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The Health Assistant

This module provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of health assistant occupations, including employment opportunities, educational requirements, professionalism, scope of practice, confidentiality, and consent, ethics, and safety and standard precautions.

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The Health Assistant module is designed according to the AES course framework, which includes four phases:

  1. Explore
  2. Learn & Practice
  3. Reflect
  4. Reinforce

Below you'll discover how AES can help you teach your students about the responsibilities of health assistants according to these four phases.

Phase 1: Explore


Activity: Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication

In this activity, students work in teams to demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication, empathy and tact when discussing a medical diagnosis with their team member.

Phase 2: Learn & Practice


Unit 1: Health Assisting

In this unit, students will learn about: the health care team, including line of authority, types of health care facilities, career opportunities, educational requirements, student organizations, and professional development. 

  1. Health Care Teams 
  2. Facilities 
  3. Education and Credentials 
  4. Quiz


Unit 2: Nursing

In this unit, students will learn about: nursing care delivery models and the five steps of the nursing process and the roles of nurse assistants in those models and processes. 

  1. Nursing Care Delivery Models 
  2. The Nursing Process 
  3. Quiz


Unit 3: Qualities of Health Assistants

In this unit, students will learn about: personality traits needed in the medical field, how to interact with patients and team members, problem-solving techniques, stress management, verbal and nonverbal communication, and communication techniques. 

  1. Personality Traits 
  2. Communication 
  3. Quiz


Unit 4: Infection Control and Safety Precautions

In this unit, students will learn about: infection control and hand cleansing, standard and transmission-based precautions, the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, vaccinations, containing medical wastes, health care facility safety guidelines, reporting violations, and the appropriate agencies to contact. 

  1. Infection Control 
  2. Safety Precautions 
  3. Violations 
  4. Quiz


Unit 5: Legal Conduct

In this unit, students will learn about legal aspects of medical practice, including criminal and civil law, tort and contracts, Scope of Practice, privileged communication, HIPAA, and technology and patient privacy. 


  1. Law 
  2. Scope of Practice 
  3. Privileged Communication 
  4. Quiz


Unit 6: Patient Rights and Code of Ethics

In this unit, students will learn about informed consent and exceptions, the Patient's Bill of Rights, the Resident's Bill of Rights, laws, ethics, morals, code of ethics, and ethical and bioethical dilemmas. 

  1. Informed Consent 
  2. Patient and Resident Rights 
  3. Ethics 
  4. Quiz


Unit 7: Communication Exercise

In this exercise, students will observe a scenario involving communication between a healthcare worker and a patient. After two scenario endings, students answer questions to check their understanding. 

  1. Communication Exercise

Phase 3: Reflect


Activity: Reflection Questions and Discussion

In this activity, students will journal about being a competent health care assistant and continuing professional development. A class discussion on these topics can follow.

Phase 4: Reinforce


Activity: Job Search

In this activity, students analyze job advertisements, write a resume and cover letter, and prepare for an interview.


Activity: Self-Portrait

In this activity, students set a career goal for themselves and assesses their strengths and weaknesses as related to achieving their career goal.


Activity: Current Event

Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.

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