Allied Health

Courses

ALH 1000. Introduction To Nutrition. 3 hrs.

The objective of this course is to acquaint the student with recent scientific findings in the nutrition field as well as the methods used to evaluate information found in the media. The student will examine basic concepts of nutrition as they apply to various stages of the life cycle and to common disease processes. With the knowledge acquired, students will be able to evaluate their personal food choices and discuss current political, economic, social and environmental issues including global hunger, consumer concerns about food safety, and sustainability of the food supply.

ALH 1001. Terminology of The Health Field. 3 hrs.

This course focuses on basic language related to the health field. Emphasis is given to work analysis and construction, definitions, pronunciation, and spelling. Fundamentals of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of body systems are explored, and terminology related to these systems is presented.

ALH 1002. Human Growth & Development for Health Workers. 3 hrs.

A study of human growth and developmental process as it relates to physical cognitive, emotional, social and moral development throughout the life span (conception through death). Health promotion and maintenance measures for each stage are introduced within the context of the family including the socio-cultural aspects.

ALH 1030. Yoga. 2 hrs.

This introductory course contextualizes yoga as it is popularly understood in the West. The class begins with fundamental exercises and adds new postures and exercises throughout the course which are designed to balance mind, body, and spirit. The wellness benefits of yoga are explored from the mind-body perspective with emphasis on stress reduction and its relationship to well-being as understood from a holistic perspective. Psychology of yoga is also discussed as are foundational moral and ethical principles which contribute to a balanced, stable, and vital lifestyle conducive to health and wellness.

ALH 1031. T'ai Chi. 2 hrs.

This beginning level course introduces students to TaiJi, its historical origins and philosophical foundations, fundamental principles, the Chen Style of TaiJi, and TaiJi meditation. The course will include exercises geared toward developing sensitivity to natural rhythms of movement in the body and in nature. Beneficial effects of TaiJi on health and well being as understood from the Eastern and Western perspectives will also be discussed.

ALH 1201. Mathematics for Allied Health. 1 hr.

This course covers common mathematics requirements for Allied Health professions with a focus on nursing. It includes International Systems of Measurement (metric system), apothecary and household systems, system conversions, as well as reading and calculating medication dosages. The dimensional analysis in the mathematical process is used in this course.

ALH 1202. Allied Health Dosage Calculations. 2 hrs.

This course covers common mathematical requirements for Allied Health professions with a focus on nursing. It includes a review of the following: basic math, systems including conversions, metric, apothecary, and household, interpretations of drug labels, charting, abbreviations,and methods of calculations for oral, injectable, and intravenous drugs, calculations for specialty areas including pediatrics, critical care, labor and delivery. The Dimensional Analysis in the mathematical process is used in this course.

ALH 1209. Infection Control Practices. 0.5 hrs.

This course introduces the student to microbiology as it relates to infection control. Basic concepts, procedures, and current regulatory mandates related to infection control and the management of hazardous materials will be presented. Current OSHA and CDC guidelines for compliance will be presented. Prerequisite: Employment as a health care provider or enrollment in a health care curriculum.

ALH 1214. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 8 hrs.

This course provides the individual with the skills necessary to perform services commonly performed by the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The theory, laboratory and supervised clinical component of this course enables the individual to provide daily care to the ill and elderly. Specific knowledge in caring for individuals who have Alzheimer's Disease and/or other related dementias is woven throughout the course. Support systems for families and care givers are identified and discussed. Supervised clinical practice provides the opportunity for the development of the proficiency and confidence necessary to utilize the knowledge and skills from the class. Reading placement of 0900 or higher or an ACT Reading sub-score of 18 or higher is required for registration of this course. All students are required to have a fingerprint criminal background check. More information will be provided after course registration and prior to the start date.

ALH 1215. Certified Nursing Assistant Refresher. 2 hrs.

Certified Nursing Assistant Refresher Course provides the opportunity for a Nursing Assistant who has not provided nursing assistant related services for a consecutive 24-month period of time after January 1, 1990 to review and test. Reviewing will take place in IVCC labs. Testing will take place in IVCC labs and at a clinical site per IDPH guidelines. Prerequisite: Verification that the individual's name is on the Illinois Nurse Aide Registry in good standing. Has not failed the competency test three times.

ALH 1220. Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation. 1 hr.

A course designed to teach the principles and techniques needed to deal with resuscitation emergencies. Included will be: rescue breathing, choking, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills for adults, children and infants. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will receive certification in American Red Cross Community CPR.

ALH 1221. Industrial First Aid. 1 hr.

A course designed to prepare students to recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions regarding the care of people who are ill or injured. Students passing the course will receive American Red Cross certification in Adult CPR and Standard First Aid.

ALH 1223. Community First Aid & Safety. 2 hrs.

This is a course designed to help students learn how to recognize an emergency and how to respond before medical help arrives. Students passing the course may be eligible to receive American Red Cross certification in community CPR (which includes adult, infant, and child) and Basic First Aid.

