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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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An introduction to the wide spectrum of health care delivery systems in which health information management professionals use their organizational and management skills. Special emphasis is placed on acute care, ambulatory care, home health, hospice care, long-term care, and managed care. The student will focus on how each delivery system is structured, what data sets are collected, the reimbursement schemes used, and how each system is integrated into the current delivery of health care in the United States. LEC
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Emphasis is on the statistical analysis of health care data. Content includes hospital-based statistics, an introduction to basic epidemiological concepts, univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, statistical estimation, and hypothesis testing for one or two sample designs. Research design and methodology will be discussed. LEC
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An in-depth study of disease processes to include signs, symptoms, test findings, therapies, and treatments of diseases presented through health care professionals lectures in clinical specialties. The focus is on the physical manifestation of disease and the processes that occur within the body. Prerequisites: Courses in Anatomy & lab, Physiology & lab, HEIM 325, and HEIM 330 or consent of the department chairperson. LEC
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This course is concerned with the organizational foundations of information systems and their emerging strategic role in health care. It provides an extensive introduction to real-world systems, focusing on how they are related to organizations and to management. The focus is on the larger environment in which systems operate and how systems relate to organizational design, strategy, and operations. In addition, the course should reinforce and expand the students' understanding of the MS Office applications including project management software applications such as PROJECT and VISIO, and use of presentation applications (POWERPOINT), spreadsheets (EXCEL), and database applications (ACCESS) to an intermediate level. LEC
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The study of medical vocabularies, classification systems, and nomenclatures used in health care. Students will develop an understanding and ability to recognize appropriate clinical classification systems and nomenclatures as to their uses and sources and apply that knowledge to health care information systems to promote effective and efficient communication for research and reimbursement. Student will explore Case Mix, Health Care Data Sets, government regulations impacting reimbursement, and specific classifications used by the various health care organizations. LEC
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The course provides students the opportunity to obtain the knowledge of human resources management skills. The course will study the people within various business organizations and their training, development, retention, motivation, and legal rights within the rapidly changing business and health care sectors. Prerequisite: HEIM 380 Principles in Health Care Management. LEC
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The content will vary depending on material appropriate to students. May be repeated for additional credit utilizing a variety of projects and special assignments. Prerequisite: Permission of program director. FLD
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Through supervised learning situations, students are given opportunities to visit different types of health care facilities in the area. These opportunities vary from year-to-year based upon availability. Opportunities might include (but not limited to) developing competence while practicing a specific HIM task in an actual HIM department, exploring nontraditional HIM career roles, attending guest lectures, or touring ancillary facilities. Prerequisite: HEIM 415 and HEIM 360. LEC
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This course is designed to introduce the student to fundamental concepts of the American legal system, to the process of legal change, and to the health care practitioner's potential legal interactions with patients, employees, law enforcement officers, and governmental agencies. Topics include informed consent, malpractice liability, corporate negligence, employment in the hospital, release of information rules and licensure of health professionals. This course will also address the changes in privacy and confidentiality rules and statutes as addressed at the federal level and state level. LEC
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This course is designed to help students understand databases and database management systems. Students will learn to model and understand database design, in conjunction with learning methods to structure data as records, tables, or objects. Students will also learn how query languages are used for searching, sorting, reporting, and other "decision support" activities to best utilize the available data. Along with acquiring knowledge fundamental to management of the electronic health record (EHR), students will develop general technical knowledge to become capable health information professionals. LEC
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Concepts, specifics, and guidelines for coding diseases, operations, and procedures in ICD-9-CM are taught, along with practice and application through the use of coding cases and examples. Emphasis is placed on the importance of utilizing these coding guidelines and conventions with one's newly learned coding skills to achieve accurate and precise coding. The course will reinforce the importance of adequate coding policies and procedures in all health care facilities. Prerequisite: HEIM 435 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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A study of the requirement of the JCAHO with a focus on health information standards, quality improvement methodologies, utilization review, and medical staff credentialing and privilege delineation. In addition, Utilization Management is approached from the theoretical and practical application of the SI/IS criteria for the hospital setting. Prerequisite: HEIM 415 and HEIM 460. LEC
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Emphasis is on the statistical analysis of health care data. Content includes hospital-based statistics, an introduction to epidemiological concepts, research design and methodology, research ethics and protocol, hypothesis testing, data management, analysis and presentation. Prerequisites: MATH 101 Algebra or 104 Pre-Calculus and MATH 365 Elementary Statistics LEC
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This course will examine the complex financial systems within the health care industry. The student will gain a thorough knowledge of the diverse reimbursement methodologies utilized throughout the governmental and private insurance entities with application through: (1) case studies and (2) information systems integrated within the course work. Prerequisite: HEIM 460. LEC
