APPLIED TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

HEALTH SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY COURSES

5781 Introduction to Health Careers and Medical Terminology

Open to all students
1 semester; 1 Applied Technology Credit
This semester course is a survey course offering a broad range of information on career opportunities in the health field and available educational programs in Illinois. Participation in this course will assist the high school student in making appropriate career decisions in the health occupations. This course also offers students the opportunity to earn 1.0 Hour of Dual Credit with Triton College for their Essentials of Medical Terminology course (AHL 101). Students will study definitions of medical prefixes, root words, suffixes, and abbreviations. Students will leave the course having developed oral and written skills in the language used to communicate within health care professions.

5782 Introduction to Patient Care Skills

Open to all students
1 semester; 1 Applied Technology credit
This semester course introduces students to the basic principles of patient care in a health care setting. Throughout the course, students will build their knowledge in the areas of Anatomy and Physiology, use of medical equipment, medical terminology, hygiene and disease prevention, and ethical/legal responsibilities. Additionally, students will learn how to practically assess patient vital signs, body mechanics, and diet. Finally, students will learn and apply the principles of first aid and CPR. This course offers enrollees with the opportunity to earn 2.0 Dual Credit hours with Triton College for their Introduction to Patient Care course (AHL 100).

579 Fundamentals of Nursing

Open to all students
1 semester; 1 Applied Technology credit
This year long course offers students the opportunity to practice as a nursing assistant under the supervision of a registered nurse. The classroom component of this course explores topics such as transporting patients, feeding patients, hygiene, disease prevention, first aid and CPR, medical charting, medical/professional ethics, and care of patients with Dementia/Alzheimer's among others. These classroom lectures and laboratories prepare students to provide care to patients at a local nursing home. Throughout the school year, students complete approximately 50 hours of work experience at a local nursing home. Oak Park and River Forest High School is an Illinois Department of Public Health approved provider for the Basic Nurse Assistant Training partner. Given that, students become eligible to sit for the Illinois Nurse Assistant certifying exam upon completion of the course. Finally, this course also provides students with the opportunity to earn 7.0 Dual Credit hours with Triton College for their Basic Nurse Assistant (NAS 100) and Care of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (NAS 101) courses.