Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Pre-Occupational Therapy

Curriculum: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Pre-Occupational Therapy
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The BS in Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy degree is an online associate to bachelor’s completion program. Bachelor’s degree-seeking students at the University of Cincinnati are required to complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours for graduation. Up to 68 semester credit hours of prior college coursework taken at an accredited institution can be transferred in and applied to the program. Students may be required to take additional coursework to meet the 120 credit hour minimum requirement. To learn more about our online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences curriculum, we encourage you to review the curriculum offerings listed below.

Accreditation: The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Course Title / Description Credit
Health Care Ethics
Course: HLSC2011
Credit: 2
This course considers ethical theories and principles applicable to the allied health professions. Using scholarly inquiry, the student will analyze ethical dilemmas that may occur in the student's professional role as well as other disciplines. The student will address ethical issues across the lifespan in diverse socioeconomic and cultural situations.
Physics for Allied Health
Course: PHYS1005C
Credit: 3
An introduction to physics for future health care professionals. Lectures and labs are centered around a survey of topics that apply to the allied health profession. Topics include mechanics (units, motion, forces, friction, gravity, inertia, lever systems, momentum, work, energy, power), thermodynamics (temperature and heat), pressure and fluids, waves and sound, basic electricity and safety, and light.
Medical Terminology
Course: HLSC2012
Credit: 2
This distance learning course introduces students to the language of medicine and allied health while reviewing the major organ systems of the body. Students will learn at their own pace within the boundaries of the course schedule.
Foundations of Quantitative Reasoning
Course: MATH1008
Credit: 3
Project-based course, emphasizing problem-solving, model-building, and basic data manipulation in real world contexts. Topics include: problem-solving, statistical reasoning, linear and exponential modeling, and modeling with geometry. Prerequisite: at least 30 on the ALEKS Math test or 420 on the Math Placement Test (MPT) is recommended.
Motor Learning and Movement Control
Course: HLSC4020
Credit: 3
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the neuro-anatomic and neuro-muscular components of human movement. This includes terminology, basic neuro-anatomy as it relates to the neuromuscular system, an examination of concepts and principles of movementcontrol and motor learning. Students will execute self-directed motor learning activities, performing the observations and analyses necessaryto form conclusions regarding the neuromuscular performance characteristics of human movements. This course is designed to meet the skills sets described by the ACSM and the NSCA as necessary components to qualify to take entry level certification examinations. There are online presentations, self-directed activities, and a course project. This course meets the requirementsof the basic Bachelors degree in Health Sciences but it does not satisfy the requirements for the Health Sciences-Exercise & Movement (HLSC-EM) or the Health Sciences-Physiologic Science (HLSC-PS) degree tracks.
Pharmacology for Health Sciences
Course: HLSC3014
Credit: 3
This is the fourth course in the foundations sequence of classes for Health Science majors in the College of Allied Health Sciences. The course focuses on common pharmacologic agents and their effects on health and health behaviors. The students will learn the general classifications and sub-classifications of common pharmacologic substances, their indications and contraindications for use, and their actions and side-effects. Included in the course is a discussion of basic physiology and how these agents alter it, how those alterations affect activity tolerance, and the necessary adjustments in activity programs in order for those programs to remain safe. The basic pathophysiology of common medical conditions will be introduced at it relates to the effects and side-effects of drugs commonly used for that condition.
Musculoskeletal Anatomy for DL
Course: HLSC2022C
Credit: 3
This course is designed to provide the student with basic information in human surface anatomy and the origins, insertions, actions and nerve supply of the major muscles of the body. It also introduces the students to basic palpation and other handling techniques necessary to perform physical assessments. Basic information on common musculoskeletal injuries and conditions is included in the course.
Developmental Psychology
Course: PSYC2040
Credit: 3
This course introduces developmental psychology, focusing specifically on theoretical frameworks and empirical research related to human development across the lifespan. The course covers physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development from conception to death, with an emphasis on a variety of factors influencing development such as biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors.
Personal Nutrition
Course: NUTR1030
Credit: 3
This course looks at the importance of an appropriate diet and nutritional practices in one's life. It provides students with an introductory look at macronutrients and micronutrients. It reviews their basic metabolism,absorption, transport, and their effects on an individual's diet to promote optimal health and lessen the risk for chronic disease. Students willassess and compare dietary intakes to national reference standards.
Course: PSYC2070
Credit: 3
This course provides an overview of the structure and function of the biological systems that support human behavior. Topics covered include neuroanatomy, neuron and synapse design and function, development, motivation and reward, cognitive functioning, pharmacology, research methods, neuroplasticity, sensory physiology, brain damage, disorders, sensation and perception, psychological and neurological disorders, and various other brain functions in the central and peripheral nervous systems.
Introduction to Statistics
Course: STAT1031
Credit: 3
A one-semester comprehensive introduction to statistics suitable for students in biology, nursing, allied health, and applied science. Discussion of data, frequency distributions, graphical and numerical summaries, design of statistical studies, and probability as a basis for statistical inference and prediction. The concepts and practice of statistical inference including confidence intervals, one and two sample t-tests, chi-square tests, regression and analysis of variance, with attention to selecting the procedure(s) appropriate for the question and data structure, and interpreting and using the result. Prerequisite: at least 30 on the ALEKS Math test or 420 on the Math Placement Test (MPT) is recommended.
Introduction to Biomechanics and Kinesiology
Course: HLSC3020
Credit: 3
This online course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the fields of Biomechanics and Kinesiology. This includes terminology, an examination of concepts and principles, and performing the analyses and calculations necessary to examine mechanical characteristics of basic human movements. Students will also examine the basic structural and kinematic characteristics of the musculoskeletal system, including the major joints of the spine and the extremities. This course is designed to meet the skills sets described by the ACSM and the NSCA as necessary components for entry level certifications. It does not satisfy the Introductory Biomechanics or Kinesiology requirements for the HLSC-EM or HLSC-PS degree tracks.
General Exercise Physiology
Course: HLSC3031
Credit: 3
This course covers the study of the physiological systems of the human body and how they relate to exercise and stress. Topics include energy systems, metabolism, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, neural, endocrine, environmental and work physiology.
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Course: PSYC2020
Credit: 3
This course explores a variety of concepts and research areas in the field of cognitive psychology. These include, but are not limited to: learning, attention, memory, language, reasoning, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on historical and current research methodology and findings, with interactive application exercises used when available.
Fundamentals of Psychopathology
Course: PSYC2051
Credit: 3
This course is a survey of the psychological science related to mental wellness and mental illness. The emphasis will be on major categories of mental health conditions as described in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and International Classification of Diseases. Students in this course will explore prevention, etiology, prognosis, treatment, and ethical issues surrounding mental health diagnosis and treatment. The course includes historical theoretical views of mental health conditions, health disparities, and the roles of biological, psychological, and sociocultural influences on mental health.
Mid-Collegiate Interprofessional Touch Point Conference
Course: HLTH3100
Credit: 0

