Health Sciences

  1. Overview
  2. A.A.S., Health Sciences
  3. Patient Care
    Technician Certificate
  4. Surgical Processing
    Technician Certificate

The first step toward many healthcare career options.

The Health Sciences Associate's degree program prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s complex healthcare environment through a combination of concentration-specific and general coursework. Students are able to select either a Patient Care Technician or Surgical Processing Technician concentration, based on their individual interests and career goals.

Benefit from:

  • A program that provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of healthcare
  • Hands-on learning using modern equipment in simulated healthcare environments
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience through a program-related, faculty-monitored internship
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, including a Humanities elective, that provides students with the foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to reason clearly and communicate effectively

Health Sciences
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This program is offered at Clifton, Dover, Newark, and Woodbridge.

 

 


A.A.S., Health Sciences 2015 Course Requirements

Health Sciences
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 


4 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: BUS226

 




BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision, and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature, and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 


4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems, including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 


4 Credit Hours

The morphology and function of microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria, are studied. The characteristics of microorganisms, the disease process, and the immune response are discussed.

 


4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine, including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 


4 Credit Hours48 Clock Hours

48

Examines the basic principles of psychology and their direct application to the understanding of human behavior. Topics include human development, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity, motivation, emotion, adjustment, perception, abnormal behavior, and therapy.

 


Humanities Elective

4 credits


FREE ELECTIVES

7 credits


Health Sciences Specialization

25 credits




90 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.

PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN SPECIALIZATION COURSES

PCT101 Fundamentals of Patient Care 4
PCT111 Patient Care Procedures 4
PCT122 Introduction to Clinical  2
PCT132 Advanced Patient Care Techniques 4
PCT232 Patient Care Practicum 3
PCT256 Home Healthcare Techniques and Clinical  4
PCT270 Patient Care Capstone 4

SURGICAL PROCESSING TECHNICIAN SPECIALIZATION COURSES

SPT100 Introduction to Surgical Processing  3
SPT110 Surgical Instrumentation I:  Inspection, Identification, Handling  4
SPT120 Surgical Instrumentation II:  Sterile Packaging and Processing  4
SPT130 Sterilization, Cleaning, and Decontamination Techniques  4
SPT150 Surgical Processing Clinical Practicum  8
SPT151 Clinical Seminar   2

To qualify for graduation, Patient Care Technician students must participate in the Patient Care Technician certification examination.

To qualify for graduation, Surgical Processing Technician students are required to achieve a C+ in all Surgical Processing Technician (SPT) courses and SCI228 Microbiology. Students are also required to participate in the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination.

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Health Sciences program must submit a physical assessment by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant, and provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE - PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN SPECIALIZATION

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE - SURGICAL PROCESSING TECHNICIAN SPECIALIZATION

 

Patient Care Technician Certificate photograph

Patient Care Technician

This program is offered at Clifton, Dover, Newark, and Woodbridge.

 

 


Patient Care Technician Certificate 2015 Course Requirements

Patient Care Technician
Certificate Program

 

Work together with doctors, nurses, and other providers to offer vital patient care.

Patient Care Technicians work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to oversee and monitor patients. As vital members of the healthcare team, they provide direct patient care and comfort measures, take vital signs, collect specimens, and much more. Patient Care Technicians who are multi-skilled and cross-trained in venipuncture, electrocardiography, and home healthcare enjoy much broader responsibilities and advancement opportunities.

Graduates of the Patient Care Technician program are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)
  • Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)
  • Certified Electrocardiography (CET)
  • Certified Phlebotomy (CPT)
  • Certified Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Patient Care Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of patient care
  • Hands-on learning in on-site Patient Care Technician laboratories that simulate the clinical environment
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of a Patient Care Practicum at off-campus healthcare facilities, under the supervision of instructors and professional practitioners
  • Eligibility to sit for numerous healthcare certification examinations

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the fundamental components of patient care and the application of techniques and procedures required to provide basic care to patients. This course consists of a didactic and laboratory portion. In the didactic portion, students learn about infection control, safety procedures, rest/sleep guidelines, and the application of proper body mechanics. The laboratory portion allows students hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills.

 


4 Credit Hours

This course continues to build the foundational knowledge required to provide safe and effective patient care. Students learn about vital signs; nutrition and fluid intake; comfort, rest, and sleep; managing patients with injuries; and assisting in the nursing process of patient admission, discharge, and transfer. Within each system, students explore the relevant anatomy and physiology and common conditions and disorders. The laboratory portion of this course allows students hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills.

Prerequisite: PCT101

 


2 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the different roles and responsibilities of healthcare providers who work in nursing care settings as well as the legal and ethical considerations associated with these positions. Topics include patient rights, the role of the Patient Care Technician, communications, legal and ethical aspects of healthcare, and end-of-life care. Students enrolled in this class will take the American Heart Association CPR for Healthcare Providers course.

 


4 Credit Hours

This course continues to build the foundational knowledge required to provide safe and effective patient care. Topics include urinary and bowel elimination, the patient going to surgery, wound care, respiratory support and therapies, rehabilitation and restorative nursing, cancer, the nervous system, and cardiovascular systems. Within each system, students explore the relevant anatomy and physiology and common conditions and disorders. The laboratory portion of this course allows students hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills.

Prerequisite: PCT111

 


3 Credit Hours

This course consists of supervised clinical practice in an acute care setting under the supervision of a New Jersey licensed Registered Nurse. Learning experiences allow students to develop competence in providing patient-focused basic care skills, including vital signs, cold/heat application, dressing changes, caring for patients with an IV, caring for patients on oxygen, intake/output, bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding, positioning, and transfer techniques.

