Health Science Education
The Health Science Careers program is designed as a complete learning system, including customizable multimedia curriculum, Activity References, equipment, supplies, and our Content Learning Management System (CLMS).
Five of the top ten projected jobs by demand for the next decade are Healthcare Specific fields. That's one reason Paxton/Patterson developed Health Science Careers to address a wide range of careers and skills that will attract more students to your Health Science program. Additionally, students that are able to get hands-on experience doing the tasks common to each career are more likely to choose a career that fits their interests and aptitudes best. This means a lower attrition rate for your program and students who are better prepared for the job market.
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17 Health Science Careers Instructional Units
Biomedical Engineering uses traditional engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. The ultimate goal of a Biomedical Engineer is to improve the quality of human health and life. Students explore how scientists and engineers constantly develop and improve medical devices like stents, pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, and implants. Students study cutting-edge topics, such as biologically grown tissue replacement. Students also investigate state-of-the-art products like surgical instruments, safety sharps, wound cleaning and sealing, adhesives for bandages, and chemo and radiation treatment.
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Biotechnology R & D
Biotechnology R&D focuses on drug development and the many career opportunities available. Drug development is a process which takes a drug from initial discovery to the pharmacy shelves. Very few pharmaceutical products actually make it all the way through drug development, and sometimes the process can be an extremely costly and frustrating failure. Students examine both the research side of the process as well as the development and marketing of new drugs.
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Clinical Lab Practices
Clinical laboratory technicians and technologists perform laboratory tests that are crucial to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They look for evidence of the presence of illnesses and parasites and identify allergic reactions and changes in body chemistry. In this HCA students use lab equipment and perform testing simulations to learn about a day in the life of a clinical lab professional.
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There are many career opportunities in oral and dental care for men and women, aside from becoming a dentist, including: hygienists, assistants, and laboratory technicians are all part of the dental team that work together to provide optimal oral health care. Dentists diagnose and treat problems pertaining to the teeth and tissues of the mouth, along with giving advice and administering care to help prevent future problems.
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Emergency Medical Technician
People's lives often depend on the quick action and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. EMTs are prepared to respond to a wide range of situations including automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and other life threatening conditions. EMTs provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.
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Environmental Health & Safety
The importance of environmental health in the hospital and its relationship to the health and recovery of the patient is a rapidly expanding career field. Environmental Health Specialists are concerned with the environmental quality of medical treatment facilities and the health and safety of workers and patients in those facilities. Students will explore how safety is maintained in the hospital environment, perform hands-on experiements to simulate safety issues and gain an understanding of how to document the processes.
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Forensic science is the application of natural sciences to matters of the law. In practice, forensic science draws upon physics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific principles and methods. Forensic science deals with the recognition, identification, individualization, and evaluation of physical evidence. Forensic scientists present their findings as expert witnesses in a court of law.
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Health Information Management
Careers in health information management (HIM) are popular due to the diversity of job settings and practice specialties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for health information professionals will increase by 20 percent through 2018. In this HCA students will learn the aspects of electronic medical coding. Students also compare and contrast various medical billing techniques and then prepare medical bills based on previous coding activities.
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Imaging and radiologic technologists perform imaging examinations like x-rays, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. They prepare patients for radiologic examinations by explaining the procedure and then positioning patients so that parts of the body can be appropriately radiographed. Students working in this HCA will explore the major imaging technologies and learn fundamental anatomy in order to correctly understand body planes and body placement.
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Mental health is a broad field with a wide range of career choices. It involves counseling patients in order to promote their optimum mental health. Mental health professionals help people of all ages deal with a variety of life problems, including substance abuse, self-esteem and other emotional and behavioral issues. Using multimedia delivery to its full advantage, students are presented with case studies and scenarios in order to explore how mental health professionals can assist their patients.
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Nursing is poised to change the face of health care as never before. There are many career opportunities for nursing outside of the hospital environment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment among RNs will grow faster than the average for all other occupations. Demand for quality nurses continues to escalate, yet many students don't realize the opportunities that await them.
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The eye care professions have become more highly regarded as advances in technology enhance the ability to provide improved vision. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists are the main types of eye care professionals. Although their roles are different, both have a common goal: to assist their patients with the best eye care in order to have the best vision possible. This includes eye examinations, routine checkups, eyeglass frame selection and fitting, eye surgery, and much more.
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Pharmacists distribute prescription drugs to individuals and also advise health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists prepare medications and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. In this HCA students investigate errors made with look alike - sound alike drugs, explore mathematics and measurement involved in pharmacy careers and then learn how to prepare some common pharmaceutical compounds.
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Speech-language pathologists evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages. Audiologists are experts in the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems. They specialize in the study of normal and impaired hearing and rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders. Students in this HCA will investigate a variety of disorders and then compare and contrast the therapies used to treat patients through a series of hands-on activities.
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Sports medicine is the study of injury prevention, recovery and performance enhancement specifically for athletes. Sports medicine professionals typically work on a one-on-one basis with athletes and fitness coaches to design a healthy lifestyle program and treat any injuries that may occur during training or performance. Sports medicine is not only curative, but also rehabilitative and involves a variety of disciplines.
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Therapeutic services cover a wide range of careers associated with helping individuals live an independent and functional life. The career opportunities involved within this area of health care range from helping children develop motor skills to developing techniques or tools to assist a stroke victim with a disability.
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Veterinary medicine deals with the application of medical, surgical, public health, dental, diagnostic, and therapeutic principles to both domesticated animals (including livestock, working animals, and companion animals) and wildlife. In most developed countries, veterinarians are highly qualified professionals with advanced educations.
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