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2012-14 Online Course Catalog

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Associate of Applied Science, General Business

Kenai Peninsula College (KPC)
156 College Road, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669, (907) 262-0300 www.kpc.alaska.edu
 

This two-year degree program provides a solid business foundation and preparation for career advancement. Graduates will be able to practice relevant business skills, meet the diverse needs of a business to achieve organizational goals, start and manage their own small business, communicate effectively, and/or manage their business affairs with professionalism, integrity, and a spirit of inquiry.

Program Student Learning outcomes

Students graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in General Business will be able to:

  • Use critical thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions based on accepted business principles.
  • Understand the interrelationship of international and domestic business, societies, and governments.
  • Execute the four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, controlling.
  • Apply effective communication skills in business settings.
     

Admission Requirements

Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees found in Chapter 7.
 

General University Requirements

  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.
  2. Complete the Associate of Applied Science General Course Requirements (15 credits) located at the beginning of this chapter. Of the courses needed to satisfy the General Course Requirements, one must be MATH A105 or higher.
     

Communication and General Course Requirements

Oral Communications Courses

Select 3 credits from the following: 3

COMM A111 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)
COMM A235 Small Group Communication (3)
COMM A237 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COMM A241 Public Speaking (3)
 

Written Communication Courses

Select 6 credits from the following: 6

ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition (required) (3)
ENGL A211 Academic Writing About Literature (3)
ENGL A212 Technical Writing (3)
ENGL A213 Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences (3)
CIOS A260A Business Communications (3)
 

Humanities* Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences

Select 6 credits from approved General Course Requirements: 6
MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra or higher level (required) (3)
and 3 more credits from an approved course

*Note: Any English courses used to satisfy humanities General Course Requirements must be different from the written communications requirement and have a course number higher than ENGL A111.
 

Major Requirement Courses

  1. Complete the following required courses:

    *ACCT A201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
    ACCT A202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
    BA A151 Introduction to Business 3
    BA A231 Fundamentals of Supervision 3
    BA/JUST A241 Business Law I 3
    BA A260 Marketing Practices 3
    CIS A110 Computer Concepts in Business 3
    ECON A201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
    ECON A202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
    LGOP A110 Logistics, Information Systems and Customer Service 3

    *The ACCT A101 Principles of Financial Accounting I and ACCT A102 Principles of Financial Accounting II sequence may be used to satisfy the ACCT A201 requirement for this degree.

     
  2. Major elective courses: 6 credits 6
    Advisor approved courses from the following programs: ACCT, BA, CIS, CS, ECON
  3. Electives: 9 credits 9
  4. A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.
     

FACULTY

Thomas Dalrymple, Assistant Professor, IFTAD@uaa.alaska.edu
Steve Horn, Assistant Professor, slhorn@kpc.alaska.edu 

Associate of Applied Science, Computer Electronics

This two-year degree program trains students in maintenance and repair of digital/computer equipment including computer circuitry, hands-on maintenance, electronic fundamentals and programming. Students are prepared for employment as computer technicians, field service representatives, and other jobs requiring electronic skills.

Graduates of the UAA Computer Electronics program will have the ability to:

  1. Use all tools common to electronic repair, including hand tools, meters, oscilloscopes and logic probes.
  2. Analyze/troubleshoot circuits in both analog and digital electronics.
  3. Program in assembly and high-level languages.
  4. Enter and print data in a spreadsheet program and enter and edit text using a word processor.
  5. Interface microcontrollers used in embedded systems.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

General University Requirements

  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

Communication and General Requirements

 1. Oral Communications Courses  

    Select 3 credits from the following:  

COMM A111     Fundamentals Oral Communication        3
COMM A235  Small Group Communication     3
COMM A241  Public Speaking     3

 

2.  Written Communication Requirements (6 credits):      

ENGL A111   Methods of Written Communication         3 
ENGL A212  Technical Writing     3

 

3. General Requirements:  

    Math Courses (7 credits)  

MATH A105    Intermediate Algebra       3 
MATH A107    College Algebra     4 

    Physical Science Courses (4 credits)  

PHYS A115/L  Physical Science      4  
PHYS A123/L   Basic Physics I       4 

    Natural Science Courses (4 credits)  

