Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Tours, guest speakers, and hands-on experiences will accompany in-classroom exploration of the history of art. Emphasis will be on viewing, understanding, and apprecation of representative artworks.
This course will expose the student to introductory biology with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. The main focus of this class is to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the biological sciences at levels appropriate to students new to biology and the health sciences. The course will motivate students to learn biology by introducing them to various biology concepts and how these concepts are related to life. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture through hands-on activities and experimentation. Students will acquire skills in visualizing the macroscopic and microscopic world of the biological and health sciences.
Explores fundamental principles and concepts of Biology. Emphasis is placed on basic biological chemistry, cell structure and function, metabolism and energy transformation, genetics, evolution, classification and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of life at the molecular and cellular levels. The laboratory component emphasizes lecture topics and includes studying invertebrate and vertebrate organisms.
This course is the second course in a two-semester sequence designed to stress the principles of biology. Life processes are examined primarily at the organismal and population levels.
PREREQUISITE: BIO 101
This course is designed to convey general concepts, methods, and applications of medical microbiology. Topics include: immunology, bacteriology, virology, and mycology; the morphology, biochemistry, and physiology of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi; the diseases caused by these microorganisms and their treatments; and the immunologic, pathologic, and epidemiological factors associated with diseases.
This course offers basic concepts in human anatomical structures. It includes all major body systems with emphasis on histological, developmental and gross anatomy. The accompanying lab will reinforce lecture through animal dissection and human prosection.
PREREQUISITE: One year of high school biology or equivalent.
This course studies detailed human physiology of the nervous system (CNS, PNS, Special Senses, Autonomic Nervous System, and Somatic Nervous System.) It studies cellular physiology, cardiovascular, blood, lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, muscle physiology, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems. It also teaches the balances that must occur in the human body in fluid/acid-base/energy/temperature. The accompanying lab will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation.
PREREQUISITE: BIO 133
This course presents a study of the etiology, pathogenesis, and manifestations of common conditions and dysfunctions seen in health care.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 133, BIO 134 or consent of the instructor.
An introduction to molecular genetics and to the basic principles of inheritance. Gene interactions, multiple-factor inheritance, chromosome inheritance, chromosome mapping, chromosomal and extrachromosomal inheritance. The roles of mutation, selection, migration, and genetic drift are investigated to determine the genetic composition of different populations.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 101, 102
This course will explore the basic science and clinical aspects of immunology, the study of the immune system. Basic immunology will cover topics such as innate immunity, inflammation, antigen-antibody reactions, lymphocyte activation, process of antibody production, and immunoregulation. Clinical topics will include host defense against infectious disease, hypersensitivity reactions, transplantation, autoimmune disease, immunodeficiencies, immunology of HIV infection, and vaccines.
PREREQUISITE: BIO 132
This course is designed as a study of medically important microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on the morphological and physiological properties of clinically significant pathogenic organisms and their relation to disease in humans. This course also includes mechanisms of pathogenesis, epidemiology, collection and transport of specimens, initial specimen processing, and identification of isolates by classical, automated and molecular techniques.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 132, 302
The gross human anatomy course provides an in-depth study of the human body using cadaveric dissection.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 133, 134
This course will study microscopic anatomy dealing with the structures of cells, tissue and organs in relation to their functions and emphasize the embryologic development of the human body, the relationship between body structure and function, and the use of gross human anatomy in physical diagnosis.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 133, 134
This course is an introduction to the physical and chemical organization of living organisms; cell structure, function, and metabolism; classical and molecular genetics; gene regulation; genetic engineering; molecular aspects of development; and reproduction.
PREREQUISITES: BIO 101, 102, 302
This course will expose the student to introductory chemistry with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. The main focus of this class is to develop problem-solving and mathematical skills at levels appropriate to students new to chemistry and the health sciences. The course will motivate students to learn chemistry by showing them how to think through a problem and formulate solution strategies. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation. Students will acquire skills in visualizing the molecular world of health science.
This course teaches basic principles of general chemistry with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. This course explores chemical phenomena and principles with a heavy emphasis on developing an understanding of chemical structures and chemical bonding. Topics include solubility, concentration units and stoichiometry, nomenclature, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, acids and bases, liquids and solids, gas laws, and solutions. The accompanying lab will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation. Students will acquire skills in handling chemical phenomena and principles and in manipulating mathematical formulations which describe the behavior of various chemical systems.
