This is a designed program of study for juniors and seniors who are interested in a nursing/health/medical career. During the first semester, students will learn basic human anatomy, entry level skills to provide nursing care to patients and current health issues.
During the second semester, students will learn advanced skills for patient care and begin to investigate disease processes. During clinical rotations, the students will be able to participate in a variety of community based health facilities.
Upon completion, the student will be a Certified Nursing Assistant and will take the Geriatric Nursing Assistant exam. Other certifications include CPR, First aid, emergency oxygen administration, child care, and blood borne pathogens.
Students engage in activities, projects and problems that highlight various healthcare careers, introduce basic healthcare systems, options and procedures, and begin to explore some human body systems. Preparation for a medical or health science career is begun by learning about ethical and legal responsibilities in the healthcare environment and developing the academic and technical skills needed to function as a health professional. This class is offered during the second semester of the Junior year.
Students continue the study of human body systems that was begun in Course 1. The activities, projects and problems emphasize the structural and functional interactions between body systems in normal and abnormal, or disease states. Through case studies, students investigate the ways in which the body maintains homeostasis and responds to the external environment. The prerequisite for this class is Foundations of Medicine and Health Science and is offered first semester of Senior year.
During Course 1 and 2 the student has the opportunity to attend clinical rotations to practice the skills they learn in the classroom. The clinical component has the students learning the skills needed to pass the Geriatric Nursing Assistant test at the end of their second semester. The clinical rotation sites include hospital setting, nursing homes, assisted living, school health rooms and day programs for geriatric clients. With this experience the students are immediately employable when they finish the class.