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									                         COLUMBIA AREA CAREER CENTER

                             PROFESSIONS IN HEALTHCARE
                                       COURSE SYLLABUS
                                          2009 - 2010

Instructors name:      Monica Duemmel RN, BSN                      Dawn Dugan RN, BSN
Conference Times:      10:20-11:50                                 10:20-11:05, 2:20-3:00
Phone Number:          214-3800 ext. 29704                         214-3800 ext. 29705


Grade Level: 11, 12                                                   Credit: 3 Hours Practical Art

Prerequisites: Employee Disqualification List (EDL) check, Federal Marker check, State
Criminal Background check, and a drug test. The student must successfully pass first semester
with C- or better to continue into second semester.

Students learn patient care skills in the classroom, lab, and at clinical sites within the community.
Students have an opportunity to shadow a healthcare provider in an independent clinical
experience. Students will learn basic nursing and communication skills, anatomy and physiology,
pathophysiology and medical terminology. There is a strong emphasis on medical math.
American Heart Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid certification will be available.
Completion of the program prepares students to work in healthcare while pursuing post-
secondary education. Completion of the hours of direct patient care and classroom instruction
may provide eligibility to sit for the state Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) exam, and enhance
opportunities for admission to advanced healthcare career programs. Students are eligible to join
a national student professional organization, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

The Profession in Healthcare student will:
       A. Explore the interrelationships and the opportunities for careers in health occupations;
       B. Demonstrate, on the job, the basic entry level skills of a health care assistant in one or
          more of the health occupations;
       C. Relate the technical information needed to make judgments in performing health care
          assistant duties in one or more of the health occupations;
       D. Identify the physical, emotional, spiritual needs of families, as well as, the
          patient/resident; and demonstrate the ability to meet these needs on a health care
          assistant level;
       E. Exhibit behavior which indicates an attitude of respect for patients/residents,
          employers, co-workers, and fellow citizens;
       F. To develop an awareness of the broad scope of personal and community health needs
          and activities.

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Course content will include the following areas:
       Anatomy and Physiology of the body and related pathophysiology
       Medical Terminology
       Basic entry level skills for nursing and other allied health care fields
       Career Orientation, Observations and Planning
       Certified Nurse Assistant coursework—certification available provided the student
         meets state requirements. (CNA)

   1st Semester
       Unit 1 History of Medicine/Nursing                            2 weeks
       Unit 2 Fundamentals/Procedures of Basic Health Care           2 weeks
       Unit 3 Pharmacology and Healthcare Math Conversions           2 weeks
       Unit 4 Microbiology, Infection Control and Basic Body         2 weeks
               Substance Precautions
       Unit 5 Body Structure and Health Maintenance                  2 weeks
       Unit 6 Integumentary System                                   2 weeks
       Unit 7 Skeletal System                                        2 weeks
       Unit 8 Muscular System                                        2 weeks

        Clinicals beginning October

     2nd Semester
         Unit 9 Circulatory System,
                CPR Certification and First Aid Certification         2 weeks
         Unit 10 CNA 1—Fundamentals of CNA                            2 weeks
         Unit 11 CNA 2—Personal Care                                  2 weeks
         Unit 12 CNA 3—Restorative Nursing                            2 weeks
         Career Management Skills: Resume, Interview,                 1 week
                Applications and Leadership Skills
         Unit 13 Reproductive System                                   2 weeks
         CNA Testing                                                   1 week
         Unit 14 Digestive System                                      2 weeks
         Unit 15 Respiratory System                                    1 week
         Unit 16 Urinary System                                        1 week
         Mini Units—Nervous, Endocrine and Sensory Systems             1 week
         Independent Clinicals                                         2 weeks


 Please see attached document.

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Diversified Health Occupations, 7th Ed.
Nurse Assistant in a Long-Term Care Facility
Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 19th Ed.

We also use a variety of audiovisual material, a library and resource file of material, guest
speakers, site visits and computer programs. The honors class will utilize the internet to research
and complete problem-based learning case studies. The student must have access to the
Columbia Public Schools website, Angel, throughout the school year.

