Pathway to Health Professions: Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science Degree in  Health Sciences: 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Pathway to Health Professions curriculum is a four-year course of study with one co-op experience, leading to a BS degree in Health Sciences. Health sciences and clinical sciences courses are combined with mathematics, humanities, and social sciences electives into a fully-integrated curriculum that prepares students for the pursuit of careers in the health professions.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Pathway to Health Professions program provides a four-year course of study, leading to the BS degree, for students who wish to study toward health professions careers. Health sciences and clinical sciences courses are combined with mathematics, humanities, and social sciences electives into a fully integrated curriculum that prepares students for the pursuit of health professions careers in the fields of nursing, physician assistant studies, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Courses in clinical research (protocol design, research methods, data management, and governmental and regulatory issues) are also included in the curriculum. These courses are designed to give students a strong foundation in clinical research and to prepare them for possible employment in clinical research settings. The clinical research content of the curriculum is also very appropriate for the preparation of students for post-baccalaureate and graduate studies in the health professions.

Co-Op Opportunities

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education programs, through which students mix periods of full-time, career related employment with their studies. Some co-op employers of previous Pathway to Health Professions students have included Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, McGee Rehabilitation Hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Hahnemann, Good Shepherd Penn Partners and NovaCare, as well as many other health care facilities in the region.

After Graduation

Some graduates of the Pathway to Health Professions program will choose to pursue employment opportunities in clinical research settings, and some will choose to continue their education by enrolling in post-baccalaureate and graduate programs leading to a variety of health professions careers.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Pathway to Health Professions program may choose to enter the workforce in the field of clinical research. Clinical research is a rapidly expanding enterprise. There is a great need for trained individuals to fill positions on clinical research teams that are performing the research necessary to obtain FDA approval of new drugs, new medical devices, and new medical procedures. Clinical research is performed in clinics, hospital wards, pharmaceutical companies, medical device firms, doctors’ offices, operating rooms, and other health care settings. In those settings, graduates of the program can fill positions in which they are responsible for interacting with physicians whose patients are participating in the research study, interviewing participants, taking medical histories, obtaining informed consent, collecting, entering and compiling data, and manipulating data for publication of research results. These activities require individuals with advanced training in the policies and procedures of clinical research. Graduates of the program will have that knowledge, and they will understand the procedures for designing and implementing clinical research protocols and the governmental regulations governing clinical research projects.

Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Studies

The curriculum of the Pathway to Health Professions program is designed to provide a strong foundation for those students who will proceed after graduation to post-baccalaureate and graduate programs in the health professions.The curriculum enables students to fulfill all of the prerequisites for these post-baccalaureate and graduate programs. The co-op experiences that students of the program undertake will serve to fulfill the requirement of the post baccalaureate and graduate programs that their applicants have personal exposure to the profession before they apply.

The Pathway to Health Professions program serves as a feeder program for the Second Degree Fast-Track Nursing program, the Physician Assistant Studies program, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Graduates of the Pathway to Health Professions 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 Pathway to Health Professions Program page at the College of Nursing and Health Professions web site.

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: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across 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 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
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
Six Health Science electives *22.0
Free Electives16.5
Total Credits181.0

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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.



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 Pathway to Health Professions Program page.

 

First Year
FallCredits
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
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Winter
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Spring
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Second Year
Fall
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
Winter
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Third Year
Fall
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Winter
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Clinical Research3.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
Health Science elective*3.0
Free elective 2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Spring
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
Free elective4.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
Free elective 2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Fourth Year
Fall
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
Health Science electives*8.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Winter
SOC 125Sociology of Aging3.0
Health Science elective*3.0
Humanities/Social Science electives 6.0
Free elective 2.5
 Term Credits14.5
Spring
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Health Science electives *8.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 181.0

 

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 See degree requirements.


