Cerro Coso Community College

Allied Health

Allied Health Department Courses

Please note that college course and program curriculum is a process of continual change. Every effort is made to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the information below, but students should consult a counselor or the faculty chair for the most current details regarding course descriptions, course applicability to programs, and patterns of course offerings at each Cerro Coso Community College campus location. That a course does not showing a pattern of offerings does not mean it is not offered, only that it may be offered irregularly. Consult counseling or the faculty chair for more information.

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Repeat Status: Not repeatable

10 hours lecture. This is a Healthcare Provider - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Course that meets the current American Heart Association standards. The course provides training in emergency treatment for life-threatening cardiopulmonary arrest, airway and breathing management, and foreign body obstructed airway for all age groups in a particular setting. This course also includes one and two rescuer CPR, use of barrier devices, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use and the prevention of disease transmission.

Advisory: ENGL C101, HCRS C150

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

162 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides instruction in pre-hospital techniques in the evaluation and emergency medical care through the recognition of signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries. This course also includes instruction in the care rendered on scene and during transportation by EMT personnel. The student shall meet health requirements to participate in the clinical section of the course. Any expenses involved in meeting the health requirement are at the student’s expense. Failure to meet the health requirements results in student ineligibility for clinical objectives. Upon successful completion of the mandated course criteria the student receives a Certificate of Completion and this qualifies the student to apply and take the national exam for the Emergency Medical Technician, to ultimately qualify for application within the State of California to become certified. The student must provide a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/AED card to the instructor at the first class session to remain enrolled in this course.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

10 hours lecture. This course teaches current First Aid instruction for Schools and the Community through discussion, demonstrations, and practical experiences. It includes Emergency Action Steps, breathing and cardiac problem recognition and care, CPR for adult, child, infant, AED Automated External Defibrillator for adult and child, and choking for conscious and unconscious person, wound care, bandaging, shock, poisoning, local poisonous plants and animals, burns, bone and joint injuries including splinting, diabetic emergencies, temperature extremes, and other sudden illnesses.

Prerequisite: ADMJ C145 or equivalent

Repeat Status: Unlimited

162 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides instruction to law enforcement officers in response, scene safety, security, evaluation, and emergency medical care. This course also includes instruction in the care rendered on specialty response situations managed by law enforcement until traditional medical personnel are clear to enter the scene. The student shall meet health requirements to participate in the clinical section of the course. Mandatory physical examination/immunizations will be required within two weeks of the beginning of the course and are at the student’s expense. Failure to meet these requirements will result in student ineligibility for clinical objectives. Upon successful completion of the mandated course criteria the student receives a Certificate of Completion. This qualifies the student to apply for and take the national exam for the Emergency Medical Technician, to ultimately qualify for application within the State of California to become certified. The student must provide a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/AED card to the instructor at the first class session to remain enrolled in this course.

Prerequisite: Current Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician or successful completion of the EMTC C105 Emergency Medical Technician course within the previous 24 months; or have an expired Emergency Medical Technician certification no greater than 24 months.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

24 hours lecture/8 hours laboratory. This course provides a review of the current standards and techniques used by Emergency Medical Technicians in evaluating and providing emergency medical care through recognition of signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries. This is required for renewal of core competencies, practical skill application and current standards and procedures of emergency care and transportation aspects required for Emergency Medical Technicians. 24 hours of continuation education units will be issued upon successful completion and meeting standards with an 80% or greater. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to receive 24-hours of continuing education and a state practical skill form. This course may be used for candidates extending their eligibility to apply and take the national exam for the Emergency Medical Technician, to ultimately qualify for application within the State of California. To enroll in this course, students must have completed the EMTC C105 course within the previous 24 months; or be currently certified as an Emergency Medical Technician; or not have lapsed as a certified Emergency Medical Technician for greater than 24 months as per state requirements.

Prerequisite: EMTC C070. Co-requisite: EMTC C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

63 hours lecture/108 hours laboratory. This course develops the skills necessary to pass the state mandated test to become a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA). Topics include legal and ethical responsibilities, bedside care, moving and positioning a resident, general observations of a resident’s condition, and responsibilities related to care of the elderly resident. Practical bedside skills are practiced by the student in the nursing skills lab. The student gains experience in a long-term care facility. The student must pass the course with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible to take the California CNA exam. In a Health Careers course, students are required to complete the following prior to clinical rotations: physical, questionnaire, TB screening, confirm immunization, background check, and drug screening. Students are required to complete a Live Scan and application for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) upon enrollment into this course.

