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Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes are course outcomes that department faculty agree on as necessary for moving on to “the next step,” whether that be completion of a set of courses, a sequence (such as MTH60, 65, 95), a certificate, a degree, or transfer to another institution.

These outcomes are updated as new information is integrated, either from changes in the labor market or from transfer institutions, state agencies, etc. The program and/or department assures that all the necessary outcomes are included and assessed within its courses.

Academic Skills
  1. Communicate written thought in a clear and organized manner to effectively inform, persuade, describe, and convey ideas in academic, work, community, and family settings.
  2. Use reading skills and strategies to comprehend a variety of textual materials in academic, work, community, and family settings.
  3. Use whole numbers, fractions, and decimals appropriately and effectively in solving problems in academic, work, community, and family settings.
Adult Basic Skills
  1. Read diverse texts for a variety of purposes, integrating knowledge, skills, and strategies to select and use reading strategies appropriate to the purpose, monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies, analyze the content and reflect on the underlying meaning, and integrate the content with prior knowledge to address the reading purpose.
  2. Speak so others can understand for a variety of purposes, integrating knowledge, skills, and strategies to determine the purpose for speaking; organize informationto effectively serve the purpose, context, and listener; convey information, paying attention to the conventions of oral English communication, including grammar, word choice, pronunciation, register, pace, and gesture in order to minimize barriers to listener's comprehension; and use strategies to monitor whether or not the speaking purpose has been met.
  3. Listen actively for a variety of purposes, integrating knowledge, skills, and strategies to determine the purpose for listening; focus attention and choose listening strategies appropriate to the purpose; monitor comprehension, adjusting listening strategies as needed; and integrate new information with prior knowledge to address the listening purpose.
  4. Use math for a variety of purposes, integrating knowledge, skills, and strategies to identify a question or situation that can use a mathematical approach; apply life experiences and knowledge of mathematical concepts, procedures, and technology to figure out how to answer a question, solve a problem, make a prediction, or carry out a task that has a mathematical dimension; understand, interpret, and work with concrete objects and symbolic representations (e.g., pictures, numbers, graphs, computer representations); identify information needed for the situation, including distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information; determine the degree of precision best suited to the situation; estimate to predict results and to check to see of results are reasonable; and communicate reasoning and results in a variety of ways such as words, graphs, charts, tables, and algebraic models.
  1. Demonstrate workforce skills required in their chosen trade.
  2. Work effectively and safely within the required duties of the identified trade.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the study of human potential and development expressed through visual art in areas of culture, history, politics, religion, the environment, economics and the other arts. Students should be able to compare, contrast, and cite works of non-Western and Western art and culture in relation to each other, and demonstrate awareness of contemporary issues in art and culture.
  2. Acquire knowledge and familiarity with the principles and theories in the required courses of basic design, color theory, basic drawing, illustration, and approved program electives in the Graphic Design program.
  3. Develop skills in specific art studio disciplines relevant to both an art interest within AAOT coursework and life-enrichment goals.
  4. Demonstrate independent thinking and originality in the idea development process involved in producing a work of visual art.
  5. Acquire a working knowledge of a diversity of techniques, styles, and concepts in two and three-dimensional art forms of art throughout history, and be able to discuss these art issues with discipline-specific nomenclature.
  1. Diagnose and repair all major vehicle systems.
  2. Document repairs of vehicles accurately and descriptive of concern, cause, and correction.
  3. Effectively locate and utilize technical information required for vehicle repairs.
  4. Work safely and responsibly within all shop standards and environmental guidelines.
  5. Successfully pass at least two Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technical skill assessments.
  6. Function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve specified and measurable results.
  7. Comprehensive knowledge of employer expectations and ethical work practice.
  8. Demonstrate accuracy, proficiency and quality in task performance.
  9. Strategize professional growth in automotive industry.
Business Technology
  1. Possess specific workplace skills required by area employers.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office software applications.
  3. Apply the fundamentals of proofreading, editing, grammar, writing style, and formatting to a variety of business documents and professional situations.
  4. Produce a professionally written technical report and follow all parts of the technical writing process (AAS and ASOT in Business degrees).
  5. Apply basic business math and accounting principles in the workplace.
Commercial Truck Driving
  1. Apply appropriate knowledge to successfully secure a Class A operating permit, and relevant endorsements through the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (ODMV).
  2. Demonstrate safety awareness by successfully competition of the Smith System Safety Training.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills to pass the ODMV Class A license skills test.
