Healthcare Studies/Health Professions

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

AHAL223 : Physics and Instrumentation

Principles of sound propagation and tissue interaction are addressed including reflection, refraction, absorption and attenuation, the piezoelectric effect, transducer characteristics, focusing and resolution. This course also focuses on the principles of pulse-echo imaging, methods of storage and display, recognition of artifacts, safety and quality assurance.  

Credits

4

Prerequisites

MATH105 Intermediate Algebra; and PHYS105 Descriptive Physics w/ lab or PHYS210 General Physics I w/lab.

AHAL313 : Research in Healthcare

This course introduces the student to research processes used in healthcare. Emphasis is placed on identification and clarity of research questions, research appraisal and interpretation of research articles, evidence based practice and integration of research findings into healthcare delivery.

Credits

2

Corequisites

STAT210 Elements of Statistics.

AHAL314 : Issues and Trends in Health Professions

This course examines current issues and trends in health professions and explores anticipated future developments based on changes in healthcare. Included are political, ethical, legal and historical issues related to the delivery of healthcare.

Credits

2

AHAL430 : Health Professions Capstone

This is a senior-level course designed to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in the Health Professions curriculum. The student is expected to demonstrate achievement of program learning outcomes through the synthesis, analysis, and application of knowledge gained from the program. The particular area of emphasis depends on the concentration chosen by the student. The project with practical application and oral presentation will be conducted by the student.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Senior status.

HCST410 : Senior Internship/Practicum

This course allows the student to complete a 270-hour supervised internship or practicum in a setting that relates to the student's chosen Healthcare Studies concentration. The student is expected to relate the knowledge gained from the program to the experience, with special attention to the professional role in that setting. The student is encouraged to participate in staff meetings, presentations, and meetings with clients when possible. The student will complete a project and share their project at the internship or practicum location.

Credits

6

HCST415 : Preparation for Professional Practice

This course is designed to prepare the student for a career and/or pursuit of an advanced degree in the health professions. Emphasis is placed on career planning and the exploration of healthcare careers and graduate programs. The course promotes application of professional standards, guidelines and competencies related to the future health professions role the student intends to pursue. Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared to apply for positions in healthcare settings or for an advanced degree.

Credits

1

HCST420 : Capstone

This is a senior-level course designed to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in the Healthcare Studies curriculum. The student is expected to demonstrate achievement of program learning outcomes through the synthesis, analysis, and application of knowledge gained from the program. The particular area of emphasis depends on the concentration chosen by the student. A project with practical application and oral presentation will be conducted by the student.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Senior status and student must be in the final semester of the program.

RESP305 : Advanced Cardiopulmonary Disease Process

This course provides advanced instruction in the cardiopulmonary disease processes, as well as expanded training in assessment, management, and consultation skills. In addition, the course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop problem based learning skills in the diagnosis and treatment of patients through clinical case scenarios.

Credits

3

RESP315 : Pulmonary Diagnostics

This course provides instruction in performing, calculating, and evaluating, pulmonary diagnostic tests. Students will learn to assemble, calibrate, utilize, and maintain pulmonary diagnostic equipment, and assist in the performance of pulmonary diagnostic procedures, including collecting and processing procedural specimens for laboratory testing. Students will cover material required to prepare for the Pulmonary Function Technology Exam, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Credits

3

RESP325 : Sleep and Sleep Disorders

This course provides instruction on sleep and disorders which negatively affect sleep and wakefulness. Students will cover material required to prepare for the Sleep Disorder Specialist Exam, administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care. Emphasis will be placed on developing the necessary skills for sleep disorder testing and analysis of testing data, which includes scoring and reporting. Students will simulate the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans for a variety of patient scenarios. Simulations will also be used to demonstrate the knowledge of data and equipment maintenance, patient confidentiality, safety, and quality improvement programs.

Credits

3

RESP410 : Neonatal and Pediatric Care

This course is intended to prepare students for advanced level neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, utilizing patient assessment, ventilator management skills, and evaluation of laboratory results, and radiographic imaging. Students will be introduced to the delivery room environment, and to neonatal resuscitation for premature, and high risk infants. Students will also experience pediatric trauma and critical care scenarios. Students will cover material required to prepare for the Neonatal Pediatric Specialist Exam, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

None

RESP420 : Adult Critical Care

This course prepares students to care for critically ill patients, utilizing patient assessment, ventilator management skills, hemodynamic monitoring, evaluation of laboratory results, and radiographic imaging. Students will cover material required to prepare for the Adult Critical Care Specialist Exam, administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Credits

3