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Allied Health Course Descriptions

AHLT110M - Medical Terminology (3-0-3)

Provides the ability to communicate in a professional, effective manner in a variety of healthcare settings. Through a realistic approach, students learn the rules for building and defining medical terms, the correct pronunciation and spelling of medical terms and the application of medical terminology as it relates to each body system. Introduces various types of medical records and reports and provides the skills to read and interpret them. A variety of activities guide the student in the application of medical terminology as it relates to the clinical world. Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110M or ENGL110XM.

AHLT115M - Phlebotomy (3-0-3)

Provides the theoretical and introductory technical skills of a phlebotomist. Discussions include anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, medical terminology, structures of the healthcare system and laboratory safety, types of laboratory analyses, specimen collection including techniques, equipment, sources of error and medico- legal issues surrounding the practice of phlebotomy. Prerequisite: Placement into ENGL110M.

AHLT120M - Introduction to Public Health (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the field of public health: its historical evolution, fundamental theories, concepts and practice in the U.S. The structure of the public health system, the ten essential services, and the core knowledge areas (e.g., social and behavioral sciences, environmental health, and healthcare policy and administration) are covered in order for the students to design and implement effective communication/outreach strategies that promote public health. Prerequisites: ENGL110M/ENGL110XM.

AHLT123M - Introduction to Pharmacology (3-0-3)

This course will provide the allied health professional with the fundamental knowledge necessary for a basic understanding of the principles and practice of pharmacology. Emphasis will be placed on the safe preparation and administration of medications to patients of various age groups. Simulated problems and case scenarios will be based upon situations that the allied health professional may encounter in a general medical office or clinic setting. It is essential that the student have an understanding of basic mathematical processes in order to perform practice problems with accuracy. Prerequisite: AHLT110M and BIOL106M. Note: A grade of "C" is required to pass this course for Medical Assistant and HLIM majors.

AHLT135M - Phlebotomy Internship (0-9-3)

After successful completion of AHLT115M Phlebotomy, the student will spend 120 hours in a clinical environment becoming proficient with the responsibilities and skills of a phlebotomist. Students receive hands-on experience with venipuncture and capillary punctures. In addition, the ability to follow protocol for the collection of blood specimens is stressed, all while under the supervision of qualified personnel in an accredited clinical laboratory. Requires program matriculation and immunization documentation. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in AHLT115M and signed permission of Phlebotomy Coordinator. Note: Only full-time, daytime internships available. No evening or weekends.

AHLT200M - Transcultural Healthcare (3-0-3)

Healthcare professionals support the concept of holistic care and recognize the need to understand the client's background in order to provide comprehensive care that respects personal values and individuality. Transcultural Healthcare provides a framework for all Healthcare providers to learn inherent concepts and characteristics of culture and provide the background necessary to interact knowledgeably and competently with ethnic populations. Prerequisites: AHLT110M, BIOL106M or BIOL110M. Corequisite: AHLT123M.

AHLT205M - Medical Ethics and Law (3-0-3)

Ethics and law play a critical role in effective healthcare practice. This course provides essential legal principles related to healthcare delivery, a framework for decision-making grounded in ethical standards, and a foundation in the inter-related dynamics of medical ethics and law for students studying nursing and allied health professions. The course will emphasize the necessary steps for ethical analysis and decision-making, together with the healthcare provider’s legal responsibilities in providing care. We will review major ethical questions confronting healthcare providers and medical institutions, as well as applying methods of ethical analysis to ethical dilemmas. Prerequisites: Placement into ENGL110M or ENGL110XM.

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