Child Life Assistant

Child Life Assistant - A.A.S. Degree

Recommended Course Sequence

This program delivers knowledge and skills necessary for working with children in hospitalized settings or with health care needs. Child life assistants are part of the team responsible for supporting children and families through health care experiences and helping them effectively cope by using developmental play and normalized activities in their environment. This program is available in the classroom and many courses are also available online. Additionally, it links with a selection of four-year colleges for bachelor's degree completion.

The following outcome requires a clear MN Criminal Background Study.

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
ECYD 1100 Introduction to Early Childhood Careers
Description
ECYD 1100 This course provides an overview of the early childhood field, including theories, philosophies, missions, and regulations. It examines the roles and responsibilities of professionals in a variety of career settings, including child life.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/22/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1100

3
ECYD 1210 Child Growth and Development
Description
ECYD 1210 This course examines the major developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development. Also emphasizes interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methods, students will observe children and analyze characteristic of development at various stages. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/23/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1210

3
ECYD 1220 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Description
ECYD 1220 An introduction to the regulations, standards, policies, and procedures, prevention techniques, and early childhood curriculum related to health, safety, and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health, and safety for both children and staff will be identified, as well as the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. A focus will be on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/10/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1220

3
ECYD 1230 Guiding Children's Behaviors
Description
ECYD 1230 This course examines positive strategies to guide children's behavior in the early childhood setting. It also examines ways to establish supportive relationships with children and guide them in order to enhance learning. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 11/10/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1230

3
ECYD 1240 Learning Environment and Curriculum
Description
ECYD 1240 Presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Examines the role of the teacher in providing learning experiences to meet each child's needs, capabilities, and interests, and ways to implement the principles of developmentally appropriate practices. Will provide and overview of content areas including (but not limited to): Language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math and science. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1240

3
ECYD 1325 Observation and Assessment
Description
ECYD 1325 This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children's success. Recording strategies, rating systems, multiple assessment tools and portfolios are explored. There will be a focus on increasing objectivity in observing and interpreting children's behavior, observing developmental characteristics and increasing the awareness of normal patterns of behavior. Prerequisite: ECYD 1210 or Instructor Permission Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD1325

3
ECYD 2320 Children with Differing Abilities
Description
ECYD 2320 Examines the child with differing abilities in an early childhood setting. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, provide inclusive programs for young children, apply legal and ethical requirements including, but not limited to ADA and IDEA, differentiate between typical and exceptional development, analyze the differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or behavioral/emotional disorders, work collaboratively with community and professional resources, utilize an individual education plan, adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with developmental differences, cultivate partnerships with families who have children with developmental differences. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2320

3
ECYD 2501 Experiential Learning
Description
ECYD 2501 This course provides students with an opportunity to experience both clinical and non-clinical sites, as well as expertise in the field. Emphasis will include volunteer experience in a selected setting. Course goals are based on individual need. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 1

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2501

1
ECYD 2600 Organizational Leadership and Management
Description
ECYD 2600 In this course the students will discuss the personal and professional reasons for becoming a teacher, ways to advocate in this profession and will develop a plan for continuous education and professional development. Students will be able to improve their skills in working with other by learning strategies for team building, coping with stress, and problem-solving. Students will also study professional ethics and procedures for evaluating self and staff. Opportunities for professional membership and conferences will also be provided. Prerequisites: Diploma Courses Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2600

3
ECYD 2713 Culture, Family and Providers
Description
ECYD 2713 This module will examine ways to be culturally sensitive and build partnerships with parents. Students will integrate knowledge of culturally sensitive/responsive caregiving techniques and curriculum approaches in order to enhance the learning environment of infants and toddlers from diverse backgrounds.

Credits: 1

Effective Dates: 12/07/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2713

1
ECYD 2715 Sign Language in Early Childhood
Description
ECYD 2715 This course is designed to equip students with the tools they need to introduce signing in childcare environments with preverbal children. Students will examine research, review benefits of signing with hearing infants, practice modeling signs, identify strategies for parental involvement with sign, and discover how to create learning opportunities in daily activities.