 

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

 

First Year
FallCredits
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
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Winter
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Spring
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Second Year
Fall
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
Winter
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSCI 313Clinical Trials Protocols4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Third Year
Fall
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Winter
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Clinical Research3.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
Health Science elective*3.0
Free elective 2.0
 Term Credits14.0
Spring
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
Free elective4.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
Free elective 2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Fourth Year
Fall
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
Health Science electives*8.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Winter
SOC 125Sociology of Aging3.0
Health Science elective*3.0
Humanities/Social Science electives 6.0
Free elective 2.5
 Term Credits14.5
Spring
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Health Science electives *8.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 181.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.


Accelerated Career Entry 3+1 BSN option

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree 219.5 quarter credits

About the Program

The Pathway to Health Professions and the Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) to Nursing program have created a new undergraduate program, entitled "Health Sciences - ACE 3+1 BSN ” for the College of Nursing and Health Professions of Drexel University.

The program is based on the 4-year, one co-op curricular model. The program combines the first three years of the Pathway to Health Professions program (Health Sciences major) with the one-year Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) to Nursing program. Students can only enter this accelerated program as freshmen. The accelerated HSCI-ACE program is not available to transfer students.

For additional information, including a sample plan of study, visit the College's Accelerated Career Entry to Nursing web 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: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across 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
Economics Course
ECON 240Economics of Health Care Systems4.0
Other Humanities and Social Science Courses
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 120Developmental Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 120Sociology of the Family3.0
Pathway to Health Professions 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 Courses
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 309Advanced Health-Care Ethics3.0
HSCI 301Pharmacology I3.0
HSCI 302Pharmacology II3.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
NFS 200Nutrition I: Principles of Nutrition4.0
NFS 203Nutrition II: Nutrition in the Lifecycle4.0
NURS 339Pathophysiology3.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
STS 350Advanced Statistics for Clinical Science4.0
ACE BSN Courses
NURS 110Essentials of Relationship-Based Professional Nursing Practice4.0
NURS 112Relationship-Based Health Assessment & Promotion5.0
NURS 200Principles of Nursing Practice6.0
NURS 204Nursing Informatics3.0
NURS 300Comprehensive Adult Nursing I6.0
NURS 301Pharmacology for Nursing I3.0
NURS 303Women's Health Nursing6.0
NURS 304Nursing of Children6.0
NURS 305Comprehensive Adult Nursing II6.0
NURS 306Pharmacology for Nursing II3.0
NURS 308Mental Health Nursing6.0
NURS 330 [WI] Research Basis of Nursing4.0
NURS 337 [WI] Genetics in Nursing and Health3.0
NURS 400 [WI] Leadership, Management, and Entrepreneurship in Nursing3.0
NURS 401Comprehensive Adult Nursing III6.0
NURS 403Community Public Health Nursing6.0
NURS 450Contemporary Gerontological Nursing6.0
NURS 492Senior Seminar in Nursing3.0
Total Credits219.5

 


Accelerated 3+3 BS /DPT: Physical Therapy Option

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences: 185.0 quarter credits

About the Program 

The Pathway to Health Professions (Health Sciences) Program and the Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences of the College of Nursing and Health Professions offer an accelerated dual degree program. Participants can earn both a BS degree in Health Sciences and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in only six years after graduation from high school. Graduates of this innovative program are able to function in a variety of health care settings and are well-prepared to seek licensure by state board examination. Drexel’s DPT program – the new standard in physical therapy education – is the successor to the former MCP Hahnemann University’s Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program, which was accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) beginning in 1981. The current DPT program is fully accredited by CAPTE.

This is a six-year program in which students earn both a BS with a major in Health Sciences (HSCI) and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). The program is available to Health Science majors (HSCI, 4-year, one co-op program) only. Transfer students are not eligible for this program.

For additional information visit the Pathway to Health Professions Program: Accelerated Dual Degree Programs 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: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across 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

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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 Studies Option

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences: 185.5 quarter credits

About the Program

The Pathway to Health Professions (Health Sciences) program and the Hahnemann Physician Assistant (PA) program of the College of Nursing and Health Professions have created an accelerated dual degree option which offers its students valuable early advising and mentoring from PA faculty to help them plan their studies and meet their goals while they are still undergraduate students. Drexel’s highly regarded Hahnemann Physician Assistant program, which was founded at the former Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, is the oldest physician assistant program in Pennsylvania and one of the largest PA programs in the country. The Hahnemann PA program is known for attracting a diverse student body, with more than a quarter of the trainees coming from minority backgrounds and from the medically-underserved areas in which PAs are critically important.