Prerequisite: Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture/27 hours clinical. This course is designed to prepare the student to work with clients in a home setting doing hands-on patient care. This course focuses on the skills for basic care of residents who need assistance with activities of daily living, including bathing, hygiene measures, transfers, bed making, cleaning, and homemaking tasks. The State Department of Licensing requires a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite Required by Statute: Current California Vocational Nursing License (LVN), or senior standing in a LVN Program, or Interim VN Permittee status. Students must have a current California Vocational Nursing License (LVN), or senior standing in a LVN Program, or Interim VN Permittee status as mandated by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture/9 hours laboratory. The course is designed to enable the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to safely initiate and maintain intravenous therapy in a clinical setting. LVNs successfully completing this course will be certified by the California Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners to initiate and superimpose intravenous fluids. Must have a current California Vocational Nursing License or senior standing in a LVN Program, or Interim Permittee Vocational Nurse status.

Prerequisite: BIOL C125 and/or BIOL C251 and BIOL C255, BSOT C075, HCRS C055, HCRS C150, PSYC C101 or PSYC C101H. Co-requisite: HCRS C103, HCRS C107, HCRS C113

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This theory course begins with an introduction to the roles of the vocational nurse and provides a foundation of basic nursing arts and sciences necessary for the practice of nursing including concepts specific to the gerontological client. Using the nursing process as a framework, concepts of professionalism, growth and development, safety, and health concerns for the adult and geriatric population are discussed. Legal and ethical considerations, cultural diversity, the nursing process, and basic data collection are included as theory topics along with the presentation of basic mental health concepts applicable to the geriatric client. Fundamental nursing skills are discussed in detail with concurrent hands-on practice of skills in the Vocational Nursing Lab I course.

Prerequisite: HCRS C100, HCRS C107, HCRS C113

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This theory course focuses on the application of the nursing process in common health/illness situations. Using the nursing process as a framework, emphasis is placed on the role of the vocational nurse as a provider of care in assisting the adult and geriatric client with chronic disorders affecting the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, and integumentary systems. Topics in basic nutrition are also presented including an overview of basic nutrients, basic therapeutic diets and patient education specific to chronic conditions. Basic mental health concepts are introduced. Concepts in this course are correlated with the clinical settings presented in Vocational Nursing Lab I.

Co-requisite: HCRS C100, HCRS C103, HCRS C113

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

36 hours lecture. This course is designed to prepare the vocational nurse to function safely when administering medication. Using the nursing process as the framework, concepts of pharmacology, calculations, and nursing considerations that pertain to the safe administration of medication are presented.

Limitation in Enrollment: This course is required by the BVNPT for all new nursing faculty. Enrollment in course must be approved by Director of Nursing and Instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

18 hours lecture. A study of the variety of teaching techniques which are applicable to classroom instruction and clinical supervision of students pursuing a health profession. Teaching techniques focus on delivery of the theory and content of a program and assessment of student performance in the classroom and in the clinical setting. The range of teaching techniques from general lecture format to more creative approaches to learning is explored for both theory and clinical courses.

Co-requisite: HCRS C100, HCRS C103, HCRS C107

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

324 hours laboratory. This laboratory course focuses on the care role of the vocational nurse in assisting the adult and geriatric client to meet essential activities of daily living. A beginning knowledge of nursing techniques and medication administration with an understanding of the principles, rationales, and procedures for each technique is emphasized. Using the nursing process as a framework, students provide basic care for adult and geriatric clients with various uncomplicated diseases and disorders who require nursing intervention to meet basic human needs. Basic communication techniques for the adult and geriatric client with mental health disorders are integrated throughout. This clinical course includes experience in the skills lab and long term care clinical settings.

Advisory: ENGL C040

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is designed to develop an understanding of the principles of human nutrition, including historical development, underlying physical, mental and emotional health, current world nutrition problems, nutrients and their utilization by the body, and nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. Recent developments in nutrition, food fads and fallacies, and informational nutritional resources are discussed. Approved for Local GE Area 7.