PHYS A124/L      Basic Physics II              4 
CHEM A103/L   Survey of Chemistry   4 
CHEM A105/L   General Chemistry I   4 

 

Major Requirement Courses 

1.  Complete the following required courses:  

CIS A110  Computer Concepts in Business     3
CNT A170  Cisco Academy Network Fundamentals     4 
ET A101  Basic Electronics: DC Physics     4
ET A102  Basic Electronics: AC Physics     4
ET A126  Principles of Logic and Gating     4
ET A175  Technical Introduction to Microcomputers     3
ET A240  Application of Integrated Circuits     3
ET A241  Microcomputer Interfacing     3

 

2.  Complete 3 credits from the following:  

CS A109  Computer Programming: (Languages vary)     3 
CS A110  Java Programming     3
CS A111  Visual Basic.NET Programming     3
CS A201  Programming Concepts I     3
CS A207  C Programming     3

 

3.  Applied Technology Electives (3-5)                

     Computer Science, Computer Network Tech, or Electronics
 

4.  Electives (1-4)                              

 A total of 60 credits is required for the degree.

FACULTY: 

Rich Kochis, Assistant Professor
Henry Haney, Assistant Professor
Program Information: 907-262-0344

Associate of Applied Science,
Computer Information and Office Systems

This Associate of Applied Science Degree program prepares students for career entry or career advancement in a variety of office settings and also offers skill building for personal use. It provides students with the technical, administrative, and human relations skills required of office professionals. Both the Office Foundations and the Office Support Occupational Endorsement Certificates articulate directly into this degree.

Upon completion of this program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Keyboarding skills of 40 net words per minute minimum.
  2. Intermediate skills that utilize advanced features of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
  3. Oral and written communications skills that meet business standards.
  4. Application of critical thinking skills to make effective decisions and solve problems.
  5. Professional behavior and interpersonal skills.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

General University Requirements

  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.
  2. Complete the Associate of Applied Science General Degree Requirements (15 credits) located at the beginning of this chapter. CIOS A260A, ENGL A212, and PSY A153 recommended. 

Advising Note: 

Students should contact the CIOS faculty for assistance with course planning toward the Associate of Applied Science Degree.  

Academic Progress Note: 

Students must earn a satisfactory grade (C or higher, or P) in all CIOS courses required for the degree.

Major Requirement Courses 

1. Complete the 9-credit Office Foundations Occupational Endorsement Certificate required courses (below).  

All students must take the following basic computer skills courses or possess equivalent knowledge. Students may take challenge examinations or placement tests to prove proficiency in these areas. Beginning computer users are encouraged to take CIOS A113 Operating Systems: MS Windows as the first course.

CIOS A101A      Keyboarding A: Basic Keyboarding        1
CIOS A113   Operating Systems: MS Windows     1
CIOS A130A   Word Processing I: MS Word     1
CIOS A135A   Spreadsheets I: MS Excel     1
CIOS A146    Internet Concepts and Applications     2
CIOS A161A   Proofreading     2
CNT A165   Customer Service Fundamentals     1

 

2. Complete the 13-credit Office Support Occupational Endorsement Certificate required courses (below).  

CIOS A101B   Keyboarding B: Business Documents I    1
CIOS A101C  Keyboarding C: Business Documents II    1
CIOS A115  10-Key for Business Calculations    2
CIOS A125A  Electronic Communications: MS Outlook    1
CIOS A140A  Databases I: MS Access    1
CIOS A150A   Presentations: MS PowerPoint    2
CIOS A164  Filing    1
CIOS A165  Office Procedures    3
CIOS A259  Preparing Electronic Documents: Adobe Acrobat       1

 

3. Complete the following 15 credits:  

CIOS A102  Keyboarding Skill Building    1 
CIOS A230A   Word Processing II: MS Word       2 
CIOS A235A   Spreadsheets II: MS Excel    2
CIOS A240A  Databases II: MS Access    2
CIOS A262A  Professional Development    3
CIOS A264A  Records Management    2 
CIOS A265  Office Management    3

 

4.  Complete 3 credits of the following:   

ACCT A101   Principles of Financial Accounting I       3 
ACCT A120   Bookkeeping for Business I    3 
ACCT A201  Principles of Financial Accounting    3 

 

5.  Complete 3 credits from the following:   

CIOS A261A   Interpersonal Skills in Organizations       3


                      or 

HUMS/PSY A153      Human Relations     3

 

6.  Complete 1-3 credits from the following:  

CIOS A276A      Independent Project     1-3 
CIOS A295    Office Internship     1-3

                 

7.  Complete a minimum of 1 elective credit.                      

A total of 60 credits is required for this degree.

