Courses

The program requires a minimum of 129 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.

Educated Citizen Curriculum

BIO 225

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I

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This course will introduce students to basic information required for further study and understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, as well as for the study of all healthcare related subjects.  Terminology that is specific to the medical field is introduced.  Basic principles of chemistry, physics, embryology, developmental biology and histology are reviewed/introduced in both the classroom and laboratory settings.  Students are introduced to the eleven body systems.  This course then focuses on enabling students to learn and understand the Anatomy (structure) and Physiology (function) of the Integumentary, the Nervous, the Skeletal, and the Muscular Systems.   Laboratory experience will include cadaveric study.

  • Credits: 4.0

BIO 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:

    BIO 225

    Pre/Corequisites: CHE 100

BIO 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. It also includes some laboratory experiences where students will have a glimpse of the microbial world and acquire basic knowledge of microbiology techniques and principles.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: CHE 100

BIO 315

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

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The course begins with a major focus on cellular functions and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibrium. 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, neurological, mobility and sensory-perceptual functions are emphasized.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    CHE 100, BIO 226, BIO 280

CHE 100

INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY

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This course is an overview of general, organic and biological chemistry with an emphasis on applications to health sciences. This course will introduce students to the basic knowledge of the properties of the matter, its reactions, and classifications. The course will discuss the main organic compounds and their properties as well as include some basic biochemistry principles. The course is accompanied by laboratory exercises.

  • Credits: 3.0

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 102

SPEECH COMMUNICATION

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This course invites students to explore the underlying principles of effective speech communication, with special applications to workplace environments. Students study and discuss the broad-based oral and nonverbal dimensions of effective speech interactions and effective public speaking and then apply the principles in public speeches.

  • 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 290

PORTFOLIO SYNTHESIS

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This course is designed to prepare associate degree students for the required portfolio presentation they deliver in their final semester. Students will apply the reflective process to the goals of the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum in online assignments and in an in-person presentation. A complete portfolio, successful completion of the course, and successful presentation are required as the culminating assignment before graduation.

  • Credits: 0.0

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. A complete portfolio (Levels I-III) is due by the end of the 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. HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM 213

PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ETHICS

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This course introduces students to theories and practices of individual, communal and societal obligations. Moral inquiry in the course proceeds from a philosophical basis, with an emphasis on varied professional codes of ethics in healthcare disciplines. Students will explore codes of ethics and how they relate to traditional Western philosophies.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM 2--

WORLD OF IDEAS: HUMANITIES ELECTIVES

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Students may choose two (2) World of Ideas elective courses. The courses must be categorized within one of the three sections below. At least one of the two electives must be in the Arts or Human Connection.

  • The World of Ideas: Human Connection
  • The World of Ideas: Historical Perspectives
  • The World of Ideas: The Arts

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  • Credits: 6.0

HUM 250-259

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

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HUM 250-259

Students critically analyze the impact of history on contemporary society.  Historical methods of inquiry inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development. Most undergraduate students must take one course from this group.

HUM 255        HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

This survey history course facilitates exploration of the history of Western Civilization from ancient times through the age of European exploration utilizing archaeology, works of fiction, news media, and secondary sources. The course provides opportunities for students to (1) employ creative means of exploring history, (2) become familiar with basic research skills and (3) hone creative and scholarly writing skills.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 256        THE HISTORY OF WESTERN MEDICINE

This survey course examines the history of the dominant form of medicine in the world: that which developed in Western Europe and America between 500 B.C.E. and the twentieth century. Among the various sciences, medicine stands apart. In its modern form, it is both science and art. The study of the history of medicine is more than a mere background to contemporary science: it serves as a platform for understanding how past cultures saw themselves and their place in the world. The history of medicine reflects changing cultural understandings of the world and the place of humanity within it. Medicine, or medical history, can also have a profound effect upon what we believe about nature and ourselves, influencing our art, literature, and philosophy. The majority of this course will deal with medical trends, treatments, and perspectives. These can strike us as both amusing and disturbing, but their greatest value lies in their power to prompt us to reexamine our own beliefs and assumptions.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 257        U.S. HISTORY: PAST, PRESENT, AND PROMISE: A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH BY CHALLENGING THE PRESENT & DEMANDING A NEW FUTURE

Students in this survey course will explore the history of the United States from the first inhabitants of North America to 1870.  From these historical roots the course will explore 20th century conflicts including the current war in Afghanistan. Even though it will follow a political chronology it will focus on history as a dynamic process shaped by human expectations, difficult choices, and often surprising consequences. It will concentrate on the following themes: Global Relations, Constitutional Heritage, Citizenship and Democracy, Cultural and Geographic Diversity, and Social, Technological, and Economic Development. It will encourage students to think historically, to be reflective individuals, and to be active citizens seeking the truth as agents of change.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 258        WORLD HISTORY TO 1800

