Health Occupations Department
Health Occupations Programs:
The Health Occupations Department administers programs leading to certificates and degrees in health fields. Included are the following:
- Associate Degree Registered Nursing
- Health Information Technology
- Massage Therapy
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Coding
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Practical Nursing
- Respiratory Therapy
- Veteran to Nurse Program
This department offers programs to prepare students for a variety of health 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.
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
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.
Peterson, Paul P., Department Chair, Health Occupations. B.A. 1972, M.S. 1976, University of Maine; Ph.D. 1978, Brigham Young University. (2008)
Director of Rehabilitation Programs and Advanced Instructor
Jernigan, Darin Joseph, Director of Rehabilitation Programs, Program Coordinator, and Advanced Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant. B.S. 1988, Idaho State University; M.S.P.T. 1991, University of the Pacific; D.P.T. 2011, Idaho State University. (2002)
Flint, David T., Health Occupations Education Specialist and Advanced Instructor, Health Occupations. B.S. 1986, M.Ed. 1997, A.A.S. 2005, Idaho State University. (2006)
Smith, David M., Instructor, Health Occupations. A.A.S. 2007, B.S.H.S. 2008, Idaho State University; M.S. 2015, University of Utah. (2016)
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.
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)|
|Anatomy and Physiology|
and Anatomy and Physiology Lab
|MATH 1153||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Chemistry - select one set (9 or 7 credits)|
& CHEM 1112
& CHEM 1112L
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
& CHEM 1102
& CHEM 1103
|Introduction to General Chemistry|
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
|Physics - Select one set (4 or 8 credits)|
& PHYS 1113
& PHYS 1112
& PHYS 1114
and General Physics I Laboratory
and General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
|PHYS 1100||Essentials of Physics||4|
|Select one course (3-4 credits)|
|BIOL 3305||Introduction to Pathobiology||3|
|RESP 2214||Introduction to Pulmonary Disease||4|
|Select a minimum of three (3) credits:|
|HE 3340||Fitness and Wellness Programs||3|
|HCA 3350||Organizational Behavior in Healthcare||3|
|HCA 3384||Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations||3|
|NTD 3340||Nutrition for Health Professionals||3|
|PE 3300||Movement Theory and Motor Development||3|
|PE 3370||Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries||3|
|PSYC 3301||Abnormal Psychology I||3|
|PSYC 3341||Social Psychology||3|
|RESP 3310||Case Management II||2|
|RESP 3325||Clinical Practice of Therapeutic Procedures II||3|
& RESP 2232
|Patient Assessment I|
and Patient Assessment II 1
|SOC 3330||Sociology of Health and Illness||3|
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.