This course is the continuation of CHE 101 (General Chemistry I). This course will expose the student to basic principles of general chemistry with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. This course explores chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium. It will cover advanced topics in acids and bases, particularly acid-base equilibria and solubility equilibria. Thermodynamics, particularly entropy, free energy, and their relationship to equilibrium will be explored. This course will also introduce the students to nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and electrochemistry. Topics in synthetic and natural organic polymers will also be covered. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation. Students will acquire skills in handling chemical phenomena and principles and in manipulating mathematical formulations which describe the behavior of various chemical systems.
PREREQUISITES: CHE 101
This course is the first semester organic chemistry. This course will expose the student to basic principles of organic chemistry with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. This course explores electronic structure and bonding of organic molecules. It will cover topics in acids and bases, organic nomenclature, alkenes and alkynes, and reactions of alkenes and of alkynes. Stereochemistry will be explored in detail. This course will also introduce the students to delocalized electrons and resonance. Topics in substitution and elimination reactions will also be covered. Students will also be introduced to the basic functional groups of organic compounds. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation. Students will acquire skills in handling chemical phenomena and principles and in three-dimensional structures of molecules.
PREREQUISITES: CHE 101, 102
This course is the second semester organic chemistry. In this course, students will be exposed to basic principles of organic chemistry with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. Students will the organic chemistry of carbonyl compounds and will study topics in oxidation and reduction reactions of carbonyl compounds, amines and heterocyclic compounds, amino acids and peptides and proteins, catalysis, and the organic chemistry of coenzymes. In addition to examining the details of metabolic pathways, students will be introduced to lipids, to nucleic acids, and to synthetic polymers. Students will also explore pericyclic reactions and the organic chemistry of drug discovery and design. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation. Students will acquire skills in handling chemical phenomena and principles and in three-dimensional structures of molecules.
PREREQUISITES: CHE 101, 102, 320
In this course, students will be exposed to basic principles of biochemistry with an emphasis on topics that are particularly related to health sciences. Students will explore amino acids and the primary structures, three dimensional structures, and functions of proteins. Students will also study topics in properties and mechanisms of enzymes, coenzymes, vitamins, carbohydrates, and lipids. In addition, students will study metabolism, including metabolism of lipid, amino acid, and nucleotide. Other topics that will be covered include glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, electron transport, ATP synthesis, and the citric acid cycle. In addition to examining the details of photosynthesis, students will be introduced to nucleic acids, DNA replication, repair, recombination, transcription, RNA processing, and protein synthesis. The accompanying labs will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation and introduce students to literature reading. Students will acquire skills in handling chemical phenomena and principles and in three-dimensional structures of molecules.
PREREQUISITES: CHE 101, 102, 320
This course provides an overview of microcomputer applications including a brief introduction to computer concepts, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This course focuses on the use of computer software for information research and management in the educational process. The course includes electronic library searching and use of the Internet for research purposes. This course will also provide opportunity to navigate through a learning management system.
This course is a survey analysis of micro and macro economics. An analysis of the fundamental concepts and principles of production, price, distribution, money, and banking is included.
This course introduces students to writing at the basic sentence and paragraph levels including the use of appropriate grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling and editing techniques. Students will learn how to properly construct a paper, practice writing essays and become basically proficient in elementary APA formatting in preparation for Composition I.
Students will focus on the writing process including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. This course also addresses the basic elements of composition including organizing ideas for paragraphs and larger units of writing, and employing logic, evidence, and persuasion.
This course explores representative literature on a focused topic, such as “Stories of Healthcare” or “the Literature of Mental Illness.” Students will investigate representation of the health care industry and health care workers within the literature, study the biographical information available on selected authors, learn to apply literary terms and theories to the literature, and develop their skills in writing about literature.
This course teaches the methods of expository and persuasive writing. Students will learn to formulate questions, gather information, analyze sources and properly acknowledge them, support assertions with strong and detailed evidence, and shape information, evidence, and tone to meet the demands of a specific context and reader.
PREREQUISITE: ENG 101
This course introduces English as a Second Language students to healthcare communication, study skills, and test taking strategies that will help them throughout their college careers. Students will learn the essentials of healthcare communication as it relates to patients and co-workers and also learn the basic skills necessary to be successful at the college level.
This course allows a student to pursue a topic or a course of readings in an area of the liberal arts and sciences under the direction of a faculty member. A student may earn from one to four credit hours per course. Permission of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Provost is required.
