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HLTH Courses

HLTH 100: Career Explorations in Health Care
Prerequisite: 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 HRS

HLTH 101: Heartsaver First Aid
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 HRS

HLTH 104: BLS for Healthcare Providers
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 HR

HLTH 105: Stress Management
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 HRS

HLTH 110: Medical Terminology
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. Spelling, pronunciation and abbreviations will also be emphasized. 3 HRS

HLTH 111: Diseases of the Human Body
Prerequisite: BIOL 181 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, BIOL 182 or completion of BIOL 121. 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 HRS

HLTH 116: Health Effects of Recreational Drugs
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 HRS

HLTH 118: Personal Health and Wellness
Principles covering responsible behavior and risk factors influencing one’s physical health, psychological health, and sexual health throughout the lifespan will be studied. 3 HRS

HLTH 120: Nutrition
This course will emphasize general principles regarding the functions and sources of essential nutrients. Applicable information regarding nutrition throughout the lifespan, nutrition-related medical conditions, and nutritional planning will also be studied. 3 HRS

HLTH 131: Principles of Weight Management
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 HRS

HLTH 135: Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals
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 HRS

HLTH 140: Walking for Health
This course emphasizes a beginner’s walking program (ie., 10,000 steps per day) to promote health and decrease the risk of disease. Other topics include benefits of exercise, assessment of fitness levels, the body’s adaptation to exercise, injury prevention, and basic nutrition. This course includes weekly walking labs. 2 HRS

HLTH 141: Walking/Jogging Lab
Prerequisite: Completion of HLTH 140 or equivalent with grade of C or better. This course is a continuation of HLTH 140 – Walking for Health, and focuses on improving cardiovascular health, speed, and endurance. Students will meet during the semester for lecture activities and for physiological testing, but will complete activity labs on their own. 2 HRS

HLTH 142: Introduction to Strength Training
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 HRS

HLTH 143: Strength Training Lab
Prerequisites: Completion of HLTH 142 or equivalent with grade of C or better. 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 HRS

HLTH 146: Mind/Body Health
This course is an exploration of four of the dimensions of health (social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual wellness) and their relationships to physical wellbeing. Through class work and lab, students will develop a strong knowledge base regarding brain anatomy and chemistry, and the role the mind plays in physical health. Labs include introductions to yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi. 2 HRS

HLTH 147: Sports Conditioning
Through class work and lab, students will develop a strong knowledge base regarding basic human anatomy, including bones, muscles, and their respective responses to high impact exercise. Labs include sports training, specifically plyometrics (exercises involving explosive shortening and lengthening of muscles), core and upper body strength, and agility (the ability to efficiently change the body’s position using a combination of balance, coordination, reflexes, strength, speed, and endurance). 2 HRS

HLTH 170: Introduction to Leisure and Recreation
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 HRS

HLTH 171: Recreation Leadership
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in HLTH 170. 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 HRS

HLTH 180: Introduction to Gerontology
Prerequisite: 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 HRS

HLTH 181: Biological Aspects of Aging
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 HRS

HLTH 184: Introduction to Physical Activity and Aging
Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in HLTH 181. 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 HRS

HLTH 202: Professional Issues in Health Care
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 HRS

HLTH 209: Advanced Medical Terminology
Prerequisite: HLTH 110, or equivalent, with a grade of C or better. 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 HRS

HLTH 225: Clinical Kinesiology
Prerequisite: Completion of BIOL 181, with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment. 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 HRS

HLTH 280: Cross Cultural Health Care Exploration
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment. 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 HRS

HLTH 284: Gerontology Regulations and Resources
Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment. 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 HRS

HLTH 296: Special Topics in Health
Prerequisite: Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and sophomore standing or consent of instructor. 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 HRS

HLTH 299: Internship in Health
Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least 15 semester credit hours, including ENGL 101 and COMM 101. 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 HRS