Health Sciences

Major: Health Sciences
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

The Bachelor’s degree program in Health Sciences at Drexel University exposes students to a wide variety of careers in health care and related professions. Our emphasis on interdisciplinary study, coupled with expert faculty, gives students the opportunity to explore different facets of health-related professions before matriculating to specialized graduate programs or entering the workplace. Whether you are on the fast track to a career in health professions or still finding your path, our Health Sciences Program offers a multitude of options for completing your degree.

What you will learn

The Health Sciences Program offers a rigorous four-year curriculum for students interested in pursuing careers in health-related professions. Courses in health and clinical sciences, research methods, statistics, and healthcare ethics are combined with a core curriculum of mathematics, humanities, and social sciences to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Health care professions are one of the fastest growing job sectors in the United States. There is tremendous demand for trained health care providers at all levels. In the Health Sciences Program, our multidisciplinary approach, flexible curriculum, and co-op experience provide students with a highly competitive edge in the market place and in the pursuit of graduate program admission. Some of the fields Health Sciences graduates can expect to pursue post-graduation include:

  • Rehabilitation Professions
    • Physical therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Speech and language pathology
    • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Audiology
  • Clinical Research
  • Public Health and Health Advocacy
  • Nursing
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Bioethics
  • Health Psychology

Co-op Experience

Drexel University has long been known for its cooperative education programs. As part of the Health Sciences curriculum, students incorporate a six-month co-op experience into their plan of study. This allows students to learn from healthcare leaders at renowned facilities nationwide. By building career-related employment into undergraduate study, students gain work experience, network with healthcare professionals, and hone their clinical and research skills. Some local co-op employers of Health Sciences students include Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Good Shepherd Penn Partners, NovaCare, and many other health care facilities in the region.

Accelerated Options

The Health Sciences program offers accelerated academic tracks for high achieving students to pursue degrees in the Physician Assistant Studies program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program within the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Graduates of the Health Sciences program may also continue their education in the biomedical graduate programs of the Drexel University College of Medicine (such as the MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management and the MS in Pathologist’s Assistant programs).

For more information, visit the Health Sciences Program page at the College of Nursing and Health Professions web site.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Biology Sequence
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Computer Science Course
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Other Humanities and Social Sciences Courses
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
SOC 125Sociology of Aging3.0
Three Humanities and Social Sciences electives9.0
Pathway to Health Professions Courses
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Clinical Research Courses
HSCI 310Introduction to Clinical Research4.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
Other Health Sciences Courses
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
Health Sciences electives *25.0
Free Electives15.0
Total Credits181.5
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Health Sciences electives include ANAT 420 Advanced Anatomy I; ANAT 421 Advanced Anatomy II; HSCI 430 Developmental Anatomy (WI); PHGY 325 Physiology; PHGY 382 Pathophysiology (WI); HSCI 325 Exercise Physiology; HSCI 326 Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology; and ANAT 202 Sectional Anatomy and NEUR 410 Neuroscience. Certain Health Services Administration (HSAD) courses may also be taken as Health Sciences electives; see your advisor for more information.

Optional Concentration in Exercise Science

The concentration in Exercise Science helps prepare students for graduate studies in Exercise Physiology. In addition, the concentration provides foundational knowledge and skills for a variety of fitness certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and others. These certifications are often required of graduates interested in seeking employment in the fitness industry.

Students wishing to complete the concentration in Exercise Science must complete the courses listed below as 17 of their elective credits.

Required courses:
HSCI 325Exercise Physiology4.0
HSCI 326Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology4.0
Complete 9 credits from the following list:
Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology
Special Topics in Health Sciences
Senior Research Project
Nutrition, Foods, and Health
Introduction to Nutrition & Food
Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

For accelerated sample plans, students should visit the Health Sciences Professions Program page.

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
BIO 124Evolution Organismal Diversity4.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 4
ANAT 101Anatomy Physiology I5.0
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ANAT 102Anatomy Physiology II5.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
HSCI 310Introduction to Clinical Research4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ANAT 103Anatomy Physiology III5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
Health Sciences elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
Free elective3.0
Health Sciences elective*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
Free elective3.0
Health Sciences electives*8.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SOC 125Sociology of Aging3.0
Free elective*3.0
Health Sciences elective*3.0
Humanities/Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
Health Sciences electives*8.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 181.5
*

 See degree requirements.

