Course Descriptions

COURSE ABBREVIATION KEY

BHS Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
CMU Clinical Make-Up Unit
HCE Health Career Exploration
RES Respiratory Care
NUR Nursing
RT Radiography


Acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program– Graduation from an accredited Radiography Program and certification in Radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (RTR) or graduation from an accredited Respiratory Care Program and certification by the National Board for Respiratory Care (RRT).  Appropriate Illinois and Iowa licenses required.

Consideration of Allied Health professionals other than Radiography and Respiratory Care will be given to those graduating from an accredited program leading to successful certification or licensure within the given profession. All transcripts must be reviewed to determine eligible transfer credit.
 
BHS 300 EDUCATION PRINCIPLES IN HEALTH CARE – 3 SH
Education Principles gives students the basics of androgogical theory for use in planning, implementation, and evaluation of employee training and development.  The course emphasizes the learning process, reinforcement, and monitoring success.  Principles and practices of organizational learning, performance, and change will be addressed, as well as methods of educating the health care consumer.
3 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
BHS 301 HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMS – 3 SH
Health Care Delivery Systems provides a historical perspective of the growth and development of the dynamically changing health care systems in America.  The current status and future of these complex systems will be assessed and analyzed, along with the respective professional and allied health roles that are vital to continued success.  The impact of the political, legislative, and economic forces on health care systems will be examined.
3 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
BHS 302 HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP – 3 SH
The Health Care Leadership course presents didactic concepts preparing the student for leadership and management responsibilities.  Management concepts basic to management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) will be presented.  Strategies for managing a diverse workforce will be explored.  Theories of leadership and motivation, as well as conflict management, change, politics and power will be presented.  The health care manager’s role in the interdisciplinary health care team will be discussed.
3 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
BHS 303 MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION – 3 SH
Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: Health Care Leadership
Managerial Communication will give the student the opportunity to strengthen both written and oral communication skills that are necessary to be successful in leadership and managerial situations.  Knowledge from general education communication courses will be used and applied specifically to routine managerial varieties of written communication documents and oral presentations.  Professional formats for memos, reports to superiors, white papers, and accreditation documents will be developed.  Common management oral presentation skills practiced will be conducting staff meetings, introducing departmental change, motivating employees in small and large groups, and giving effective employee feedback.
3 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
BHS 410 HEALTH SCIENCES RESEARCH – 3 SH
Pre-requisite: Statistics
The Health Sciences Research course provides an introduction to the theoretical foundation for scientific investigation, the research process, contributions of research to the Allied Health Professions, and the impact of research on historical, current, and future trends.  Major emphasis is on the application of the research process for use in practice as well as the process of critiquing research.  Various types of research and research methods will be addressed.  The health professional’s role in research, including the rights and responsibilities toward human subjects and additional legal-ethical concerns are discussed.  Evidence based practice and using research in the practice settings are stressed.  Statistical knowledge and qualitative analysis from the required general educational math courses will be integrated.
3 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
BHS 411 ETHICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – 4 SH
Pre-requisite: College level ethics
This course examines the influence of ethical and moral principles of behavior and the ethical decision-making process.  Opportunities are provided in this course to foster development of the ethical decision-making process through case studies and comparison of institutional practices.  This course will heighten awareness of ethical health care practice, fostering improved decision-making, and resulting in a better understanding of health care issues.
4 Credit Hours: 3 Didactic, 1 Field Study (Hybrid)
 
BHS 412 ACCOUNTING BASICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS – 3 SH
Accounting Basics includes an overall explanation of financial accounting terminology, review of financial reports, income statements, balance sheets, budgets, and cost reports.  It is intended that this course develop health care professionals with an appreciation for and understanding of the financial implications of operational and strategic management.  Case studies will use examples from hospitals, long term care facilities, and home health care to prepare students to read, analyze, use, and understand financial statements and budgets.
3 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
BHS 419 CLINICAL INTERNSHIP – 4-6 SH
Pre-requisite: All courses in the BSHS program; or
Co-requisite: Health Science Research Seminar
Students will complete a four to six hour internship with a health care manager or educator.  The Clinical Internship is designed to give the student the opportunity to apply previously learned didactic knowledge in the health care setting.  The student will apply leadership skills, managerial communication, and accounting basics in the clinical setting.  Radiographers have the option of completing a clinical internship in Computed Tomography RT 331 or Cardiovascular Interventional RT 332.
1 Credit Hour equates to 48 contact hours (Clinical)
 
BHS 420 HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH SEMINAR – 4 SH
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Research
This course is designed to demonstrate higher level thinking processes in health care practice.  Concepts from general education and Health Sciences courses will be integrated.  A journal club format will be used to review current issues in the Health Sciences professions.  Students will conduct a literature review on a self-selected health care delivery issue and develop, implement, and evaluate a strategy to address that issue.
4 Credit Hours Didactic (Hybrid)
 
CMU 100
Clinical Make-up Unit 100 is a course designed for students requiring clinical make-up hours for a Nursing or Health Sciences course with a clinical component. Clinical make-up will be held at a predetermined date and time designated by course faculty and will be conducted by a program-specific faculty member. Students enroll based on days of clinical make-up required. CMU 100, a non-credit course, is a half day of clinical make-up time. This make-up time may be scheduled for an evening, night or weekend shift. It is the student’s responsibility to adjust their schedule to meet the predetermined dates/times/shifts. Refer to the specific course syllabus for CMU registration guidelines. Refer to Tuition and Fees for charges.
 
CMU 200
Clinical Make-up Unit 200 is a course designed for students requiring clinical make-up hours for a Nursing or Health Sciences course with a clinical component. Clinical make-up will be held at a predetermined date and time designated by course faculty and will be conducted by a program-specific faculty member. Students enroll based on days of clinical make-up required. CMU 200, a non-credit course, is a full day of clinical make-up time. This make-up time may be scheduled during an evening, night or weekend shift. It is the student’s responsibility to adjust their schedule to meet the predetermined dates/times/shifts. Refer to the specific course syllabus for CMU registration guidelines. Refer to Tuition and Fees for Charges.