HIV CEU Course for Massage Therapists – Outline and Learning Outcomes
As a massage therapist, there are two things that are probably on your mind every single day: providing your clients with top quality service, and running your business in a successful manner.
New clients come in every day, and repeat clients come back weekly, biweekly, monthly, or seasonally. For new clients, you do your best to execute a comprehensive intake process; assess their needs; and give them the best service you can possibly provide. This involves the implementation of a variety of massage techniques that you’ve mastered: some of them more conventional, and some more unique modalities as well. With repeat clients, you observe and assess their progress and continue working with them to give them the results they seek.
When it comes to your business, you work tirelessly to make your massage practice a success. In addition to the day-to-day tasks of scheduling, paperwork, forms, filing, billing, and so on, you work to execute a marketing strategy that keeps you in front of repeat clients and exposes new ones to your business.
Caring for clients and running a successful practice are both incredibly important. With the whirlwind schedule that often accompanies a small massage therapy office, though, it’s easy to overlook some fundamental concerns, including safety.
You’re likely already committed to understanding the importance of medical errors in your practice, and how to avoid them. Just as essential, though, is obtaining an education related to other potential safety issues.
Our HIV CEU course is an important component of a comprehensive safety-focused education for massage therapists. What are the learning outcomes for this course? What topics does it cover? Read on to learn more.
Learning Objectives for Our HIV CEU Course for Massage Therapists
Are you ready to get started with this program? Maybe you’re still unsure of whether or not this is the right program for you. What are realistic expectations for the class itself? Will you get enough out of it? How do you know if it’s an effective use of your time as a busy massage therapist? Don’t fret. Below, you can read through an extensive discussion of the course’s learning outcomes. With this understanding, you’ll be clear about what you can expect to gain as a result of taking this course.
By providing you with this thorough program outline, we’re not only helping you understand what you can expect to learn. In addition, we’re offering you the info you’ll need in order to achieve top results as an adult learner. Sure, maybe it’s been years since you’ve been in school; but, your motivation to learn and grow as an adult is often much greater than that of the average college student. By preparing yourself in advance for what you’ll need to take away from this course, you’ll be primed for maximum retention.
Looking at this program from a bird’s eye view, you can expect to learn about: HIV and AIDS etiology; the signs and symptoms of these conditions; clinical stages of progression; modes of transmission; high risk behaviors and preventative methods; demographics; STD and HIV risk factors; occupational protocols; universal precautions; and more.
Specifically, once you’ve completed this class, you’ll confidently be able to:
Define and Describe HIV and AIDS Etiology
There’s a considerable amount of misinformation out there about HIV and AIDS. As a first step in your educational development, it’s important to fully understand the etiology of both. In this course, you’ll learn how to both define and describe the etiology of these conditions in detail.
Describe HIV/AIDS Signs and Symptoms
What are the signs and symptoms of these diseases? How can you evaluate whether someone might be suffering from one of these diseases? This course will teach you how to effectively assess clients.
Understand Clinical Stages of Progression
The clinical progression of HIV is often long and complex, and occurs in stages. It’s important to understand these stages in order to effectively evaluate the risk of transmission in a particular situation. As part of this class, you’ll learn how to understand the various clinical stages of progression of this disease, and what they mean for you as a practitioner.
List Exposure, Transmission, and Infection Modes
Over the years, many people have developed a poor understanding of how HIV and AIDS exposure, transmission and infection happens. As a massage therapist, it’s important to have a more nuanced understanding how these things occur. After completing this program, you’ll be able to list the various modes of exposure, transmission, and infection with confidence.
Identify High Risk Exposure Behaviors and Prevention Measures
HIV and AIDS are preventable, which is good news for both clients and practitioners. However, certain behaviors dramatically increase the risk of exposure. In this course, you’ll learn about how to identify high risk behaviors, and what measures can be taken to prevent infection.
Explain High Risk Demographics
Certain demographics are at a particularly high risk of contracting HIV. This class will explain how to identify and understand these demographics.
Compare STD and HIV Risk Factors
While risk factors for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus overlap, they’re also important to understand distinctly. In this course, you’ll learn how to compare and contrast the various risk factors for both.
Understand Occupational Protocols
What are occupational protocols? How do they interface with disease education and prevention? This program will teach how to understand, implement, and follow through with effective occupational protocols in a practice setting.
List and Demonstrate Universal Precautions
Regardless of who you are, what your occupation happens to be, or what your various risk factors are, there are universal precautions that everyone can take to prevent HIV exposure and infection. In this class, you’ll learn about these universal precautions in detail. By the end of the program, you’ll be able to both list and demonstrate them.
You now have a solid understanding what this class has to offer. Still, though, you might have a few nagging questions in the back of your mind. For instance: I know what this course’s learning outcomes are, but what does it cover in each of its various sections? Do the teachers go into a lot of detail, or is this all just superfluous? What’s the program layout look like? How does this class measure up to other online offerings?
We know that opting to enroll in an online course is a big commitment. It’s not just a question of time, or energy: money is a factor, too. We understand this. That’s why if you scroll down, you’ll find an exhaustive outline of this entire course. After you look over this outline, you’ll have obtained a thorough understanding of what exactly this class covers. Additionally, you’ll get a sense of which parts of the class might be less familiar to you, and which areas might be more challenging. As a result, you’ll have the opportunity to prepare yourself for the course’s contents. And that’s important, because it means a better learning outcome.
