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Health Services

Health Services is open to Juniors OR Seniors, at least 16 Years of Age or Older Upon Enrollment. It is offered during both the A.M. and P.M.

The instruction in Health Services is designed to provide specific educational experiences essential for development of skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for employment in existing and emerging health occupations. Each student will develop understanding and skills in basic nursing practice as they apply to the duties of a nurse’s aide.

Instruction will include procedures and directions in the following areas: basic hygiene and infection control techniques, bed making, personal care procedures, food service, charting, basic preventative and restorative care, basic observation, safety techniques, basic emergency first aid, uncomplicated nursing procedures, i.e., recording vital signs, weighing and measuring, etc; communication and mathematical skills, interpersonal relationships, teamwork, and ethical and legal responsibilities. Students must be at least 16 years of age to participate in this program and have reliable transportation to and from the clinical sites.

During the course, each student will have the opportunity to meet the requirements and pass exams to become certified in both Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and as Nursing Assistants.

1. The basic program consists of a minimum of 75 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours on-the-job clinical practice completed by each student under the supervision of an R.N. or L.P.N. approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services. The supervisor shall provide documentation to the instructor(s) that the one-hundred hours have been completed prior to final testing for state certification purposes.

2. The student must pass a minimum of three (3) written or oral tests throughout the course with a score of eighty (80) percent or better on each test to be eligible to take the final exam, according to the Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Health Standards and Licensure.

3. The final written or oral examination is 75 questions presented by the examiner based on the standardized curriculum and selected from a specific test pool of questions which are safeguarded under the auspices of the Department of Health and Senior Services. The student must score a minimum of 80% to pass the written or oral exam.

4. The student must also successfully complete at least nine (9) procedures under the observation of the instructor or a facility licensed nurse and the state examiner. The nine (9) procedures shall always include a type of bath, vital signs, transfer techniques, feeding techniques, active or passive range of motion, dressing and grooming, skin care, hand washing, and gloving. Other procedures may be determined by resident’s needs. All procedures must be evaluated.

5. All students must successfully pass both a criminal background check and an Office of Inspector General background check as required by the appropriate state agencies. This is paid for by Jefferson College.

Regular attendance is vital for success in this program. All requirements as listed must be met for state certification.

Minimum Requirements:
Students must have personal, dependable transportation for all clinical site assignments. Students are responsible for transportation and related expenses to and from clinical sites.

The student must have a basic understanding of the following mathematical concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The student should understand and be functional in these concepts as they pertain to whole numbers, fractions and decimals.

Students enrolled in a Career Education Program are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Students must be able to follow instructions and work as a member of a team to achieve the course objectives. Students are expected to be accurate, have a positive attitude and maintain good attendance throughout the school year.

Instruction will involve both classroom and laboratory experiences with home study required.

Students are also required to meet minimum restrictions for lifting.

Recommended High School Courses:

  • General Science
  • Health
  • Applied Math through Algebra
  • Biology and Chemistry (Recommended for Nursing and Allied Health Careers)

These are not established as pre-requisites. Students that have been successful in any of these courses have historically demonstrated a higher degree of success in this career education program.

Estimated Instructional Materials Requirement:
Students enrolled in the Health Services Assistant Program are required by the Division of Health Standards and Licensure to participate in a supervised learning experience in a related health service facility. Since this type of instruction cannot be given on the Jefferson College campus, students enrolled in the program must provide their own transportation when the class meets off campus. Clinical instruction is at a local, long-term health care facility.

To participate in the class, students must purchase the items needed on the Health Services Supply list on page 56. Students do not need these items on the first day of classes. The instructor will let students know when to bring in their materials to class and clinical.

For more information on this program, please contact any of the following:

Your high school guidance counselor

Amanda McCarty, ATS Recruiter and Placement Coordinator

amccarty@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3498

OR the program instructor, Jacalyn Eberhart         

jeberhar@jeffco.edu or (636)481-3457