Course descriptions index


Health


HLTH F100 Medical Terminology

3 Credits

Study of medical terminology including analysis and origin of word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Understanding the word components, students will be able to build, spell and define medical words. Content will be presented by body systems focusing on terms for anatomy, diagnostic, laboratory and medical specialties. Includes use of medical dictionary, word pronunciation and abbreviations. Designed for health care professionals. (3+0)


HLTH F101 CNR -- Normal Nutrition Counseling

1 Credit

First in a series of four courses examines basic applied nutrition and counseling techniques. Counseling opportunities are provided to allow students to practice skills learned in the classroom. (1+0)


HLTH F102 CNR -- Therapeutic Nutrition Counseling

1 Credit

Second in a series of four courses examines basic therapeutic knowledge and nutrition counseling techniques. Counseling opportunities are provided to allow students to practice skills learned in the classroom. Offered at the Kuskokwim Campus only. Prerequisites: HLTH F101 or permission of instructor. (1+1)


HLTH F103 CNR -- Nutrition Education and Food Preservation

1 Credit

Third in a series of four courses examines methods for planning and presenting group nutrition education talks and food preservation methods. Prerequisites: HLTH F102 or permission of instructor. (1+1)


HLTH F104 CNR -- Community Resources and Problem Solving

1 Credit

Fourth in a series of four courses examines community nutrition resources and methods for community nutrition problem-solving. Prerequisites: HLTH F103 or permission of instructor. (1+1)


HLTH F105 Introduction to Health Careers

2 Credits

Introduction to health careers and the psychology of patient care. Roles and responsibilities of different members/functional units of the health care team; information on related job and educational opportunities; needs and roles of health providers in rural and urban Alaska settings. Prerequisites: High school graduation, GED, or permission of program coordinator. (2+0)


HLTH F106 Human Behavior in Health Care (s)

3 Credits

Discussion of general concepts in human behavior and the specialized psychological issues when dealing with patients and loved ones in health care settings. Students perform self-evaluation and survey other cultures to allow examination of perceptions, individual biases, beliefs and their impacts on behavior. (3+0)


HLTH F107 Nurse Aide Training

9 Credits

Teaches basic nursing skills necessary to assist the nurse and be an efficient health care team member. Presents positive communication skills while providing care of residents' physical and emotional needs in a variety of health care settings. Content satisfies the theory and skills needed to take the State of Alaska exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide. Prerequisites: High school graduation, GED, and 10th grade reading level by exam. Student must be in good physical condition and have the following immunizations: Hepatitis B series, two MMRs, a PPD within the last 3 months, or permission of instructor. (5+8)


HLTH F110 Professional Skills for the Workplace

2 Credits

Presents skills to ensure success for the professional secretary, receptionist, medical worker and others. Includes interview skills, business manners, customer service and dressing for success. Graded Pass/Fail. (2+0)


HLTH F111 Personal Care Attendant Training

4 Credits

Designed to train personal care attendants in basic care necessary to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. It qualifies students for state certificate of completion as personal care attendants. Eighty-eight (88) hours of class, lab and clinical practice is included. Requires criminal background check. Prerequisites: Proof of immunity to chicken pox, MMR and Hepatitis B, negative PPD within the last year, high school graduation or GED, or 10th grade reading level by exam. Students must be in good physical condition. Co-requisites: Health care provider CPR and First Aid card. (2.5+3)


HLTH F112 Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Language

3 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Foundation knowledge of human anatomy and physiology of the ten body systems and their organs. Focus on learning the anatomy word roots, combining forms and common medical prefixes and suffixes. Presents a word component as a method to understand and define medical words including diagnostic, laboratory and medical specialties. (3+0)


HLTH F113 Personal Care Attendant to Nursing Assistant Bridge

5 Credits     Offered as Demand Warrants

Trains personal care attendants to become Certified Nurse Assistants. Students build upon basic PCA skills and experience. Provides the additional classroom, laboratory and clinical hours necessary to sit for the state Certified Nurse Assistant exam. Prerequisites: High school graduation or GED, and a 10th grade reading level by exam. HLTH F111, or on the job agency training plus two years experience and instructor approval. Students must be in good physical condition, have current immunizations, and health care provider CPR card. (3+4)


HLTH F114 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

4 Credits

Provides a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Recommended for individuals interested in health careers or students desiring an introduction to anatomy and physiology prior to taking in-depth course work in this field. Prerequisites recommended: HLTH F100, high school biology and chemistry. (3+3)


HLTH F116 Mathematics in Health Care

3 Credits

Practical application of mathematics in health care, including arithmetic review, percentages, interest, ratio, proportion, dimensional analysis, metric system, medication calculation, graphs, charts and measurement instruments. Prerequisites: DEVM F050 or placement in DEVM F060 or higher. (3+0)


