Health Professions (HP)

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

Professors: Fater, Kernozek, Palmer-McLean;
Associate Professor: Denton, Greiner;
Assistant Professors: Greany, Straker, Wilson;
Clinical Associate Professors: Dougherty, Hussey, McCannon, Rueteman, Thorman;
Clinical Assistant Professors: Devine, Gronwaldt, Lenards, Malone, McCannon, Rathgaber, Reuteman, Sieck, Temple, Weege.
Lecturer: Burton.

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.

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.

+ SAH 105 Cr. 3 Analysis of Health, Wellness and Disease for the Healthcare 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 healthcare 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.

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 HPR, may only earn credit in HP or HPR.) 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, Summer.

HP 300 Cr. 0 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 RT 310; may only earn credit from one department.) Offered Fall.

HP 350 Cr. 1-3 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 six. Offered Spring.

HP 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 nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics, sedative hypnotic agents, psychotropic drugs, antibiotic agents, antihypertensive and antiarrhythmic pharmaceuticals, cardioactive drugs, diuretic medications, antiasthmatic 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 Fall.

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 four. Offered Fall, Spring.