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Preparing Job Profiles for Health Occupations

Overview of the DACUM process:

The DACUM (Developing A CurriculUM) process is a nationally recognized, standardized approach to job analysis that produces a complete job profile, including prioritized tasks. It is well-suited for use by community colleges in developing curriculum for health occupations programs. For more information on DACUM, see: http://www.dacum.org/

Few, if any, jobs in health occupations have maintained the same skill requirements during the past ten years. It's time to take a fresh look at what we should be teaching our students to succeed. This project is one step in preparing updated curriculum for health occupations. The project results are expected to benefit vocational educators, students and employers.  

The project's initial goal was to produce new or updated job competency profiles for 9 occupations within the 37 Health Occupations TOP (Taxonomy of Programs) codes. TOP is a common, numeric coding system by which colleges categorize degree and certificate programs and courses on the basis of similarities of their published goals and objectives. TOP codes encompass over 20 disciplines. 

For more information on TOP Codes, see: http://extranet.cccco.edu/Divisions/AcademicAffairs/CurriculumandInstructionUnit/Curriculum.aspx

The 9 occupations profiled were selected based on input from employers and health occupation faculty/administrators, and in consultation with the Health Occupations Statewide Advisory Committee. Once the 9 occupations were chosen, the project team and a panel of industry experts in each occupation met for two days each to produce the job competency profiles. We used the DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) process, a nationally-recognized, standardized approach to job analysis that produces a complete job profile, including prioritized tasks. It is well-suited for use by community colleges in developing Job Profiles for health occupation programs. For more information on DACUM, see:  http://www.dacum.org/

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