Book Policy: You at various times throughout the year will have a book checked out to you. It
will be YOUR responsibility to pay for books not returned, lost or damaged while in your


All career center classes strive to prepare students for adult life by teaching skills and behaviors
that will be valued in the workplace. The following expectations are stressed and graded in all
career center classes. Instructors will review these, provide instruction in all areas and answer
any questions.
     Attendance – Be here on time each day, prepared to work, dressed appropriately
     Respect – Use appropriate language, be honest and truthful, be respectful of peers and
     Safety – Follow safety rules and procedures, keep work area orderly
     Responsibility – Complete work on time, follow directions, use resources to answer
          questions, ask for help when needed, contribute to class discussion
     Quality – Show determination to complete tasks, be consistent in quality, focus on the task
        at hand
     Team – Work as a productive team member in a variety of roles, communicate in a
        sensitive way


The grading scale is in accordance with the Columbia Public School System.

    Grading Scale:        A............. 94 - 100     C ......... 73 - 76
                          A- ............. 90 - 93    C-........ 70 - 72
                          B+............. 87 - 89     D+ ...... 67 - 69
                          B ............... 83 - 86   D......... 63 - 66
                          B-.............. 80 - 82    D- .......60 – 62
                          C+ ........... 77 - 79      F .........59 – 00

Grade Calculations:
Grading will be based on a large variety of activities, including worksheets, projects, tests,
quizzes, lab work, written work, clinical work and other activities. There are no subjective grades
given. We don’t give grades—you EARN them!

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              Class Work—Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Assignments, skills training             70%
              Career Center Expectations—Workplace/Classroom behaviors                      20%
              Final                                                                         10%

The student should expect daily homework readings and assignments, frequent quizzes, lab
activities and outside research/PowerPoint presentations for each unit of study. Daily homework
and quizzes will be graded in class by assigned partners. Students will also receive a daily grade.
This grade will be earned by presence, punctuality, preparation and participation. If a student is
absent, no points will be earned for that day.

Homework/Assignment Policy: There will be a substantial amount of homework given in this
class. It will be both informational and helpful to your learning. It needs to be completed prior
to the day it is due. We will grade homework together in groups. If it is not completed, you will
receive a reduced grade. You are still required to complete the homework. All homework
will be turned in on the day of the unit exam. It is your responsibility to turn in
papers/assignments on time!

Student Progress Reports: Students who are below 70% on an IPR will not be able to participate
in Clinicals until they have achieved a 70% or greater percentage in the class.

Test Policy: If you are absent the day of an exam you will be expected to make it up the first day
back. You should arrange a time outside of class to take the test. This means contacting the
instructor the day of your absence. Tests are announced several days in advance, and in fairness
to others and for grading purposes, they must be taken in a timely fashion. Students are given
time in class, usually to study for a quiz or exam. However, when a quiz or exam is to be made
up the student gets NO time in class to study. Study time is a privilege for those present at the
time of the original exam and the absent student has had a least an extra day to study. The
instructor reserves the right to change the quiz or exam if it is to be a make-up.

 Notes: Each lecture’s PPT will be placed on Angel. If for some reason you miss a section of
notes, you can utilize Angel to see what you missed for that period. If you are absent the day of
notes, you will be responsible for the material should we have a quiz on it the next day (the day
you return). We will give you a tentative reading/homework schedule for each unit. Remember
it is your responsibility to keep up if you are absent!

End-of-Course Testing - When a student has taken three (3) credits of a career center program,
they will take an industry-based end-of-course exam. For this class, the End-of-Course Testing
will be the Certified Nursing Assistant Certification exam. This exam will account for 10% of
the final exam grade. To obtain a Missouri CNA Certification you must complete 75 hours of
instruction, 100 hours of clinical and have satisfactory clinical performance.


