2015-16 Catalog

Home Health Aide

http://sandburg.edu/academics/personal-home-care-aide-certificate

Certificate

The program is designed to prepare individuals to be home health aides providing care for the elderly, convalescents or persons with disabilities at the patient’s home. The student will learn to provide routine individualized healthcare such as change bandages and dressing wounds; perform basic medical checks such as pulse, blood pressure, and temperature; bathing, dressing and grooming of the patient; administration of medications; plan, purchase, prepare or serve meals to the patient or other family members according to a prescribed diet.

First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process

For more program information contact the Welcome Center

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
309.345-3500

Home Health Aide

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
ALH.110Introduction to Pharmacology 3
BIO.111 or 205Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals (or Human Biology) 4
MDT.100Medical Terminology 2
NUA.100Basic Nursing Assistant Training 7.5
Spring Semester
ALH.120Medical Law and Ethics 3
NUT.110Nutrition 3
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking ) 3
PSY.206The Social Psychology of Aging 3
 Total Program Hours: 28.5
   
 

Note:  Students enrolled in the Home Health Aide program must complete ALH, MDT and NUA courses with a grade of “C” or better.  In order to graduate, students must complete all ALH, MDT and NUA courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

ALH.110 Introduction to Pharmacology33

This course is an overview of pharmacology and its medications as it pertains to allied health professions. Topics will include principles of drug administration and basic mathematics involved in drug calculations. Throughout the course, the commonly used medications within allied health professions will be explored. This course is intended for students intending to enter an Allied Health program.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ALH.120 Medical Law and Ethics33

Students will be introduced to legal, moral, and ethical issues that are likely to arise as they practice health information management. This course provides an overview of the laws and the ethics needed to provide competent and compassionate care to patients within legal and ethical boundaries. This course will serve as a guide to assist students in resolving legal and ethical questions encountered as a health care provider.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AGS, AAS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BIO.111 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals44

This is a one-semester, general survey course intended primarily for LPN and mortuary science students. The course includes a systems approach to anatomy and physiology and many additional topics such as nutrition, metabolism, and fluid-electrolyte and acid-base balance.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS,AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BIO.205 Human Biology324

This is a one-semester course in anatomy and physiology designed to meet the needs of students who need a laboratory science course for associate degree or baccalaureate programs. The course will be an integrated systems approach emphasizing principles of homeostasis. Laboratory work will include fetal pig dissection, as well as other appropriate activities. Successful completion of one year of high school Biology and one year of high school Chemistry no longer than five years prior to enrollment is strongly recommended.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. L1 904L
General Education -- Science Lab Science

MDT.100 Medical Terminology22

This course is designed for anyone desiring a background in the language of medicine, and presents a system of learning medical terms from word roots, combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. By the end of the course the student will be able to recognize, build, define and spell correctly literally thousands of medical words from the elements learned, and be proficient in using a medical dictionary. This course is useful for anyone in the health care professions: those working in hospitals (nurses, radiologic technologists, unit secretaries, people in medical records or the business office, etc.) in a doctor's office, in nursing homes or those in Emergency Medical Technology. Those entering nursing will find Medical Terminology a great asset to understanding lectures and textbooks, making their learning easier.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUA.100 Basic Nursing Assistant Training637.5

This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prepare the student to assist the registered professional nurse and licensed practical nurse as an integral member of the health care team in a variety of health care settings. Instruction includes basic nursing skills through lecture, clinical simulation and supervised clinical experiences at a long-term health care facility. All individuals applying for certification must complete a fingerprint criminal background check. Criminal background check applications will be provided to students during class. Upon successful completion of the program the individual is eligible to take the State of Illinois Nursing Assistant Competency Examination.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: Completion of COMPASS test with a minimum Reading score of 63, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better, or ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

NUT.110 Nutrition33

This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts and principles of nutrition emphasizing the role of nutrition in health while being able to identify food nutrients and their functions. Cultural, religious and geographical influences are discussed. Emphasis on current dietary recommendations for maximizing well-being and minimizing risk of chronic disease, focus on use of tables, food guides, and guidelines for making healthy food choices is integrated. Discussion also includes nutrition needs for stages of the lifecycle, methods for evaluating creditability of nutrition claims, safe and economic use of supplements, principles of energy balance, basic elements of food safety, diet for exercise and sports. One year of high school chemistry or biology or equivalent is required.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

PSY.206 The Social Psychology of Aging33

This course provides an introduction to the field of social gerontology. The course deals with the adult life cycle from the sociological and psychological perspective with special emphasis on the later stages of adulthood. Special topics on aging include theoretical approaches to social aging, the biological and psychological aspects of aging, work, retirement and leisure, institutionalization, and death and dying.
Offered: As Needed
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above, or RDG.096 with a minimum grade of C, or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S6 905
General Education -- Social Science

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.120 Introduction to Public Speaking33

This is a performance course in public speaking. The principles of oral public communication will be presented through readings and lecture. The student will apply these principles in the speeches presented to the class. Emphasis will be placed on outlining and the discovery and organization of important ideas and the communication of those ideas to a specific audience. Written evaluation of speeches will be required to enhance critical communication skills. This course is intended for individuals who desire to complete a bachelor's degree and those who desire to develop competence in public speaking.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C2 900
General Education -- Communications