End-of-life care presents health care professionals as well as patients and family members with many challenges and dilemmas. Education in the holistic and integrative care of individuals at the end of life builds on and expands professional competencies and brings healing and transformation.
The Certificate in End-of-Life Issues represents a specialization in the field of caring for those who are experiencing a terminal illness. It is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who work with dying patients by providing a multidisciplinary educational experience.
This groundbreaking certificate program addresses the dramatic shift taking place in the healthcare field as alternative, holistic, and integrative therapies are increasingly being used to treat mental health conditions.
Integrative mental health emphasizes treating the mind, body, and spirit. In this program, you’ll learn how this new model of medical care combines scientifically proven alternative and complementary methods with medications and psychotherapy to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of individuals with anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental conditions associated with aging, depression, chronic pain, and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, this program explores the treatment of bipolar disorders in children and adolescents.
Medications and conventional psychotherapy have their place in the treatment of individuals with mental health disorders. However, as you’ll learn in this program, there is growing evidence of the effectiveness of other treatment approaches such as nutritional supplements, exercise, light therapy, pet therapy, guided imagery, massage and other manual therapies, music and art therapy, dance therapy, stress management techniques, healing touch, biofeedback, sleep hygiene, acupuncture, and spiritual counseling.
Nutrition is a major determinant of health as well as a factor in many common chronic diseases. In this certificate program, you’ll gain an understanding the role food and water play in health, and see how making appropriate changes in one’s diet can have powerful effects on health throughout life.
You’ll examine how the burden of chronic diseases is rapidly increasing worldwide as traditional, largely plant-based diets are being replaced by high-fat, energy-dense diets with a substantial content of animal-based foods.
You’ll also explore the relationship between nutrition and disease. Consumers and health-care providers alike must understand this relationship so they can choose quality foods that support optimal health.
This certificate addresses these issues and more and provides a solid foundation of for both health care professionals and those wishing to enter the fields of nutrition, health promotion, and lifestyle and wellness coaching.
The Certificate in Perinatal Issues is a multidisciplinary educational experience designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who provide care and support for childbearing women, newborns, and families. The demand for knowledgeable providers to meet the needs of this population is dramatically increasing; new jobs are being developed and new services created. Health professionals who work with this population will need continuing professional education to gain a broad understanding of this specialized area of care and to stay current with emerging trends.
This certificate program provides you with current knowledge in specific perinatal topics so you can effectively meet the needs of childbearing women, newborns, and families through a wide range of professional career paths.
Stress is at epidemic levels in the world today. It affects every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit, resulting in a wide range of symptoms from headaches or stomach ailments to heart disease and death. Currently, as many as 90% of all visits to health-care providers in the United States are considered stress-related.
In this certificate program, you’ll explore the physiological, social, and psychological impacts of stress and study modalities to get stress under control. You’ll examine the relationship between stress and health, nutrition, and physical activity, and discover how stress can develop in the workplace. You’ll trace both the psychological and physiological effects of stress, and understand how stress affects health and well being. Finally, you’ll learn about the different therapies that can help reduce stress, including how healthy living habits—such as exercise and diet—can help counteract the negative impact of stress.
At the end of this program, you’ll appreciate the importance of recognizing the impact of stress, and you’ll have gained knowledge of strategies and therapies to reduce and manage stress.
Are you a health care professional or considering a career in the health care industry? Do you provide products or services to a health care organization? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it’s mandatory that you understand the compliance requirements of HIPAA, and subsequent rules and laws that affect HIPAA, including ARRA/HITECH, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA), the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), and the OMNIBUS rules. These laws require all health care professionals to take careful steps to protect protected health information (PHI). But what exactly do all these regulations require?
In this course, we’ll demystify the compliance process. We’ll focus specifically on the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA, starting by defining the lingo of HIPAA, ARRA/HITECH, ASCA, ACA, and the OMNIBUS rules. While we’re at it, we’ll identify all the important players.
Next, we’ll zero in on the Administrative Simplification rules of HIPAA, starting with transactions, code sets, and identifiers, which are all key elements in the HIPAA-mandated electronic health care transmissions.
We’ll use real-world examples to help explain the Privacy Rule, which governs patient rights and disclosure of protected health information (PHI), We’ll explain what’s meant by covered entities (CE), business associates (BA), and many other relationships within the health care industry impacted by HIPAA.
Since computers are an integral part of health care these days, we’ll see how they fit into the Security Rule. We’ll also examine administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, technical safeguards, and policy and procedure creation—all of which are crucial components of the Security Rule.
Last, but not least, we’ll focus on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), HIPAA’s watchdog organization, and learn about the civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
By the time you finish this course, you’ll be confident and capable of implementing HIPAA’s Administrative Simplification rules, and the laws impacting it, in your own organization. If you’re just starting your career in the health care field, you’ll have a priceless addition to your resume.
Understand the intricacies and inner workings of the human body in this two-part series.
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
In this course we’ll discuss everything from cell anatomy to human genetics to functions of the different organ systems. Each lesson includes information about specific disorders that sometimes happen to our bodies, and we’ll also talk about some recent advances in medicine. By the end of this course, you’ll have a greater appreciation and understanding of the marvelous complexity of the human body!
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
In this course, we’ll cover some more advanced topics that we didn’t have time for in Human Anatomy and Physiology I. We’ll cover histology, how the brain processes senses, cellular metabolism, and even pregnancy and childbirth.
