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Health Careers Education
Health Careers Core Curriculum (Technology Center)
This course is required for this Career Major Knowledge and skills are listed below. These competencies are common for most health careers students as the core to build on for the rest of this career major.
Lara Skaggs
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Health Careers Core Curriculum
(Technology Center) 225 hours

Core Concepts of Effective Communication (30 hours)

It is essential that Healthcare professionals are able to communicate with clients, their families and friends and other members of the healthcare team. This course provides information and techniques to assist the student to develop knowledge and skills in basic principles of communication and specific oral and written skills that will provide a foundation to effectively communicate in the many areas required in healthcare.

Concepts of Effective Communication
1. Interpret verbal and nonverbal communication
2. Recognize barriers to communication
3. Report relevant information in order of occurrence
4. Report subjective and objective information
5. Recognize elements of communication using a sender-receiver model
6. Apply speaking and active listening skills

Written Communication Skills
1. Recognize elements of written and electronic communication (spelling, grammar, formatting and confidentiality)
2. Describe techniques for planning and organizing written documents

Core Medical Math (30 hours)

Students will attain competency in basic mathematical computations including those with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and units of measure. Students will also graph and diagram results of computations.

Medical Mathematics
1. Apply mathematical computations related to healthcare procedures (metric and household, conversions and measurements)
2. Analyze diagrams, charts, graphs, and tables to interpret healthcare data
3. Record time using 24-hour clock

Core Safety (30 hours)

This course provides essential knowledge to assist the student to understand the existing and potential hazards to patients, co-workers and self. In healthcare, it is imperative that injury and illness is prevented through safe work practices and maintenance of health and safety policies and procedures. This course provides a basis for the principles and practices of a safe work environment.

Infection Control
1. Explain principles of infection control
2. Describe methods of controlling growth of microorganisms

Personal Safety
1. Apply personal safety procedures based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations (including standard precautions)
2. Apply principles of body mechanics and ergonomics

Environmental Safety
1. Evaluate environment to recognize safe and unsafe working conditions
2. Apply safety techniques to prevent accidents and to maintain a safe work environment

Common Safety Hazards
1. Recognize Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
2. Comply with safety signs, symbols, and labels
3. Understand implications of hazardous materials

Emergency Procedures and Protocols
1. Practice fire safety in a healthcare setting
2. Apply principles of basic emergency response in natural disasters and other emergencies

Core Information Technology Applications (15 hours)
This course provides content that the student will use to understand the many uses of information technology in all healthcare settings and specialties. The student will gain skill in using appropriate information technology applications a variety of settings.

Health Information Management
1. Identify records and files common to healthcare
2. Interpret information from electronic medical documents

Information Technology
1. Communicate using technology (fax, e-mail, and Internet) to access and distribute data and other information
2. Recognize technology applications in healthcare

Core Legal and Ethical Principles and Practice (30 hours)

This course includes knowledge necessary for the student to understand the legal responsibilities, limitations, and implications of their actions within the healthcare delivery setting. The student will learn what is necessary to perform their duties according to regulations, policies, laws and legislated rights of clients. The student will be introduced to accepted ethical practices with respect to cultural, social, and ethnic differences within the healthcare environment

Legal Implications
1. Analyze legal responsibilities and limitations
2. Explain practices that could result in malpractice, liability, and/or negligence
3. Apply procedures for accurate documentation and record keeping
4. Interpret healthcare facility policies and procedures

Legal Practices
1. Apply standards for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
2. Describe advance directives
3. Summarize the Patient's Bill of Rights
4. Understand informed consent
5. Analyze legislated scope of practice of healthcare professionals
6. Explain the laws governing harassment, labor, and employment

Ethical Boundaries
1. Differentiate between ethical and legal issues impacting healthcare
2. Compare personal, professional, and organizational ethics
3. Recognize ethical issues and their implications related to healthcare

Ethical Practice
1. Apply ethical behaviors in healthcare
2. Apply procedures for reporting activities and behaviors that affect health, safety, and welfare of others

Cultural, Social, and Ethnic Diversity
1. Understand religious and cultural values as they impact healthcare
2. Demonstrate respectful and empathetic interactions with diverse age, cultural, economic, ethnic, and religious groups

Core Teamwork in Healthcare (15 hours)

This course will provide principles in working effectively as a member of a team. The student will understand the roles and responsibilities of individual members of the healthcare team, including their ability to promote the delivery of quality healthcare. The student will learn skills in interacting effectively and sensitively with all members of the healthcare team.