Advisory: ENGL C070, HCRS C121

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course introduces concepts of food composition and selection of quality foods. Principles of professionalism in food preparation include food service sanitation, safety, and demeanor. Students learn basic culinary concepts, including moist and dry cooking or preparation of meats, eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables, cereals and breads, desserts, and beverages. Students also learn techniques in recipe specification and food cost calculations.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

36 hours lecture. This course is designed to prepare the student to recognize human behaviors and communicate effectively with clients and other healthcare providers in the workplace. Topics include verbal, non-verbal communication techniques, listening skills, therapeutic communication skills and communicating with other healthcare providers. This course meets the competency standards for CAAHEP and CCBMA certification.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture. This course is designed to explore the theories, models and principles that serve as guides for ethical behavior within the medical assistant context. The student explores the complexities of the ethical and legal aspects of patient care related to the medical assistant’s practice, all the while emphasizing the importance of principled behavior in personal and professional situations.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture. This course covers concepts and techniques for managing and maintaining manual and electronic health records (EHR). Topics include structure and use of health information including data collection and analysis, data sources/sets, archival systems, and quality and integrity of health care data. The focus of this course is system-wide clinical documentation guidelines and regulatory standards.

Prerequisite: HCRS C150, HCRS C130, HCRS C131, HCRS C132

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course enables the student to gain a wide range of skills that may be required in a medical front office which is an area that is constantly changing. It covers basic office procedures, which include receptionist, appointments, scheduling, telephone techniques, interpersonal relations, computer data entry, oral communication, and medico-legal doctrines.

Prerequisite: HCRS C150, HCRS C130, HCRS C131, HCRS C132

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course presents the basic functions of the insurance and billing practices for healthcare workers. Topics include management of basic financial activities for healthcare facilities including medical insurance, methods of establishing professional fees, billing laws and regulations, banking, and bookkeeping.

Co-requisite: HCRS C133

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

36 hours lecture. This course presents a thorough discussion of basic International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding. Procedural coding and International Classification of Diseases provides students with the detailed knowledge to implement the specialized coding needed for billing insurance companies.

Prerequisite: HCRS C150, HCRS C130, HCRS C131, HCRS C132

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This is an introductory course designed to provide basic education and training for the individual who is interested in working as a Clinical Medical Assistant in a medical or clinical back office. Topics include basic infection control, Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations, principles of nutrition, vital signs and height/weight measurements, initial medical record documentation, and maintenance of the clinical facility. Common office practices, such as vital signs are discussed and practiced in the Skills Lab.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course is designed to provide advanced education and training for the individual who is interested in working as a Clinical Medical Assistant in a medical or clinical back office. Topics include patient history and interviewing, techniques of assisting the physician with patients, minor surgeries and sterile dressing changes, staple and suture removal, theory of x-ray examination and treatment, patient education, electrocardiographic methods, and first aid. Common office procedures are discussed and practiced in the Skills Lab. Emphasis is placed the role of the medical assistant.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136 or concurrent enrollment

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides basic education and training in medications and administration for the individual who is interested in working as a Clinical Medical Assistant in the medical back office environment. Topics include basic mathematics, terminology, medication orders, medication administration including oral and injection and documentation. Emphasis is on client education and the role of the medical assistant.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136 or concurrent enrollment

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This introductory laboratory course provides basic education and training for a medical assistant in a physician’s office laboratory. The focus of the training includes methods of specimen collection, principles of routine office laboratory tests, techniques for blood tests, microbiology office procedures, and blood withdrawal.

Prerequisite: HCRS C133, HCRS C134, HCRS C135 or concurrent enrollment

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

90 hours volunteer work experience. The Clinical Externship is a practical application of the theory and skills learned in the classroom. The student participates in front office procedures under the direct supervision of the physician and the office manager and the indirect supervision of the classroom instructor.

Prerequisite: HCRS C136, HCRS C137. Co-requisite: HCRS C137

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

90 hours volunteer work experience. The Clinical Externship is a practical application of the theory and skills learned in the classroom and lab. The student participates in physician’s office or clinic providing patient care under the direct supervision of the physician and the office manager with indirect supervision of the classroom instructor.

