Therapeutics: The Art of Restoring and Maintaining Wellness

This course focuses on careers that help restore and maintain mobility and physical and mental health, such as physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, dieticians and dietetic technicians, art therapist, neurotherapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and registered dental hygienists.

Each career is explored in depth, examining typical job duties, educational and licensure requirements, working conditions, average salary, and job outlook. Key concepts and specific skill sets are introduced in the lessons, allowing students to apply what they have learned to health careers.

This course is important because skilled health care workers are in high demand and expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The unprecedented growth in this field is due to an aging population with more chronic conditions, new technology that has saved and lengthened lives, and increased demand for high-tech services.

Students who take this course will come away with a broad perspective of the myriad career opportunities in health care today. They will understand how people in different health care professions interact with each other, and how significant expected growth in the industry can give them flexibility, good pay, and high job satisfaction.

OBJECTIVES

  • Compare and contrast careers that help restore and maintain mobility and enhance physical and mental health.
  • Evaluate the importance of prevention and preventive services in health.
  • Assess the importance of education, training, certification, and licensure in different health professions.
  • Examine the roles and responsibilities of health care workers as part of the health care team.
  • Understand ethical guidelines and legal limitations inherent in each career.
  • Examine variations in scope of practice that can influence job descriptions by state.
  • Summarize the value of therapy in maintaining health and treating the whole person rather than just one part or a disease.

Therapeutics Course Requirements

Students will have to research different aspects of health care in the areas of science, medicine, social science, psychology, and microbiology. They also will be asked to find and summarize job-specific information such as licensure requirements in their state.

Some of the tasks in the chapter projects ask for answers that can be found in the lessons themselves, while others require research using the Internet. Students should have access to a computer with Internet and a good working knowledge of how to find information on the Web. While sample URLs are usually presented as a starting point, the student should have a basic knowledge of using search engines to find specific information.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Health Science
Course Length: Semester