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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | | NURS107 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Orientation to Health Occupations Fields
DIVISION:Adult Education

Students will have the opportunity to research and discuss areas in the Health Occupational field in which they are interested. By the end of the class, students will know the educational requirements, employment opportunities and salary expectations for numerous health occupations. This course also serves as an introduction to the Certified Nursing Assistant Program.

Student must have an 8 th grade reading level and 7 th grade math level based on standardized testing, and be a resident of College District #507.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Become aware of requirements of employment for various healthcare fields.
  2. Understand salary expectations in the healthcare field.
  3. Identify healthcare facilities and agencies in the community.
  4. Understand ethics as it pertains to appearance, both physical, emotional, and conduct.
  5. Increase awareness of the many departments required for healthcare facilities to function.
  6. Understand the importance of written application and job interview.
  7. Complete a written application correctly.
  8. Recognize appropriate appearance for job interview, dress and hygiene.
  9. Become aware of questions that may be asked at interview and responses.
  10. Understand standard of care expected.
  11. Motivate students to give good patient care.

  1. Requirements for Employment
    1. Education
    2. Time Schedule
    3. Physical Exam
    4. Probationary Period
    5. In-Services
    6. Orientation
    7. Background Checks
    8. Drug Screening
  2. Benefits
    1. Salary
    2. Vacation
    3. Medical Insurance
    4. Sick Leave
    5. Continuing Education
  3. Healthcare Facilities Available for Employment
    1. Hospitals
    2. Home Health Agencies
    3. Clinics
    4. Nursing
    5. Dr. Offices
  4. Discussion of Ethics & How it Pertains to the Healthcare Field
    1. Definition of Ethics
    2. Personal Health
    3. Following Directions
    4. Dress
    5. Confidentiality
    6. Legal Involvement
    7. Spiritual Aspects
    8. Tipping
    9. Reporting to Work
    10. Loyalty
    11. Manners
    12. Obeying Rules
    13. Respecting Property
    14. Probation
    15. Honesty
    16. Co-Workers
    17. Employer
    18. Promptness
    19. Resident Rights
    20. Family and Visitors
    21. Resignation
  5. Written Application
    1. Apply In Person
    2. Apply Alone
    3. Complete Application at Facility
    4. Complete Application Correctly
      1. Spelling and Penmanship
      2. Respond to ALL Required Fields
      3. References
        1. Have names, addresses, and telephone numbers on hand.
        2. Do not rely on memory
      4. Be prepared to write a short statement about yourself.
  6. Job Interview
    1. Be On Time
    2. Dress Appropriately
    3. Hygiene
    4. Make Eye Contact & Smile
    5. Know Interviewer’s Name
    6. Stand & Shake Hands at the Beginning and End of Interview
    7. Body Language
    8. Questions That May Be Asked & How to Respond
    9. Positive Attitude
    10. Questions Applicant May Ask
      1. Hours and days expected to work
      2. Benefits
      3. Time Frame

  1. Being A Nurse Assistant | 7 th Edition | Brandy-Patience Hall
  2. Video – “Effective Answers to Interview Questions” – Jist, Indianapolis
  3. Film Strip – “Ethics for the Nursing Assistant” – Chance Development Corp.
  4. Instructor-Generated Materials
See bookstore website for current book(s) at

Students will be given a grade of PASS/FAIL based on classroom participation, projects, quizzes and tests.


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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