Prerequisites: CPR certification and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PCT132

 


4 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the proper application of patient care techniques and procedures within a home healthcare setting. In the didactic portion of this course, students learn about the role and responsibilities of the Homemaker-HHA and the associated legal and ethical considerations. Students learn about infant and child care and housekeeping. This course addresses patient safety, personal safety, standard precautions, death/dying, and emergencies as they apply to the safe and effective care of patients in a home healthcare environment. The laboratory portion of this course allows students hands-on demonstration, practice, and validation of skills. Clinical practice will be provided in either a laboratory or clinical setting under the direct supervision of a New Jersey licensed Registered Nurse.

Prerequisites: PCT111, PCT122, CPR certification, and completion of all departmental physical forms, including purchase of malpractice insurance
Prerequisite or corequisite: PCT132

 


4 Credit Hours

Students apply the knowledge, skills, and techniques attained throughout the program. Critical thinking and teamwork skills are assessed through case studies reflecting the Patient Care Technician's workplace.

Prerequisites: BUS226, PCT101, PCT111, PCT122, PCT132, departmental approval, CPR Certification

 




MEDICAL COURSES


2 Credit Hours

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system. Students learn lead placement and perform EKGs on patients, troubleshoot EKG machine problems, and recognize basic cardiac arrhythmias. Spirometry testing is performed.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 


2 Credit Hours

Students learn the proper venipuncture and finger-stick techniques of obtaining human blood specimens in accordance with OSHA standards. Basic blood chemistry tests, including glucose, are performed and results are properly recorded. Students also become familiar with the anatomy and physiology of the blood body system and cover topics such as blood formation, testing and grouping, and individual blood type identification.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SCI224

 




HEALTHCARE COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 




BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems, including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 




47 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Patient Care Technician program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant prior to participating in clinical rotations.

To qualify for graduation, students must participate in the Patient Care Technician certification examination.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Surgical Processing Technician

This program is offered at Clifton, Dover, Newark, and Woodbridge.

 

 


Surgical Processing Technician Certificate 2015 Course Requirements

Surgical Processing Technician
Certificate Program

 

Become an important part of a healthcare team.

Explore one of the most exciting, highly technical, and specialized environments in healthcare. The surgical processing department of a healthcare facility is the center of all activity involving supplies and equipment needed for surgery and other patient care areas.

The Surgical Processing Technician program provides students with the knowledge and professional skills necessary to deliver support to all patient care areas within a healthcare facility. Students learn processes for maintaining medical instruments and devices that must be decontaminated, processed, sterilized, and distributed in hospitals and surgical centers. Graduates have in-depth knowledge of operating rooms, operating room procedures, instruments used in operating rooms, and processes for sterilizing and packaging instruments used during surgery.

Students who wish to enhance their career opportunities can apply Surgical Processing Technician program credits toward the Berkeley College Health Sciences Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Benefit from:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and techniques of decontamination
  • Hands-on learning in on-site Surgical Processing Technician laboratories that simulate the surgical processing environment
  • Opportunities to practice communication and interpersonal skills needed for developing a rapport with colleagues and patients
  • Valuable, practical experience gained through the completion of a Clinical Practicum at an off-campus healthcare facility
  • Eligibility to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination

Certified surgical processing technician eligibility

The Berkeley College Surgical Processing Technician program meets the requirements of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). As a result, graduates of the Surgical Processing Technician program are eligible to sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) examination.

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

3 Credit Hours

Students are introduced to the importance of the Central Service Department and its role in providing quality patient care. Government regulations and standards, infection prevention and control, quality assurance, safety, communication, and human relations skills are discussed. Students become familiar with the major body systems and related surgical procedures. Medical terms and abbreviations used in surgery are emphasized.

 


4 Credit Hours

Study of the basic categories of surgical instruments (simple to complex); processing standards accompanying flash sterilization; concepts of inventory management; and management of commonly used patient-care equipment.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: SPT100

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the sterile packaging process, including reusable and disposable packaging materials. Factors impacting sterilization, including steam, dry heat, ethylene oxide, hydrogen peroxide (gas plasma), and ozone are discussed.

Prerequisite: SPT110

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of water purification systems, factors impacting water quality, distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis systems, cleaning chemicals, and various methods of cleaning and decontamination. Includes tours to hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and medical offices.

Prerequisite: SPT110

 


8 Credit Hours

Supervised practical work-experience program in a sterile processing environment which provides students with hands-on experience. Didactic and laboratory skills acquired in the program are applied in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: BUS226 and departmental approval

 


2 Credit Hours

Students focus on integrating the skills learned throughout the program with the work experience.

Corequisite: SPT150

 




HEALTHCARE COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 




BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

The morphology and function of microorganisms, especially viruses and bacteria, are studied. The characteristics of microorganisms, the disease process, and the immune response are discussed.

 


4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine, including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 






47 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses will be offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with clinical rotations.

To qualify for graduation, students are required to achieve a C+ in all Surgical Processing Technician (SPT) courses and SCI228 Microbiology. Students are also required to participate in the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification examination.

Governing regulations may disqualify individuals from obtaining professional certification in this field based upon health or criminal records. Therefore, in addition to meeting the immunization requirements of Berkeley College and the State of New Jersey, students applying to the Surgical Processing Technician program must provide authorization for a criminal background check prior to registration and submit a physical assessment by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant prior to participating in clinical rotations.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE