Health Occupations Department

Health Occupations Department

Health Occupations Programs:

The Health Occupations Department administers programs leading to certificates and degrees in health and human service fields. Included are the following:

Associate Degree Registered Nursing 

Cosmetology

Early Childhood Care and Education 

Health Information Technology

Massage Therapy

Medical Assisting

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Pharmacy Technician

Physical Therapist Assistant

Practical Nursing

Respiratory Therapy

This department offers programs to prepare students for a variety of health and human service occupations. The programs offer certificates, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Science degrees.

In each program that offers an Associate of Applied Science, the student may elect to earn either a Bachelor of Applied Science or a  Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) degree with a Health Occupations Concentration. In programs that lead to an Associate of Science, the student may elect to earn a BSHS degree with a Health Occupations Concentration. Students should consult with their program advisors about which university general education courses can be used to fulfill requirements for both the associate degrees and the BSHS degree. 

Bachelor of Science in Health Science Degree

Concentration 5:  Health Occupations

Students who have graduated or are enrolled in health occupations' training at the level of an associate degree have the opportunity to pursue a bachelor's degree with an advanced general health science focus when choosing this concentration.  A B.S. in Health Science will satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs.

See the Health Occupations' Department in the College of Technology section of the catalog for detailed information about this concentration.

The Bachelor of Science (BSHS) degree is offered at ISU through the Kasiska Division of Health Science and provides several avenues for students to work in health-related professions depending upon the student's ultimate educational and career goals.  Students graduating with an AAS or AS are provided the opportunity to apply their associate degree in a health-related field toward graduation requirements for the B.S. in Health Science and satisfy many of the prerequisites for a variety of health science-related graduate programs.  The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program with the Health Occupations' emphasis is to allow students who have graduated or are enrolled in health occupations' training at the level of an associate degree to pursue a bachelor's degree with an advanced general health science focus.

This degree provides a curriculum for students who desire an education that can serve as a foundation for additional professional or graduate work in several health science professions, including medicine, dentistry, hospital administration, medical technology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.  All students are encouraged to work closely with an advisor within their associate degree programs to ensure that the courses they plan to take will meet their specific career goals.

Degree Requirements:

The B.S. in Health Science degree with the Health Occupations' emphasis includes the following credit requirements which can be divided into four components:  Associate Degree requirements, General Education requirements, B.S. in Health Science core requirements, and Associate degree/Health Occupations' Concentration requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements: Each student must be a graduate of or be enrolled in a health occupations' program that awards an associate degree.* Students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree may apply up to a maximum of 50 credits from this degree (all lower division ­credits) toward the 120 total credit requirement.  Students with an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Respiratory Therapy from ISU may apply 15 upper division Respiratory Therapy (RESP) credits to this degree.

* Out-of-state associate degrees must be evaluated for meeting the Idaho State Board of Education standards. If the associate degree is over five years old, the degree must be evaluated for currency in the technical field.

General Education Requirements: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree must complete eight of the nine General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog.)  Specific requirements may be listed under individual Health Occupations' program curricula (choose programs above). 

BSHS Core Courses: BSHS students across all ISU colleges and programs are required to complete a common core of 20-24 credits.  See the Bachelor of Science in Health Science in the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences' section of the catalog for additional information.

Associate Degree/Health Occupations Concentration Requirements (25 credits minimum): 

Required Courses (7 credits)
BIOL 3302
3302L
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
4
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics3
Chemistry - select one set (9 or 7 credits)
CHEM 1111
1111L
CHEM 1112
CHEM 1112L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
9
OR
CHEM 1101
CHEM 1102
CHEM 1103
Introduction to General Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
7
Physics - Select one set (4 or 8 credits)
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1114
General Physics
and General Physics I Laboratory
and General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
8
OR
PHYS 1100Essentials of Physics4
Select one course (3-4 credits)
BIOL 3305Introduction to Pathobiology3
HE 3383Epidemiology3
RESP 2214Introduction to Pulmonary Disease4
Select a minimum of three (3) credits:
HE 3340Fitness and Wellness Programs3
HCA 3350Organizational Behavior in Healthcare3
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
NTD 3340Nutrition for Health Professionals3
PE 3300Movement Theory and Motor Development3
PE 3370Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
PSYC 3301Abnormal Psychology I3
PSYC 3341Social Psychology3
RESP 3310Case Management II2
RESP 3325Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures II3
RESP 2231
RESP 2232
Patient Assessment I
and Patient Assessment II 1
4
SOC 3330Sociology of Health and Illness3
1

Both RESP 2231 and RESP 2232 are required for the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Students pursuing a non-teaching minor in Health Education should contact the Health Education and Promotion Program for details.

A student must fulfill eight of the nine General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog), BSHS Core requirements (20-24 credits), and Associate Degree Concentration requirements (25 credits minimum), and earn a minimum of 120 total credits, of which a minimum of 36 must be upper division credits, for a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree.

How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses

HO 0105 Introduction to Allied Health Careers: 2 semester hours.

Introduction to allied health careers emphasizing the interrelationships and the team approach to health care. F, S

HO 0106 Medical Terminology: 2 semester hours.

Body systems approach to theory and application of medical terms including anatomical, pathological, surgical and diagnostic as well as appropriate abbreviations. F, S

HO 0107 Medical Law and Ethics: 3 semester hours.

Principles and application of law to health care organizations and personnel, standards of care and liability; covers tort, contract and statutory law. F, S

HO 0108 Basic Anatomy: 2 semester hours.

The study of the structure and organization of the body and its parts. F, S

HO 0110 Over the Counter and Herbal Medications: 2 semester hours.

An overview of the significance of over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal drug therapy in our society. The role of the pharmacy technician in selling and providing information about OTC and herbal therapy will be reviewed. Therapeutic drug classifications, indications,dosage forms, major ingredients, common side effects, and significant drug interactions will be covered for OTC drugs. For herbal medications, students will learn to associate the names of herbal medications with common uses, recognize potential adverse effects, and be aware of potential drug interactions between herbs and conventional medication. Federal regulation of OTC and herbal medications will also be reviewed. F

HO 0111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology: 4 semester hours.

An introductory study of the normal structure and function of body cells, tissues, organs, and systems. BIOL 1101 and BIOL 1101L are suggested as prerequisites to this course. PRE-or-COREQ: HO 0106. F, S, SU

HO 0208 Introduction to Pathology: 3 semester hours.

An introductory course in the concepts of pathology. Includes causes, common mechanisms, and anatomic or functional manifestations of human disease. PREREQ: HO 0111 or BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3301L and BIOL 3302 and BIOL 3302L. F, S

HO 0209 Principles of Drugs and Their Uses: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to the study of drugs, their sources, appearance, actions, uses, and basic principles of therapeutic drug administration. Classification of drug safety issues, sources of drug information, legislation related to drugs, and drug references will be included. PREREQ: HO 0111 or BIOL 3301 and BIOL 3301L and BIOL 3302 and BIOL 3302L. F, S

HO 0299 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times with the same title and content.

Faculty

Chair

P. Peterson

Advanced Instructor/Director of Rehabilitation Programs

Jernigan

Advanced Instructor

Flint

Instructor

D. Smith

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