Program Overview

Critical Objectives

Critical objectives are objectives deemed to be of such importance to the practice of healthcare that satisfactory performance in each objective must be maintained throughout the BSHS program. An infraction of any critical objective may result in corrective action (see Corrective Action Policy). However, corrective action may vary according to the scope and seriousness of the behavior. Infractions may result in immediate failure of the course and/or dismissal from the College. If a student demonstrates behaviors that require corrective action within a course, the student must correct the behaviors in order to pass the course. Corrective action information may be communicated between faculty within the program to maintain consistency of behavior and monitor progress. Course-related corrective actions related to the course critical objectives should be carefully documented by faculty, shared with students and program coordinator, and maintained in a secure file in the office of the BSHS program coordinator.

Critical objectives are applicable while providing patient care and when interacting with the health care team, clients, peers, faculty and others both in clinical and classroom situations. Critical objectives are listed under course outcomes in the syllabi. The expectation/outcome is that the student will demonstrate individual accountability for professional behavior.
 
To meet the critical objectives, the student will:
 
  • Follow dress code
  • Display professional attitude, actions, and respect when interacting with the client, family/significant others, health care team, peers, faculty, others
  • Act to preserve/maintain the cultural identities of others and accommodate/negotiate diverse lifeways
  • Practice within legal limits of the respective allied health profession as defined in the Illinois and Iowa Acts and Rules, policies and procedures of the assigned health care organization and/or healthcare unit/department, and recognized written standards of practice, including the health and safety requirements of the College for tuberculosis testing, CPR certification, immunizations, and OSHA and HIPAA training
  • Use principles of safety including practicing within the scope of skills and knowledge when implementing care based upon the client’s physical and psychological condition, age, development level, and environment
  • Demonstrate emotional and physical stability when providing care and when interacting with health care team, peers, faculty, and others
  • Use honest, accurate, objective verbal and written communication in reporting and recording care, written assignments, and interacting with the health care team, clients, peers, faculty, and others
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors in complying with the standards set forth in the respective allied health Code of Ethics by reflecting integrity and confidentiality at all times
  • Demonstrate accountability in attendance at clinical experience with punctuality, completion of commitments, and reporting of absences according to College policy as identified previously in this Catalog and individual course syllabus
  • Demonstrate timely preparation for the clinical experience in verbal and written communication and patient care