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HLTH 100: Career Explorations in Health Care

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

Through the exploration of possible career choices in healthcare, students will determine prerequisites for academic programs leading to those careers, identify job entry requirements, use appropriate resources, and apply study strategies leading to success in their chosen academic program. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 101: Heartsaver First Aid

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

HLTH 101 is designed for the layperson in the workplace or at home rather than the healthcare provider. Students will receive instruction in six sections, including general principles, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, and environmental emergencies. A two-year Heartsaver First Aid certification is issued to students who successfully complete the course. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 104: BLS for Healthcare Providers

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course has no specific prerequisites. The vast majority of participants will consist of individuals preparing for emergency medical services, nursing, and other healthcare providers. This course meets the requirements for lifeguards, police, firefighters, childcare workers, and lay workers who are completing prerequisites for the BLS Instructor’s Course, EMT 101, and the nursing curriculum. 0.5 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 105: Stress Management

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course focuses on the effects that stress has on physical and emotional health. Emphasis will be on the identification of stressors, stressful reactions, and healthful strategies to decrease stress. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 110: Medical Terminology

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

Through the study of medical prefixes, roots, and suffixes, students will learn how to define and use medical terms as they relate to body structure and function, medical procedures and disease processes. This class will also emphasize spelling, pronunciation, and abbreviations. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 111: Diseases of the Human Body

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of BIOL 121 OR
-Completion of BIOL 181 and concurrent enrollment in BIOL 182
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

An introduction to the current understanding of disease processes across the life span. This course examines the major health problems in the United States, emphasizing etiology, risk factors, gender differences, physiologic changes of specific diseases and treatment approaches. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 116: Health Effects of Recreational Drugs

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

Content will address the use, misuse, and abuse of legal and controlled drugs and their medical, pharmacological, legal, and economical impacts that they have on the individual, one’s relationships, and society. A brief history of drug use in the world and America will also be studied. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 118: Personal Health and Wellness

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

Principles covering responsible behavior and risk factors influencing one’s physical health, psychological health, and sexual health throughout the lifespan will be studied. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 120: Nutrition

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This class will focus on the principles of nutrition emphasizing the functions and sources of nutrients, potential nutrition problems, nutritional planning, and factors affecting nutrition throughout the lifespan. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 131: Principles of Weight Management

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The class will focus on the impact of weight loss/gain on chronic disease development, psychological influences and physiological processes that impact weight management, nutritional and physical activity principles, and evaluation of popular weight management methods. At the end of this course, students will be able to create a nutritious eating plan and physical activity program for their particular lifestyles and health goals. A field trip(s) is/are tentatively planned. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 135: Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course provides a broad overview of the history, applications, metabolism, and terminology of prescribed drugs for the allied health professional. It will also include a systemic review of the most commonly prescribed drugs/medications and pharmacological references. This course cannot be substituted for NURS 113 or any other NURS course. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 140: Walking for Health

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

This course emphasizes a beginner?s walking program (ie. 10,000 steps per day) to promote health and decrease the risk of disease. Topics include benefits of exercise, disease prevention, fitness level assessments, the body?s adaptation to exercise, injury prevention, and basic nutrition. Demonstrations, practice of walking technique, and additional physical activity will be required throughout the course. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 141: Jogging for Health

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

This course is a continuation of concepts explored in HLTH 140 ? Walking for Health and focuses on improving cardiovascular health, speed, and endurance. Demonstrations and physical activity up to but not limited to an equivalent of a 5K will be required throughout the course. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 142: Introduction to Strength Training

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

This introductory course in strength training emphasizes muscle anatomy and physiology, adaptive responses of muscle tissue, safety procedures, relationship to chronic disease, and types of strength training routines using machines and free weights. At the end of the semester, students will be required to formulate their own personal strength training routine using scientific principles. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 143: Strength Training II

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

This course is a continuation of HLTH 142 ?Introduction to Strength Training, and focuses on improving lifting form and physical strength. Students will meet during the semester for lecture activities and for physiological testing, but will complete activity labs on their own. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 146: Mind/Body Health

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

This course explores the four of the dimensions of health (social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual wellness) and their relationships to physical wellbeing. Through class work and participation in activities, students will develop a strong knowledge base regarding brain anatomy and chemistry, and the role the mind plays in physical health. Activities, other than traditional classroom activities, include introductions to yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 147: Sports Conditioning

Prerequisite(s):
- There are no formal prerequisites for this course, however completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.