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This course will look at the study of Knowledge Management as a way for an entity to generate, communicate, and leverage their intellectual assets. Topics will focus not only information technology applications but also the human side of knowledge creation, diffusion of innovation, and the application of knowledge. Classroom discussion will be supplemented with labs that encourage the student to manipulate data sets to derive various perspectives from the same information. Prerequisite: HEIM 340, HEIM 420, HEIM 490 and HEIM 540. LEC
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Continuing to build on the experiences the student received in HEIM 510, supervised opportunities are given to the student to practice both inpatient and outpatient coding skills, to gain insight into performance improvement, to have exposure to risk management, and to be given an introduction to cancer registries. Student should be able to demonstrate understanding of the specific concepts while at these different sites. Prerequisite: HEIM 560, HEIM 567, and concurrently in HEIM 660. FLD
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The focus of this course is to provide a hands-on progression from the theories developed by HEIM 540 Information System Concepts. This course will require the student to apply this knowledge to real world problems with emphasis on Health Information Systems as well as Clinical Information Systems. Prerequisite: HEIM 425 and HEIM 540. LEC
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Introduction to Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) for outpatient coding of medical and surgical procedures will be emphasized. Guidelines, conventions, and the unique characteristics of CPT will be explained along with extensive student practice and utilization of the CPT manual in coding outpatient services and procedures. Prerequisite: HEIM 430 or permission of the instructor. LEC
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Introduction to basic principles of management and education and their application in the current health care environment. Course content includes: management, quality issues, budgeting, personnel issues, evaluation and application of management concepts; educational methodologies. Cross listed with CLS 661 and RESP 661. Prerequisite: Admission to the Health Information Management Program or consent of instructor. LEC
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The course utilizes case studies and guest lecturers to address the latest developments in the management of health care information. Knowledge and skills learned will be applied to real-world problems. Students will research selected topics culminating in written and oral presentations. Prerequisite: HEIM 460 and HEIM 490. LEC
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The content will vary depending on material appropriate to students. May be repeated for additional credit utilizing a variety of projects and special assignments. Prerequisite: Permission of the program director. LEC
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This course will provide application of the health care and business management skills obtained from previous management courses within the Health Information Management track. Student teams will be introduced to key management issues within the business sector through a series of seminar topics and presentations. The student teams will also participate in field projects within the local business sector. Prerequisite: Senior status and permission of the instructor. LEC
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A four week internship that provides the student with a management capstone experience in the activities and responsibilities of the health information administrator. Students are responsible for all costs to include: room, board, and transportation. Management sites are selected based on the experience and credentials of the student. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all HIM professional course work. LEC
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An introductory overview of the field of nuclear medicine technology with includes medical terminology for clinical nuclear medicine, patient and nursing skills including phlebotomy and vital signs, departmental organization and function, and a basic overview of applied mathematical and statistical analysis used in clinical nuclear medicine. This course will also introduce to the imaging profession the legal aspects to patient care regarding patient rights, ethical theories, risk management, quality patient care. The student will participate in group discussion. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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This course is designed to present the theories of nuclear chemistry and physics including theory of Bohr's atom, radiation production, decay, physical half life and interaction with matter, chemical reactions and equations, review of periodic chart of elements and trilinear chart of nuclides. Prerequisite: College Physics and College Chemistry along with acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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This course is designed to present the aspects of radiopharmaceuticals including safety and handling, methods of localization, dose calculation and record keeping, methods of production, and quality control. The course will begin to identify the clinical uses of radiopharmaceuticals as this course will be a prerequisite for Radiopharmacy II. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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This course is taught in modules corresponding to organ systems of the body. This course provides instruction in Skeletal, Liver and Spleen, Hepatobiliary and Respiratory systems. Each module includes: review of anatomy and physiology, clinical indications for nuclear imaging, nuclear imaging procedures including radiopharmaceuticals for current clinical practices, image interpretation and review. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the effects of radiation on the human body at the cellular, organ and whole body levels including late of effects of radiation exposure and the risk to benefits ratio. This course will provide the students with current federal and state regulations in regards to safe handling, disposal, record keeping, and licensing for the clinical use of radiation. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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Through supervised learning situations in a clinical nuclear medicine imaging department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in specific imaging of nuclear medicine procedures, radiopharmaceutical distribution, imaging instrumentation, patient safety, occupational safety, and quality control practices in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program CLN
