Health Sciences Program

Program Manager: Neal Gallagher
Phone: (505) 287-6654


Degrees and Certificates

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Neal GallagherEmergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS courses provided through NMSU Grants use curriculum and instructors approved by the Region I EMS Academy located in Albuquerque.  This includes the following courses: OEEM 115, 120, 120L, 121, 150, 151L, and 152.  Individuals enrolled in one or more of these courses are required to meet the Region I student criteria.  Please contact an advisor or course instructor for the most current requirements.

NOTE: OEEM 101 CPR conforms to American Heart Association standards as required by the EMS Academy and is not bound by the previous statement.

Please download and read the information packet from the Emergency Medical Services Academy.

Catalog Course List

The first digit in the course number indicates whether the course is a freshman (1xx) or sophomore (2xx) level course. The next two digits indicate the course sequence. The 3 cr. indicates that the course is a 3-credit course. The (2+4P) means that the class meets for two hours per week for recitation or lecture and also requires 4 hours per week of “practice” (laboratory, field work, or other activities). The suffix N denotes that the course credits will not apply to baccalaureate and specified associate degrees. The suffix G denotes that the course meets General Education common core requirements for transfer to other New Mexico institutions of higher education, as established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Note that some courses without a G also meet transfer requirements.

AHS-Health Occupations

AHS 120. Medical Terminology 3 cr.
Study of medical terminology as it relates to understanding diseases, their causes and effects, and the terminology used by the medical specialties. Stress is placed on medical terms, their use, spelling, English translation, and pronunciation. Same as NURS 150 and BOT 150.

AHS 153. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr. (3+3P)
Survey of human anatomy and physiology. Prerequisite: high school biology or high school chemistry, or CHEM 110G, or consent of instructor

Physiology II 4 cr. (3+3P)
The second in a two-course sequence that covers the structure and function of the human body. Includes the physical and chemical operation of the organs and systems of the human body, including endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproduction system. Concepts of nutrition, metabolism, energy, fluid and electrolyte balance, heredity, pregnancy and human embryonic and fetal development are also covered. Prerequisite: BIOL 225, CHEM 110G or CHEM 111G. Restricted to: Community Colleges only.

HLS-Health Science

HL S 100. Introduction to Health Science 1 cr.
An overview of professional career opportunities in the realm of health science as well as the functional roles of practice, education, administration, and research. Some field trips will be required.

HL S 150. Personal Health and Wellness 3 cr.
A holistic and multi-disciplinary approach towards promoting positive lifestyles. Special emphasis is placed on major problems that have greatest significance to personal and community health. Topics to include nutrition, stress management, fitness, aging, sexuality, drug education, and others.

HNDS-Human Nutrition and Diet

HNDS 163. Nutrition for Health 3 cr.
Nutrition principles and applications to food choices that support health; psychological, economic, and cultural implications of food choices. Open to majors and non-majors.

HNDS 251. Human Nutrition 3 cr.
Principles of normal nutrition. Relation of nutrition to health. Course contains greater amount of chemistry and biology than HFNS 163. Open to non-majors.

OEEM- Paramedic

OEEM 101. CPR for the Health Care Professional 1 cr.
Students learn identification and response to airway circulation emergencies, including use of a SAED and accessing the EMS system. This course is taught using the American Heart Association guidelines for course completion. Required: grade of C or better.

OEEM 115. First Responder-Prehospital Professional 3 cr. (2+3P)
Provides training in prehospital medical and traumatic emergencies. Co-requisite: OEEM 101 or consent of instructor. Required: grade of C or better. Restricted to majors.

OEEM 120. Emergency Medical Technician- Basic6 cr.
Covers EMT-Basic skills instruction to include care of soft tissue and muscular/skeletal injuries, circulatory, nervous, general medical and respiratory systems emergencies. Co-requisites: OEEM 101, OEEM 120L, and OEEM 121, or consent of instructor. Required: grade of C or better.

OEEM 120L. Emergency Medical
Technician-Basic Lab 2 cr. (6P)

EMT-Basic skills development with emphasis on assessment, skills competency and team-work in patient care in the prehospital setting. Co-requisites: OEEM 101 or OEEM 120, and OEEM 121, or consent of instructor. Requires a C or better to pass.

OEEM 150. Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate 5 cr.
Theory of the roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of the EMT-Intermediate. Assessment and management of respiratory, cardiac, trauma, environmental behavior, reproduction, and childhood emergencies. Prerequisites: current EMT-basic license, pretest, and consent of instructor. Co-requisites: OEEM 150L and OEEM 151. Requires a C or better to pass.

OEEM 150L. Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate Lab 2 cr. (6P)
EMT-Intermediate skills development with an emphasis on assessment, skills competency, and teamwork in patient care in the prehospital setting. Requires a C or better to pass. Co-requisites: OEEM 150 & 151.

OEEM 151. Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate Field/Clinical 2 cr. (6P)
Patient care experience provided through assigned shifts in the hospital and/or ambulance setting. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Corequisities: OEEM 150 & 150L. Requires a C or better to pass.

P E-Physical Education

P E 102. Beginning Weight Training 1 cr.

P E 103. Beginning Weight Training-
Women1 cr.

Introduction to basic principles and techniques of weight training as related to women.

P E 104. Military Physical Fitness 1 cr.
Directed physical fitness activities designed to develop and maintain strength/endurance, cardiopulmonary efficiency, flexibility, and coordination required for leadership roles after graduation.

P E 112. Beginning Volleyball-Men 1 cr.

P E 113. Beginning Volleyball-Women1 cr.

P E 114. Basketball-Women 1 cr.

P E 115. Basketball-Men1 cr.

P E 129. Step Aerobics1 cr.
Designed to increase knowledge of the human body’s responses to exercise, enhance the level of muscular development, and cardiovascular endurance with the use of music and steps.

P E 130. Beginning Swimming 1 cr.

P E 154. Personal Defense 1 cr.
Physical conditioning and defense skills for men and women.

P E 204. Cross Training 1 cr.
Intensive training program that incorporates both aerobic and resistive overload approaches to training.

P E 205. Walking Fitness1 cr.
Basic fitness knowledge techniques and training methods of fitness walking are practiced and refined.

P E 206. Beginning Physical Fitness 1 cr.
Progressive exposure to steady state exercise tailored to individual needs for the purpose of determining, improving, and maintaining physical fitness.

P E 210. Orienteering2 cr.
Same as GEOG 210.

P E 215. Intermediate Walking1 cr.
A continuation of basic fitness knowledge techniques and training methods of fitness walking are practiced and refined. P E 205 or consent of department head.

P E 264. Intermediate Cycling 1 cr.
Introduction to competitive cycling. Content includes techniques in training, riding, racing, and racing tactics.

P E 270. Special Topics 1-3 cr.
Specific subjects to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Each offering will carry appropriate subtitle. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.