             3-inch binder (tabs are recommended but optional)

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              2 pocket folder—Career Portfolio
              Note Cards—vocabulary
              Red Pens, Black Pens and Pencils
              Composition book
              Colored pencils
              Uniform—Navy Blue Scrubs
              Watch with a second hand (recommended)
              Clean, closed-toe shoes—NO CROCS!
              Black Pen
              Pocket-sized spiral notebook

Expectations: You are expected to behave like an adult. By this, it is meant that you will
display mature classroom behavior, leave the classroom neat, enter and exit in an orderly fashion,
and give your complete attention to the activities of the class. If it becomes necessary, more rules
will be developed. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. The goal of the Health
Occupations Department is to motivate each student to do quality work preparing his/herself for
a health career and to help each student develop an internal desire to work toward his/her own
highest potential. Since career goals, aptitudes, and interests vary, students will, at times, vary in
activities they are performing and requirements they have in class. However, each student will
be required to master lab skills to participate in clinical rotations. Without these basic skills it is
impossible to function in the clinical setting. If there are concerns about student behavior,
students may be subject to removal from clinical rotations.

Classroom/lab attire: We expect appropriate attire in the classroom and lab. Inappropriate
attire causes a distraction to the learning environment and will not be tolerated. We do not want
to see the 3 ―B’s‖—Breasts, Bellies or Butts! If we feel that you are wearing something
inappropriate you will be given something to wear. Be aware of when class is scheduled in the
lab. You will not be allowed to participate in the lab if not appropriately dressed, i.e. short skirts
or flip flops. The classrooms tend to be warm, and the lab chilly. Please dress in layers.

Clinical Uniforms: The clinical/Observation uniform will be navy blue scrub suits. The
uniform is required. White shoes are not required; however, shoes must be clean and provide
good support (No sandals, clunky tennis shoes or flip-flops—socks are required). A name tag is
also required. We will give you this and it is your responsibility not to lose your name tag. A
watch with a second hand is not required, but it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. During the
winter, if you are cold, you are allowed to wear a white turtleneck or mock turtleneck underneath
your scrub top (it must always be tucked in). No short sleeve T-shirts are EVER allowed. The
scrub suit uniform is very comfortable and looks good on everyone. You are NOT meant to be a
fashion plate in them, they are to work in. The back, legs and bottom should NOT be tight so
that you can freely move around. Do not roll the pant legs up, they must be hemmed if too long.
If money for the uniform is a problem, see us in private.

      You may wear 1 pair of stud pierced earrings in your ears. No other visible body
       piercings are allowed at Clinicals. If you are already pierced, buy a space bar to wear.

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      Tattoos cannot be showing for Clinicals.
      No fake fingernails or tips. Only clear fingernail polish will be allowed. Nails are not to
       exceed the length of the finger.
      No jewelry is to be worn to Clinicals except for a watch. That means no rings, necklaces
       or bracelets! The watch must not be a bracelet watch.
      Personal appearances should not bring attention to self. Minimal makeup is acceptable.
       Hair should be up and off the collar. Ponytails must be secure on your head.

We will have inspections of clinical attire before boarding the bus. If you do not meet
expectations you will not participate in Clinicals.


Students are expected to be in class daily and to be engaged in the learning process. Regular
attendance is essential for success in school and in life. Research shows that students with 95%
or above attendance are more successful academically by earning better grades and performing
better on college entrance exams. Our attendance goal for all students is 95% or better.
A portion of the class grade is based on Career Center Expectations, which includes attendance
and participation in class, lab, shop, or worksites. Absences, except those for a school-sponsored
activity, may affect a student’s grade.
Clinical Attendance: To qualify for the Missouri Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Certification a student must complete 100 hours clinical training. For this reason, clinical
attendance is very important. If a student misses 3 clinical days he/she will not be able to sit for
the CNA Exam. There will not be any make-up days scheduled into the calendar. If the
absences are medically excused, the decision to allow make up will be determined by a review
board of the PHC instructors along with the Assistant Director of the Career Center.
Absence Call-In Procedure: If a student is going to be absent from class or clinical, he/she
must notify the instructor by 6:30/10:30 am, depending on your block. They must notify their
home school of the absence as well. Instructors are not able to excuse students from school, only
the home school can do this.

