Academic Courses

Psychology in Education

0005 - Life Span Development

Course follows the developing person from conception until the end of life. The course combines theory, research, and practical applications from developmental psychology. Lecture topics include genetic influences on development; prenatal and birth factors; and physical, cognitive, social, personality, and cultural variables which influence development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, early, middle, and late adulthood.



0010 - Introduction to Sociology

Provides beginning students with an introduction to the basic concepts of sociology. Topics include the sociological perspective, culture, research, social groups and social control, social inequality, ageism, sexism, racism, poverty, and the social institutions of family, education, religion, and medicine.

Biological Sciences

0031 - Microbiology

Designed for nursing or other health care professions. Three major areas included are the microorganisms, the immune mechanism of the host, and the interaction of the host and the microorganisms in the disease process and in homeostasis. Major emphasis is placed on infectious diseases and infection control at the nursing level.

Corequisite: BIOSC 0032

0032 - Microbiology Lab

Content is devoted to the development of student's basic laboratory skills and application of microbiological methods, and the course emphasizes performance, scientific investigation, and safety.

Corequisite: BIOSC 0031.

0202 - Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals

Principles of medical microbiology and immunology. Control of infectious disease and host-parasite relationships will be emphasized using a systemic approach to the study of infectious disease.

0212 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

The first course of a two-part sequence covering gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of the human body with particular emphasis on the relationships between structure and function. Included in the two courses are cell biology, histology, embryology, bone and skeleton, muscles and contraction, the cardiovascular system and its regulation, the nervous system and nervous impulse, the urinary system and electrolyte balance, and the respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Corequisite: BIOSC 0214

0213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

This second course of the two-part sequence continues the study of gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology of the human body with particular emphasis on the relationships between structure and function.

Corequisite: BIOSC 0215

0214 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1

Laboratory exercises illustrating the anatomy and physiology of the human.

Corequisite: BIOSC 0212.

0214 - Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 2

Laboratory exercises illustrating the anatomy and physiology of the human.

Corequisite: BIOSC 0212


0031 - Algebra

A course covering college-level algebra including complex numbers and conjugates, algebraic formulas, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, functions, inverses, graphs, and variation.

0110 - Fundamentals of Mathematics

Introduction to calculators, statistics, probability, matrices, consumer mathematics, and elementary difference equations exhibiting chaos and decision making are among the topics covered.

Physical Therapist Assistant

0050 - Freshman Seminar

This course assists students with making successful transition to the university, and orients students to the field of Physical Therapy. Emphasis is on developing successful study and test taking skills, time management ability, and professionalism. Students will be challenged to explore the history, environment, trends, and future of the physical therapy profession. Students learn about their own work orientation and learning style expectations/responsibilities of those enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Frequency of offering: fall term.

0110 - Introduction to Physical Therapy

This course introduces the PTA student to many aspects of physical therapy including the PT/PTA relationship, communication, the history of physical therapy, the function of the APTA, CAPTE, FSBPT, scope of practice, ethics and values, laws and standards affecting physical therapy, health care team roles, professional development, evidence-based practice, cultural & global competence, documentation, liability, confidentiality, basic administration principles, problem solving methods, continuous quality improvement and universal precautions. Students will learn and demonstrate competency in patient care and safety skills; including draping and bed mobility, positioning and body mechanics, transfer skills, gait and wheelchair training. Students will also learn about their own work orientation, learning style and the Core Values of the PTA profession.

Corequisite: PHYSTA 0221.

Frequency of offering: spring term

0221 - PTA Principles and Procedures 1

This course includes instruction in therapeutic massage, application of therapeutic modalities, and therapeutic exercise. Students also receive instruction in basic wound care sterile technique, pain assessment, vital sign assessment, anthropometric measurement assessment and safety assessment. Students learn how to document services rendered, participate in discharge planning, provide psychosocial support, and educate patients and families. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and ethical practice. Successful completion of written and competency exams, quizzes and assignments is required to pass this course.

