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Course Descriptions

AHE 100: Success Strategies for the Health Professions

Credits: 6.0

Emphasis on basic skills needed in order to be successful within the Allied Health curricula/health professions. Topics include, motivation/self-efficacy and overcoming personal challenges; effective student strategies; development of technology skills; relating to others in a diverse world; effective written and oral communication; time management; educational planning. Permit code required.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify personal challenges that could affect school and career success and develop methods for dealing with these personal challenges. [REASON]
  • Develop a plan to balance the challenges of work, family and school/future employment in the health professions. [ACT]
  • Define and set goals toward a commitment to a new career in the health professions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain and navigate college resources such as the library and learning support center, advising and college support systems. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply effective note-taking, textbook reading, and test taking strategies to Allied Health course content. [REASON]
  • Develop technology skills to access instructional information and support for college success and apply this knowledge to information systems and technology used in the healthcare environment. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Understand the need for effective oral and written communication skills as they relate to college success and the provision of high quality care. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate skills challenging environment of healthcare education, and the commitment needed to become a successful nursing or allied health professional. [ACT]

  • AHE 110: The Human Body: Structure and Function

    Credits: 5.0

    Structure and function of the human body. Learn basic cellular and tissue functions plus the structure and function of the integumentary, digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, nervous, sensory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): BRDGE 093 or EAP 100.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the body systems listed in the course description. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the structure, function and organization of the human body in terms of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. [REASON]
  • Describe the causes/processes of common diseases/disorders in each body system. [REASON]

  • AHE 114: Electrocardiography Technician

    Credits: 4.0

    Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system and the role of the electrocardiography in patient assessment. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 116, BSTEC 104, 129, HIV/AIDS and CPR all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe cardiovascular disease and its related risk factors. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the major cardiac veins and arteries, heart chambers, valves, cardiac muscle and coronary blood supply. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Locate and determine heart position to accurately place electrodes. [REASON]
  • Describe the physiological processes governing the cardiovascular system. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Determine the origin and measurement of common EKG intervals, segments, heart rate and normal sinus rhythm. [REASON]
  • Identify commonly used cardiac drugs. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate safe and effective EKG testing procedures, patient preparation, and explanation of test to patient. [ACT]
  • Explain why different leads are included in the standard twelve-lead EKG. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the electronic concept of twelve-lead, three-channel and single channel EKG machines, patient and equipment grounding, maintenance and repair. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Identify common cardiac arrhythmias. [REASON]

  • AHE 115: CPR: Allied Health

    Credits: 1.0

    Covers basic life support including a section on blood-borne pathogens. Leads to certification in the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Class meets and exceeds all OSHA, WISHA, L&I and AHA (American Heart Association) standards.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mouth to mouth and bag-mask ventilation. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate the use of automated external defibrillator. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate the relief of foreign body airway obstruction for responsive and unresponsive victims. [REASON]

  • AHE 116: Introduction to Healthcare

    Credits: 4.0

    Explore the healthcare industry, regulatory systems and essential communication and decision-making skills for healthcare workers. Introduction to health occupations and educational requirements. Teaches basic skills and terminology common to health occupations.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the various healthcare careers available to determine which careers are of interest. [REASON]
  • Discuss factors that should be considered when seeking a healthcare occupation, such as duties, educational and credentialing requirements, job satisfaction, working environment, and career advancement. [ACT]
  • Explore the differences and similarities among healthcare settings, services and providers. [EXPLORE]
  • Discuss current issues and trends in healthcare. [EXPLORE]
  • Identify behaviors and attitudes consistent with those of successful healthcare professionals. [ACT]
  • Discuss interpersonal communications and demonstrate the process of language, listening skills, and nonverbal communications. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate basic problem solving skills. [REASON]
  • Recognize legal and ethical standards that affect workers within the healthcare industry. [EXPLORE]
  • Explain the key concepts of patients' rights and the laws that govern patient confidentiality. [REASON]
  • Describe the fundamentals of wellness and its impact on the disease process. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Discuss and/or demonstrate basic skills required for a variety health occupations (i.e., safety, asepsis, and body mechanics). [ACT]