Prerequisite: HCRS C134. Advisory: BIOL C121, ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces health insurance, reimbursement, legal issues, and differences in reimbursement methodologies. Topics include the advanced principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission and payment processing, and the follow up process. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, or similar positions.

Prerequisite: HCRS C135. Advisory: BIOL C121, ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course introduces the principles of medical coding related to the three main code books: Current Procedural Terminology, International Classification of Diseases-Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), and Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System, Level II (HCPCS). This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in medical coding for medical facilities. It is strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for American Association Professional Coders’ (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification examination.

Prerequisite: HCRS C135, HCRS C145. Co-requisite: HCRS C145. Advisory: BIOL C125

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

9 hours lecture/80 hours laboratory. This course provides practical experience in applying the concepts, theories, and principles of medical coding related to the three main code books: Current Procedural Terminology, International Classification of Diseases-Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), and Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System, Level II (HCPCS) through a medical coding practical online application system. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in medical coding for medical facilities. It is strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for American Association Professional Coders’ (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification examination.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine. The components of medical terminology are highly beneficial for any individual with a healthcare employment objective. The course presents the components of medical works including word roots, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. Using medical terminology as a focal point, the systems of the body are discussed.

Prerequisite: HCRS C100, HCRS C103, HCRS C107, HCRS C113. Co-requisite: HCRS C214

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

162 hours lecture. This theory course uses the nursing process as a framework to guide the development of critical thinking skills used to determine nursing actions for adult and geriatric clients with cancer and conditions affecting the cardiovascular, lymphatic, musculoskeletal, endocrine, and respiratory systems. The role of the vocational nurse as a provider of care and manager of care related to leadership, supervision, and rehabilitation are also discussed. This course integrates care of the medical surgical client with mental health disorders. Concepts in this course are correlated to the various clinical settings presented in HCRS C214 Clinical Nursing Lab II.

Prerequisite: HCRS C204. Co-requisite: HCRS C216

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

63 hours lecture. Using the nursing process as a framework, this theory course reinforces the critical thinking skills necessary to care for adult and geriatric clients with acute and complex medical surgical disease states, including multisystem involvement. The care for the client with increasingly complex mental health conditions is explored. Role expectations related to being a member of the profession are also discussed. Knowledge of nursing principles and leadership/management techniques to determine and prioritize nursing actions are correlated with the clinical settings presented in HCRS C216 Clinical Nursing III.

Co-requisite: HCRS C207 and HCRS C216

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This theory course provides an overview of contemporary family centered childbirth and a foundation for pediatric nursing using growth and development concepts as a framework for presenting health problems and special concerns of the pediatric client. This course focuses on the provider and manager of care role for the vocational nurse in assisting families experiencing common health/illness situations associated with their age group. Using the nursing process and developmental theory as a framework, topics and nursing responsibilities for the normal aspects of the child bearing family and the pediatric client are discussed. The course concepts are correlated with the clinical settings in HCRS C216 Clinical Nursing III.

Co-requisite: HCRS C206 and HCRS C216

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

18 hours lecture. This theory course reinforces and emphasizes the basic principles of pharmacology and calculations necessary for safe and effective medication administration. The primary focus is on the pharmacology content and variables that influence drug therapy when caring for the child-bearing family and the pediatric client. Utilization of the pharmacological principles from this course correlates to HCRS C216 Clinical Nursing III.

Co-requisite: HCRS C216

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

27 hours lecture. This theory course focuses on the concepts of critical thinking skills and clinical reasoning strategies utilizing a case study approach. Leadership skills, capabilities, and knowledge essential to the vocational nurse including roles and responsibilities, application of the nursing process to problem solving methods, and supervision and evaluation of the effectiveness and quality of care are discussed. Managerial traits, styles, roles and models are also explored. Critical thinking skills and utilization of the nursing process in clinical decision making are presented and correlated to the Clinical Nursing III course.

Co-requisite: HCRS C204

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

324 clinical hours. This clinical lab course concentrates on the application of the nursing process and the continued development of the manager and provider of care roles for adult medical-surgical clients from various cultural and social backgrounds. Clinical experiences build on the basics from first semester as students perform more advanced skills when providing nursing care to clients. Incorporated into the course is the utilization of intermediate assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation under clinical supervision. This clinical course includes acute care and rehabilitation settings which correlate with the topics presented in HCRS C204 Medical Surgical Nursing II.