Tardy Procedures: The tardy bell rings at 7:50 and 11:50 am . If you are not in the class room
you will be counted tardy. On Clinical days we will leave promptly at 7:50 or 11:50 am. You
need to be prepared to board the bus at that time. If you are not present or are not prepared, you
will stay behind and miss a clinical day. You are allowed 3 tardies a semester. Upon receiving
your 4th tardy you will receive an office referral with a consequence. Each subsequent tardy will
have a harsher consequence. Be prompt and on time!

Excused (Parent Excused, Excused, Medical, Field Trips) and Verified Absences
    All missed work may be made up at full credit.
    It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the teacher to get make up

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      Work due on the date of absence will be due the day the student returns. Any work
       assigned on a day a student was absent that was not previously on the calendar will be
       due the appropriate amount of days upon return.
      The student will be expected to monitor Angel for homework/notes missed in class.
      Participation points will be lost due to absence.
Suspension (ISS, OSS)
    Missed work may be made as specified in syllabus.
    It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the teacher to get make up
    Instructors expect students to make up work during suspension and submit upon
      returning to school.
    Participation points will be lost due to absence.
    Class work may not be made up for points, but must still be completed.
    Unit Exams/quizzes can be competed for 50% credit per the test procedure above.
    Participation points will be lost.

Students who are performing below average, or who are failing the semester are subject to
removal from the program at semester. A student/parent conference will be held prior to the
end of the semester with the appropriate individuals present and alternatives will be discussed.


To be eligible to take advanced courses, a student must meet the prerequisites for the course
in which he/she wishes to enroll. Prerequisites vary by course, but generally include a minimum
grade and satisfactory performance on attendance and Career Center Expectations. See
individual course descriptions for specific prerequisite information. If the curriculum for a
prerequisite course is modified in any way, a pass/fail grade is issued. Pass/fail grades do not
satisfy the grade requirement to take advanced courses.


Dual Credit
College credit earned through Dual Credit is possible when the subject matter covered and the
competencies mastered are equivalent to those required in a particular college-level class as
identified by the post-secondary institution. Unlike articulation, there is a fee for the award of
dual credit; however, dual credit is transcripted for the student whether or not the student attends
that college or university after high school graduation. The transcripted credit is usually
transferable to other post-secondary institutions.
      Eligibility: Must meet the institution requirements for entrance
      Institutions: University of Central Missouri

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The integrity of the academic program and the evaluation of each student’s achievement are of
primary concern to educational institutions. Cheating on an educational exercise not only reflects
dishonesty on the part of the student, but also diminishes the value of the work done by his/her
classmates. Students who cheat or plagiarize (using another’s words, ideas or writing as one’s
own) shall be subject to the following: referral to the assistant director; parent/guardian
contacted; a zero recorded for the exercise; possible detention and/or suspension; and/or removal
from the course with a grade of ―F‖ recorded on the transcript.

Student services are available to help students succeed in their technical classes. Students in
technical programs are eligible for extra assistance by asking for help or by having their teacher
refer them to the Student Services team. There are reading specialists, a math specialist,
counselors and resource personnel who will help students in classrooms, by appointment and/or
before and after school with any problems they are having in their technical classes. An
employment specialist is available to students who are looking for part-time or full-time jobs. In
addition, persons knowledgeable about financial aid for post high school training/education are
available, as well as persons who can help students assess their vocational strengths and
preferences in order to make more informed career choices.


Instructor’s Philosophy: We believe that what is learned in the classroom provides
students with the tools they need to be successful in life, both personally and professionally.
These tools allow students to reason and think independently, and positively impact the
lives of those around them.