FACULTY (ALL CIOS Certificates):

Debbie Sonberg, Assistant Professor 
Program information: 907-262-0355

 

Associate of Applied Science, 
Digital Art

(NOTE: This degree is available online)

The Associate of Applied Science in Digital Art is currently only offered at Kenai Peninsula College. Graduates of this two-year program at Kenai Peninsula College will be knowledgeable in digital camera operation and imaging software, quality printing techniques, and available industry services. Students develop skills that are applicable to either the digital arts industry or the creation of fine art.

The program is designed so that graduates:

  1. Are prepared for entry-level positions, able to advance in their careers, or integrate digital skills for personal artistic expression.
  2. Can successfully integrate into a more advanced, specialized digital art program.
  3. Are well versed in a variety of digital tools and can adapt easily to new technological advances.
  4. Use judgmental skills to create and edit expressive visual imagery.
  5. Utilize knowledge of art history as taught in core curriculum to help create and assess effective design.
  6. Develop unique design solutions and work easily with restrictions of a given job assignment.
  7. Can contribute in a professional manner within a digital art environment or related field.

Theory will be presented and opportunities for practice will enable students to:

1.  Effectively utilize a variety of the following digital resources and art tools to create images for commercial, design, fine art applications or personal use:

  • Digital/ film cameras
  • Imaging and design software
  • Film and flatbed scanners
  • Printers
  • Service bureaus

2.  Create expressive imagery and evaluate its effectiveness through the critiquing process.
3. Draw on their knowledge of historical and contemporary art in the development of their own work.
4.  Identify and achieve competence in art and craft appropriate for advancement to a more specialized degree.
5.  Conceptualize ideas and develop unique solutions to design problems.
6.  Demonstrate professional skills applicable to the creative arts workplace.

The Digital Art degree graduate will be prepared for entry-level positions in the photographic industry and graphic arts support services. Possibilities include entry-level assistantships for commercial or corporate photography studios, professional internships, lab assistants, production assistants or entry-level positions in small businesses. The Associate of Applied Science in Digital Art is a launch pad to a professional application or to further education in a specialized digital art program.* Students wishing to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art with UAA will need to complete all applicable General Education and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees. The majority of art core course requirements will be satisfied (see Advising note below).

*Credit Transfer Note: 

Transfer of credits for institutions outside the UAA system is not guaranteed. Each university and college makes its decision autonomously. The student should have a strong portfolio and be knowledgeable in their areas of concentration.

Advising Note: 

It is particularly important for students to meet with their advisor each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning enrollment in future courses. AAS students who intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree should consult a faculty or academic advisor for appropriate course selections. 

Many of the Digital Art program courses require students to demonstrate a level of computer competency evidenced by completion of a course using one or more of the following applications: word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and communications, or an introductory course in data processing, microcomputers or image editing. 

It is the student’s responsibility to design their course of study with Digital Art faculty in the art department at Kenai Peninsula College to ensure all prerequisites and computer competencies have been met and that the university and major degree requirements are understood and followed. 

Admission Requirements

Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

General University Requirements

  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.
  2. Complete the Associate of Applied Science General Degree Requirements (15 credits) located at the beginning of this chapter. 

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completion of the degree requirements, students are required to make a presentation of portfolio work before the Digital Art Program Advisory Board in their graduating semester. 