  • AHE 117: Monitor Technician

    Credits: 5.0

    Anatomy and physiology overview of the heart and conduction system. Normal and abnormal rhythm of the heart with an emphasis on interpretation of single lead electrocardiography in a dynamic environment and recognition of cardiac rhythm that require immediate intervention. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 116, BSTEC 104, 129, HIV/AIDS and CPR, all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the role and reporting structure of the Monitor Technician in the clinical environment. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the principles of electronic monitoring in the clinical environment and explain the purpose of monitoring on an ongoing basis. [REASON]
  • Describe the principles of electronic monitoring in the clinical environment and explain the purpose of monitoring on an ongoing basis. [REASON]
  • Measure and calculate heart rate and rhythm in standard EKGs. [REASON]
  • Differentiate between artifact and abnormal rhythm. [REASON]
  • Recognize lethal and nonlethal rhythms and state the appropriate actions to be taken. [ACT]
  • Access medical resources to acquire up-to-date data. [EXPLORE]

  • AHE 119: Electrocardiography Technician Externship

    Credits: 1.0

    Practical experience in the functional role of the EKG technician. Students will be supervised by instructor and staff at a variety of facilities. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 114.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Participate as a member of the healthcare team. [ACT]
  • Apply all principles and skills learned in the classroom and lab to direct patient testing. [REASON]
  • Perform diagnostic EKG tests in a clinical setting. [ACT]
  • Be able to interpret arryhthmias in a clinical setting. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate compassion and understanding for all patients. [COMMUNICATE ]
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in the clinical environment. [ACT]

  • AHE 121: Introduction to Health Unit Coordinator/Management

    Credits: 5.0

    History of the health unit coordinating profession, including National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC) and certification process. Introduction to management techniques, confidentiality issues, and communication skills in a hospital setting. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110; AHE 115 or HLTH 105; AHE 116; BSTEC 104; BSTEC 129, BSTEC 130, or CIS 100; and SHS 170, all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the various hospital units and the roles and responsibilities of the nursing, professional, paraprofessional and support personnel in the hospital environment. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain the history of the Health Unit Coordinator profession and the role of the Health Unit Coordinator today. List the career opportunities available for the health unit coordinator. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain certification as it relates to the health unit coordinator including the steps taken to prepare for NAHUC certification. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate professionalism as they relate interpersonal communications and relationships (e.g., listening skills, verbal/nonverbal communication). [ACT]
  • Demonstrate and describe the use of communication devices including the telephone, intercom, paging systems, copy and fax machines, computers, shredders and pneumatic tube systems. [REASON]
  • Analyze and demonstrate the practice and development of culturally competent care. [EXPLORE ]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of workplace behavior, ethics, employment issues, legal concepts and HIPAA laws. [REASON]
  • Describe the purpose, history, standards, and code of ethics of the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators (NAHUC). [REASON]

  • AHE 122: Health Unit Coordinator Procedures I

    Credits: 5.0

    First of a two-course series on responsibilities of health unit coordinator, including medical terminology, requisitions/forms, transcribing orders, patient admission/discharge, preoperative/ postoperative procedures. Application of HUC skills/procedures in lab setting. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 121.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Manage the clerical tasks on the nursing unit as it relates to admissions, discharges, internal and external transfers and analyze their importance with regard to positive patient outcomes. [REASON]
  • Assemble and maintain the medical chart. [REASON]
  • Log on and enter orders using the practice activity software. [REASON]
  • Accurately transcribe physician orders. [REASON]
  • Manage, analyze and prioritize urgent and nonurgent physician orders. [REASON]
  • Analyze and demonstrate how to accurately transcribe observation, dietary, medication, laboratory and diagnostic imaging orders. [REASON]
  • Input medication orders onto the medication profile/medication administration record. [REASON]
  • Identify which department to contact to order treatment, dietary, medication, laboratory and diagnostic imaging orders. [REASON]
  • Explain the purpose of the patient's chart including its importance as a legal document. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Explain the importance of confidentiality in assembling and handling the patient charts. [COMMUNICATE]

