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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Bridge Course

Prepares students for the Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide course at Saint Paul College. Topics include: Introduction to Healthcare, Basic Human Needs, Communication, Clean Safe Environment, Vital Signs, Personal Care, Activity and Exercise, Food and Fluids, Elimination, Specials Needs, and Orientation to the Workplace.

Emergency Medical Technician Foundations – Basic Skills Lessons

Provides basic skills instruction to students enrolled in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course. This is part of an Integrated Education & Training (IET) program.

English for Health, First Aid and CPR Certification

Introduces students to the study of the human body, the healthcare career field and providing first aid and CPR in a health emergency while integrating English, literacy and technology skills.  A licensed CPR trainer will co-teach with an ESL teacher to prepare students to become certified in American Health Association (AHA) CPR, AED & First Aid.

English for Healthcare

Students learn vocabulary, writing, reading, speaking and listening skills necessary for work in the healthcare industry. Transition skills and digital literacy necessary for workplace success are integrated.

Healthcare Career Bridge I Reading & Writing

Students build reading and writing skills through health issue investigation, healthcare career exploration and a final project. Students become familiar with career options in the healthcare field and create their own career paths and implementation steps.

Healthcare Career Bridge II Reading & Writing

Students build reading and writing skills through investigation of the science and social studies of nutrition and healthcare reform. Four units, each with a reading, research and fact-finding week followed by a writing week; two full writing projects, multiple essays, extensive reading, and a classroom debate.

Healthcare Career Bridge III Reading & Writing

Students build reading and writing skills through investigation of the science and social studies of drug resistance and the impact of drug shortages on the healthcare system, with two major writing projects and multiple essay-writing requirements. Skills developed include internet research, vocabulary-building, lecture note-taking and presentation skills.

Healthcare Career Foundations

For students interested in exploring healthcare careers (inc. CNA, health unit coordinator, phlebologist, emergency medical technician).  Students develop vocabulary and pragmatic awareness for appropriate communications with various people within a healthcare setting. Focus also includes reading, language, digital literacy and numeracy skills.

Integrated Medical Terminology (Learner Web)

First unit introduces learners to medical terminology. It explains word parts like suffixes and prefixes, and how to combine them to make common medical words. Second unit covers 12 body systems.

Introduction to Healthcare Careers (Hubbs)

Introduces students to a variety of healthcare careers, including nursing assistant, nurse, medical interpreter, emergency medical technician, home health aide/PCA and medical receptionist. Students learn about different healthcare settings and career paths, as well as basic health vocabulary specific to each career. Students practice cooperative learning, professional communication, writing for work, and technology skills.

Introduction to Healthcare Careers (Metro South)

Provides an overview of entry-level healthcare careers available in four categories – patient care, imaging and diagnostics, administrative and support services, and health information and records – plus an introduction to vocabulary and concepts that are explored more in-depth in higher level career pathways courses.

Introduction to Medical Careers

Focuses primarily on the knowledge and skills needed to enter a CNA community-based training course. Content is based on sections of the CNA exam – hygiene, nutrition, bowel & bladder, infection control, data collection, restorative skills, psychosocial care, etc.

Introduction to Medical Terminology 1 and 2

This course will assist students in understanding the terminology used in healthcare careers, and the varied applications.

Introduction to Nursing Assistant (Pre-CNA) Course

Course builds vocabulary and basic understanding of all aspects of the CNA role in a health-care setting. Primary textbook is Mosby’s Basic Skills for Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care, which also includes videos.

Medical Office Assistant

Prepares students to take a college-level certificate course. Students learn computer literacy skills, medical terms, reading skills for on the job, and career soft skills including communication, conflict resolution, problem solving skills, and reading a pay stub.

Medical Office Prep

In this hybrid course, students master basic medical terminology, identify a medical career path, develop professional communication skills, strengthen academic reading/writing skills using technology, and prepare for the transition to college and work.

Medical Office Preparation Skills (Learner Web)

Includes career exploration and goal setting, basic medical terminology, basic body systems, office communication skills and soft skills.

Personal Care Assistant Prep

Students develop an understanding of the role of a PCA, etiquette and ethics within the PCA field, and a PCA’s role in medication management.  Students demonstrate safe, competent care steps and ability to recognize common medical conditions and behaviors in clients.  They practice communication strategies necessary for the job and identify basic body structure. They also learn to properly fill out forms and medical documentation for a PCA job.

Pre-CNA

Provides a broad overview on a variety of skills and vocabulary needed to be a CNA. Students learn about various healthcare settings along with important workplace vocabulary, soft skills and potential career pathways. Students explore math necessary to be a CNA and gain knowledge of personal finance math.

Preparatory Math for Health Sciences

This course helps prepare students to complete the calculations necessary in chemistry and laboratory courses. Topics include decimal numbers, fractions, ratios, proportions, dilutions, percent/percentage problems, Roman numerals, military time, English/metric conversion, calculating areas and volumes, and solving equations.

Prepare to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (Learner Web)

Covers all aspects of a Certified Nursing Assistant’s job responsibilities. Test prep section provides performance skills videos for all 21 skills required in CNA test and an interactive simulation game. A link to an “official” practice test is provided.

Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers – CNA Training

Not designed as a course, but as a reading resource for a healthcare career pathway. Designed for online independent study, learners can choose from 175 2-page stories organized by reading level. Focus is on high utility academic vocabulary and healthcare content vocabulary.

TEAS VI & TEAS VI for Allied Health Test Prep Class

A rigorous course that covers English, reading, math and science knowledge required for the TEAS Tests. Students also gain knowledge of the content and structure of the tests, develop critical thinking and reduce test-taking anxiety. Course content is based on topics in the TEAS Study Guide. Requires extensive study outside of class.

TEAS VI Test Prep Class

A rigorous course that covers English/language, reading, math and science knowledge required for the TEAS VI Test. Students also gain knowledge of the content and structure of the tests, develop critical thinking and reduce test-taking anxiety. Course content is based on topics in the TEAS Study Manual, Version VI. Requires extensive study outside of class.

Adult Career Pathways Glossary

Confused about Adult Career Pathways and transitions terminology? You’re not alone! See this handy ACP glossary.