Course Descriptions

Health Science - HS

General Information

Unless stated otherwise, all courses are non-repeatable except under certain conditions.

Open Enrollment

It is the policy of West Hills College Lemoore, unless specifically exempted by statute, that every course section or class, the average daily attendance of which is to be reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the District, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the College and who meets such prerequisites as may be established pursuant to Chapter 11, Division 2, Part VI, Title 5 of the California Administrative Code, commencing with Section 41820.

Unit or Credit Value

Each course carries a certain credit or unit value. The amount is indicated in parentheses at the right of the title. A lecture class requires the equivalent of one academic hour, (50 minutes) per week for each semester unit conferred. Laboratory classes require three academic hours, (150 minutes) per week for each semester unit conferred.


Prerequisites are prescribed courses covering skills and/or knowledge that are normally expected to be acquired prior to enrolling in another course. The intent of prerequisites is to ensure that any student enrolling in a course in which specific information is required will have the necessary background so that every opportunity exists to experience success. Therefore, any course with a prerequisite presumes that subject matter will be acquired in a sequential way.

Students enrolling in courses without the appropriate prerequisite may find that they are ill-prepared to continue their studies in that course. Prerequisites are designed to enhance success. Please refer to the West Hills College Lemoore prerequisite policy in the Academic Regulations portion of this catalog for additional information.


Corequisites are courses that a student is required to take simultaneously in order to enroll in another course. (Successful completion is defined as a grade C or better for the minimum prerequisite/corequisite requirement.)

Class Hours

The total number of class lecture and laboratory hours for each course is indicated in its course description. The schedule of classes, which is available at the time of class registration, will indicate which dates, days and times a given class is scheduled to meet.

Course Subject

Courses are classified by subjects as they exist at West Hills College Lemoore. All courses within an area usually count towards a major in that area. Other institutions may classify their courses differently. Transfer students should consult the catalog of the four-year college to which they intend to transfer for its classification of identical or comparable courses.

Course Numbering

Courses numbered 001-049 are baccalaureate level (transfer) courses. These courses are transferable to four-year institutions. However, the institution that the student transfers to determines the specific transferability of courses.

Courses numbered 050-99 are associate degree level courses. These courses are primarily for the student who does not plan to continue his/her education beyond the community college level; however, occupational education courses may transfer according to articulation agreements. Complete information on articulation is available through the Counseling Center.

Courses numbered 100-199 are non-transfer and are non-degree applicable; they are skill building or remedial courses.

Courses in some subject areas that are traditionally taught as combination lecture- laboratory courses at four-year colleges are split into two separate courses:  one a lecture course for transfer students and one a laboratory course for both transfer and non-transfer students. Students wishing to transfer must take both the lecture and laboratory courses.

  • NOTE:  In case of transfer and non-transfer courses taught concurrently, a student may receive credit only for the course in which he/she is enrolled, not both. A student cannot change from one course to the other except according to regular drop/add procedures. He/She should be guided by the course description and may need to consult a counselor or advisor for aid.
Abbreviations for Degree, Non-Degree and Transfer Courses

The following abbreviations designate degree applicable, transfer and non-degree applicable courses:

(AA/AS) Associate Degree Applicable

(CSU) Transferable to California State University System

(UC) Transferable to University of California System

(NDA) Non-Degree Applicable

  • HS-005
  • Medical Terminology
  • Credit(s) 3

Medical Terminology
HS 005 is designed to give students an understanding of terminology used in the medical field. Students will learn to build medical terms by using prefixes, suffixes, roots and stems. Students will be taught to spell properly, pronounce medical terms and use common medical abbreviations.

Class Hours:
54 Lecture
Transfers to:
  • HS-015X
  • Occupational Work Experience
  • Credit(s) 1 - 8

Occupational Work Experience
Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) develops skills and knowledge by integrating classroom study with planned, supervised work experience. It is based on the principle that well-educated individuals develop most effectively through an educational plan that incorporated work experience. Through these structured experiences, the students enrich their college studies, which enhance their total development. Occupational Work Experience is supervised employment which is intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and career awareness in the field of the student's major. Students may earn up to 8 units per semester for a maximum of 16 total units. Credits are awarded for paid or voluntary work. For every 75 hours of paid work completed within the semester, 1 unit or credit is awarded. For every 60 hours of volunteer work completed within the semester, 1 unit of credit is awarded. Occupational Work Experience credits are counted as electives toward an Associate's Degree at West Hills College Lemoore and are transferable to four year universities (for specific transfer elibility, please contact a counselor or an advisor).

Class Hours:
Work Experience
Transfers to:
  • HS-051
  • Medical Assisting Back Office
  • Credit(s) 9

Medical Assisting Back Office
HS 051 course consists of theory and clinical practice that will enable the student to acquire the skills necessary to function as a medical assistant in the back office of a healthcare provider or in a healthcare clinic. It also requires the student to enroll in at least 1 unit of CWEE courses, course HS 015X.

Class Hours:
126 Lecture | 108 Laboratory
HS 015X (Required, Previous or concurrent).
HS 005, Healthcare Provider CPR card, negative TB screening, background clearance may be required by facilities (Recommended, Previous or concurrent).
  • HS-052
  • Medical Assisting-Administrati
  • Credit(s) 9

Medical Assisting -Administrative
HS 052 course consists of theory and clinical practice that will enable the student to build on computer skills and acquire the office skills necessary to function as an administrative medical assistant and/or receptionist in the front office of a healthcare provider or in a healthcare clinic.

Class Hours:
126 Lecture | 108 Laboratory
HS 015X (Required, Previous or concurrent).
Healthcare provider CPR card, negative TB screening and background clearance may be required by facilities (Recommended, Previous or concurrent).
  • HS-061
  • Nurse Assistant Training
  • Credit(s) 6

Nurse Assistant Training
HS 061 course is a class in compliance with the regulations of the California Department of Public Health. This course includes theory content, skills practice and delivery of are to acute patients and long term residents. This course meets on campus for both theory and skills lab and in healthcare facilities. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be eligible to take the California Certified Nursing Assistant examination.

Class Hours:
63 Lecture | 135 Laboratory
ENG 051A, students must be at least 17year of age, physical exam clearance, negative TB screen, and negative criminal background (Recommended, Previous or concurrent).
  • HS-090
  • Medical Mathematics
  • Credit(s) 2

Medical Mathematics
HS 090 course focuses on the development of mathematical and analytical skills related to the delivery of drugs and solutions by registered nurses. Topics will include the calculation of oral medications, intravenous medications, intravenous drip rates, and injective medications. This course will prepare the student for entry into nursing school. Due to the nature of the course, students will be required to earn at least an 80% in order to pass.

Class Hours:
36 Lecture
HS 005, MATH 101