Nursing & Allied Health

Allied Health (AH)

AH 110 Medical Language for Health-Care Providers

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is an orientation to medical language. It covers the basic structure of medical terms and their components: prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms with emphasis on meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. This course also builds a medical vocabulary applicable to the specialties of medicine, the systems of the body, names of major diseases, and terms used in physical examination, diagnosis, and treatment.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate a workable knowledge of medical terminology.
  • analyze the structural design of medical terms.
  • compare the meanings of terms with combinations of word elements.
  • compose medical words with correct spelling and pronunciation.
  • utilize medical terms as they apply to the systems of the body, including anatomy, physiology, disease, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • compare and contrast the meanings of medical abbreviations and descriptive terms.
  • translate health care reports/records accurately into clear, non-medical terms.

AH 112 Strategies for Student Success in Health Occupations

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides realistic and useful strategies to enhance success in reaching career goals associated with health occupations. It covers the necessary skills to determine a career path based on a realistic understanding of specific health occupations and associated aptitudes. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the evolution of health care beliefs and causes and treatments of disease from the inception of organized healthcare systems to care delivery models today.
  • identify at least five current trends or projections related to the delivery of health care for the next several years.
  • distinguish between the different types of health care facilities and insurance options available in the United States.
  • identify the personal and professional characteristics, attitudes, and rules of appearance that apply to all health care professionals.
  • compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities, scope of practice, educational requirements, personal characteristics, and employment opportunities for at least five different health care providers.
  • research in depth at least one health care career that is of interest to him/her.
  • identify and apply legal, ethical, and professional principles to common situations encountered in the health occupations.
  • list the commonly recognized learning styles, assess his/her individual learning style, and develop strategies to maximize learning by utilizing that style.
  • utilize professional verbal and non-verbal communication skills to establish and enhance the therapeutic/helping relationship inherent in health occupations.
  • formulate a plan by identifying necessary resources to support college success including self-care, time management, peer and instructor support, study skills, and financial resources.
  • investigate and apply the relationship between personal, cultural, and societal values with those of current and evolving trends in health care.
  • accurately spell and pronounce common medical terms and abbreviations used in health occupations.
  • apply basic math calculation to measures and calculations used in health care.

Nursing (NURSE)

NURSE 100 Nurse Assistant

  • Units:7
  • Hours:86 hours LEC; 120 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:AH 110 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Prior to the first class the following requirements must be submitted for review: (1) Proof of physical exam no older than three months. (2) Proof of negative tuberculin (TB) skin test no older than three months. (3) If TB skin test result is positive, proof of inactive TB chest x-ray no older than three months. (4) Spring semester student must submit proof of having a current season influenza vaccine. Fall semester student must submit proof of current season influenza vaccine when the vaccine becomes available. (5) Course candidate must submit the Nurse Assistant initial application (CDPH 283B) that will include disclosure of prior or current criminal convictions. There is no automatic denial to take the course however, the California Department of Public Health can determine that the candidate is not eligible to be in the clinical setting or to take the state certification based on the criminal offense. (6) Unofficial transcript demonstrating AH 110 prerequisite.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course leads to the nurse assistant certification exam. It emphasizes the gerontological nursing assistant's role and responsibilities as a healthcare team member. It also covers principles of asepsis, infection control, resident care skills, and emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the resident.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify and discuss Title XX relative to the role and responsibilities of the Certified Nurse Assistant with regards to professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality.
  • list and discuss patient rights.
  • demonstrate medical asepsis for infection control.
  • demonstrate emergency procedures and routine resident care skills.
  • identify appropriate basic restraints and resident safety precautions.
  • differentiate among common therapeutic diets.
  • utilize proper body mechanics in resident moving, transfers, rehabilitation, and restorative care.
  • promote effective interaction with clients, families, and other members of the healthcare team.
  • integrate effective communication skills for the client with mental illness and decreased mental capacity.

NURSE 101 Home Health Aide

  • Units:2
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:Proof of having completed a CA approved nurse assistant course or proof of current California nurse assistant certification
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course focuses on home health nurse aide responsibilities: personal and rehabilitation nursing care in the home, skills of maintaining a safe home environment, meal planning and preparation, emotional care of the homebound, and home emergency procedures. NURSE 101 course information packet is available on-line at the ARC Nursing Program website.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe and discuss the expanded responsibilities of the certified nurse assistant in the role of home health aide.
  • discuss and demonstrate documentation requirements of the home health aide.
  • list body systems and their normal function.
  • prioritize and describe changes in a client's function that would necessitate reporting to nurse supervisor.
  • describe and discuss signs and symptoms of common diseases and disorders of the home client.
  • describe how culture, lifestyle and life experience of the client and family can influence care provided.
  • analyze the dietary requirements of the client and describe personal preferences and cultural and religious practices influencing nutritional status.
  • discuss how the home health aide provides a clean, safe, and healthy environment for the home client.
  • demonstrate sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the home client.

