Allied Health (ALDH)

ALDH 60  Nursing Assistant  (6.5 Units)  

Enables students to become familiar with basic principles of nursing, including procedures and techniques. State approved precertification program. Does not guarantee certification. Must achieve grade C or better to take state certification examination. Finger prints must be obtained upon enrollment in program and Department of Justice (DOJ) clearance obtained. Proof of ability to read, write and comprehend the English language at a sixth grade level.

Lecture Hours: 72.00; Lab Hours: 135.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 61  Home Health Aide  (2.0 Units)  

Enable students to become familiar with basic principles of nursing care in a home style setting. Clinical experience is provided in residential care facilities. Students will learn to provide and meet the patient's basic physical and psychological needs and to promote a spirit of rehabilitation and independence in a safe, efficient and competent manner. State approved certification course. A grade of C or above must be earned to receive state certification. Students who have completed VVC's ALDH 60 Nursing Assistant course this semester, but have not completed the state exam, may enter the course. State Home Health Aide certification will be contingent upon passing the State CNA Certification Exam.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 60, current and active California CNA certificate. Co-requisite:current CPR card

Lecture Hours: 27.00; Lab Hours: 27.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 62  Acute Care C.N.A.  (4.5 Units)  

Students who have completed Victor Valley ALDH 60 Nursing Assistant course this semester may enter the program prior to taking state exam. Certification of completion will be contingent upon the student also passing the State CNA Certification exam. Corequisite: Current Healthcare Provider CPR card. This course will allow the Certified Nursing Assistant to expand upon basic nursing practices to include those specific for the acute care setting. Clinical experience is provided in acute care facilities. Students will learn nursing practice skills related to the medicalsurgical patient and will have an understanding of physical and psychosocial changes seen in the acute setting. Also introduces the student to ancillary departments & provides an opportunity for student to learn how all departments work together to care for patients. Must achieve a grade C or better to receive Victor Valley College Certification.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 60 A current, active State of California CNA.

Lecture Hours: 54.00; Lab Hours: 81.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 80  Pharmacology  (3.0 Units)  

Current concepts of pharmacology, basic mechanisms of drug action, administration, toxicity, side effects and dosages.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 81  Medical Insurance  (3.0 Units)  

Intensive instruction in completing medical insurance forms for the private, industrial, Medi-Care/Cal patient. Also, billing, collecting, ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS procedures.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 82  Medical Office Procedures  (4.0 Units)  

This course provides practice in medical office procedures, proficiency in typing medical correspondence, case histories, insurance forms, and reports. Study of telephone techniques, medical record keeping, and filing. Verbal communication with patients, other offices, and facilities. In addition, a lab component for students to become familar with preparation and assistance with common back office procedures.

Lecture Hours: 54.00; Lab Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 82C  Medical Office Procedures - Clinical  (5.0 Units)  

This course is designed to provide the externship component of ALDH 82, Medical Office Procedures. The individual students will be presented with 270 hours of practical clinical experience. This will be performed in rotation sequence in the offices and clinics of qualified physicians located thoughout the High Desert.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 82

Lab Hours: 270.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 82D  Medical Assisting Exam Review  (3.0 Units)  

This class will prepare the student for the medical assisting certification exam. The student will learn strategies to help identify strengths and weaknesses and develop a realistic study plan.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 82 AND ALDH 82C;

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 83  Basic Arrythmia  (3.0 Units)  

A review of the general anatomy and physiology of the heart and coronary system, with complications associated with acute myocardial infarction with strong electrophysiological/arrhythmogenic component. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a certificate in Basic Electrocardiography and Arrhythmia interpretation. This course has been approved by the Board of Registered Nursing for Continuing Education credit.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Not transferable

ALDH 125  Medical Aspects of Drugs & Alcohol  (3.0 Units)  

This course will provide an in-depth study of the physiological effects and medical consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse, including the effects on the central nervous system and behavior. The pharmacological aspects of drug and alcohol use will be presented including metabolism of various drugs, the meaning and implication of "half-life", tolerance, dependence, addiction process, and withdrawal. Categories of substances covered will include major and minor stimulants, alcohol, depressants, psychotropic drugs, opiates, marijuana, hallucinogens, and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

ALDH 138  Coop Ed Ald Health  (1-8 Units)  

Cooperative Education is a key element of Victor Valley College's comprehensive approach to career development. Cooperative Education is a 16-, 12-, or 8-week course that enables students to receive college credit for paid or unpaid work opportunities. This course helps students gain valuable on-the-job work experience while providing practical education, best practices in professional development, and academic guidance through the course of their work opportunity. The combination of practical experience and curricular development empowers students to be more competitive, efficient and valuable employees upon completion of this program and/or their academic program trajectory. The course is ideal for students who are cross-training at their current worksite for upward mobility or seeking career changes, as well as those looking for entry-level occupational training through work-based learning experiences such as through an internship. Cooperative Education transforms community businesses, industries, and public agencies into expanded educational training laboratories. Credit is awarded on the basis of learning objectives completed and the number of hours the student trains. Students must create/complete new learning objectives each semester they enroll. Students may utilize their present work sites. More details are available in the Cooperative Education Office, (760) 245-4271, ext. 2281. The office, located in the Academic Commons, is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:00-6:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only

ALDH 139  Medical Terminology  (3.0 Units)  

This course describes the body's anatomical systems with stress placed on medical terms, their use, spelling, and pronunciation. The use of these terms is defined in regard to anatomy, physiology, treatment, and surgery.

Lecture Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to CSU only

ALDH 141  Athletic Training I  (3.0 Units)  

Introduction to principles of athletic training, including prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of common athletic injuries. Recommended preparation: Interest and/or experience in athletics and sports. Crosslisted with KIN 141.

Lecture Hours: 36.00; Lab Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

ALDH 142  Athletic Training II  (3.0 Units)  

This course will build on the students basic knowledge of human anatomy and athletic injuries. Topics will include emergency procedures, current health concerns of the athlete, protective devices, advanced taping techniques and injury management. Crosslisted with KIN 142.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 141, KIN 141 or PE 141;

Lecture Hours: 36.00; Lab Hours: 54.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

ALDH 176  Athletic Training III  (2-6 Units)  

In this course, students will provide pre-participation, on-site first aid and event maintenance for fall/winter/spring sports programs at VVC. Experience will include but is not limited to, prophylactic taping and padding, immediate first aid, monitoring vital signs, completion of accident forms, proper use of universal biohazard precautions, supervision of safe playing conditions and coaching techniques, recognition of medical emergencies, assisting other medical personnel as needed, game preparation and pre-participation medical screenings. Crosslisted with KIN 176.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 141 or PE 141;

Lab Hours: 108.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU

ALDH 177  Athletic Training IV  (2-6 Units)  

Students will provide care to athletes involved in fall/winter/spring sports programs at VVC. Experience will include but is not limited to development and implementation of rehabilitation protocols. Use of modalities including, whirlpool, ultrasound, ice, EMS, hydrocolator, ROM exercises, joint mobilization, strengthening exercises (isokinetic, isotonic, isometric), cardiovascular conditioning and proprioceptive exercises. Crosslisted with KIN 177.

Prerequisite(s): ALDH 141 or PE 141;

Lab Hours: 108.00

Transfer: Transfers to both UC/CSU