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Allied Health Science

Welcome to NMSU-A Allied Health!

It is the vision and mission of the NMSU-A Allied Health faculty and staff to empower and support students interested in healthcare professions by providing continuing support for each student admitted to Allied Health courses.

The Institute of Medicine states there is a need for all types of healthcare workers. They are also saying; currently, allied health professionals comprise nearly 60% of the healthcare workforce and we will need at least 1.6 million by 2020. What are Allied Health Professions? They are a segment of the healthcare workforce that delivers services involving the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management. Allied health professionals consist of nursing assistants, phlebotomists, telemetry technicians, emergency responders, dental hygienists, healthcare technicians, dieticians, medical technologists, personal care aides, home health aides, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists.

Are you ready to join the team of health care providers? Get started by visiting NMSU-A’s Academic Advisors located in the Office of Advising & Career Services in the Student Services Building for academic pre-advising.

  • Pre-Advising provides both walk-in and appointment-based career and transfer advising for Pre-Health students.
  • Helps prospective Pre-Health students explore the many career options related to healthcare and determining which NMSU-A Certificates or Associate Degree best meets the student’s expectations and future plans.
  • Assists pre-health students with preparation of applications, which includes guidance on pre-requisite coursework and non-academic requirements such as job shadowing, healthcare-related clinical experiences and community service opportunities, plus resources to assist students in financial planning.
  • Provides guidance to pre-health students on applying for health professional programs, including the formal application process, central application services, writing a personal statement, requesting letters of recommendation, and preparing for admissions interviews.
  • Serves as the point of contact for NMSU-A Pre-Health students concerning information related to SAT and Compass Testing.

Don’t know if you are ready yet and need more information, you can also speak to a health care professional in the Allied Health department located in the Charles Reidlinger Science Center.

For Course Registration, Advising Holds, Degree Progress and other NMSU degree related questions, please see your Academic Advisor.

NMSU-A is a New Mexico Skill Up Network: Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (SUN PATH) school. For more information, check out our SUN PATH page.

NMSU-A Allied Health faculty and staff are professionals with advanced education and extensive real-world experience in healthcare. Learn more about them HERE

Allied Health Documents

Please check out the AHS Handbook for more information

Degrees and Certificates

Classes Offered

Below are the list of the courses taught in Allied Health Science. Please see the NMSU-A Catalog for the most recent information regarding academic programs and courses available at NMSU-A. See the Class Schedule to find out which classes are being taught this semester. See "How to Read Course Descriptions" for help.

NOTE: Many Allied Health courses require fees to cover clinical and laboratory equipment and supplies. Please review applicable fees for any Allied Health courses you plan to take prior to registering. http://uar.nmsu.edu/course-specific-fees-fall-2015/

AHS 115 Dietary Guidelines & Meal Planning 4 cr.

A combination of the science of nutrition and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans with practical application to meal planning and preparation. Strategies and techniques used to plan and prepare healthful and appetizing meals are explored. Evidenced-based dietary guidelines are provided to meet the needs of individuals and groups with chronic diseases. Menu development, modification and analysis are reviewed. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

AHS 116. Math for Health Occupations  3 cr.

Principles of math and pharmacology necessary for administration of medications. Prerequisite(s): CCDM 114N or equivalent. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. Learn More.

AHS 120. Medical Terminology  3 cr.

Study of medical terminology as it relates to understanding diseases, their causes and effects, and the terminology used by the medical specialties. Stress is placed on medical terms, their use, spelling, English translation, and pronunciation. Same as NURS 150 and BOT 150. Learn More.

AHS 165 Foundations to Allied Health Science 3 cr. (1+4P)

A foundational course which will cover a multidisciplinary focus on success in the Allied Health environment. Topics included, but are not limited to: the health care system, personal and professional qualities of a health care worker, legal and ethical responsibilities, cultural diversity, nutrition and diets, medical math, infection control, preparing for the world of work, core measures and quality assurance, the prospective payment system, customer service, current trends in health care and communication, and promotion of safety. Laboratory time will cover library and library resource use, promotion of safety, vital signs, SPR & AED use, job interviewing practice, and 16 hours of job shadowing participation located in a healthcare facility. Open to all students seeking to pursue an Allied Health or Healthcare career pathway. Restricted to Community Colleges campuses only.

AHS 202. Legal & Ethical Issues in Health Care  3 cr.

Consideration of legal and ethical issues in modern health care delivery. Learn More.

NA 101. Nursing Assistant Theory and Lab  6 cr. (5+3P)

Nurse aide skills with emphasis on a bio-psychosocial-cultural approach to client care. Practice of these skills is provided in the laboratory as well as at a clinical site. Successful completion of the course prepares and qualifies the student to take the NACES certification examination. Prerequisite(s): (Reading Compass score of 81 or greater or CCDR 110N with C or better) and (English Compass score of 76 or greater or CCDE 110N with C or better) and (Math Compass score of 50 or greater or CCDM 103N with C or better). Restricted to: Community Colleges only. Learn More.

