Health Care Technician

Health Care Technician - A.A.S. Degree

Recommended Course Sequence

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
BIOL 1500 General Biology
Description
BIOL 1500 This course surveys the basic principles of biology. Content topics include fundamental concepts of cellular structure and metabolism, inheritance, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. The lab component includes application of concepts with an emphasis on observation, the scientific method, and analysis. This course provides a foundation for students pursuing health-related careers as well as those in non-science majors. Meets MnTC Goal 3

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 08/01/2002 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 3

Course Outline: BIOL1500

4
BIOL 2000 Anatomy & Physiology I
Description
BIOL 2000 This course is the first semester of a two-semester lab-science course intended for students pursuing careers in fitness and allied health fields. Human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Homeostasis is an integrating theme throughout this course. Content topics include basic anatomical and directional terminology, fundamental concepts and principles of cell physiology, histology, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Dissection of individual organs and whole organisms may be included. Meets MnTC Goal 3

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 08/01/2002 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 3

Course Outline: BIOL2000

4
BIOL 2010 Anatomy & Physiology II
Description
BIOL 2010 This course is the second semester of a two-semester lab-science course intended for students pursuing careers in fitness and allied health fields. Human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach, with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Homeostasis is an integrating theme throughout this course. Content topics include immunity, metabolism, fluid balance, development, and the cardiovascular, hematopoietic, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Dissection of individual organs and whole organisms may be included. Meets MnTC Goal 3

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 08/01/2002 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 3

Course Outline: BIOL2010

4
BIOL 2020 Microbiology
Description
BIOL 2020 An introduction to Microbiology with a focus on microbe classification and biology, disease transmission, and pathogenesis, the immune response, and isolation and identification laboratory practices. Emphasis will be on microorganisms that cause local and systemic disease in humans with consideration of treatment options as well as infection control and prevention strategies. This course is intended for nursing students and other students pursuing careers in allied health fields. Meets MnTC Goal 3 Prerequisite BIOL1500

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 02/01/2010 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 3

Course Outline: BIOL2020

4
EKGT 2000 EKG Telemetry Technician
Description
EKGT 2000 This comprehensive 6 credit course will prepare students to be an EKG Technician and take the Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam. An EKG Technician attaches electrodes to the patient's body which then send a signal to a machine displaying the activity in a recognized pattern. The technician will recognize abnormalities in EKG tracings and report them to a physician or other authorized healthcare providers for interpretation. Students will study: cardiac anatomy and physiology, EKG equipment (attaching to patients, proper safety and operation, recognize artifacts and resolve problems), how to recognize tracings that deviate from normal and prioritize reporting of such deviations, heart rhythms and waveforms, obtain basic vitals, HIPAA compliance, use of Holter monitors, introduction to stress tests and 12-lead EKGs, and more.

Credits: 6

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: EKGT2000

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HEAL 1005 The Role of the Health Care Technician
Description
HEAL 1005 The Role of the Patient Care Technician course provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the skills and duties required of Patient Care Technicians. Topics covered in this course includes: function of the Health Care Tech in a number of settings including (hospital, clinic, office, mobile service, long term care) and more. Patient confidentiality and legal aspects of the Health Care Technician along with safety and work ethics are discussed. The course covers basic aseptic technique and infection prevention along with preparation of the patient for examination and treatment. Information regarding the National Certification Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) is further discussed related to the AAS degree.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: HEAL1005

2
HEAL 1150 Health Career Mathematics
Description
HEAL 1150 This course will assist students in mastering the skills necessary to determine drug dosages. Applicable basic skills will be reviewed, followed by proportions and a study of the metric system and the apothecaries' system. A major portion of the time will be spent solving drug dosage word problems. Prerequisite: Qualifying scores on ACCUPLACER Arithmetic test.

