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Online Curriculum Resources for Allied Health and Health Science Courses

Accounting

In this module, students learn to manage the financial aspects of a medical office and identify common terms and concepts associated with accounting tasks. They explore billing and collections procedures, and they perform bookkeeping procedures, such as preparing a day sheet and handling cash and receipts. Students write checks, reconcile bank statements, and prepare deposit records.

Admissions, Transfers, and Discharges

This module provides an overview of the procedures that take place when a client enters, transfers, and leaves care, including initial health evaluation and documentation, adult and pediatric vital signs, caring for patients' belongings, and the transfer and discharge of patients.

Airway - EMR

Students learn to assess the airways of patients and demonstrate both manual and mechanical techniques to assure a patent airway. Students then assess ventilation, respiration, and oxygenation, and familiarize themselves with methods to manage respiratory compromise and respiratory distress. They distinguish between adequate and inadequate ventilation and also determine the need for artificial ventilation and supplemental oxygen. Students learn how to correctly use equipment such as airway adjuncts, suctioning units, bag-valve masks, and non-rebreather masks.

Airway - EMT

This module provides an overview of how to assess airways of patients and demonstrate both manual and mechanical techniques to assure a patient airway. Note: The EMT Airway module has additional lessons in artificial ventilation and respiratory management that covers these topics in more depth than the EMR Airway module.

Ambulatory Surgery

This module provides an overview of the tasks to be done before, during, and after ambulatory surgery including infection control techniques, instruments for common surgeries, guidelines for using anesthetics, and providing follow-up care to surgical patients, including suture and staple removal.

Anatomy and Physiology

This module provides an overview of the 12 body systems and how they work together, including structure, functions, diseases, disorders, homeostasis, and immunity.

Appointments

This module provides an overview of appointment scheduling. Students learn to schedule patients, handle unexpected visitors, and work through cancellations, walk-ins, and other situations.

Bloodborne Pathogens

This module provides an exploration of bloodborne pathogens and the effect the risk of infection has on health care practice. Note: This module may not work on iPads.

Body Mechanics

This module provides students an overview of the correct ways to move the body to prevent injuries to themselves and patients.

CPR Methods 2015

This module provides an overview of CPR Methods (based on AHA 2015). CPR is introduced in four steps: Airway, Breathing, Circulation, and Defibrillator. Students review the CPR procedures for one- and two-person rescues on adults, children, and infants. They learn common causes and symptoms of choking and practice abdominal thrusts and back blows.

Certification Prep

This module provides an overview of the certification process and strategies for taking the test.

Client Status

This module provides an overview of the importance of body measurements and vital signs. Students learn about body measurements for adults and infants and methods and equipment for taking and recording temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure.

Communications

This module provides an overview of speaking and writing as part of a health care team. Students explore types of communication, barriers, diversity, and how to express sensitivity. They review and evaluate examples of written communication, learn to document patient observations, and discuss the role of communication technology.

Cultural, Social and Ethnic Diversity

This module provides an overview of cultural, social, and ethnic diversity to prepare students for the workforce by introducing them to the importance of respectful and empathetic treatment for all patients. Students learn about the importance of understanding diversity, as well as develop essential skills for the workplace.

Diseases and Disorders

This module provides an overview of various diseases and disorders, explaining the definition, etiology, pathology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. This module can be used as an expansion of the Anatomy and Physiology module.

Domestic Violence

Healthcare professionals, at some point, will encounter victims of domestic violence. This module will prepare learners to handle these encounters with accuracy and professionalism. This module is designed to meet requirements of a 2-hour course for domestic violence education.

EMS Operations

This module provides an overview of the operational roles and responsibilities within the EMS system, including transportation safety issues, incident management certifications, multiple-casualty incidents, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, terrorism, and disaster responses.

Electrocardiography

This module provides an overview of how to conduct a routine 12-lead ECG and recognize related diagnostic cardiac tests. Students examine the anatomy of the heart and the electrical conduction pattern for the cardiac cycle. Then they classify leads and learn how ECG's work.

Emergency Care

This module provides an overview of emergency care as students learn to assess emergency situations and react appropriately to bone and joint injuries, shock, open wounds, severe burns, foreign bodies, poisoning, heart attacks, strokes, diabetic reactions, seizures, convulsions, and heat and cold related illnesses.

