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The four phases of the HealthCenter21 curriculum are:
Learn & Practice
The Explore Phase includes teacher-led activities designed to hook your students’ interest.These activities help get your students thinking and prime them for learning new concepts and skills in the later phases of the module.
The Learn & Practice Phase has teacher resources and student-directed eLearning lessons to help students learn new concepts and skills.This phase is where the bulk of student learning occurs and where you’ll find most of the curriculum coverage.
The Reflect Phase includes teacher-led activities designed to review and discuss key ideas from the eLearning lessons.This phase helps students connect concepts they just learned to their existing knowledge and experience. The activities help your students form long-lasting information retention.
The Reinforce Phase is made of student-directed projects to enhance the understanding of concepts and skills further.During this phase, students work independently or in groups to complete projects that require the application of the concepts learned from the module.
Overall, this four-phase learning plan maximizes your students’ understanding of the concepts and skills within each module.
But what’s the best way to leverage the four phases when using the modules as a supplement to your pharmacy technician curriculum?
How to Implement HealthCenter21 Modules in a Pharmacy Technician Class
The best implementation for your pharmacy technician class will depend on your unique curriculum and students’ needs.
Based on conversations with teachers like you, they tell us that using a combination of seven strategies works best:
Now that you understand the four-phase curriculum and how you can leverage it let’s dive into which HealthCenter21 modules you should use in your pharmacy technician curriculum.
Which Curriculum Modules Should You Use in a Pharmacy Technician Class?
The HealthCenter21 modules recommended for teaching a pharmacy technician curriculum are:
Anatomy and Physiology
Health Information Technology
Insurance and Coding
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Medical Assistant Pharmacology
Medical Office Assistant
The Health Assistant
Wellness and Nutrition
This list includes the modules that will help your students learn the foundational knowledge and skills on theNHA CPhT exam.
The order of these modules is not a recommended teaching sequence. Instead, these recommendations are a starting point to help you develop your syllabus and teaching plan when using HealthCenter21.
In some cases, your students may have worked through one or more of these modules inintroductory health science courses. If that’s the case, you may decide only to use those modules as a refresher for your class.
Additionally, you may want to include other modules in your classes to provide further health science information to your students.
With that, let’s dive into what each module consists of and how they relate to teaching pharmacy technician classes.
Students learn about structure, functions, diseases, disorders, homeostasis, and immunity.
2. Emergency Care
TheEmergency Caremodule provides an overview of emergency care as students learn to assess emergency situations.
They also learn to react appropriately to bone and joint injuries, shock, open wounds, severe burns, foreign bodies, poisoning, heart attacks, strokes, diabetic reactions, seizures, convulsions, and heat and cold-related illnesses.
They learn terminology, gain exposure to anEHR system, and understand the importance of following HIPAA guidelines.
4. Infection Control
TheInfection Controlmodule provides an overview of the importance of protecting oneself and others from disease-causing microorganisms.
Students learn about microorganisms, asepsis, hand washing, basic equipment cleaning, autoclaving, personal protective equipment, sterile technique, and transmission-based precautions.
5. Insurance and Coding
TheInsurance and Codingmodule provides an overview of insurance concepts and government-funded health insurance programs.
Students also explore and practice coding and filing medical insurance claims.
6. Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
TheLegal and Ethical Responsibilitiesmodule provides students with the knowledge to make sound decisions when faced with workplace situations involving The Patient's Bill of Rights, Scope of Practice, tort law, contract law, confidentiality, privileged communication, and ethics.
7. Medical Assistant Pharmacology
TheMedical Assistant Pharmacologymodule provides an overview of the regulations and guidelines for drug prescription, administration, storage, and disposal.
Students calculate and prepare medication dosages and learn to administer medications, including injections.
8. Medical Office Assistant
TheMedical Office Assistantmodule gives students an overview of the role and responsibilities of medical office occupations.
Topics include educational requirements, professionalism, personal appearance, teamwork, effective communication, HIPAA, and the legal issues that pertain to office personnel.
9. Medical Records
TheMedical Recordsmodule provides an overview of medical record activities, including preparation, maintenance, handling, and storage.
Students also examine record control policies and procedures and purging and long-term storage of files.
10. Medical Terminology
TheMedical Terminologymodule introduces healthcare workers’ language, including root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, and body planes, directions, and cavities.
Students learn to add prefixes and suffixes, form phrases with abbreviations, and interpret medical terms.
11. Physical Exams
ThePhysical Examsmodule provides an overview of the medical assistant's role in EENT, CPE, pediatric, GYN, and OB patient examinations.
Students learn about the equipment, positions, and draping methods for each procedure and how to educate and prepare patients and assist physicians.
12. Safety Precautions
TheSafety Precautionsmodule provides an overview of safety techniques and the steps for greeting and identifying patients in a health care facility.
Students use the Internet to research safety regulations from OSHA, the FDA, and the EPA and demonstrate how to report safety violations by filing an event report.
13. Special Populations
TheSpecial Populationsmodule provides an overview of caring for unique patient population groups, identify illnesses and disorders common to these groups, and discover ways to adapt care and establish positive relationships with patients.
Students also learn patient restraints procedures and alternatives.
14. The Health Assistant
TheHealth Assistantmodule provides an overview of health assistant occupations’ roles and responsibilities.
These include employment opportunities, educational requirements, professionalism, scope of practice, confidentiality, consent, ethics, and safety and standard precautions.
15. Wellness and Nutrition
TheWellness and Nutritionmodule provides an overview of the importance of wellness and nutrition as students learn about choosing health care providers, medications, physical examinations, and creating a practical wellness plan.
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