Students examine the formation of selected world civilizations up to the 18th century and relate challenges of those civilizations to the challenges humans face in the 21st century global community.  We examine how civilizations are formed and analyze forces that caused them to decline and transform.  We look at both the large picture of civilizations in an overview, and we examine lives of individuals who made significant impacts on their society and its future.  Historical methods of inquiry, including study of maps, artifacts, primary texts, and critical evaluations of secondary source interpretation, inform students' perspectives on societal and institutional development.  Most of all, this course provides students with opportunities to make personal connections with experiences of individuals in the past.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major

HUM 259        HISTORY OF SCIENCE: THE CREATION OF A BIOMEDICAL WORLD

This is a course on the history of science, with an emphasis on the development of modern views toward biology, medicine, and how they have affected our views of human nature. In this course students will practice basic and advanced historical skills, and a large amount of in-class time will be spent on discussing and practicing the techniques that historians use to investigate and understand our world. Most of our time, we will explore the following questions: How and why have humans attempted to learn about the natural world, attempted to do science and medicine? How and why have those attempts changed over time? How have discoveries in science and medicine changed our social, cultural, and religious values? How have our social, cultural, and religious values changed our study of science and medicine?

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Determined by major
  • Credits: 3.0 or 1 course required for most undergraduate students

MAT 105

COLLEGE ALGEBRA

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This course is designed for students who need to review basic college algebra skills. It covers topics including positive and negative real numbers, solving linear equations and their applications, integer exponents, operations with polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, graphing, and equations of lines.

  • Credits: 3.0

MAT 260

INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

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This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCI 116

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

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This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare 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 healthcare 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

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

PHY 100

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 some laboratory exercises.

  • Credits: 3.0

PSY 101/215

PSYCHOLOGY COURSE

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PSY 101     INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
This course offers students an engaging introduction to the essential topics in the field of psychology. Throughout this scientific study of human behavior and the mind, students will survey and gain insight into the history of the field of psychology, as well as explore current theories and issues in areas such as wellness, emotion, cognition, motivation, perception, consciousness, social and personality, and memory.

  • Credits: 3.0

PSY 215     LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT
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 
  • Prerequisite: As determined by program
  • 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

Respiratory Professional Curriculum

RCP 125

CLINICAL ASSESSMENT & PROCEDURES

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Students learn to assess physical signs and symptoms relating to respiratory therapy in a laboratory setting. In addition, students begin medical chart interpretation. Procedures in hospital protocol, infection control and patient mobility / body mechanics are studied.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program

RCP 200

INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICE I

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This course combines classroom, laboratory and clinical experience as an introduction to therapeutic modalities and hospital protocol. Basic cardiopulmonary assessment and therapeutic modalities are practiced in a clinical setting. Students are evaluated on affective skills such as communication, ethical behavior and professionalism.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one courses.

    Corequisite: RCP 210

RCP 210

CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY

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A comprehensive study of pulmonary and cardiovascular physiology as it applies to respiratory care. Emphasis is on integrating therapeutic and clinical application of pulmonary function, acid-base balance, neurogenesis and mechanics of ventilation, O2 and CO2 transport, ventilation versus perfusion, and hemodynamic relationships as they relate to acute and chronic diseases.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    All year-one courses

    Corequisite: RCP 200

RCP 220

RESPIRATORY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICE II

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This course is a continuation of RCP 200. Students will complete clinical rotations in therapeutic modalities, surgery, ECG and pediatrics. Students are introduced to the adult intensive care unit and will continue to be evaluated in affective skills. Students will participate in weekly clinical discussions and case study presentations.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    RCP 200, RCP 210

    Corequisites: RCP 240, RCP 260

RCP 240/240L

PRINCIPLES OF RESPIRATORY CARE

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This course is an introduction to basic respiratory care equipment. Theories and procedures will be presented along with a structured laboratory experience to prepare students for those skills required in proper delivery of various basic respiratory therapy modalities, to include aerosol/humidity therapy, oxygen therapy, medical gas therapy, bronchial hygiene, lung expansion therapy and infection control. The student will learn how these modalities are used in the treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    RCP 200, RCP 210

    Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 260

RCP 260

MECHANICAL VENTILATION I

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An introduction to the assessment and management of acute and chronic patients who need airway care. Emphasis is upon indications, complications and maintenance of artificial airways and mechanical ventilators. Structured laboratory time is included to apply the theoretical principles of mechanical ventilation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    RCP 200, RCP 210

    Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240

RCP 300

RESPIRATORY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICE III

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This course is a continuation of RCP 220. Students will complete clinical rotations in diagnostic procedures/monitoring, advanced assessment skills, pulmonary function, adult intensive care and pediatric/neonatal intensive care. Students will participate in weekly clinical discussions and case study presentations and will continue to be evaluated for affective skills.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites:

    RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, BIO 315, RCP 350

    Corequisites: RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 310

MECHANICAL VENTILATION II

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This course is a continuation of RCP 260. Emphasis is upon the relationship of specific pathophysiologies and the indications, management and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation. Specific ventilators and their clinical applications are presented and required skills are developed in structured laboratory time.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    RCP 220, RCP 240, BIO 315, RCP 260, RCP 350

    Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 330/330L

CARDIOPULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS & MONITORING

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An introduction to the more crucial diagnostic procedures required for assessing and monitoring the pulmonary patient. Emphasis is upon arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function studies and hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation and nutritional assessment.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    BIO 315, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350

    Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 340

NEONATAL & PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE

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This course is a comprehensive review of fetal development, physiology and pathophysiology of the newborn, premature infant and the pediatric patient. Applications of various respiratory care modalities are correlated to these varied pathologies.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    BIO 315, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350

    Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 360

RCP 350

PULMONARY REHABILITATION & HOME CARE

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This course is a presentation of the methods of care and support for the patient with pulmonary disability. Emphasis is on the teaching of home care therapy, chronic care units, unique equipment needs, review of home care companies and services provided, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, special problems encountered and the various therapeutic techniques applied to the chronic pulmonary patient.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    RCP 200, RCP 210

    Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240

RCP 360

ISSUES & TRENDS IN RESPIRATORY CARE

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Current issues and trends in respiratory care will be investigated and discussed in this course. In addition, students will explore issues in cultural diversity, political advocacy and managed care as it relates to healthcare.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    BIO 315, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350

    Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340

Upper Level Curriculum Required for the BSRT

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

BSH 340

HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

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A study of the history of health records, professional ethics, the functions of a health information department, retention of records, medical forms, health information practices, and responsibilities to healthcare administration, medical staff, and other medical professionals.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 363

WELLNESS COACHING FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

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This course is designed to introduce the wellness coaching model to a healthcare professional. The major topics covered are defining a scope of practice, coaching relationships, and motivational interviewing. The course structure is designed around weekly themes that align with the course objectives. All course materials/assignments are required unless otherwise noted.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 405

HEALTHCARE POLICY

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This course analyzes key contemporary issues in healthcare policy. This course includes design and structure of the U.S. healthcare system, policy initiatives and the roles of government, the private sector, consumers, and advocacy groups in setting policy agenda.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 490

RESPIRATORY CARE CAPSTONE

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This course is designed to bring together all bachelors-level Respiratory Care coursework. Each student will take all of the aspects taught throughout the program and create a wellness or education program targeting a population identified at the beginning of the bachelor’s degree program. The course will culminate with students presenting their program as they would present it to a group of stakeholders.

  • Credits: 3.0

Education & Research Track for the BSRT

RCP 371

WELLNESS ASSESSMENT & DESIGN IN HEALTHCARE

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This course is designed to introduce the needs assessment process and provide direction relative to conducting needs assessments with a variety of populations. The course will outline methods for assessing the health and development needs of the population. The student will identify at-risk populations and conduct research to identify specific processes and interventions necessary to address the needs identified.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 383

WELLNESS IMPLEMENTATION & EVALUATION

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This course will educate the student about developing goals, objectives and strategies to address specific population wellness needs. Students will learn to develop an action plan for reaching program goals including methods for evaluating program success and deficiencies.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 425

EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR THE ASTHMA PATIENT

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Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions affecting pediatrics through adults. This course is designed to review pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of the asthma patient. It will prepare you using the National Guidelines for Asthma Management on assessing severity, treating and managing the patient. It will explore education strategies for individuals with asthma and their families, allowing healthcare professionals to provide optimal care.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 427

CASE MANAGEMENT AND THE RESPIRATORY PRACTITIONER

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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

Healthcare Management & Leadership Track for the BSRT

BSH 305

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

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This courses explores basic theories and concepts related to management and strategic planning. Topics include healthcare management, conflict management and resolution, effective communication in the workplace, and strategic planning tools and processes.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 310

HUMAN RESOURCES

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This course explores the function of human resources within the healthcare organization. The focus of the course is on the development of skills that the department leader needs for effective management of personnel. Subjects include strategies to attract, hire, and retain high quality employees, compensation and benefit packages, productivity, and employee development, evaluation and training, as well as existing laws and policies surrounding employee relations.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 403

LEADERSHIP IN HEALTHCARE

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This course provides a foundational investigation of personal and organizational leadership with an emphasis on developing leadership talent. The following topics in leadership are included: overview of key leadership theories; differences between management and leadership; followership, implementing change, and emerging trends. Students will learn attributes of successful leaders, including interpersonal skills, attitudes, and behaviors, which can facilitate effective leadership within organizations.

  • Credits: 3.0

BSH 410

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT IN HEALTHCARE

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This course focuses on healthcare operations management from the perspective of a healthcare professional. It provides a quantitative approach to analyzing business and logistics concepts and how they impact the healthcare equation. The course explores the foundations of operations management in healthcare, healthcare as a business, fundamentals of financial performance in healthcare, and the supply chain in support of healthcare and pharmaceutical operations management.

  • Credits: 3.0