  • AHE 123: Health Unit Coordinator Procedures II

    Credits: 5.0

    Second of a two-course series on responsibilities of a health unit coordinator, including file management, requisitions/forms, transcribing orders, incident reports/emergencies, and review of procedures. Application of skills and procedures in the laboratory setting. Prerequisite(s): AHE 122.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Contact the appropriate department to restock supplies on the nursing unit. [REASON]
  • Explain the chain of infection and demonstrate appropriate methods to control the spread of pathogens, including personal protective equipment. [REASON]
  • Correctly graph and /or correct errors in vital signs graphing. [REASON]
  • List five guidelines for filing records on a patient's chart. [REASON]
  • Explain and demonstrate the process of retrieving diagnostic test results using the computer. [REASON]
  • Describe the health unit coordinator's responsibilities regarding the completion of incident reports. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the health unit coordinator's responsibilities in emergencies, such as fire or disaster situations. [ACT]

  • AHE 124: Health Unit Coordinator Externship

    Credits: 5.0

    Practical experience in the functional role of the health unit coordinator. Students will be supervised by instructor and staff at a variety of facilities. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): AHE 121, 122 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 123.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Participate as a member of the healthcare team. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate a professional and positive attitude in the workplace. [ACT]
  • Perform technical procedures and demonstrate proper use of available equipment at the work site including computers, phone systems, monitoring systems and other miscellaneous equipment as required by the assigned facility. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of order transcription to include requests, notification and processing. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of coordination of health unit to include admissions, patient results processing, discharges and transfers, clerical responsibilities, reports and record keeping, personnel management, safety and security, and confidentiality and patient rights. [REASON]

  • AHE 130: Advanced Nurse Assisting Skills

    Credits: 3.0

    Fundamentals in microorganism/microbial control, asepsis and sterile techniques, specimen collection, wound care, and point of care testing. Prerequisite(s): AHE 162 and 164 or CNA licensure in Washington state.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define terms related to communicable diseases. [REASON]
  • Identify selected types of microorganisms and common methods of isolation and identify principles of infection control, including patient isolation. [REASON]
  • Describe the principles of specimen collection and processing, transport media, storage of supplies. [ACT]
  • Perform point of care testing: blood glucose monitoring, urine dipstick, stool guaiac. [ACT]
  • Describe and demonstrate the principles of wound care, including wound drains. [ACT]
  • Describe the purposes for urinary catheterization and demonstrate the involved procedures. [ACT]
  • Describe the purpose for bladder ultrasound and demonstrate correct procedure in simulated exercises. [ACT]
  • Describe the purpose for supplementary oxygen and discuss involved procedures of equipment monitoring, care and patient teaching. [ACT]
  • Describe the purpose for tube feeding and bowel management. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate skill in assisting with IVs. [ACT]

  • AHE 131: Advanced Nurse Assisting Skills Externship

    Credits: 1.0

    Practical experience in all client care skills and the functional role of the nursing assistant in the workplace. Students will be supervised by instructor and staff at acute care and long-term care sites. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 130.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Participate as a member of the healthcare team to plan and deliver direct client care. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply all principles and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory. [ACT]
  • Under the supervision of the clinical instructor, demonstrate competence in providing all client care skills. [REASON]

  • AHE 132: Emergency Room Technician

    Credits: 5.0

    Roles and responsibilities of the ER Tech; common medical emergencies; emphasis on patient care skills related to trauma, wound, orthopedic, respiratory and cardiac care in the emergency room setting. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 115, 116, BSTEC 104, BSTEC 129 OR 130 with a grade of 2.0 or higher, completion of AHE 162 and AHE 164 OR valid Washington State CNA OR EMT licensure.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Room Technician as a member of the emergency medical team. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Assess emergency situations and demonstrate effective treatment skills. [REASON]
  • Assist with wound care, orthopedic splinting, specimen collection. [REASON]
  • Assist with patient monitoring for cardiac, respiratory, nervous and genito-urinary emergencies. [REASON]
  • Utilize specialized medical equipment and technology as necessary. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate clear oral and written communication. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Perform duties within the legal and ethical guidelines of the profession. [ACT]

  • AHE 133: Emergency Room Technician Externship

    Credits: 2.0

    Practical experience in all patient care skills and the functional role of the Emergency Room Technician in the workplace. Students will be supervised by faculty and staff in ER facilities. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 132.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Participate as a member of the healthcare team to plan and deliver direct patient care. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply all principles and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory environments to procedures and treatments in the emergency room setting. [REASON]
  • Under supervision, demonstrate competence in performing all patient care skills. [REASON]
  • Perform duties within the legal and ethical guidelines of the profession. [ACT]

  • AHE 141: Phlebotomy Technician

    Credits: 5.0

    Anatomy and physiology of the blood/circulatory system, medical/lab terms, lab policies/procedures, and proper specimen handling. On-campus lab sessions prepare students to perform standard venipunctures and skin punctures. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 116, BSTEC 104, 129, HIV/AIDS and CPR all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize common lab tests (e.g., glucose, cbc). [REASON]
  • Select appropriate blood collection tubes for lab tests ordered. [REASON]
  • Apply proper labeling, documentation methods, and preparation for specimen transport. [REASON]
  • Evaluate quality control procedures, possible sources of error, and corrective actions. [REASON]
  • Identify the additive by the evacuated tube order. [REASON]
  • Identify special precautions necessary during blood collection by venipuncture and capillary puncture. [REASON]
  • List and apply criteria that would lead to rejection or recollection of a patient sample. [REASON]
  • Identify and report pre-analytical errors that may occur during specimen collection, labeling, and transporting and processing. [ACT]
  • Describe medical lab procedures and policies. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Discuss the major points of the American Hospital Association's Bill of Rights. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Apply knowledge of safety measures, infection control and first aid for phlebotomy. [ACT]
  • Perform blood draws in compliance with National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) requirements, CLSI standards (Clinical Laboratory Science Institute), with the knowledge to pass the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathologists) national exam, and with consideration of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate accepted practices for infection control, isolation techniques, aseptic techniques and methods for disease prevention. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect blood by capillary puncture. [REASON]

  • AHE 143: Phlebotomy Technician: Clinical Externship

    Credits: 4.0

    Practical experience in the role of the Phlebotomy Technician. Students will be supervised by instructor and staff at clinical sites. Prerequisite(s): AHE 141 with minimum grade of 2.0. Successful completion of the Phlebotomy Skills Assessment and Professional Competency Assessment. Permit code required.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the blood and circulatory system. [REASON]
  • Access and select most appropriate vein for venipuncture for standard or difficult blood draws. [REASON]
  • Apply antiseptic or aseptic preparation techniques when appropriate. [REASON]
  • Apply proper labeling, documentation methods, and preparation for specimen transport. [REASON]
  • Evaluate quality control procedures, possible sources of error, and corrective actions. [REASON]
  • Explain procedures to clients prior to performing them. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team in a medical laboratory or clinical setting. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a full service medical laboratory, including group interaction, written and oral communication, and critical thinking/problem solving. [EXPLORE]
  • Apply knowledge of safety measures, infection control and first aid for phlebotomy for individual clinical site. [ACT]
  • Describe medical lab policies and procedures for individual clinical site. [ACT]
  • Successfully perform 100 or more blood draws in the clinical setting. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a full service medical laboratory, including group interaction, written and oral communication, and critical thinking/problem solving. [COMMUNICATE]

