Allied Health & Safety Education

The purpose of Allied Health & Safety Education (AHSE) is to create a learning environment to support a variety of educational, personal enrichment, and career development goals in the field of health and safety. The clientele served by AHSE comprise a wide age group at a variety of educational levels and differing learning outcomes that range from obtaining and maintaining job skills, training for new careers, and personal growth.

Degrees

  • Patient Navigation
    This curriculum examines the inter-relationships and intricacies of the very complex health and community services system and identifies the role of the Patient Care Navigator in assisting the patient to effectively maneuver within the system. For ease of access and cost, this curriculum is offered fully online and the student can enroll in one class at a time or all seven of the classes which will lead to a short-term certificate in Patient Navigation.
  • Medical Scribe Endorsement
    The Medical Scribe Endorsement prepares students who have already completed an accredited Medical Assistant program to perform the duties of an entry-level Medical Scribe. The endorsement courses combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in the classroom. Practicum experience in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom.Medical Assistants who train as Medical Scribes are skilled professionals who, apart from having specific training to work in a physician's office or clinic, have the added responsibility of documenting the physician's dictation. This documentation includes but is not limited to, patient history, examination findings, procedures, lab results and medications.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    Endorsements are provided in selected Professional-Technical Programs consisting of less than 20 credit hours and are designed to provide basic entry-level skills. This endorsement provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary provide proper emergency care in a pre-hospital setting to victims of accidents or illness. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the National Registry EMT exam. Students must earn a minimum of a C (2.0) in order to earn a Certificate of Completion.
  • Phlebotomy
    Endorsements are provided in selected Professional-Technical Programs consisting of less than 20 credit hours and are designed to provide basic entry-level skills. This endorsement is designed to prepare the student to collect, handle, and process blood specimen for analysis in clinical settings. The student is eligible to take a national certification exam at the conclusion of the instruction. Students must earn a minimum of a C (2.0) in order to earn a Certificate of Completion.