Credits: 1

Effective Dates: 12/06/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2715

1
ECYD 2950 Field Experience
Description
ECYD 2950 Field Experience Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required for this course. Note: This course requires a clear Minnesota Criminal Background Study.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 04/12/2011 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ECYD2950

3
HEAL 1502 Medical Terminology
Description
HEAL 1502 This course is an introduction to building medical terms and learning the meanings. Students will learn combining forms, word roots, prefixes and suffixes, and how these word parts apply to building medical terms. Students will also learn common medical abbreviations and symbols.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 01/07/2002 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: HEAL1502

2
Total Core Credits: 32

General Education Courses

Course Title Credits
ADTC 1018 Basic Computer Applications
Description
ADTC 1018 This course covers basic information on the history of computers and their impact on society, computer hardware and desk application software. Students will learn the fundamentals of word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation applications. Students will also be introduced to use of the Internet and e-mail. This course meets the Dakota County Technical College's computer literacy requirement.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 05/21/2014 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: ADTC1018

3
BIOL 1310 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Description
BIOL 1310 This lecture and laboratory-based course is designed for introductory study of human organ systems (integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and urogenital) by structure and function. Cellular function, human reproduction, development, and heredity are other topics integrated into the biology of the human body. Carefully check your program requirements for acceptability of this course. It does not replace the two course sequence of anatomy and physiology required for many advanced health programs. Meets MnTC Goal 3

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 08/23/2010 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 3

Course Outline: BIOL1310

4
ENGL 1150 Composition I
Description
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning. Meets MnTC Goal 1 - PREREQUISITES: Student must score an 86 or above on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment OR complete developmental courses through English Essentials AND score a 78 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Assessment OR complete College Reading I or II.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/24/2009 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 1

Course Outline: ENGL1150

3
MATS 1300 College Algebra OR
Description
MATS 1300 This course develops a student's ability to analyze and work with functions and graphs, as part of the preparation for a rigorous calculus sequence (taking this course together with MATS1320 is equivalent to precalculus). Topics include tests for symmetry, finding intercepts and asymptotes, constructing piece wise-defined functions, transformations, polynomial and rational functions, composite and inverse functiions, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Techniques for solving linear, quadratic, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic equations (with applications) are emphasized throughout the course. Systems of linear equations and matrix algebra are introduced, after wich sequences and series are also briefly introduced. Meets MnTC Goal 4

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 06/01/2000 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 4

Course Outline: MATS1300

MATS 1350 Math for Liberal Arts OR
Description
MATS 1350 A college level course designed to build a student's appreciation of both the beauty and utility of mathematics as it is used in society. Topics include voting and apportionment, fair division, scheduling and route planning, patterns of growth, and basic probability and statistics concepts including the bell curve. NOTE that this course does not serve as a prerequisite for any other math course. Meets MnTC Goal 4

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 06/02/2003 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 4

Course Outline: MATS1350

MATS 1251 Statistics
Description
MATS 1251 Fundamental principles of inferential statistics are presented in lecture and supplemented with computer labs using Minitab software. Specific topics include descriptive and graphical statistics, fundamentals of counting and probability, probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, chi-square tests, ANOVA, and nonparametrics. Meets MnTC Goal 4

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 08/21/2006 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 4

Course Outline: MATS1251

4
PHIL 1350 Medical Ethics
Description
PHIL 1350 This course introduces students to basic issues in medical ethics. Emphasis will be placed on the process of considering ethical theory, ethical principles, laws, and professional codes of onduct in the analysis of specific cases from the field. This course will be of special interest to students in nursing and dental programs, though students in any program will find the study of medical ethics worthwhile. Suggested Accuplacer reading cut score over 78 and completion of ENGL 1150: Composition I. Meets MnTC Goal 6 and Goal 9

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/24/2009 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 6,9

Course Outline: PHIL1350

3
PSYC 1300 Child and Adolescent Psychology
Description
PSYC 1300 This psychology course is an introduction and overview of the scientific study of child development from prenatal through adolescence. It includes topics like perception, learning, intelligence, motivation, developmental disorders, and parenting and peer influence on the developing child. Meets MnTC Goal 5

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 02/25/2000 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 5

Course Outline: PSYC1300

3
PSYC 1450 Death and Dying
Description
PSYC 1450 This psychology course is an introduction to the concepts and issues surrounding death and dying. It examines these issues from a theoretical perspective with attention to ethical and moral issues from a multicultural perspective and the impact of death, dying and bereavement throughout the lifespan. Meets MnTC Goal 5

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/23/2010 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 5

Course Outline: PSYC1450

2
SOCY 1010 Marriage and the Family
Description
SOCY 1010 This course embodies a survey of human relationships. This course will examine and explore both the practical side and the sociological side of human relationships. Topics include dealing with love, conflict, sexuality, parenting, relationship violence and gender roles. The focus of the course is to expose students to the cultural diversity of marriage and the family. To give students a fundamental understanding of the sociological perspective on this topic and apply a theoretical/historical perspective. Meets MnTC Goal 5

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 04/05/1999 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 5

Course Outline: SOCY1010

3
SPEE 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Description
SPEE 1020 This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution. Meets MnTC Goal 7

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 03/26/1999 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 7

Course Outline: SPEE1020

3
Total General Education Credits: 28
Total Program Credits: 60