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Healthcare Sciences Cluster

 

The Health Science Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing services in therapeutics, diagnostics, health informatics, support areas, and biotechnology research and development. 

 

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The Polk County College and Career Academy offers five different pathways within this cluster—Patient Care Pathway, Medical Front Office Assistant Pathway, Emergency Medical Responder Pathway, Sports Medicine Pathway, and Dental Science Pathway. We provide instruction led by knowledgeable professionals that have experience in the healthcare industry. The Healthcare Sciences Cluster can also lead to certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant and/or a Medical Front Office Assistant. Students are provided the opportunity to compete through SkillsUSA—a national student organization.

 


 

-Meet Our Instructors-

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Mrs. Brigitte Tillery 

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Mrs. Suzy Wood

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Mrs. Marla Fraiser

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Mr. Chuck Thaxton

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Mrs. Brandy Henderson

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Mrs. Shannon Cofield

 


 

-Pathway Offerings-

(Each pathway is a sequence of three courses that must be completed in the order indicated)

Therapuetic Services-Patient Care (Certified Nursing Assistant)

-Introduction to Healthcare

-Essentials of Healthcare

-Patient Care Fundamentals

Therapeutic Services-Dental Science

-Introduction to Healthcare

-Essentials of Healthcare

-Essentials of Dental Science/Dental Science II

Therapeutic Services-Sports Medicine

-Introduction to Healthcare

-Essentials of Healthcare

-Sports Medicine

Therapuetic Services-Emergency Medical Responder

-Introduction to Healthcare

-Essentials of Healthcare

-Emergency Medical Responder

Health Information Management-Medical Office

-Introduction to Healthcare

-Essentials of Healthcare

-Health Information Management/Medical Office

 


 

-Course Descriptions-

Introduction to Healthcare: Introduction to Healthcare Science is the foundational course for all Health Science pathways and is a prerequisite for all other Healthcare Science pathway courses. This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry. The concepts of human growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including microbiology, basic life support and first aid. 

Essentials of Healthcare: Anatomy and Physiology is a vital part of most healthcare post-secondary education programs. The Essentials of Healthcare is a medical-focused anatomy course addressing the physiology of each body system, along with the investigation of common diseases, disorders and emerging diseases. The prevention of disease and the diagnosis and treatment that might be utilized are addressed, along with medical terminology related to each system. This course provides an opportunity to demonstrate technical skills that enforce the goal of helping students make connections between medical procedures and the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders. The pre-requisite for this course is Introduction to Healthcare. 

Essentials of Dental Science: Students will receive initial exposure to dental health science technical skills applicable to all dental health occupations. This course provides an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the dental field. Students are required to meet both national and intrastate professional guidelines as designated by applicable regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Board of Dentistry. Competencies for the co-curricular student organization HOSA are integral components of both core employability standards and technical skills standards. HOSA activities are incorporated throughout the instructional strategies developed for the course. The prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Healthcare Science Technology. 

Sports Medicine: Sports Medicine is the third course in the Therapeutic Services/Sports Medicine Career Pathway. The course is appropriate for students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, injury assessment, injury prevention, or rehabilitation including careers in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Services. This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to therapeutic services skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of anatomy and physiology, assessment, preventative and rehabilitative care are introduced. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated, including medical terminology, kinesiology, patient assessment, record keeping, and basic life support. The prerequisites for this course are Introduction to Healthcare and Essentials of Healthcare. 

Emergency Medical Responder: The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course prepares the student to provide initial stabilizing care to the sick or injured prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMS), and to assist EMS personnel in transporting patients for definitive care at an appropriate hospital/facility. Major areas of instruction include Introductory Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology; Responder Safety; Incident Command; Blood-borne Pathogen Training; Basic Physical Assessment; and Treatment of Trauma and Medical Emergencies; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The course is a blend of lecture, hands on lab/learning, and practical scenario-based learning/testing. 

Health Information Management - Medical Office: This course will orient the student to health information management and working in a medical office. Topics include introducing students to skills and knowledge utilized in a medical office, the structure of healthcare in the United States, healthcare providers, and the structure and function of professional organizations. The course provides students with medical office computer and software skills that include hardware and software components of computers for medical record applications; database software and information management; specialized information management systems in healthcare; methods of controlling confidentiality and patient rights; and accuracy and security of health information data in computer systems. Prerequisites for this course are Introduction to Healthcare and Essentials of Healthcare. 

Dental Science II: This course is designed to offer students (preferably upper classmen - juniors or seniors) an in-depth study and practical applications of dental charting, office procedures, chair-side assisting, anatomy and physiology, and tooth morphology. Academics and other related science are integrated throughout the course. Competencies for the co-curricular student organization, HOSA, are integral components of both core employability standards and the technical standards. HOSA activities should be incorporated throughout the instructional strategies for the course. The prerequisites for this course include Introduction to Healthcare Science Technology and Essentials of Dental Science. 

Patient Care Fundamentals: This course is designed to provide students interested in the careers that involve patient care with entry level skills most commonly associated with the career Nursing Assistant. The students are required to meet both national and intrastate professional guidelines as designated by applicable regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a specific focus on the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Upon completion of this course and its prerequisites, this course meets the Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum content as specified by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. Students meeting all academic, attendance, and age requirements may sit for the Georgia Registry’s Examination. Successful completion of the Georgia Registry Examination allows students to seek employment in the state of Georgia as a Certified Nurse Assistant.