At a Glance:

Floyd: Kathy Cochran
Floyd: Diane Nance
Diane Nance, Instructor of Radiologic Technology
Office: H147
Phone: 706-295-6893
Campus: Floyd County Campus
Department: Health Technologies, Radiologic Technology


B.A., (A&S), Capital University; A.A.S., Sinclair Community College

Gordon: Katherine Kerce
Katherine Kerce, Instructor of Patient Care
Office: 245
Phone: 706-624-1294
Campus: Gordon County Campus
Department: Nursing and Allied Health Technologies


M.S.N. University of West Georgia; B.S.N. University of West Georgia; B.A. Shorter College



Polk: April Cowan
April Cowan, Program Director & Instructor of Dental Assisting
Office: D108
Phone: 706-378-1804
Campus: Polk County Campus
Department: Dental Assisting, Health Technologies


A.A.S., Georgia Northwestern Technical College


Certified Dental Assistant (CDA); Registered Dental Assistant (RDA); Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Walker: Lisa Carruth
Lisa Carruth, Assistant Dean of Health Technologies; Program Director & Instructor of Occupational Therapy Assistant
Office: 6112b
Phone: 706-764-3846
Campus: Walker County Campus
Department: Health Technologies, Occupational Therapy


M.S., St. Joseph's College of Maine; B.S., Medical College of Georgia

Health Care Science (HS21)

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Polk County Campus
  • Gordon County Campus
  • Floyd County Campus
  • Walker County Campus

Program Overview

The Health Care Science Certificate of Credit is a program that provides academic foundations at the degree level in communications, mathematics, and human relations, as well as technical fundamentals. Program graduates are trained in the underlying fundamentals of health care delivery and are well prepared for employment and subsequent upward mobility.

Gainful Employment Information

Entrance Requirements

Age: 17 years of age for admission into pre-occupational classes
         18 years of age for admission into Health Technology programs

Program Final Exit Point: Upon completion of the Health Care Science program graduates will be prepared for entry level employment in one of two health care fields: Certified Nursing Assistant or Phlebotomy Technician.

(Note: Some classes may only be available on the Floyd and Walker County Campuses)

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Pre-Occupational Curriculum (12 hours)
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.
Humanities Elective
and one of the following (3 hours)
Emphasizes algebra, statistics, and mathematics of finance. Topics include fundamental operations of algebra, sets and logic, probability and statistics, geometry, mathematics of voting and districting, and mathematics of finance.
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.
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.
Prepares students for calculus. The topics discussed include an intensive study of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs. Applications include simple maximum and minimum problems, exponential growth and decay.
General Core Science (12 hours)
Program specific requirements
General Occupational Curriculum (4 - 6 hours)
Program Specific ALHS Elective (See Advisor)
2 - 4
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.
And completion of ONE of the following sets of occupational curriculum for a specialization: (0 hours)
Certified Nursing Assistant Specialty (8 hours)
A study of the nutritional needs of the individual. Topics include: nutrients, standard and modified diets, nutrition throughout the lifespan, and client education.
Introduces student to the role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide. Emphasis is placed on understanding and developing critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrating knowledge of the location and function of human body systems and common disease processes; responding to and reporting changes in a residents /patients condition, nutrition, vital signs; nutrition and diet therapy; disease processes; vital signs; observing, reporting and documenting changes in a residents condition; emergency concerns; ethics and legal issues and governmental agencies that influence the care of the elderly in long term care settings; mental health and psychosocial well-being of the elderly; use and care of mechanical devices and equipment; communication and interpersonal skills and skills competency based on federal guidelines. Specific topics include: roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide; communication and interpersonal skills; topography, structure, and function of the body systems; injury prevention and emergency preparedness; residents rights; basic patient care skills; personal care skills; and restorative care.
Phlebotomy Specialty (8 hours)
Provides an introduction to blood collecting techniques and processing specimens. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills needed to collect all types of blood samples from hospitalized patients. Topics include: venipuncture procedure, safety and quality assurance; isolation techniques, venipuncture problems, and definitions; lab test profiles and patient care areas; other specimen collections and specimen processing; test combinations, skin punctures and POCT; professional ethics and malpractice; and certification and licensure.
Provides work experiences in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on enhancing skills in venipuncture techniques. Topics include: introduction to clinical policies and procedures and work ethics; routine collections: adult, pediatric, and newborn; and special procedures.
Mammography Specialty (Floyd County Campus Only) (15 hours)
The student should have a pre-existing knowledge and skills gained during and entry-level radiography educational experience and reinforced through professional practice. The content in this course is intended to aid technologists in preparing for post primary practice of mammography. The course provides the student with an overview of the following topics: Breast anatomy and mammographic correlation, breast viability and pathology, correlative physical breast assessment, department organization and regulation, equipment, interventional procedures mammography quality management, positioning, sonomammography, and Technical applications.
Content and clinical practice experiences should sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories used to perform radiologic procedures in mammography. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, students discuss, examine and evaluate concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice and professional development. Clinical practice experience should teach students to provide care and assessment and competently perform radiologic imaging and total quality management. Levels of competency and outcomes measurement ensure the well-being of the patient prior to, and after the radiologic procedure. Topics include: mammography clinical practice, patient preparation and education, mammographic procedure, quality control,interventional special procedures, and positioning.
Occupational Related Elective (See advisor for recommended list)