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This course is designed to familiarize the students with basic non-imaging and imaging with nuclear medicine equipment in the clinic. This course will include basic principles of operation, system configuration and performance characteristics of Scintillation cameras and PET systems, computers and quality control and assurance as required by manufacturer and regulatory agencies. It will introduce the student to various types of medical information systems and their uses in the medical imaging. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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This course is the advanced course in Radiopharmacy I. The students will have an understanding of the radiopharmaceuticals that are used in the clinical nuclear medicine department. This course will also cover monoclonal, polyclonal, peptides, PET, therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, as well as advancement in research that is current on radiopharmaceuticals to be used in the nuclear clinical setting. Prerequisite: Radiopharmacy I LEC
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This course is taught in modules corresponding to organ systems of the body. This course provides instruction in Genito-Urinary, Endocrine, EKG, Nuclear Cardiology, Infection/Tumor, Gastro-Intestinal, Neurology, PET, CT, Miscellaneous procedures, and Non-Imaging In-Vivo. Each module includes: review of anatomy and physiology, clinical indications for nuclear imaging, nuclear imaging procedures including radiopharmaceuticals for current clinical practices, image interpretation and review. Prerequisite: Clinical Procedures I LEC
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Through supervised learning situations in a clinical nuclear medicine imaging department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in specific imaging of nuclear medicine procedures, radiopharmaceutical distribution, imaging instrumentation, patient safety, occupational safety, and quality control practices in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship I CLN
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This course is designed to familiarize the student in research methodology and advances in nuclear medicine for future developments. This course will also demonstrate the phases of research and research difference divisions of the research cycle. The second portion of the class will familiarize the student with the administration techniques of health management. Health management will include billing, coding and budget and equipment selection processes of maintaining a nuclear medicine department. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Nuclear Medicine Training Program LEC
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This course is designed to prepare the student for national boards in the filed of nuclear medicine technology. The student will be responsible for in class review of nuclear clinical procedures, nuclear instrumentation and quality assurance, radiopharmacy, radiation protection and patient care. Students will be required to attend guest lectures and video conferences. Prerequisite: Clinical Procedures I and II, Radiopharmacy I and II, Nuclear Instrumentation and Quality Assurance, Radiation Biology and Protection and Introduction to Nuclear Medicine LEC
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Through supervised learning situations in a clinical nuclear medicine imaging department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in specific imaging of nuclear medicine procedures, radiopharmaceutical distribution, imaging instrumentation, patient safety, occupational safety, and quality control practices in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: Clinical Internship II CLN
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This course includes orientation to the profession of nurse anesthesia. The student will gain an understanding of the anesthesia department management and organization. The history of anesthesia will be discussed. Ethical, psychological, professional adjustments and legal responsibilities of the nurse anesthetist will be presented. LEC
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Students will engage in clinical practice that involves introduction to basic anesthesia skills. Emphasis is given to patient assessment, anesthetic planning and management of the patient population of low risk categories. The course includes introduction to clinical problem solving and "call" experiences that address the trauma patient and emergency surgical/anesthetic interventions for pathological states. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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An intensive study of the major anatomical systems and regions of the body which have clinical significance for anesthetists and others. Particular attention devoted to the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. Regional topics include the anatomy of the head, neck, vertebral column, thorax, axilla, and femoral triangle. Involves both lectures and cadaver dissection, plus appropriate models, x-ray films, and audiovisual materials. Prerequisite: Admission to the Nurse Anesthesia Program or permission of instructor. LEC
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A course designed to lead to an advanced comprehension of the physiology of organ systems in the human in both cellular and organ processes. Physiology subject matter relevant to clinical health sciences include membrane transport, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, water and electrolyte balance, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology as well as neurophysiology. Cellular mechanisms include the structure and function of ion channels and pumps, mechanisms of calcium regulation, excitation-coupling processes and mechanisms of oxidative cell damage and apoptosis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is an analysis of complex interrelationships and interdependence of organ systems in health and disease. The focus will be on the central concepts of pathophysiology of the cellular, tissue, and system levels. Selected content relating to pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal gastrointestinal, neurological, immunologic, and endocrine systems is included. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC
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The course introduces the student to the basic foundations of nurse anesthesiology. Principles of anesthesia are integrated with the theories and concepts relative to the art and science of practice. The fundamentals of didactic knowledge as applied to the clinical environment are addressed. The course is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of pathological states that require them to engage in critical thinking to provide safe anesthesia care. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Corequisite: NURA 801. LEC
