HealthForce Minnesota Curriculum
Contact: Valerie DeFor
Curriculum that prepares students and incumbent workers for the rapidly changing healthcare workplace is central to the MnSCU healthcare programs. Minnesota Healthcare Core Curriculum focuses on patient and direct care. The eight modules are competency-based, entry-level foundation courses that can be taken in any order. The modules are research based and aligned with state and national education and skill standards, and were written by faculty from several campuses and disciplines in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
Equal to four semester credits, the HealthForce Minnesota’s Healthcare Core Curriculum is designed to start students on an educational pathway in healthcare, and to provide a sound orientation to the healthcare workplace. The Core is being incorporated into educational pathways in nursing and allied health. It is a model curriculum for high school health careers programs, and has been adapted for use for English language learners. Minnesota Job Skills Partnership-funded projects have used the Core for incumbent worker training and for orienting new healthcare employees.
Core Curriculum Text Book Note from the Publisher Thompson Del Mar
With the advancements in technology, we were able to address many of the concerns of the old edition. The custom text comes from four different books, but we were able to reflow and reformat all the material so it has a consistent layout and design throughout the book. The entire text was repaginated and a new index created. The book is also a four-color text. The ISBN is 1401892094 and it is $50 net. Schools can order by calling Customer Service at 800-347-7707. We did a larger run of this book and carry inventory on it, so there is no longer a need for the 4-6 week notice for ordering. There is also an instructor's resource CD available.
With funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (formerly DTED), grants were made to several of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses to develop flexible education programs in nursing and laboratory technology. Projects include streamlined nursing education pathways, flexible evening programs, new offerings in rural communities, distance learning, and collaborations among several campuses.