters
  • Completing Insurance Forms
  • Maintaining a Bookkeeping system
  • Writing Checks, Deposit Slips, & Receipts