The Health Care Assistant Program prepares the individual to assist the health care team under the direction of a health care professional. Graduates of the one semester program will be awarded the Certificate of Health Care Assistant. Students who complete the program may qualify for employment as Homemakers, Nurse Assistants, Long-term Care Aides, or Home Health Aides.
The Health Care Assistant Program has been designed in modular format to allow sequential scheduling over a semester. The program combines classroom instruction with laboratory work and clinical practice. The curriculum emphasizes employability skills, job seeking skills, legal aspects of health care, safety in health care, communication and observation skills, medical terminology, and basic health care procedures. Included is basic life support (American Heart Association), body structure and function, human growth and development, and nutrition. Emphasis is placed on common diseases and disorders and skills required to care for the long-term care resident.
Long-term care facilities
Home Health Care
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HCA 1116 – Basic Health Care Assisting
This course includes orientation to program policies, developing employability and job seeking skills, applying legal aspects of health care, applying safety considerations, communication and observation skills, medical terminology, and basic health care procedures. Assisting with elimination needs of patients; assisting in meeting hydration and nutritional needs of client. Six semester credit hours: Two hours lecture, six hours lab, and three hours clinical.
HCA 1124 – Special Care Procedures
Pre/Co-requisite: HCA 1116. This course includes specialized procedures for admitting, transferring, and discharging patients; assisting with diagnostic procedures for patients; assisting with treatments; assisting with elimination needs of patients; assisting in meeting hydration and nutritional needs of client; basic emergency procedures to include CPR/first aid; and basic knowledge and skills required to care for the long-term care resident. Safety is emphasized throughout each procedure. Four semester credit hours: Two hours lecture, four hours lab, and three hours clinical.
HCA 1214 – Body Structure and Function
Pre/Co-requisite: HCA 1116. This course includes study of the structure, function, common disorders, and normal aging-related changes of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and sensory systems; stages of human growth and development; and nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. Four semester credit hours: Three hours lecture and two hours lab.
HCA 1312 – Home Health Aide and Homemaker Services
Pre/Co-requisites: All core courses. This course includes basic knowledge and skills required to care for the home bound patient; and basic knowledge and skills required to provide homemaker services. Two semester credit hours: One hour lecture and two hours lab.