Credits: 1

Effective Dates: 03/04/1998 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: HEAL1150

1
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
HEAL 2500 Medical Office Skills for the Health Care Technician
Description
HEAL 2500 This course provides an orientation to the health care delivery system, health records, and basic health information as it applies to the Health Care Technician. A study of the basic concepts of medical record science includes the Medication Record (Pyxis) and basic office technology. The course will provide information and simulation skills in areas such as: the medical record, assembly of records and soft skills including customer service and communication skills needed in the healthcare setting. Basic documentation skills related to medical information and core office personnel skills are introduced as they relate to the healthcare profession.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: HEAL2500

3
HEAL 2700 Capstone
Description
HEAL 2700 This course provides students with the opportunity to function more independently in the simulation/clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and role transition from student to graduate nurse. Students are assigned to work as members of the health care team in the simulation setting. This course is for Health Care Technician students in their LAST semester of coursework.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: HEAL2700

3
NATM 1500 Nursing Assistant/Trained Medication Aide
Description
NATM 1500 This course introduces concepts of basic human needs and the function of the nursing assistant in long term care and or home health care. Basic nursing skills will be demonstrated and practiced in the laboratory setting. Upon successful completion of classroom studies, the student will participate in 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long term care setting. This state-approved program provides an overview of the requirements concerning medications and their administration. Other topics include legal criteria, medical abbreviations, measurements, use of the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR), and overview of body systems and drug classifications. Administration of medications via oral, eye, ear, rectal, and topical routes will also be covered. This course is a prerequisite for the Practical Nursing Program. It meets the objectives of Federal State Statutory requirements for nursing assistant training. Individuals who provide direct contact services to clients of licensed facilities are required to have complete criminal background studies. Disqualified persons will not be permitted to work in these facilities.

Credits: 8

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: NATM1500

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EMRG 1500 Emergency Medical Technician
Description
EMRG 1500 This course provides basic training in emergency medical care. It is designed to teach and develop skills necessary to emergency care of the critically ill or injured. Students will develop skills in the use of and care of all basic emergency equipment. Emphasized in the course: The role of the EMT consists of safety concerns, patient assessment, airway management, trauma and medical emergencies. This course consists of lecture, skills and clinical experiences in a hospital and ambulance setting. This course meets the approval of the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Upon successful completion, the students will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's written and practical examinations for National Certification and State Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Credits: 8

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: EMRG1500

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HEAL 1060 Nursing Assistant
Description
HEAL 1060 This course introduces concepts of basic human needs and the function of the nursing assistant in long term care and or home health care. Basic nursing skills will be demonstrated and practiced in the laboratory setting. Upon successful completion of classroom studies, the student will participate in 24 hours of supervised clinical experience in a long term care setting. This course is a prerequisite for the Practical Nursing Program. It meets the objectives of Federal State Statutory requirements for nursing assistant training. Prerequisites: None. Individuals who provide direct contact services to clients of licensed facilities are required to have complete criminal background studies. Disqualified persons will not be permitted to work in these facilities.

Credits: 5

Effective Dates: 08/25/2008 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: HEAL1060

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HEAL 1075 Trained Medication Aid
Description
HEAL 1075 This program provides an overview of the requirements concerning medications and their administration. Other topics include legal criteria, medical abbreviations, medical math and basic dosage calculations, use of the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) along with current medication handbooks. A basic overview of body systems and drug classifications are included. Administration of medications via oral, eye, ear, rectal, topical and inhalant routes will also be covered. Attendance of all classes is mandatory; any absence will may result in repeating the course. Students must attain 90% on all examinations to continue in the class.

Credits: 3

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

Course Outline: HEAL1075

3
PLBT 2500 Phlebotomy
Description
PLBT 2500 The DCTC Phlebotomy Technician program prepares students to collect blood specimens from patients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will be provided with the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in outpatient or inpatient facilities. The classroom portion will consist of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology (as applicable to phlebotomy), safety procedures, customer service skills, overview of laboratory processing, blood collection procedures, and hands-on procedures. The program also provides a clinical/ simulation experience during the program. After successful completion of both portions of the program, the student will be eligible to take the Phlebotomy certification exam.

Credits: 6

Effective Dates: 08/26/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: PLBT2500

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Total Core Credits: 47

General Education Courses

Course Title Credits
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
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 1350 Lifespan Development
Description
PSYC 1350 This psychology course is an introduction and overview of the scientific study of development throughout the life span from prenatal through old age, death, dying and bereavement from a developmental perspective. Prerequisites: None. Meets MnTC Goal 5 and MnTC Goal 7

Credits: 4

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

MNTC Goals: 5,7

Course Outline: PSYC1350

4
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

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Total General Education Credits: 13
Total Program Credits: 60