Courses

  • AHSE 022 AHA Heartsaver First Aid/CPR
    A fundamental training program in emergency care that incorporates CPR and other emergency skills into a single course. Emphasizes utilizing the priorities of care and approach to the patient as demonstrated by professional emergency care providers. The core program provides minimum information and skills for a variety of environments and can be supplemented with additional first aid topics specific to the needs of the course participants. Available on-campus as well as on a contract basis throughout Walla Walla and Columbia counties. Formerly IFA 022.
  • AHSE 045 Heartsaver CPR (Basic CPR)
    Provides instruction in CPR based on standards established by the American Heart Association. Instruction is provided in CPR basic skills and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for the adult. This is basic CPR training offered for the general public and does not meet AHA healthcare provider requirements. Formerly CPR 045.
  • AHSE 051 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
    Designed for healthcare providers and provides CPR instruction based on standards established by the American Heart Association. Instruction is provided in: CPR skills for victims of all ages, use of airway adjuncts, the AED, and relief of foreign body airway obstruction. This course is intended for individuals who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings. Formerly CPR 051.
  • AHSE 052 BLS/CPR Instructor Training
    Provides the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate BLS training adhering to the standards of the American Heart Association. The student must possess a current AHA Healthcare Provider card to enroll. Formerly CPR 052.
  • AHSE 055 BLS/CPR Instructor Update
    Provides the necessary knowledge review and skills evaluation to renew BLS/CPR Instructor status. This course will follow guidelines and standards established by the American Heart Association. Student must have a BLS/CPR Instructor card issued within the last two years to enroll. Formerly CPR 055.
  • AHSE 101 Survey of Healthcare Careers
    This course is both an exploration of potential healthcare-related fields of study and how to succeed in preparing for specific healthcare professional programs. A review of educational requirements and availability of programs leading to starting a career as a healthcare professional will be conducted. Profiles of successful health science students will be examined, with a focus on communication, problem solving and survival skills in training and in the workforce. Formerly HO 101.
  • AHSE 104 Ongoing Training & Evaluation Program (OTEP)
    Satisfies the continuing education requirement for EMTs and EMRs to remain certified in Washington State. Courses cover the state mandated topics and are offered throughout the county under the direction of the Medical Program Director, Walla Walla County Emergency Medical Services. This curriculum is approved by the state and is offered in Walla Walla County and throughout the South Central Region of Washington. Student must be certified EMT or EMR to enroll. Formerly HO 104
  • AHSE 110 HIV/AIDS Education
    Provides the healthcare professional with mandatory instruction involving information/knowledge associated with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and related diseases. This class meets Washington State certification/licensing requirements for four or seven hour HIV/AIDS training for healthcare providers. Students completing this class will receive a certificate documenting the mandatory training. Formerly HO 110.
  • AHSE 113 Home Care Aide
    Students in this program will learn to provide direct personal care to residents in adult family homes, assisted living facilities, home care agencies, and supported living settings that are licensed by, or contracted by, the State. Students who successfully complete the classroom and laboratory requirements will be eligible to take the Washington State Home Care Aide Certification Exam and can receive the following endorsements: Home Care Aid 80-hour Certification of Completion, Healthcare Provider CPR-BLS, HIV/AIDS 4-hour Certification, Nurse Delegation Core Certification and Nurse Delegation Diabetes Certification. This course meets the standards of the State of Washington Department of Health. Required: Acceptance into the program. Formerly HO 113.
  • AHSE 142 Survey of Patient Navigation
    This survey course introduces the interrelationships and intricacies of the very complex health and community services system, and identifies the role of the patient care navigator in assisting the patient to effectively maneuver within this system. This is the first of a seven-course series. Formerly HO 142.
  • AHSE 143 The Patient Experience
    This course focuses on the whole patient, including cultural considerations, barriers to optimal health care, and the impact of chronic illness, and discusses promoting individual wellness using defined advocacy and engagement techniques. This is the second course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142. Formerly HO 142.
  • AHSE 144 The Medical Team
    This course defines the role, skills, and function of patient care navigation and how it fits into the care team. Also, it explains the need for effective patient navigators in today's complex healthcare system. This is the third course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142 and 143. Formerly HO 144.
  • AHSE 145 The Whole Patient
    This course introduces the whole patient concept and how cultural competency impacts access to the healthcare system. This is the fourth course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142, 143 and 144. Formerly HO 145.
  • AHSE 146 The Communication Link
    This course focuses on the importance of communication skills of the patient navigator in facilitating effective patient care and advocacy. This is the fifth course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142, 143, 144 and 145. Formerly HO 146.
  • AHSE 147 The Navigator as Coach
    This course defines the scope of practice of the patient navigator and introduces the principal of motivational interviewing techniques. This is the sixth course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142- HO 146. Formerly HO 147.
  • AHSE 148 The Navigator Skills
    This course defines the scope of practice of the patient navigator and how a navigator's skills relate to health maintenance, disease prevention, compliance with treatment plan, community resources, and adaptations relevant to patient needs. The principles of motivational interviewing are introduced. This is the seventh course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142-HO 147. Formerly HO 148.
  • AHSE 164 Spanish for the Medical Experience
    Enables professionals working in healthcare settings to offer immediate help to Spanish-speaking patients while waiting for Language Access Services. Emphasis is on basic, practical language needed to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and their families at the hospital or doctor's office, on the telephone, or at the patient's home. Formerly HO 164.
  • AHSE 169 Suicide Prevention Training
    This interactive course is for healthcare professionals responsible for the care and safety of those patients/clients at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors in all settings and across the age span. The course includes training in best practices for the assessment and management of adult, youth and/or veteran suicide risk as required by WA State DOH & WAC regulation. Six clock hours of continuing education credit may be obtained upon completion. Formerly HO 169.
  • AHSE 170 Workplace Violence Prevention and Safety for Healthcare Professionals
    This course is designed for healthcare professionals facing the ever increasing risk of workplace violence. Risk factors and common settings for workplace violence will be presented. Using case scenarios, interactive training on effective, evidence-based, verbal deescalation techniques will be taught. Practical advice and safety skills will be presented to assist the learning to better protect and advocate for their safety in the healthcare work environment. Criminal laws that protect healthcare professionals from assault will be discussed and physical self-defense techniques will be demonstrated. Formerly HO 170.
  • AHSE 172 Pharmacology
    An overview of the principles of pharmacology and general drug classifications and formulations. Legal aspects of medication administration will be discussed. The students will be introduced to the care and handling of many medications and receive an awareness of drug related problems. This class is open to Medical Assisting students, Nursing students, and other interested health professionals. Formerly HO 172.
  • AHSE 174 Transcultural Competency for Health Professionals
    An introduction to basic concepts of transcultural competency in Nursing and Allied Health with a focus on the applied aspects of cultural difference. Examines how different cultural communities relate to health care in terms of behavior, attitude, and policy and how these are transformed into practices and standards in the medical community, impacting quality of service and producing a given outcome. Recommendation: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in English 087; or completion of any college-level coursework at the 100 level or higher. Formerly HO 174.
  • AHSE 191 Success Strategies for Healthcare
    Using Nursing as an exemplar, this course is designed to empower students to actively prepare for success in a healthcare education program. The emphasis of the course will be on the application of critical thinking strategies, the Nursing Process, and test-taking techniques. The course includes an overview of learning and motivation theories and of priority setting frameworks. Each student will create a study plan that fits their learning style. Formerly HO 191.
  • AHSE 193 Medical Scribe Practicum
    This course is an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have acquired in the Medical Scribe program in the medical office of clinic. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Scribe program. Must have completed BUS 231, BUS 138, BUS 025 or typing test showing proficiency at 50 WPM, or have instructor permission. Formerly HO 193.
  • AHSE 199 Special Topics
    Study and train to meet established local needs in the healthcare industry, supplemental to courses currently offered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Formerly HO 199.
  • AHSE 266 Physical Assessment
    Designed as a review for the practicing nurse or allied health professional, or as skills reinforcement for the student nurse. Practical application of clinical physical assessment skills will be the major focus of this course. Content will begin with a technique for history-taking and then assess selected major body systems. Prerequisite: BIOL& 251 and BIOL& 252 or instructor permission. Formerly HO 266.
  • AHSE 279 Medical Vocabulary
    This course is an introduction to basic medical vocabulary. It provides the student a systematic approach to the language used in the healthcare system beginning with root words, prefixes and suffixes, and continuing on with the specific terms relating to normal and abnormal conditions of the body. This course is offered as needed, and may be scheduled in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. Formerly HO 279.
  • AHSE 297 Special Projects
    Project-oriented experiences in the area or applications not covered in the standard allied health and safety education curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's education and work experience. Formerly HO 297.

