The Medical Science program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field.The basic entry-level information that is covered serves as a solid foundation for all students in Medical Sciences regardless of the healthcare profession they are pursuing. The course integrates anatomy and physiology and advanced biology and explores the role of ethics. This “hands on” applied course consists of career exploration, integrated research projects, field trips to medical facilities and skills lab. The Medical Science program offers 2 introduction to college classes through concurrent enrollment with SMCC as well as a Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA) certification.
Medical Terminology (3 college credits) A course designed to introduce medical terminology using a body system approach. The student will develop a basic understanding of medical language by analyzing prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining forms as they relate to the different body systems and basic cellular structure.
Health Science (3 college credits) This course explores the essential principles and professional qualities associated with people working in a variety of medical careers, including a review of best practices for working collaboratively within the healthcare setting; changes in how medical care is practiced throughout the United States; and a broad overview of currently available healthcare opportunities for medical professionals. The student will review current issues in healthcare and determine best practices for the protection of patients and medical professionals. Throughout the course, pertinent aspects of medical ethics; diversity and cultural competence, maintenance of confidential patient information; and the use of electronic medical records will be explored.
CRMA Certification* The purpose of the Certified Residential Medication Aide course is to provide training for professionals working in state-certified residential care homes. The course covers State of Maine regulations, residential facility policies, basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. Participants will discuss common medications in the major drug classes, common side effects of medication and the individual’s response to medication side effects. Participants will learn safe medication administration procedures, vital signs, transcribing physicians’ orders, and how to document on a MAR (Medication Administration Record). Upon completion of this 40-hour medication course participants will be able to administer medications in accordance with Maine’s regulation. Under the guidance of an RN Educator, each participant will be required to complete a clinical Medication Administration in a licensed facility on 3 different residents to be eligible for certification.
*Recertification required every 2 years