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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.

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

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

AHS 295. Introduction to Allied Health  1 cr.

An introductory course that covers a multidisciplinary focus success in the allied health care environment. Topics include health care delivery systems and allied health careers, history of health care, law and ethics pertaining to health care, personal qualities of health care workers, confidentiality and reportable incidents. This course will also cover an orientation into safety and infection control, core measures and quality assurance, perspective payment system, customer service, current trends in health care and communication, skills to be a patient/ client educator and a member of the Health Care team. Open to all students wanting to explore the allied health care industry. Restricted to: Community Colleges only. 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 109. Phlebotomist Basic  4 cr. (3+3P)

Basic theory and skills of phlebotomy following OSHA and Center for Disease Control guidelines. Prepares students for employment as a phlebotomist in licensed settings. Requires a C or better to pass. Learn More.

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.

NA 111. Alzheimers & Dementia  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to “shift the focus from a medical model of care to a relationship model of care”. Learn More.

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 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.