Degrees

Degrees

  • Patient Navigation
    This curriculum examines the inter-relationships and intricacies of the very complex health and community services system and identifies the role of the Patient Care Navigator in assisting the patient to effectively maneuver within the system. For ease of access and cost, this curriculum is offered fully online and the student can enroll in one class at a time or all seven of the classes which will lead to a short-term certificate in Patient Navigation.
  • Medical Scribe Endorsement
    The Medical Scribe Endorsement prepares students who have already completed an accredited Medical Assistant program to perform the duties of an entry-level Medical Scribe. The endorsement courses combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in the classroom. Practicum experience in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom.Medical Assistants who train as Medical Scribes are skilled professionals who, apart from having specific training to work in a physician's office or clinic, have the added responsibility of documenting the physician's dictation. This documentation includes but is not limited to, patient history, examination findings, procedures, lab results and medications.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    Endorsements are provided in selected Professional-Technical Programs consisting of less than 20 credit hours and are designed to provide basic entry-level skills. This endorsement provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary provide proper emergency care in a pre-hospital setting to victims of accidents or illness. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the National Registry EMT exam. Students must earn a minimum of a C (2.0) in order to earn a Certificate of Completion.
  • Phlebotomy
    Endorsements are provided in selected Professional-Technical Programs consisting of less than 20 credit hours and are designed to provide basic entry-level skills. This endorsement is designed to prepare the student to collect, handle, and process blood specimen for analysis in clinical settings. The student is eligible to take a national certification exam at the conclusion of the instruction. Students must earn a minimum of a C (2.0) in order to earn a Certificate of Completion.

