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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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This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to improve and perfect skills acquired in the junior year clinical courses. Emphasis will be given to refining the students' abilities to assess patient status and administer appropriate therapy modalities. This course may also be used to assess respiratory therapy knowledge and skills of students transferring from other programs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. FLD
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This course focus is on the advanced medical and respiratory care of the critically ill adult patient. Emphasis is placed on cardiopulmonary assessment and treatment of trauma post-surgical, cardiac and renal patients. Students enrolled in this course will concurrently receive instruction in advanced cardiac life-support. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to provide the student with an introductory knowledge of fetal and newborn cardiorespiratory anatomy, physiology, development, pathophysiology, and care. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course focuses on the interdisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of the adult pulmonary patient. Emphasis will be placed upon the multidisciplinary assessments, treatments, and therapeutic techniques that the pulmonary rehabilitation team provides. The course, in conjunction with a specialty practicum, is designed to prepare the respiratory therapist for practice in a rehabilitation specialty. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course will provide a forum for discussion of current ethical, legal and professional issues. We will refer to historical and emerging controversies in health care and society that influence the patient-patient care giver relationship. The method of instruction will primarily be student presentation and classroom discussion of current issues. Prerequisite: Senior year standing. LEC
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This course affords the senior respiratory care student with the opportunity to practice advanced evaluative and procedural skills in the intensive care setting. Emphasis is placed on quantitative assessment techniques, refinement of monitoring procedures, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: RESP 375 or equivalent. LEC
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This course involves individual study, research or projects in the field of respiratory care under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences are required. Content and unit credit will be determined by student-instructor conferences and/or departmental conferences. This course may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and consent of instructor. LEC
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The Introduction to Pharmacology course is intended to provide the student with the background information necessary to practice within the field of Allied Health. The course covers the fundamentals of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The classification of drugs, the use of drug reference materials, and the mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse responses to drugs will be covered in the course. LEC
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An introduction to basic principles of management and their application in the current health care environment. Course content includes management theory, scope of management, quality issues, budgeting, personnel issues, evaluation and application of management concepts. Cross listed with HEIM 661 and CLS 661. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of the instructor. LEC
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An introduction to basic principles of education and their application in the current health care environment. Information on course content includes: Course design, inservice education and patient education. The focus is on educational needs, instructional media and course quality improvement. LEC
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This course is designed to provide the participant with an introduction to research skills. It will provide respiratory care practitioners with basic skills in understanding the criteria for developing research questions about their daily practice that can only be answered by conducting research. This course also discusses the types of research data and the structure of a research paper. Prerequisite: S LEC
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This course is designed to teach the student how to read, interpret and analyze research reports. Prerequisite: Senior year standing and a course in statistics. LEC
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The student will develop an independent research project with the aid of faculty adviser, and prepare and submit the final project prior to graduation. Prerequisite: Senior year standing and a course in statistics. LEC
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This course involves individual student under instructor guidance. A series of practice exams are taken and discussed including a secured practice registry exam and clinical simulation exam. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and consent of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces the basics in sleep medicine and polysomnography to prepare the student to assist in sleep studies. Prerequisite: Senior year standing and consent of instructor. LEC
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Provides the student with a capstone experience in the activities and responsibilities related to clinical processes in one of the specific advanced practice specialties: critical care, neonatal, pediatrics, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function, sleep, hyperbaric oxygen, management or education. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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Designed to give the student the opportunity to develop clinically-related projects in the areas of quality improvement, health care organizational structures and current processes in patient management. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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Designed to have the student demonstrate competency related to clinical processes in one of the specific advanced practice specialties: critical care, neonatal, pediatrics, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function, sleep, hyperbaric oxygen, management or education. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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A proseminar conducted by the core graduate faculty in Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Science. Twice-monthly meetings will involve student and faculty presentations of their current research, as well as provide more opportunities to obtain feedback on research proposals. May be taken more than once for a total of four credits. (Same as OTMS 800.) LEC
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Students will identify and explore key theories in behavioral and social science with an emphasis on those currently influencing clinical reasoning. Students will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary theories and be able to compare and contrast key theories, while also developing knowledge about theory guided research and interventions. LEC
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Analysis of the role of beliefs about practice in professional culture and how beliefs are affected by the accumulation of research evidence. Topics include the nature of science and beliefs, the nature of evidence, and the debate over evidence-based practice. Students will use topics from their own professional interests for class presentations and written assignments. May be taken more than once for a total of two credits. LEC