Community Education
  1. Integrate personal enrichment opportunities through hands-on learning experiences and skills.
  2. Collaborate and foster lifelong learning skills.
Computer Science
  1. Demonstrate fluency and competency in an object-oriented programming language.
  2. Identify and analyze requirements and specifications for computing problems and plans strategies for their solution.
  3. Apply concepts, principles, and theories relating to computer science to new situations.
  4. Compare and evaluate design and algorithm choices used to solve computing problems.
  5. Identify appropriate practices within a professional, legal, and ethical framework.
  6. Work effectively as an individual under guidance and as a member of a team.
  7. Communicate technical problems and solutions to a range of audiences.
  8. Integrate learning from other areas to solve computing problems.
  9. Assess the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of data.
  10. Apply relational database concepts, principles, and theories to designing and creating information systems.
  11. Apply operating system and hardware concepts and principles to problem solving in the context of computer systems.
  12. Apply knowledge of networking concepts and principles to solving problems related to networked computer systems.
  13. Evaluate the impact and role of technology in the health care industry.
  14. Apply principles, concepts, and structured techniques to assess, evaluate, and synthesize current information and trends in health informatics.
Construction Technology
  1. Survive jobsite environment, demonstrate safe practices, work ethics, and production.
  2. Exhibit entry-level carpentry skills.
  3. Estimate quantities needed for performing specific tasks, maximizing material use and minimizing waste.
  4. Find information needed to install products and assemblies, follow processes, and achieve best practices.
  5. Read and interpret blueprints, and describe in detail the three-dimensional structure and infrastructure layers.
  6. Interpret and apply regulations ensuring that all building and safety codes are adhered to and followed.
  7. Demonstrate computer literacy.
  8. Apply math to a variety of building processes.
  9. Analyze and solve problems with curiosity and resourcefulness.
Criminal Justice
  1. The student will develop and apply a framework for ethical decision-making in the student's chosen career.
  2. The student will analyze key considerations in a plan to address a particular crime problem based on a specific theory of crime or based on a crime typology.
  3. The student will recognize the importance of integrating social, education, civic, religious, and legal resources in an attempt to prevent criminality among youth.
  4. The student will display appropriate interpersonal communication skills to promote understanding and facilitate problem-solving among diverse groups in the community.
  5. The student will demonstrate the ability to research issues, gain historical context, and apply procedural law to current problems of justice administration and in order to effectively perform duties associated with employment in the justice system.
  6. The student will apply knowledge and skills related to rules of evidence along with effective development and presentation of evidence in trial settings.
Dental Assisting
  1. Demonstrate patient education and management skills.
    • Provide oral health instruction and counseling. Recommend home-care strategies.
    • Recognize patient abilities to properly care for their teeth.
    • Translate dental terminology to layman's terms.
    • Advise patients on impact of diet on oral health.
    • Identify normal and pathological abnormalities of the oral structures.
    • Perform extra oral tissue examinations.
  2. Demonstrate administrative office skills.
    • Accurately review health history forms with patients.
    • Practice effective interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Model professional conduct and appearance, and demonstrate professional behaviors consistent to the dental workplace.
    • Identify and effectively manage time and resources.
  3. Demonstrate occupational safety skills.
    • Apply current concepts of infection control and occupational safety.
    • Engage and assist in the management of medical and dental emergencies and administer basic life support procedures, when indicated.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in sterilizing instruments and disinfecting equipment.
  4. Demonstrate general chair-side skills.
    • Assist in diagnostic and operative procedures. Perform clinical supportive functions during pre-treatment, treatment, and post-treatment phases.
    • Demonstrate proper tray setups.
    • Identify and differentiate between esthetic and restorative treatment procedures.
  5. Demonstrate fluency and competency dealing with legal and ethical issues.
    • Practice exercising sound clinical judgment while performing duties within existing ethical and legal parameters of the clinical dental practice.
    • Practice compliancy with OSHA, OR-OSHA, and HIPAA regulations.
  6. Demonstrate radiographic proficiencies.
    • Demonstrate proper film placement for intra- and extra-oral films and expose, process, and mount radiographs of diagnostic quality.
    • Effectively communicate radiographic safety techniques and concerns to patients and peers and acquire maximum diagnostic yield with minimal exposure to radiation.
  7. Demonstrate dental and laboratory sciences skills.
    • Apply knowledge of basic dental sciences in professional setting, use correct dental terminology, take alginate impressions, and complete laboratory procedures, including pouring and trimming molds and study casts.
