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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 0.5
Hours: 6 lecture, 6 laboratory per quarter (12 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: Completion of recognized sound and communication apprenticeship or equivalent and recent employment as an installer/technician in the sound and communication industry.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


Covers the theory and installation of a nurse call system. Lessons include: components, ancillary systems, and working in a healthcare environment.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Describe the codes and regulating bodies that govern the health care industry
B. Define general terms, titles, and acronyms used in the health care industry
C. Identify the core devices of a nurse call system
D. Interpret specific wiring diagrams

Course Content

A. Introduction (Lec)
1. What is a nurse call system?
2. Intent and function
3. Codes and regulations
4. Tone and audio visual systems
5. Microprocessor and multiplexed systems
B. Components (Lec)
1. Nurse master station
2. Duty and staff stations
3. Patient station
4. Auxiliary device
5. Dome lamps
C. Ancillary Systems (Lec)
1. Staff presence systems
2. Pagers
3. Signage
4. Wireless phones
D. Working in a Health Care Environment (Lec)
1. Risks
2. Preventative measures
E. Nurse Call Hands-on Lab (Lab)
1. Install nurse call cabling and components completing a nurse call system

Lab Content

A. Work individually and in teams with basic tools of the trade, test instruments and tool safety.
B. Included will be the installation of sound and/or communication devices using proper cabling and nurse call equipment.
C. Equipment safety and safe handling practices are reviewed and applied.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Nurse call system and components, including patient stations, emergency stations, and dome lights for hands-on lab.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to email software and hardware; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Results of assessments
B. Results of quizzes and tests
C. Discussion participation

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Lecture
B. Group discussion
C. Demonstration

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials



Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Writing assignment:

1. Based off of your previous lessons, explain in your own words how you could apply the installation skills to other proprietary nurse call systems



Telecommunication Technology