Courses

Courses

  • AHSE 022 AHA Heartsaver First Aid/CPR
    A fundamental training program in emergency care that incorporates CPR and other emergency skills into a single course. Emphasizes utilizing the priorities of care and approach to the patient as demonstrated by professional emergency care providers. The core program provides minimum information and skills for a variety of environments and can be supplemented with additional first aid topics specific to the needs of the course participants. Available on-campus as well as on a contract basis throughout Walla Walla and Columbia counties. Formerly IFA 022.
  • AHSE 045 Heartsaver CPR (Basic CPR)
    Provides instruction in CPR based on standards established by the American Heart Association. Instruction is provided in CPR basic skills and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for the adult. This is basic CPR training offered for the general public and does not meet AHA healthcare provider requirements. Formerly CPR 045.
  • AHSE 051 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
    Designed for healthcare providers and provides CPR instruction based on standards established by the American Heart Association. Instruction is provided in: CPR skills for victims of all ages, use of airway adjuncts, the AED, and relief of foreign body airway obstruction. This course is intended for individuals who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings. Formerly CPR 051.
  • AHSE 052 BLS/CPR Instructor Training
    Provides the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate BLS training adhering to the standards of the American Heart Association. The student must possess a current AHA Healthcare Provider card to enroll. Formerly CPR 052.
  • AHSE 055 BLS/CPR Instructor Update
    Provides the necessary knowledge review and skills evaluation to renew BLS/CPR Instructor status. This course will follow guidelines and standards established by the American Heart Association. Student must have a BLS/CPR Instructor card issued within the last two years to enroll. Formerly CPR 055.
  • AHSE 101 Survey of Healthcare Careers
    This course is both an exploration of potential healthcare-related fields of study and how to succeed in preparing for specific healthcare professional programs. A review of educational requirements and availability of programs leading to starting a career as a healthcare professional will be conducted. Profiles of successful health science students will be examined, with a focus on communication, problem solving and survival skills in training and in the workforce. Formerly HO 101.
  • AHSE 104 Ongoing Training & Evaluation Program (OTEP)
    Satisfies the continuing education requirement for EMTs and EMRs to remain certified in Washington State. Courses cover the state mandated topics and are offered throughout the county under the direction of the Medical Program Director, Walla Walla County Emergency Medical Services. This curriculum is approved by the state and is offered in Walla Walla County and throughout the South Central Region of Washington. Student must be certified EMT or EMR to enroll. Formerly HO 104
  • AHSE 110 HIV/AIDS Education
    Provides the healthcare professional with mandatory instruction involving information/knowledge associated with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and related diseases. This class meets Washington State certification/licensing requirements for four or seven hour HIV/AIDS training for healthcare providers. Students completing this class will receive a certificate documenting the mandatory training. Formerly HO 110.
  • AHSE 113 Home Care Aide
    Students in this program will learn to provide direct personal care to residents in adult family homes, assisted living facilities, home care agencies, and supported living settings that are licensed by, or contracted by, the State. Students who successfully complete the classroom and laboratory requirements will be eligible to take the Washington State Home Care Aide Certification Exam and can receive the following endorsements: Home Care Aid 80-hour Certification of Completion, Healthcare Provider CPR-BLS, HIV/AIDS 4-hour Certification, Nurse Delegation Core Certification and Nurse Delegation Diabetes Certification. This course meets the standards of the State of Washington Department of Health. Required: Acceptance into the program. Formerly HO 113.
  • AHSE 142 Survey of Patient Navigation
    This survey course introduces the interrelationships and intricacies of the very complex health and community services system, and identifies the role of the patient care navigator in assisting the patient to effectively maneuver within this system. This is the first of a seven-course series. Formerly HO 142.
  • AHSE 143 The Patient Experience
    This course focuses on the whole patient, including cultural considerations, barriers to optimal health care, and the impact of chronic illness, and discusses promoting individual wellness using defined advocacy and engagement techniques. This is the second course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142. Formerly HO 142.
  • AHSE 144 The Medical Team
    This course defines the role, skills, and function of patient care navigation and how it fits into the care team. Also, it explains the need for effective patient navigators in today's complex healthcare system. This is the third course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142 and 143. Formerly HO 144.
  • AHSE 145 The Whole Patient
    This course introduces the whole patient concept and how cultural competency impacts access to the healthcare system. This is the fourth course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142, 143 and 144. Formerly HO 145.
  • AHSE 146 The Communication Link