Health Care Careers

This module provides an exploration of health science professions including the rewards, demands education levels, and types of credentials required for them. They discuss the role of professional organizations and professional development and consider a career as a path or ladder. They research at least one health care career and develop a career plan.

Health Care Systems

This module provides an overview of the structure and history of health care including systems theory; how it is implemented; types of ownerships, facilities, and insurance plans; characteristics of managed care; and trends such as cost containment and the growth of technology. Students discuss affordable care and calculate health care costs based on several insurance plans.

Health Information Technology

This module provides an introduction to information technology and its effect on the healthcare industry as they learn terminology, gain exposure to an EHR system, and understand the importance of following HIPAA guidelines.

Human Growth and Development

This module provides an overview of how people grow, develop, and age throughout the life span in the four areas of development--physical, intellectual, social, and emotional. They also learn about the hierarchy of human needs, genetics, genetic diseases, aging, terminal illness, grief, and mortuary science.

Infection Control

This module provides an overview of the importance of protecting oneself and others from disease-causing microorganisms, as students learn about microorganisms, asepsis, hand washing, basic equipment cleaning, autoclaving, personal protective equipment, sterile technique, and transmission-based precautions. Students practice donning and removing protective garments and working in an isolation unit.

Insurance and Coding

This module provides an overview of insurance concepts and government funded health insurance programs. Students also explore and practice coding and filing medical insurance claims.

Job Seeking Skills

This module provides an overview of tasks involved in finding, getting and resigning from a job.

Legal and Ethical Responsibilities

This module provides students with the knowledge to make sound decisions when faced with workplace situations involving The Patient's Bill of Rights, Scope of Practice, tort law, contract law, confidentiality and privileged communication, and ethics. Students examine scenarios and consider the legal implications, and research a current bioethical issue.

Medical - EMR

Students examine the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of conditions related to: cardiovascular and respiratory issues; acute abdominal pain; genitourinary and gynecological emergencies; altered mental status; behavioral emergencies; allergic reactions; and poisonings.

Medical - EMT

This module provides an overview of the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of a variety of conditions in emergency situations.

Medical Assistant Pharmacology

This module provides an overview of the regulations and guidelines for drug prescription, administration, storage, and disposal. Students calculate and prepare medication dosages and learn to administer medications, including injections.

Medical Mathematics

This module provides a review of math skills frequently used by health care workers. Students review basic numerical concepts, including whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages, estimates, and measurements using the household, metric, and apothecary systems. Students practice using ratios and proportions to convert between measuring systems and calculate medication dosages, read labels and prescriptions, and learn how temperature and time are used in health care. Students record an Intake and Output chart and a TPR graph.

Medical Office Assistant

This module gives students an overview of the role and responsibilities of medical office occupations. Topics include: educational requirements, professionalism, personal appearance, teamwork, effective communication, HIPAA, and the legal issues that pertain to office personnel.

Medical Records

This module provides an overview of medical record activities, including preparation, maintenance, handling, and storage. Students also examine record control policies and procedures and purging and long-term storage of files.

Medical Terminology

This module provides an introduction to the language of health care workers including root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, and body planes, directions, and cavities. Students learn to add prefixes and suffixes, form phrases with abbreviations, and interpret medical terms.

Nutrition and Elimination

This module provides an overview of how nutrition and elimination are related to the overall health of the patient. They learn how to assist patients with meals and meeting elimination needs, and they measure and record intake and output.

Office Environment

This module provides an overview of the medical office environment, including safety, design, and accommodations for patients with special needs.

Office Equipment

This module provides an overview of equipment found in the typical medical office. Students learn to operate, troubleshoot, and care for equipment; basic computer functions; and the basics of office inventory.

Patient Assessment - EMR

In this module, students learn to evaluate a scene and take measures to protect themselves. They complete primary assessments to determine the urgency of care. Students take a patient history and perform a systematic patient examination, while paying close attention to maintain professionalism and show compassion towards the patient. And they learn to use reassessment to identify and treat changes in patient condition in a timely manner.

Patient Assessment - EMT

This module provides an overview of EMS safety on-the-scene, patient assessment, and showing compassion and professionalism.

