Course Descriptions

Health Sciences

HSC 303
Professionalism in Health Sciences
3 credits

This course provides a basis for role transition of the healthcare professional to the bachelor's degree student and provides opportunity for exploration of the many dimensions of professional practice. The focus will include identification and analysis of current issues facing healthcare disciplines and their scope of practice, the conceptual basis for healthcare practice, and the outlook for healthcare services.  The course includes an introduction to information literacy and writing skills. Class sessions and course assignments are designed to foster critical thinking skills. During this course, the students are required to complete a credentialing profile. Detailed instruction of the mandatory credentialing is found in the College of Health Professions HSC Student blackboard site. There is a private vendor's fee associated with the credentialing process and is the financial responsibility of the student. Completed credentialing is mandatory for students to continue with HSC core course selection.

Prerequisite(s): 60 lower level credits, ENG 310 highly recommended

HSC 313
Ethical and Legal Issues of Healthcare
3 credits

This course is designed to enable health care professionals to function as objective members of the health care delivery team while working within legal and ethical boundaries. Students will be introduced to medical law and a broad range of ethical issues specific to the provision of health care services. Ethical theory is combined with a practical application of ethical principles to healthcare issues.

Prerequisite(s): 60 lower level credits

HSC 323
Health Education & Principles of Teaching
3 credits

This course focuses on the development of instructional skills for professional healthcare practice. Needs assessment, health education planning of programs, and strategies for learner-centered teaching for patients, families, peers or communities will be included. Approaches for evaluation of healthcare educational resources will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): HSC 303 and 60 lower level credits

HSC 325
Healthcare Compliance
3 credits

This course will focus on the fundamental healthcare laws and regulations that impact the healthcare industry and compliance. The course will include topics, such as, fraud and abuse laws (the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law), the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, HITECH, and many more topics. Additionally, this course will address law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating and enforcing the healthcare law. The course materials will allow students to test their knowledge and understanding of the statutory and regulatory principles of compliance in a variety of health care settings. This course is crosslisted with POL 325.

HSC 327
Hispanic Cultural Immersion
3 credits

In this course, students will utilize the skills and knowledge they gained in previous courses in Hispanic language and culture.  Students will participate in a community clinical site which provides healthcare to the Hispanic community. Note: Student's preparing to begin this course are required to complete mandatory credentialing. Information about the completion of the credentialing can be found within the course syllabus.

Prerequisite(s): ETN340, SPA301, SPA302, SPA305, HLT371

HSC 333
Leadership for the Healthcare Professional
3 credits

This course will focus on the development of leadership skills for health services professional practice. The course will explore the leadership role and competencies critical for success. Strategic thinking, the culture of professionalism, collaborative behavior, and patient and family centered leadership concepts will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): HSC 303 and 60 lower level credits

HSC 343
Research for Evidenced Based Practice
3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methodology of research.  Emphasis of this course is placed on the ability to understand and critique published research reports. Students learn the relevance of research and strategies for utilization as evidenced based care. Advocacy and accountability in the conduct and use of research are stressed.

Prerequisite(s): HSC 303, MAT 308 and 60 lower level credits

Study Abroad - Intercultural Competence
0 credits

We live in a global society and students need intercultural skills and knowledge to be fully prepared to live and work in today's world. One of the best ways to develop these important skills is to immerse one's self in another country's culture by studying abroad. Participating in a study-abroad program can help students develop greater independence, maturity, and self-confidence; the flexibility to adapt quickly and creatively to unexpected developments; and the ability to interact effectively with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds., including, but not limited to, race/ethnicity. They also gain many other skills and experiences that will become invaluable to them throughout their lives, as well as to their employers when they enter the workforce. In our increasingly global society, leaders in business, government, and academia are recognizing the economic importance of students gaining international experience and becoming globally competent citizens and employees.

Passports: Passports must be obtained for international travel.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, GPA of 2.5 or higher, and Chair Approval

HSC 423
Essentials of Public Health
3 credits

This course presents the basic principles of epidemiology with particular emphasis on applications for the health sciences major. Topics of focus include epidemiological investigation principles, disease identification and measurements of incidence and prevalence. Facets of population health management and strategies designed to control health problems will be presented.

Prerequisite(s): HSC 303 and 60 lower level credits

HSC 433
Health Sciences Practicum/ Capstone
3 credits

This course serves as a capstone course in Health Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to explore current issues related to their specific disciplines and health care in general. In addition, each student will prepare and present a portfolio assessment providing an opportunity to integrate and synthesize their growth in knowledge and skills over the course of the program. Identification of goals for continued professional growth and lifelong learning will be identified.

Prerequisite(s): HSC 303, HSC 313, HSC 323, HSC 333, HSC 343, and HSC 423