Health Sciences (HS)

HS 013  General Nutrition Units: 3

This course is a study of the chemical composition of foods and their utilization by the body. Students study the roles, functions, and interactions of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Practical problems of nutrition and relationship of adequate diet to physical and mental health are covered. (C-ID NUTR 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2, C5                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

HS 061  Medical Terminology Units: 2

This course introduces medical terminology as used by all health service personnel, including medical doctors, dentists, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, EMTs, medical secretaries and doctors' office assistants.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Advisory:ENG-070
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 062  Your Living Body Units: 3

This course provides a basic overview of body structures and functions, correlated with discussion of the major diseases affecting each of the major systems. This course is required for Vocational Nursing Program.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Advisory:HS-061
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 064  Nurse Assistant Units: 6

This course includes basic nursing principles used in the care of clients in long-term care facilities. The content addresses the basic needs of clients; concepts of ethics and confidentiality; techniques of communication; reporting and recording of observations and basic assessments; performance of special treatments, procedures and skills required for client care. Successful completion of the course results in eligibility to take the state-approved test that leads to certification as a nursing assistant.
Lecture Hours: 63         Lab Hours: 135          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 065  Basic Pharmacology Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to basic pharmacology. Content covers calculating dosages, using conversion tables, administering medication, and using drug reference materials. The actions, untoward actions, desired and undesired effects of commonly used drugs in the major classifications are presented.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 066  Home Health Aide Units: 2

This course expands on the content taught in the nursing assistant course to provide preparation for care of residents in home care settings. Content emphasizes personal care, basic communications, safety, meal planning, and maintaining a healthful environment.
Lecture Hours: 27         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS-064 or CNA
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 067  Intro To Med/Dosage Calculations Units: 1

This course provides a basic foundation for the study of pharmacology and covers the general principles of drug administration with a review of arithmetic and the calculation of math dosages. It utilizes a nursing process approach which focuses on the understanding of pharmacological principles, medication administration, and the evaluation of the client's responses in the health care setting. This course is designed for the beginning vocational nursing student and other allied health care disciplines.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 070  Intro To Health Sciences Units: 1

This course is strongly recommended for all students entering the VN or ADN programs offered at College of the Desert. It is designed to provide students interested in Health Sciences programs with detailed information about program requirements and career objectives.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 071  Strategies For Success In A Nursing Program Units: 2

Designed to prepare students for the successful completion of the nursing program. Students will be given an overview of the program requirements and expectations and they will acquire information and skills that facilitate student success once admitted into the program. Students will also explore nursing career options, which will guide the development of their educational plan.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 072  Introduction To Health & Society Units: 4

This course will explore the issues in individual and community health through the study of the practices and health behaviors of groups and populations. Major health issues are examined to contribute to the student's understanding of his or her role in personnel responsibility and the development of public policies relating to the environment, the community, and personal health status.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: LIS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C5                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

HS 073  Introduction To Community Health Units: 3

This course is an introduction to health issues and wellness essentials in diverse communities. It introduces fundamental concepts in public health and examines the influence of public, private and voluntary organizations.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: LIS-001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: E                 IGETC: None

HS 074  Informatics For Health Science Units: 3

This course provides an overview of the computer software used by members of the Health Science profession. It will introduce students to the software in assessment, planning,education, program implementation and management currently used in health science and allied health. It will introduce students to programs such as statistical packages, Projectmanagement, GIS, and Electronic Health Records. The course will also cover the legal and ethical use of software linked to client care.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: LIS-010
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 080  Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation Units: 3

This coThis course is designed for persons interested in working with patients who require cardiac monitoring. It provides an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the heart and the conduction system. Students apply analytical thinking to interpret graphic representations of normal and abnormal electrical activity of the heart. The emphasis of this course is on the interpretation of heart rhythms, lead placement, obtaining a 12 lead Electrocardiogram and interpretation of cardiac rhythms that require immediate intervention.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 083A  Basic Phlebotomy Units: 1.5

The course will prepare students to perform basic blood collection methods using appropriate techniques. Through lecture and lab experiences, students will receive training in basic infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will be taught specimen handling, and processing.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS-064
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 083B  Advanced Phlebotomy Units: 1.5

The course will prepare students to perform advanced blood collection methods using appropriate techniques. Through lecture and lab experiences, students will receive training in infection prevention, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will be taught advanced specimen handling,arterial puncture blood cultures and special processing. The course will be educated in the agencies that regulate phlebotomy.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS-083A or HS-083
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 084  Phlebotomy Practicum Units: 1

The phlebotomy practicum supplies practical experience drawing blood on clients in the clinical setting. It reinforces the theory taught in HS 083A and HS 083B. Students have the opportunity to observe Arterial punctures, and obtain the 50 venous and 10 capillary draws required for the CPT1 certification.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: HS-083B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 095A  Health Sciences Work Experience Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Health Science.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 098A  Nursing Skills Lab, Fundamentals Units: 0.5

This course provides opportunity for practice and mastery of nursing skills necessary for safe patient care. It uses multimedia materials, computers, and instructor assistance to improve the skills needed and is directed to students needing review of nursing procedures.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Nursing course
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 098B  Nursing Skills Lab, Intermediate Units: 0.5

This course provides opportunity for practice and mastery of intermediate nursing skills necessary for safe patient care. It uses multimedia materials, computers, and instructor assistance to improve the skills needed and is directed to students needing review of nursing procedures.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Nursing course
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 098C  Nursing Skills Lab, Special Populations Units: 0.5

This course provides opportunity for practice and mastery of nursing skills with in special populations necessary for safe patient care. It uses multimedia materials, computers, and instructor assistance to improve the skills needed and is directed to students needing review of nursing procedures.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Nursing course
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

HS 098D  Nursing Skills Lab, Fundamentals Units: 0.5

This course provides opportunity for practice and mastery of nursing skills necessary for safe patient care. It uses multimedia materials, computers, and instructor assistance to improve the skills needed and is directed to students needing review of nursing procedures.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a Nursing course
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None