Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates


HEA120: Stress Management for Optimal Health

A comprehensive approach to the subject of stress and its effects on health and disease. Stress concepts are addressed within a holistic framework appreciating the physiological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of individuals. Common physical, intra-personal, interpersonal, environmental, and global stressors are assessed. Current stress interventions are introduced. Emphasis is on integrating knowledge from several disciplines to provide an informed scientific foundation for stress management.

HEA130: Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

The course provides participants with a basic knowledge of First Aid skills for treatment of illness or injury, as well as instruction in Basic Life Support for the health care provider (CPR) according to the guidelines of the American Heart Association (AHA). Upon successful completion of the course, students receive AHA certification in both Standard First Aid and CPR.

HEA132: Advanced First Aid & Emergency Care/Basic Life Support/First Responder

The course provides comprehensive and advanced coverage of first aid skills for treatment of illness or injury, as well as Basic Life Support/Healthcare Provider (BLS/HCP) for the professional rescuer. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants receive certification as a First Responder in accordance with Massachusetts General Law chapter 111: Section 201 and Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider in accordance with the standards established by the Committee on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care of the American Heart Association.

HEA134: Essential Skills for the Health Professional

In this introductory course, students explore basic concepts surrounding career opportunities in the health professions while learning about and understanding the basic skills required for entry into a health career. Understanding one's role in a health career, making effective decisions to manage a personal career plan, assessing personal qualifications, interests, knowledge, values and skills necessary to succeed in a health career are key to this course. The student develops essential work habits desired by employers in the health care field.

HEA200: Pharmacology

This course addresses the interaction between substances used as drugs and human body systems. Knowledge of natural sciences, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics between chemical entities and receptors, and pharmacological concepts of administration, dosage and patient safety are stressed. Emphasis is placed upon mechanisms of action, side effects, and drug interactions.

HEA201: Nutrition

Principles of nutrition are discussed in detail and related to many different settings. Topics of discussion include: My Pyramid; nutritional labeling; the (6) nutrients and how each is ingested, digested, metabolized, and transported throughout the human body; nutritional counseling of many different types of patients, such as the cancer patient, geriatric patient, infant, child, and adolescent patient; and food safety. An introductory course for individuals interested in pursuing a Dietetics major.

HEA202: Essentials of Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals

This course provides instruction in concepts and application of pharmacological principles. Foci of the course will be on drug classifications, principles and procedures of medication administration, mathematical systems and conversions, calculation of drug problems and medical and legal responsibilities of the allied health professional.