Degrees and Certificates
A one-semester, one-credit course to introduce students to the language used in the medical and allied health professions. Word building using medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes is the primary emphasis of the course. Terms that identify diseases, disorders and conditions as well as diagnostic tests and treatment procedures are taught. The terms relate to the function and anatomy of the integumentary, respiratory and cardiovascular/lymphatic systems. Pronunciation is emphasized to facilitate the learner's communication with other members of the healthcare delivery system. One lecture hour per week. Spring
High school biology or permission of instructor.
1. Word building using medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes is the primary emphasis of the course.
2. Terms that identify diseases, disorders and conditions as well as diagnostic tests and treatment procedures are taught.
3. The terms relate to the function and anatomy of the integumentary, respiratory and cardiovascular/lymphatic systems.
4. Pronunciation is emphasized to facilitate the learner's communication with other members of the healthcare delivery system.
- Identify the major components of medical terms, including prefix, suffix, and root.
- Apply the principles of building medical terms using the major component of prefix, suffix, and word root.
- Spell, pronounce, and define medical terms.
- Identify work parts and correctly use the term to complete a statement.
- Analyze medical terms and categorize by body systems.
- Apply the rules for using singular and plural endings.
This course helps the student develop standards and principles of good health for the adult based on scientific research. It provides for study in attitudes and practices as they influence effective living, common adult health problems, significant diseases and public health responsibilities, community health and services, and special problems of concern in the area of community health to a democratic society. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring, Summer
A passing score on the College's reading and writing placement tests or concurrent enrollment in ENG 092.
- Define health as a multi-dimensional concept.
- Assess personal and community levels of health and wellness.
- Compare the role of prevention with the role of treatment in promoting health and wellness.
- Determine the impact of healthy lifestyle choices in the areas of mental, emotional, social, physical, occupational, and spiritual health and wellness.
- Identify common adult health problems, current screening recommendations and treatment modalities.
- Recognize major public health issues impacting individuals and communities and the role of the social determinants of health in creating health care disparities.
- Examine how CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and Integrative Care approaches contrast and complement the traditional health care model.
- Analyze personal and community health by applying scientific principles, health information literacy skills and behavioral health change theory to develop informed health care choices.
This course addresses the core competencies needed by all healthcare students regardless of the healthcare field they plan to pursue. Topics common to all healthcare professionals include current healthcare systems and trends, communication, infection control, environmental safety, ethical and legal responsibilities, control of healthcare costs, and professionalism in the workplace. Three lecture hours per week. Fall, Spring
- Discuss the various health care professionals in the current health care delivery system.
- Describe level of educational methods of credentials and licensing requirements of health care professions.
- Describe the current health care systems and their trends.
- Summarize the professional standards as they apply to hygiene, dress, language, confidentiality, and behavior.
- Identify the rights and responsibilities of being a health care professional.
- Understand religious and cultural values as they impact healthcare.
- Describe legal and ethical responsibilities affecting the practice of health care professionals.
- Recognize the principles of Infection Control, Environmental Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
- Discuss the principles of healthy lifestyle management for patients and the health care worker.
- Discuss the roles of the health care worker in controlling health care costs.
- Identify records and files common to the healthcare setting.
- Recognize technology applications in healthcare.
- Recognize that to pursue a career in health care, students should think critically, and communicate effectively.
- Recognize that quality health care depends on the ability to work well with others, and develop characteristics of an effective team member.
This competency-based course introduces students to the field of electrocardiography. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular system, equipment maintenance, patient preparation and education, identification of arrhythmias, performing a 12-lead EKG, and specialized procedures such as exercise electrocardiography, and ambulatory electrocardiography event monitoring. At the completion of this course students will be able to sit for a national EKG certification examination. Three lecture hours and three laboratory hours per week. Fall, Spring
HLT 116 ( or permission of the Program Coordinator for graduates of a direct patient care program.)
Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:
- Describe the cardiac cycle and the conduction systems that controls the cardiac cycle.
- Identify the basic equipment /supplies, quality control, and standard precautions required for electrocardiography.
- Demonstrate patient assessment, preparation, lead placement, EKG acquisition and charting.
- Recognize common dysrhythmias, loose leads, interference, and other malfunctions.
- Maintain equipment for safety and accuracy.
- Demonstrate patient preparation and education for ambulatory monitoring.
- Demonstrate patient preparation and education for exercise electrocardiography.
- Recognize and respond to emergencies.
This course is designed to familiarize the student with basic medications administered and prescribed in the modern medical office. Students will learn basic pharmacology, and dosage calculations for administering routine medications. Topics will include terminology, definitions, abbreviations, drug classification, prescription and drug forms. Common drugs used, actions, side effects and adverse drug reactions, an overview of immunizations and common emergency drugs will be introduced. Three lecture hours per week. Spring, Summer
- Implement safety measures and adhere to drug regulations when handling medications.
- Understand terminology and abbreviations used in pharmacology.
- Recognize the various classifications and usages of medications.
- State the purpose of and mode of action of the various categories of drugs.
- Discuss the side and adverse effects of the most common drugs.
- State the rules of various routes of drug administration.
- Initiate patient education regarding drug specifics.
- Compute drug dosages accurately using the metric system.
- List emergency drugs found in an emergency box.
- Define drug abuse and ramifications.
- Name the vaccines used across the life span.
- Student acquisition of knowledge and skills described above will be assessed through objective examinations aligned with competency areas of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), practical examinations of psychomotor skills, and assessment of the student performance at clinical site rotation under supervision of a pharmacist. Students will be eligible to take the national certificate examination (PTCB).
- Describe operating room techniques.
- Define asepsis.
- Describe general surgical procedure used in ophthalmology, ear/nose/throat, dental/oral/maxilla-facial, plastic, reconstructive, obstetrics, gynecology, and orthopedic surgeries.
- Identify and describe ethical concepts relevant to surgical procedures.
- Demonstrate proper sterilization and aseptic procedures.
- Identify common instruments used in general surgical procedures.
- Describe operating room set-up procedure and patient preparation.
- Take patient vital signs.
- Monitor patient vital signs and describe normal ranges during surgeries.