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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Fall 2024 | AHS-1045-VT01Y - Introduction to Health Care

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Brattleboro
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Monday & Wednesday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 10-30-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-26-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 7 (as of 07-25-24 6:05 AM)
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Elizabeth Greaney
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Danielle Lafleur Brooks

Course Description

This course provides students with an introduction to the professional health care workplace. Students explore current trends in healthcare as well as the legal and ethical responsibilities of healthcare professionals. Students gain knowledge and practical skills in communication, workplace safety, physical assessment, and caregiving. Basic concepts in medical math, medical terminology, human biology, and human development are introduced.

Essential Objectives

1. Identify fundamental components of the health care delivery system, including current trends and challenges.
2. Identify biases in healthcare, including discrimination, implicit bias, and systemic racism, and the impact they have on the health outcomes of individuals and groups.
3. Describe professional conduct in the healthcare workplace, including expected attitudes, behaviors, standards of dress and hygiene, and teamwork in the care of others.
4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication techniques for a healthcare setting to include communication with patients, co-workers, and supervisors, including diverse populations.
5. Dramatize interactions with patients, including telephone conversations, appointment scheduling, patient reception, and patient education.
6. Describe ethical and legal responsibilities in a health care setting, including a full understanding of HIPAA regulations.
7. Demonstrate personal and workplace safety techniques, including infection control procedures, body mechanics and safe lifting, and environmental hazards in a health care setting.
8. Employ knowledge of basic body systems and human development to discuss wellness and disease states.
9. Demonstrate math skills and recording standards associated with common measurements, conversions, and calculations in a healthcare setting.
10. Demonstrate and practice physical assessment skills, including obtaining vital signs, height and weight measurements, and general assessment, such as pain evaluation and psychosocial observations.
11. Explore the scope and diversity of career opportunities in health care, establish professional goals, and outline steps to achieve those goals through assignments such as informational interviews, job shadows, or other career-exploration activities.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

AHS-1045-VT01Y Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.