For accelerated sample plans, students should visit the Health Sciences Program page.

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
BIO 124Evolution Organismal Diversity4.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 3
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 4
ANAT 101Anatomy Physiology I5.0
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ANAT 102Anatomy Physiology II5.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
HSCI 310Introduction to Clinical Research4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ANAT 103Anatomy Physiology III5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
Health Sciences elective*3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 9
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
Free elective3.0
Health Sciences elective*3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
Free elective3.0
Health Sciences electives*8.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SOC 125Sociology of Aging3.0
Free elective*3.0
Health Sciences elective*3.0
Humanities/Social Science electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
Health Sciences electives*8.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 181.5
*

 See degree requirements.

Accelerated 3+3 BS/DPT: Physical Therapy Option

About the Accelerated 3+3 BS/DPT Option

Drexel’s undergraduate Health Sciences Program and graduate Physical Therapy (PT) Program have partnered to offer an Accelerated dual-degree BS/DPT option available to high-achieving students enrolled in the Health Sciences Program. The Accelerated 3+3 BS/DPT Option is an accelerated academic track that enables students to complete their Bachelor of Sciences and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in 5.5 years as opposed to the traditional 6.5 years. Students pursue a BS degree in Health Sciences during their first three years of study, and a DPT degree during their final 2.5 years of study.  The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences is awarded following completion of year four (first year of graduate study), and the doctoral degree is awarded following completion of the Physical Therapy program.

For additional information visit the Accelerated BS/DPT Option on Health Sciences page.

General Requirements
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Biology Sequence
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS 152Introductory Physics I4.0
PHYS 153Introductory Physics II4.0
Computer Science Course
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Other Humanities and Social Sciences Courses
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
Free Electives4.5
Pathway to Health Professions Courses
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Clinical Research Courses
HSCI 310Introduction to Clinical Research3.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Clinical Research3.0
Other Health Sciences Courses
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
HSCI 204Clinical Health Informatics3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
Two Health Sciences electives *7.0
1st Year DPT Courses
NEUR 507Neuroscience I3.0
PTRS 530Kinesiology I4.0
PTRS 531Kinesiology II3.0
PTRS 532Human Gross Anatomy I4.0
PTRS 533Human Gross Anatomy II3.5
PTRS 534Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention I3.0
PTRS 537Clinical Correlations I3.0
PTRS 539Topics in Pathophysiology I3.5
PTRS 540Topics in Pathophysiology II2.0
PTRS 620Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Upper Extremity4.0
PTRS 623Physical Agents4.0
PTRS 656Motor Control and Rehabilitation2.0
Total Credits185.0

*

Health Science electives include: Advanced Anatomy I & II; Developmental Anatomy (WI); Physiology; Pathophysiology (WI); Exercise Physiology; Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology; and Sectional Anatomy or NEUR 410 Neurosciences. Certain Health Services Administration courses may also be taken as Health Science electives.


Accelerated 4+1 BS/MHS: Physician Assistant Option

About the Accelerated 4+1 BS/MHS Option

Drexel’s undergraduate Health Sciences Program and graduate Physician Assistant (PA) Program have partnered to offer an accelerated dual-degree BS/MHS option available to high achieving students enrolled in the Health Sciences Program. The Accelerated 4+1 BS/MHS PA Option is an accelerated academic track that enables students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health Sciences, including sitting for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), in 5.25 years as opposed to the traditional 6.25 years. Students pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences during their first three years of study, and a Master of Health Science degree during the final 2.25 years of study. The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences is awarded following completion of year four (first year of graduate study), and the master’s degree is awarded following completion of the Physician Assistant Program.

For additional information visit the Accelerated 4+1 BS/MHS Option on Health Sciences page.