Major Requirement Courses

1. Complete the following Digital Art core courses (18 credits): 

ART A105       Beginning Drawing   3
ART A111   Two-Dimensional Design       3
ART A112  Color Design  3
ART A257  Digital Art and Design I   3
ART A261  History of Western Art I  3
ART A262   History of Western Art II  3

 

2. Digital Arts Specialty: Areas of Concentration 

     A.  Digital Photography Concentration (27 credits): 

ART A220  Digital Imaging for Photography  3
ART A225  Beginning Photography - Digital        3
ART A228  Art as a Profession  3
ART A323  Color Photography  3
ART A325  Digital Media for Photography  3
ART A367       History of Photography  3

 

    Digital Photography Concentration Electives
    Suggested electives (9 credits minimum):
 

ART A113  Three-Dimensional Design  3
ART A205  Intermediate Drawing  3
ART A213  Beginning Painting  3
ART A215  Beginning Printmaking  3
ART A224  Beginning Photography  3
ART A295V       Internship/Visual Art  1-3
ART A324  Intermediate Photography  3
BA A166  Small Business Management       3
BA A260  Marketing Practices  3
BA A264  Personal Selling  3
JPC A101  Media and Society  3
JPC A201  Reporting and Writing News  3
JPC A211  Visual Literacy  3

 
or  

    B.  Darkroom/ Digital Concentration (27 credits): 

ART A220       Digital Imaging for Photography       3
ART A224  Beginning Photography  3
ART A228  Art as a Profession  3
ART A323  Color Photography  3
ART A324  Intermediate Photography  3
ART A325  Digital Media for Photography  3

    Darkroom/ Digital Photography Concentration       
    Electives (9 credits minimum):
 

ART A113  Three-Dimensional Design  3
ART A205  Intermediate Drawing  3
ART A213  Beginning Painting  3
ART A215  Beginning Printmaking  3
ART A225  Beginning Photography - Digital (recommended)       3
ART A295V       Internship/Visual Art  1-3
ART A367  History of Photography  3
BA A166   Small Business Management  3
BA A260  Marketing Practices  3
BA A264  Personal Selling  3
JPC A101  Media and Society  3
JPC A201  Reporting and Writing News  3
JPC A211  Visual Literacy  3

 

Total Minimum Credits: 60

Special Note: Program may take longer than two years depending upon scheduling and availability of classes.

FACULTY: 

Celia Anderson, Associate Professor
Jayne Jones, Assistant Professor

 

Associate of Applied Science, 
Industrial Process Instrumentation

Industrial Process Instrumentation is a specialized technical degree. Strong math and science skills are emphasized. Students must work closely with advisors to complete this program in two years. A fifth semester of coursework may be necessary.

Students are prepared for employment as instrument technicians. Instrument technicians are responsible for the repair, maintenance, adjustment, and calibration of automatic controls used in refineries, chemical plants, pipelines, oil and gas production facilities, food processing facilities and other industries where automatic control is used.

The graduates of the Industrial Process Instrumentation program will have the ability to:

  1. Read P & ID drawings and piping isometric drawings.
  2. Enter and print data in a spreadsheet program and enter and edit text using a word processor. 
  3. Predict the output from a pneumatic or electronic transmitter for a given process input condition.
  4. Predict the effect of changes in gain or integral time on the dynamic behavior of closed-loop control.
  5. Describe the techniques for troubleshooting an orificemeter and flow control loop using either electronic or pneumatic equipment.
  6. Correctly interpret RTD or thermocouple output values as process temperatures. 
  7. Correctly predict the voltage drops in a series connected current loop or a parallel connected voltage loop.
  8. Correctly implement a set-reset function using Boolean logic, TTL circuits or relay logic. 
  9. Correctly distinguish between data transmitted by analog signals and data transmitted by digital signals. 
  10. Identify typical pumps, compressors, transmitters and similar components.
  11. Communicate technical issues to peers both in writing and orally.
  12. Will demonstrate punctuality and responsibility suitable to work place employment.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter. 
  2. All students are required to take CIS A105 (or CIS A110) or possess equivalent knowledge prior to entering this degree program.

General University Requirements

  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

Communication and General Requirements

1.  Oral Communication Requirements: 

COMM A111      Fundamentals of Oral Communication     3


                    or  

COMM A235      Small Group Communication       3


                    or 

COMM A241     Public Speaking      3

 

2.  Written Communication Requirements:  

ENGL A111     Methods of Written Communication      3
ENGL A212  Technical Writing  3

 

3.  General Requirements:  

MATH A105      Intermediate Algebra (or higher level)        3 

 

4.  Natural Science Requirements:  

PHYS A115/L      Physical Science I for Technicians      4 

                    or

 
PHYS A123/L      Basic Physics I      4 

 

                  and 

 
CHEM A103/L     Survey of Chemistry     4 
                     
                   or


CHEM A105/L     General Chemistry I      4 

 

