Health Care Team

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This badge enables the individual to understand the various career fields in health care industries.
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This is a list of a few possible career opportunities embedded in the healthcare field.

The demand for healthcare worker is increasing in all areas. New technology broadens the scope of healthcare, increase the need for individuals with advanced skills, while the demand for traditional healthcare worker is expanding rapidly.

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Activities Director-

Assesses, plans and implements recreational programs for physical and emotional well-being

Educational or skill training: BS, Varies by State



Tests hearing; prescribes hearing aids; works with persons who are hard of hearing

Educational or skill training: MS, national test, license in some states



Assists with spiritual needs

Educational or skill training: Pastoral training 


Clinical Nurse Specialist

Provides nursing care...specialty in geriatrics, critical care, diabetes, rehabilitation, and wound care 

Educational or skill training: RN 


Dental Hygienist

Provides preventing dental disorder; supervised by a licensed dentist

Educational or skill training: completion of an accredited dental hygiene program, state license



Prevent and treats disorders and diseases of the teeth, gums and oral structures

Educational or skill training: Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) and state license



Plans for nutritional needs; teach good nutrition 

Educational or skill training: BS, national test, state license


Licensed Practical Nurse

Provides direct nursing care, under the supervision of RN

Educational or skill training: Certification and state license


Medical Health Information Technician

Responsible for the IT system that maintains medical records

Educational or skill training: AS and a state test


Medical Laboratory Technician 

Collects samples and performs laboratory test

Educational or skill training: AS and state test


Medical Technologist

Perform complicated laboratory tests, supervise MLT's

Educational or skill training: BS, national and state test


Medication Assistant Certified

Gives medications allowed by state law under the supervision of RN

Educational or skill training: CNA with additional education and training


Nurse Practitioner

Work with team to provide and plan a route to improved health care

Educational or skill training: RN with an MS plus experience in nursing, certification


Nursing Assistant

Assists nurses and provides direct patient care 

Educational or skill training: completion of an approved state program


Occupational Therapist

Assists persons to learn or retain skills needed for daily activities; 

Educational or skill training: BS plus national and state license


Occupational Therapist Assistant

Performs specific tasks and services directed by the Occupational Therapist

Educational or skill training: AS, national and state certification 



Fills drugs, monitors drug interaction, consults with doctors about drug action

Educational or skill training: Doctor of Pharmacy and State license


Pharmacist Technician 

Fill drugs, maintain records

Educational or skill training: approved state program and state test


Physical Therapist

Assists persons with musculoskeletal problems

Educational or skill training: BS, state license


Physical Therapist Assistant 

Performs specific tasks and function as prescribed by the PT

Educational or skill training: AS, national certification


Physician's Assistant

Assists doctors in diagnosis and treatment

Educational or skill training: BS, MS, national certification and state license



Diagnosis and treats diseases and injuries

Educational or skill training: Doctor of Medicine, national certification and state license



Prevents, diagnoses and treats foot disorders 

Educational or skill training: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, state license


Radiologic Technologist

Takes x-rays and imagining 

Educational or skill training: AS, BS, national test and state license


Registered Nurse

Plans implements and evaluates nursing care

Educational or skill training: AS, BS, state license


Respiratory Therapist

Assist in the treatment of lung and heart disorders

Educational or skill training: AS, BS, state license


Social Worker

Deals with social, emotional effects of an illness

Educational or skill training: BS, MS national and state certification


Speech Pathologist 

Treats individuals with speech, voice, hearing, communication and swallowing disorders

Educational or skill training: MS national and state test

Please take time to review the career opportunities above. 

Identify three career pathways from the list above or any healthcare career that you might be interested in investigating. Identify the following for those selected:  Name of Career, Basic Responsibilities, Educational Requirements (make sure to add certification and licenses required to practice), Average Pay, Number of Jobs Available for that Career in the US, Number of Jobs Available for that Career in Kansas. (Job availability and average salary can be located on Indeed Job search site)


Create and share with your mentor a list of 10 questions that you would like to ask someone in the field you find most interesting.

With your mentor's approval, contact an individual that holds that career title and arrange an interview. At the interview communicate the list of 10 questions and record their responses. Share, for discussion the responses with your mentor.

Organizational Flow Chart

The organizational flow chart is a depiction of the order in which authority and power in an organization are delegated from top management to every employee at every level of the organization. Instructions flow downward along the chain of command and accountability flows upward.



In this organization flow chart: the nursing assistants are supervised by the staff RNs. Staff RNs report to the nurse managers and the nurse manager to the nurse supervisors. The nurse supervisors report to the director of nursing commonly referred to as the DN. The DN is responsible for reporting to the facility administrator.

All organization operates with a formal or an informal flow chart. Informal flow charts are generally not written down and are the result of the culture of the organization. Formal flow charts are normally published in the "Employee Handbook".

The first couple of days on a new job a new employee will be provided an "Employee Handbook". The handbook will contain important information about the organization and we encourage all new employee's to take the time to review the material. Many times the newly hired employee will be required to sign a statement indicating that they have read the "Employee Handbook".

Develop and submit for discussion with your mentor a presentation illustrating the organizational flow chart for your school. Please keep in mind that the school may have several branches to the flow chart including; Teachers, Athletics, Dietary, Transportation, Janitors, Nursing, etc.   


Healthcare System

The health care system is a vast complex of systems and providers, consumers, and third-party

insurance organizations.




Hospital Systems

A hospital is defined as an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.

A hospital system is a group of healthcare facilities that work together to deliver services to their communities. There are numerous career opportunities within a hospital. Direct patient care, diagnostic work, facility maintenance, accounting, and personnel management, just to name a few.   Different types of hospital systems have different types of ownership and financial goals. Types of hospital systems include:

  • Public Hospitals Public hospitals are funded and owned by local, state or federal governments and receive money from the government. Some public hospitals are associated with medical schools.
  • Non-profit Hospitals Non-profit hospitals are often community hospitals and may be linked with a religious denomination. The main goal of a non-profit hospital is to provide service to the community.
  • Private Hospitals Private hospitals are owned by investors. Their goal is to earn a profit. Private hospitals tend to offer more profitable services such as rehabilitation, elective or plastic surgery or cardiology. They try to avoid unprofitable services such as emergency medicine, which can lose money due to uninsured patients

We've provided a brief overview of a hospital and the types that one may encounter. Take a moment to investigate and list 5 other types of healthcare facilities that differ from the traditional hospital setting. Provide a brief description of the service they offer and the professions that might be employed by this type of facility. Please submit the gathered information for discussion with your mentor.

One of the patients' responsibilities is the pay for the services received at a medical institution. One method of payment involves health insurance.   

Health Insurance

  • How insurance works
  • Health insurance payers and plans
  • Uninsured patients

Healthcare is expensive. Even diagnosing and treating a short-term illness can cost thousands of dollars. Health insurance is a way to spread out the cost of healthcare among a group of people. The premiums we pay each month to create a pool of money so when someone in the group is sick or injured, money from the pool pays for their healthcare. Some people pay in more than they ever use. Some of us get back more than we pay in.

Healthcare costs are paid for by private payers or public payers. Private payers are insurance companies and public payers are federal or state governments.

Two of the most common programs are Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare is a national health insurance program, started in 1966 under the guidance of the Social Security Administration and now administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older. Medicaid is a state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services. 

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