Degree Requirements
General Requirements
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Biology Sequence
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Computing Course
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Humanities and Social Science Courses
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 125Medical Terminology3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
Pathway to Health Professions Courses
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Clinical Research Courses
HSCI 310Introduction to Clinical Research4.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Clinical Research3.0
Other Health Sciences Courses
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
HSCI 204Clinical Health Informatics3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
Three Health Sciences electives *11.0
1st Year PA Courses
PA 540Clinical Anatomy5.0
PA 542Patient Communication2.0
PA 543Ethical Issues in Physician Assistant Practice2.0
PA 544Clinical Assessment5.0
PA 547Evidence Based Medicine for Physician Assistants3.0
PA 548Principles of Medical Science I2.0
PA 549Principles of Medical Science II2.0
PA 551Pharmacology and Therapeutics I3.0
PA 552Pharmacology and Therapeutics II2.0
PA 554Biopsychosocial Issues in Patient Care5.0
PA 556Clinical Medicine I5.0
PA 557Clinical Medicine II5.0
Total Credits185.5
*

Health Science electives include: Advanced Anatomy I & II; Developmental Anatomy (WI); Physiology; Pathophysiology (WI); Exercise Physiology; Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology; and Sectional Anatomy or NEUR 410 Neurosciences. Certain Health Services Administration courses may also be taken as Health Science electives.

Facilities

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is located on Drexel University’s Center City Campus, adjacent to Hahnemann University Hospital. The proximity of this major medical center provides a rich environment for students to study and experience the health sciences.  Students have access to the Center for Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation and Practice (CICSP) which utilizes patient actors and automated simulation manikins to mimic real-life human physiology. The CICSP provides undergraduate Health Sciences students the opportunity to learn assessment and communication skills in a controlled setting. The College of Nursing and Health Professions also maintains the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, a comprehensive, community-based health center, where students have unique opportunities to observe and participate in health care delivery.

Anatomy Courses

ANAT 101 Anatomy & Physiology I 5.0 Credits

This course is a general study of the structures and physiology of the human body. Fundamental concepts of microscopic tissue structure, gross structures of organs and body system organization are taught. The course consists of both lecture and lab material. The lecture portion deals with the general principles. In the lab, the student participates with practical examination of microscopic sections, tissues and organs, and the anatomical layout of human cadavers. The cell, tissues and musculoskeletal system will be covered in this course, as well as muscle and nerve physiology.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ANAT 102 Anatomy & Physiology II 5.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of ANAT 101. This course is a general study of the structures & physiology of the human body. Fundamental concepts of microscopic tissue structure, gross structures of organs and body system organization are taught. The course consists of both lab and lecture material. The lecture deals with the general principles. In the lab, the student participates with practical examination of microscopic sections, tissues and organs, and the anatomical layout of various animal cadavers. The nervous, endocrine and digestive system will be covered in this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 101 [Min Grade: D]

ANAT 103 Anatomy & Physiology III 5.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of ANAT 101 & 102. This course is a general study of the structures and physiology of the human body. Fundamental concepts of microscopic tissue structure, gross structures of organs and body system organization are taught. The course consists of both lab and lecture material. The lecture deals with the general principles. While in the lab, the student participates with practical examination of microscopic sections, tissues, organs and the anatomical layout of various animal cadavers. The cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems will be covered.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 102 [Min Grade: D]

ANAT 202 Sectional Anatomy 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to bridge the gap between Anatomy & Physiology and Advanced Anatomy. Anatomy of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen and pelvis is reviewed. Relationships of surface and internal structures from different bodily systems are emphasized. The analysis is supported by illustrations, CT scans, and MRI images.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

ANAT 420 Advanced Anatomy I 4.0 Credits

This course introduces the fundamentals of gross anatomy. Emphasis is placed on the regional study of the head, neck, back and upper extremity. Special attention is directed to study of the brain and spinal cord. Laboratory materials include human cadavers, models, radiographs, CT scans, MRI images and relevant web sites.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

ANAT 421 Advanced Anatomy II 4.0 Credits

This course is a continuation of ANAT 420. Emphasis is placed on the regional study of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and lower extremity. Laboratory material include human cadavers, models, radiographs, CT scans, MRI images and relevant web sites.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 420 [Min Grade: D]

Health Sciences Courses

HSCI 125 Medical Terminology 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to the language of medicine intended as foundational for future study and professional practice. Students will study the basic vocabulary of medicine as well as the structure underlying that vocabulary in order to enhance future study and education.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HSCI 201 Health Assessment through the Lifespan 4.0 Credits