Co-requisite: HCRS C205, HCRS C206, HCRS C207, HCRS C208

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

324 clinical hours. Using the advanced application of the nursing process and developmental theory as a framework to guide the plan of care, students provide care for the childbearing family, pediatric clients and clients with acute medical and surgical illnesses. The care focuses on multiple clients from various ethnic and social backgrounds. Clinical experiences provide opportunities for the demonstration of leadership skills, capabilities and knowledge essential to the role of the vocational nurse as a member of the health care team and supervisor of other vocational nurses and unlicensed health care givers. Application of critical thinking skills and the utilization of the nursing process in clinical decision making are assessed. This clinical course includes settings in acute care, clinics, physician offices for obstetrics and pediatric clients and acute and sub-acute settings for the care of clients with acute medical and surgical illnesses. Clinical content correlates with the Maternal Child theory course and topics in the Medical Surgical Nursing III and critical thinking courses.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course presents the components of pharmacology including techniques of administration, dosage calculations, foundations of pharmacology, patient education, health promotion, and a detailed overview of each drug class and commonly used drugs by body system. Pharmacology is an integral part of every aspect of health careers and this course is recommended for any individual with a Health Career objective.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course familiarizes the students with the fundamentals of cultural diversity as an integral part of every aspect of health care. This course is encouraged for any individual with a health career objective. Students explore cross-cultural theory and analyze forms of cultural diversity including gender, age, and family. Students analyze how cultural diversity affects health/illness dynamics and how recognition of ethnocentrism and bias can help improve health care delivery. Approved for Local GE Area 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is designed to enable students to interpret basic cardiac rhythms in health care related settings. Heart anatomy, physiology, and dysrhythmias relating to atrial and ventricular dysfunction, basic electrical conduction disorders and treatment plans are presented.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course explores the theories, models, and principles that serve as guides for ethical behavior within the healthcare content. Ethics is an integral part of every aspect of health careers and this course is encouraged for any individual with a health career objective. The students explore the complexities created by science and technological advances, the variety of health care settings, and the diversity of patients in their care, all while emphasizing the importance of principled behavior in personal and professional situations. Global issues such as health policy, economics, social, gender, transcultural and spiritual considerations are addressed.

Prerequisite: ENGL C040

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the human service professions and their role in helping people to cope with the problems of living. The course provides a historical overview and contemporary theories, as well as description of service delivery models of human services and allows the student to understand the client as a whole person in a specific context. The course addresses competence, professionalism, legal and ethical issues in human services.

Prerequisite: ENGL C040

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course explores the themes of dominant culture and sub-cultures in relations to human services, with special emphasis on the cultural complexities of individuals and communities and culturally skillful interventions. Approved for Local GE Area 6.

Prerequisite: HMSV C101

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. In this course students integrate theory about human services occupations into actual workplace practices by role-playing work place situations, interviewing people working in different human services settings, and analyzing workplace situations in order to practice professional responses. Students are prepared for internship in a human services work setting.

Prerequisite: HMSV C103

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

36 hours lecture/108 work experience. This course provides the student with the complete experience of working in a human services setting. Students have the opportunity to apply information, develop and practice skills, participate in a supervisory relationship, receive performance evaluation, and provide feedback to other human services trainees. Students are required to pass a drug screening, and if required by the agency, may need to have a Live Scan at their own expense. Student may need to fulfill other site specific requirements before beginning the internship. To pass this course students must complete 108 intern hours with a human services agency.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. The course introduces students to assessment and treatment skills used in the helping professions. Topics include the helping interview, assessment, goal setting, cognitive interventions, and behavior management techniques.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces students to the different models of case management in the human services field, the core skills which make up case management, the decision-making processes of case management, and the role of the case manager as a human services worker and collaborator with other persons, human services agencies and organizations.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course addresses contemporary public health issues and examines the development of strategies to live a healthy lifestyle. The course offers an overview of chronic and infectious diseases, injury prevention, chemical dependency, nutrition, body composition, fitness, psychological wellness, fertility awareness, conflict resolution, and life transitions. Approved for CSU GE Area E, Local GE Area 7.

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