2020-2021 Catalog 
    Nov 30, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

AHS 100 - Fundamentals of Health Care

Description: Overview of current U.S. health care delivery systems and professions including behaviors for success, customer service, and quality improvement.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Health care careers 
  2. Historical and future trends in health care 
  3. Ethical and legal issues in health care 
  4. Introduction to health care terminology and mathematics 
  5. Organization of the human body 
  6. Stages of growth and development 
  7. Environmental safety and health considerations 
  8. Professional responsibilities and continuing education 
  9. Patients' emotional reactions to illness 
  10. Verbal and written communication skills 
  11. Computers and technology in health care 
  12. Emergency health care procedures 
  13. Health care reimbursement 
  14. Quality improvement and customer service 
  15. Health care employment preparedness 
  16. Diversity and culture in health care 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. State the education, certification, registration and/or licensing requirements of health care occupations. (1) 
  2. Describe trends in health care and their effects on client care. (2) 
  3. Identify ethical and legal issues in the health care setting. (3) 
  4. Break down medical terms into their component parts and interpret the terms correctly. (4) 
  5. Perform basic math calculations on whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percentages and ratios. (4) 
  6. Describe primary anatomy, directional terms and anatomical positions. (5) 
  7. Describe the basic milestones for each developmental stage. (6) 
  8. Employ environmental safety and infection control procedures in the health care setting. (7) 
  9. Explain the role of the health care worker within the medical system. (1,2,8) 
  10. Describe patients' emotional reactions to illness. (9) 
  11. Utilize communication skills with patients and other health care team members. (8,10,16) 
  12. Describe how computers and technology are used in various areas of health care. (11) 
  13. Explain precautions that the health care professional can take to ensure computer security. (10,11) 
  14. Describe the seven steps to follow when an emergency occurs that will protect both the patient and health care professional. (12) 
  15. Identify types of health care reimbursement. (13) 
  16. Describe the elements of quality assessment and performance improvement program. (14) 
  17. Prepare a resume and employment application. (1,8,15)