Major Requirements

ET A101  Basic Electronics: DC Physics   4
ET A102  Basic Electronics: AC Physics  4
ET A126  Digital Electronics  4
ET A175  Technical Intro. to Computing Systems      3
ET A240  Computer Systems Interfacing  3
ET A241  Digital Control Systems  3
ET A246  Electronic Industrial Instrumentation   3
PETR/PRTA140  Industrial Process Instrumentation I  3
PETR/PRTA144       Industrial Process Instrumentation II   3
 
                 and 
 
PETR A155   Blueprint Reading     3 

                 
                   or  

EDD A288  Computer Aided Drafting  4
PETR A240  Industrial Process Instrumentation III        3
PETR A244     Industrial Process Instrumentation IV    3
PRT A130  Process Technology I: Equipment   4

 

Technical Electives   

    Complete one of the following (3-4 credits):    

CNT A170  Cisco Network Fundamentals  4
CS A109  Selected Computer Languages  3
ET A243  Programmable Logic Controllers  3
PRT A230     Process Technology II: Systems       4
PRT A250  Process Troubleshooting  3
 

A total of 66-68 credits is required for the degree.

FACULTY: 

Rich Kochis, Assistant Professor
Henry Haney, Assistant Professor
John Landua, Assistant Professor
Program information: 907-262-0344

 

Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Safety and Health

(NOTE: This degree is available online) 

The Occupational Safety and Health program prepares students for employment as safety professionals in a variety of industries including construction, petroleum, mining and tourism. Employment opportunities are growing for safety professionals. This program provides a thorough background in occupational safety and health, preparing graduates for entry-level safety positions in industry and government agencies throughout Alaska.  

The Occupational Safety and Health program is a 62-63 credit Associate of Applied Science degree. Coursework includes hazardous materials, safety training methods, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, injury prevention, epidemiology, OSHA standards, and safety program management and record keeping.  

The specific education outcomes of this program are to produce graduates who are able to: 

  1. Define the roles and responsibilities of safety professionals, safety regulations and their applications.  
  2. Develop safety management system programs, evaluate their effectiveness, and describe methods of implementation. 
  3. Identify and analyze workplace injuries, incidents and hazards and provide methods of correction. 
  4. Identify and analyze needs and methods for safety training and develop safety presentations. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter. 
  2. Submit the KPC undergraduate application.

Advising

Meet with a faculty advisor to complete advising interview checklist. Students must meet with the OSH advisor prior to registering for Occupational Safety and Health courses.Students in Anchorage should contact the OSH faculty at (907) 786-6421 for an appointment with a faculty advisor. Students on the Kenai Peninsula should call 262-0344 for an appointment with a faculty advisor. 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.
  2. Complete the Required Support Courses and the Major Requirements listed.

Required Support Courses

1.  Complete one of the following oral communication courses (3 credits):  

 

COMM A111      Fundamentals of Oral Communication      3
COMM A235  Small Group Communication  3
COMM A237  Interpersonal Communication  3
COMM A241  Public Speaking  3   

 

 

2.  Complete two of the following written communications courses (6 credits):  
 
 
ENGL A111        Methods of Written Communications     
ENGL A212  Technical Writing 3
ENGL A213  Writing in the Social & Natural Sciences 3
ENGL A214 Persuasive Writing 3

 

3.  Complete the following mathematics course (3 credits):    

MATH A105        Intermediate Algebra                                3
 

                                OR 

any MATH course for which MAT H A105 is in the prerequisite chain.   
  

4.  Complete one of the following biology courses:  (3-4 credits): 

 

BIOL A100        Methods of Written Communications     
BIOL A111  Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL A115 Fundamentals of Biology I 4



 

 

5.  Complete one of the following physical science courses:  (3 credits): 

PHYS A115       Physical Science                                   
PHYS A123  Basic Physics 3

 

6.  Complete the following required courses:  (3 credits):

 

CHEM A103       Survey of Chemistry                              
CHEM A103L  Survey of Chemistry Laboratory 1


NOTE: Required support courses may also be used to satisfy General Course Requirements.

