Necessary Skills

Skills Needed in Health Professions

Academic: Health Professions is a highly academic program. The medical language is, by nature, complex and requires the ability to read and understand word parts, their meaning, and use in the medical field. The anatomy & physiology portion of the program is demanding and involves terms and concepts at a higher level of language and understanding as well. Independent reading is required, and application of new information is essential.

Computer Skills: Basic computer skills.

Communication Skills: The health care industry requires excellent customer service skills, a positive attitude, and a portrayal of confidence when working with patients. Students must be able to communicate clearly in writing and while speaking.

Problem Solving Skills: Students must be able to think critically and creatively. They must have a willingness to attempt to solve problems on their own before requesting assistance.

Responsibility: Students will study ethics, first aid, CPR, infection control, and safety. They should be able to follow safety guidelines for their own well-being and that of others. The highest standards of honesty and integrity are required in this field and this class. The Health Professions Program upholds the appearance standards and employability requirements of the healthcare industry. This includes a dress code, personal hygiene standards and urine drug screen requirements.

Employability Skills: It is important to get along with other people, to be a good listener, and to have empathy for the suffering of others. A successful Health Professions student is able to be a member of a team in the role of follower as well as leader.