Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences offers associate degrees (transferrable) in Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health Sciences, and Health Sciences. The U.S. Department of Labor has estimated that one in every four new jobs will be in the field of health care and health care support between now and 2024. These degrees allows students to enter the field in a variety of roles and/or transfer to a four-year institution. Students interested in transferring should consult with a counselor to discuss the transfer process and the appropriate sequence of course.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT)

Associate Degrees (AA/AS)

Health Science (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 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C2, C5                 CSU GE:E                 IGETC:None

HS 014  Principles of Food Units: 3

Application of food science principles with emphasis on ingredient function and interaction, food preparation techniques, sensory evaluation standards, food safety and sanitation, and nutrient composition of food. (C-ID NUTR 120)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 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: None
Advisory: ENG 061
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: None
Advisory: HS 061 & ENG 061
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: ENG 061
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 major categories and classes of pharmacological agents. The actions, untoward actions, and 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: BI 004
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  Introduction 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 & ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

HS 070  Introduction 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: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

HS 071  Strategies for Success/Nursing Program Units: 2

This course is 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 073  Introduction to Public Health Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to public health. Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts and terminologies of public health, and the history and accomplishments of public health officals and agencies. Topics include the epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease; prevention and control of diseases in the community including the analysis of the social determinants of health and strategies for eliminating disease, illness and health disparities among diverse populations; community organizing and health promotion programming; environmental health and safety; global health; and, healthcare policy and management. (C-ID PHS 101)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
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, Project management, 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: None
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 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
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: 1-8

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. 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: 600          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 300  Nursing Skills Lab Units: 0

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: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

Nursing (N)

N 001  Basic Concepts in Nursing Practice Units: 8

This course introduces students to the organizing framework of the program and to the nursing process. The focus is on optimum wellness. Basic care concepts and skills common to promoting, maintaining or restoring health are presented in the classroom and practiced in college and clinical laboratories. Care is focused on the needs of medical, surgical and geriatric clients. A materials fee of $80.00 - $120.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 216          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Registered Nursing Program
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

N 002  Nursing Practice for Commonly Occurring Alterations in Health Units: 9

This course builds on foundational concepts introduced in Nursing 1. Emphasis is on the nursing management of adults, women in labor and children experiencing commonly occurring alterations in health and promoting optimum wellness in the childbearing family. A materials fee of $35.00 - $70.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 90         Lab Hours: 216          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 001
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

N 003A  Concepts of Nursing Practice for Complex Alterations in Health Units: 9

Previously learned principles of medical surgical nursing will be built upon in this course. Nursing 3A focuses on promoting, maintaining or restoring health of clients with alterations in psychological and/or physiological functioning. Specific topics covered in this course include men's and women's health, health alterations in respiratory and cardiac systems, conditions of immune response, and psychosocial alterations impacting individuals and families. Clinical experiences will include both inpatient and community-based settings. A materials fee of $50.00 - $90.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 270          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 002 Corequisite: N 003B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

N 003B  Issues in Nursing Units: 0.5

This course introduces the student to the non-clinical aspects of nursing and discusses professionalism, credentialing, collective bargaining, nursing organizations, and legal, ethical and bioethical issues frequently encountered by the new graduate. This course may be used for continuing education credit.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

N 004  Concepts of Nursing Practice for Acute Complex Alterations in Health Units: 9.5

In this course students gain knowledge and experience with clients whose optimum level of wellness is altered by acute and complex conditions. Students will gain experience as direct care providers in the acute/critical/emergent and home health care settings utilizing concepts of care management.
Lecture Hours: 81         Lab Hours: 270          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: N 003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

Vocational Nursing (VN)

VN 010  Vocational Nursing I Units: 9

This course introduces concepts related to the role of the vocational nurse, basic skills, legal and ethical issues, critical thinking, culturally congruent care, pharmacology, fluid/electrolytes, communication and confidentiality. A foundation in normal growth and development including the gerontologic client and end of life care is presented. Using a nursing process format, care of clients with alterations in various body systems is covered.
Lecture Hours: 162         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG 061 & HS 013 & HS 062 & HS 067 & PSY 001; Corequisite: VN 010L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Vocational Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

VN 010L  Vocational Nursing I Lab Units: 7

This course provides an opportunity for the practice and application of skills needed to meet the clients' basic needs and the maintenance of optimum wellness. Students care for clients with common alterations in the function various body systems. Learning experiences are provided in the on-campus lab and various clinical sites. Students receive a Pass/No Pass grade mark. A materials fee of $50.00 - $90.00 is required for this course to cover lab learning activities.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 378          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: HS 013 & HS 062 & HS 067; Corequisite: VN 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Acceptance to the Vocational Nursing Program
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

VN 020  Vocational Nursing II Units: 9

Building on the concepts presented in VN 010, this course discusses content related to care of the surgical client and alterations in function of gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive, neurologic, and spinal cord. Students are also introduced to leadership, supervision of the VN. Introduction to maternity nursing, clients ante, intra and postpartum. Healthy newborn and alterations related to the newborn. Presentation of the hospitalized child, an in-depth look at growth & development.
Lecture Hours: 162         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: VN 010 & VN 010L; Corequisite: VN 020L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

VN 020L  Vocational Nursing II Lab Units: 7

This course provides opportunity to care for clients with alterations in various body systems and across the life span. Students will practice in a variety of health care settings. Students receive a Pass/No Pass grade mark.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 378          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: VN 010 & VN 010L; Corequisite: VN 020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

VN 030  Vocational Nursing III Units: 5

This course builds on all concepts from previous semesters. Students will focus on the care of children with various health care needs. The course concludes with concepts to aid the student transition to the role of professional vocational nurse.
Lecture Hours: 90         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: VN 020 & VN 020L; Corequisite: VN 030L
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

VN 030L  Vocational Nursing III Lab Units: 4

This course is a continuation of skills that were acquired in VN 010 and VN 020. Students apply concepts of team leading and management skills to care for clients of all ages. Students meet the needs for the hospitalized child and clients experiencing labor, delivery, and postpartum. Students receive a Pass/No Pass grade mark.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 216          Repeatable: No
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: VN 020 & VN 020L; Corequisite: VN 030
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None