Corequisite: PHYSTA 0110

0222 - PTA Principles and Procedures 2

This course instructs the student in basic data collection skills (goniometry, manual muscle testing, flexibility, sensation, reflexes, segmental length/girth/volume, endurance, pain, balance and coordination) and activities of daily living that may be delegated according to the plan of care established by the physical therapist. Students receive further instruction on therapeutic exercise, psychosocial support, patient/family education, ethics, communication, and documentation.  Successful completion of the written and competency exams is required to pass this course.

0223 - PTA Principles and Procedures 3

In this course, students learn the rehabilitative process including home, community & work integration/reintegration for patients who present with neurological, pediatric/developmental, cardiopulmonary, chronic disease and other disorders commonly seen in physical therapy. Students receive further instruction in psychosocial support, documentation, ethical behavior, rehabilitation techniques, patient/family education and communication. This course runs concurrently with PTA Principles and Procedures 4

0224 - PTA Principles and Procedures 4

This course provides lab instruction for data collection and treatment of patients who present with neurological, pediatric/developmental, cardiopulmonary, chronic disease and other disorders commonly seen in physical therapy.  Students learn the developmental sequence and how it applies to treatment and learn advanced therapeutic exercise techniques.  They also receive further instruction in psychosocial support, documentation, ethical behavior, patient/family education and communication.  Successful completion of the competency exams is required to pass this course.  This course runs concurrently with PTA Principles and Procedures 3.

0250 - Therapeutic Exercise

This course will provide students with information relative to implementing, analyzing and modifying individual and group exercise with emphasis on stretching, strengthening, flexibility, balance, endurance and stability.


Co-requisites: HRP 0410 (Applied Kinesiology)

0331 - Clinical Education 1

This course provides the student with a full-time, four-week clinical experience, for a total of 160 hours in a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Frequency of offering: summer term.

0332 - Clinical Education 2

This course provides the student with a full-time, six-week clinical experience, for a total of 240 hours in either acute care or out patient rehabilitation facility.

Frequency of offering: spring term.

0333 - Clinical Education 3

This course provides the student with a full-time, six-week clinical experience. for a total of 240 hours for their final clinical requirement which is either in out patient rehab or acute care facility.

Frequency of offering: spring term.

0350 - National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) Review Course; Hybrid

This course will provide students with the opportunity to engage in Discussion Board review sessions, mock board examinations and other online learning opportunities to enhance preparation for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Board Examination (NPTAE).  This course is proposed as a Hybrid course with mostly online and with possible in-classroom meeting(s).


Co-requisites: PTA Clinical Education Courses 2 & 3 (PHYSTA 0332, 0333)

0440 - Professional Issues Seminar

This course is designed to provide the student with professional issues that may arise in the field of physical therapy including but not limited to; liability issues, board examination preparation, the process of applying for the NPTE, and completing continuing education requirements.

Corequisite: PHYSTA 0333. Restricted to students admitted into the PTA program.

Frequency of offering: fall term.

English Composition

0101 - English Composition I

The first of two required competency courses in English Composition, this course focuses on the writing process and on the kinds of writing common in the academic disciplines.


0101 - Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to psychology and its major subfields. Topics include experimental psychology, research methodology and statistics, learning, memory, brain and behavior, perception, human development, assessment techniques, personality theories, social psychology, and psychological disorders and treatment.


0103 - Biological Chemistry

A survey of inorganic chemistry and carbohydrate, lipid, and protein chemistry. The course covers atomic structure, properties of matter, nature of chemical bonds and valence, chemical reactions and equilibria, acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions, elementary radiochemistry, and some chemical arithmetic. Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab per week.


0106 - Succeeding in Nursing Education

This course will provide opportunity for the nursing student to acquire skills necessary to successfully negotiate the educational journey to associate degree completion and state board examination. Strategies to cope with roadblocks to success will be presented in a relaxed seminar environment. Some topics to be presented included test-taking strategies, relaxation and stress management, time management and coping skills utilized to deal with family pressures.