  • AHE 144: Clinical Lab Assistant I

    Credits: 5.0

    Overview of the clinical laboratory, including HIPAA regulations, OSHA standards, quality assurance practices, laboratory terminology, laboratory organizational structure, and applying a general understanding of the functions of a clinical laboratory information system. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 116, BSTEC 104, 129, HIV/AIDS and CPR all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the process of how patients, specimens, and requests for lab services arrive in the laboratory. [REASON]
  • List and explain the basic tests run on specimens received by the laboratory. [REASON]
  • Identify laboratory equipment and explain its use. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform and record vital sign measurements. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate a functional understanding of general medical terminology and specific laboratory terminology. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe total quality management as it relates to the medical laboratory environment. [REASON]
  • Define the Clinical Laboratory Assistant role in the healthcare delivery system as it relates to the point of care or clinical laboratory environment. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety practices. [ACT]

  • AHE 145: Clinical Lab Assistant II

    Credits: 5.0

    Participate in a controlled laboratory environment. Perform processing and distribution of specimens. Apply obtained phlebotomy skills, data entry, and patient information retrieval via Internet and other electronic resources. Prerequisite(s): AHE 144.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Prepare body fluid and blood specimens for analysis according to standard operating procedures. [ACT]
  • Perform appropriate tests at the clinical assistant level, according to standard operating procedure. [ACT]
  • Identify and report potential pre-analytical errors that may occur during specimen collection, labeling, transporting, and processing. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate the ability to use laboratory machinery as appropriate for the CLA position. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate complete understanding of the basic tests run on specimens. [REASON]
  • Explain central processing and collection techniques for blood, urine, body fluid, stool. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Accurately access and use an online test directory. [ACT]
  • Apply correct usage of laboratory vocabulary. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Comfortably and accurately apply order entry, specimen login, and result retrieval skills using a laboratory information system in a clinical setting. [ACT]

  • AHE 146: Clinical Lab Assistant III

    Credits: 5.0

    Participate in controlled laboratory environment. Perform processing of specimens, bedside, point-of-care, and moderately complex testing. Apply obtained phlebotomy skills, specimen processing, data entry, patient information retrieval via the Internet and other electronic devices. Prerequisite(s): AHE 145.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Properly prepare and reconstitute reagents, standards and controls according to standard operating procedure. [REASON]
  • Use common clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and urinalysis terminology as it relates to the point-of-care or clinical laboratory environment. [REASON]
  • Determine suitability of specimens for chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and/or urinalysis. [REASON]
  • Perform quality control procedures. [REASON]
  • Assemble and prepare reagents, standards and controls for chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and urinalysis testing. [REASON]
  • Report results of procedures using predetermined criteria. [REASON]
  • Follow established quality control procedures specific to chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and urinalysis tests, including maintenance and instrument calibration. [REASON]
  • Maintain inventory control and supplies for chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and urinalysis tests. [REASON]
  • Prepare and stain slides for further analysis. [REASON]
  • Prepare slides for microscopic examination. [REASON]
  • Recognize technical errors for each test performed. [REASON]
  • Follow special safety procedures and aseptic technique required for processing microbiology specimens. [REASON]
  • Verbally instruct patients in the proper collection and preservation for various urine samples. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Document and relay written and computer generated test results. [ACT]
  • Perform appropriate tests at the clinical assistant level, according to standard operating procedures. [ACT]

