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Health Care Aide

Working under the supervision of a nurse or heath professional, Health Care Aides provide basic health services for clients who have medical conditions or major functional limitations. They provide the physical and emotional support clients need to be as independent as possible in the community, hospitals or continuing care facilities.

CDI College's Health Care Aide program prepares students to provide personal assistance and support services for elderly, disabled, and acute or chronically ill people who require short term assistance or ongoing support. Many of these clients have complex, chronic medical conditions, physical or cognitive disabilities, functional deficits that interfere with activities of daily living, acute illnesses, or require end-of-life (palliative) care.

Program Courses

HCA-PRAC - Practicum
Students will be placed in an assisted living or clinical care setting and will be expected to act as a regular employee under the supervision of an Instructor.
SADC - Special Activities for Diverse Clients
This course discusses care strategies for assisting diverse client groups such as clients with mental health diagnoses and clients with developmental delays and physical disabilities. Assisting with infant and child care will be discussed. Included in this course are modules that deal with understanding the disease process that causes both cognitive and physical decline in clients with a diagnosis of dementia. Skills and strategies relating to provision of care for clients with dementia will be identified.
AMDO - Assisting with Medications
The PSWs ability to assist a client with medication is essential in supporting client independence or in supporting a family caregiver to attend to tasks or take needed respite. Students gain basic knowledge of the drugs used in the treatment of common diseases and disorders, including drug classification, use, therapeutic effects, side/adverse effects, brand/generic names, dosage forms, routes of administration, and directions for use of these medications. Students will identify purposes of medication, required instruction/information about medications to be administered, and cautions with regard to medications. Students will develop and demonstrate skill in reading and interpreting information on prescription containers and demonstrate assistance with oral/topical medications, as well as eye, ear, and nose drops. The importance of observation for both desired and undesired outcomes and procedures to be followed in the event of concern about or problems with medications will be discussed. PSWs are able to provide specific assistance with medications (oral, topical, eye, nose or ear drops) to the client, in keeping with the directions stated in the client care/support plan, and under the direction and monitoring of an appropriate person, whether health professional, caregiver, or family member. It is understood that this assistance is provided on the basis of case-by-case instruction by the appropriate person and cannot be generalized among clients or between support workers.
MCCN - Meeting Complex Care Needs
This course will provide the student with knowledge related to keeping the client’s joints exercised through range-of-motion exercises. The student will also learn skills necessary for supporting care activities such as ostomy care, respiratory and catheter care, wound care, measuring vital signs, pain, height and weight. Students will become familiar with the types of nasogastric and gastrostomy tube feeds and client conditions that require drainage. Collection, transportation, and handling of specimens will also be addressed.
PCCC - Providing Client Care & Comfort
The student will learn how to safely bathe a client in the bed, tub and shower. Body mechanics for both client and staff will be emphasized. Infection prevention and control guidelines, along with safety measures to prevent slips, falls, trips and accidental scalding will be discussed.
SFHB - Structure and Function of the Human Body
The focus of this course is to understand the structure and function of the human body. The student will study 10 systems that make up the human body as well as growth and development across the lifespan. Chronic illnesses that may be encountered will be covered. Students will learn how to provide safe care based on practices according to the clients diagnoses, needs and care plans.
CHCE - Communication in a Health Care Environment
This course focuses on communication within the healthcare team. Communication with clients and families, written communication including documentation in client records and report completion is covered. Strategies related to problem solving and conflict management will be introduced.
HCAP - Safe HCA Work Practices
Students will learn to identify, manage and prevent environmental hazards. Students will also understand how to provide safe care for clients, themselves, and others. In addition, they will learn how to function effectively as a team member.
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