Diesel Technology
  1. Work within OSHA, RCC and current industry safety guidelines and standards to promote a safe working environment for themselves, others and equipment.
  2. Read wiring diagrams and schematics, measure voltage, amperage and resistance with RCC and standard industry equipment, evaluate and troubleshoot wiring, charging and starting problems.
  3. Evaluate, troubleshoot and repair diesel engines, heavy-duty brakes, suspension and steering, power train assemblies, air conditioning and basic hydraulics.
  4. Evaluate and troubleshoot computerized systems on the chassis, engine, brakes and suspension, evaluate fault codes and make repairs as needed.
  5. Work in a cohesive group on a collective project from beginning to end and produce high quality work while adhering to safety and lab procedures.
Early Childhood & Elementary Education
  1. Promote child development and learning
    1a: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of children's characteristics and needs.
    1b: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning.
    1c: Students will be able to use developmental knowledge to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
  2. Build family and community relationships
    2a: Students will know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
    2b: Students will be able to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
    2c: Students will be able to involve families and communities in their children's development and learning.
  3. Observe, document, and assess
    3a: Students will understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
    3b: Students will know about and use observations, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
    3c: Students will understand and practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child.
    3d: Students will know about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues.
  4. Use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
    4a: Students will understand positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with children.
    4b: Students will know and understand effective strategies and tools for early childhood and/or elementary education.
    4c: Students will use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
    4d: Students will reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
  5. Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
    5a: Students will understand content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines.
    5b: Students will know and use the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
    5c: Students will use their own knowledge, appropriate early childhood or elementary learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for every child.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism
    6a: Students will identify and involve themselves with the early childhood and/or elementary education field.
    6b: Students will know about and uphold ethical guidelines and other professional guidelines.
    6c: Students will engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
    6d: Students will integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on education.
    6e: Students will engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession.
  1. Identify and solve real-world problems through the application of electronics theory and concepts.
  2. Calibrate, test, and repair analog and digital circuitry using industry standard test equipment.
  3. Organize, interpret, and use technical information and documentation.
  4. Communicate effectively across a variety of audiences: technicians, engineers, management, and customers.
  5. Function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve specified and measurable results.
  6. Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and time management skills commensurate with industry productivity needs.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards.
  8. Demonstrate life-long learning towards professional growth.
  9. Negotiate and abide by the terms of agreement that define their employment.
Emergency Medical Services
  1. Describe the history and current structure of EMS systems of care.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of key principles of emergency care.
  3. Apply concepts learned in the classroom to the assessment and management of simulated patients in the lab setting.
  4. Demonstrate effective teamwork in managing simulated emergency scenarios
  5. Demonstrate effective communication, cultural competency, and conflict intervention skills to intervene in crises.
  6. Perform an adequate patient assessment and formulate and implement a treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.
  7. Demonstrate leadership in the management of multiple personnel on emergency scenes.
  8. Understand and follow workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism.
  9. Describe and use defensive and safe driving techniques in the operation of ambulances and emergency vehicles.
  10. Demonstrate safe work practices in a variety of specific rescue situations including rope, water, wilderness, and confined space rescue.
  11. Demonstrate the importance of maintaining an attitude that stresses personal effectiveness, self-control, empathy, and safety in responding to crisis.
  12. Implement strategies to address the impact of stress and emotional trauma experienced by persons who intervene in crisis situations.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of demographic health changes and trends in chronic and acute diseases in the U.S. over the last 100 years.
  2. Define what it means to have a healthy citizenry: Be able to explain wellness and disease as it relates to the larger community.
  3. Understand the effects of nutrition, stress and exercise on healthy living and the human body.
  4. Identify the effects of psychosomatic and spiritual health on the human body systems.
  5. Demonstrate proficient understanding of rules and etiquette for sport or activity to encourage lifelong physical engagement in the wellness activity.
  6. Exhibit improvement in skills or body mechanics at the conclusion of an HPER course.
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication to meet a variety of rhetorical demands.
  2. Understand and respond to art, literature, and human expression across a broad range of cultures and time periods.
  3. Interpret and engage in artistic expression, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life.
  4. Apply critical reading, writing, and thinking skills to issues within the Humanities and in other disciplines.
  5. Engage in critical discourse beyond the classroom, understanding the interdependent, culturally diverse world we live in.