 

Major Requirements

Complete the following required courses: 

 

OSH A101 Intro to Occupational Safety & Health          
OSH A108   Injury Prevention & Risk Management  4
OSH A111 Training Needs & Methods 3
OSH A112 Intro to Occupational Epidemiology 3
OSH A120 Safety Program Mgmt & Recordkeeping 3
OSH A180 Intro to Industrial Hygiene 4
OSH A201 Workplace Injury & Incident Evaluation 4
OSH A211 Safety Program Assessment, Development & Implementation 4
OSH A230 Principles of Ergonomics 3
OSH A240 Workplace Monitoring: Instrumentation & Calibration 3
OSH A250 Hazardous Materials Operations 3
TECH A295* Technical Internship 3

 

* An advisor approved elective may be substituted for TECH A295: Technical Internship 

A total of 62-63 credits is required for the degree. 

FACULTY (Anchorage Extension Site)

Don G. Weber, Assistant Professor, Program Information: 907-786-6421 

 

Associate of Applied Science, 
Paramedical Technology

Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients under medical authority of licensed physicians. Individuals interested in pursuing a career as a paramedic should possess significant strength to lift and carry victims, good use of hands and fingers, good coordination, good judgment and emotional stability, as well as the ability to work confidently under pressure. Students successfully completing the degree requirements and the PMED courses meet the U.S. Department of Transportation National Standards for Paramedics are eligible to take the National Registry examination required for licensure.

Two primary requirements of the Paramedic program are clinical rotations and the field internship. Clinical rotations provide instruction and supervised practice of emergency medical skills in various units of hospitals within the Anchorage and Mat-Su borough areas. The field internship provides experience in advanced life support vehicles such as ambulances, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft. Student interns are the third member of the medical/ rescue team and work under the direct supervision of a paramedic preceptor. Internship sites are arranged in various U.S. locations. Efforts are made to place students in geographic locations of their choice; however, intern positions may not be available at all approved sites. Length of internship varies depending on the call volume at the location and successful application of paramedic skills.

Graduates of the Paramedical Technology program will have the ability to:

  1. Understand their roles and responsibilities as a program within an EMS system by applying the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology and pharmacology to assess and manage patients with emergency medical needs.
  2. Maintain a patient’s airway, oxygenate, and ventilate a patient and be able to take a proper history and perform a comprehensive physical examination.
  3. Properly administer medications and communicate effectively with other healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, and other allied health personnel.
  4. Integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for trauma and medical patients of all ages.

Admission Requirements

Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter. Admission to the KPC/MSC Paramedic programs is competitive and based on a ranking process. Program applications can be requested through the department or downloaded via the Internet. Application requirements must be completed prior to the May 15 application deadline.

Admission Requirements for Paramedical Degree - Pre Major Kenai Peninsula College and Mat-Su College only.

Students should consider applying for admission as a “pre-major” in Paramedical Technology while enrolled in other Paramedical Technology degree prerequisite courses. While being a pre-major is not required, you may be eligible for financial aid since you will be considered a degree-seeking student. Students enrolled as Paramedical Technology pre-majors are still required to obtain a KPC or MSC campus-specific Certificate of Admission.

Admission as a Paramedical Technology pre-major does not guarantee admission to the Paramedical Technology degree program. Applications for the degree program that starts each fall must still be submitted by the May 15 deadline.

Advising Note: 

Advising for Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) students for this program is only available from the Paramedic faculty at KPC. Please call (907) 262-0344 for more information.
Advising for Mat-Su College (MSC) students for this program is only available from the Paramedic faculty at MSC. Please call (907) 746-9329 for more information.

Formal admission requirements to the Paramedical Technology AAS degree program are: 

1. Certificate of Admission from the Office of Admissions, including transcripts from both high school/GED and college, with transcript evaluations (if any). Documentation from college transcripts must show successful completion of BIOL A111 and BIOL A112 with laboratories and grades of 2.00 (C) or above.

2. Student must attend an advising session with the KPC or MSC Paramedic coordinator.  Contact your campus (listed above) for an appointment.

