Allied Health


ALH 1000. Introduction To Nutrition. 3 hrs.

The objective of this course is to provide the student with the scientific principles of nutrition across the lifespan and to acquaint him/her with the recent scientific findings in the nutrition field. With the knowledge acquired, the student should be able to evaluate her/his daily lifestyle thereby enabling her/him to reach and maintain optimum health, nutrition, and fitness. The nutrition student should be able to evaluate her/his personal food choices as well as to evaluate nutritional information found in popular books and magazines and scientific nutritional journals. The student will examine the basic concepts of nutrition as they apply to various stages of the life cycle and to common disease processes.

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.

This course is a study of human growth and developmental process as they relate to physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral development throughout the life span (conception through death). Health promotion and maintenance measures for each stage of development 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 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 1214. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). 8 hrs.

The Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) curriculum consists of 1 course which includes lecture, college laboratory practice, and clinical experience in long-term care facility. The C.N.A. Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. A grade of "C" or above in this course is required to be eligible for state certification. Admission to the C.N.A. does not always follow the usual college schedule. Starting dates are announced in the school class schedule and via letter to the registered students. The program can be completed in 8 weeks. The two step T-B test is required for admission to the clinical component of the program. Taking the TABE reading test is a requirement of the course and will be administered through the Adult Education Department prior to the start of class. Must pass a fingerprinting background check with no disqualifying convictions, if necessary, have already obtained a waiver from the Illinois Department of Public Health. C.N.A. status is required for admission to the RN and/or Practical Nursing Program. Successful completion of this course allows the individual to take the state exam to become certified in the State of Illinois.

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. The student will also be able to recognize and utilize appropriate safety procedures. Students passing the course will be eligible to receive American Red Cross certification in Adult CPR (two year certification) and First Aid (2 year certification).

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 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 1252. Principles and Practices of Phlebotomy. 6. hrs.

This course consists of lecture and laboratory practice of the proper collection of laboratory specimens along with a minimum of 65 hours of clinical (practice of phlebotomy at an affiliated laboratory site).  It includes terminology, anatomy and physiology appropriate to 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.  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 healthcare team.  Exit level competencies are generally consistent with entry level job responsibilities.  After completion of ALH 1252, the student will be eligible to take the phlebotomy certification exam offered by certifying agencies.