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HSCI 147|Medical Terminology

5 Credits

Formerly HIT 147, AOT 147

Provides a basic background of medical terminology for the medical office. Major topics to be studied are: cells and oncology, tissues and the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, special senses, glands, cardiovascular system; blood and lymphatic-immune systems, respiratory system; digestive system; urinary system, reproductive system, pregnancy and human development; general diseases, lab tests, diagnoses, surgery, pharmacology, and therapy. Emphasis is placed on identifying and labeling word parts, defining and building medical terms, basic anatomy, and becoming familiar with common diseases of the systems.

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HSCI 148|Spanish Medical Interpreting I

5 Credits

The Spanish Medical Interpreting program is a sequential, three-quarter vocational certificate program, consisting of Spanish Medical Interpreting I, II, and III. The program prepares students for state or national medical interpreter certification and to enter the workforce as professional, ethical, and competent healthcare interpreters. Students are introduced to healthcare interpreting as a profession, concepts and relevant terminology in biomedicine, and given opportunities to develop foundational skills in healthcare interpreting. Topics include: International code of ethics and its application, language access laws, HIPAA, interpreting modalities and protocols, basic note-taking skills, self-evaluation, glossary building and intervention techniques.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: 1. Native-like proficiency in English and Spanish. 2. Applicants must pass an entrance test to be admitted. Recommended courses: HSCI 147, SPAN 205, 206, 207. Cross-listed as SPAN 281 (credit cannot be received for both courses).

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HSCI 149|Spanish Medical Interpreting II

5 Credits

The Spanish Medical Interpreting program is a sequential, three-quarter vocational certificate program, consisting of Spanish Medical Interpreting I, II, and III. The program prepares students for state or national medical interpreter certification and to enter the workforce as professional, ethical, and competent healthcare interpreters. Students are introduced to healthcare interpreting as a profession, concepts and relevant terminology in biomedicine, and given opportunities to develop foundational skills in healthcare interpreting. This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in SPAN 281/HSCI 148. Topics include: National code of ethics and standards of practice, ethical decision-making, basic medical prefixes, roots and suffixes, note-taking and sight translation skills, interpreter positioning, language and communication dynamics, and the role of the interpreter in health equity.

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: HSCI 148 or SPAN 281 with a 1.0 or higher. Cross-listed as SPAN 282 (credit cannot be received for both courses).

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HSCI 150|Spanish Medical Interpreting III

5 Credits

The Spanish Medical Interpreting program is a sequential, three-quarter vocational certificate program, consisting of Spanish Medical Interpreting I, II, and III. The program prepares students for state or national medical interpreter certification and to enter the workforce as professional, ethical, and competent healthcare interpreters. Students are introduced to healthcare interpreting as a profession, concepts and relevant terminology in biomedicine, and given opportunities to develop foundational skills in healthcare interpreting. This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Spanish Medical Interpreting II. This course provides students with guided interpreting practice. Topics include: State code of ethics, abbreviations in healthcare, the concepts of patient advocacy, communicative autonomy, cultural brokering and responsiveness, and business practices in the industry.

Prerequisite

Prerequisites: HSCI 149 or SPAN 282 with a 1.0 or higher. Cross-listed as SPAN 283 (credit cannot be received for both courses).

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HSCI 199|Special Studies

1–15 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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HSCI 220|ACLS Initial

2 Credits

Through the Advanced Cardiac Life Support course, healthcare providers enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. The emphasis is on the importance and integration of basic life support CPR with advanced cardiovascular life support and then importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current healthcare provider BLS card and completion of prerequisite checklist.

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HSCI 221|ACLS Renewal

0.9 Credits

This course is offered to provide an update to current ACLS providers and to renew ACLS provider status.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current Healthcare Provider BLS card, current ACLS Provider Card, and completed ACLS precourse checklist.

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HSCI 222|ACLS Experienced Provider

1 Credit

The ACLS Experienced Provider course is for seasoned ACLS providers who wish to renew their ACLS provider status. This course provides a stimulus for expert healthcare providers to identify areas in resuscitation that deal with special circumstances.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current Healthcare Provider BLS card and current ACLS Provider Card.

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HSCI 223|ACLS Instructor Course

1 Credit

One credit class to prepare individuals to become instructors in advanced cardiovascular life support.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current ACLS provider. Recommendation of an ACLS Course Director or ACLS Regional Faculty member. Completion of AHA Core Instructor course prior to class.

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HSCI 230|PALS Initial

2 Credits

The goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is to aid the healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency care for the pediatric population, and effectively manage critically ill infants and children. 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.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current Healthcare Provider BLS card and completed PALS precourse checklist.