This course enables students to develop a strong knowledge base regarding basic human anatomy, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal responses to high intensity exercise. In order to apply knowledge of sports conditioning, students participate in plyometrics (exercises involving explosive shortening and lengthening of muscles), core and upper body strength training, speed training, agility (the ability to efficiently change the body’s position using a combination of balance, coordination, reflexes, strength, speed, and endurance) and other forms of sports conditioning. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 170: Introduction to Leisure and Recreation

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This class will survey the nature of leisure and recreation by reviewing the influence of history, culture, economics, religion, technology, and environment on play, leisure, and wellbeing. Applicable careers in tourism, military, health industry, public, and private sectors will be explored. This course may include field trips and/or outdoor activities. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 171: Recreation Leadership

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HLTH 170 with a C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course provides an introduction to recreation leadership by providing students with hands-on leadership experiences across a variety of recreational activities. Study will focus on the development of activity planning skills, individual leadership skills, and group facilitation methods. This course may include field trips and/or outdoor activities. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 180: Introduction to Gerontology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better

This introductory course in Gerontology includes an overview of the physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging. Topics included are normal versus pathological aging, society?s view of and response to aging, and current issues facing the aged, such as healthcare, finances, and social change. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 181: Biological Aspects of Aging

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course includes a systemic review of the physiologic changes of the body as it ages. It will also include theories of biological aging; genetic, environmental, and social influences on aging; common medical conditions; and nutritional concerns of the aged. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 184: Introduction to Physical Activity and Aging

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in HLTH 181 with a C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course introduces various issues regarding physical activity and the aged, such as body adaptations, exercise guidelines, modifications to exercise, readiness to exercise, barriers, and adherence. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 202: Professional Issues in Health Care

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course will emphasize legal aspects and professional issues that affect all medical and allied-health care professionals. Specific topics include overview of the healthcare system, specialties and scopes of practice, confidentiality and patient rights, liability, medical records, culture and diversity issues, and professionalism in the workplace. Students are encouraged to relate the information to their desired profession for all assignments. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 209: Advanced Medical Terminology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of HTLH 110 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course will introduce word parts and abbreviations relating to pharmacology, radiography, eyes/ears, endocrine system, integumentary, oncology, psychiatry/mental health, history/physical examination, and surgery. Word building and defining medical terms, recalling abbreviations and eponyms, spelling, diagnostic procedures, medical conditions, and pronunciation regarding all body systems will also be emphasized. Since this is a continuation of HLTH 110, concepts from that class will be revisited often. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 225: Clinical Kinesiology

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, BIOL 181 with a grade of C or better
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course examines the science of human movement as related to the skeletal, articular, neurological and muscular systems. Applications of biomechanical and kinesiological principles are utilized for the analysis of human motion. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 280: Cross Cultural Health Care Exploration

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

The course includes an overview of the physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of health, illness and aging across different cultures. Topics included are the influence of one’s culture, ethnicity, and spiritual beliefs upon one’s life, including health care decisions. Health care adaptations based on the unique individual or group needs are presented. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 284: Gerontology Regulations and Resources

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 101

This course in Gerontology builds upon previous courses in the curriculum. The course includes an overview of federal and state regulatory bodies overseeing the population of elders and elder services. Topics include an in-depth look at Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) as well as home health, assisted living and elder daycare governing bodies; an exploration of Medicare, Medicaid, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) as elder care financial entities; and application of regulations to the practice area. Additionally, resources for elderly individuals, families, care providers, and ancillary persons will be presented. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 296: Special Topics in Health

Prerequisite(s):
-Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and sophomore standing OR
-Permission of division dean
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The purpose of this course is to develop a greater knowledge of health topics and to influence the beliefs and behaviors of students to achieve a greater state of health. In all cases, the knowledge and skills students gain here can be transferred to situations one may reasonably encounter in the health and medical industries. Refer to the schedule book for specific topics offered. 1-6 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

HLTH 299: Internship in Health

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of 15 semester credits or more including ENGL 101 and COMM 101 with a C or better

Supervised field experience in a variety of settings related to the healthcare field, including educational institutions, governmental agencies, and public and private health care facilities. Students will receive on-the-job experience, in a volunteer or paid capacity, for at least five hours per week (a total of 75 hours per semester equals one internship credit hour) to gain practical skills and experience. 1-6 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.