This course offers a survey of Western history from 1600 to the present, concentrating on economic, political, scientific, and intellectual influences during this period.
This course studies the creative influences involved in the making of films, focusing on perceptive viewing of masterpieces from selected genres.
This course is designed as a preparation course of math concepts for health care professionals. Topics to be covered include, but not limited to, working with whole numbers and their negatives; English and metric conversions; fractions, decimals, and percentages; proportions and probability; solving equations and applications; order of operations; and interpretation of graphs and charts.
This course is a foundational course in algebra. Topics include simplifying expressions, evaluating and solving equations and inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions and relations. Real world applications are presented within the course content and a functional approach is emphasized.
This course provides a solid foundation for interpreting, understanding, and using medical terms. Basic prefixes, suffixes, and root words are emphasized as a method of acquiring and retaining knowledge. Exercises stressing spelling, pronunciation, and use of medical terms are included.
This course examines variables and techniques for marketing organizations. Topics include customer behavior, competition in the market, advertising, promotion, branding, customer satisfaction strategies, consumer satisfaction measurement and reporting.
CROSS LISTED: HCA 320
A survey of musical forms, styles, and structures, focusing on perceptive listening to masterpieces from selected historical periods and musical genres.
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of nutrition and how diet relates to health. Promotion and maintenance of optimal health through nutrition and current nutritional issues encountered by health care professionals will also be explored.
This course presents the application of clinical nutritional concepts for the care of patients cross the lifespan. A synthesis of dietary management and education for acute and chronic disease conditions as well as nutritional health promotion will be the focus of the course.
PREREQUISITE: Completion of two semesters of program courses or with approval of course instructor.
This course is designed to give students an overview of the general principles of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Topics include the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs, major drug classifications, and the dosages, therapeutic uses and actions, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions of the commonly prescribed drugs.
PREREQUISITE: BIO 134 or MA 106
This course introduces the strategic concepts and skills of critical thinking as a foundation for providing competent health care in an ever-changing, diverse society. Units explored include the fundamentals of critical thinking, critical thinking for life and learning, essential skills of applied critical thinking in a diverse world, and essential skills of applied critical thinking in health care contexts.
This course facilitates an integration of personal and professional values that form the foundation for a philosophy of care giving, and prepares students for the realities and challenges of care giving in their health care profession. The course examines dimensions of self-care to enhance preparation for a career in a health care profession. It explores the holistic care of others including vulnerable and culturally diverse patients, with a focus on suffering, faith, hope, healing, and death and dying. Students will also take part in a service learning project where they will have the opportunity to both serve and learn from a vulnerable or diverse group.
PREREQUISITE: Two semesters of professional program courses with three semesters recommended.
This course explores the nature and applications of critical and creative thinking in life, learning, and healthcare practice. Topics considered include the dispositions of an ethical reasoner, the universal elements of thought, and the evaluative standards for monitoring and the strategic skills for improving one’s thinking abilities.
This course gives an advanced exploration and application of concepts and skills essential for practicing critical thinkers and competent health-care professionals in a diverse society. Opportunities are provided to develop proficiency in identifying and managing complex client problems and outcomes. Units explored include key issues in critical thinking, learning and life applications of critical thinking, and developing advanced critical thinking skills as applied in providing competent, professional health care.
PREREQUISITE: PHI 110
An introductory survey of the major moral theories of egoism, utilitarianism, deontological ethics, natural law theory, divine command theory, Kantian ethics, and virtue ethics. The course includes the application of these theories to practical moral dilemmas such as those that arise in the deliberations of freedom and determinism, truth and justice, reward and punishment, war, the beginning and end of human life, medical ethics, business ethics, and environmental ethics. Topics may vary.
This course provides future health care professionals with structured opportunities to strengthen their ethical decision making skills and their understanding of key terms, ethical standards, and moral theories. Students will examine a number of clinical cases and contemporary controversies and their connection with personal ethics, the law, and religion. Special emphasis will be given to how different cultures, religions, and belief systems make life and death decisions. An investigation of issues, principles, and theories in bioethics including a close examination of specific cases will be discussed.
This course is designed to gain an understanding of the physics of everyday phenomena. Emphasis is given to developing critical thinking and reasoning skills toward the practical application of concepts in physics. Topics include measurement and analysis, motion, force, gravitation, work and energy, linear and angular momentum, conservation of energy, fluids, thermal physics, gases, electricity, magnetism and sound. The accompanying lab will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation.
