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COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE: AH102 Introduction to Allied Health Careers

CONTACT HOURS: 40 (Lecture 40, Lab 0)


ACADEMIC CREDIT: 4 quarter credit hours




COURSE START DATE: 09/13/2017 COURSE END DATE: 10/09/2017


In this course, students learn about law and ethics related to health care, pharmacology, infection
control, vital signs, and complementary and alternative medicine. This course is also designed to
develop professional skills and proactive career management. This course includes both classroom
and digital activities such as video, tests/quizzes, simulations, and discussion boards. This course will
include out-of-class work such as reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application
assignments, and projects. A minimum of two and a half hours of out-of-class work will be assigned
per week.

Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to:
 Recognize the impact of ethical behavior in health care.
 Explain federal and state health care legislation and regulations.
 Demonstrate proper laboratory and office procedures.
 Describe the interactions, mechanisms of action, and routes of administration for prescription and
non-prescription drugs.

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 Explain the impact of complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine.
 Demonstrate professional skills that enhance success.


Any resources provided or assigned in previous courses may be required or used in this course.

Instructional strategies may include lectures, board work, demonstrations, lab activities, classroom
exercises, discussions, practice questions, examinations, reading assignments for homework, field
trips, guest lectures, group projects, and oral presentations. All students will be required to
demonstrate proper use and application of the materials in the Learning Resource Center throughout
the course.

 Law and Ethics
- Law and Ethics in the Health Care Setting
- Medical Records and Records Management
- Quality, Privacy, and HIPAA
 Infection Control
- Safety and Emergency Preparedness
- Asepsis and Infection Control
- Sterilization and the Clinical Laboratory
 Measurements and Vital Signs
 Introduction to Pharmacology
- Principles of Pharmacology
- Preparing and Administering Medications
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
 Professional Development

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Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including participation, in-class activities, out-of-
class assignments, quizzes, exams, projects, or other appropriate methods.

Measure % of Final Grade

Participation 20%
Assignments* 40%
Quizzes 20%

Final Exam 20%

Total 100%

* Out-of-class work is required as part of this course. Examples of out-of-class work may include
reading and writing assignments, practice and practical application assignments, and projects.


Students must pass this course with a final grade of at least 60%.

 I.C.1: Describe the structural organization of the human body.
 I.C.2: Identify body systems.
 I.C.3: Describe body planes, directional terms, quadrants, and cavities.
 I.C.4: List major organs in each body system.
 I.C.5: Describe the normal function of each body system.
 I.C.8: Discuss implications for disease and disability when homeostasis is not maintained.
 I.C.10: Compare body structure and function of the human body across the life span.
 I.A.2: Use language/verbal skills that enable patients’ understanding.
 I.A.3: Demonstrate respect for diversity in approaching patients and families.
 IV.C.1: Identify styles and types of verbal communication.
 IV.C.2: Identify nonverbal communication.
 IV.C.3: Recognize communication barriers.
 IV.C.4: Identify techniques for overcoming communication barriers.
 IV.C.5: Recognize the elements of oral communication using a sender-receiver process.
 IV.C.6: Differentiate between subjective and objective information.
 IV.C.7: Identify resources and adaptations that are required based on individual needs, i.e.,
culture and environment, developmental life stage, language, and physical threats to
 IV.C.8: Recognize elements of fundamental writing skills.
 IV.C.9: Discuss applications of electronic technology in effective communication.

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 IV.C.10: Diagram medical terms, labeling the word parts.
 IV.C.11: Define both medical terms and abbreviations related to all body systems.
 IV.C.12: Organize technical information and summaries.
 IV.C.13: Identify the role of self-boundaries in the health care environment.
 IV.C.14: Recognize the role of patient advocacy in the practice of medical assisting.
 IV.C.15: Discuss the role of assertiveness in effective professional communication.
 IV.C.16: Differentiate between adaptive and non-adaptive coping mechanisms.
 IV.P.1: Use reflection, restatement, and clarification techniques to obtain a patient history.
 IV.P.2: Report relevant information to others succinctly and accurately.
 IV.P.10: Compose professional/business letters.
 IV.P.11: Respond to nonverbal communication.
 IV.P.12: Develop and maintain a current list of community resources related to patients’ healthcare
 IV.P.13: Advocate on behalf of patients.
 IV.A.2: Apply active listening skills.
 IV.A.3: Use appropriate body language and other nonverbal skills in communicating with patients,
family, and staff.
 IV.A.7: Demonstrate recognition of the patient’s level of understanding in communications.
 IV.A.8: Analyze communications in providing appropriate responses/feedback.
 IV.A.10: Demonstrate respect for individual diversity, incorporating awareness of one’s own biases
in areas including gender, race, religion, age, and economic status.
 V.C.6: Describe various types of content maintained in a patient’s medical record.
 V.C.11: Discuss principles of using Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
 V.P.5: Execute data management using electronic healthcare records such as the EMR.
 IX.C.5: Discuss licensure and certification as it applies to healthcare providers.
 X.C.3: Discuss the role of cultural, social, and ethnic diversity in ethical performance of medical
assisting practice.
 X.A.3: Demonstrate awareness of diversity in providing patient care.
 XI.C.2: Identify safety techniques that can be used to prevent accidents and maintain a safe work
 XI.C.4: Identify safety signs, symbols, and labels.
 XI.C.5: State principles and steps of professional/provider CPR.
 XI.C.6: Describe basic principles of first aid.
 XI.C.8: Discuss fire safety issues in a healthcare environment.
 XI.C.11: Discuss critical elements of an emergency plan for response to a natural disaster or
other emergency.
 XI.C.12: Identify emergency preparedness plans in your community.
 XI.P.2: Evaluate the work environment to identify safe vs. unsafe working conditions.
 XI.P.5: Demonstrate proper use of the following equipment:
a. Eyewash
b. Fire extinguishers

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c. Sharps disposal containers
• XI.P.9: Maintain provider/professional level CPR certification.
• XI.P.10: Perform first aid procedures.
• XI.P.12: Maintain a current list of community resources for emergency preparedness.
• XI.A.1: Recognize the effects of stress on all persons involved in emergency situations.

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