Individualized Career Training
  1. Program students attain a level of work ethics competencies to meet or exceed associated employer standards.
  2. Program students demonstrate competitive proficiency in the functional skills of their training occupation.
  3. Program students will attain any applicable licensing or certification required by industry.
  4. Program students will achieve employment as appropriate in desired occupational field.
Landscape Technology
  1. Identify and analyze requirements to successfully complete Oregon Landscape Contractors Board (OLCB) general license test.
  2. Possess and demonstrate appropriate skills to successfully gain employment within the landscape field.
  1. Operate, setup, and program manual and CNC mills and lathes to print specifications.
  2. Interpret and create mechanical blueprints to industry standards.
  3. Follow, develop, and troubleshoot manufacturing processes and procedures.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to adhere to personal and industry safety standards to protect personal and equipment.
Massage Therapy

As a result of completing the Massage Therapy program students will be able to:

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively in a professional manner with clients, members of the healthcare team, and others.
  2. Demonstrate and document various assessment processes; recognizing health and non-health within the body.
  3. Demonstrate ability to research pathologies and utilize clinical judgment using knowledge and problem solving skills when creating and implementing a treatment plan.
  4. Provide care for diverse populations of clientele and demonstrate a personal commitment to service and the profession of massage therapy.
  5. Demonstrate ethical/legal behaviors and boundaries in the massage profession, identify and apply components of a business plan and the ability to bill insurance cases.
  6. Utilize universal precautions and maintain a high level of sanitization of equipment and the facility.
  7. Utilize a variety of soft tissue modalities to aid in the health and healing of one’s body and recognize how those modalities and massage skills combine to create different effects to meet the goals of clientele.
  8. Use safe, efficient and effective body mechanics for injury prevention of the therapist and client as well as utilize, demonstrate and instruct the client in self-care techniques.
  9. Identify and describe components of the body systems, how homeostasis is maintained, effects of massage on the differing systems and demonstrate safe movement through range of motion.
  1. Base personal and professional actions on a set of shared core nursing values, including social justice, caring, advocacy, protection from harm, respect for self and others, collegiality, and ethical behavior; notice, interpret, respond and reflect on ethical dilemmas using ethical principles and frameworks as a guideline.
  2. Develop insight through reflection, self-analysis, and self-care.
  3. Engage in intentional learning, developing self-awareness of learning and effects on client care, seeking new, relevant knowledge and skills.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in nursing and health care to meet client needs, improve the health care system, and facilitate community problem solving.
  5. Collaborate as part of a health care team, receiving, using and giving constructive feedback.
  6. Practice within, utilize, and contribute to the broader health care system.
  7. Practice relationship-centered care, based on empathy and caring, deep understanding of the care experience, and mutual trust and respect for the autonomy of the client.
  8. Communicate effectively and therapeutically, with attention to elements of cultural influences, and using appropriate modalities and technologies.
  9. Make sound clinical judgments through noticing, interpreting and responding, using best available evidence, frameworks and systems to organize data and knowledge; accurately perform skills while maintaining patient and personal safety.
  10. Locate, evaluate, and use the best available evidence.
Practical Nursing
  1. Demonstrate a personal commitment to service and the profession of nursing
  2. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior in nursing practice.
  3. Demonstrate clinical judgment using knowledge and problem solving skills when contributing to and implementing the plan of care.
  4. Provide culturally sensitive care across the lifespan.
  5. Apply established principles of health promotion and preventive health care.
  6. Use technological resources effectively and appropriately.
  7. Provide clinically competent care through use of established standards and practice guidelines.
  8. Use clear and effective therapeutic communication with clients, families, members of the healthcare team, and others.
  9. Apply concepts of resource utilization to practice cost-effective nursing care.
  10. Functions as a member of the health care team.
  11. Manage and coordinate care within organizational and regulatory constraints.
Social Science
  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior.
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.
  3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society.
  4. Assess different social science theories and concepts and understand the distinction between empirical and other methods of inquiry.
  5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication.
  6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively.
  7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues.
  1. Demonstrate a personal adoption of the “culture of safety” in the classroom and the welding lab.
  2. Produce industry quality weldments on carbon steel plate in various joint and groove configurations. Processes include oxy fuel cutting, Plasma arc cutting, SMAW, GMAW and FCAW.
  3. Produce industry-quality welds using GTAW and GMAW on stainless steel and aluminum plate.
  4. Produce industry-quality welds on various diameters of carbon steel pipe in the 5g and 6g positions using SMAW electrodes E6010 and E7018.
  5. Layout and fabricate industry-quality fabrication projects using shearing and forming equipment.
Workforce Training
  1. Demonstrate workforce skills that can be taken immediately into the flow of commerce.