Health Care Science

Program Overview

The Health Care Science Technical Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the degree level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as health care technical fundamentals. Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care delivery including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Infection Control/ Blood-borne Pathogens, Vital Signs and Basic emergency care/first aid and triage. These graduates are well prepared for employment as health care support workers and subsequent upward mobility.

This program also provides foundational academic preparation for students opting to apply for admission into certain allied health associate degree programs and serves as a pathway into the following associate degree programs of study: Associate Degree in Nursing; Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology. These associate degree programs have additional rigorous general education and science core courses. For program entry, a highly competitive admission process is required.

To obtain specific advisement regarding the above listed associate degree programs, please contact the program representatives as follows:

PROGRAM CHAIR -  CONTACT

PROGRAM NAME

BUILDING

PHONE

ROOM NUMBER

Mrs. Annette Crew-Gooden

Associate Degree in Nursing, Instructor

Allied Health Building

404-225-4419

H232G

Ms. Candace Marshall

Dental Hygiene, Program Coordinator

Allied Health Building

404-225-4473

H106G

Dr. Denise Edwards

Physical Therapist Assistant, Coordinator

Allied Health Building

404-225-4557

H149H

Mr. Andrew Gardner

Radiologic Technology, Program Coordinator

Allied Health Building

404-225-4567

H149C

Mrs. Kimberly Carter

Surgical Technology, Program coordinator

Allied Health Building

404-225-4509

H218G

 

Occupational Trends

Employment for Healthcare support workers is expected to increase by 17% in the state of Georgia, and nationwide to increase by 15% from 2008 to 2018. Healthcare support workers are employed in medical and surgical centers, nursing homes, medical laboratories, out patient clinics of chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists, psychologists, hospitals, health care centers and the offices of physicians. They perform front office duties, direct patient interactions as permitted by licensure boards. Postsecondary educational training in healthcare is increasing in importance for job acquisition.  Occupations in those settings include, but not limited to, patient access representative, supply distribution technician, equipment technician, unit clerk, and transporter/escort service clerk.

Health Concentration for Specific Pathways:                                                                                                                                       

Students using the Health Care Science as a pathway to apply for admission into the following Associate degree programs will need to complete additional general and program-required courses. Please contact the appropriate Program Advisor for specific advisement.

Associate Degree Nursing (NU63)

BIOL 2117            Introductory Microbiology-3

BIOL 2117L           Introductory Microbiology Lab-1

Dental Hygiene (DH13)                                                                                                                                                                                    

BIOL 2117            Introductory Microbiology-3

BIOL 2117L           Introductory Microbiology Lab-1

CHEM 1211           Chemistry I-3

CHEM 1211L         Chemistry I Lab-1

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA3)

PHYS 1110            Conceptual Physics-3

PHYS 1110L          Conceptual Physics Lab-1

PSYC 2103            Human Growth & Development-3

Surgical Technology (ST13)

BIOL 2117            Introductory Microbiology-3

BIOL 2117L           Introductory Microbiology Lab-1

Entrance Requirements

 

Admission Requirements for Health Care Science Technical Certificate of Credit

  • Must be 17 years of age;
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcripts required to apply;
  • Official high school or GED transcripts and/ or official college transcripts from all colleges attended in the past; transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English and Math;
  • Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar. A grade of "C" or better has been earned for each course to be transferred.
  • Science and Math courses must have been taken in within five years of the date of the transfer request.
  • For students using the Healthcare Science as a foundation and pathway to apply to the above mentioned associate degree, please note that those programs have a minimum requirement of a "B" grade in the credits that will be transferred.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens:

Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
General Core Curriculum (12 hours)
3
45
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
Choose One: (3 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.
MATH
1111
3
45
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Choose One: (3 hours)
Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.
3
45
Emphasizes American literature as a reflection of culture and ideas. A survey of important works in American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres: short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novels. Topics include literature and culture, essential themes and ideas, literature and history, and research skills.
SPCH
1101
3
45
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of oral communication. Topics include selection and organization of materials, preparation and delivery of individual and group presentations, analysis of ideas presented by others, and professionalism.
Occupational Curriculum (16 hours)
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
3
45
Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.
Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.