NURSE 305 Transition to Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts for the Associate Degree Nurse

  • Units:5
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Acceptance into the career mobility track of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This bridge course is designed for the California Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who is admitted for advanced placement into the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing (Registered Nursing) Program. It introduces the concept based curriculum and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to nursing. It focuses on nursing management of the patient's response to health alterations as well as health promotion through the application of nursing knowledge, nursing process, and evidence based practice. The clinical laboratory experience is designed to facilitate the development of the core competencies of clinical practice: communication, leadership, patient centered care, professionalism, safety, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, informatics and technology, and quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on health assessment across the lifespan, family communication, patient education, teamwork and collaboration, role transition, clinical judgment, and management of care.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify best current evidence from scientific and other credible sources as a basis for nursing practice and clinical decision-making.
  • use information technology in the provision of patient care.
  • participate in the implementation of quality improvement strategies to improve patient care.
  • collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care.
  • use leadership skills in the provision of safe, quality patient care.
  • participate in behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, ethical comportment, effective communication, and clinical judgment and competence.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

NURSE 310 Pharmacology and Implications for Health Care Practitioners

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course presents the principles of drug therapy as they apply to treating disease and maintaining health. It covers the metabolism and action of drugs, absorption, duration of action, distribution in the body, and adverse drug reactions. Major drug classes are included, as well as their related implications for people receiving these drugs. How these drugs affect the body systems are also covered. Administration of the medications according to nursing professional standards and health care professionals are discussed.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • differentiate between pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.
  • utilize pharmacology concepts and their application to patient care in the treatment of disease and the promotion of health in the major body systems.
  • integrate a knowledge of pharmacology and its application to patient care as it applies to fluid, electrolyte and nutritional imbalance, control of inflammation, allergy and organ rejection, prevention and treatment of infection, and treatment of malignant neoplasms.
  • evaluate how client lifespan considerations and other factors affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.
  • analyze how drug forms affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.
  • assess how the major drug classifications affect the body and recognize the implications to the health care practitioner with each classification.

NURSE 320 Medical Dosage Calculations

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:27 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:MATH 25 and 41
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course prepares health professionals to calculate oral and parenteral drug dosages with a focus on safety and accuracy. Three systems of measurement and conversion are practiced. This course also provides experience in understanding drug orders and drug labels. Calculation accuracy is emphasized by clinical scenarios and case study assignments.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
  • assess drug label and package inserts accurately.
  • calculate drug doses using conversion methods, which include: ratio/proportion, formula method, and dimensional analysis.
  • verify appropriate equipment for medication administration.
  • write and interpret a list of common abbreviations used in drug orders and dispensing.
  • evaluate written drug orders and explain how to administer medication utilizing the three checks and the six patient rights.

NURSE 341 Introduction to the Childbirth Support Profession: A DONA-Approved Birth Doula Workshop

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:27 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course prepares individuals to become professional labor support providers (birth doulas) and meets the didactic requirements for certification as a birth doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) International. Course content is also beneficial for current healthcare providers and those preparing for professions in the perinatal field. This course provides a foundation in reproductive anatomy and physiology, fetal development, perinatal care practices, and clinical terminology. It covers professional standards and ethics, business practices, values clarification, and communication skills. It introduces techniques for providing comfort, examines methods for facilitating the labor process and supporting the mother-baby dyad, and focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of the birth experience with its significance for women's future self-concept and self-efficacy.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • explain common terms, processes, and procedures related to reproductive anatomy and physiology, fetal development, and perinatal care.
  • investigate the long-term effects of the birth experience on women's sense of self.
  • evaluate the purposes and benefits of continuous labor support in relation to the sources of stress in labor and effects on outcomes.
  • distinguish the role of the doula from that of other perinatal care providers and significant others.
  • analyze life impacts and commitments inherent in the doula vocation.
  • apply described methods for obtaining clients, adjusting fees, and maintaining business records.
  • design a personalized plan for prenatal contact and postpartum closure that develops the tone of the supporting relationship.
  • demonstrate reflective listening, therapeutic communication skills, and measures for establishing professional relationships, and describe the doula's role in care provider-client communications.
  • assess criteria for responding to values differences with clients.
  • apply appropriate supportive interventions based on the physiology and psychology in each stage and phase of labor including specific techniques for selected difficult labor situations.
  • employ physiologic methods of support in the immediate postpartum-newborn period with recognition of maternal and newborn needs and the necessary and usual elements of medical and nursing care provision.
  • evaluate the worth of professional organization membership for the practicing doula.
  • support the importance of scope-of-practice and professional-ethics standards.

