Central Maine Medical Center

General Education - Course Descriptions


Science and Math

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Reading    60
WritePlacer   5
Arithmetic    60
Elementary Algebra  60

Sciences


BIO 111: Human Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 credits (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of High School or College Chemistry
Anatomy and Physiology I is the first semester of a two semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Anatomy is the study of the form of the body and physiology is the study of body function. This course begins with instruction in the terminology needed to be able to intelligently and accurately read and communicate biological concepts in an appropriate system level of the human organism. Students will also study the Classification of Tissues, Genetics and Inheritance, as well as the following systems: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Blood, Lymphatic/Immune and Reproductive. In general, the lecture portion of the class will emphasize the physiological concepts and the laboratory section will emphasize anatomy. Anatomy can be better studied and easier learned by visualization in a three dimensional manner by using anatomical aids, such as models, charts, specimens, and slides which are available in the laboratory.

BIO 112: Human Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 credits (Lecture 3, Lab 1)
This lecture and laboratory course is the second semester of a two semester course in human anatomy and physiology.  This course continues the study of the structure and function of the human body and the body's reaction to physiological stress.  This course, when taken following BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology I, will provide the student with a basic understanding and working knowledge of the human body. Students will study the following systems: Endocrine, Lymphatic/Immunity, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, and Reproductive, as well as Fluid/Electrolyte/Acid/Base Balance and Embryonic Development. The lecture portion of the class will emphasize the physiological concepts and the laboratory section will emphasize anatomy.

BIO 213: Microbiology, 4 credits (Lecture 3, Lab 1)

Prerequisites: BIO 111 and BIO 112
Microbiology is a lecture and laboratory course. The lecture provides a survey of the microbial world including bacteria, yeasts, molds, fungi, viruses and prions, and introduces the structure, function and nutrition of microorganisms. The primary focus of the course is on the relationship between humans and microbes ranging from the various forms of parasitism to disease to immunity. Students will develop a solid understanding of prokaryotic cell structure and be introduced to bacterial genetics and metabolism. Laboratory emphasis is on basic techniques for identification of microorganism and supplements understanding of bacterial structure and function introduced in lecture.

Math


MAT 011: Math Review, 3 credits
This course will focus on the fundamentals of numerical mathematics, including basic arithmetic operations with integers, fractions, decimals, and percents; a review of unit conversions; basic algebraic techniques; and an introduction to computing probabilities of events.

MAT 120: Applications in College Algebra, 3 credits

This course will take an exploratory look into the application of algebraic concepts to real-world problems. Instead of formula memorization, students will be instructed on the methods for applying concepts learned in a standard College Algebra course, with a focus on classroom discussion and group investigation. Topics will include linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, graphical analysis, and systems of equations.

MAT 140: College Algebra, 3 credits

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of fundamental algebraic skills and techniques as well as to train you in applying those skills in professional, personal, and academic situations.  We will review standard college-level algebra topics including linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the study of inequalities; graphical analysis; polynomials; systems of equations; and more.  Throughout the course, focus will include the application of these topics to real problems.

Humanities and Social Science

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Humanities


COM 102: Communications, 3 credits
The importance of good communication skills can never be over-emphasized. In all professions including healthcare, we are asked to: send clear messages, to be able to receive and interpret messages accurately, and respond appropriately. Although most of us will never become professional public speakers, we are always expected to be able to understand the basic elements of good communication. To that end, this course will cover verbal and non-verbal communication skills, listening, writing messages/notes/memos, and public speaking. This course also includes an online component (6 sessions) that requires discussion board postings and other assignments to be completed before the following scheduled class period as indicated in the course outline.

ENG 010: Developmental Writing, 3 credits
Developmental Writing is a 3 credit course designed to help students achieve basic competencies in reading comprehension and writing, including sentence skills, grammar and mechanics, planning documents, organizing papers, developing research skills, following written instructions, and comprehending written documents. We will also address word recognition, vocabulary development, and identifying themes and main ideas in written documents. In addition, the course will address basic software skills necessary to complete online learning goals, access online research platforms, and write documents using word processing software.

ENG 101: College Writing, 3 credits

College Writing is a required course which develops the student's ability to write clearly and effectively. The course introduces the student to academic writing, APA citation style, research-based exposition, and the fundamentals of academic research. The course introduces students to the development and synthesizing of argumentation in the writing process. Revision and editing will be introduced to help students develop skills to consistently improve their writing skills. Practice in expository writing - specifically informative, persuasive, analytical, and journalistic - will be the focus.

ENG 110: Introduction to Literature, 3 credits

This course introduces students to genres of fiction, memoir and poetry. By studying important works by writers of culturally diverse backgrounds, students gain experience in reading, analyzing, interpreting, and writing about literature. This course establishes connections between literature and other areas of arts and communications.

ENG 120: Creative Writing, 3 credits
Do you struggle with writing well? Does the idea of learning better written communication skills in a classroom stress you out? Do you have a creative side, or are you looking for a creative outlet or stress reducing activity while you also learn a few writing tricks and tips? Are you interested in becoming a better writer while having fun and playing with words? This course will teach you how to improve your writing clarity, structure, organization, mechanics, and grammar while you learn to have fun with writing and craft your own stories, essays, and poems at the same time.

ENG 140: Professional Writing, 3 credits

Professional Writing identifies and expands on the principles, strategies, and styles necessary to generate clear and effective business correspondence, résumés, cover letters, and formal reports. To that end, this course builds on grammar, mechanical, and spelling skills, word choice, voice and tone, and audience and purpose. In addition, the focus of this course will be on emphasizing the writer's responsibility to the reader to understand and communicate information well enough to deliver that information in a professional manner

HUM 205: Ethics in Healthcare, 3 credits
This course introduces health career students to ethical and bioethical issues confronting the healthcare professionals within the practice setting. This course will introduce the student to the language of ethics and to a decision-making process. Using cases, students will learn to apply ethical decision-making principles to practical dilemmas. The course will familiarize students with ethical and legal considerations, patient-provider relationships, and the concepts of moral judgment and prudence.