Course focuses on health assessment across the lifespan. The focus is on the development of interviewing skills, assessment of health status, and physical examination skills for the beginning health professional student.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 204 Clinical Health Informatics 3.0 Credits

This course examines technology and the tools of the Internet, with a focus on the use of cyber-technology and select computer applications. The automation of data management through information systems, expert systems, and telecommunication, and the impact of technology on health care education and research are addressed.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: CS 161 [Min Grade: C]

HSCI 205 Strategies for Academic Success 1.0 Credit

This course helps students to explore the learning process, to gain essential skills needed to achieve academic success and to develop the ability to make effective use of university resources. Discussion, personal reflection, and relevant electronic resources are used to foster students’ development as self-directed learners. Specific attention will be given to the following topics: study skills, learning strategies, time management, academic planning, test-taking techniques, and goal-setting. The goal of this course is to help improve students’ efficacy in the areas of academic self-management, self-direction, and resource utilization.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HSCI 301 Pharmacology I 3.0 Credits

This course introduces health professional students to the principles of pharmacology and drug therapies, pharmacologic-therapeutic classes of drugs and important drug information resources.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 103 [Min Grade: C]

HSCI 302 Pharmacology II 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on common drugs used in the treatment of disorders of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, anti-infective and anti-inflammatory agents, immune and biologic modifiers and chemotherapeutic agents, and miscellaneous hematologic, dermatologic, ophthalmic, ant otic agents.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HSCI 301 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 310 Introduction to Clinical Research 4.0 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principals and practices underlying clinical research. Topics to be covered include: the protection of human subjects, scientific misconduct, asking clinical research questions, conducting literature searches, critical appraisal of the health literature, and evidence based practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HSCI 313 Clinical Trials Protocols 4.0 Credits

Students learn to design and implement a clinical trial protocol. Topics include experimental design, research team member roles and management of clinical trials. Special research techniques for special populations are considered. Means of preventing scientific misconduct through proper monitoring are discussed.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HSCI 310 [Min Grade: D] and STS 350 [Min Grade: D] and COM 320 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 315 Current Issues in Clinical Research 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to discuss current issues and controversies impacting clinical research. There will be a focus on critical appraisal of health-related studies attracting media attention. Other topics may include: ethical dilemmas when performing clinical research; how clinical research informs healthcare policy; and how clinical research impacts healthcare practice of in a culture of evidence-based medicine.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

HSCI 325 Exercise Physiology 4.0 Credits

This course examines the acute and chronic effects of exercise on human physiology. Topical areas include neuromuscular physiology, cardiopulmonary, energy metabolism, nutrition, exercise evaluation, body composition, exercise prescription, and influence of environmental factors and clinical conditions on response to exercise.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 101 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 326 Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology 4.0 Credits

This course applies the foundations of anatomy and physiology to the study of human movement, with emphasis on normal motions of the musculoskeletal system. Topical areas include musculoskeletal anatomy, neuroanatomy, biomechanics, lever systems, and the influence of musculoskeletal disease and injury in normal movement.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 101 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 337 Genetics and Health 3.0 Credits

This course covers the fundamentals of human genetics from a healthcare perspective. The course presents concepts of classical genetics, outlines molecular mechanisms of heredity, and explores the evolving technological advances in DNA modifications and analysis. The course emphasizes the importance of the health professional in enhancing patient understanding of the impact of genetic technology in healthcare decisions. Additional topics include genetic counseling, assisted reproductive technologies and personal genomics.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BIO 122 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 415 Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology 4.0 Credits

Introduction to the study of diseases, disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. The biomechanics of connective tissue and basic science of inflammation, repair, regeneration and fibrosis are discussed. Students learn the pathogenesis, pathophysiology and clinical presentation of selected musculoskeletal disorders. The concepts of epidemiology and risk factors are considered.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 101 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 430 Developmental Anatomy 4.0 Credits

This course expands upon the student's knowledge of anatomy by describing the events involved in the formation of organ systems in the developing human. The laboratory portion of the course examines congenital defects of the systems and discusses possible causes and treatments form a clinical perspective.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 101 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

