HLTH1000 Introduction to Health Careers

This course is designed to serve as an exploration and orientation to various fields in the healthcare industry, such as medical assisting, medical office careers, nursing, pharmacy technician, emergency medical services, and health unit coordinator. It is intended to be survey of the healthcare industry in the United States. This course provides students with an opportunity to learn more about various careers in healthcare, the job outlook, career pathways, and what is needed to be successful in healthcare.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Examine professionalism and the factors that are involved in becoming a professional within the health care industry
Compare potential healthcare careers with respect to personal values, knowledge skills, attitudes, educational requirements, program offerings and employment opportunities in order to define and structure career goals
Investigate the requirements for entry into a variety of healthcare professions degree programs, certification/licensure, and prior experience
Investigate the educational background methods of credentialing and licensing requirements of healthcare professions on a state and national level
Identify legal and ethical responsibilities affecting the practice of health care professionals
Describe the current health care systems and their trends
Assess professional goals to the best-fit healthcare field and determine the educational path necessary to achieve this professional goal
Analyze attitudes, values and behaviors to promote positive human relationships and appropriate communication both verbal and non-verbal in a health care setting
Assess critical thinking skills through case studies, which include problem solving, communication, and decision making skills that will be utilized in a healthcare setting

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details