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HSCI 231|PALS Renewal

0.9 Credits

This course is offered to provide an update to current PALS providers and to renew PALS provider status.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current Healthcare Provider BLS card, current PALS Provider card, and completed PALS precourse checklist.

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HSCI 233|PALS Instructor Course

1 Credit

One credit class to prepare individuals to become instructors in pediatric advanced life support.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current PALS Provider is required. Recommendation of PALS Course Director or PALS Regional Faculty Member. Completion of AHA Core Instructor course prior to class.

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HSCI 240|ALS/OTEP General Pharmacology

0.3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology as they apply to the paramedic administering medications in the field setting. Significant emphasis is placed on the pharmacokinetics and dynamics with specific drug profiles being completed in the specific treatment modalities taught in the separate courses of ALS OTEP.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as EMT-I/Paramedic.

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HSCI 241|ALS/OTEP Medical Legal

0.3 Credits

This course provides a general overview of legal considerations as they apply to the certified paramedic or EMT-Intermediate. The course focuses on standard of care issues, legal terminology, issues regarding consent to treat, refusals, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and POLST, abandonment, negligence claims, civil and tort law, certification, and proper documentation.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 242|ALS/OTEP Patient Assessment in the Field

0.3 Credits

This course provides an overview of patient assessment of the patient in the field. The course focuses on the general medical and trauma patient with specific emphasis on scene size-up, initial assessment, identifying life threatening emergencies, focused assessment and history, detailed and ongoing exam, and the prioritization of patients.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 243|ALS/OTEP Communicable Disease

0.3 Credits

This course provides a general overview of communicable disease to the certified Paramedic or EMT-Intermediate. The course focuses on principles of infectious disease control, barriers to infection, and stages of infectious disease. The course further discusses the pathophysiology, identification and treatment of various blood, air, parasitic, and fecal/sputum pathogens.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 244|ALS/OTEP Mass Casualty & Terrorist Incidents

0.3 Credits

This course provides the certified Paramedic with the necessary knowledge and skills necessary to identify the Mass Casualty Incident and the possibilities of terrorist involvement. The course emphasizes the need of the paramedic to recognize the need for triage, treatment, and transportation; as well as fulfill the role of each of the MCI positions as they relate to the size and complexity of the emergency. The course provides specific information on explosive, nuclear, chemical, and biological agents, as well as tools to assist EMS personnel in recognition of terrorist acts. There is a strong emphasis of scene safety for all EMS personnel.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as Paramedic.

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HSCI 245|ALS/OTEP Shock Trauma Resuscitation

0.3 Credits

This course provides current specific assessment and management techniques to be used on the trauma patient suffering compensated, uncompensated, or irreversible shock. Identifying the stage of shock and the appropriate actions to improve end organ perfusion are the primary focus of the course.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 246|ALS/OTEP Burns & Soft Tissue Trauma

0.3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to review the various mechanisms and effects of soft tissue trauma, ranging from the minor laceration to the severe crush injury, and compartment syndrome. Within this subject, specific pathophysiology, assessment, and management are covered. Additionally, the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of all severities of burns is addressed. At the completion of the course, students are expected to perform specific skills pertaining to the treatment of soft tissue injuries.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as EMT-I/Paramedic.

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HSCI 247|ALS/OTEP Musculoskeletal Trauma

0.3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to review the various mechanisms and effects of musculoskeletal trauma on the human body. Pathophysiology of the trauma, assessment, and management of the injury are covered in depth. At the completion of the course, students are expected to perform specific skills pertaining to the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 248|ALS/OTEP Head & Facial Trauma

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is the epidemiology and pathophysiology of head and facial trauma. Specific assessment and management techniques are reviewed and discussed within the course. At the completion of the course, students are expected to perform specific skills pertaining to the treatment of head and facial injuries.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 249|ALS/OTEP Neck & Spinal Trauma

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is the epidemiology and pathophysiology of neck and spinal trauma. Specific assessment and management techniques are reviewed and discussed within the course. At the completion of the course, students are expected to perform specific skills pertaining to the treatment of neck and spinal injuries.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 250|ALS/OTEP Chest & Abdominal Trauma

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is the epidemiology and pathophysiology of chest and abdominal trauma. Specific assessment and management techniques are reviewed and discussed within the course. At the completion of the course, students are expected to perform specific skills pertaining to the treatment of chest and abdominal injuries.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 251|ALS/OTEP Environmental Emergencies

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is to provide the paramedic with additional information regarding the various medical and trauma emergencies that can evolve from exposure to a wide spectrum of environmental conditions. Drowning, altitude illnesses, diving complexes, and exposure to various reptiles and spiders are discussed.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 252|ALS/OTEP Respiratory Emergencies

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is to review the pathophysiology of various pulmonary disorders that frequently affect the population. There is a heavy focus on the assessment and management of the patient suffering from various components of COPD, asthma, SARS, lung cancer, and pulmonary embolism.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as EMT-I/Paramedic.

