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0530
HSC

Medical Terminology

Prerequisite: PRN0022. A study of medical terminology, including prefixes, suffixes, and word roots with emphasis on spelling, pronunciation, definition, and usage.

Credit hours: .5
Lecture hours: 1

1000
HSC

Orientation to Perioperative Services

Corequisite: HSC1000L. This course is designed to introduce the student to the health care delivery system including the facility organization, hierarchy of the systems, management, and physical environment and to provide an overview of the role and responsibilities of the perioperative health care team including the professions history, professional responsibilities, mental health/personal hygiene, communication, information technology, interpersonal skills, teamwork, employability skills, infection control, legal/ethical/moral issues, documentation, risk management, All-Hazards Preparation for Disasters, and the personal characteristics of the successful health care professional. Common illnesses will be discussed including discussions of the prevention of disease and promotion of wellness. Topics will also include the development of patient care skills such as patient identification, assessment, the biopsychosocial needs of the patient, multicultural aspects, the special needs patients, monitoring of the patient’s status, death and dying, institution of a plan of care, and emergency patient situations will be covered.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

1000L
HSC

Orientation to Perioperative Services Lab

$65.00 lab fee Corequisite: HSC1000. This course prepares the student for the surgical experience and includes OR attire, body mechanics, patient transfer, infection control, gown/glove, urinary catheterization, basic aseptic skills, surgical instruments, and vital signs. Includes 15 hours of clinical observation and orientation.

Credit hours: 1
Lab hours: 3.44

1004
HSC

Overview of Health Professions

This course is designed to assist students in planning and pursuit of their own career goals. Students will be provided with an introduction to the health care industry emphasizing the roles of the various health care professionals and the current trends in healthcare opportunities. The course investigates the wide variety of health care careers, focusing on the nature of the work, job descriptions, necessary abilities, legal and ethical responsibilities, and education preparation and credentialing. An opportunity to interface with health care professionals and explore one or more options in depth will be provided.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

1403C
HSC

First Aid, Personal Safety, and Basic Life Support Techniques

$44.00 lab fee A study of standards and accepted principles of first aid. Discussion and laboratory practice in dressings and bandages, wounds and their care, artificial respiration and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, poisons, fractures, burns, and transportation of the injured. This course will count as an academic elective.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 1
Lab hours: 2

1434
HSC

Central Processing Technology

Prerequisite: HSC1000. Corequisite: HSC1434L. Course is designed to prepare students for the roles and responsibilities as a central supply worker in the related areas of procurement and the sterile processing department by providing an in depth study of patient care equipment, instrumentation and supplies utilized in the healthcare facility. Course content includes the principles and standards to be applied during the decontamination, cleaning, testing, identification, selection, preparation, disinfection, sterilization, the storage (clean and/or sterile) of those items, and the preparation of case carts. Supply distribution systems, procurement and the principles of inventory control will also be covered. Student is prepared for employment or supervisory positions in (but not limited to) Surgical Inpatient and Outpatient Reprocessing areas, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Reprocessing areas, Central Sterile Processing Departments, Central Supply, Stocking clerks, Stock Rooms, Order fillers, warehouse, and sterilization/disinfection/decontamination areas.

Credit hours: 6
Lecture hours: 6

1434L
HSC

Central Processing Technology Lab and Clinical

$55.00 lab fee Prerequisite: HSC1000L. Corequisite: HSC1434. Prepares student for employment in the related areas of central service technology gaining the skills and competencies necessary for employment as central service technicians, central supply workers, supervisors, stock clerks, inventory storage, and sterile processing technicians. Provides experience in processing patient care equipment, instrumentation, and supplies along with observation of surgical procedures and rotations through relevant patient care and supply storage areas. Skills performed include general cleaning, decontamination and disinfection, wrapping and packaging, linen folding, testing and selection of instrumentation and supplies, instrument tray and procedure tray assembly, sterilizer operation, disinfection and sterilizer monitoring, clean and sterile storage, preparation of case carts, processing documentation, and distribution.

Credit hours: 6
Lab hours: 20.666

1531
HSC

Medical Terminology

Study of the language of medicine. Includes construction, analysis, spelling, application, and pronunciation of medical terms and how they relate to the structure and function of the human body. Explores the use of medical words and abbreviations used in clinical procedures, pathophysiology, and case histories.

Credit hours: 2
Lecture hours: 2

1641
HSC

Law and Ethics for Health Care

This course introduces the student to a variety of legal and ethical issues which may apply to health science professionals Included is an introduction to law and ethics, working in a health care profession, law and courts, professional liability, medical records and informed consent, workplace legalities (sexual harassment, disabilities, etc.), bioethics and social issues, and death and dying. Case studies are cited to illustrate points and students will consider the relevance to their particular health care specialty. Students are provided with web sites for additional research into topics of interest within their own discipline.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2100
HSC

Personal and Community Health

This course is designed to improve the quality of health, and to explore crucial health issues. This course encourages a more knowledgeable and proactive stance towards maintaining good health. This course will count as an academic elective.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2520
HSC

Microbiology for Perioperative Services

Course prepares students for the practice of maintaining sterility. Topics include the history of microbiology, taxonomy, types, structure, and characteristics of microorganisms. The difference between prokaryote and eukaryote cells, structure and function, genetic implications, mutations, and the host/microbe relationships are discussed. The principles of chemistry, pH, electricity, and other factors that affect cells are discussed. Microscopy includes the application of microscopes, staining methods, culture media, interpretations, and culture and sensitivity tests. Microbial morphology, growth, metabolism, and transmission are discussed in some detail. Infection control methods are studied, as well as the infectious process, surgical site infections, and the human body's natural defenses. Various significant aspects of common infectious disease for each system, the immune response, principles of wound healing, and how chemotherapeutic agents assist in this task are discussed.

Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3

2949
HSC

COOP/Work Experience/Health Sciences

1-3 crs. Cooperative Education courses may be taken toward completion of most of the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs. A maximum of six credit hours may be used in meeting the A.A. degree requirements. Prerequisite: Minimum of 2.0 GPA, meet with the co-op coordinator, and availability of co-op work experience slot. Supervised, practical work experience that seeks to combine theories and apply practical skills to projects in the student’s major field of study. Requirements include online weekly, mid-term, and end-of-term reflection assignments.

Credit hours: 1
Other hours: 1

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