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HSC 0003, Health Care Career Paper (Rev. ���20��, P,)

Health Care Career Paper Instructions HSC 0003, Introduction to Healthcare Health Sciences and Related Studies

Medical�Campus Miami Dade College

Topic The purpose of this paper is for students to research, learn and write about specific elements of a health care worker s career. Students are recommended to choose the health care worker in the field they are planning to enter. Examples of paper topics include: Registered Nurse; Diagnostic Medical Sonographer; Physician Assistant; Pharmacy Technician; Massage Therapist or Radiographic Technologist. The Miami Dade College Campus s (Medical Campus) Library has resources dedicated to these careers. Do not choose physicians or dentists as a topic as this paper is not designed for those careers.


x The required format is APA �th ed. o Using MS Word, the paper is to be neat, and well organized using correct spelling�

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x A Cover Page o In APA �th ed. format o All pages are numbered

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x References Page o The title is 5HIHUHQFHV not Works Cited or Bibliography o Indicate the exact source of the specific information used in the paper by citing all

references on the reference page. o Only references cited in the paper with in text citations are to be included on the

reference page. o Include a minimum of six different sources of information (books, professional

journal articles, electronic sources, websites, etc.). o Wikipedia is not acceptable as a reference


The health care career paper is to be the student s original work. Plagiarism is the improper borrowing of another person’s words, ideas, or methods. If you use another person’s material, you must acknowledge your source. When you cite a source properly, you have given credit where it is due, and you have also given your readers a way to locate the original material on their own. But, there is more than that to plagiarism. Copying material directly without placing it between quotation marks, even if you provide the source, is an act of plagiarism.




HSC 0003, Health Care Career Paper (Rev. ���20��, P,)



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CONTENT AND APA CITATION (90% of written paper grade)

I. JOB DESCRIPTION x Describe the care/service provided by the healthcare professional, (used correct APA

ciations) x Describe the limits of authorit and responsibilit �� legislated scope of practice for

this health care career. (used correct APA citations) x Describe the Code of Ethics for this health care occupation (used correct APA


II. EDUCATION /REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION x Describe the HGXFDWLRQDO�requirements for the profession/occupation (using correct�

APA citations) x Identify at least two different educational institutions/schools offering the�program.

(using correct APA citations) x State how much time it takes to complete the program (using correct APA citations) x Describe the approximate cost for each of the educational institutions �using�correct

APA citations) (using correct APA citations) x What LV�WKH�PLQLPXP�degree or certification that can be earned for this health care�

career”�(using�correct APA citations) x Identify the professional certification or registration required (using correct APA x citations)

III. EMPLOYMENT x What is the job availability for this profession? +RZ�PDQ\�MREV�DUH�H[SHFWHG�WR

EHFRPH�DYDLODEOH”�(using correct APA citations) x Growth trends in the field��+RZ�PXFK�LV�WKH�SURIHVVLRQ�JURZLQJ”�(using correct APA

citations) x Number of jobs advertised locally for example in the Sunday Herald or other

publication (using correct APA citations) x Is experience required�IRU�WKH�MREV? +RZ�PXFK”�(xplain� (using correct APA

citations) x Salaries – Entry level and with experience (using correct APA citations) x $Gvancement Rpportunities, WZR�RU�PRUH��with or without additional education (using

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HSC 0003, Health Care Career Paper (Rev. ���20��, P,)

IV. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES x /ocal��State�RU�National Professional Organization�DQG�cost to join as a student��(using�

correct APA citations) x 3rofessional journal with SXEOLFDWLRQ�address and cost. (using correct APA citations) x Are Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) required for this profession? +RZ�PDQ\�DQG�

how often”�(using correct APA citations) x Describe WZR�RU�PRUH�ways �QRW�FRXUVH�VXEMHFWV���that members of a professional�

organization can gain�continuing education�requirements and earn CEUs (using correct� APA citations)

V. REFLECTION / PERSONAL CAREER PLAN x Reflect on how ou see ourself fitting into this profession.�:KDW�DUH


Include goals,�objectives and strategies.


SOURCES OF INFORMATION x At least 6 substantial references are used. They may include: books; professional journal

articles; and web sites. x All references are correctly cited on the Reference page in correct APA �th ed format.

ORGANIZATION, FORMAT, SPELLING, GRAMMAR x Well organized, with each section containing appropriate content x Double spaced, 12-pt font si e, 1 margins. x Body of paper 3 – � pages with separate cover page and reference page. x Correct spelling and grammar.