HLTH F118 Medical Law and Ethics

2 Credits

In-depth coverage of legal and ethical issues encountered in health care settings. Students will gain a practical knowledge of legal and ethical principles and application of these principles in health care settings. (2+0)


HLTH F120 Industrial First Aid

1 Credit

Includes CPR training, control of bleeding and shock, recognizing heart problems, stroke, poisoning, sugar diabetes, epileptic seizures and dealing with major trauma injuries such as fractures, head, neck and back injuries. Also covered are hypothermia, frostbite and cold water near-drowning. Upon satisfactory completion of course, students will receive a Mines Safety Health Administration Certificate, a State Industrial First Aid Card and the American Heart Association CPR card. Graded Pass/Fail. (1+0)


HLTH F122 First Aid and CPR

1 Credit

Provides instruction on emergency first aid theory and techniques. Students acquire knowledge and skills necessary for dealing with emergencies in a medical/dental office and other clinical settings. Includes First Aid Certification and health care provider (adult, child and infant) CPR Certification. Graded Pass/Fail. (0.5+1)


HLTH F132 Administrative Procedures I

2 Credits

Administrative responsibilities performed by medical/dental assistants and other health care providers in outpatient facilities. Includes duties of the office assistant, receptionist or secretary. Focus on reception, telephone procedures, public relations and professionalism. Prerequisites: High school graduation, GED, or permission of instructor. (2+0)


HLTH F135 ICD-9 Coding

3 Credits

In-depth study of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), designed for classification of patient morbidity and mortality information for statistical purposes and for the indexing of health records for the health care profession. Prerequisites: HLTH F112; or both HLTH F100 and HLTH F114. (3+0)


HLTH F142 Clinical Procedures I

4 Credits

Introduction to the theoretical basis and performance competencies for the clinical duties performed by medical assistants in outpatient facilities. Includes care of patients in the examining room, use and care of medical instruments and supplies, assisting physicians with clinical procedures, administering medications and introduction to clinical laboratory procedures. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; HLTH F116. Co-requisites: HLTH F114 or BIOL F100X or permission of program coordinator. (3+2)


HLTH F150 Dental Radiography

4 Credits

Dental radiography includes safety in exposing, processing and mounting dental radiographs. Presents hazardous materials handling, equipment operation and maintenance. Prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board's radiology health and safety examination. Special fees apply. (3+3)


HLTH F151 Dental Infection Control

2 Credits

Principles and practices of infection control in the dental office. Includes knowledge of disease, microbiology, transmission prevention and methods of compliance with OSHA and CDC regulations. Prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Boards infection control examination. (2+0)


HLTH F152 Dental Materials and Applications

4 Credits

Physical and chemical properties of restorative dental materials and the application of those materials. Includes properties and manipulation of gypsum material, impression materials and custom trays, basic crown and bridge procedures. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F151 or may be taken concurrently. (2+4)


HLTH F153 Anatomy for Dental Assistants

3 Credits

Study of anatomy as it applies to the field of dental assisting. Includes basic body systems and an in-depth examination of dental embryology, histology, morphology and head/neck anatomy. (3+0)


HLTH F203 Science of Nutrition

3 Credits

Introduction to the principles of nutrition and its relationship to the life cycle. Focus on the importance nutrition plays in personal health and how to objectively evaluate nutritional intake using scientifically sound resources. Also available via Independent Learning. (3+0)


HLTH F208 Human Diseases

3 Credits

Introduction to the study of human diseases. Pathogenesis, etiology and predisposing factors will be examined. The most common diseases and disorders of each body system are presented along with a review of the pertinent anatomy and physiology. Includes the effects of aging on the system and the relationship of aging to disease. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


HLTH F234 Administrative Procedures II

4 Credits

Office management and financial procedures used in medical offices. Includes medical financial recordkeeping systems and computerized office management systems. Includes ICD-9, CPT coding system, patient insurance billing/reimbursement procedures, the demonstration of computational skills in accounts payable/accounts receivable, and office management in the health care setting. Prerequisites: CIOS F150; HLTH F100; HLTH F132; test scores sufficient for placement in ENGL F111X; or permission of instructor. (3+2)


HLTH F235 Medical Coding

4 Credits

The current procedural terminology (CPT) and the international classification of diseases (ICD) systems used in the medical setting. Examines the medical and legal uses of the CPT and ICT code systems in inpatient and outpatient medical settings, urgent care settings, billing departments and ancillary medical professions. Prepares students to take national certification exams. Recommended: HLTH F100; HLTH F132; HLTH F208; HLTH F234. (4+0)


HLTH F236 Outpatient Health Care Reimbursement

3 Credits

Outpatient reimbursement issues including documentation, insurance carriers, schedules and payment profiles. Collection strategies and legal issues, and the importance of educating the patient to the financial policies of the practice. Prerequisites: HLTH F132; concurrent HLTH F234; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