ALH 1230. Special Topics in Health. 0.5 hrs.

This course is designed to be a study of specific topics or projects in any of the discipline areas of health. Each class will be individualized to a particular set of needs with a credit value assigned for each section offered. This course may be repeated up to three times and is offered with variable credit for 0.5 to 3.0 credit hours.

ALH 1240. Basic Yoga. 1 hr.

This introductory course begins with fundamental exercises and gradually adds new postures and exercises. Through in-class exercises, students are introduced in a gentle way to proactive participation in cultivating one's own health and well-being. The wellness benefits of yoga are explored from the mind-body perspective with emphasis on stress reduction and its relationship to well being as understood holistically. By the end of the course, students will be well introduced to yoga and in a position to continue practice on their own. Students will also be prepared to take classes, participate in related workshops with a sense of their own capacities and limitations, and with sufficient knowledge to evaluate suitability of classes for them.

ALH 1241. Basic T'ai Chi. 1 hr.

This beginning level course introduces students to T'ai Chi, its historical origins and philosophical foundations, fundamental principles, the Chen Style Form, and T'ai Chi meditation. The course will promote comfort and ease with body movement and sensivity to natural rhythms of movement in the body and in nature. Students will learn to locate and nurture inner sources of strength, stability, calm, confidence, and energy and to understand appreciate and respect their interconnectedness with Earth, mind, spirit, and people in their lives. The course will include regular demonstrations and training in Qigong (energy cultivating mediation).

ALH 1250. Principles & Practices of Phlebotomy. 3 hrs.

This course consists of a lecture and laboratory practice of the proper collection of laboratory specimens. It includes terminology, anatomy and physiology appropriate to phlebotomy, phlebotomy techniques, safety, quality control, professionalism and communication techniques. It provides exposure to the necessary skills to effectively function as part of the medical laboratory-healthcare team. Prerequisite: ALH 1001 with minimum grade of C; Minimum age of 18 and high school diploma or GED.

ALH 1251. Phlebotomy Practicum. 3 hrs.

This course consists of 100 hours of clinical practice of phlebotomy at an affiliated laboratory site. This supervised training will emphasize competency in blood collection, specimen handling and processing, safety, quality control, and communication skills necessary to function as a member of the medical laboratory health care team. After completion of ALH 1250 and ALH 1251 the student will be eligible to take the Phlebotomy Certification Exam offered by certifying agencies. Exit level competencies and generally consistent with entry level responsibilities. Prerequisite: ALH 1250 and current immunization. Students must receive a "B" or better in ALH 1250 to be able to enter ALH 1251.

ALH 1280. CPR/First Aid. 0.5 hrs.

This course is designed to teach the principles & techniques needed to deal with respiratory and cardiac emergencies and to prepare students to recognize medical emergencies and make appropriate decisions regarding the care of people who are ill or injured. Universal precautions and exposure control of blood borne pathogens, HIV disease and communicable diseases will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this class students will receive the American Red Cross CPR certification and the American Red Cross Aid certification.

ALH 1281. CPR/First Aid Refresher. 0.5 hrs.

This a refresher course for those students that have completed ALH 1230. This course is designed to fulfill the requirements for the annual renewal of CPR/First Aid. This course will review the principles and techniques needed to deal with respiratory and cardiac emergencies and make appropriate decisions regarding care of people who are ill and injured. Universal precautions and exposure control of blood borne pathogens, HIV disease and communicable diseases will also be covered. Upon successful completion of this class will receive American Red Cross CPR re-certification and American Red Cross First Aid re-certification.

ALH 1290. Nursing Case Studies. 2 hrs.

This course covers seven areas of Nursing Content: Fundamentals, Management, Medical-Surgical, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Physical Assessment, Psychiatric/Mental Health. These seven content areas have case studies associated with them. The seventy-two online case studies present real-world patient situations. Each case study includes critical-thinking questions that cover nursing care for clients with a wide range of physiological and psychosocial alternations, as well as related management, pharmacology, and therapeutic concepts. Prerequisite: NUR 1210 or NUR 1211 or consent of instructor.

ALH 2230. End of Life Issues. 2 hrs.

This course will explore the medical, social, psychological and human needs of patients and their families at the end of life. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of holistic palliative care, ethical decision making, and various grief work responses. Students will learn about the natural and personal nature of death and the dying process. Quality of life issues will also be considered.

ALH 2231. Aging and Society. 2 hrs.

This course is a broad introduction to the aging process in a society that values productivity, youth and independence, and attempts to defy normal aging at all costs. It will explore the influence of medicine and technology as it relates to aging, examining the role of health care as to prolonging human life versus allowing for a good death. It is a continuing survey of the human being through the periods of late adulthood and old age. Through exercises, projects, and groupd activities, students will learn and explore the personality, behavior and physical changes in aging. It examines the interrelationship between physical and psychological factors of adapting to illness and health maintenance activities. Topics include the physiological and psychological aspects of aging, behavioral influences, prevention and management of chronic illness, bereavement, death and related adjustment issues.