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MindTap® Basic Health Sciences, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access for Simmers/Simmers-Nartker/Simmers-Kobelak's DHO: Health Science, 8th Edition

  • Louise Simmers, M.Ed.
  • Karen Simmers-Nartker, B.S.N.
  • Sharon Simmers-Kobelak, B.B.A.
  • ISBN-10: 1285865529  |  ISBN-13: 9781285865522
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $147.00
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MindTap™ Health Science for Simmers/Simmers-Nartker/Simmers-Kobelak's DHO: Health Science, 8th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie cutter into cutting edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers.

Features and Benefits

  • DHO/Health Science, 8th edition content in a reimagined, interactive, and dynamic new way.
  • Coverage includes medical math, 2010 CPR standards, USDA's My Plate, and all new photographs and artwork.
  • Onboarding students and instructors is simple! MindTap is web-based, so only a broad band connection is required for use. There is nothing to download or install.
  • Customize the course – from tools to text – and make adjustments 'on the fly,' making it possible to intertwine breaking news into lessons, incorporate today's teachable moments, and reorganize, add, or remove content from the learning path.
  • Bring interactivty into learning! Engagement activities pique student interest in a topic, while capstone learning labs revisit the engagement activity and expand upon the concept as an interactive case study.
  • Learning lab topics explore critical thinking in health care, medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, and career path options in health care.
  • Decide what activities and assignments are graded. MindTap tracks students' use, activities and comprehension in real-time, providing opportunities for early intervention to influence progress and outcomes. Grades are automatic, visible and archived so students and instructors always have access to current standings in the class.
  • Chapter content is broken into manageable topics that emphasize critical concepts. Interactive and gradeable assignments (matching, ordering/sorting, multiple choice, etc.) at the end of each topic reinforce the readings. Pre- and post-assessments are provided as a metric for benchmarking.
  • MindApps include ReadSpeaker which reads aloud the text; flashcards, glossary, and dictionary; My Notes which allows for highlighting, bookmarking, and note taking; and ConnectYard which allows communication via social media.

Content and Assets

The MindTap Learning Path guides students through readings, multimedia, and activities designed to follow the learning taxonomy from basic knowledge and comprehension up to analysis and application. By hiding, rearranging, or adding your own content, you control what students see and when they see it and match the Learning Path to your course syllabus exactly.

Reality Check: Engage students and connect to the real world with videos and other dynamic content that piques student interest in a topic and promote class discussion.
Check Yourself: Assess a student's incoming knowledge.
Reading: Introduces concepts and provides context and depth. Readings are organized into manageable topic chunks within each chapter.
Quick Check Assignments: Interactive homework questions to practice and reinforce content learned in each reading topic. Includes matching and media quizzing activities. Skills Checklists are provided for each procedure.
Video Library: Access skills videos that demonstrate step-by-step procedures from the various career chapters. Topics include medical assistant, lab assistant, and nurse assistant.
Evaluation Library: Use the skills evaluation checklists for each procedure in an electronic format. Save, edit, and upload the checklists for peer and instructor assessment.
Study Time: Provides support for class such as PowerPoint® slides for note taking and review, flashcards, and other review materials.
Apply This: This is a fully interactive experience that takes the topics learned and brings them to life with dynamic simulations, case studies, and other activities that prompt a student to think critically and apply concepts to real-world situations.
Test Yourself: Assesses student knowledge in order to demonstrate learning. Use as a benchmark with the Check Yourself pre-assessment.

Alternate Formats

Choose the format that best fits your student's budget and course goals

To customize your learning solution, contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

  • Printed Access Card

    ISBN-10: 1285865537 | ISBN-13: 9781285865539

    List Price = $147.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $110.25

Efficacy and Outcomes

White Papers, Case Studies, Success Stories

Addressing the Needs of Health Care Students and Instructors -

MindTap® reaches non-traditional learners

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Future Health Professionals Give MindTap® a “Thumbs Up” as an Engaging Learning Tool -

MindTap® Enhances Teaching and Learning

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Voice of the Student in Medical Assisting, Surgical Technology, & Medical Insurance Billing and Coding -

MindTap® fills the technology void and meets the needs of students

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Video Testimonials


When asked if they would adopt DHO Health Science Mindtap for their program, one instructor said yes, because “It’s exactly how my students learn and it’s where I want to take my class.”

— Russell Prentice, Health Science Technology Instructor, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, OK

“I believe MindTap would be a most beneficial tool for my students. The system would support both student learning and teacher requirement for grading and prep.”

— Teresa C. Leo, RN, MSN, Medical Academy Instructor, Cypress Creek High School, Orlando, FL

"MindTap's greatest strengths are the progress tracking and the ability to add [your own] materials that are gradable."

— Stephen Brusnighan, Kent State University

"I'm convinced that the higher course ratings and grades were, in large part, a result of students' engagement. It was an unmitigated success."

— Robert Black, Global Business, SUNY Maritime College

"Almost across the board, students using MindTap improved on the main learning objectives of the class ...I've never seen any results like this."

— Carey Roberts, History, Arkansas, Technology University

"MindTap was very useful – it was easy to follow and everything was right there."

— Student, San Jose State University

"I'm definitely more engaged because of MindTap."

— Student, University of Central Florida

"MindTap puts practice questions in a format that works well for me."

— Student, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Louise Simmers, M.Ed.

Louise Simmers received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from Kent State University. She has worked as a public health nurse, a medical-surgical nurse, a coronary care nurse, and an instructor of practical nursing and diversified health occupations. Louise has received the Vocational Educator of the Year award and the Diversified Health Occupations Instructor of the Year Award for the state of Ohio.

Karen Simmers-Nartker, B.S.N.

Karen Simmers-Nartker graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She has been employed as a nurse in telemetry step-down and in medical, surgical, and neurological intensive care. She is currently employed as a shift coordinator in an open-heart intensive care unit. She has obtained certification from the Emergency Nurses Association for the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and from the American Heart Association for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). In her current position as charge nurse in an ICU, she coordinates patient care and staff assignments; manages interpersonal conflicts among staff and/or patients and family members; is responsible for ensuring quality care to meet the diverse needs of patients and/or family; actively participates in in-services to evaluate new equipment, medications, hospital services and supplies; and teaches and mentors newly employed nurses.

Sharon Simmers-Kobelak, B.B.A.

Sharon Simmers-Kobelak graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a bachelor of business administration degree. She is currently employed in the educational publishing industry as an integrated solutions specialist. In this position, she assists instructors at private career schools in finding appropriate print and digital materials for classroom instruction. Sharon also provides in-service training for instructors on using digital assets and instructor and student resources. She achieved President's Club status for two years, number-one representative status for one year, and has repeatedly achieved quota in her 20 years in the educational publishing industry.


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