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This is the first of six successive courses relative to the didactic study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of obstetrical and pediatric patients. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the second of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of orthopedic procedures along with the fluid and electrolyte needs of patients during surgical interventions. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the third of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of urological, ophthalmologic and otorhinolaryngology procedures. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the fourth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of the geriatric population and patient's with alterations in the endocrine system. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the fifth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of the neurosurgical patient's and the critically ill or injured. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the sixth of six courses relative to the study of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Students will acquire the knowledge base pertinent to the perioperative anesthetic management of cardiothoracic cases and various transplantations. Students will participate in case scenarios and threaded discussions via the Internet to enhance their critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to synthesize didactic information to the clinical environment. Online threaded discussions will be provided, allowing interaction between students, and between students and the instructor. In addition, students will be required to engage in analysis of currently published research to identify "best practices" based on research evidence. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This is the first of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the second of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the third of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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This is the fourth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the fifth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression to cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. PRA
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This is the sixth of six courses relative to the application of the art and science of nurse anesthesiology. Each section is designed to address specific surgical categories and the relevant patient care needs and risks. Completion of each course requires acquisition and refinement of clinical skills. Students will demonstrate progression in cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills appropriate to a professional nurse anesthetist. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. CLN
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Chemical and physical principles including states and properties of matter, laws governing the behavior of gases, flow and vaporization, oxidation and combustion; principles of electricity and electrical safety; and chemical properties and structure-activity relationships as a foundation for pharmacology. Course will also cover pertinent areas of organic chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces students to the introductory principles and theories regarding the art and science of anesthesia practice. Students will develop a conceptual basis for practice gained through a systems approach applied to development of anesthesia care based upon a strong foundation in physical assessment, physiological monitoring, applications of pharmacology, anesthesia systems, physical and chemical basic sciences. Prerequisite: Admission to the nurse anesthesia program or permission of instructor. LEC
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Systems approach to advanced assessment of patients. Principals of monitoring in the evaluation and perioperative care of patients. Emphasis will be on the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, and neurologic systems and their relation to the assessment and monitoring of patients in the anesthesia setting. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Includes study of conductive anesthesia techniques, pharmacokinetics of local anesthetics, anatomical placement, and physiologic response. The course is inclusive of acute and chronic pain management techniques. LEC
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Special study allowing a student to pursue a particular subject through readings, directed assignments, and conferences with a faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Research leading to the submission of a master's thesis or master's field project for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Independent scientific investigation in nurse anesthesia. Must be approved by and under the supervision of the student's research adviser. In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. Prerequisite: Consent of adviser. LEC
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The course will provide a broad overview of nursing theory and research methodologies. Students will examine the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of nurse anesthesia practice. Theories are discussed relative to their influence on the practice and research of nursing and nurse anesthesia. Students will explore the parameters of concept analysis, theory development, and theory evaluation. The student will gain an understanding of how to develop research questions including study design and factors to be considered in initiating a research project. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice in anesthesia will be reviewed. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. LEC
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The capstone project is the culmination of the master's degree course of study. The project requires a practice-focused problem be identified and examined in depth. The student will include application of an intervention suitable to their area of focus and dissemination of the project findings to a targeted audience is expected. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor RSC
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Restricted to the writing, preparation of the formal thesis, based upon independent research and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Thesis must be defended prior to degree completion. Prerequisite: Consent of adviser and NURA 890. THE
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Survey of the profession of occupational therapy. Includes information on academic and professional requirements, career opportunities, general description, and history of the profession. Open to all students. LEC
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Lectures and demonstrations of models and dissected material covering the most important features of gross anatomy including detailed study of bones, muscles, blood vessels, and peripheral nerves. Emphasis on functional anatomy of the extremities, head, neck, and back. Assigned dissections of the human cadaver is accomplished by each student. LEC
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Overview of philosophy/history, current and future direction of the occupational therapy profession. Professionalism including ethics and professional behaviors, professional communication/relationships, and involvement with professional/regulatory associations is explored within context of occupational therapy. Introduction of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework provides orientation to OT terminology and processes. LEC
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Foundation concepts of the profession, including the role of occupation in the development of occupational competence, and self-identity, maintenance of health and well-being, and adaptation to life-altering circumstances. Introduction to clinical reasoning and application of clinical reasoning, and classical and contemporary occupational therapy conceptual frameworks in the occupational therapy process. Interrelationship of theory, research and practice. LEC