  • AHE 147: Clinical Lab Assistant Externship

    Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

    Practical experience in the role of Clinical Laboratory Assistant. Students will be supervised by instructor and staff at clinical sites. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): AHE 146.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of specimen collection and set up procedures. [REASON]
  • Apply knowledge of safety measures, infection control and first aid for clinical laboratory. [REASON]
  • Evaluate, document, and apply quality control procedures. [REASON]
  • Identify sources of error and corrective actions. [REASON]
  • Apply proper labeling, documentation methods, and preparation for specimen transport. [ACT]
  • Describe the laboratory policies and procedures related to their clinical site. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate (verbally and nonverbally) effectively and appropriately with both clients and team members in the workplace. [EXPLORE]
  • Demonstrate a professional and positive attitude in the workplace and realize (through journals) the importance of professional development by pursuing and maintaining certification. [REASON]

  • AHE 155: Special Topics

    Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

    Workshops with special focus on topics of current interest in the healthcare field. Topics will vary each quarter. S/U grade option.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore current topics of interest in Allied Health. [REASON]

  • AHE 162: Certified Nursing Assistant-Basic Patient Care

    Credits: 6.0

    Introduction to the functional and legal role of nursing assistants on the healthcare team. On-campus lab sessions will provide training in all client care aspects necessary to obtain Washington state nursing assistant certification. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 116, BSTEC 104, 129, HIV/AIDS, and CPR all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the nursing assistant's legal scope of practice and function on the healthcare team. [REASON]
  • Employ communication skills appropriate to various situations. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Use medical terminology and abbreviations appropriately. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Perform with accuracy and judgment in observing, recording, and sharing client data. [ACT]
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all skills needed for client care, as listed on skills check off sheet and in Washington Nursing Assistant Candidate Handbook. [ACT]

  • AHE 164: Certified Nursing Assistant-Clinical Externship

    Credits: 1.0 to 2.0

    Practical experience in all client care skills and the functional role of the nursing assistant in the workplace. Students will be supervised by instructor and staff at acute care and long-term care sites. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 162.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Participate as a member of the healthcare team to plan and deliver direct client care. [ACT]
  • Under supervision of the clinical instructor, perform all patient care skills as outlined in the skills checklist. [ACT]
  • Complete clinical journal assignments as required. [COMMUNICATE]

  • AHE 170: Orientation to Pharmacy Practice

    Credits: 2.0

    Covers common activities and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician and current trends in practice including development of pharmaceutical care, the economic and government pressures on pharmacy, and increasing automation of the medication distributing function. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, 116, BSTEC 104, 129 all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Document the history of pharmacy and evolution of the pharmacist's role in the profession. [REASON]
  • List the major settings in which pharmacy is practiced. [REASON]
  • State the purpose of the policy and procedure manual. [REASON]
  • Describe the role of the Board of Pharmacy and the PTCB. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the trends in national healthcare expenditures and the nature of healthcare coverage in the United States. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Outline the differences in responsibilities of pharmacy technicians and licensed pharmacists. [REASON]
  • Define Pharmaceutical Care, Managed Care, Medicare and Medicaid. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Define accreditation and understand how it plays a role in the promotion of quality healthcare. [REASON]
  • Define the differences between licensing and certification. [REASON]
  • Understand the general layout of the pharmacy department. [REASON]
  • List some current and future trends in the practice of pharmacy. [COMMUNICATE]
  • List the major functions that pharmacy technicians perform in various pharmacy settings. [ACT]
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality and accuracy to the practice of pharmacy. [REASON]

  • AHE 171: Pharmacy Law and Ethics

    Credits: 2.0

    Discusses legal, moral and ethical issues, legal system, specific law relating to pharmacy and commonly encountered ethical situations in pharmacy. Ethics are examined for the medical professional. Case studies will be utilized to demonstrate points of law. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110 and 116, BSTEC 104 and 129, all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply legal and ethical standards to a pharmacy setting [ACT]
  • Understand the legal and ethical implications within a pharmacy setting. [REASON]

