Course List - Riverland

Health Sciences Broad Field

Required Core Courses (48 credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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BIOL1091
General Biology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course sequence in general biology. Topics include the scientific method, characteristics of life, biological chemistry, cell and membrane structure and function, enzymes, metabolism, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, the structure of DNA, and protein synthesis. This course includes laboratory exercises and experimentation that illustrate core principles covered in the course. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 1121 or 1201 or 1210
MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL1070
Human Nutrition (Goal 2 & 3)

This course explores the role of nutrition in promoting, maintaining, and improving the health of the human body. Traditional aspects of nutrition will be studied, as well as emerging issues and nutritional controversies. This course will focus on the science of nutrition, including nutrients and nutritional needs over the lifespan. This course will also cover the application of the principles of nutrition as they relate to individual food choices, health behaviors, public health, wellness, obesity, eating disorders, the use of supplements and botanicals, and the prevention of chronic disease. Issues facing society including food safety and sustainability will also be covered.

      MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BIOL2021
Anatomy and Physiology I (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the first semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Basic concepts in biology are covered in the first part of the course including the scientific method, biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism, cell division, genetics, and DNA structure and function. The second part of the course includes histology and the integumentary system, as well as the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.  Prerequisite: CHEM 1121 or 1202.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL2022
Anatomy and Physiology II (Goal 2 & 3)

This course is the second semester of a two-semester course in human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the nervous system, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, the lymphatic and immune system, digestive system, urinary system, and the reproductive system. Acid-base and fluid balances, human embryology and development are also covered.   Prerequisite:  BIOL 2021. 

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 3 lect, 1 lab)

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BIOL2040
General Microbiology (Goal 2 & 3)

This introductory course is designed to provide an overview of major concepts in microbiology. Thematic areas to be studied include prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, prokaryotic metabolism (including growth and nutrition), microbial genetics, microbial classification, isolation, and identification, and microbial roles in the disease process, environment and industry.  Laboratory exercises will stress the microscopic study of microorganisms and the application of culturing and identification techniques.  An emphasis will be placed on safe laboratory practice.  Prerequisites:  BIOL 1091 or BIOL 2021.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (4 Cr – 2 lect, 2 lab)

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CHEM1121
General, Organic, and Biochemistry (Goal 3 & 10)

This is a laboratory science course covering the principles of general, organic and biological chemistry with emphasis on chemical applications in biological systems.  Topics include the scientific method, atomic theory, chemical bonding, organic functional groups, biological chemicals, and metabolic processes.

      MnTC (Goals 3/NS and 10/PE); (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)

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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) or ENGL1102

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MATH1110
College Algebra (Goal 2 & 4)

This course covers the basics of college level algebra emphasizing understanding of the basic principles through investigation.  The topics covered range from a basic algebra review to exploration of linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions along with a study of rational expressions, inverse relations, function operations, complex numbers, and systems of equations.  Prerequisites:  MATH 0670 with grade of C or better or appropriate placement test score.

MnTC (Goals 4/MA and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MATH2021
Fundamentals of Statistics or MATH2022
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PHIL1130
Ethics (Goal 6 & 9) or PHIL 1140

This course introduces the student to fundamental ethical principles developed throughout the history of philosophy through the study of classical and modern writings. Students are encouraged and challenged to apply such principles to contemporary issues. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC1105
General Psychology (Goal 5 & 7)

This course introduces the student to general topics in psychology and is designed to provide an overview of the field of psychology and human behavior.  Topics include psychology as a behavioral science, the scientific method, biological foundations of behavior, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, lifespan development, social psychology, stress and coping, and a brief overview of psychological disorders and therapies.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 7/HD); (4 Cr – 4 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC1240
Developmental Psychology (Goal 5 & 9)

This course explores human growth and development from the prenatal through adult life stages, including aging and death.  Students will examine the interaction between genetics and environment on the individual’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.  In addition, family, culture and cohort influences will be explored.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SOCI1101
Introduction to Sociology (Goal 5 & 7)

This course is a survey of the sociological concepts, theories and ideas that have been developed through the scientific study of human interaction. The emphasis of the course is the description and analysis of the nature and characteristics of societies, the structure and processes of social life, the influence of social forces on individuals and groups with an emphasis on cultural diversity and globalism. MnTC (Goals 5/SS and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1200
Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1 & 7) or SPCH1310

This course focuses on communicating more effectively in personal, social, and professional environments and examining the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication. The course also addresses such topics as self-esteem, listening, effective language, nonverbal communication, perception, disclosure, conflict and cultural communication.  Human diversity issues and cultural/intercultural factors and how they affect human communication are examined.  Students will also reflect on the role interpersonal process plays in relationships and reflect on individual strengths and weaknesses with regard to personal interpersonal communication.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Electives: Chosen per selected baccalaureate degree program.
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Recommended Electives may depend on your future degree (12 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ANTH2240
Cultural Anthropology (Goal 5 & 8)

This course introduces cultural and social processes that influence human behavior using comparative examples from different cultural groups and historical periods with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potentials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials. MnTC (Goals 5/SS and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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BIOL2050
Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth study into the chemical, biological and physiological processes occurring when human homeostasis is disrupted. This course will use systemic and non-systemic approaches to study alterations in health.  Assessments highlighting the cause, diagnosis and treatment of common disease conditions will be utilized.  Prerequisite: BIOL 2022.

