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Health Care Technician

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed to provide coursework preparation for those seeking entry-level employment in the health care field. To become a certified nurse aide, a student must satisfactorily complete at least NUR 27 and then pass a national exam that includes both written and practical components.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: The program includes basic training for persons seeking to become nurse aides or home health aides working in private homes, residential living facilities, nursing homes, retirement and life care communities, and hospitals.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students will be required to repeat any course in which a grade lower than “C” is received. Criminal background checks may be required of all applicants to the Health Care Technician program.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

PRE-ENTRANCE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be free of any physical or mental condition that might adversely affect safety and performance as a nurse. Validation of freedom from tuberculosis is required annually of all students through skin testing or chest X-ray.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENT: Students entering the Health Care Technician program must possess the physical ability to 1) aid in the lifting and moving of patients; 2) hear audible alarms and sounds; 3) auscultate certain physical parameters, such as blood pressure, heart, and lung sounds; and 4) interact effectively with patients, families, and health care team members. This includes the following:

  1. Sufficient eyesight to observe patients, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually monitor patients in dim light.
  2. Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of a health care delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, and hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment.
  3. Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively communicate in English in a timely manner.
  4. Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to manipulate equipment, lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe nursing care.
  5. Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be on one’s feet for extended periods and to move immobile patients.
  6. Satisfactory intellectual and emotional functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned tasks.

Clinical facilities used by the program may mandate additional requirements for students that include updated immunizations, dress codes, and conformance with professional standards.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

HLT 1051

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

1

0

1

NUR 272,4

Nurse Aide

3

6

5

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

BIO 100

Basic Human Biology

3

0

3

NUR 1353

Drug Dosage Calculations

2

0

2

HLT 143

Medical Terminology

3

0

3

MDL 105

Phlebotomy

2

3

3

TOTAL

15

9

18

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Health Care Technician 18

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1 Must be American Heart Association BLS level or above.

2 NUR 27 must be taken at Reynolds unless the student is a certified nurse aide (CNA), in which case NUR 27 may be transferred from another educational institution. CNAs who have not completed NUR 27 may petition for credit by examination for NUR 27.

3 Students must receive a placement test recommendation for MTH 120 or complete MTE 3 prior to taking this course.

4 Students enrolling in NUR 27 must attend a mandatory orientation session scheduled at least two weeks before the start of the term to maintain enrollment in the course. The orientation session is a prerequisite for this course.