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As a CTE health science teacher, your curriculum ranges from health science foundations to certification-focused topics.
While introductory healthcare classes have many options available, it’s challenging to find age-appropriate resources for courses focused on specific careers, like phlebotomy technicians.
While HealthCenter21 isn’t a full phlebotomy technician curriculum, many teachers use it as a supplement to teach foundational skills and concepts.
In this article, you’ll discover which HealthCenter21 learning modules we recommend you use as a supplement for phlebotomy technician classes.
Before getting into the details, it’s essential to understand how HealthCenter21 is structured.
"HealthCenter21 is a great asset for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam. In fact, my past students told me that the AES course for Phlebotomy helped more for passing their certification exam than the certification preparation materials."
Regina Jackson, Health Science Instructor DeBakey High School for Health Professions, TX
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 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.
Now that you understand the four-phase curriculum and how you can leverage it let’s discuss which HealthCenter21 modules work best in a phlebotomy technician course.
Which Curriculum Modules Should You Use in a Phlebotomy Technician Class?
The HealthCenter21 modules recommended for teaching a phlebotomy technician curriculum are:
Anatomy and Physiology
CPR and Basic Life Support
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Medical Office Assistant
Specimen Collection and Testing
This list includes the ten modules that will help your students learn the foundational knowledge and skills on the NHA CPT 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 in introductory 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 phlebotomy technician classes.
In one activity, students research a bloodborne virus, syndrome, or community resource and create a brochure about the virus, syndrome, or community resource.
CPR and Basic Life Support
In the CPR and Basic Life Support module, students will learn all aspects of adult and pediatric BLS rescue, including concepts behind why specific procedures are used. This module gives students a strong foundation in CPR and BLS to help prepare them for BLS certification.
The Emergency Care module provides an overview of emergency care as students learn to assess emergencies.
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.
The Infection Control module 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.
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
The Legal and Ethical Responsibilities module 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.
Topics include educational requirements, professionalism, personal appearance, teamwork, effective communication, HIPAA, and the legal issues that pertain to office personnel.
The Personal Qualities module provides an overview of the expected appearance and personal characteristics of successful health care workers as they understand the importance of communication, practice dealing with workplace situations, and evaluate workplace teams.
The Phlebotomy module provides an overview of how to collect blood specimens using venipuncture and fingerstick techniques.
Students learn about skin puncture, venipuncture, microhematocrit, hemoglobin, blood glucose, PKU tests, and more. You’ll also find a learning game that helps students practice the CLSI order of draw.
The Safety Precautions module 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.
Students practice common procedures for collecting stool and urine specimens, strain urine, and perform common tests. They explore cultures, smears, and stains and practice taking throat, wound, and sputum specimens.
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