      (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ENGL1105
Composition II: Research (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101)

This is a second semester composition course focused on the writing of an academic research paper.  Students learn how to employ the resources of an academic library and how to cite those sources in a fully documented analytical/interpretive term paper.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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EMER1210
Emergency Medical Care/First Responder

This course fulfills Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) requirements for First Responder and is recognized by the Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) for the state of Minnesota. Care of the sick and injured prior to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrival, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/automated external defibrillation (A.E.D.), triage, use of emergency care equipment and Patient Disentanglement are included. Upon successful completion, students may be recognized as a Minnesota First Responder. (3 Cr - 2 lec, 1 lab)

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EMER1200
Emergency Medical Technician

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system (EMS). EMTs perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. This course will provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Upon successful completion, participants are eligible for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician's exam. (7 Cr - 3 lect, 4 lab)

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HCNA1200
Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide

Riverland Community College is an approved Nursing Assistant training program through the Minnesota Department of Health.  This 4 credit course provides students with the theory and laboratory experience to meet state and federal criteria for employment as a nursing assistant in various healthcare settings.  Completion of this course enables the student to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.  After successfully completing the competency evaluation, the student will be placed on the Minnesota Nursing Assistant Registry. This course emphasizes the role of the nursing assistant and home health aide as a valuable member of any health care team.  This course introduces concepts of basic human needs, acquaints students with the philosophy of home health and teaches basic nursing skills that will be demonstrated and practiced in the laboratory setting.  This course focuses on personal care, nutrition/feeding, elimination, clean and safe environment, communication, vital signs, body mechanics, death and dying, and principles related to various healthcare settings including acute care, long term care or home health care. This course meets application requirements for the Riverland Community College nursing program. 

(4 cr – 2 lect, 2 lab,)

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HLTH1130
AHA CPR and First Aid Certification

This course includes instruction of adult, child, and infant for rescue breathing, airway obstruction, and one and two man Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and standard first aid. Topics covered are: obstructed airway, rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, injuries (soft and hard tissue), bleeding, emergencies, splinting, and sudden illness. Students will be instructed to use breathing devices, specifically the pocket mask and the bag-valve mask. This course is certified by the American Heart Association. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)

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PHED2214
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

This course is an introduction to the prevention and care of athletic related injuries for coaches, athletes, exercise enthusiasts, or those interested in human performance fields, including athletic related injury recognition and management as well as techniques in taping.

(2 Cr – 1 lect, 1 lab)

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PHED1145
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

This course is designed to assist students in understanding the need for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for optimal wellness. Individual fitness assessments will be used along with identifying target behaviors for goal setting and barriers to change. Balancing nutrition with an exercise program for success in weight management will also be covered. 

(2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)

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PHIL1140
Health Care/Medical Ethics (Goal 6 & 9)

This course provides an overview of central issues in medical ethics. Students investigate the nature of ethics and ethical theories and principles before moving on to examine such topics as medical research and technological developments in medicine. The course will provide both historical and contemporary background on a number of ethical issues in the health-care field and will consider proposed answers to what we should do about the questions they raise. Course delivery may include the presentation and discussion of various ethical and health-care perspectives. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 credits - 3 lecture, 0 lab)

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PSYC1250
Abnormal Psychology (Goal 5 & 7)

This course is an overview of abnormal behavior and mental illness. The format of the course follows the psychiatric diagnostic scheme of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, (current edition) and includes a discussion of symptoms as well as the possible causes of and treatments for various personality and psychological disorders. Legal and social issues concerning abnormal behavior and psychopathology are also presented.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC2260
Social Psychology (Goal 5 & 9)

This course provides an in-depth and comprehensive discussion of how the social environment influences and is influenced by the individual.  Topics include (but are not limited to) conforming behavior, attitudes, persuasion, self-perception, aggression, prejudice, pro-social behavior, and interpersonal attraction.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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RADT1210
Introduction to Radiography and Patient Care

This course is an introduction to the profession of radiologic technology and has a major emphasis on patient care skills.  The student acquires appropriate knowledge and skills in radiography, ethical and legal issues, human diversity, and basic patient care.  Prerequisites:  Admission into the Radiography Program. Co-requisites: RADT 1225, 1231, 1260.  This course is part of the Radiography program which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

(3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab) 

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SOCI2125
Cultural Diversity (Goal 5 & 7)

This course examines the historical framework and the social interactions of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Gender, sexual orientation, religion and other characteristics that contribute to a culturally diverse society are also described and analyzed in this course. MnTC (Goals 5/SS and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SPAN1001
Beginning Spanish I (Goal 6 & 8)

This course is designed for the beginning-level student with no previous knowledge of Spanish.  Course content focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in accordance with the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language and Culture (ACTFL) standards.  Emphasis is placed on learning useful vocabulary for a variety of everyday situations.  Cultural materials develop an awareness and understanding of the arts, customs, history, culture and literature of Spanish-speaking people and countries throughout the world.  This study creates a comparison of cultural, social and linguistic differences and similarities.  This course also explores how the ideas and values of Spanish-speaking cultures are expressed in the arts and humanities within a social and historical context.  MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP)

(4Cr – 4 lect, 0 lab)

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SPCH1310
Communication in a Diverse World (Goal 1 & 7)

This course examines the interconnections between communication and culture and the need for intercultural communication competency in our global and ever-changing world. Students will assess the impact of cultural perceptions and bias, and how they affect communication behaviors in real contexts. Students read, observe, discuss, listen, and present about how culture impacts communication processes and shapes cultural identity and communication. There will be an emphasis on learning communication skills to better enable students to communicate with people from other cultures.

MnTC (Goals 1/C and 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Last Updated: March 25, 2022