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An elective course to allow student investigation of special issues or problems relevant to applied research and/or practice, under the direction of a faculty member chosen by the student. Systematic coverage of current issues may include a research investigation or study related to pertinent sociocultural trends, practice factors, or emerging issues in service provision. Students will complete special projects such as oral presentations, written papers, or case analysis as negotiate with the faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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Assessment of how our social and cultural context defines notions of disability and disablement in our society. Topics include historical constructs of disability, public policy related to disability, and social paradigms of disability. Students will evaluate views of disablement from the perspective of their own discipline. May be taken more than once for a total of two credits. LEC
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Examination of the principles of knowledge transfer and diffusion of innovation as they relate to practices in therapeutic professions. Topics include the diffusion process, change agents, innovation adoption, and current diffusion methods. Students will evaluate diffusion processes that have occurred within their own professions. May be taken more than once for a total of two credits. LEC
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Students engage in advanced study of a topic of their interest, guided by an appropriate mentor. Methods include directed readings, interpretation of evidence, discussions, and written syntheses of existing literature. Course culminates in a written proposal for original research and an oral defense of that proposal. Credit is given only after the dissertation proposal is accepted by the student's advisory committee. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. SEM
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Research experience leading to dissertation for doctoral students in Therapeutic Science. THE
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An introductory overview of the field of Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology which encompasses medical terminology for the sonographer, patient and nursing skills, departmental organization and function and computer safety modules. This course will also introduce to the imaging professional the legal aspects to patient care. The student will participate in group discussions analyzing practical incidents that may occur in the clinical didactic training. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology Program LEC
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This course is designed to introduce the students to the basic terminology, the principles of propagation, beams and transducers and possible biological effects. The course will also cover the department's ultrasound equipment with extensive review of functionality and design of each specific unit. Competency check-off required. Prerequisite: College Physics along with acceptance into the Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology Program LEC
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This course is designed to introduce renal anatomy, physiology and pathology and the associated sonographic appearances. This includes clinical indications for ultrasound of the kidneys along with sonographic appearances of normal and disease processes with instrumentation, technique and protocols. Prerequisite: College anatomy and physiology along with acceptance into the Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology Program LEC
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This course is taught in modules corresponding to superficial structures of the body. This course provides instruction in Breast, Neck and Scrotal sonography. Each module includes: review of anatomy, physiology and pathology, clinical indications for sonography, sonographic appearances of normal and disease processes, along with instrumentation, technique and protocols. Prerequisite: College anatomy and physiology along with acceptance into the Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology Program LEC
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This course is designed to educate the student on gynecologic anatomy, physiology and pathology and the sonographic appearances. This includes clinical indications for ultrasound along with instrumentation, technique and protocols. Prerequisite: College Anatomy and Physiology along with acceptance into the Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology Program LEC
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Through guided demonstration and hands-on manipulation the student will become oriented and demonstrate competency utilizing the ultrasound equipment. Through supervised clinical experience in the ultrasound imaging department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in gynecologic and small part clinical imaging and instrumentation. Prerequisite: Abdominal, Small Part I and Gynecologic Sonography CLN
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This course is designed to educate the student on advanced areas of ultrasonic propagation principles, transducer parameters, instrumentation, interactive properties with tissues, possible biological effects and quality control procedures. Introduction to Color and Spectral Doppler is included. Prerequisite: Introduction to Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation LEC
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This course is designed to educate the student on normal maternal changes and fetal development throughout gestation. Embryonic and fetal anatomy, anomalies, pathology, biometry and the sonographic appearances are reviewed. Instrumentation, technique, and protocols are studied. Prerequisite: Gynecologic Sonography and college anatomy and physiology. LEC
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This course is taught in module corresponding to abdominal organs and compartments imaged in the abdomen. This course provides instruction in Liver, Biliary, Pancreas and Spleen. Each module includes: review of anatomy, physiology and pathology, clinical indications for sonography, sonographic appearances of normal and disease processes, along with instrumentation, technique and protocols. Abdominal Doppler of normal, diseased, and transplanted liver and pancreas will be included. Prerequisite: Abdominal Sonography I LEC
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This course is designed to educate the student on normal maternal changes and fetal development throughout gestation. Embryonic and fetal anatomy, anomalies, pathology, biometry and the sonographic appearances are reviewed. Instrumentation, technique, and protocols are studied. Prerequisite: Obstetrical Sonography 1st Trimester LEC
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This course is taught in modules corresponding to superficial structures of the body. This course provides instruction in Breast, Neck, and Scrotal sonography. Each module includes: review of anatomy, physiology and pathology, clinical indications for sonography, sonographic appearances of normal and disease processes, along with instrumentation, technique and protocols. Prerequisite: Small Parts Sonography I LEC
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This course is designed to educate the student in the principles and concepts of the Doppler Effect including detection, quantitation, and medical evaluation of tissue motion and blood flow utilizing Spectral Doppler, and Color Flow Doppler Instrumentation. Prerequisite: Introduction and Advanced Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation LEC
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Through supervised clinical experience in the ultrasound imaging department and perinatology department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in gynecologic, obstetrical, small parts and abdominal clinical imagine and instrumentation including Color and Spectral Doppler evaluation. Prerequisite: Gynecologic Sonography, Small Parts I and II Sonography, Obstetrical 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester Sonography and Abdominal Sonography I and II. CLN
