2014-15 Catalog

Home Health Aide

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 BIO.205Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals 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 SPE.120Interpersonal Communication 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.)

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Courses

ALH.100 Exploring Health Careers11

This course is designed to introduce the student who is new to health care or exploring a health career field to basic knowledge and skills for many different health careers. This is an introductory course exploring aspects of infection control, vital signs, patient movement/transport, and patient care in different health career fields. this course is intended for any student interested in a health care field.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ALH.105 Introduction to Patient Care111.5

This course is designed t introduce the student who is new to health care or exploring a health career field basic knowledge and skills of patient care for many different health careers. This is an introductory course exploring aspects of infection control, vital signs, patient movement;transport, oxygen administration, recognition of medical emergencies and assisting with drug administration. This course is intended for any student interested in a health care field
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.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.115 Basic Health Statistics33

This course is designed to provide students an introduction to terms, definitions, formulae, and computations used in computing health care statistics. Emphasis is on inpatient health care data and statistical computations, but most applications can be transferred to the outpatient or alternative healthcare settings. Statistical skills will be acquired and developed through actual use and analysis of data.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: COMPASS pre-algebra score of 47 or MAT.090 with grade of C or better or one year of high school Algebra completed in the last three years with a minimum grade of C
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