  • AHE 172: Pharmacy Terminology

    Credits: 3.0

    Emphasizes specific medical terminology related to pharmacy, including routes of administrations, dosage forms, chemical compounds in terms of elemental symbols and molecular formulas, and specific symbols and abbreviations used in pharmacy. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110 and AHE 116, BSTEC 104 and 129, all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the dangers and/or appropriate or inappropriate use of abbreviations. [ACT]
  • Define selected medical and pharmacy terminology (e.g., diseases, medical specialties, pharmacology, pharmacy, weights and measures). [COMMUNICATE]
  • Describe the various types of pharmaceutical dosage forms. [ACT]
  • Name selected chemical compounds in terms of their elemental symbols and chemical formulas. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Define the symbols and abbreviations used in pharmacy. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Learn the value of a computerized pharmacy medication record. [REASON]
  • Understand the components of a prescription and apply that information to the preparation of prescription labels for the patient's indoctrination. [REASON]

  • AHE 173: Applied Pharmacology I

    Credits: 5.0

    Covers descriptions and classification of drugs, drug action and drug uses. Reviews terminology associated with medication ordering, dosing and administration safety. Identifies issues with sound alike drugs and effective use of drug references. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110 and 116, BSTEC 104 and 129, all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Spell, pronounce, define and identify drug classification and names. [REASON]
  • Provide an example of a representative drug when given a specific drug class. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Identify common medications related to body systems, their classifications, side effects, indications and common interactions. [REASON]
  • Provide brand and generic names for representative drug classes. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Incorporate the use of textbook and resource materials to identify a drug and its uses, dosage form, side effects, contraindication and warnings (patient teaching). [REASON]
  • Recognition of sound alike drugs and problem identification within prescriptions, as well as knowing what the medications are used for and be able to prevent medication errors. [REASON]

  • AHE 174: Applied Pharmacology II

    Credits: 5.0

    Continuation of Applied Pharmacology I. Prerequisite(s): AHE 173 with a minimum grade of 2.5 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Spell, pronounce, define and identify drug classification and names. [REASON]
  • Provide an example of a representative drug when given a specific drug class. [REASON]
  • Identify common medications related to body systems, their classifications, side effects, indications and common interactions. [REASON]
  • Provide brand and generic names for representative drug classes. [REASON]
  • Incorporate the use of textbook and resource materials to identify a drug and its uses, dosage form, side effects, contraindications and warnings. [COMMUNICATE]

  • AHE 175: Pharmaceutical Calculations

    Credits: 3.0

    Reviews of basic arithmetic and algebra related to the needs of a pharmacy. Emphasizes dosage calculation, solution strength, dilution and conversion. Prerequisite(s): AHE 170, 171, 172 and 173, all with a minimum grade of 2.5 or equivalent, and placement into MATH 080.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate adequate proficiency in calculating with the following methods: fractions, decimals, percents; ratios and proportions; weights and measurements; metric system; apothecary system; conversions to other systems; Roman numerals. [REASON]
  • Calculate dosages, directions and final quantity needed for a prescription given an order and appropriate drug label(s). [REASON]
  • Determine the final strength of a diluted solution when given the original strength, the volume and the final volume. [REASON]
  • Calculate pediatric dosages. [REASON]
  • Determine the cost, selling price, markup and percent markup of a prescription order. [REASON]

  • AHE 176: Prescription Processing

    Credits: 5.0

    Covers receiving and processing of medication orders, assisting in obtaining additional information from patient or healthcare providers, updating records and processing a prescription. Learn to utilize current computer software where applicable. Prerequisite(s): AHE 170, 171, 172 and 173, completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 175 all with a minimum grade of 2.5 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Receive prescription or medication orders and identify the components of a complete prescription or medication order. [REASON]
  • Prioritize prescriptions and medication orders on the basis of pertinent criteria. [REASON]
  • Identify the necessary steps in processing a prescription or medication order. [REASON]
  • List information normally contained in a patient profile. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Assess prescription or medication order for completeness, accuracy, authenticity, legality, and reimbursement eligibility. [ACT]
  • Update the medical record/patient profile with such information as medication history, allergies, medication duplication, and/or drug-disease, drug-drug, drug-laboratory, and drug-food interactions. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Identify proper language to be used on medication labels and list the information needed to make a medication label complete. [REASON]
  • Describe the purpose of patient profiles and how to enter, update and maintain them. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Demonstrate understanding of the compliancy checks the pharmacy computer performs. [REASON]
  • Describe the time limits for refilling prescriptions. [REASON]
  • Describe filing rules for filing prescriptions. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medial abbreviations and terminology. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for detecting medication errors. [COMMUNICATE]