Dawn Dugan is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the
University of Missouri-Columbia. She has received advanced training in surgical, trauma and
critical care nursing. While working at University Hospital, Dawn has done extensive research in
palliative care and worked closely with Missouri River Hospice to improve the lives of those
whose bodies will not heal.

Monica Duemmel has been a Registered Nurse for over 19 years at University Hospital and
Clinics. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-
Columbia, and has held the position of both Staff Nurse and Supervisor. During these years she
has worked in many different settings, including Medical/Surgery, Obstetrics/Well Baby Nursery,
Pediatrics, Adolescents, and ICUs.


Students in the Professions of Healthcare class are eligible for membership in the HOSA student
organization. It is a requirement for this class to maintain membership in HOSA. HOSA stands
for Health Occupations Student Association. HOSA allows many opportunities for the student to
grow and compete professionally at a local, district, state and national level. Chapter dues are
required. For more information go to HOSA’s website, www.

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As a political subdivision, employer, recipient of federal funds, and an education institution, the
Board of Education is prohibited from, and hereby declares a policy against, engaging in
unlawful discrimination. This includes harassment and creating a hostile environment on the
basis if race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, or
use of leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities, and with
regard to employment. The Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer.

The use of any Columbia Public School computer is a privilege, not a right. Users of computers
are obligated to conform to district and individual school policies and directions given by a staff
member. Using the CPS facilities to access information carried by the Internet or other such
information services must be for academic work assigned by a teacher. Depending on the nature
of the situation, students who violate this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary action, or as
the case is with any other property of the CPS, be held responsible for the cost of repair,
replacement or maintenance of any damaged equipment or materials. The school may have a
student assigned to an alternative educational program.

    Be prepared—homework completed, supplies ready.

    Be respectful of those around you. Be on Time. Be Tolerant of others’ differences.

    Class begins at 7:50 am (Be quiet and in your seat!)

    NO profanity. NO gum. NO smoking. NO cheating. NO whining. NO sleeping. NO

SMOKING under the age of 18 is illegal. Smoking over the age of 18 is illegal on school
property and school functions. If I smell smoke on your uniform, you will not participate in
clinical that day!

    NO talking when the instructor is talking. Remain seated until the bell rings. Class ends at
      10:20. If you have to leave earlier, I will dismiss you at that time.

    Text books DO NOT go home without permission. Please treat your books with respect.

    Clean up after yourself, your mother doesn't work here.

    Privileges, such as, films and time in class to study, will be taken away if they are NOT
     used properly.

    Emphasize safety everyday; we are dealing with human life.

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 No eating in class, unless we are having a class party. You may have a bottle of water if
  necessary. No eating or drinking in the lab!

 Bathroom breaks are to be taken at the appropriate times (during breaks!!) Breaks are for
  the use of the bathroom and to get a drink of water.

 Students who fall asleep more than once in class will be given an office referral.

 Please shut the hall door always. The door to the lab will remain closed at all times.

 If you write personal notes in class, I will pick them up and read them out loud. If you don't
  want them read—don't write them.

 Quizzes and exams are taken in pencil and graded in red ink. Pencils, paper and pens
  should be brought to class everyday; this shows your level of responsibility. Points will be
  deducted if students do not adhere to the rules.

 Please keep your papers till they are due or called for. We are trying to teach you
 If you have ANY problem, please come and talk to us about it. We can’t help if we don’t

 Absolutely no IPODs, Cell Phones or any other electronic devices are allowed in the
  classroom or the lab. You will receive one warning! After that the device will be
  confiscated and returned at the end of the period. If you argue the device will be sent to the
  office and a parent will be notified to retrieve the phone.

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                         Professions in Healthcare
                       2009-2010 Syllabus Agreement

I have read the Professions in Healthcare 2009-2010 syllabus. I have the contact
information for the instructor, and understand that I am to contact the instructor
with any questions or concerns regarding the content.

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      Parent Printed Name                         Student Printed Name

__________________________________          _________________________________
      Parent Signature                            Student Signature

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          Date                                          Date

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