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Area students graduate with more than diploma

2014 DMACC and Dallas County Hospital Healthcare Careers students.
2014 DMACC and Dallas County Hospital Healthcare Careers students.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Dallas County Hospital have again partnered to allow juniors and seniors from area high schools the opportunity to take four, three-credit hour courses through DMACC. Introduction to Health Care Careers challenged the students to observe professional roles in the fields of pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, physicians, clinics, laboratory and radiology. Additional course work included medical terminology and completion of the nurse aide and advanced nurse aide courses. With the completion of these four courses, students have the tools to take and pass the State of Iowa Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) test with the goal of working in a hospital or nursing home setting or even furthering their education to become a registered nurse or physician. As a complement to their in-class work, the students completed a total of 60 hours of practical work. “It gave them a taste of what it’s like to do morning and bedtime care,” said their instructor Sally Swenson, Dallas County Hospital Education Manager, “The students were also able to observe surgeries and diagnostic testing.” This type of hands-on interaction quickly became one of the favorite activities the students participated in. This course will be offered again starting with the 2014-15 school year thanks to further partnerships between the college, school districts, and the hospital. The job demand is high and the minute a student’s graduates with a Certified Nurse Aide degree they can be working in a variety of settings from home health, long term care, to a hospital. It is also a great foundation on which to build a future in healthcare and many of the students will be pursing health-related degrees in different fields.

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