Are you interested in learning more about living things, or perhaps beginning to train for a career in the healthcare or medical professions? This course will help you understand the structure and function of the human body at the level of your tiniest living components—your cells. You’ll also learn about DNA—what it is, what it does, and even a little bit about how forensic scientists use it to solve crimes. The knowledge you’ll gain from this course is essential to understanding the fundamental causes of human disease, and will prepare you for more advanced courses in human anatomy and physiology.
We’ll begin the course by focusing on the structure and function of your cells. You’ll get to know how your cells are organized, then you’ll explore how they obtain the materials and energy your body needs. After you’ve mastered cells, we’ll examine DNA and figure out how it sends messages that have a major impact on your physical appearance, general health, and even your personality traits. You’ll look at how your cells divide for growth and sexual reproduction, and how you can pass some of your traits on to your children. As a grand finale, you’ll bring together many of the elements you’ve learned to understand cancer—what causes it, how it progresses, and how it can be treated.
As you explore each topic, you’ll have lots of opportunities to deepen your understanding and relate what you’re learning to your own life. When things get complicated, you’ll have the guidance you need, so you won’t get overwhelmed by the details. By the end of the course, you’ll have a better appreciation of the fundamental characteristics of living things as well as a solid foundation in the biology of human beings and the biological and medical sciences.
Communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients after taking this discounted series of courses that teach Spanish for medical professionals.
Spanish for Medical Professionals I
Are you struggling to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients? If so, here’s the perfect solution. Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this fun and simple course will give you the basic tools you need to bridge the communication gap. By the end of this course, you’ll have a strong foundation in basic medical Spanish that you can build on for years to come.
Spanish for Medical Professionals II
Do you feel like you have a pretty good sense of intro Spanish, but are ready to take it to the next level? This course picks up where Spanish for Medical Professionals left off. And, if you didn’t take the first course, no problem! This course is also for healthcare providers who already have a pretty good sense of Spanish, but just need more medical vocabulary to sharpen their skills.
A practicing veterinarian prepares you to work in a veterinary office or hospital.
Become a Veterinary Assistant
Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? This course, taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, will give you the information you need to prepare for work in veterinary hospitals.
What vaccinations do cats and dogs really need and how often should they be given? What is the best way to control fleas? What do you do if your dog has a cut? What is the best way to deal with an emergency situation involving a pet? This course will answer all these questions and more.
You’ll learn about pet nutrition and a variety of health and safety issues. You’ll understand how to treat and prevent parasites, including roundworms and heartworms. You’ll even learn the facts of life, as it pertains to dogs and cats.
You’ll explore current thoughts on spaying and neutering, and how to deal with the very emotional issues of euthanasia, pet loss, and how best to assist clients in a time of need.
Special lessons will target specific aspects of veterinary assistant duties. Did you know that a veterinary assistant needs to dispense medications just like a pharmacist? You’ll learn how to interpret medical prescriptions that look like Greek scribbles to the untrained eye.
You’ll also understand the hazards of working in a veterinary setting so that you can protect yourself from x-ray exposure, infections carried by animals, and potential damage from teeth and claws.
Veterinary hospitals are small businesses, not just places of medicine, so you will also gain a complete understanding of their economics – how income is generated and where it goes. You will also explore marketing and communication because they are essential factors in making a business successful.
Even if you are already employed in a veterinary hospital, you will find this course invaluable in helping you understand the reasoning behind decisions and recommendations made by veterinarians. And if you’re a pet owner, this course will help you better assess the quality of veterinary care your pets receive.
Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction
This course is the definitive guide to the principles of sound dog breeding. If you’re a veterinary assistant or preparing to become one, this course will help you understand the essential facts so you can knowledgeably converse with clients on the complexities of canine reproduction.
Candidates for a breeding program need to be assessed not only for conformation, but also for health. They need a thorough reproductive examination and they should be screened for hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia and eye diseases. Once selected, individual dogs are prepared for breeding with the help of proper nutrition, good parasite control, and appropriate vaccination programs.
By studying the hormonal cycle of the female dog in depth, the optimal time for breeding, for both natural mating and artificial insemination, can be identified. When a female fails to conceive, it is important to understand the potential causes. She may be suffering from infertility, but so may the male dog. You’ll find out why.
Once the female has been confirmed pregnant, her needs must be met and preparations made for whelping (by knowing what is normal, when to intercede, and when to seek professional help). Postpartum complications in the female must be considered and close attention given to the needs of the puppies to ensure they reach weaning time in good health.
Become a Veterinary Assistant III: Practical Skills
Learn the practical skills you’ll need to be a valuable veterinary assistant or educated pet owner. Taught by a practicing veterinarian, this course is the third installment in our “Become a Veterinary Assistant” series.
Please join us as we explore all the many duties that a veterinary assistant typically performs. Through instruction and demonstration, you’ll learn how to safely restrain an animal for blood tests, urine collection, and injections. Then you’ll find out how to obtain blood samples, which needles to use for which patient, where the best anatomical sites for collecting blood are located, and how to catheterize a bladder.
We’ll also review the basics of blood and urine interpretation so you’ll come to understand how veterinarians diagnose various conditions.
You’ll gain a throughout understanding of examination room procedures, including disinfecting, prepping, and taking a patient’s TPR (temperature, pulse, and respiration).
Other handy skills we’ll cover include expressing anal glands, bathing, cleaning ears, giving medication, establishing the sex of a young kitten, puppy, or bunny, determining age, and trimming nails.
Throughout the course, you’ll benefit from videos that demonstrate many of these procedures and techniques, as well as state-of-the-art interactive graphics. It’s as close as you can get to actually being right there in the veterinarian’s office!