Course Descriptions

HPPT 506 Evidence Based Practice (3 QH)
An introduction to the utilization of best evidence in the practice of Physical Therapy. After covering the development of clinical questions, the course moves into how to identify databases and use searching strategies to find evidence. Finally, it covers the application of the evidence in the clinical practices setting.
Core course offered during fall quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program.

HPPT 720 Physical Therapy Examination: Screening for Disease (3 QH)
This course introduces the students to screening patients for medical disease. The students will learn screening methods for identifying possible general health and/or system dysfunctions. Students will interpret and evaluate information gathered and decide whether physical therapy intervention is appropriate and/or the need for further referral.
Core course offered during spring quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HPPT 722 Advanced Clinical Practice (3 QH)
This course is a required experience in the curriculum. It deals with best practices as identified in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. Specific sections include physical therapy practice and management of patients with impairments in the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Neurological, Musculoskeletal and Integumentary System. In addition, cutting edge Wound Care and Lymphedema interventions are presented. The culmination of the course is an on-campus weekend in which students present their Independent Studies and Practicum. Emphasis is on the integration of research and evidence in the area of study. The Core Faculty present seminar sessions, go to the Anatomy Lab and facilitate hands on practice in the lab setting geared towards each class.
Core course offered during summer quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HPPT 730 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists (3 QH)
This on-line course utilizes multiple formats to enable the student to gain an understanding of the general principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The student will be able to identify medications related to specific diagnoses and drug categories common to physical therapy. The student will develop skills to screen patient medications upon initial visit. PowerPoint, text and journal readings, case studies and assignments, and discussion boards will be used.
Core course offered during summer quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HPPT 732 Anatomical Imaging (3 QH)
This course covers basic principles and interpretation of imaging modalities as they apply to the field of physical therapy. The emphasis is on plain film radiography and how you can benefit as a physical therapist from an increased understanding of these images. Other types of imaging such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs) and Computed Tomography will also be introduced, but the scope of this course will be directed towards plain film radiography.
Core course offered during winter quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HPPT 870 Independent Study (3 QH)
An individualized independent learning experience with faculty support which may include, but not be limited to the following:

  1. Summary of the literature on a special topic
  2. Specialized study of clinical techniques in a n area of special emphasis
  3. Special objectives and treatment of a particular patient group
Core course offered all quarters.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HPPT 880 Practicum (6 QH)
The Practicum experience combines an Independent Study topic with a project which may be clinical research, administrative or education in nature. This is done with faculty support and/or a supervisor in the area of expertise needed for the practicum. It must be approved by the Program Director.
Core course offered all quarters.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 510 Global Health (3 QH)
The course is designed to introduce students to progress made in improving human health world-wide and understanding the challenges that remain. Students will focus on learning the principles and measures of health improvement, global health themes and diseases, the impact of disease on populations such as women and children, and how they can work as interprofessional team members to address these issues.
Elective course offered during winter quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program

HHCM 511 Healthcare Management in Non-Hospital Setting (3 QH)
While the hospital is the centerpiece of the health care system, so much health care is delivered outside this setting. Students will be introduced to many healthcare services outside the traditional setting of the hospital and gain knowledge of the operations of such healthcare settings. The course will be divided into four parts: Traditional Care, Diagnosing, Acute-Care Treatment, and Chronic Care and within each area students will explore the basic operations of various health care settings such as out patient clinics and surgical centers, pharmacies, outpatient laboratories, chiropractic centers, adult day care and hospice care.
Elective course offered during fall quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 518 Insurance Dimensions (3 QH)
This course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the principles of insurance related to healthcare organizations. The curriculum focuses on insurance in the healthcare setting, risk financing considerations, and insurance policy analysis. The impact of recent national and world events, changing economic, and policies as they relate to the healthcare insurance industry will also be explored.
Elective course offered during summer quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 519 Practice Management (3 QH)
Practice Management offers the essential elements and support for a successful healthcare practice concentrating on facility management and organizational skills. Topics will include the organizational management landscape and management functions such as planning and decision-making, organizing, staffing, and budgeting. This course will also address practical concerns such as committees and teams and human resource management considerations such as training and development, retention and recruitment, and communication. This elective course establishes a foundation for growth and professional opportunity for the health management professional.
Elective course offered during fall quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 520 Cultural Diversity and the Management of Healthcare (3 QH)
This course introduces the student to the importance of providing culturally appropriate health care for the diverse ethnic populations encountered in the U.S. healthcare system. The significance of family traditions, cultural heritage, and health and healing traditions on the patient’s interaction with the healthcare delivery system and providers will be explored. Students will develop interventions that providers and managers of healthcare can use to diminish the conflict that patients may experience between their traditions related to cultural heritage and the American healthcare system.
Elective course offered during winter and spring quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 522 Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)
In keeping with contemporary issues in healthcare reform and policy implications, the focus of course assignments and content for HHCM522 now places more emphasis on policy and policy analysis. An entire unit of the course now relates to the study of health policy and in-depth analysis of health policy including local, state, and federal perspectives. A final course paper requires research and in-depth study of recent health reform legislation. In addition, discussion questions include more emphasis on health policy and the impact on cost, quality, and access to care.
Core course offered during winter quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 523 Current Topics in Healthcare Administration and Management (3 QH)
Health care administrators and managers must be knowledgeable about current topics that face their profession. Using critical inquiry and research skills, students will explore current topics and controversies in the field of healthcare administration and management. The ability to analyze, research and apply the findings to contemporary issues will be stressed.
Elective course offered during summer quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HHCM 560 Health Literacy (3 QH
Health Literacy has become a public health priority. Many factors impact communication with patients and their families. This course explores how age, culture, language proficiency and socioeconomic conditions significantly impact patient-provider communication. Readings and course projects introduce the connection between effective communication and health outcomes. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions students will use course readings and team discussions to prepare to conduct field research and analyze case studies designed to improve the ability to communicate with patients and overcome barriers related to patient compliance with treatment plans and appropriate use of healthcare resources. Traditional, social and electronic media will be addressed.
Elective course offered during spring quarter.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in program.

HNUT 508 Cultural Dimensions of Health (3 QH)
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that nutrition professionals be prepared to address the issues of culture and health disparities in their practice. This course will explore the various food, nutrition and health habits of different cultural and ethnic groups. It will cover the effect that culture and religion play in health and health disparities. The changing demographics of the U.S. population will be reviewed with a goal of meeting healthcare and nutritional needs for all.
Elective course offered during summer quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program.

HNUT 542 Complementary Medicine and Dietary Supplements (3 QH)
This course is an overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that includes alternative medical systems, holistic, integrative, mind-body interventions and biologically based therapies including a variety of herbs and dietary supplements such as botanicals, vitamins, minerals. The regulatory policies associated benefits and regulatory concerns.
Elective course offered during fall and spring quarters
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program.

HNUT 576 Nutrition in Human Physical Performance (3 QH)
This course focuses on the role of nutrition in the physiological and metabolic responses of the body to a wide range of physical activity. Macronutrient, micronutrient and fluid needs associated with physical activity and the nutritional needs of special  athletic populations will be addressed. Topics such as the role of physical activity in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health and wellness, the use of supplements in athletes, and exercise prescription for health conditions will also be discussed.
Elective course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program.

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