Health Programs

Browse through a large variety of courses that are designed to meet the re-licensure requirements for various health professions. Please look at individual course descriptions to see which professions' requirements are satisfied be each course.

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General Health OT-PT Massage Therapy AHA Skills Check-Off


Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care

The purpose of this class is to provide fundamental education on dementia and dementia care to enhance the quality of life of dementia patients. The program will also foster sensitivity and respect for the dementia client, teach communication techniques, and provide sensitive approaches for assisting Alzheimer’s and dementia patients with activities of daily living.

Individuals meeting prerequisite requirements and completing this course will be eligible to apply to the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners for Certification (NCCDP) as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) (at an additional cost)

May 15 – May 15
Ottumwa Campus 
Wed, 8:00AM-5:00PM
(with an hour for lunch on your own) 
Advanced Tech Ctr, Rm: 111A 
Tuition: $100.00, Book: $25.00

Instructor: Sarah Stanisz, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM is the Education Director at Arbor Springs of West Des Moines and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Trainer.  She has a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State and almost 20 years of experience in dementia care in the long-term care/skilled nursing field.

Laughter and Leadership in Healthcare

The purpose of this conference is to give healthcare providers knowledge and tools needed to increase their productivity, improve their leadership, communication and interpersonal skills and enhance the care they provide to their patients. Desi Payne BA, has over 25 years of experience as an educator, entrepreneur, customer service trainer, hospital patient advocate, and award-winning entertainer. She has a passion for motivating, inspiring, and leading others to perform at their highest potential. A certified speaker and trainer, she is a John Maxwell Team Member.

The Magic of Connecting
Truly connecting with colleagues and patients requires more than just being a good communicator. Good leaders know how to build a bridge to others by cultivating relationships – that is the foundation to becoming a great leader. Based on John Maxwell’s book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, participants will learn the magic of truly connecting.

Do You Work with the Living Dead?
Do you work with people who drag their feet into work, growl and murmur, give blank stares, aren’t engaged with their work, or poison other co-workers with negativity? Or maybe patients or staff who habitually bite and devour others with their words and actions? Do you work with people who suck the very life out of you? Or could you possibly be infected with this epidemic yourself and you don’t know it? This fun and interactive session will teach you how to smash those bad attitudes in coworkers and patients improving the work environment for you and your coworkers and improving patient outcomes in those you care for.

Give me some Chocolate…I’m Stressed Out!
Nobody is immune to stress. It affects your health, personal life, and professional life. This session will discuss the neuroscience of stress and give you strategies on how to reduce and manage stress- in your life and for those you provide care for.

Desi PayneNov 15 - Nov 15
Ottumwa Campus
Fri, 8:30AM - 3:00PM
Rural Health Ctr
Rm: 108 - $89.00 (Light Breakfast & Lunch Included)
Credit: 5.5 Contact Hours for Nursing, 6.5 CEH's for EMS (OE), 6.5 CEH's for Social Worker, Nursing Home Administrators, Residential Care Administrators and PT/OT, 5.5 CEU's for Activity Directors.


Acute Care and Emergency Certification Courses

ACLS Instructor 

This course is designed for individuals wishing to become ACLS instructors.  Students must have current AHA ACLS provider status, must become aligned with an AHA Training Center, must have an instructor recommendation from a Regional Faculty, Training Center Faculty, or the course coordinator/lead instructor from their last ACLS provider class.  Preregistration is required.  Preregistration deadline:   Pre-course paperwork will be sent to registered participants.  Credit: 6.5 Contact hours for nursing or respiratory therapy, 7.5 CEH's for EMS (FE)

Aug 01 - Aug 01
Ottumwa Campus
Thur, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Roseman Ctr
Rm: 125 - $465.00
L. Reeves

PALS Instructor

This course is designed for individuals wishing to become PAS instructors.  Students must have current AHA PALS provider status, must become aligned with an AHA Training Center, must have an instructor recommendation from a Regional Faculty, Training Center Faculty, or the course coordinator/lead instructor from their last PALS provider class.  Preregistration is required.  Preregistration deadline:  Pre-course paperwork will be sent to registered participants.  Credit: 6.5 Contact hours for nursing or respiratory therapy, 7.5 CEH's for EMS (FE) 

Jul 16 - Jul 16
Ottumwa Campus
Tue, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Roseman Ctr
Rm: 125 - $465.00
D. Juline

ACLS & PALS Instructor Renewal Opportunity

This time is designed to provide both ACLS and/or PALS instructors an opportunity to complete requirements for instructor renewal. Although it is encouraged that instructors renew their provider status before coming, instructors may complete check offs and the written exam to renew their provider status if needed, as well as be monitored by Training Center Faculty to renew their instructor status. (Course tuition does not include applicable card fees.)