HLTH F237 Inpatient Health Care Reimbursement

3 Credits

Rules and regulations governing the reimbursement of inpatient and hospital coding. Includes HIPPA regulations, Medicare, Medicaid, third party billing, and the legal and ethical guidelines of inpatient billing. Prerequisites: HLTH F132; HLTH F135; HLTH F234; or permission of instructor. (3+0)


HLTH F244 Clinical Procedures II

4 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Theoretical basis and performance competencies for the clinical duties performed by medical assistants in outpatient facilities. Includes urinalysis, electrocardiograph, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, routine laboratory procedures, venipuncture, emergencies and assisting with specialty examinations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; HLTH F116; HLTH F122; HLTH F142; HLTH F114 or BIOL F100X. (3+2)


HLTH F245 Phlebotomy Principles and Methods

3 Credits

Proper blood collection and handling techniques, function of the circulatory system, quality control in the medical laboratory, universal precautions, asepsis and disinfection, OSHA regulations, basic laboratory testing and microbiology concepts will be addressed. Completion of this course, followed by completion of the phlebotomy externship, HLTH F265, prepares students for the national ASCP phlebotomy technician certification exam. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Documentation of positive antibody titer for hepatitis B; current immunization to measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, varicella, and tetanus; negative TB test within the past year and departmental approval. (2.5+1)


HLTH F247 Introduction to Pharmacology

2 Credits

Introduction to the use of therapeutic medications in medical settings. Includes classifications of drugs, clinical use and adverse effects of the 50 most commonly prescribed medications. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; HLTH F114 or BIOL F100X. (2+0)


HLTH F251 Clinical Chairside I for Dental Assistants

6 Credits

Introduction to dental assisting. Beginning skills necessary to function as a chairside dental assistant in a general dentistry practice. Emphasis on developing clinical skills in four-handed dentistry techniques. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Permission of program coordinator. (3+6)


HLTH F252 Clinical Chairside II for Dental Assistants

6 Credits

Emphasizes advanced dental assisting skills necessary in general dentistry. Includes taking impressions for study models, radiography, matrix assembly, rubber dam application, assisting with the administration of local anesthetics, temporary crowns, oral health and nutrition. Includes introduction to specialty practices. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F251. (3+6)


HLTH F253 Clinical Chairside III for Dental Assistants

3 Credits

Continued learning in the dental specialties including prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F251; HLTH F252; and permission of program coordinator. (2+2)


HLTH F254 Dental Assistant Practicum

4 Credits

Clinical, off-campus course for dental assisting students. Placement in general and specialty dental offices under direct supervision by participating dentist and program faculty. Includes seminars to discuss progress and experiences. Graded Pass/Fail. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F122; HLTH F132; HLTH F150; HLTH F152; HLTH F153; HLTH F234; HLTH F251; HLTH F252; HLTH F253; enrollment by special permission only. (1+0+20)


HLTH F261 Reception Externship

2 Credits     Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides the student with 80 hours of hands-on practicum work, with additional time required for meeting with the campus externship coordinator and participation in externship seminars. Satisfies hands-on externship requirement for Medical/Dental Reception certificate. May be used to partially satisfy externship experience requirement of Medical Assistant and Dental Assistant A.A.S degrees and Dental Assistant certificate. Students will be expected to perform any and all duties of a receptionist in a medical/dental care setting. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: HLTH F122; HLTH F132; HLTH F234; enrollment by special permission only. (0+0+6)


HLTH F265 Phlebotomy Externship

3 Credits

Clinical experience in phlebotomy and lab assisting. Requires 120 hours of hands-on experience in the clinical setting and eight hours in extern seminars. Progress is assessed by work supervisor and externship coordinator. Satisfies the clinical externship requirement for certification as a phlebotomist by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: HLTH F245; enrollment by special permission only. (0+8.5+0.5 - 1)


HLTH F267 Medical Assisting Externship Completion

2 - 4 Credits

Provides 80 - 160 hours of hands-on practicum work for students who have previously completed one or more externships. Additional contact time required for meeting with the campus externship coordinator and participation in externship seminars. Hours and credits required are determined based on individual students' previous externship experiences. Substitutes for HLTH F268 for students who have successfully completed one or more certificates within the program. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Enrollment by special permission only. (1+5+12)


HLTH F268 Medical Assisting Externship

4 Credits

Provides the student with 180 hours of hands-on practicum work, with additional time required for meeting with the campus externship coordinator and participation in externship seminars. This is the last course in the medical assistant A.A.S. degree program for students who have not taken any specialized certificate externships during their course of study. Students will be expected to perform any and all duties of a medical assistant in a health care setting. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: Enrollment by special permission only. (0+0+12)


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