Academic Catalog

Allied Health Sciences (AHS)

AHS 50A  •  INTRODUCTION TO ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMS

AHS 50A Details
Units: 1.5
Hours: 1.5 lecture per week (18 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: ENGL 1A, 1AH, or 1S & 1T; MATH 105.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in AHS 50.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Introduction to Foothill College allied health programs for the incoming first year student. Overview of HIPAA and patient privacy, Academic Honor Code, student rights and responsibilities, strategies for student success, stress and time management, professionalism and ethical behavior in the health care environment and individual program policies and procedures for allied health students. Introduction to peer reviewed literature in the professional discipline, analyzing a research study, writing a full research essay of a peer reviewed research study and understanding of the data analysis of the research. Intended for students who have applied and been accepted into allied health programs; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

AHS 50B  •  INTERPROFESSIONAL PATIENT COMPETENCIES

AHS 50B Details
Units: 0.5
Hours: 6 lecture per quarter (6 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This is the second of three courses focusing on interprofessional education (IPE). This course will include an overview on the pediatric patient, the geriatric patient, communication issues in health care settings and understanding the skills and scope of practice of other health care professionals with a focus on patient safety and teamwork. Enrollment is limited to students accepted in an allied health program.

AHS 50C  •  INTERPROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES FOR COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE

AHS 50C Details
Units: 0.5
Hours: 6 lecture per quarter (6 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This is the third of three courses focusing on interprofessional education (IPE). This course will include an overview of the health care team, professional communication issues in health care settings and values and ethics for interprofessional practice. Enrollment is limited to students accepted in an allied health program.

AHS 51  •  HEALTH CAREERS EXPLORATION

AHS 51 Details
Units: 1.5
Hours: 1.5 lecture per week (18 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

This course focuses on assessment and career research in the development of a health care career plan. Careers include, but are not limited to: EMT, Paramedic/Fire Science, Nursing, Pharmacology Technology, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Respiratory Therapy and Radiologic Technology. Emphasis is on interest, personality testing, values clarification, career information, research skills, individual skills assessment, decision making, communication, teamwork, inter-professional education and goal setting specifically in the health care field. The course also covers health care job trends, education and licensure requirements.

AHS 52  •  MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

AHS 52 Details
Units: 4
Hours: 4 lecture per week (48 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Introduction to medical terminology as used in the health professions. Provides opportunities for practical application of medical terminology and further development of skills in analyzing components of medical terms and building a medical vocabulary applicable to specialties of medicine. Course content includes anatomical and physiological terminology; basic structure, prefixes, suffixes; combining forms; abbreviations, clinical procedures, laboratory and diagnostic tests related to each body system.

AHS 55  •  COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION

AHS 55 Details
Units: 2
Hours: 1 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course requires clinical field experiences that may take place outside of the U.S.; the cost of travel is borne by the student.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Introduction to community approaches to disease prevention and health promotion with an emphasis on a holistic approach, risk and resilience, social capital, and social change to promote community health in communities with limited access to care. Students have the opportunity to shadow licensed doctors, dentists and other health care professionals in urgent and preventive medical/dental services. Intended for students pursuing an allied health or medical career.

AHS 60A  •  CARDIOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH

AHS 60A Details
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in RSPT 60A.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Electrocardiogram and rhythm recognition. Invasive and non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring; cardiac diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; and fluid balance.

AHS 60C  •  ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT

AHS 60C Details
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in RSPT 60B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable
Formerly: RSPT 60B

Preparation for Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification for health care providers who will be directing or participating in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Students will practice skills through active participation in simulated cases in order to enhance skills associated with diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

AHS 60D  •  PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (AHA PALS)

AHS 60D Details
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Students must successfully pass the written exam, and successfully perform the skills to earn PALS certification.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is based on science evidence from the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

AHS 60E  •  AHA FIRST AID/CPR FOR THE NON-HEALTHCARE PROVIDER

AHS 60E Details
Units: 1
Hours: 1 lecture, 1 laboratory per week (24 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Designed primarily for the workplace first aid provider, this course follows current medical and educational guidelines and meets federal and state OSHA regulatory requirements for training employees in adult CPR and first aid. Designed for those with an occupational requirement to be trained in first aid and who may be expected to provide care until professional help arrives, as well as any individual who wishes to be trained in what to do in the event of an emergency until professional help arrives. Not intended to be used as a prerequisite for individuals entering the EMT program.

AHS 60F  •  PREHOSPITAL TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT (PHTLS)

AHS 60F Details
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care in your area and decrease mortality. The program is based on a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care for the trauma patient. This course is scenario-based, with lectures and interactive skills station components to enhance knowledge and further develop the critical thinking skills required to effectively treat trauma patients in the field.