The Mid-Collegiate Interprofessional Touch Point Conference is designed for students entering in the professional and pre-professional curriculum portion of their undergraduate education. Depending on their major, students may be in their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Students will work in interprofessional groups to review and discuss a case study with an IPE facilitator.

Pre-Occupational Therapy/Health Sciences- Distance Learning Capstone
Course: HLSC5019
Credit: 4
This capstone course concludes Pre-Occupational Therapy-DL and Health Sciences-DL students' undergraduate education by allowing students to assess the available literature on a clinical-based question of their choice. Students, in collaboration with their instructor, will select a clinical-based question and then locate and critically appraise available literature to create a summary of findings and a presentation detailing the key findings from the research. Students will also review/learn key aspects of assessing research studies.
Research Methods in Health Sciences
Course: HLTH3098
Credit: 3
In this course, students will learn skills that are the foundation of evidence-based practice. These skills include identifying major study design approaches, formulating research questions that align with specific study designs, and interpreting the most common statistical methods used in clinical and population health research. Students will also learn about ethical research conduct and about community engagement to build trust with research participants and strengthen research equity and impact. Through interprofessional collaboration, students will learn how to locate peer-reviewed research articles, how to navigate through the different sections of a research article, summarize its key elements, and critically appraise its strengths and weaknesses. Students will also learn how evidence-based practice guidelines are derived from systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Sensation and Perception
Course: PSYC2030
Credit: 3
This course explores human sensory machinery and its role in the processes of perception (e.g. vision, audition, touch, taste, olfaction), covering traditional and contemporary theories of perception and perceptual processing, and includes a discussion of the philosophical assumptions that motivate the science of psychology.
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