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Health Care Aide

Health care aides help to provide basic care to individuals of all ages and abilities who require assistance in their daily activities.

These duties can include assisting with daily tasks such as getting ready for the day, eating, organizing, cleaning, and planning appointments. Health care aides also sometimes take vital signs. They can work in private homes or residential and medical facilities.

Stratford's Health Care Aide course is designed to teach students about the fundamental tasks performed by a health care aide. The course covers medical terminology and the human body, safety, communication, emergency procedures, health care documentation, employment strategies and more.

The final module deals specifically with home care. This module is of particular interest since home health aides are among the fastest growing careers with a 38% job growth rate, which is much faster than the average.*
Medical Terminology
Basic Word Structure
The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
The Cardiovascular System
The Blood, Lymphatic, and Immune Systems
The Respiratory System
The Digestive and Endocrine Systems
The Urinary and Reproductive Systems
The Nervous System
The Integumentary System and Special Senses
Glossary of Medical Terms

Health Care Part 1
Careers in Health Care
Current Health Care Systems and Trends
Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
Medical Terminology
Medical Math

Health Care Part 2
Organization of the Human Body
Structure and Function of the Human Body
Growth and Development
Body Mechanics
Infection Control
Environmental Safety
Lifestyle Management

Health Care Part 3
The Patient as an Individual
The Communication Process
Written Communication
Computers and Technology in Health Care
Documentation and Medical Records
Physical Assessment
Emergency Procedures
Controlling Health Care Costs
Performance Improvement and Customer Service
Job Leads and the Resume
Interview, Portfolio, and Application
Successful Employment Strategies

Providing Home Care
The Home Care System and Care Team
Communication and Cultural Diversity
Infection Prevention, Safety and Body Mechanics
Emergency Care and Disaster Preparation
Physical, Psychological, and Social Health
Common Chronic and Acute Conditions
Human Development and Aging
Positioning, Transfers, and Ambulation
Medications and Technology in Home Care
Rehabilitation and Restorative Care
Clients with Disabilities
Mental Health and Mental Illness
New Mothers, Infants, and Children
Dying, Death, and Hospice
Meal Planning, Shopping, Preparation and Storage
Managing Time, Energy, and Money
Caring for Yourself and Your Career
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
Health Care Aide Course

"Overall, this course has been one of the best learning experiences."

Jeannie B.

"It has prepared me to be a Home Health Aide, and I am considering taking other courses through SCI."

Marsha W.

"SCI taught me how to be responsible, to secure and maintain employment, and the importance of effective communication in health care."

Pamela M.

"I have taken three different programs at SCI and plan to take more because the programs are comprehensive, and I have learned a wealth of information."

Kevin E.