NURSE 370 Focused Learning in the First Year of the ARC Nursing Program

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:27 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:NURSE 400 or 410
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course offers strategies to enhance student success in the first year of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. It provides an assessment of personal aptitudes, learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses in written and verbal communication, and potential barriers to successful completion of the nursing program. It also provides the development of personal and professional support systems and development of a purposeful analytic process that supports reasoned decisions and judgments as a health care professional. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • prioritize factors which promote and inhibit success in a nursing program.
  • identify personal learning style and determine effective learning strategies.
  • incorporate critical thinking skills into nursing clinical and theory practice appropriate to the semester of enrollment in the nursing program.
  • utilize specific Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) materials to strengthen understanding of course content.
  • evaluate current level of clinical performance and compare with Registered Nurse standards of competent performance according to the Department of Consumer Affairs Business and Professions Code.
  • utilize medical terminology and medical abbreviations to read medical documents.
  • prioritize the qualities/behaviors of a successful registered nurse.
  • apply strategies for utilizing the NURSE 400 or NURSE 410 worksheet to succesfully manage a clinical workload.
  • explain the rationale for clinical tips/tools/timesavers for clinical success.
  • analyze common laboratory and diagnostic tests ordered in the hospital setting, including causes of increased and decreased values.
  • utilize basic math skills to safely calculate drug dosages.

NURSE 372 Focused Learning in the Second Year of the ARC Nursing Program

  • Units:1.5
  • Hours:27 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:NURSE 420 or 430
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course offers strategies to enhance student success in the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. This course reviews personal aptitudes, learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses in written and verbal communication as well as potential barriers to completion of the nursing program. Course content addresses the specific theory and clinical needs of NURSE 420 and NURSE 430 while focusing on the development of critical thinking skills used when managing a group of patients in the clinical setting. Pass/No Pass only.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate factors which promoted or inhibited success in prior Associate Degree Nursing courses.
  • identify personal learning style and determine effective learning strategies.
  • incorporate critical thinking skills into nursing theory and clinical practice appropriate to semester of enrollment in the nursing program.
  • utilize specific Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) and Elsevier/Evolve materials to strengthen understanding of specific semester enrollment course content.
  • evaluate current level of clinical performance and compare with Registered Nurse standards of competent performance according to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • evaluate potential for successful RN licensure.
  • utilize advanced math skills to safely calculate intravenous infusion drug doses.

NURSE 391 Supporting the Mother-Baby Connection: Evidence-Based Practices for Perinatal Care

  • Same As:HLACT 301
  • Units:1
  • Hours:18 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is designed for practicing health care professionals as well as students preparing to enter the fields of nursing, nutrition, health education, or early childhood development. It focuses on the physiology of attachment, bonding, and breastfeeding and the short- and long-term impacts of perinatal care practices on the mother-baby dyad. It grapples with the challenges of applying best-practice guidelines and model hospital policies to alleviate barriers for mothers choosing exclusive breastfeeding and creating environments that support maternal-infant biology and the newborn's natural capabilities, allowing improved outcomes with less time and effort. This course meets Board of Registered Nursing continuing education requirements and, when combined with requisite supervised clinical experience, fulfills all criteria for staff education as set by the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. This course is not open to students who have completed HLACT 301.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • examine and explain the rationale for professional, national, and international policies that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as a public health goal.
  • create through collaboration a new standard of perinatal care based on best practice guidelines as defined in the following documents: a) The Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, b) American Academy of Pediatrics Workgroup on Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, c) Providing Breastfeeding Support: Model Hospital Policy Recommendations, and d) U.S. Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • identify human species-specific norms for growth and development and disease resistance based on the exclusively breastfeeding mother-baby dyad and explain the risks to the mother and infant of early introduction of artificial milk.
  • communicate effectively about infant feeding, identifying teaching points appropriate for prenatal and postpartum women regarding breastfeeding and when educating or counseling parents who are using bottles and/or formula.
  • evaluate current hospital practices in terms of barriers to maintaining mother-baby connectedness.
  • devise solutions to alleviate common barriers to exclusive breastfeeding in the hospital setting, integrating concepts of system change.
  • create an environment that supports the newborn's natural capabilities.
  • integrate concepts of the neurobiology of breastfeeding to address initiation and problem remediation and to support milk-supply maintenance issues.
  • demonstrate techniques and skills to transition the newborn from one state of alertness to another and to help families perceive and understand the language and patterns of the newborn.
  • describe essential components of community support for mothers to sustain breastfeeding beyond the early weeks.
  • discuss contraindications to breastfeeding in the United States and identify acceptable medical reasons for supplementation of breastfed babies based on national and international authorities.
  • uncover and explore personal values and attitudes related to the birthing and breastfeeding experience.

