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HLHSCI 101 - Intro to Health Professions - Kelly Bronco

Course:Intro to Health Professions
Professor:Kelly Bronco
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Thank you for your interest in taking Intro to Health Professions. Hello and welcome!

My name is Kelly Bronco and I will be your instructor for the upcoming semester. I have a BS degree in Kinesiology (formerly a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for 11 years) as well as an MS degree in Family Consumer Sciences (emphasis in Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Body Composition). I was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at College of the Canyons from 1999-2004. I have been teaching at COC for the past 23 years. I have taught several Kinesiology classes in the past but mostly teach Intro to Nutrition. I am now teaching this class and am very excited to do so!

I will teach this class from a very realistic perspective. I hope that you will appreciate the information and get a great sense of what the professions in the healthcare field entail. I ask that you please keep an open mind and be willing to look at the "bigger picture" and what it really means to work in the health care field. Hopefully the information you learn in this class will help you decide if this field is a good fit (or not) for you as the whole point of the class is to learn about the health care system and the professions in which you can work.

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of allied health occupations, including roles and responsibilities, educational preparation requirements, career planning, and an overview of the US health care system.

We will explore:

  • the health care system in the US: health service categories, how to pay for health services, overall health and long term care for the aging population, medical reform as well as the role technology plays in medical and health information.
  • career planning and development.
  • over 40 different careers in the health care profession (including health care practitioners, technicians, support personnel and other health related professions).

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities, scope of practice, and educational requirements with various health occupations. Discuss the roles of various health care professionals in the current health care delivery system.
    • Outline the educational background methods of credentialing and  licensing requirements of healthcare professions on a state and national level.
    • Identify legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of health professionals.
    • Define professionalism and the rights and responsibilities of being a health care professional as well as the factors that affect success in a health science program.

Lecture/Discussion Based; 3.0 Unit Course; 54 hours; CSU Transferable

What to Expect in this Course

This is a dual enrollment hybrid class which includes twice weekly in person class meetings on the West Ranch High School campus with the remainder of the time being conducted online. NO classes will be held the week of November 20th.

You will need access to the following:

  • Canvas is used heavily in conjunction with lectures and discussions (in class and online via Canvas).
  • Computer/laptop/tablet with reliable internet connection to do work inside/outside of class meetings as needed.
  • Scanner: or something to use to scan, upload, and submit assignments into Canvas. (iPhone with Notes app or other apps (Camscanner, etc...).
  • Folder/Notebook.
  • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters.
  • Weekly workload will include attending and participating in both in class and online discussions, reading assignments, research, participation activities/concept checks as well as available extra credit case study and enrichment activities.

What else is expected:

I expect you to please check your email, messages, announcements, and Canvas as well as to READ everything that is available to you often so that you are prepared.

Communication is one of the keys to your success in any environment so please do not hesitate to reach out to me should you need any assistance, clarification, or have concerns/issues.

Academic honesty and integrity as well as respectable and courteous behavior is also expected in any learning environment. Please conduct yourself with professionalism both on campus and in the virtual classroom. Being rude; use of profanity or derogatory expressions; intolerant views of others; refusal to follow directions; discourtesy toward the instructor and/or fellow students; not treating others with respect, and/or cheating, WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Any student who chooses to conduct themselves in any of these ways will be warned ONLY one time. If a second occurrence happens, disciplinary steps will be taken. In the event of particularly offensive behavior, the student will be dropped from the course immediately and recommended for disciplinary action by the College will be taken.

Types of Assessments

Assessments will include the following:

  • Quizzes throughout the semester to assess understanding of the material covered.
  • Participation, written chapter activities/concept checks as well as in class and online discussions.
  • Group project with short presentation.
  • Portfolio paper: research and explore all aspects of a potential career in health care.
  • Extra credit will be available by completing written case studies and enrichment activities of your choice.
    • There may be other opportunities for additional extra credit throughout the course.

Textbook Information

Textbook information: Introduction to Health Professions by Stanfield, P.S.; Cross, N, McWay, D, 8th edition, Jones and Bartlett Learning, ISBN: 978-1-284-21945-6

The textbook IS REQUIRED. Please check out your textbook from your library.

Other Relevant Course Information

Please keep in mind:

  • I am here to help you succeed! Please do not hesitate to reach out should you need to. You can talk to me before class, contact me via Canvas email, or come to scheduled office hours as needed.
  • Dedication to your education and self-motivation are required for any learning format that is not fully face-to-face. Please be advised that when you leave the classroom, you will still have "work" to complete on your own time. This aspect of this course should not be taken lightly.
  • Please check your email and Canvas OFTEN so you are not missing any information. If you are not willing to or are unable to do this, please reconsider taking the class.
  • I strongly recommend that you practice logging onto Canvas prior to the start of class, to make sure any potential problems are addressed sooner than later. This is especially important if you have never taken a class that relies on technology to deliver course content before.
  • For help, you can contact student support; contact computer support; contact canvas Help;  or call the Canvas Help Desk in the Tutoring, Learning & Computing Center (TLC) at 661-362-3351, extension 3344 for assistance.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/10/2023 Sub#: 1617