  • AHE 177: Over the Counter Drugs

    Credits: 2.0

    Covers medications available to patients without prescription, including herbal medications and supplements, cold/flu prescriptions, gastrointestinal preparations, topical products. Includes conversion of specific legend drugs to OTC status. Prerequisite(s): AHE 110, AHE 116, BSTEC 104 and BSTEC 129 all with a minimum grade of 2.0 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Access information resources and identify whether a drug is legend or OTC. [ACT]
  • Identify commonly stocked OTC products and describe their intended use. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Discuss and describe the rationale and regulation used by the FDA to determine the OTC or legend status of a particular drug or preparation. [REASON]
  • Describe important drug to drug interactions for selected OTC products. [REASON]
  • List important contraindications for selected OTC products. [REASON]

  • AHE 178: Hospital Procedures/IV/Unit Dose

    Credits: 4.0

    Covers sterile products, aseptic technique/equipment/supplies used in IV admixture, theory of unit dose medication distribution and review of pharmacy calculations. Labs cover sterile preparation procedures in the laminar flow hood and unit dose packaging. Prerequisite(s): AHE 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175 and 176, all with a minimum grade of 2.5 or equivalent.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Perform proper aseptic technique in relation to chemotherapy and other admixtures in a hospital or clinical setting. [ACT]
  • Calculate and manufacture sterile medication admixtures. [REASON]
  • Understand and operate the Pyxis System (Automated Dispensing Cabinets). [ACT]
  • Properly fill unit dose medications into the Pyxis Machine (Automated Dispensing Cabinet). [ACT]

  • AHE 179: Pharmacy Technician Certification Review

    Credits: 2.0

    A comprehensive program review that emphasizes preparation for the national pharmacy technician certification exams (PTCB/ExCPT) required for Washington state license; includes practice tests and test taking strategies. Prerequisite(s): Current Washington State pharmacy technician license or instructor permission.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of requirements and content areas of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) exams. [REASON]
  • Demonstrate test taking and critical thinking skills in preparation for the PTCB and /or ExCPT exams. [REASON]
  • Implement positive studying strategies for the preparation of taking the PTCB or ExCPT. [ACT]
  • Practice pharmaceutical calculations in preparation for the PTCB or ExCPT exam. [ACT]
  • Analyze current knowledge and identify areas that require further study for test preparation. [REASON]

  • AHE 191: Pharmacy Clinical

    Credits: 1.0 TO 8.0

    Provides experience in the role of a pharmacy technician while working with pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians. Gain practical experience in the discipline of pharmacy, enhance skills and integrate knowledge. Permit code required. Prerequisite(s): AHE 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, all with a minimum grade of 2.5 or equivalent. Completion of AHE 176 within one quarter; completion of or concurrent enrollment in AHE 178.

    Course Level Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Competently and expediently fill prescriptions in any pharmacy setting. [ACT]
  • Competently manufacture (via aseptic technique) IV admixtures and chemotherapy in a hospital/clinical setting. [ACT]
  • Work and communicate effectively with pharmacists, patients and co-workers in any pharmacy setting. [COMMUNICATE]
  • Work under the supervision of a pharmacist in any pharmacy setting ethically and within the law. [ACT]
  • Recognize and correct medication errors in any pharmacy setting. [REASON]