Certified Nursing Assistant/Therapeutic Services-Nursing Pathway

Certified Nursing Assistant/Therapeutic Services-Nursing Pathway

This pathway is offered through Dual Enrollment with Lanier Tech and students must meet program requirements for admission.
Therapeutic Services – Nursing Pathway

After completing an Introduction to Healthcare Science, students in the Therapeutic Services - Nursing pathway will be exposed to necessary skills and knowledge useful in any area in healthcare. The second course in this pathway, Essentials of Healthcare will cover anatomy and physiology of each body system, medical terminology, diseases and disorders, diagnosis and treatment and skills related to each system. Careers in the Therapeutic Services pathway are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Health professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; and may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information. There are many ways to advance in the nursing field including: licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner nurse anesthetist, and nurse midwife. Many nursing schools now require a student to have their CNA prior to applying for the program, so the certified nursing assistant credential is a good starting point for not only nursing, but other medical careers. The third and fourth courses towards the CNA are available through Dual Enrollment with Lanier Tech. This pathway culminates with an opportunity for students to take the certified nursing assistant (CNA) end of pathway assessment from the GA Medical Care Foundation and potentially earn the certified nursing assistant (CNA) credential.


@ DCHS: Course 1 – Introduction to Healthcare Science 25.52100
@ DCHS: Course 2 – Essentials of Healthcare 25.44000
Lanier Tech Course 3 -Patient Care Fundamentals 25.43600
Lanier Tech Course 4 - Patient Care Technician 25.44900
Introduction to Healthcare Science 25.52100

This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry. The concepts of human
growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills
development is initiated including microbiology, basic life support and first aid. This course will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global marketplace and/or the postsecondary nstitution of their choice to continue their education and training.
Introduction to Healthcare Science 25.52100

This course will enable students to receive initial exposure to the many Healthcare Science careers as well as employability, communication, and technology skills necessary in the healthcare industry. The concepts of human
growth and development, interaction with patients and family members, health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as the legal, ethical responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills
development is initiated including microbiology, basic life support and first aid. This course will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the healthcare global marketplace and/or the postsecondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training.
Patient Care Fundamentals 25.43600

This course is designed to provide students interested in the careers that involve patient care with entry level skills most commonly associated with the career Nursing Assistant. The students are required to meet both national and intrastate professional guidelines as designated by applicable regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a specific focus on the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Upon completion of this course and its prerequisites, this course meets the Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum content as specified by the Georgia Medical Care Foundation. Students meeting all academic, attendance, and age requirements may sit for the Georgia Registry’s Examination. Successful completion of the Georgia Registry Examination allows students to seek employment in the state of Georgia as a Certified Nurse Assistant. (Programs and instructors must affiliate with and be approved by the GA Medical Care Foundation www.gmcf.org in order for students to be able to sit for the GA Registry Examination.
Requirements for equipment, clinical hours, etc. can be found through the GA Medical Care Foundation.) Any Healthcare Science course that includes a clinical component (excluding a shadowing experience field trip) must adhere to identified guidelines under (WBL) work-based learning (available at ctae.gadoe.org under WBL manual.
Training for the Healthcare Science teacher on these guidelines will be provided
Patient Care Technician 25.44900

The optional fourth course is designed to offer senior students the opportunity to become effective and efficient multi-skilled healthcare providers as they practice skills learned in Patient Care Fundamentals and develop a working knowledge of advanced patient care skills including basic cardiology, 12-lead EKG’s, oxygen therapy, basic phlebotomy, and specimen collection and processing. When taken as the fourth course in the Therapeutic Services – Patient Care Fundamentals pathway, students successfully completing the requirements may be eligible to sit for Patient Care Technician Certification. If seeking eligibility to sit for the Patient Care Technician certification exam it will be important to verify any special requirements specified by the certifying body. These requirements could change
from year to year. The prerequisites for this course include Introduction to Healthcare Science, Essentials of Healthcare, and Patient Care Fundamentals.