    This course focuses on the importance of communication skills of the patient navigator in facilitating effective patient care and advocacy. This is the fifth course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142, 143, 144 and 145. Formerly HO 146.
  • AHSE 147 The Navigator as Coach
    This course defines the scope of practice of the patient navigator and introduces the principal of motivational interviewing techniques. This is the sixth course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142- HO 146. Formerly HO 147.
  • AHSE 148 The Navigator Skills
    This course defines the scope of practice of the patient navigator and how a navigator's skills relate to health maintenance, disease prevention, compliance with treatment plan, community resources, and adaptations relevant to patient needs. The principles of motivational interviewing are introduced. This is the seventh course of a seven-course series. Recommended: AHSE 142-HO 147. Formerly HO 148.
  • AHSE 164 Spanish for the Medical Experience
    Enables professionals working in healthcare settings to offer immediate help to Spanish-speaking patients while waiting for Language Access Services. Emphasis is on basic, practical language needed to communicate with Spanish speaking patients and their families at the hospital or doctor's office, on the telephone, or at the patient's home. Formerly HO 164.
  • AHSE 169 Suicide Prevention Training
    This interactive course is for healthcare professionals responsible for the care and safety of those patients/clients at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors in all settings and across the age span. The course includes training in best practices for the assessment and management of adult, youth and/or veteran suicide risk as required by WA State DOH & WAC regulation. Six clock hours of continuing education credit may be obtained upon completion. Formerly HO 169.
  • AHSE 170 Workplace Violence Prevention and Safety for Healthcare Professionals
    This course is designed for healthcare professionals facing the ever increasing risk of workplace violence. Risk factors and common settings for workplace violence will be presented. Using case scenarios, interactive training on effective, evidence-based, verbal deescalation techniques will be taught. Practical advice and safety skills will be presented to assist the learning to better protect and advocate for their safety in the healthcare work environment. Criminal laws that protect healthcare professionals from assault will be discussed and physical self-defense techniques will be demonstrated. Formerly HO 170.
  • AHSE 172 Pharmacology
    An overview of the principles of pharmacology and general drug classifications and formulations. Legal aspects of medication administration will be discussed. The students will be introduced to the care and handling of many medications and receive an awareness of drug related problems. This class is open to Medical Assisting students, Nursing students, and other interested health professionals. Formerly HO 172.
  • AHSE 174 Transcultural Competency for Health Professionals
    An introduction to basic concepts of transcultural competency in Nursing and Allied Health with a focus on the applied aspects of cultural difference. Examines how different cultural communities relate to health care in terms of behavior, attitude, and policy and how these are transformed into practices and standards in the medical community, impacting quality of service and producing a given outcome. Recommendation: Appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in English 087; or completion of any college-level coursework at the 100 level or higher. Formerly HO 174.
  • AHSE 191 Success Strategies for Healthcare
    Using Nursing as an exemplar, this course is designed to empower students to actively prepare for success in a healthcare education program. The emphasis of the course will be on the application of critical thinking strategies, the Nursing Process, and test-taking techniques. The course includes an overview of learning and motivation theories and of priority setting frameworks. Each student will create a study plan that fits their learning style. Formerly HO 191.
  • AHSE 193 Medical Scribe Practicum
    This course is an opportunity for students to practice the skills they have acquired in the Medical Scribe program in the medical office of clinic. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Scribe program. Must have completed BUS 231, BUS 138, BUS 025 or typing test showing proficiency at 50 WPM, or have instructor permission. Formerly HO 193.
  • AHSE 199 Special Topics
    Study and train to meet established local needs in the healthcare industry, supplemental to courses currently offered. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Formerly HO 199.
  • AHSE 266 Physical Assessment
    Designed as a review for the practicing nurse or allied health professional, or as skills reinforcement for the student nurse. Practical application of clinical physical assessment skills will be the major focus of this course. Content will begin with a technique for history-taking and then assess selected major body systems. Prerequisite: BIOL& 251 and BIOL& 252 or instructor permission. Formerly HO 266.
  • AHSE 279 Medical Vocabulary
    This course is an introduction to basic medical vocabulary. It provides the student a systematic approach to the language used in the healthcare system beginning with root words, prefixes and suffixes, and continuing on with the specific terms relating to normal and abnormal conditions of the body. This course is offered as needed, and may be scheduled in Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. Formerly HO 279.
  • AHSE 297 Special Projects
    Project-oriented experiences in the area or applications not covered in the standard allied health and safety education curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of student's education and work experience. Formerly HO 297.