NA 112. Patient Care Assistant 4cr. (2+4P)

This course prepares students to become patient care assistants (certified nursing assistant [CNA]). The course prepares students in the areas of critical thinking, collaboration with healthcare team members and performance of Certified Nursing Assistant skills within acute care units including: out-patient care unit (pre-operative), medical-surgical unit, orthopedic unit, mother-baby (obstetrics) and the mental health inpatient unit. Lab and clinical time will include learning skills in a practice setting with mannequins and in a hospital for acute care skill learning and application.

NA 115. Phlebotomist Technician   6 cr. (3+6P)

Basic theory and skills of phlebotomy following OSHA and Center for Disease Control guidelines. Prepares students for the requirements of testing for the ASCP certification exam and employment in a healthcare organization as a phlebotomist in licensed settings. Laboratory hours include infection control skills & practice, patient assessment & teaching, and practice in venipuncture. Clinical time includes clinical laboratory processes and operations, patient assessment, venipuncture, and exposure to clinical policies and procedures. Upon successful completion students are workforce ready. Requires a C or better to pass.

NA 110. Electrocardiogram Technician Basic  4 cr.

Prepares students for employment as an Electrocardiogram Technician. Includes basic theory of the cardiovascular system, basic cardiac rhythm interpretation, 12 lead ECG lead placement, and ECG equipment trouble shooting. Requires a C or better to pass. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 154 OR BIOL 225 & BIOL 226. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

OEEM 101. CPR for the Health Care Provider  1 cr.

Students learn identification and response to airway and circulation emergencies, including use of a SAED and accessing the EMS system. This course is taught using the American Heart Association guidelines for course completion. Required: grade of C or better.

OEEM 106. Advanced First Aid  2 cr.

Theory and advanced first aid skills taught emphasizing recognition and providing care for injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. Course meets and/or exceeds the Red Cross or National Safety Council standards. Corequisite: OEEM 101 or consent of instructor.

OEEM 115. EMS First Responder Prehospital Professional  3 cr. (2+3P)

Provides training in prehospital medical and traumatic emergencies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Corequisite: OEEM 101. Requiresa C or better to pass. Restricted to majors.

OEEM 120. Emergency Medical Technician Basic  6 cr.

Covers EMT-Basic skills instruction to include care of soft tissue and muscular/ skeletal injuries, circulatory, nervous, general medical and respiratory systems emergencies. Corequisite(s): OEEM 101 and OEEM 120L and OEEM 121, or consent of instructor. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): BIOL 154. Restricted to: Community Colleges only

OEEM 120 L. Emergency Medical Technician Basic Lab  2 cr. (6P)

EMT-Basic skills development with emphasis on assessment, skills competency and team-work in patient care in the prehospital setting. Corequisites: OEEM 101 or OEEM 120, and OEEM 121, or consent of instructor. Requires a C or better to pass

OEEM 121. Emergency Medical Technician Basic Field/Clinical  1 cr. (3P)

Covers the patient care experience provided through assigned shifts in the hospital and/or ambulance setting. Corequisites: OEEM 101, OEEM 120, and OEEM 120L, or consent of instructor. Requires a C or better to pass

OEEM 150. Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate 5 cr.

Theory of the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of the EMT-Intermediate. Assessment and management of respiratory, cardiac, trauma, environmental, behavior, reproduction, and childhood emergencies. Prerequisites: current EMT-basic license, pretest and consent of instructor. Corequisites: OEEM 150L and OEEM 151. Requires a C or better to pass. Note** Students who register for OEEM 150, OEEM 150L, and OEEM 151 must have a current copy of their New Mexico State EMT-Basic license on file in the Allied Health Administration Office prior to registering for these courses.

OEEM 150 L. Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Lab 2 cr. (6P)

EMT-Intermediate skills development with an emphasis on assessment, skills competency, and team work in patient care in the prehospital setting. Requires a C or better to pass. Corequisite(s): OEEM 150 and OEEM 151. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. Note** Students who register for OEEM 150, OEEM 150L, and OEEM 151 must have a current copy of their New Mexico State EMT-Basic license on file in the Allied Health Administration Office prior to registering for these courses.

OEEM 151. Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Field/ Clinical 2 cr. (6P)

Patient care experience provided through assigned shifts in the hospital and/or ambulance setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Corequisites: OEEM 150 and OEEM 150L. Requires a C or better to pass. Note** Students who register for OEEM 150, OEEM 150L, and OEEM 151 must have a current copy of their New Mexico State EMT-Basic license on file in the Allied Health Administration Office prior to registering for these courses.

OEEM 155 EMT Refresher. Special Topics 1-6 cr.

Specific topics to be listed in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits.

OEEM 218. Pediatric Advance Life Support for the Healthcare Professional  1 cr.

Identify and respond to life threatening pediatric emergencies. Taught using the American Heart Association guidelines for course completion. Prerequisite: OEEM 101. Graded S/U.

OEEM 219. Advance Cardiac Life Support for the Healthcare Provider  1 cr.

Identify and respond to life threatening cardiac emergencies. Taught using the American Heart Association guidelines for course completion. Prerequisite: OEEM 101. Graded S/U.