HSCI 440 Emerging Technologies in Healthcare 3.0 Credits

This course explores recent developments in the emerging fields of regenerative medicine, genomics and nanomedicine. Through lectures and assigned readings students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of stem cell biology, tissue engineering, genomic testing, and nanobiotechnology. Emphasis will be placed on clinical applications of these technologies, as well as their impact on the changing role of healthcare providers.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HSCI 337 [Min Grade: C]

HSCI 470 Readings in Health Sciences 1.0-6.0 Credit

This course is designed to allow upper-class student to pursue specialized interests in specific topics in the health sciences. May be repeated twice for credit.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 12 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

HSCI 480 Special Topics in Health Sciences 1.0-12.0 Credit

This course covers topics of a particular interest to students in health sciences. In different terms, a variety of topics are presented to the students.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 4 times for 24 credits

HSCI 490 Senior Research Project 3.0 Credits

In this course, the student, with faculty supervision, selects a topic for a term project that integrates the academic and practical knowledge the student has acquired in his/her curriculum. The student develops objectives relevant to the project, critiques the literature, presents a plan for implementation, and completes the term project.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.

Neuroscience Courses

NEUR 410 Neuroscience 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a strong foundation in the structure and function of the nervous system. Clinical correlations are provided throughout the course to underscore the necessity for understanding the material for effective clinical practice and to provide a neurophysiological basis for various pathological conditions commonly encountered in the practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

Physiology Courses

PHGY 325 Physiology 5.0 Credits

Presentation of organ function with emphasis on the integration of neural and humoral control mechanisms.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ANAT 101 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: D] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: D]

PHGY 382 Pathophysiology for Health Professions 5.0 Credits

Introduction to disturbances of normal function and basic mechanisms involved in diseases of major organ systems. Presentation of the general aspects of the common human pathophysiological conditions and syndromes.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is NUOL.

Statistics Courses

STS 345 Statistics for the Health Sciences 4.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation of basic statistical knowledge to aid in reading and understanding research results in the health science literature. Topics will include: variable types, sampling, scales of measurement, reliability and validity of measurement, study designs, descriptive statistics, classical statistical inference, correlation, chi-square, parametric and nonparametric tests for group comparisons.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

STS 350 Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science 4.0 Credits

This course focuses on the statistical methods that are appropriate for clinical research. The subject of medical research and common clinical trials designed are introduced. The use of NCSS and SAS statistical software is initiated during a review of basic statistic methods. Advanced statistical methods used in clinical trials are also covered.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: STS 345 [Min Grade: D]

Health Sciences Faculty

William D'Andrea, MS, RPh, CCP (MCP Hahnemann) Associate Chair. Assistant Teaching Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
Mary Elizabeth Flynn, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, genetics
Alan James Haroian, PhD (St. Louis University). Associate Teaching Professor. Examination of the normal afferent and efferent connections of the mouse cerebella nuclei.
Michael C. Kennedy, PhD (University of Rochester) Associate Dean for Undergraduate Health Professions Programs. Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, autonomic nervous system, and the auditory system.
Michael L. Kirifides, PhD (Hahnemann University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Intracellular electrophysiology, ratiometric calcium imaging, flourescence microscopy and flow cytometry.
Margery A. Lockard, PT, PhD (Hahnemann University). Clinical Professor. Orthopedic/musculoskeletal physical therapy; management of patients using prosthetic and orthotic devices; and anatomy and physiology.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Janell L. Mensinger, PhD (City University of New York). Associate Teaching Professor. Behavioral health promotion strategies, treating obesity, clinical research methods, statistics.
Robert Peter Meyer, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Quantitative microscopy studies, anatomy, neuroanatomy.
Krista L. Rompolski, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Teaching Professor. Interventions to prevent and treat diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy.
Stephanie Ross, MH, HT, CNC (University of Calgary). Assistant Clinical Professor. Botanical medicine; women's natural health and complementary and integrative therapies.
Joseph A. Rubertone, MPT, PhD (West Virginia University). Associate Clinical Professor. Connectivity of vestibular nuclear complex, brain tumor imaging, and clinical studies pertaining to the effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation.
Sinclair A. Smith, MS, ScD (Boston University) Department Chair. Teaching Professor. The use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and near infrared spectroscopy to non-invasively study neuromuscular metabolism in humans.
Vincent J. Zarro, MD, PhD (Hahnemann Medical College). Associate Professor. Community and preventative medicine.
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