0109 - Clinical Calculations

This course uses metric, apothecary, and household systems of measurement with a ratio/proportion method to calculate and plan preparation and administration of medications for all ages. Included are critical thinking skills to ensure safety and accuracy in dosage calculations for medication administration.

0111 - Fundamentals of Nursing

Fundamentals of nursing introduces students to various aspects of the nursing curriculum; Orem’s theory, Roy’s adaption model, Erickson’s developmental theory, Maslow’s basic human needs; concepts of stress and adaption, health illness continuum, nursing process, teaching and learning theories, nursing history, nursing roles and psychosocial and cultural influences on man, health and nursing. Legal and ethical principles, communication skills, documentation format, drug calculation, fluid balance and beginning clinical theories and skills are also taught.

0112 - Comprehensive Nursing I

Comprehensive nursing practice 1 applies the concepts of stress-adaptation, the nursing process and human needs to the care of med-surg adult, the pregnant female, the newborn and the family during the childbearing cycle. Health assessment and fluid and electrolyte concepts are introduced. The student learns to utilize specific concepts related to body defenses, carbohydrate metabolism, musculoskeletal, reproductive functions and psychosocial aspects of care.

0113 - Pharmacology in Nursing

This course examines the complex world of pharmacology and therapeutics. It will address drug classes and the drugs represented by them. Each drug class will be discussed with regard to: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion; major pharmacologic side effects; clinical indications and administration; adverse reactions and contradictions; interactions with other drugs; overdoses and toxicities and nursing implications and interventions.

0211 - Comprehensive Nursing II

Enables students to apply the nursing process to multiple clients with complex med-surg problems in an acute care setting. Knowledge of specific stressors and adaptations that affect the body systems; respiratory, cardiovascular, sensory, integumentary, endocrine, neurologic, hematologic, gastrointestinal, “accessory organs”, urinary, alterations in cellular growth, and multiple systems diseases is gained. Students have the opportunity to apply psychosocial aspects into their delivery of care in the hospital and in the home. Students provide formal teaching to clients and families.

0212 - Comprehensive Nursing III

Course provides the students opportunities to synthesize theories, concepts and skills while delivering care across the life span. Emphasis is placed on communication, growth and development, pharmacology and nutrition as it relates to care of the family. The content focuses on the family as the essential resource in the treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. Emphasis is on role identification, management of client care, health care delivery system, interpersonal relationships, and personal and professional development.

Computer Science

0131 - Software for Personal Computing

An introduction to the use of computers for the student who has little or no experience with them. The basic application and efficient use of Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be reviewed.

Health Related Professions

0184 - Introduction to Science for the Health Professions

Provides an overview of the topics important to the student preparing for a career in health care. Physics, chemistry, and biology are interrelated to provide insight into the mechanisms and physical forces controlling and circumscribing life processes on our planet.

0410 - Applied Kinesiology

This course covers neuromusculoskeletal anatomy and physiology in depth. Students are introduced to the analysis of human movement based on knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal anatomy and physiology.

0411 - Applied Kinesiology Lab

This course provides lab instruction for topics covered in Applied Kinesiology lecture 0410.  The lab covers neuromuscular skeletal anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology in depth.  Students are introduced to the analysis of human movement based on knowledge of neuromusculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. 

0420 - Clinical Pathology

A survey of the major aspects of the disease process, covering such topics as inherited disease, infections, neoplasia, nutritional and metabolic deficits, and disorders due to physical agents. Also incorporates the disease process as it affects individual organ systems and a discussion of laboratory diagnostic procedures.

Communication: Rhetoric and Communication

0520 - Public Speaking

Offers practical experience in effective speech making. Topics include strategies for focusing topics, locating and selecting supporting materials, motivating audiences to listen, using language effectively, and organizing and emphasizing key ideas. Not recommended for first-term freshmen.

0530 - Interpersonal Communication

Focuses on human communication as a collaborative effort to exchange information and create meaning. Topics include verbal and nonverbal message systems, communication rules, roles, strategies, and games with practice in effective communication skills.

ENGCMP 0200 - Test