GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Some or all general education courses may be waived through transfer credit from your previous college experience and depends on your selection of major emphasis. The rest you will typically complete one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Academic Advisor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan.
General education provides students the opportunity to develop understandings, abilities, values, and attributes which enable them to apply their knowledge, skills, and talents to make judicious decisions and to analyze and solve human problems within a global community.
General education is that part of education which encompasses the common knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by each individual to be effective as a person, a family member, a worker, and a citizen. General education is integrated with, but different in emphasis and approach from special training for a job or a profession. Further, general education for a health professions, degree completion program should build on and incorporated prior learning for the adult student.
General education should allow a student to gain a more integrated view of knowledge, a more realistic view of life and a more defined sense of community and social responsibility. Because of the belief that knowledge leads to actions, students should be actively engaged in learning. This holistic point of view provides the student a foundation of lifelong learning in a global and dynamic world.
General Education Categories & Courses
Category I: Physical and Life Sciences
BIOC 201 Biochemistry of Nutrition (3):
Biochemistry covers the structure and function of the four major polymers produced by living organisms. This course focuses on application of Biochemistry through the principles of nutrition and wellbeing. It will help you understand the underlying biochemistry of food and bodily chemistry and will teach you to gain an introductory understanding of the chemicals and reactions that sustain life.
PATH 201 Integrated Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (4) (includes lab)
This course focuses on the pathophysiologic and pharmacologic bases for alterations in health across the lifespan. Theories of disease causation will be explored with specific understanding of drug mechanism of actions, expected effects, side effects, adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and professional nursing responsibilities in drug administration. Drug-related metabolism, expected cellular responses for special populations and groups will also be explored. Acquired, immune, infectious, carcinogenic, genetic, and biochemical alterations in health in selected body systems will be presented with an emphasis on etiology, cellular and systemic pathophysiologic responses and clinical manifestations.
HLTH 201 Advanced Health Assessment (4) (includes lab)
The Health Assessment course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in health promotion, the early detection of illness, and prevention of disease. The course provides the relevant content and skills necessary to perform a comprehensive physical assessment of patients throughout the lifespan. Students are engaged in these processes through interviewing, history taking, and demonstrating an advanced-level physical examination. Dominant models, theories, and perspectives related to evidence-based wellness practices and health education strategies also are included in this challenging course.
MICB 201 Applied Microbiology (4) (includes lab)
Applied Microbiology introduces general concepts, methods, and applications of microbiology from a health sciences perspective. Students will examine the structure and function of microorganisms, including the roles that they play in causing major diseases. The course also explores immunological, pathological, and epidemiological factors associated with disease. To assist students in developing an applied, patient-focused understanding of microbiology, this course is complimented by several lab experiments that allow students to: practice aseptic techniques, grow bacteria and fungi, identify characteristics of bacteria and yeast based on biochemical and environmental tests, and determine antibiotic susceptibility.
Category II: Social Sciences
PSYC 201 Psychology and Wellbeing (3):
In this course, students will develop an understanding of psychology and how it helps them better understand others and themselves. Students will learn general theories about psychological development, the structure of the brain, and how psychologists study behavior. They will gain an understanding of both normal and disordered psychological behaviors, as well as general applications of the science of psychology in society to promote behavioral wellbeing.
Category III: Mathematics
STAT 201 Applied Healthcare Statistics (3):
Applied Healthcare Probability and Statistics is designed to help develop competence in the fundamental concepts of basic mathematics, introductory algebra, and statistics and probability. These concepts include basic arithmetic with fractions and signed numbers; introductory algebra and graphing; descriptive statistics; regression and correlation; and probability. Statistical data and probability are now commonplace in the healthcare field. This course will give candidates background in what constitutes sound research design and how to appropriately model phenomena using statistical data and how to calculate simple probabilities based on events which occur frequently in the healthcare profession.
Category IV: Humanities
HUMA 201 Global Humanities in Healthcare (3):
This introductory humanities course allows candidates to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows candidates to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.
Category VI: Other Elective
IDPT 201 Independent Study (1-7 credit hours)
Independent study credits can help you individualize your program of study so you can delve more deeply into an area of interest. You get to work closely with a professional mentor to essentially create and complete a course that is tailored for you. Different course numbers are used depending on the type of work you are doing, and the number of credits varies.
Undergraduate Study Abroad Course:
IDPT201/USA011/NRSG 313/413 UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD (4):
This course is designed to apply the clinical and/or operations skills and leadership expected of a professional with a bachelor's level education in an immersive experience through a two (2) or four (4) week international study abroad (four or eight credits, respectively). The focus of this program is advocacy and critical assessment and evaluation of needs on the personal, client, community, and global level.
(Passport and international travel required).