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  1. 1. Module Six: <ul><li>Health Career </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration </li></ul>
  2. 2. Objectives: <ul><li>Students will: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the broad range of careers in health care and related fields </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the difference between associate and baccalaureate programs </li></ul><ul><li>Describe personal qualities of health professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Describe the value of volunteer service in preparation for a health career </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Choose a Career in Health Care? <ul><li>Very rewarding, noble work in helping others. </li></ul><ul><li>Fastest growing careers are in health care for example nursing & physical therapy. </li></ul><ul><li>Shortage of workers now, and due to the aging population, even more will be needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Great salaries and flexible work schedules. </li></ul><ul><li>Many opportunities to work with different populations and age groups. </li></ul><ul><li>You are valuable and you can make a difference in your community! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Personal Qualities & Skills Needed to Work in Health Care. <ul><li>Caring Attitude! </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to improving health and wellbeing of others. </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity to cultural diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Good Communication skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of another language helpful. </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of team work, with fair & ethical value system. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong leadership skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to life long learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinker and problem solver. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Range of Health Careers <ul><li>Therapeutic: nurse, doctor, dentist, dietitian, physical therapist, physician assistant, pharmacist, social worker & more. </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic: lab technologist, X-ray tech, phlebotomist, nuclear medicine, pathologist & more. </li></ul><ul><li>Health Informatics : clerk, medical coder, insurance specialist, health educator, Public Health, Librarian & more. </li></ul><ul><li>Support Services: biomedical engineer, central Service, food service, materials management & more. </li></ul><ul><li>Biotechnology: biochemist, microbiologist, research scientist & more. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Variety of Work settings <ul><li>Clinics, hospitals, office settings </li></ul><ul><li>Home care, hospice </li></ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Mental health agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Public health departments </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Military and more </li></ul>
  7. 7. Variety for a lifetime <ul><li>Variety in work settings </li></ul><ul><li>Many specialties such as pediatrics, surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Advance your career to administration, education or clinical </li></ul><ul><li>Work with different patient populations such as the elderly </li></ul><ul><li>Travel opportunities </li></ul>
  8. 8. National Health Service Corps <ul><li>After college, think about serving the underserved in areas of the country most in need of your help. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loan repayment and scholarship programs available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check it out! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. How Long Does it Take? <ul><ul><li>Certificate programs- such as nurse aide and medical assistant take as little as 3 months to 1 year to train </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate degrees- such as RN, physical therapy assistant takes 2 years @ a community college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baccalaureate degree- such as social work, medical lab tech takes 4 years @ a college or university. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. High School Preparation- - college prep if possible <ul><li>Math courses-3-4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Science courses (with a lab)3-4 years </li></ul><ul><li>English courses-4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies/History courses-3years </li></ul><ul><li>Language-2-4 years of same one </li></ul><ul><li>Choose electives wisely! </li></ul><ul><li>Computer applications, be computer literate, it’s vital for college ! </li></ul>
  11. 11. You Can Start Preparing NOW for a Career <ul><li>Do well in school, study, focus </li></ul><ul><li>Take the courses that will prepare you for health career programs after high school </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the Youth Health Service Corps, to get “hands on experience” Volunteer and participate in Service Learning Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Make your self an unique applicant for college </li></ul>
  12. 12. Stick Out!!! <ul><li>“ In my list of extra-curriculars, I chose not to focus on the activities that a lot of students in my school did, such as honor society and class council. Thinking back, I may have even omitted such things from my application altogether. Instead, I talked about my achievements that were distinctive and different, such as an international charity club I founded in my sophomore year. I knew that no one else from my high school, or maybe even the nation, had done such a thing. It made me unique. Such “somethings” will make you an interesting and distinctive applicant, someone who stands out from the crowd in a special way.” –Sarah Wallace </li></ul>