This program allows students to enter the master's-level Physician Assistant program as undergraduates after completing a predetermined number of undergraduate credits. The program is only available to students enrolled in the Pathway to Health Professions major.

For additional information and a sample curriculum, visit the College's Pathway to Health Professions BS/MHS 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: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across 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

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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 at Drexel University’s Center City Hahnemann Campus, adjacent to Tenet Healthcare’s Hahnemann University Hospital.

The proximity of this major medical center provides a rich environment for students to study toward health professions careers.The Clinical Learning Resource Center provides students with state-of the-art educational resources (including the Sim-Man Simulated Patient System) to enable them to develop the skills that are needed in their chosen health professions careers. Through the Eleventh Street Corridor Partnership for Community Based Care, the College of Nursing and Health Professions maintains a comprehensive, community-based health center, Eleventh Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, where students have unique opportunities to observe 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: C]

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: C]

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: C]

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: C]

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: C]

Health Sciences Courses

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: C]

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 101 [Min Grade: C] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: C] and 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: C]

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: C]

HSCI 315 Current Issues in Clinical Research 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to discuss current issues impacting clinical research practice. Topics include ethical issues, scientific issues and operational issues. There is also an opportunity to learn strategies for obtaining a position in clinical research and identify organizations that support clinical research practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: HSCI 313 [Min Grade: C]

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: C] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: C] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: C]

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: C] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: C] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: C]

HSCI 337 Genetics and Health 3.0 Credits

This course discusses the Human Genome Project and how to apply genetic knowledge to patient knowledge and patient care in the following ways: identifying the need for genetic testing, obtaining and recording information, and supporting choice by patients about genetic issues.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BIO 122 [Min Grade: C] and BIO 124 [Min Grade: C] and BIO 126 [Min Grade: C]

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: C] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: C] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: C]

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: C] and ANAT 102 [Min Grade: C] and ANAT 103 [Min Grade: C]

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: C]

Health Sciences Faculty

William D'Andrea, MS, RPh, CCP (MCP Hahnemann). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pharmacology, anatomy & physiology, advanced pharmacology.
Mary Elizabeth Flynn, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Professor. Anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, genetics
Alan James Haroian, PhD (St. Louis University). Associate Professor. Examination of the normal afferent and efferent connections of the mouse cerebella nuclei.
Michael Craig Kennedy, PhD (University of Rochester) Chair, Department of Health Sciences. Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, autonomic nervous system, and the auditory system.
Michael L. Kirifides, PhD (Hahnemann University). Assistant Professor. Intracellular electrophysiology, ratiometric calcium imaging, flourescence microscopy and flow cytometry.
Margery A. Lockard, PhD (Hahnemann University). Clinical Professor. Orthopedic/musculoskeletal physical therapy; management of patients using prosthetic and orthotic devices; and anatomy and physiology.
Margery A. Lockard, PT, PhD (Hahnemann University, University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg University). Clinical Professor. Prosthetics and orthotics, osteoarthritis and functional performance, teaching and learning using standardized patients.
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Janell L. Mensinger, PhD (City University of New York). Assistant Teaching Professor. Behavioral health promotion strategies, treating obesity, clinical research methods, statistics.
Robert Peter Meyer, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Quantitative microscopy studies.
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). Associate Professor. The use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and near infrared spectroscopy to non-invasively study neuromuscular metabolism in humans.
Masaru Teramoto, PhD (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Assistant Teaching Professor. Physical activity epidemiology and statistical analysis for human behavior.
Vincent J. Zarro, MD, PhD (Hahnemann Medical College). Clinical Assistant Professor. Community and preventative medicine.
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