HTECH 1: Introduction to Health Care (1 unit)

This course is a survey of the health care delivery system, the history of medicine and the development of the health care ancillary fields. It is recommended that students take this during their first semester in the Health Care Technologies Department. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 2: Medical Information Processing (2 units)

In this course, students have the opportunity to receive instruction in medical information processing. The areas covered are applications and use of medical terminology, abbreviations, symbols, numbers and appropriate formats in medical communications such as medical chart notes, history and physicals, consultations and operative reports.

HTECH 4: Structure and Function of the Human Body (3 units)

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed specifically for, but Technology programs. The students have the opportunity to learn the basic anatomical and physiological components associated with each body system.

HTECH 5: Basic Medical Terminology (3 units)

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides a basic understanding of word parts, including root words, prefixes and suffixes, and how they are combined to form medical terms. Emphasis is on how medical terms relate to the major organ systems in the body, and related medical specialties and pathologies with intensive practice in vocabulary building, pronunciation and usage. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 6: Advanced Medical Terminology (3 units)

Prerequisite: HTECH 5

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an introduction to the nature of diseases and terms of the clinical procedures, laboratory tests, and abbreviations connected with them. Students have the opportunity to explore the terminology related to anatomy and physiology of the body systems. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 7: Medical Ethics and Law (2 units)

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers medical ethics and law in the Health Care Profession. The areas covered are: bio-ethical issues, medical practice acts, legal relationships and responsibilities, invasions of privacy, medical professional liability, the litigation process, avoiding unjustified malpractice/ negligence claims, and the exploration of relevant current issues.

HTECH 8: Communication for Health Care Personnel (2 units)

This course provides instruction for the health care provider in the area of team membership. Styles of communication, human needs, individual differences and cultural biases are examined. The behavior, needs, and method of communication required by different groups of patients (children, youths, elderly as well as those suffering from violence, homelessness, life altering illness or injury, chemical dependency, anger or depression, and those who are dying) are represented.

HTECH 54A: Internship (2 units)

Recommendation preparation: Completion of all critical program courses for the certificate program and demonstrate subject matter proficiency. See instructor for transcript evaluation to determine internship readiness. Background checks and drug testing (paid by the student) may be required.

This internship course provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical experience, under supervision, in a physician’s office or clinic with critique. Pass/No Pass Only

HTECH 54B: Internship (2 units)

Prerequisite: HTECH 001 and HTECH 002 and HTECH 004 and HTECH 006 and HTECH 007 and HTECH 008 and HTECH 041 and HTECH 043 and HTECH 055 and HTECH 057 and HTECH 058 and HTECH 063.

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience, under supervision, in a physician’s office or clinic with classroom critique. Pass/No Pass Only

HTECH 55: Vital Signs and Charting (2 units)

Recommendation preparation: HTECH 5, MATH 902, MATH 902P

This course covers the duties and responsibilities of the clinical area of a medical office. Topics include equipment and supplies control; medical aspects; assisting with physical examinations including positioning, height, weight, and vision screening; vital signs determination (temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure); and pharmacology. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 57: Sterile Techniques (2 units)

Advisory: HTECH 5

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice in sterilization, sterile technique, assisting with minor office surgery, and assisting with examinations and procedures in pediatrics, proctology, gynecology and obstetrics. Instruction in basic nutrition and diet therapy are taught.

HTECH 58: Laboratory Techniques (3 units)

This course is designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of basic laboratory tests that may be done in a Medical Office, or sent to a reference laboratory. Other topics include specimen collection, analytical techniques, normal values and interpretation of abnormal values. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 63: Medication Administration (1.5 units)

Co-requisite (Course required to be taken concurrently): HTECH 55, HTECH 57

Advisory: HTECH 5, MATH 902, MATH 902P

This course covers the theory and practice of administration of parenteral medications including site selection, safety factors, and techniques, as well as medication dosage calculations (medication math). Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 64: ECG & Ortho Technician (2.5 units)

Advisory: HTECH 5, MATH 902, MATH 902P

This course covers the didactic and practical skills necessary to perform 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) and provide care for orthopedic patients in acute and clinical settings. In addition, this course introduces medical office first aid procedures and basic physical therapy modalities. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 70: Introduction to Holistic Medicine (1 unit)

Advisory: MATH 902

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introduction to newer forms of alternative medicine including diet and nutrition, yoga, mediation, homeopathy, aromatherapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture. In this course the four aspects of complete health (spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health) are discussed. The emphasis is on assisting people to understand and help themselves, on education and self-care, prevention of disease, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Pass/No Pass Option

HTECH 71A: Basic Massage Therapy (2 units)

Corequisite: HTECH 4

This course provides the student with a fundamental training in Swedish and Sports massage theory, technique, and practice. The curriculum covers various topics including anatomy with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, benefits and contraindications of massage therapy, biomechanics, athletic training and common sports injuries, diet and nutrition, yoga, cyrotherapy, holistic health and wellness. This course provides the students with a fundamental training in Swedish and Sports massage theory, technique, and practice.

HTECH 71B: Shiatsu and Chair Massage (2 units)

This course introduces students to the theory, technique, and practice of Shiatsu/Acupressure and on-site chair massage. The five-element theory of Asian medicine are discussed and interpreted. This course also covers meridian theory, diet and lifestyle, chi/force, comparison and contrast of Eastern and Western medicine, and the philosophy of holistic health. Students have the opportunity to learn to give a complete Shiatsu and on-site chair massage. Incorporated with each class are short sessions of yoga/ stretching and/or meditation.

HTECH 75: Introduction to Aromatherapy for Healthcare Professionals (2 units)

This course explores beginning theory, practice and hands-on application of aromatherapy essential oils. Students develop a deep understanding of safety and efficacy and learn to integrate the use of therapeutic essential oils into a healthcare practice. Topics include an introduction to 16 practical essential oils, history, blending and diffusion techniques, family care and treatments for specific conditions. Pass/No Pass Option

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