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Allied Health Assistant 1A: Introduction

Allied Health Assistant Career Pathway Course Units

Unit 1: From Classroom to Clinical Rotation

Just like members of a football team work together to score a touchdown, a health care team strives to reach a common goal, too—promoting health. Health care teams comprise multiple people in various roles who all work collaboratively either to prevent disease, cure illness, and/or promote wellness in individuals and communities across the globe. You may be surprised to learn that the members of a health care team also include patients and their families. Get ready to meet the members of the health care team that you will be working with in this course! You will also begin to explore multiple careers in allied health so that you will have a better understanding of what exciting paths you might embark on as you prepare for the workforce!

Unit 2: Safety First: Individual & Public Responsibilities

Regardless of how far research and technology have come over the past two decades in eradicating disease, bacteria will always exist, and new illnesses will always develop. How these new and existing infectious diseases are managed is crucial to maintaining the health of the population. The safety and security of patients as well as care team members rely on multiple factors. It’s time to explore how infectious disease transmission can be controlled and contained at the local, community, and global levels. You will also have the opportunity to examine the roles of health care providers across multiple disciplines.

Unit 3: Helping Patients With Hygiene

One of the most effective ways to protect ourselves from illness is to maintain personal hygiene. Many individuals require assistance with performing everyday activities, including personal hygiene. Adequate personal hygiene is also an important part of promoting self-confidence, dignity, and an overall sense of well-being. Together, we’ll explore how you can support individuals in performing their own personal hygiene. You will also explore the roles of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Ready? Let’s go!

Unit 4: Helping Patients With Eating & Dressing

While you may think about what you are going to eat and when, you are unlikely to think about how you are going to eat. Some individuals not only have to consider where their next meal is going to come from, what it might be, and how it will be prepared, but they also have to consider how they are going to eat it. A number of physical, financial, and emotional barriers may prohibit people from meeting their nutritional needs. Together, we will explore not only how you might support individuals with limitations to their food security, but also how you can facilitate their overall well-being by promoting nutrition and elimination.

Unit 5: Helping Patients With Ambulation

Mobility plays a huge role in a person’s physical and mental health. Allied health assistants work hard every day with people recovering from illnesses or injuries that have impaired their mobility. We’ll discover the enormous impact physical therapists have by helping patients meet their goals and make any necessary adaptations so that they can enjoy full and independent lives. And since so many people working in a health care setting help patients move in some manner, we’ll also dive into body mechanics and how being well-versed in this area can help protect both you and others. Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s get moving!

Unit 6: Mental Health, the Patient, & Furry Companions

Did you know that one in five people will cope with some type of mental illness at some point in his or her life? Because mental health plays such a huge role in living a balanced and happy life, it is crucial for allied health assistants to be able to understand and support their patients in this area. From assisting with medications to managing side effects and pain, we’ll explore what allied health assistants need to know. We’ll also discuss how companion animals can offer people a unique and special type of support.

Unit 7: Care Across the Life Span

As an allied health assistant, you’re going to be in a position to care for people from birth to death, so it’s important to be aware of the normal developmental stages and the care required during each phase of life. After a review of the reproductive system and fetal development, we will move through all life stages. Lastly, you’ll learn about the development and care of the companion, service, and other animals that you may encounter or work with in research or therapy settings.