HIV and AIDS: Epidemiology Basics
There’s so much incorrect information out there about HIV and AIDS, especially when it comes to epidemiology. In this class, we’ll provide you with the basis of epidemiological information as it relates to both conditions, so that you can proceed confidently with the course.
How does HIV work? How does it progress? What exactly does it mean to become infected with this condition? After completing this course, you’ll be able to confidently characterize the etiological progression of the disease.
HIV as Retrovirus
What exactly is a retrovirus? How do they work? What impact do they have on the body, and how can that have an effect on a client you might be treating? Here, we’ll look at what it means for HIV to be a retrovirus, and why it matters.
Retroviruses and the Immune System
In attempting to understand this condition, it’s important to have a firm grasp on the human immune system: after all, the acronym itself stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In this course, we’ll examine how retroviruses impact the immune system, and why that impact is important.
HIV and T-Cells
This condition acts in a particular way on the body’s T-cells, or CD4 immune cells. Understanding this interaction helps you appreciate the inner workings of the disease within the human body. This course will explain how HIV and T-cells interact.
Acute Retroviral Syndrome
When recently infected, certain individuals can experience Acute Retroviral Syndrome, or ARS. In this course, you’ll learn what Acute Retroviral Syndrome can mean for your clients who are managing HIV.
HIV Progression and AIDS Development
Once the body is infected with the virus, it can take a decade or more for the disease to progress into AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. In this course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how HIV progresses into AIDS, and what this might mean for clients who are in the midst of this transition.
How is AIDS diagnosed? What does this diagnosis entail for an individual? After completing this course, you’ll have an understanding of how an AIDS diagnosis is achieved, and how it impacts the person receiving the diagnosis.
HIV Infection and Transmission
Over the years, a considerable amount of misinformation has accumulated about HIV transmission and initial infection. In this course, we aim to dispel these myths and ensure that students have a thorough understand of how HIV infection and transmission occurs.
Transmission in Females
Certain risk factors exist specifically for the female population when it comes to HIV transmission. This course summarizes these risk factors.
Drug Use and Transmission
Drug use brings with it a whole host of risk factors and vectors related to disease transmission. These are important to understand as someone who practices a hands-on health care modality. In this course, we’ll discuss drug use-related transmission and risk factors associated with HIV.
Occupational Exposure: Prophylaxis
Occupational exposure is a significant concern for massage therapists when it comes to HIV. In this course, you’ll learn to prevent common vectors of exposure such as bodily fluids and blood.
Occupational Exposure: Transmission
What happens each year in terms of exposure to the virus? This course will provide an overview of statistics related to HIV transmission in occupational settings.
HIV Testing and Diagnosis
Testing and diagnosis related to HIV infection are complex. In this course, we’ll explore the variety of testing and diagnosis methods available, along with what they mean for clients and practitioners.
Treatment involves the use of so-called anti-retroviral medications. These drugs are capable of slowing the progression of the virus into AIDS, and are useful for HIV patients, especially those in the earlier stages of infection. This course will offer an overview of how treatment works, and for whom it’s especially effective.
Disease as Pandemic
What is a pandemic? How does it compare to an epidemic? What does it mean for us to label AIDS as a “pandemic” of global proportions? This course will provide you with an understanding of each of these topics.
Global statistics are helpful in appreciating the scope of the AIDS pandemic. After taking this course, you’ll have a functional understanding of global AIDS statistics.
Regardless of your occupation or situation, certain universal precautions can prevent the spread of the virus. This course will teach your which precautions are helpful to take, and how to implement them into your practice.
What are CEUs, and Why are They Important?
As a massage therapist and bodywork professional, you know how important it is to maintain your education and continue to add to it from year to year. But, are you making sure that your education consists of multiple components? On the one hand, your daily professional experience in a practice setting is incredibly valuable: each client has something to teach you. At the same time, though, it’s important to continue your education in a more traditional, classroom-like setting. Are you wondering how you can possible make that work, given your busy schedule? We have the answer. With online massage CEUs, or Continuing Education Units (GUIDE TO LMT CONTINUING EDUCATION), you can continue your education from home.
It’s important to keep in mind that while CEU’s are an essential component of your professional growth, they’re also legally required in most places. In fact, many states mandate that licensed therapists obtain a minimum number of CEUs (NCBTMB GUIDE) each year (or every 2-3 years) to keep their massage license current.
At Panda Massage CEU™, we’re proud to be an NCBTMB Approved Provider. This means that any course you take from us fulfills any and all of the state-level mandates for continuing massage education.
Why Choose Panda Massage CEU?
There may be other options out there, but there’s only one clear choice for your continuing education needs: Panda Massage CEU. Why?
There are plenty of low quality online courses out there. Panda Massage CEU is different. We’re happy to offer the best online courses available anywhere.
Unlike other online courses, we don’t offer the same boring handful of topics. Instead, we have a catalogue of interesting options like deep tissue massage, kinesiology, hot stones, and more.
One of the most important parts of an online course is the narration. Unfortunately, other online classes don’t take a professional approach in this department. We’re proud to say that all of our courses are professionally narrated, which means they’re easy to follow along with.
Other online courses don’t bother to include video footage. We include video with all of our online courses, because we think it’s important to simulate a classroom experience.
We know you’re busy. That’s why we’ve made all of our courses self-paced. No need to worry: however packed your schedule might be, you can fit our courses into it.
Price is just as important as quality. We know this. That’s why our courses are so affordable, and made to fit any budget. Plus, as an added bonus: you’ll save hundreds (even thousands) of dollars that you would’ve otherwise spent on travel to an in-person training located in another state.
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