Health Professions (H-P)

College of Science and Health
Department Chair: Peggy Denton
4096 Health Science Center,

Professors: Fater, Kernozek, PalmerMcLean;
Associate Professor: Denton;
Assistant Professors: Greany, Greiner, Gronwaldt, Straker;
Clinical Assistant Professors: Dougherty, Hussey, Lenards, Majewski, McCannon, Rathgaber, Reuteman, Temple, Thorman.

The health professions department includes five health professions programs. These programs are occupational therapy (OT-master's level), physician assistant studies (PAS-master's level), physical therapy (PTS-doctorate level), radiation therapy (RT- bachelor's level), and medical dosimetry (DOS-certificate program). 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. UWL 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 UWL 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.

Healthcare institutions are required by law to screen students involved in caring for their patients as part of the Wisconsin Caregiver Program. Health Professions programs facilitate this process for institutions providing clinical instruction by processing the necessary forms when students matriculate into the professional program curriculum. If an institution determines that a student is ineligible to participate in the care of their patients based on this process, the student's ability to complete the professional program may be jeopardized. Similar processes exist in Minnesota and other surrounding states. Further information about the Wisconsin Caregiver Program and its requirements can be found at

H-P/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 HPR, may only earn credit in H-P or HPR.)

H-P 300 Cr. 0 Nursing Partnership

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

H-P 350 Cr. 13 Topics in Health Professions

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.

H-P 401 Cr. 3 Nursing Pharmacology

This course covers of basic pharmacokinetic principles including absorption, biotransformation, and elimination. Pharmaceutical agents typically used in outpatient and inpatient settings will be covered including analgesic agents, steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics, sedative hypnotic agents, psychotropic drugs, antibiotic agents, antihypertensive and anti-arrhythmic pharmaceuticals, cardio-active drugs, diuretic medications, anti-asthmatic agents, and medications commonly used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Prescription and nonprescription agents as well as indications, contraindications, and potential interactions of pharmaceuticals will be covered. Appropriate use of the Physician’s Desk Reference as well as online resources will be included throughout the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the UW-Madison Western Campus Nursing Program, or to the Athletic Training Program. Offered Sem. II.