A second course in a two-semester sequence designed to stress the principles of modern physics which include mechanics, elasticity, vibration and wave motion, electricity and magnetism, light, optics, atomic, nuclear phenomena and relativity. The accompanying lab will reinforce lecture through hands-on experimentation.
PREREQUISITE: PHY 101
This course explores the discipline of psychology by examining central theories, scientific research and application of psychological principles on topics such as learning, motivation, emotion, personality, social psychology, and memory. Students learn to apply various psychological concepts to their experiences in everyday life. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of psychology in health and social behavior.
This course examines biological, environmental, and psychological factors involved in human life span development from conception to death. Cognitive, physical, emotional, and social aspects of age related change are explored from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Issues in life span development are examined through major developmental theories, with special emphasis on the practical application of these theories.
PREREQUISITE: PSY 101
This course is designed to provide an overview of aging and the field of gerontology. Topics include: population demographics, ageism, biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging, communication with elders, healthy aging, cultural diversity, legal issues, and end of life.
This course is a descriptive and explanatory survey of major behavior disorders from both clinical and theoretical perspectives. Included are diagnostic categories (such as depression and schizophrenia) etiology, and treatment of maladaptive or abnormal behaviors.
PREREQUISITE: PSY 101
This course will explore how individual human behavior, feelings, and thoughts are influenced by others. Students will learn how to apply social psychological principles to everyday life situations. Topics that will be covered include conformity, mass communication, propaganda, persuasion, the development of attitudes, helping behavior, deception, attraction, and how humans can commit “inhuman” acts
PREREQUISITE: PSY101 and SOC102
In this course students will complete meaningful service to their community. Students will then integrate this service with reflection in order to enhance the students’ educational experience.
This course surveys the definition, scope, basic concepts and theories of sociology. It examines the scientific approach to the study of society and includes practical application of concepts. Topics include socialization, group formation, deviance, norms, institutions, and social stratification.
In this course, students have the opportunity to explore and perhaps, transform their personal death and dying awareness, through education, experiential learning, sharing, and reflection. Topics that are covered include historical and contemporary perspectives on death, dying, and grieving; the dying and grieving process; the emotional and spiritual needs of the dying and grieving individual; cultural influences of the dying and grieving process; death anxiety; and the importance of leaving a life legacy.
PREREQUISITE: SOC 102
The unequal distribution of benefits and the hardships throughout the world are key contributors to social problems, including those isses that impact health. Using a social justice approach, this course will study domestic and international social issues, including such issues as: poverty, health care, globalization, discrimination, and the environment.
PREREQUISITE: SOC 102
Pronunciation, vocabulary, and the essentials of grammatical structures with an emphasis on aural-oral practice in the learning of spoken Spanish.
Continuation of 101 with increased emphasis on spoken Spanish.
PREREQUISITE: SPA 101
An introduction to group formation and processes, including strategies of interaction and for the individual as an effective participant/leader in task-oriented groups.
A survey of nonparametric and inferential statistics and their application to the research process. Emphasis on understanding and evaluating statistical analysis in published research.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the basic skills needed to conduct research. Course topics will include qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
PREREQUISITE: STA 402
This courses utilizes the knowledge and skills obtained in STA 420 Research Methodologies in order to conduct a research project. The research project will be presented in a written and oral presentation.
PREREQUISITE: STA 420
This course is an exploration of the origins, historical developments, and practices of the major Christian theological traditions. Through biblical, theological, historical, and critical reflection, students will be able to understand the basic systematic integrity of the various traditions, develop a greater respect for the unity and diversity of faith and practice among Christians, and engage in a lifelong process of discovering and learning truth, growing spiritually, and meaningfully participating in positively shaping their world as individuals and healthcare professionals.
This course is an intensive survey, analysis, and discussion of the New Testament. In addition to understanding the themes of each biblical book with respect to standard methodology of biblical interpretation, students will engage in an in-depth examination of the caring and curative ministry of Jesus Christ as recorded in selected Gospel accounts and explore those aspects which are relevant to their lives and practice as effective healthcare professionals.
This course is an exploration and critical analysis of the origins, beliefs, practices, and developments of the major world religions along with their impact on humankind with special attention given to aspects relevant for providing caring/competent healthcare of those from diverse religious backgrounds.