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 Course Title:   Orientation to Allied Health Careers

 Title Abbreviation:   ORIENTATION/ALLIED HLTH

 Department:    AHE

 Course #:    100

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    510801

 EPC:    381

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

Historical developments in medicine; role definition and expectations of selected allied health careers; professional associations for persons with allied health careers; professionalism and image; goal-setting; functioning as a team member. Identification of medical professionals and medical specialties. Influence of cultures on patient compliance. For non-nursing majors.

 Prerequisite  

None. Call either (360) 416-7975 or (360) 416-7948 if you are receiving a “haven’t met prereq” message.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of professional codes of ethics and professionalism in general.
  2. Identify selected persons who have made outstanding contributions to medicine throughout history.
  3. Compare and contrast the job descriptions and credentialing of health professionals.
  4. Promote the allied health professions.
  5. Discuss the responsibilities of the allied health professional concerning professional relationships with patients, their employers and the general public.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to set goals and utilize effective time management strategies.
  7. Project a positive attitude when interacting with patients and health team members.
  8. Awareness of multi-cultural factors while providing patient care.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.2 Identify the strengths and limitations of different fields of study.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.7 Identify and evaluate connections and relationships among disciplines.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.1 Identify ethical and healthy choices and apply these personally, socially, academically, and professionally.
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.

Course Contents

  1. Orientation to Allied Health Careers.
  2. Goal Setting and Time Management.
  3. The History of Medicine - contributions of different cultures.
  4. Medical Specialties.
  5. Professionalism.
  6. Professional organizations.