3. Paramedic program application and confidential required information form sent to the Paramedic coordinator: 

a. Copy of current National Registry EMT-Basic or State of Alaska EMT-1 certificate
        b. Evidence of current Healthcare Provider or equivalent, CPR Card
        c. Copies of all current medical certifications or licenses
        d. Military DD-214 (long form); if applicable
        e. Complete Anatomy & Physiology I and II (BIOL A111, BIOL A112; 8 credits); with a minimum C grade.
        f. Take and submit to the program coordinator the scores from the Nurse Entrance Test (NET). It is scheduled through the KPC, MSC, or UAA testing  center where you intend to
            take the examination.
        g. Resumé with three letters of recommendation
        h. Admissions essay

Upon completion of items 1-3, student files are ranked based on a point system. The top 20 (KPC) or 25 (MSC) applicants will be notified and invited for oral interviews by a selection committee. The top 15 (KPC) or 16 (MSC) will be accepted into the program. The remaining standby applicants will be ranked and offered a position should an accepted applicant decline admission. Please contact the department for further details. Students will be contacted in June with their results.

Admission Requirements Before Beginning Coursework:

Once admitted to the Paramedic program, students are required to provide the following before actually beginning coursework:

1.  Provide documentation from personal physician, PA-C, or NP affirming capability of performing the physical tasks as outlined in DOT 1998 Paramedic Curriculum.

2.  Evidence of:

a. Immunity to rubella and mumps confirmed by titer;
        b. Immunity to hepatitis A and hepatitis B, confirmed by titer (first semester clinical students maybe in the process of completing the immunization series; for those students,
            documentation of immunity by titer is required prior to entry into PMED A295 course);
        c. Immunity to chicken pox documented by history, titer or current immunization;
        d. Diphtheria/tetanus vaccination within the past 10 years (with booster required at the time of expiration);
        e. Freedom from active tuberculosis, documented annually by negative PPD skin test or by health examination by a nurse practitioner, physician, or physician’s assistant;
        f. Documentation of HIV testing annually (results not required to be submitted to KPC/MSC).

3.  Healthcare provider or equivalent CPR certificate must be kept current.

4.  Professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million/$3 million must be maintained throughout the duration of the student’s enrollment in the Paramedic program. The policy will be paid out of student lab fees.

5.  Submit results of a state- and national-level criminal background check. Must be completed prior to the start of courses. This process can take several months to complete.

6.  Document having been found free of illegal drugs. Tests must be taken and results submitted to the Paramedic coordinator after being accepted into the program, and before the first day of class.

Students enrolled in clinical courses must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments and will be required to purchase uniforms and specialized equipment. The college assumes no responsibility for illnesses and injuries experienced by students in conjunction with their clinical experiences; students who are injured while completing clinical assignments are responsible for all associated medical costs. No workers compensation will be awarded if injured on a clinical site, or during the field internship. It is strongly recommended that students maintain personal medical insurance.

Academic Progress Note:

Students are required to earn a grade of 3.00 (B) or higher in each PMED course. Failure to maintain a passing grade of B will result in dismissal from the program. Students MUST complete all General Degree courses (English, communications and math) before they register for or begin their ride-along internship (PMED A295).

General University Requirements

1.  Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

Communication and General Requirements

1.  Oral Communication (3 credits)    

COMM A111 (recommended) (3)

2.  Written Communication (6 credits)  

ENGL A111 (required) (3)          
        ENGL A212 (recommended) (3)

3.  Natural Sciences (8 credits) 

BIOL A111 (required) (4)
        BIOL A112  (required) (4)

NOTE: these are required prerequisites for admission into the program and also fulfill the general requirements for the AAS degree. 

4.  Mathematics (3 credits) 

MATH A105 (or higher) (3)  

Major Requirement Courses

PMED A241  Paramedicine I  8
PMED A242  Clinical Rotation I  4
PMED A251  Paramedicine II  8
PMED A252   Clinical Rotation II  4
PMED A261  Paramedicine III   8
PMED A262  Clinical Rotation III  4
PMED A295        Paramedical Internship        12

 

A total of 68 credits is required for the degree. 

FACULTY

Paul Perry, Assistant Professor, 262-0378
Program Info: 907-262-0344

 

Associate of Applied Science, 
Process Technology

 
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology is coordinated by Kenai Peninsula College and is delivered collaboratively through UAA and UAF. The Process Technology program is offered only at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus (KRC) and Anchorage Extension Site (AES).
 
This degree is designed to provide education/training that will enable individuals to obtain employment in the industries that use and control mechanical, physical or chemical processes to produce a final product. In Alaska this includes the process industries of oil and gas production; chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, power generation and utilities, water and wastewater treatment and seafood and other food processing.
 