Credit: 3.0 Contact hours for nursing or respiratory therapy, 3.0 CEH’s for EMS (FE)

Sept 04 - Sept 04
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Roseman Ctr
Rm: 125 - $20.00
L. Reeves

Dec 11 - Dec 11
Ottumwa Campus
Wed, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Roseman Ctr
Rm: 125 - $20.00
L. Reeves

Other: Individuals must pay a $20.00 card fee per discipline when they renew their instructor card(s). 

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OT - PT Massage Therapy

 The “Topics in Rehab” series of classes will focus on continuing education topics specifically of interest for professionals in the rehab professions. Each month will bring a new topic and a new speaker. Classes will be held on the Ottumwa Campus in the Rural Health Education Center, Room 108. Credit: 3 contact hours for PT, PTA, OT, OTA.

Maximizing Outcomes for Amputees and Patients in Need of Orthotic Bracing

This presentation will provide education on the specific systems, devices and processes involved with prosthetics and orthotics.  In addition, we will examine amputee functional level assessment using the Amputee Mobility Predictor Test. Presenter: Scott Thomas MPO – Clark & Associates Prosthetics and Orthotics

Aug 06 - Aug 06
Tue, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Clinical Assessment and Management of Cerebral Palsy for Therapists

This session will cover a brief background on the diagnosis and clinical presentation of different types and severities of cerebral palsy.  The focus of the session will be on relevant examination components for individuals with cerebral palsy to assist in development of plan of care in different settings and discussion of potential intervention and management strategies.  We will incorporate application of the Gross Motor Function Classification Scale, evidence regarding intervention strategies, and use of the ICF model for clinical application to assessment and intervention. Presenter: Katie Laubscher, PT, Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Sept 05 - Sept 05
Thur, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Rehabilitation in Parkinson's…Beyond the Basics

This class will begin with a brief review of the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease. Motor and non-motor symptoms of PD will be discussed, along with the evidence of how exercise can impact these symptoms.  Current medical management of PD will be reviewed briefly, including drug therapies and deep brain stimulation.  Interdisciplinary care of PD will be emphasized, with the role of each team member discussed.  Therapy evaluation and interventions will be reviewed in depth.  Recommendations will be given for the core objective measures used in evaluating people with Parkinson’s and treatment will be outlined for all stages of disease.  The impact of non-motor symptoms, specifically cognitive impairment, will be included when discussing treatment strategies.  Participants with take away best practice treatment approaches with a framework to deliver rehabilitation throughout the disease course. Presenter: Stephanie Evans, PT, DPT, Senior Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Therapies, University of Iowa Health Care

Oct 08 - Oct 08
Tues, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Brachial Plexus Injury

In this session you will review brachial plexus anatomy and injury causes as well as discuss the most evidenced based and current practice trends related to evaluation and treatment of infants, children, and teens with brachial plexus injuries. Presenter: Shannon L. Miers, MS PT, MS ATC, PCS, SCS, Senior Physical Therapist, IOSMR, University of Iowa Health Care

Nov 12 - Nov 12
Tues, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Geriatric Testing and Exercise Prescription

This program will examine common testing techniques utilized in fitness and rehabilitation in the elderly. Participants will then be able to use this to prescribe exercise programming for a geriatric population with functional limitations including but not limited to balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Presenter: Dustin Briggs, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, AEMT, NATA Liaison to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Dec 03 - Dec 03
Tues, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

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 AHA HeartCode Skills Check-Offs

Individuals who complete the HeartCode BLS, HeartCode ACLS or HeartCode PALS programs on-line may contact IHCC to complete the required skills check-off to receive their card. (Students may access and pay for the HeartCode classes on-line directly with the AHA on their website.) The check-off will be scheduled one-on-one with an AHA Instructor. Students need to come prepared; remediation time is NOT included. Students who do not pass without remediation will need to take the entire course over or find remediation on their own and pay again to complete the skill check-off at a later date. Check offs need to be scheduled a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Call 641-683-5211 for BLS or 641-683-5337 to schedule a check-off for ACLS or PALS.

Students must bring a copy of their certificate to the check-off.

Required skills:

BLS- $50 (includes Ecard)

Infant 1 & 2 person CPR

ACLS- $75 (includes Ecard)

Airway Management
1- Mega Code

PALS- $100 (includes Ecard)

Infant 1 & 2 person BLS
1- Cardiac Case Scenario
1- Shock or Respiratory Case Scenario

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reeves_profileCourt Mandated, Professional Re-Licensure, & Short Term Health Certificates:

Lori Reeves, Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5337 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5337

Continuing Education Course Refund Policy:

In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.