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This course focuses on the analysis of occupations and person variables that affect performance in daily life. LEC
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Students will use clinical reasoning skills to analyze a person's performance as they participate in work, leisure, and self care activities in natural environments. Professional behavior is emphasized. LEC
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Analysis of occupational roles and performance as it relates to human development from conception through old age and death. Students will develop an understanding of how cognitive, psychosocial and physical aspects of the person affect function across the life span. Supports for occupational performance as well as disruptions to performance and adaptations to disabilities will be discussed within the context of age and culture. LEC
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This course will encourage students to view individuals as existing within a complex contextual environment, with occupational performance resulting from a dynamic interaction of personal and contextual factors. Course context is conveyed through didactic lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, and case presentations to identify appropriate application of these basic concepts in real life situations. Formative development of clinical reasoning abilities will incorporate context variables in intervention planning. LEC
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Principles of basic and applied neurology are introduced. Functions of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems; sensory input, central processing, and output mechanisms and how systems interact to produce appropriate responsiveness to environmental demands are discussed. Students appraise human behavior in relation to function and dysfunction of the nervous system, both in recognizing potential behavioral signs when a specific neurological site is presented, and in hypothesizing about neurological involvement when given a description of an individual with a deficit. Common central nervous system disorders seen by occupational therapists will be discussed. LEC
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This course examines the impact of selected physical conditions on person variables and occupational performance. An understanding of injury and disease processes is paired with the occupational therapy assessment and intervention methods appropriate to the problem. LEC
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This lab course introduces the student to preparatory methods used by occupational therapists to facilitate performance in daily life activities. LAB
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Selected field experiences in a variety of contexts and service provision models where occupational therapy is provided to persons with disabilities. Students will participate in service provision to individuals/families with occupational therapy mentors and other service providers. Use of critical thinking and problem solving are required in reflecting on experiences. Preparatory content such as documentation, and familiarity with federal and state laws is also emphasized. Prerequisite: OCTH 430, Practicum I LEC
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An overview of psychiatric disorders and their impact on person variables and occupational performance is provided along with general occupational therapy approaches to these disorders. Includes DSM classifications, psychotropic drugs, behavioral interventions, and an appreciation for the experience of the person with a mental illness. LEC
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This course focuses on adapting and modifying occupations and activities to meet variations in performance skill and person abilities (body functions/structures). An understanding of occupation as a therapeutic medium and the appropriate selection of intervention strategies will be emphasized. LEC
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This course provides an overview of the occupational therapy evaluation process. Selection, interpretation, and documentation of assessments will be examined. Assessment of occupational performance across the life span will be addressed and will include standardized, non-standardized assessments within a person centered and contextually relevant approach. LEC
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An elective course to allow students to pursue areas of special interest under direction of faculty of his or her choice. Investigation of special issues relevant to an aspect of occupational therapy practice will include study of pertinent practice factors. Student will complete special projects relevant to the practice areas, such as oral presentation, written paper or case analyses. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of department and instructor (offered Spring, Summer and Fall). IND
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Using a problem based clinical reasoning approach this course examines the impact of common medical conditions on occupational performance with individuals of all ages. Students will practice developing plans and interventions for occupational performance problems presented by varying conditions. LEC
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This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of how the systems in which service occurs impact practice. Financial, regulatory, and personnel issues across a variety of systems will be addressed. LEC
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This course emphasizes entry level skills related to supervision, teamwork, and communication within practice environments. LEC
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In a series of modules this course introduces the student to selected occupational therapy practice models. Theoretical background, assessments, and interventions approaches common to each model are described. The lab component of this class consists of two parts: 1) learning of assessment and intervention techniques specific to different practice models and 2) practice in selecting and applying appropriate practice models for different occupational performance problems. LEC
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An introduction to the research process including research design, methods, sampling, measurement, and research ethics. Qualitative and quantitative research are discussed. Research consumer skills are emphasized. LEC
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Selected field experiences provide opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving in a variety of contexts and service provision models where occupational therapy is provided to persons with disabilities. Students will have opportunities to provide assessment and intervention to at least one individual in two different settings, under the supervision of an occupational therapy fieldwork educator. Students will determine the relevant variables for intervention, work collaboratively with others within the setting and analyze and reflect upon their experience as they prepare for Level II fieldwork experiences. LEC