Patient Comfort

This module provides an introduction to procedures related to personal patient care. Students learn both morning and evening care procedures and how to observe patients for abnormalities and document and report those findings.

Personal Qualities

This module provides an overview of the expected appearance and personal characteristics of the successful health care worker as they understand the importance of communication, practice dealing with workplace situations, and evaluate workplace teams.

Pharmacology - EMT

This module provides an overview of the skills for administering medications within the EMT scope of practice.

Phlebotomy

This module provides an overview of how to collect blood specimens using venipuncture and fingerstick techniques.

Physical Exams

This module provides an overview of the medical assistant's role in EENT, CPE, pediatric, GYN and OB patient examinations. Students learn about the equipment, positions, and draping methods for each procedure and how to educate and prepare patients and assist physicians.

Preparatory - EMR

Students explore foundational concepts essential for a career as an Emergency Medical Responder. Topics include: history of the EMS system, levels of national EMS providers, credentialing requirements, professionalism, infection control, body mechanics, stress management, communication skills, and legal and ethical issues.

Preparatory - EMT

This module provides an exploration of foundational concepts essential for a career in emergency medical services.

Rehabilitation and Restorative Care

This module provides an overview of how to promote patient independence. Students learn to teach activities of daily living, to assist patients in using ambulation devices, to perform range of motion exercises, to apply heat and cold applications and binders, to help with deep breathing and coughing exercises, and to apply elasticized stockings.

Safety Precautions

This module provides an overview of safety techniques and the steps for greeting and identifying patients in a health care facility. Students use the Internet to research safety regulations from OSHA, the FDA, and the EPA and demonstrate how to report safety violations by filing an event report.

Shock and Resuscitation

This module provides and an overview of shock and how it relates to cardiac arrest, causes of cardiac arrest, DNR orders, the chain of survival, Basic Cardiac Life Support, airway management, chest compressions, and automated external defibrillator use.

Special Populations

This module provides an overview of caring for unique patient population groups, identify illnesses and disorders common to these groups, and discover ways to adapt care and establish positive relationships with patients. Students also learn patient restraints procedures and alternatives.

Special Populations - EMR

Students begin by exploring obstetrics and the EMR professional's role in pregnancy and labor and delivery, including treatment of predelivery emergencies and caring for the newborn. They examine the needs of pediatric patients as they relate to developmental phase and anatomical differences. And they learn about the changes geriatric patients undergo and conditions that commonly occur in this age group. Students also discover how to manage cases in which child or elder abuse is suspected.

Special Populations - EMT

This module provides an overview of the EMT professionals' role in obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric patients and patients with special challenges.

Specimen Collection and Testing

This module provides an overview of the guidelines and safety precautions for handling specimens and CLIA-waived tests. Students practice common procedures for collecting stool and urine specimens, strain urine, and perform common tests. They explore cultures, smears, and stains and practice taking throat, wound, and sputum specimens.

Telephone Etiquette

This module provides instruction on answering and documenting telephone calls in the medical office. Students experience handling incoming telephone calls, performing triage and leaving messages on machines and explore telephone technology.

The Health Assistant

This module provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of health assistant occupations, including employment opportunities, educational requirements, professionalism, scope of practice, confidentiality, and consent, ethics, and safety and standard precautions.

The Surgical Patient

This module provides an overview of the care needed by patients before and after surgery, including preparing patients both physically and emotionally for surgery and recognizing and reporting infection after surgery.

Trauma - EMR

Students learn to assess a patient for traumatic injury, as well as identify mechanisms of injury. Students learn proper emergency care for: bleeding; soft tissue trauma; chest and abdominal trauma; head, face, and neck trauma; spinal and orthopedic trauma; and environmental trauma. Students also discover how to manage trauma when multiple body systems are affected and trauma in special populations.

Trauma - EMT

This module provides an overview of traumatic injury situations and processes, including how to manage trauma when multiple body systems are affected.

Wellness and Nutrition

This module provides an overview of the importance of wellness and nutrition as students learn about choosing health care providers, medications, physical examinations, and creating a practical wellness plan.

Written Communication

This module provides an overview of the writing process, proofreading, formatting memos and letters, preparing envelopes, and handling incoming and outgoing mail.