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HLHSCI-101 - Introduction to Health Professions - Velia Jimenez

Course:Introduction to Health Professions
Professor:Velia Jimenez
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Professor Jimenez

Hello, and welcome!

A little about me, I am an alumnus at the College of the Canyons with an Associate Degree in Biological & Physical Science.  I received my Master of Public Health emphasis in Health Education & Health Promotion from California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), and two bachelor's degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics & Food Science from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  I have two specialized certificates, Lactation Educator Counselor and Lactation Consultant from UC San Diego (UCSD).  I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Health Science and Exercise Leadership from the California University of Pennsylvania (CalU).

Aside from teaching, I am a Clinical Degreed Nutritionist at Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC).  I teach bilingual telehealth (Zoom) nutrition classes to NEVHC pediatrics ages 8-13 and their parents/guardians, and I create bilingual telehealth health education handouts to patients.  I work with the low-income population in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley. I work closely with CalFresh Healthy Living by providing food bank resources to food insecurity patients ages 0-18 years old. 

I encourage active learning through discussion, activities, and high-level thinking.  I am a strong believer in teaching to learn by students.  I am always open to new teaching methods; I am a life-long learner and hope to inspire a similar outlook. I want students to thrive on challenges, have a passion for learning, and understand that through hard work, critical thinking, and input from others, you can continue to develop yourself in any area of your work, learning capabilities, and life.

Course Description

Course Overview

HLHSCI-101 introduces students to the roles of various members of the health care system, educational requirements, and issues affecting health care delivery. It also covers the admission requirements for all COC health science programs.

This course's goal is to guide students through thinking, writing, and effectively communicating about their educational goals and readiness to enter a health science program.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Students will:

  • 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 care professionals.
  • Define professionalism and the rights and responsibilities of being a health care professional.
  • Discuss how diversity impacts patient care.
  • Explain the importance of infection control practices in maintaining the safety of the health care professional, patients, and others.
  • Explain why the ability to write clearly and correctly is an important skill for the health care professional.
  • List and explain the purposes of medical documentation.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of HLHSCI 101, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles of various health care professionals in the current health care delivery  system.
  2. Outline the educational background methods of credentialing and  licensing requirements of  healthcare professions on a state and national level.
  3. Identify legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of health professionals.
  4. 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.

What to Expect in this Course







PORTFOLIO (Final Project)


Types of Assessments

Student Assignments

Assignments have been developed that will enhance your learning. To better understand a topic, you will be given assignments on key information that you will need to remember for your success in your health science career. Students will be required to successfully complete the following:


Six (6) self-administered quizzes and these quizzes will be completed on your own and on the computer. Please complete by listed due dates.


  1. Healthcare career assessment test
  2. Include your own experiences and describe how that affects your career goals.
  3. Demonstrate the use of time management and complete a Plan A and a Plan B schedule.
  4. Essay: Research your health science career choice and write a two-page paper including the duties, demand, and salary, opportunities for advancement, continuing education requirements and interview of someone in the field. Required: APA format, 2 full pages, double-spaced, 12-inch font along with a reference page. If references are not  listed, it will be considered plagiarism and you will not receive credit for this assignment. No exceptions.
  5. Portfolio is due on the date assigned by your instructor!
  6. Assignments must be in order and in the correct tab for credit.
  7. Late assignments are only accepted if arrangements have been made with your instructor prior to the due date and points will be deducted for being late.


The oral presentation will be a will be a group assignment on a topic related to the health sciences/health care. Students will be asked to research a topic, and/or create a PowerPoint presentation and present the findings to the class. All students must take an active role in the group.

  • A group assignment is one which allows a teacher to set an assignment which a group can work on collaboratively, one in which a teacher can observe and sometimes  assign a common grade and feedback. Unless otherwise noted by the instructor.
  • There is one essay on your selected career (Portfolio)
  • Attendance (regular, weekly online activity) is required. In an online course, attendance is calculated by the amount of online activity (logging in weekly, posting, submitting assignments, etc. all count for online activity).

Textbook Information

Mcway, D. (2016). Stanfields Introduction to Health Professions. Jones & Bartlett.

ISBN: 9781284098808

Other Relevant Course Information

Prerequisites and/or Co-Requisites

None. However, students must have basic computer and writing skills. You have a better chance of succeeding in this course if you have basic computer skills.

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: 02/01/2022 Sub#: 1267