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HSCI 253|ALS/OTEP Neurological Emergencies

0.3 Credits

This course specifically targets the assessment and treatment of patients suffering from a neurological disorder. Specific illness/diseases covered include stroke, seizures, altered mental status, and syncope.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 254|ALS/OTEP Gastro & Endocrine Emergencies

0.3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to provide a general overview of the assessment and treatment of acute upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders treated by paramedics in the pre-hospital setting.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as EMT-I/Paramedic.

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HSCI 255|ALS/OTEP OB-GYN Emergencies

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is obstetrical and gynecological emergencies faced by the paramedic in the pre-hospital setting. At the completion of the course, paramedics should be able to distinguish various OB/GYN emergencies from GI emergencies and adequately provide treatment accordingly.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 256|ALS/OTEP Geriatric Emergencies

0.3 Credits

The focus of this course is to review the added difficulty in managing both medical and trauma emergencies involving geriatric patients.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 257|ALS/OTEP Behavioral Emerg & the Violent Patient

0.3 Credits

This course reviews the three major mental illnesses, identifies appropriate assessment techniques and discusses the appropriate treatment of these patients, to include the physical and chemical restraint of violent patients.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 258|ALS/OTEP Allergies & Anaphylaxis

0.3 Credits

This course specifically discusses the assessment and aggressive treatment of anaphylaxis in the pre-hospital setting.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as EMT-I/Paramedic.

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HSCI 259|ALS/OTEP Toxicologic Emergencies

0.3 Credits

This course reviews toxicological emergencies found in the pre-hospital setting and discusses the current treatment modalities of such emergencies.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 260|ALS/OTEP Advanced Airway Management

0.9 Credits

This course provides the paramedic with specific training in the techniques for securing a patent airway in the critical medical or trauma patient. Included within the course is anatomy and physiology, recognition of existing and impending airway compromise, determination of appropriate advanced maneuvers, and deployment of various advanced airway skills and tools.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 261|ALS/OTEP Advanced Cardiac Life Support

0.9 Credits

This course provides recertification to the Certified Paramedic in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The course focuses on ACLS as intended to be taught by the American Heart Association. In addition, focus is also applied to the modalities of care for the cardiac patient in Benton/Franklin counties as per local protocol.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 262|ALS/OTEP Pediatric Advanced Life Support

0.9 Credits

This course provides recertification to the Certified Paramedic in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. The course focuses on PALS as intended to be taught by the American Heart Association. In addition, focus is also applied to the modalities of care for the general pediatric patient in Benton/Franklin counties as per local protocol.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 263|48 Hour Paramedic Refresher

4.5 Credits

This course is intended for the paramedic preparing for recertification of the National Registry of EMT-Paramedic, or attempting to regain this certification. The course covers all required hours and skills required of the National Registry 48 Hour Certificate.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as paramedic.

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HSCI 264|ILS/OTEP Refresher

0.9 Credits

This course is intended for the EMT-Intermediate as a supplement to his/her EMT-B OTEP courses. This course focuses on the additional skills and requisite knowledge of the EMT-I in the areas of assessment, pharmacology, intravenous skills, and advanced airway management.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as an EMT- Intermediate.

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HSCI 265|Combi-Tube Endorsement Course

0.9 Credits

This course is intended for EMT-Basic who desires the additional endorsement to his/her certification for insertion of a dual lumen advanced airway device, (specifically Combi-Tube).

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: current certification as an EMT-Basic.

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HSCI 266|General Cardiology

0.3 Credits

This course provides general cardiology theories, principles, ECG interpretation, diagnosis, management or treatment of cardiac emergencies in both the chronic and acute setting for paramedics enrolled in the Benton Franklin Counties Ongoing Training and Education Programs (OTEP) and follows treatment algorithms as outlined in the local Benton Franklin protocol.

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HSCI 293|Current Topics

1–15 Credits

This course is an elective credit for on-the-job firefighting training and experience.

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HSCI 299|Special Studies

1–15 Credits

A class used to explore new coursework.

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