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ALH 1000 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ALH 1000 - Careers in Healthcare

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is designed to explore careers in healthcare that require skilled healthcare professionals and practitioners. Discussion includes places of employment, educational requirements, licensures, occupational descriptions, and career opportunities.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the four broad types of health services and different types of healthcare facilities in the United States
  • Explain the role of government in healthcare, government payment systems, and private insurance payers
  • Compare and contrast the following factors among the professions: education requirements, employment trends, opportunities for advancement, salary potential, and career ladders
  • Describe the differences in licensing, certification, and registration for careers of interest
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

READ 0810

Course Topics:
  • U. S. Health Care
  • Categories of Health Services
  • Paying for Health Services
  • Aging, Health, and Long-Term Care (LTC)
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Medical and Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Planning
  • Career Development
  • Physicians, Surgeons, Podiatrists
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Communication Impairment Professionals
  • Physical Therapy, Orthotists, and Prosthetists
  • Athletic Trainers and Exercise Physiologists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Administration
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  • Radiation Technology
  • Diagnostics and Related Technology
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners
  • Clinical Laboratory Technology
  • Massage Therapists and Recreational Therapists
  • Health Information Personnel
  • Medical and Nursing Assistants
  • Home, Personal, and Psychiatric Aides
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Occupational and Environmental Science
Specific Course Requirements:

Computer, Internet access and the textbook

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Percent EarnedAssigned Grade
93% - 100%A
85% - 92%B
77% - 84%C
70%- 76%D
69% or underF

Graded Items

4 of Discussions, 50 points eachSubtotal Points - 20020%
5 of Module quizzes @ 30 points eachSubtotal Points - 15015%
1 Career Investigation and PresentationSubtotal Points - 10010%
1 Excel spreadsheet comparison of healthcare careersSubtotal Points - 10010%
1 Career Plan PaperSubtotal Points - 15015%
4 Module Cases @ 25 points eachSubtotal Points - 10010%
1 Mock ResumeSubtotal Points - 10010%
1 Mock Cover LetterSubtotal Points - 10010%
Total PointsTotal Course Points - 1000100%


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:


The discussion is to determine how well you understand the readings. The instructor will respond to any students’ questions or responses and students are required to participate in the discussion with comments and or questions. Each discussion topic is worth 50 points toward your final grade (20% total of final grade). Your original post should address the discussion question with in-depth thought and analysis. These posts are intended to simulate the sort of discussions we would have in a normal class setting. Generally, your original post should be about 2-3 well-developed paragraphs. A well-developed paragraph is 4-6 sentences.

Your response to a classmate can be shorter, but it should still be thoughtful and carefully worded. Try to expand on your classmate's ideas if you can. You may also disagree with your classmate's stance but do so in a civil manner.

Case Studies

Case studies will determine your understanding of the educational requirements and specialty classifications for the professions discussed for the week. each case study is worth 25 points (10% of your final grade) and is submitted in the assignment dropbox labeled case study 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. 


The quiz is to determine how well you understand the readings. The instructor will respond to any students’ questions or responses to the quiz and students are required to take the quiz.  Quizzes count as 15% of your final grade. Be sure to review the assigned chapters in the textbook for each week and the module content prior to taking this quiz.

Career Comparison Spreadsheet

Career Comparison Spreadsheet is worth 100 points (10% of your final grade). This activity measures your ability to compare and contrast the following factors among the professions: educational requirements, employment trends, opportunities for advancement, salary potential, and careers of interest. You will prepare a spreadsheet to compare the provided items for each career presented in the textbook. The spreadsheet is available for download in module 3. 

Career Investigation - Research and Presentation Project

This project is designed to help you choose a health care career of interest to investigate and determine the path to achieve your career goal. You are going to create a PowerPoint presentation with script notes that is 12-15 slides long. You should provide information concerning educational and training requirements, employment trends, opportunities for advancement, and salary potential. It is worth 100 points (10% of your final grade) and is submitted in the assignment dropbox titled Career Investigation Presentation.

Career Plan Paper

The Career Plan Paper is worth 150 points (15% of your final grade). You will write a 3-5-page double-spaced essay with references that includes career goals, why this career is a good fit for you, and what you will need to prepare in order to achieve those goals. The paper must include your plan to get the education and develop the skills required (degrees, certificates, and license, etc.) to achieve your career path.

This assignment measures your ability to compare and contrast different career choices and choose one. You should include the following information for choice of a healthcare profession: educational and training requirements, employment trends, advancement opportunities, salary potential, licensure, 
certification, or registration required.

Resume and Cover Letter

You will develop a resume and cover letter in pursuit of your career choice. Each assessment is worth 100 points (10% of your final grade). 

Career Comparison Spreadsheet is worth 100 points (10% of your final grade). This activity measures your ability to compare and contrast the following factors among the professions: educational requirements, employment trends, opportunities for advancement, salary potential, and careers of interest. You will prepare a spreadsheet to compare the provided items for each career presented in the textbook. The spreadsheet is available for download in module 3. 

Class Participation:

Students are expected to submit assignments before or on the due dates. Class participation depends on the submission of assignments in a timely manner.  If your assignments are not submitted on time and you have not contacted the instructor you will receive a "0" for that assignment. 

Late Policy:


Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


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Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on September 7, 2018