NURSE 400 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts I

  • Units:10.5
  • Hours:81 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:SPEECH 301
  • Enrollment Limitation:Acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces essential concepts of safe and effective nursing care for patients across the lifespan, utilizing the nursing process and evidence based practice. It focuses on the introduction of the wellness/illness continuum and the core competencies of clinical practice. The competencies include communication, leadership, patient centered care, professionalism, safety, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, informatics and technology, and quality improvement. The clinical laboratory experience is designed to facilitate the fundamental acquisition of the core competencies of clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on health assessment across the lifespan, recognition of alterations from the norm, safety for patients and providers of care, interpersonal communication, patient centered care, ethics, and safe, evidence based technical skill interventions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify best current evidence from scientific and other credible sources as a basis for nursing practice and clinical decision-making.
  • use information technology in the provision of patient care.
  • participate in the implementation of quality improvement strategies to improve patient care.
  • collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care.
  • use leadership skills in the provision of safe, quality patient care.
  • participate in behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, ethical comportment, effective communication, clinical judgment, and competence.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

NURSE 410 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts II

  • Units:10.5
  • Hours:81 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:NURSE 400 and SPEECH 301 with grades of "C" or better
  • Corequisite:ANTH 310, ANTH 481, SOC 300, or SOC 480
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course applies concepts of safe and effective nursing care for children, adults, and families, concentrating on healthcare needs on the wellness/illness continuum across the lifespan. It focuses on nursing management of the patient's response to health alterations as well as health promotion for childbearing and childrearing families through the application of nursing knowledge, nursing process, and evidence based practice. The clinical laboratory experience is designed to facilitate the development of the core competencies of clinical practice: communication, leadership, patient centered care, professionalism, safety, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, informatics and technology, and quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on family communication, patient education, teamwork and collaboration, clinical judgment, and management of care.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify best current evidence from scientific and other credible sources as a basis for nursing practice and clinical decision-making.
  • use information technology in the provision of patient care.
  • participate in the implementation of quality improvement strategies to improve patient care.
  • collaborate and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care.
  • use leadership skills in the provision of safe, quality patient care.
  • participate in behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, ethical comportment, effective communication, and clinical judgment and competence.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

NURSE 420 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts III

  • Units:10.5
  • Hours:81 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:NURSE 410 with a grade of "C" or better; SOC 300 or SOC 480, or ANTH 310 or ANTH 481, with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course adapts concepts of safe and effective nursing care for adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations across the wellness/illness continuum. It focuses on nursing management of the adult patient's response to physical and mental health alterations through the application of nursing knowledge, nursing process, and evidence-based practice. The clinical laboratory experience is designed to facilitate the development of the core competencies of clinical practice: communication, leadership, patient-centered care, professionalism, safety, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, informatics and technology, and quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on clinical judgment, inter-professional communication, patient-centered care, safety, and team collaboration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence-based practice outcomes, and research-based policies and procedures as the basis for decision-making and delivery of comprehensive, safe, patient centered care.
  • use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and mitigate error.
  • participate in quality improvement activities to measure patient outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and to improve care.
  • coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care that promotes quality of life.
  • demonstrate delegation, management, and leadership skills that integrate systems thinking, communication, and change processes.
  • demonstrate behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, leadership, ethical comportment, effective communication, clinical judgment and competence, and mentorship.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.

NURSE 430 Nursing, Patient, and Healthcare Concepts IV

  • Units:10.5
  • Hours:81 hours LEC; 324 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:NURSE 420 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course integrates concepts of safe and effective nursing care for individuals and groups of patients across the lifespan. It is designed to facilitate integration of knowledge, evidence based practice, and clinical judgment in the management of patients with complex healthcare needs, and to facilitate the student's transition into the profession of nursing. Clinical judgment skills are enhanced through advanced clinical experiences and role transition opportunities. The clinical laboratory experience is designed to facilitate the development and demonstration of the core competencies of clinical practice: communication, leadership, patient centered care, professionalism, safety, teamwork and collaboration, evidence based practice, informatics and technology, and quality improvement. Emphasis is placed on evidence based practice, quality improvement, team collaboration concepts, managing care for groups of patients, the role of the nurse in a systems based practice, inter-professional collaboration, legal precepts, and health policy.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • use clinical reasoning and knowledge based on the nursing program of study, evidence based practice outcomes, and research based policies and procedures as the basis for decision-making and delivery of comprehensive, safe, patient centered care.
  • use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, and mitigate error.
  • participate in quality improvement activities to measure patient outcomes, identify hazards and errors, and to improve care.
  • coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with diverse patients, families, and the interdisciplinary healthcare team to plan, deliver, and evaluate care that promotes quality of life.
  • demonstrate delegation, management, and leadership skills that integrate systems thinking, communication, and change processes.
  • demonstrate behavior that reflects the values of the nursing profession including self-awareness, a spirit of inquiry, leadership, ethical comportment, effective communication, clinical judgment and competence, and mentorship.
  • adhere to standards of practice within legal, ethical, and regulatory frameworks of the professional nurse.