HUM 206: Ethics and Clinical Care, 3 credits
Everyday clinical providers are dealing with dilemmas. Family issues, care planning, goal setting, and non-compliance force their way into providing care. What are the red flags? How does the caregiver develop options for the decision makers? What is good informed information sharing? How does the caregiver get assistance in the ethical decision-making process? This course will take you through an introduction to ethical decision-making, its rules and guidelines, developing a process of review and information sharing. Using a case study approach, the class participant will hone their ethics intuitiveness and develop a broader plan of options that the patient with their decision counselors can choose from.

HIS 210 Introduction to Health Care Environments, 3 credits

Introduction to Health Care Environments will provide an introduction to the U.S. health care system, the history, its problems and possible solutions.  Discussion will include the definition of health, identification of the healthcare workforce and their function as part of the US health care system.  The role of Hospitals, Primary Care, Ambulatory Care, Federal and State Government in the US health care system will be described.  An investigation of US health care finance and the need for health care reform will be included.

Social Sciences


PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits

This course studies psychology as an applied science and explores the factors, genetic and environmental, which influence behavior and affect the quality of life. The course begins with a brief history of the development of psychology as a science of human behavior and covers such topics as: psychology of learning, social psychology, human sexuality, stress and coping, as well as abnormal behavior and treatments. Through assigned readings and projects, students will become more aware of how they may better interact with others and thus improve the quality of life.

PSY 201: Developmental Psychology, 3 credits

This course provides the student with a multi-disciplinary study of life span development from prenatal stages through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age, and death. Included will be discussions of genetic, environmental, psychological and sociological influences of the development of and changes in physical, cognitive and language and psychosocial domains of individuals.

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the study of human society. The course stresses the learned nature of human behavior as a seen in the ongoing interactions between individuals, groups and society. Because, Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior, and the interaction between humans and the social institutions they've created, the course examines aspects of social life, social factors and social problems present in contemporary society.  More specifically the course presents basic concepts and theories and explores topics including sociology as science, culture, socialization, social groups, social organization, class, race and ethnicity, gender, age, family, and social change.

HIS 210 Introduction to Health Care Environments, 3 credits

Introduction to Health Care Environments will provide an introduction to the U.S. health care system, the history, its problems and possible solutions.  Discussion will include the definition of health, identification of the healthcare workforce and their function as part of the US health care system.  The role of Hospitals, Primary Care, Ambulatory Care, Federal and State Government in the US health care system will be described.  An investigation of US health care finance and the need for health care reform will be included.

Professional Development


CNA 030: State Approved CNA Certificate

This course is designed to present the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to become a certified nursing assistant.  The curriculum follows Maine guidelines, including: caring for the patient's physical systems, infection control, care of patients throughout the lifespan, and entering the healthcare field.  The student is introduced to the concepts of legal and ethical aspects of care, communication, documentation, and safety.  The state certification examination will be offered at the end of the course.

HCS 101: Introduction to Healthcare Sciences, 3 credits
This course is designed as an introductory exploration of the health care sciences for beginning students who might be interested in pursuing a future in various health-related professions.  This course will serve as a solid foundation for students in health sciences or health occupations. Introducing students to a variety of health occupations, this course assists students in acquiring the basic knowledge and professional behaviors required to work and interact with patients in a healthcare setting.  Accuplacer Recommendations: Reading 60; WritePlacer 5

MET 111: Medical Terminology, 3 credits
This course is designed to assist the learner to develop a medical terminology vocabulary utilizing a body systems approach that will facilitate communication of medical information in a medical office or hospital environment. The learner will learn and practice the principles of medical words formation, including the basic rules of building medical words, identifying suffixes, prefixes, and combining forms related to the structures and functions of the associated systems of the body. Accuplacer Recommendations: Reading 60; WritePlacer 5

PHM 201: Pharmacology Fundamentals, 3 credits
Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology I and II
This course will focus on the principles of pharmacology and the major drug classifications in relation to the treatment of health problems throughout the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge and interventions needed to maximize therapeutic effects and prevent or minimize adverse effects of medications.  Accuplacer Recommendations: Reading 60; WritePlacer 5

PHL 100: Phlebotomy, 2 credits
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and clinical skills to become a phlebotomist. This course includes study of the role of the phlebotomist, the function of each clinical laboratory section and the functions of personnel employed in the clinical laboratory. This course will focus on laboratory safety, basic anatomy of the circulatory system, venipuncture equipment and techniques, dermal puncture equipment and techniques, as well as complications associated with phlebotomy and legal issues associated with phlebotomy.  Accuplacer Recommendations: Reading 60; WritePlacer 5

REI 111: Reiki, 3 credits
This course is designed to present the fundamentals of Reiki through theory and experience. The student is introduced to the concepts of ethics, communication, professional behavior, cultural awareness, and Reiki techniques. The class is open to those interested in Reiki and holistic health as practiced in medical settings. Successful completion of the course will result in the student being attuned to Level 2 Reiki practitioner. Accuplacer Recommendations: Reading 60; WritePlacer 5

SEM 020: Bridge to College Transition, 1 credit

Develop skills necessary to be a successful student at CMMC College of Nursing and Health Professions. Learn study skills and test-taking strategies, develop time and stress management strategies for dealing with the intensive course load at this college, learn how to navigate the college system, and learn APA citation style and information literacy, two skills vital to your success at this college. To maximize your learning experience, all fifteen classroom hours will be conducted together over the course of two successive days. Lunch provided.


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