Courses

The program requires a minimum of 124 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements.

Arts & Sciences Curriculum

COM 101

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

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This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

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COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

COM 320

HEALTHCARE COLLABORATION & LEADERSHIP

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This course applies leadership and management theories to the changing environment of healthcare. Students synthesize their knowledge of such topics as emotional intelligence, assertiveness, conflict management, gender dynamics, feedback delivery and systems theory in advanced writing and speaking projects. The NMC portfolio is integrated throughout this course.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 150

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC

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There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking.  Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas.  Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study

HUM 210

INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

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Introduction to Ethics introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations.  Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM ---

WORLD OF IDEAS: THE ARTS, HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES, OR HUMAN CONNECTION

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At least one of the two humanities elevtive courses must be in the The Arts or Human Connection Distribution Area.

  • Credits: 9.0

SCI 116

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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This course will introduce students to terminology used in the health care professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in health care terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

  • Credits: 1.0

SCI 225

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

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This course introduces students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as further study of all health care related subjects. Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced. Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology and histology are reviewed. This course focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the integumentary, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: High school or college chemistry

SCI 226

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II

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The structure and function of the special senses, along with the endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems are stressed in this course. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 225

SSC 215

LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY

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Determined by major The LifeSpan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 235

THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE

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This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 465

CAPSTONE: THE EDUCATED CITIZEN

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This course is based in the social sciences and is designed to assist students in the integration of their roles as healthcare professionals and educated citizens. The focus of the class is on deepening students’ understanding of and facility with social and political systems that impact the health and wellbeing of the community.  Students demonstrate their preparation to act as educated citizens through the presentation of their portfolio within the context of this capstone course.

  • Credits: 3.0

Professional Curriculum

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PROFESSIONAL RESPIRATORY CARE COURSEWORK

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Professional Coursework can be found on the Associate of Science in Respiratory Care program page.

  • Credits: 38.0

SCI 110

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS

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This course discusses the major fundamental themes in classical physics of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, light and modern physics. Includes a laboratory.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCI 280

MICROBIOLOGY

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This course is a study of the principles and application of microorganisms and their relationship to various disease processes. Includes a laboratory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 103

SCI 175

COLLEGE MATHEMATICS

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This course provides an overview of mathematical concepts. Content will include real numbers, operations applied to real numbers, ratios, proportions, algebraic expressions, logarithms and graphic applications. Course will be completed online.

  • Credits: 1.0

SCI 206

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

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This survey course begins with a major focus on cellular function and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibria. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis; fluid acid/base balance; gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine and neurological functions are emphasized. The student will be introduced to pharmacological principles of commonly used classes of medications. The various drug classifications and general characteristics of drugs within a class are examined. These characteristics include the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects, adverse effects and drug interactions of common drugs within each class.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 200

SCI 103

COLLEGE CHEMISTRY

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This course is an overview of general inorganic/organic and biochemistry with an emphasis on relationship to biological sciences. Includes a laboratory.

  • Credits: 3.0

IDS 325

APPLIED ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH

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Evidence-based practice is an important component of effective clinical management. This course allows students to develop skills in applied statistics and research while learning to critically examine healthcare information from a variety of sources, including but not limited to professional journals, governmental reports and public media.

Note - This meets the objectives for two SSC electives, Statistics and Research.

  • Credits: 3.0

IDS 430

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

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This course focuses on the particular ways in which writers apply the writing process to genres used regularly by healthcare professionals and utilize research to enhance patient outcomes. Writing assignments will develop students‘ skills in writing formal correspondence, completing proposals, including effective visual components in formal documents, and completing "Research Evaluation and Utilization Reports", which include recommendations for evidence-based practice in particular settings.

  • Credits: 3.0

IDS 465

SURVEY OF US HEALTH SYSTEMS

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Healthcare professionals need to have an understanding of the interaction of U.S. healthcare policies and public health science to be able to act as change agents in their professions. How do health professionals access this information, analyze and react in ways that will improve the health and wellness of their patients? This course will inform and ask the student to respond to the dynamic area of U.S. healthcare systems

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RCP 355

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND RISK FACTORS

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This course will concentrate on human population and the need to control factors that are harmful to human life. The course will emphasize methods of controlling communicable diseases, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, insect & rodent control, radiation control and environmental health hazards. Particular emphasis will be place on environmental factors related to respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung cancer, and emphysema. The course concludes with the human impact on resources and ecosystems, management of pollution, as well as decision making regarding the positive and negative effects of the choices a person makes that affect personal health.
  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 320

HEALTH EDUCATION

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This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate health-related information among groups and individuals. Topics covered include adult learning styles, strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles, the importance of providing applicable health information, mechanisms used for distribution of information and methods for discussing the relationship between diseases and health behaviors.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 375

PROGRAM PLANNING & DESIGN

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This course will focus on a variety of program design models based on assessed needs, with special attention to the utilization criteria and predicted impact of each. Health promotion program planning in the three areas of exercise/ physical activity, stress management and healthy eating/weight management will be emphasized. Culturally competent programming will be addressed through the development and selection of appropriate materials and educational strategies. Techniques related to writing and implementing a business plan that unifies corporate and individual goals will be practiced.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 380

NEEDS ASSESSMENT

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This course will present the theory, structure, and instrumentation for assessing the health and development needs of an individual, organization, agency, or other community population. The course examines models/tools that serve as guides for planning, conducting and reporting a comprehensive needs assessment within the context of whole-person, whole-organization health promotion. In this course, students will identify priority health promotion issues(s) for a specific target population and recommendations for future planning.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 415

PROGRAM EVALUATION

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This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the purpose and importance of evaluation within the context of health promotion programming. Students will build on the project they completed in the Program Planning & Design course by moving forward with the focus of setting up comprehensive formative and summative evaluation plans.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 375

RCP 427

HEALTH BEHAVIOR & DISEASE PREVENTION

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This course will cover behaviors that impact health including physical activity, nutrition, obesity, substance abuse, and stress. This course will provide information regarding the ways in which common risk factors relate to disease. Strategies for prevention of disease in these areas will also be covered.
  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 490

CAPSTONE

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The Capstone course is designed to synthesize knowledge and skills obtained in the BSRC program. The student will be required to complete a significant project that demonstrates understanding of key elements with integrative knowledge related to practices in health education, health promotion, advocacy and administration. Examples include designing and implementing a needs assessment plan with program design recommendations, developing an education program targeted to a particular audience, identifying problem and conducting a literature review and recommendation of best practice.

  • Credits: 3.0