Short Term Health (STHLTH)
Students will learn the skills needed to become an EKG/cardiovascular technician in this comprehensive course. Students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, and legal aspects of patient contacts. Students will also be introduced to the associated areas of laboratory assisting, and electrocardiography. The hands-on practice the students receive will help in preparing for the national exam administered through (NCCT) National Center for Competency Training. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
This course is designed for students interested in allied health fields. The course introduces students to the healthcare delivery system, health professions, primary patient care, fundamental clinical skills and healthcare communications. Safety, healthcare professionalism, employability skills, basic infection control, HIPPA, and OSHA are also included. The course will prepare individuals to accurately perform electrocardiograms as a supportive diagnostic procedure. Basic arrhythmia recognition will be taught to enable the student to recognize familiar ECG patterns including major life threatening rhythms. Additionally, the student will learn basic venipuncture techniques and human specimen management for diagnostic purposes. The course will consist of theory and lab experience to promote competence in phlebotomy techniques and ECG acquisition. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
This course is part of the curriculum designed to prepare individuals to work in the healthcare industry as Certified Nursing Assistants, (CNAs). The student is introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches of patient care. The concepts of caring for the whole person, nursing practice, multi-cultural society, and communication are addressed as students assist the licensed nurse and other members of the healthcare team to meet the basic health needs of older persons is studied, and practiced in the classroom laboratory in addition to the clinical settings. Writing assignments and testing of knowledge as appropriate to this discipline are part of this course. Clinical laboratory sessions include pre-conference and post-conference at area clinical facilities. Theoretical concepts and clinical skills contained within the course are consistent with basic nursing assistant skill and standards developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.