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Anatomy and Physiology One and Two

Anatomy and Physiology is the study of the structure and function of the human body. This course follows a sequential development of the major body systems in an organized and structured curriculum. The course is designed to give the students a selective overview of human anatomical structure and an analysis of human physiological principles. Labs will include, slide work, dissection of various animals and studies of the human skeleton. The course will also use computer simulated dissection.



Dynamics of Health Care in Society

Dynamics of Health Care in Society is an orientation to health care and delivery, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on process skills to include critical thinking, ethical reasoning, effective communication, and self-directed learning abilities. The professional competencies stress application to general issues and topics common to all health care providers. Emphasis is placed on the role of the health care practitioner as both provider and consumer of health care services.

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Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology is the study of words that pertain to body systems, anatomy, physiology, medical processes and procedures and a variety of diseases. It provides specialized language for the health care team, enabling health care workers to communicate in an accurate, articulate and concise manner. This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive knowledge of word construction, definition and use of terms related to all areas of medical science. The course includes but is not limited to terms related to anatomy of the human body, functions of health and disease, and the use of language in processing medical/dental records and claim forms.


Scientific Principles of Nutrition

Scientific principles of nutrition outlines the relationship of diet, lifestyle, and the prevention of disease. An overview of the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals is provided. Nutrition needs at various stages of the lifespan are stressed. Applying the science of nutrition to your life including needs for fitness and physical activity, evaluating nutrition claims, food labeling, and other consumer concerns are emphasized.

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Nutrition and the Lifespan

Nutrition and the Lifespan outlines life cycle nutrition including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, the adult and the later years.   Nutrition needs at various stages of the lifespan are stressed, and additional topics include complementary and alternative medicine, hunger and the global environment, and consumer concerns about food and water including the Servsafe® food handler course and exam.  Applying the science of nutrition to  the lifespan including prevention of chronic disease, food safety and biotechnology, and environmentally-friendly food choices will be explored.

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Medical Math

This course is to provide a review of basic mathematical calculations, to instruct the learner on how to convert equivalents from one system to another and accurately mix and measure drugs, to provide the learner with the necessary mathematical background needed for pharmacology, and to provide the learner with the theory and skills necessary to administer medication safely. For the purpose of sharpening the learners’ math calculation skills and to develop a logical sequence of operations in solving complex dosage calculations, No calculators are used during this course

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Introduction to Clinical Research

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of what clinical research is and the scientific principles on which it is based. The course starts with a historical perspective on clinical research and then goes on to explore in detail the following topics: purpose and phases of clinical research, clinical trial development and conduct, ethical and regulatory implications, and the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in clinical research.

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Fundamentals of Health and Wellness

This course provides a comprehensive overview of health and wellness. The impact of lifestyle choices on all aspects of personal health are discussed including physical, mental, emotional, social, and environmental. The course will explore topics related to nutrition, physical fitness, stress management, disease prevention, substance abuse, and healthy relationships. The information and skills necessary for making informed and healthful decisions to promote wellness will be discussed with an emphasis on self responsibility

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Writing for the Health Professional

Written communication is essential in many professions. In the health care field, there is an increasing demand for competent and qualified professionals who can write well. This introductory course enables the student to recognize and develop writing techniques and processes that are clear, accurate, responsible, and audience appropriate. The course includes developed discussion regarding various aspects of writing mechanics and structure and also ties in practical applications to common writing situations found in the medical setting.
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This course is currrently being revised and will not available for September 2018.

Emergency and Clinical Care

Emergency and Clinical Care is a course that deals with emergencies before medical help arrives. The course is designed to give the student the knowledge of how to recognize and respond to an emergency. The intent of the course is to help the student feel more confident in his/her ability to act appropriately in the event of an emergency.


Dental Head and Neck Anatomy

This course is a study of the basic anatomy of the oral cavity, a study of the nomenclature, structure, morphology, and function of the teeth.  Demonstrations and lecture sessions are designed to emphasize the clinical appearance of the anatomical features of the teeth and to point out relationships to adjacent teeth, opposing teeth, and surrounding tissues.  This course also describes the structure and function of the gross structures of the head and neck.  Discussions will emphasize importance of anatomical concepts in relation to dental patient treatment. 

Dental Health Education

This course is designed to prepare the dental auxiliary student to provide patient education to individuals and groups, focusing on the patient as a whole person, analyzing the patients’ lifestyle, values, behavior patterns and the environment in which the patient lives. The course takes the student through a process regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of dental health education programs in a number of settings. Students will be evaluated using assignments and case studies, fact based examinations and quizzes, class activities and discussion, required participation in community service activities and an oral table clinic presentation.  Criteria and guidelines for the table clinic and community service requirements will be detailed in a separate handout. 

Practice Management

This course prepares the student in dental practice management procedures.  Topics include appointment contacts, telephone techniques, record keeping, insurance, computerized dental systems, and resume writing and interviewing.  Legal, ethical, and safety issues are emphasized.  Case studies in ethics will be emphasized followed by group discussion.

Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office

The course is designed to cover the causes of various medical emergencies and how to manage an episode in the dental office. Through lectures and reading materials the student will learn about various conditions that can lead to a medical emergency in the dental office, how to recognize it and what management steps are necessary in that particular case. The student is also taught how to prevent a medical emergency from occurring via proper history taking techniques. The course also includes a laboratory project, which involves independent research on a given systemic condition.















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