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Focused study of theory application, professional topics and skills, and emerging practice questions. Learning experiences may be in the form of guided readings and discussion, directed projects, seminars, or community/clinical experience with focus on advanced supplemental or exploratory learning. Specific topics and formats will vary as they are generated by student interest and faculty expertise. LEC
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Student will apply the clinical reasoning process to individuals with occupational performance needs. Cases will be presented from the student's Level II fieldwork experience. In a problem solving format, student will evaluate services received by the individual and discuss alternatives given a variety of situations. LEC
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Students will analyze key professional, political, and cultural issues and trends that impact service provision and the populations served by occupational therapists. LEC
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Exploration of professional responsibilities, professional career development opportunities, and preparations for employment. Service management content will build on previous service management courses, and will develop an understanding of leadership, administration, and management of occupational therapy services. LEC
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Through lecture and seminar groups, student will use clinical reasoning to examine various systems that impact service delivery. Students will complete a program evaluation project based on their experiences during their level II fieldwork. LEC
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A required full-time, three-month supervised experience in a facility meeting specified criteria. Qualified occupational therapists supervise the experience. Students will be exposed to a variety of age ranges and disabilities within different service delivery systems. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of required academic course work. LEC
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A required full-time, three-month supervised experience in a facility meeting specified criteria. Qualified occupational therapists will supervise this experience. Students will be exposed to a variety of age ranges and disabilities within different service delivery systems. Ages, disabilities, and service provision systems for this course will differ from the student's prior fieldwork experience. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of required academic course work. LEC
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Concepts and theories related to providing health care to complex systems and aggregates in the community, state, nation and world are explored. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness and the prevention of disease. Internal and external environmental components which include historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors are presented. The role of the health care provider in identifying, prioritizing and meeting the health and life participation needs of aggregates is discussed. LEC
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An elective (optional) supervised experience in a facility meeting specific criteria. Qualified occupational therapist will supervise this experience. This fieldwork would allow students to pursue areas of special interest. Length and time commitment of experience will be commensurate with credit hours (e.g. each credit requires 80 hours of fieldwork contact at specified site). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of required academic course work and OCTH 770.. LEC
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This course will address the parameters and criteria for evidence-based practice. Students will evaluate the status, beliefs, and practice of the profession, and will develop skills at synthesizing and presenting evidence to service recipients. Students will also formulate a decision-making paradigm for their future practice decisions. LEC
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Students in this course will carry out a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor, and write a research paper reporting the results of their study. Students will achieve competency in scientific writing and use of the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Prerequisite: OCTH 727. Students from programs outside the MS in Occupational Therapy or PHD in Therapeutic Science need to contact the Occupational Therapy Department for permission to enroll. LEC
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Students will apply a clinical reasoning process to individuals with occupational performance needs. Cases will be presented from students' clinical experiences. In a problem solving format, students will evaluate models of service delivery, evaluation and intervention delivery and dissemination of information received by the individual. Students will identify and discuss alternatives given a variety of situations and environments. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Department. LEC
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This course is designed to support and correspond with OTD 780. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor as they develop a literature review in an area of clinical interest. This experience is designed to supplement students' ongoing clinical practice as they develop a library of pertinent empirical readings. Students will be mentored as they develop skills in analytical reading and identification of information that informs best practice. PREREQUISITE: Admission to OTD Program or Permission of Instructor. LEC
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This course will coordinate with OCTH 776. The purpose of this course is to introduce concepts and theories related to providing health care to complex systems and aggregates in the community, state and nation. Emphasis is placed on the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness and the prevention of disease. Internal and external environmental components which include historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors are presented. The role of the health care provider in identifying, prioritizing and meeting the health and life participation needs of aggregates is discussed. PREREQUISITE: Permission of department. LEC LEC
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This course is designed to support and correspond with OTD 770. Students will complete this course as they work in a clinical environment. They will meet with a faculty mentor to support the analysis and dissemination of their empirical information gathered during OTD 770. They will present their empirical literature findings to their professional colleagues via a clinical research forum. Students will be expected to create three forms of information dissemination and critically review the professional feedback they receive. PREREQUISITE: Permission of department. LAB
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