Patient Care

Technical Standards1 for PCC

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze and, draw conclusions from data.
  4. Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  5. Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  6. Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  7. Lift a 40-pound person or assist with a larger person and transfer the person from one location to another.
  8. Determine by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  9. Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on machinery.
  10. Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, call bells, and vital sign assessment equipment.
  11. Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  12. Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.
  13. Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  14. Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  15. Function without causing harm to self or others if under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Patient Care Certificate (PCC)

The Patient Care Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry level employment in the health care field. Students are prepared to function as direct patient care providers, with the attitude and ethics required of a member of this health care profession. In addition, this certificate provides a strong basis for continued education in the field of nursing, complementing the college’s mission of continuing education and career advancement. Students successfully completing HEA 115 Nurse Assistant Theory & HEA 116 Nurse Assistant Practicum meet the criteria to test for Red Cross CNA certification.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
HEA 115Nurse Assistant Theory 3
HEA 116Nurse Assistant Practicum 2
Spring
PSY 110Human Growth And Development 3
BIO 115Human Biology 4
Patient care electives (see list below)  4-6
 Total Credits: 26-28

Patient Care Electives

Credits
HEA 117Acute Care CNA Training3
HEA 118Home Health Aide2
HEA 119Rehabilitation Aide Training3

Mission

The mission of the Patient Care Program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain entry level employment in the health care field. Students are prepared to function as direct patient care providers, with the attitude and ethics required of a member of this health care profession. In addition, this certificate provides a strong basis for continued education in the field of nursing, complementing the college’s mission of continuing education and career advancement. Students successfully completing HEA 115 Nurse Assistant Theory & HEA 116 Nurse Assistant Practicum meet the criteria to test for Red Cross CNA certification.

Campus/format

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Helpful hints

This is a great opportunity for students to gain entry level employment in the healthcare field prior to matriculating into a selective program.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students must have proof of immunizations, liability insurance, and a Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check (for Selective Program Requirements, please click here.)  Drug testing may be required by individual clinical agencies. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodation. HEA courses require a grade of C+ or better to be eligible for progression to the subsequent courses.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.

Courses

HEA 101. Health And Disability In The Older Adult. 3 Credits.

This course explores the relationship between the aging process and the development of disability in older adults. Factors contributing to disability will be addressed with emphasis given to understanding the normal aging process, the present healthcare system and its impact on older adults, the disablement process, and the development of skills in identifying disability risk. Students will be encouraged to discuss their own perspectives and experiences with the subject area and to work in a team with their peers during online discussions, as well as individually on course projects. At the completion of this course students will have gained new insights into the aging process as well as a better understanding of factors that can lead to disability in older adults. Open to all health professions students. Students must have access to an internet able computer with modem speed of at least 56K. If not already equipped, free downloads for Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Windows PowerPoint Reader will be made available prior to initiation of the course. An online tutorial regarding use of the MWCC online learning site is available, and its use is strongly recommended.

HEA 102. Health Ministries. 3 Credits.

This course will provide an introduction and overview of health ministry within a faith community. Concepts basic to beginning this ministry will be discussed as will be topics such as a history of church involvement in health care, the whole-person approach to health and models of health ministry. The role of the nurse in the health ministry of a faith community will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of division dean. The target audience for this course is nurses and health care professionals as well as nursing students. Other students will be accepted with approval of the division dean.

HEA 103. Medical Interpretation. 4 Credits.

The goal of this course is to provide students with principles, methods, and competencies (both knowledge and skills-based) essential in the delivery of effective, reliable, and comprehensive interpreting in the clinical and human service field. It develops a theoretical and practical understanding of the multiple roles of the interpreter as well as the related ethical, cultural, and linguistic challenges in this evolving field. It explores contemporary issues in the field of medical interpretation including immigration trends, legal mandates, and certification.

HEA 105. Critical Thinking For Health Care Providers. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce and explore techniques of critical thought and reasoning. It will serve as an essential foundation for health care providers in evidence based practice. Prerequisite: ENG 102.

HEA 115. Nurse Assistant Theory. 3 Credits.

This course provides students with the theory and laboratory practice to safely care for clients in healthcare settings under the guidance of an instructor in a practicum course. Combined with successful completion of the practicum course, these students can safely care for clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement.

HEA 116. Nurse Assistant Practicum. 2 Credits.

This course provides students the opportunity to practice and refine the nurse assistant theory and skills learned in the theory course. Students, under the supervision of a licensed nurse, will provide safe, basic care to clients in long term care settings. Students must have completed immunization record, including signed date of Hepatitis B series and negative PPD. Prerequisite: HEA 115 with a grade of C+ or higher.

HEA 117. Acute Care CNA Training. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to prepare Certified Nursing Assistants for employment in an acute care hospital setting. The curriculum provides a review of skills attained in the Nursing Assistant Training course including an emphasis on specialized acute care areas. These areas include medical, surgical, orthopedic, psychiatric, pediatric, and obstetric emphasis. This course offers a classroom and clinical competence based training, whereas each student participant will complete the required classroom, laboratory, and clinical training. Prerequisites: HEA 115, HEA 116 or current Certification as a Nursing Assistant in good standing, current CPR.

HEA 118. Home Health Aide. 2 Credits.

This course is designed to prepare Certified Nursing Assistants for employment in a home-like setting. The curriculum provides a review of skills attained in the Nursing Assistant Training course including a focus on providing care to individuals in their homes. This course will emphasize the importance of maintaining a safe and clean environment, recognizing emergencies and responding to such emergencies, and the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of those individuals served by the Home Health Agencies. This course offers a classroom and laboratory competence based training, where each student participant will complete the required classroom and laboratory training. Prerequisites: Current CPR certification, Certification as a Nursing Assistant, HEA 115, HEA 116.

HEA 119. Rehabilitation Aide Training. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to serve as a rehabilitation or fitness aide in an outpatient, sub-acute or fitness center setting. Students will learn clerical and clinical skills necessary to provide support within a fully supervised setting. Prerequisites: ENG 101.