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This course is taught in modules corresponding to abdominal organs and compartments imaged in the abdomen. This course provides instruction in the Retroperitoneum, Peritoneum, Gastrointestinal, Abdominal Wall and Great Vessels. Each module includes: review of anatomy, physiology and pathology, clinical indications for sonography, sonographic appearances of normal and disease processes, along with instrumentation, technique and protocols. Prerequisite: Abdominal Sonography I and II LEC
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This course is taught in modules corresponding to selected sites in the vascular system. Each module includes review of: anatomy, physiology, pathology, and clinical indications for noninvasive vascular imaging and disease processes. Instrumentation, technique, and protocols are included. Prerequisite: Vascular Physics and Abdominal Sonography I, II and III LEC
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Through supervised clinical experience in the ultrasound imaging department and perinatology department the students will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in gynecologic, obstetrical, small parts, abdominal and vascular clinical imaging and instrumentation including Color and Spectral Doppler evaluation. Prerequisite: Gynecologic Sonography, Small Parts I and II Sonography, Obstetrical 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester Sonography, Abdominal Sonography I, II, III and Vascular Technology. CLN
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This course is designed to prepare the student for national boards administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the field of ultrasound and vascular technology. The student will be responsible for in class review of ultrasound clinical procedures, including anatomy, physiology, disease processes and sonographic appearances, ultrasound physics and instrumentation and vascular physics and instrumentation. In addition, the student will learn post graduate skills to enhance professional opportunities. Prerequisite: Gynecologic, Small Parts I and II, Obstetrical 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester, and Abdominal Sonography I, II and III, Clinical Internship I, II, III and IV and Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation, Vascular Technology and Vascular Physics and Instrumentation. LEC
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Through clinical supervised learning situations in a clinical ultrasound imaging department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in noninvasive vascular imaging procedures and all aspects of instrumentation. Prerequisite: Gynecologic Sonography, Small Parts I and II Sonography, Obstetrical 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester Sonography, Abdominal Sonography I, II, III and Vascular Technology. CLN
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This course is designed to prepare the student for national boards administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the field of ultrasound and vascular technology. The student will be responsible for in class review of ultrasound clinical procedures, including anatomy, physiology, disease processes and sonographic appearances, ultrasound physics and instrumentation and vascular physics and instrumentation. In addition, the student will learn post graduate skills to enhance professional opportunities. Prerequisite: Gynecologic, Small Parts I and II, Obstetrical 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester, and Abdominal Sonography I, II and III, Clinical Internship I, II, III and IV and Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation, Vascular Technology and Vascular Physics and Instrumentation and Senior Seminar and Review I. LEC
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Through clinical supervised learning situations in a clinical ultrasound imaging department the student will gain knowledge and be required to demonstrate competence in noninvasive vascular imaging procedures and all aspects of instrumentation. Prerequisite: Gynecologic Sonography, Small Parts I and II Sonography, Obstetrical 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester Sonography, Abdominal Sonography I, II, III and Vascular Technology. CLN
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This course will provide an overview of health informatics focused on five themes: health informatics foundations; clinical decision support; human factors/organization factors; public health informatics and current issues in health informatics including best practices. Students enrolled for 3 credits will develop and demonstrate a practical, innovative small-group information technology (IT) project from one of a set of faculty recommended projects or from a student-proposed idea. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor LEC
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The application of the information system development life cycle in the design, selection, and implementation of health information technology applications will be examined. Human computer interactions and emerging technologies will be explored for their impact on patient care and safety. The role of legal, regulatory, ethical and security issues will be discussed as they apply to clinical and consumer information technologies. PREREQUISITE(S): Consent of Instructor. LEC
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Principles of database theory, modeling, design and manipulation will be introduced. Students will have experience using a relational database management system. Database manipulation will be explored by composing and executing query statements and critically evaluating the results. (Includes 3 credit hour didactic course, and optional 1 credit hour lab). PREREQUISITE(S): Consent of Instructor. LEC
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This information system development life cycle process are presented with emphasis on determination and analysis of information system requirements and system design that meet the identified health care information requirements. Object-oriented techniques will be introduced, including Unified Modeling Languageand Unified Modeling Methodology, to facilitate process analysis and design proposal development. Prerequisites: NRSG 820 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Knowledge management is the creation, communication, and leveraging of a health care organizations' knowledge assets. Defining knowledge, describing the knowledge creation cycle, and the identification of the knowledge worker and his/her impact on the organization are discussed. Information technology and communities of practice are presented in a balanced approach supporting a systematic viewpoint of the knowledge management process. Knowledge management theory is enhanced with the performance of a knowledge audit and the development of knowledge management tools. Prerequisites: BUS 738, NRSG 820, or consent of instructor. LEC
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In collaboration with health care information faculty, preceptors, students design an experience to facilitate application of theories and research related to health care informatics. Emphasis is on the application of the information system development life cycle. Students analyze the leadership and technical behaviors of various informatics roles and negotiate an informatics project to be completed within the practicum. Prerequisite: All Common Core, Leadership Core, NRSG 853, Abstraction and Modeling of Health Care Information, NRSG 858, Health Data: Theory & Practice. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NRSG 854, Knowledge Management in Health Care, NRSG 855, Topics in Health Care Informatics, NRSG 898, Research Project in Nursing, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Students will conduct a health informatics research project. A research report, designed artifact, or other appropriate deliverable will be developed. Prerequisite(s): A research course and two informatics core courses, or consent of instructor. The capstone project must meet capstone guidelines for the MS Informatics program. LEC
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