Healthcare Teams
1. Understand roles and responsibilities of team members
2. Recognize characteristics of effective teams

Team Member Participation

1. Recognize methods for building positive team relationships
2. Analyze attributes and attitudes of an effective leader
3. Recognize factors and situations that may lead to conflict
4. Apply effective techniques for managing team conflict

Core Health Promotion (15 hours)

This course will include knowledge about the fundamentals of wellness and the prevention of disease processes. The student will learn about the importance of practicing healthy behaviors. Students will learn about complementary/alternative health practices

Healthy Behaviors
1. Apply behaviors that promote health and wellness
2. Describe strategies for prevention of diseases including health screenings and examinations
3. Apply practices that promote prevention of disease and injury
4. Apply appropriate safety practices as related to high-risk behaviors
5. Discuss complementary and alternative health practices

Core Healthcare Delivery Systems (15 hours)

This course will assist the student to identify how key healthcare systems affect the delivery of specific healthcare services. There will be opportunities to study the effect of a variety of issues on the delivery of quality care to patients. The student will begin to appreciate the value of each healthcare team member and the impact that individuals have in influencing the delivery of care in specific healthcare environments. they perform and quality of care. In this course, students will be able to explain the cost of health care and services. Students will also be able to discuss the different health care facilities, agencies, and trends in health care.


1. Understand systems theory as it relates to a healthcare delivery system model.
2. Explain the cause and effect of factors influencing various healthcare delivery systems.
3. Summarize the interdependence of healthcare professions within a given healthcare delivery system.
4. Interpret the various roles of healthcare providers and clients within the healthcare system.
5. Explain the impact of 21st century emerging issues such as technology, epidemiology, bioethics, and socioeconomics on healthcare systems.

Core Employability Skills (30 hours)

This course will present materials that will assist the student understand how employability skills enhance their employment opportunities and job satisfaction. The student will be introduced to key employability skills and will learn the importance of maintaining and upgrading skills, as needed.

Personal Traits of the Healthcare Professional
1. Classify personal traits or attitudes desirable in a member of the healthcare team
2. Summarize basic professional standards of healthcare workers as they apply to hygiene, dress, language, confidentiality and behavior (i.e. courtesy and self-introductions)

Employability Skills
1. Apply employability skills in healthcare
2. Exemplify professional characteristics
3. Engage in continuous self-assessment and career goal modification for personal and professional growth

Career Decision-making
1. Compare careers within the health science career pathways (diagnostic services, therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, or biotechnology research and development)
2. Recognize levels of education, credentialing requirements, employment opportunities, workplace environments, and career growth potential

Employability Preparation
1. Develop components of a personal portfolio
2. Demonstrate process for obtaining employment

Core Technical Skills in Healthcare (15 hours)

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and technical skills required for all career specialties. The student will be provided opportunities to demonstrate technical skills. It is essential that the health care worker learns and follows correct procedures to provide for the safety, comfort and privacy of the patient, co-worker and self. The student will learn the techniques of positioning, turning, moving, and transferring patients. Vital signs are another important indicator of the well being of an individual. The student will learn techniques to obtain accurate information regarding patient's vital signs, height and weight

Technical Skills
1. Apply procedures for measuring and recording vital signs
2. Apply procedures for positioning, turning, moving, and transferring patients

*Additional technical skills may be included in a program of study based on career specialties

National Health Care Cluster Foundation Standards

National Health Science Assessment
Brainbench Testing:

-Legal and Ethical
-Telephone Etiquette
-Presentation Skills
-Listening Skills

Diversified Health Occupations - Health Center 21

Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
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Health Science Therapeutic Services Diagnostic Aide & Nurse Assistant
Health Science Therapeutic Services Direct Care Aide
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Health Science Therapeutic Services Fitness Specialist
Health Science Therapeutic Services Health Care Assistant I
Health Science Therapeutic Services Health Care Assistant II
Health Science Therapeutic Services Health Care Technician
Health Science Support Services Health Unit Clerk
Health Science Therapeutic Services Mental Health Aide
Health Science Therapeutic Services Multi-Skilled Assistant
Health Science Therapeutic Services Multi-Skilled Technician
Health Science Therapeutic Services Nursing Assistant
Health Science Therapeutic Services Occupational Therapy Aide
Health Science Therapeutic Services Pharmacy Clerk
Health Science Diagnostic Services Phlebotomist
Health Science Therapeutic Services Physical Therapy Aide
Health Science Diagnostic Services Radiology Aide
Health Science Therapeutic Services Restorative Aide
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Health Science Therapeutic Services Therapy Technician
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