Health Science (HS)

HS S101 Introduction to Health Sciences

3 credits (3+0)
Provides a description of health care professions and the interdisciplinary team, job responsibilities, educational and licensing requirements, employment trends, and salary ranges for health related careers. Students will have an exposure to the history and development of health care in Alaska and the United States. Health care issues will be examined with an emphasis on ethics and cultural diversity. The principles of critical thinking will be introduced and communication skills will be promoted through collaborative discussion, presentation, and projects.

HS S102 Fundamentals of CPR and First Aid

1 credit (1+0)
Basic CPR techniques and First Aid for controlling bleeding, shock, seizures, obstructed airway/choking, hot and cold-related emergencies, and diabetic crisis. Signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack are reviewed, as is use of A.E.D. Safety and prevention practices are discussed. The course meets certification requirements for child care providers, outdoor guides, lifeguards, home health aides, group homes, and certified nurse aids. Course materials are derived from American Safety and Health Institute and American Heart Association guidelines.

HS S105 Certified Nurse Aide Training

9 credits (6+6)
Trains students in basic skills needed to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Successful students qualify to sit for the Alaska State Nurse Aide certification exam. Minimum 75 lecture hours and 80 lab/practicum hours.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval and completed application with criminal background check, health examination, current TB test and immunizations.

HS S114 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

3 credits (3+0)
Non-laboratory overview of human structure and function. Includes the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Applicable only to Medical Assisting Certificate.
Prerequisite: HS S135 (C- or higher) or concurrent enrollment.

HS S116 Quantitative Methods in Healthcare

3 credits (3+0)
Focused coverage of quantitative methods in health care, including arithmetic review, percentages, interest, ratio, proportion, dimensional analysis, metric system, medication calculation, graphs, charts and measurement instruments.
Prerequisite: Placement into MATH S054 or higher, or instructor permission.

HS S118 Emergency Trauma Technician - First Responder

3 credits (2+2)
Designed specifically for Alaskan conditions and needs, addressing environmental problems such as hypothermia as well as first aid. Prepares students to deal with emergencies: ensure scene safety, provide patient care and transport, document incident. For non-medical workers in construction, logging, mining, law enforcement, ski patrol and other occupations where emergency care may be needed.

HS S119 Emergency Medical Technician I

6 credits (6+2)
Training to provide assessment of and basic care for persons with medical emergency in pre-hospital settings. Conditions include acute trauma, pulmonary arrest, wounds, cardiac arrest, shock, fractures, and childbirth. Techniques are presented for lifting and moving the sick and injured. Course provides for State of Alaska EMS requirement of 120 contact hours, minimum.
Prerequisite: Proof of current CPR certification (instructor approved) or concurrent enrollment in HS S102.

HS S133 Medical Assisting Procedures: Administrative I

4 credits (3+2)
Introduces business aspects of medical offices and administrative duties of medical assistants. Includes telephone and reception procedures, appointment scheduling, medical law and ethics, professionalism, verbal communication, and medical record keeping for the medical office. Course requires lecture and lab work. Special fees may apply.
Prerequisite: Admission to Medical Assisting program; HS S114; and HS S116 or 100-level math or higher; grade of C- or higher for all prerequisites.

HS S135 Medical Terminology

3 credits (3+0)
Cross-listed as HIM S135. An introduction to root forms, prefixes and suffixes, and medical abbreviations. Focus is on terminology of body systems related to symptomatology, diseases and treatment.Cross-listed as HIM S135.
Prerequisite: Placement at ENGL S110 or higher.

HS S142 Medical Assisting Procedures: Clinical I

4 credits (3+3)
Introduction to the theory and competencies for 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 with clinical procedures, classification and pharmacodynamics of medications, safety and emergency practices. Special fees apply. Course requires lecture and lab work.
Prerequisite: Admission to Medical Assisting program; HS S102, concurrent enrollment, or current first aid provider level CPR; HS S114; HS S116 or 100-level math or higher; grade of C- or higher in all prerequisites.

HS S203 Science of Nutrition

3 credits (3+0)
Introduction to nutrition as a health science. Students examine the basic principles of nutrition as they relate to human needs and behaviors throughout the life cycle. Some elements of clinical nutrition are explored. Meets the nutrition requirement for nursing and other health science majors. BIOL S103 recommended.
Prerequisite: CHEM S103.

HS S206 Introduction to Environmental Health

3 credits (3+0)
Cross-listed as ENVS S206. An overview of the relationship of people to their environment, how it affects their physical well-being and what they can do to influence environmental quality and to enhance public health protection. Examines health problems associated with chemical, physical and biological agents, how they impact food safety, infectious disease, air quality, water quality and land resources in community and occupational settings. Policies intended to improve public health through mitigation of environmental impacts are also discussed.
Prerequisite: ENGL S110.

HS S233 Medical Assisting Procedures: Administrative II

4 credits (3+2)
Continuation of HS S133. Includes office management and basic financial practices used in medical offices, managed care and insurance, procedural and diagnostic coding. Course requires lecture and lab work. Special fees may apply.
Prerequisite: HS S133 (C- or higher).

HS S242 Medical Assting Procedures: Clinical II

4 credits (3+3)
Continuation from HS S142. Includes laboratory procedures, venipuncture, medication administration (including injections), classification and pharmacodynamics of medications, assisting with medical procedures and specialty examinations, and introduction to radiologic principles. Special fees apply. Course requires lecture and lab work.
Prerequisite: HS S142 (C- or higher).