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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HEALTH PROFESSIONS (HP)

College of Science and Health

Department Chair:  Peggy Denton

4049 Health Science Center; 608/785-8474

E-mail: pdenton@uwlax.edu


www.uwlax.edu/sah/health-professions


Professors: Fater, Kernozek, Associate Professors: Denton, Dougherty, Graham, Greany, Greiner, Hussey, Lenards, McCannon, Rathgaber, Reuteman, Thorman, Assistant Professors: Binsfeld, Carpenter, Czosnyka, Devine, Grabowski, Gronwaldt, Hilsendager, Iverson-Leirmo, Jewell, Kupfer, Meardon, Sieck, Staffaroni, Straker, Temple, Weege, Willson, Lecturers: Betlach, Burton, Oldenburg


The health professions department includes six NMT-bachelor's health professions programs. These programs are occupational therapy (OT-master's level), physician assistant studies (PAS-master's level), physical therapy (and master's-doctorate level), radiation therapy (RT-bachelor's level), and medical dosimetry (DOS-certificate program and master's). Each of these programs has an identified professional curriculum including both didactic and clinical experiences which leads to a degree. Each program has defined pre-professional prerequisite and admission criteria, which must be completed before seeking admission to the professional program. UW-L students interested in one of these fields will declare that discipline as a pre-professional second major (e.g. pre-OT) prior to making formal application to that program. Students interested in transferring to UW-L to enroll in a health professions program should consult that program for advice regarding transfer. Student participation in each program is governed by program specific policies that can be obtained directly from the program.

Each of the health professions department programs requires students to have a criminal background check prior to beginning professional course work. These are required by health care institutions that students will be attending during their program. Unacceptable criminal background checks may jeopardize the student's ability to complete their professional program. Further information about the criminal background check is available on each programs Web site.



HEALTH PROFESSIONS (HP)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


HP/HPR  106  Cr.2

Introduction to Health Related Careers

Overview of health related professions in the health delivery system. Course will include educational and professional aspects of a broad range of health related careers. General topics will include an overview of the health related delivery system, health reform, legal and ethical issues, and professionalism. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to present specific information on individual health related professions. (Cross-listed with HP; may only earn credit in HPR or HP.)   Offered Spring.


HP  250  Cr.1

Medical Terminology for Health Professions

Students in various allied health fields will learn to use medically related terms in their professional communication. This covers the study of the language of medicine used in clinics, hospitals, and other health agencies. The student will develop a working knowledge of terms, word roots, and abbreviations with emphasis on spelling, definitions, and pronunciation. An introduction to health care records, disease process, operative, diagnostic, therapeutic, and symptomatic terminology of body systems will be covered as they pertain to medical practice. Online course.   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


HP  300  Cr.0 - 1

Nursing Partnership

This course is designed for students in the UW-Madison Western Campus nursing program. It is used to facilitate record-keeping for students officially enrolled in courses at UW, but using UW-L services. Prerequisite: Admission to UW-Madison nursing program. Repeatable; not graded; not listed on transcript.   Offered Fall.


HP/RT  310  Cr.3

Pathophysiology

This course focuses on the pathophysiologic disorders that affect healthy systems across the life span. Theories of disease causation are introduced. Areas of emphasis include cellular and systemic responses, clinical manifestations and the response of tissue to radiation damage. Acquired, immune, infectious, carcinogenic and genetic alterations in body systems are included. (Cross-listed with HP 310; may only earn credit from one department.) Prerequisite: BIO 312, BIO 313; admission to radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, or the UW School of Nursing. HP students admission to NMT or UW nursing program, overrides are understood.  Offered Fall.


HP  350  Cr.1 - 3

Topics in Clinical Science

Topics for this course are selected by the instructor and/or as developed by student/faculty dialogue to meet special interests and needs of students. These topics are relevant to pre-professional physician assistant education or others interested in health care careers, but are not found elsewhere in the university curriculum. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.   Offered Spring.


HP  499  Cr.1 - 3

Health Professions Research

This course will allow practical experience in carrying out a clinical research project in the health professions under the guidance of the principal investigator(s). Students will be required to search and critique the literature concerning the research problem, collect, analyze and manage data, assist with statistical analysis and writing of reports. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4.   Offered Fall, Spring.



HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION (HPR)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


+HPR  105  Cr.3

Creating A Healthy, Active Lifestyle

This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for developing and maintaining a healthy, physically active lifestyle throughout one's lifespan. Major issues directly affecting one's health such as physical fitness, movement skills and activities, health promotion and disease prevention, the effective use of leisure and content in various wellness topical areas will be included.   Offered Fall, Spring.


HPR/HP  106  Cr.2

Introduction to Health Related Careers

Overview of health related professions in the health delivery system. Course will include educational and professional aspects of a broad range of health related careers. General topics will include an overview of the health related delivery system, health reform, legal and ethical issues, and professionalism. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to present specific information on individual health related professions. (Cross-listed with HP; may only earn credit in HPR or HP.)   Offered Spring.



SCIENCE AND HEALTH (SAH)


+ next to a course number indicate a GENERAL EDUCATION course


+SAH  105  Cr.3

Analysis of Health, Wellness and Disease for the Health Care Consumer

In our technological world, health research and information is expanding rapidly and has become readily available to consumers. As life-long consumers of this information and health care services, students need to be able to understand the principles on which healthcare is based and to interpret this information in its application to their personal, family and community situations. This course uses an inquiry- based format to consider topics in nutrition, pharmaceuticals, cancer, communicable disease, contraception and sexually transmitted disease, chronic diseases, environmental impacts on health, recreation, fitness, epidemiology and disease prevention.   Offered Fall, Spring.


SAH  160  Cr.1

Keys to Success for the Science Major

Students in this course will explore the role of science in society as well as in their personal lives. The course will provide an orientation to the study of science, math, and computer science including academic, internship, and research opportunities that are available at UW-L. Students will also learn about careers in these areas and how to become viable candidates for employment, graduate school, or professional school. Prerequisite: one semester of college course work, and freshman or sophomore standing. Eleven-week course.   Offered Spring.


+SAH  307  Cr.3

Changing the Culture, Women in Science (ES)

This course will focus on the relationship between science and culture, specifically with regard to women. A comprehensive approach will be taken to explore both women's roles in science and women as objects of scientific investigation. Issues that will be addressed include cultural and historical attitudes toward women in science, cultural and historical barriers fought against and overcome by women, and contributions of women to multiple scientific disciplines. Women as objects of psychological and physiological investigation will be explored, and knowledge will be applied to an assessment of how cultural and gender biases have impacted women's health and lives. Prerequisite: junior standing.  Offered Spring.