The graduates of the UAA Process Technology program will have the ability to:
  1. Maintain a safe work area: to enforce safety regulations, to follow safe operating procedures, to maintain effective communications with personnel and to identify work place hazards.
  2. Monitor area operations: to monitor equipment for efficiency and integrity, to identify process problems and to perform trend analyses.
  3. Maintain process parameters: to perform process adjustments, to start up process equipment and to shut down process equipment.
  4. Maintain emergency response preparedness – to respond to emergencies, to effectively participate in emergency response drills, and to conduct periodic review of emergency response procedures;
  5. Maintain regulatory compliance: to report recordable incidents, to record discharge reports, to record regulatory data, to maintain current licensing, to participate in internal/external audits and to comply with HAZCOM requirements.
  6. Coordinate maintenance activities: to generate work requests, to develop safe out procedures, to schedule maintenance activities, to prepare equipment for maintenance activity and to issue work permits.
  7. Perform administrative activities: to produce required reports, to record logbook entries and to perform personal evaluations.
  8. Prepare for and understand the need for continued professional development, to participate in job related training and to utilize self-study resources.
 

Admission Requirements

 
Complete university admissions requirements for associate degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.

General University Requirements

 
  1. Complete the General University and the General Course Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees located at the beginning of this chapter.
  2. Placement at the A105 level or above, equivalent course, or appropriate ACT/SAT scores.
  3. Placement for reading at the ENGL A111 level or above.
 

Advising Note:

 
Advising for this program is only available from the Process Technology faculty at Kenai Peninsula College. For more information, call the Kenai River Campus at (907) 262-0344 or the Anchorage Extension Site, call (907) 786-6413.

Communication and General Requirements 

 
1.  Oral Communications Skills (3 credits)                      
Complete one of the following courses:
 
COMM A111       Fundamentals of Oral Communication  3
COMM A235  Small Group Communication  3
COMM A237  Interpersonal Communication  3
COMM A241  Public Speaking  3
 
2.  Written Communication Skills (6 credits)
 
ENGL A111        Methods of Written Communication  3   
 
and one of the following: 
 
ENGL A211       Academic Writing About Literature   3
ENGL A212  Technical Writing  3
ENGL A213  Writing in the Social and Natural Sciences  3
ENGL A214  Persuasive Writing  3
 
3.  Support Courses Math (3-4 credits):
 
MATH A105  Intermediate Algebra  3
         
or 
 
MATH A107       College Algebra        4 
 
 
4. Computer Literacy (3 credits):
 
CIS A105       Introduction to Personal Computers and Application Software   3
                     
or

CIS A110        Computer Concepts in Business       3 
 
5.     Natural Sciences (8 credits):
      
CHEM A103/L       Survey of Chemistry (or higher level)       4
 
and

PHYS A115        Physical Science I for Technicians       4 
 
or

CHEM A103/L  Survey of Chemistry (or higher level)   4 
 
and

PHYS A123/L        Basic Physics I       4 
 
6.     Social Science:       
Elective (3)  
 

Major Requirement Courses

 
1.  Complete the following courses (28 credits): 
PRT A101  Introduction to Process Technology   3
PRT A110  Introduction to Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Awareness        3
PRT A130  Process Technology I: Equipment   4
PRT/PETR A140   Industrial Process Instrumentation I   3
PRT/PETR A144        Industrial Process Instrumentation II    3
PRT A230  Process Technology II: Systems  4
PRT A231  Process Technology III: Operations   4
PRT A250  Process Troubleshooting  3
PRT A255  Quality Concepts for the Process Industry  1
 
2.  Approved Applied Technology Electives (9 credits): 
    All 9 credits must be chosen with advisor approval. For example, they may be chosen from:
 
  • Electronics  
  • Environmental Technology 
  • (Wastewater) Mining Technology  
  • Industrial Process 
  • Instrumentation
  • Occupational Safety & Health  
  • Petroleum Technology  
  • Process Technology  
  • Power Generation  
  • Technical Internship  
  • Technology  
 
A total of 63 credits is required for the degree.

FACULTY: 

 
Henry Haney, Assistant Professor
Jeff Laube, Assistant Professor
Program information: 907-262-0344
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