The Assisted Living Technician Profession
Assisted living is for the adult who needs help with everyday tasks, but desires to live somewhat independently and do not need full-time nursing care. They may require various levels of help in dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, or ambulation/transportation to other areas. Many assisted living facilities are part of retirement communities or a senior housing complex and may be in close proximity to or even a part of a nursing home or a long-term care facility with full-time nursing care if the patient needs this level of care.The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests Assisted Living is projected to be one of the fastest growing areas for employment through 2021. Numerous job openings with excellent opportunities are expected.
The Assisted Living Technician Program
This comprehensive program prepares students for a position as an Assisted Living Technician. Emphasis is on providing care to clients living in retirement communities or senior housing complexes where full-time care may not be required, but an understanding and professional staff is necessary to be there for them when needed. Seniors in these communities may require various levels and types assistance depending on their specific situation, needs and wants.Assisted Living Technicians are compassionate, caring and skilled healthcare professionals that provide this assistance or care for the peace of mind of both the senior population in their charge and the families who wish to see their loved ones continue to thrive in their later years. This program will ensure students are prepared to provide a variety of essential services for their clients with the compassion, sensitivity and understanding necessary to provide care when needed and independence when not. Beyond the medical training provided, this course will ensure students have full understanding of the assisted living environment.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
MODULE 1 - THE RESIDENTIAL CARE ENVIRONMENT
LESSON 1 – THE LONG TERM CARE ENVIRONMENT
LESSON 2 – PHYSIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND SOCIOLOGY OF AGING
LESSON 3 – MEMORY CARE
MODULE 2 – HOMEMAKING AND SAFETY SKILLS
LESSON 4 – INFECTION CONTROL IN A RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENT
LESSON 5 – HOMEMAKING AND SAFETY IN THE RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENT
LESSON 6 – PLANNING, PURCHASING AND SERVING FOOD TO PATIENTS
MODULE 3 – BASIC CARE SKILLS
LESSON 7 – BASIC PERSONAL CARE
LESSON 8 – PREVENTING FLUID OVERLOAD AND DEHYDRATION
LESSON 9 – WARM & COLD APPLICATIONS
MODULE 4 – SKILLS FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
LESSON 10 – ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS FOR ASSISTED LIVING
LESSON 11 – CARE OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
LESSON 12 – CARE OF THE DYING
MODULE 5 – ADVANCED CARE SKILLS
LESSON 13 – REHABILITIATION AND RETURN TO SELF-CARFE
LESSON 14 – CARE OF THE SURGICAL PATIENT
LESSON 15 – SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE
Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.
Education and National Certifications
Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam. Students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for the NHA CCMA certification exam qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.
Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum
Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in a clinical externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide
Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.