The course is designed to offer students (preferably upper classmen -juniors or seniors) the opportunity to become effective and efficient multi-skilled healthcare providers as they develop a working knowledge of each of the major departments of the average acute care setting/hospital, including but not limited to: Orthopedics, Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, MedSurg, Gastroenterology, Urology, and Customer Care Services. Students focusing on a career path in medicine (Pre-Med) or on a career in one of the ancillary departments noted above will apply classroom/lab knowledge and skills in the clinical setting as they participate in direct client care. The work-based learning strategy appropriate for this course is a minimum 40-hour clinical practicum.
Applications of Therapeutic Services is an intermediate course for the Therapeutic Services Career Pathway and is designed to provide an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the provision of direct client care. Monitoring and evaluating client status includes assessment techniques such as vital signs, as well as, the application of mathematical concepts appropriate to clinical expectations and/or work-based learning. The function and fundamental pathophysiology of each body system is evaluated prior to community first aid and basic life support techniques which are expanded to include rescue skills for infants and children. Students continue with the development of individual career portfolios utilizing postsecondary program research, employability skills, and /or work based learning and may receive recognition for their accomplishments through a variety of venues locally, regionally, and nationally such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and the National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education (NCHSTE). Upon completion of this course and pre-requisites students who successfully master these standards will be eligible to sit for a National Certificate of Proficiency or Mastery, issued in partnership between NCHSTE and National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI).