mps dao course descriptions

CLPR 520 Thesis Development (1 cr)

Thesis Development is a research course on scientific methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course teaches the student the importance of performing prospective research in an effort to improve our understanding of extracorporeal circulation and better patient care. Through class participation, the students will have the opportunity to interact with individuals from multiple allied health specializations in conducting clinical and laboratory research projects under the guidance of staff and faculty. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct and completion of a research project.


CLPR 722 Perfusion Seminar III (1 cr)
CLPR 723 Perfusion Seminar IV (1 cr)

Perfusion seminars are a detailed study of the techniques of perfusion, perfusion equipment and clinical applications. Specific emphasis on clinical pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary bypass will be reviewed in case discussion format. Guest lecturers will present on various topics including infection control, blood borne pathogens, medical ethics and risk management. First and second year students will interact together with online students from the degree advancement option.


CLPR 765 Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion I (3 cr)

This course is the initiation of the thesis project required by the program on scientific methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course reinforces with the student the importance of design, management and production of an approved clinical project or scientific research with the goal of improvement of our understanding of extracorporeal circulation and better patient care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct and measurable progress of an approved project by mutually agreed upon deliverables. Prerequisite: CLPR 520


CLPR 766 Special Studies in Advanced Clinical Perfusion II (3 cr)

This course is the completion of the thesis project required by the program on scientific methodology. This interactive multi-disciplinary course reinforces with the student the importance of design, management and production of an approved clinical project or scientific research with the goal of improvement of our understanding of extracorporeal circulation and better patient care. Emphasis is placed on the scientific method in the design, conduct and completion of an approved project. Prerequisite: CLPR 520, 765


CLPR 775 Survey in Advanced Extracorporeal Science I (2 cr)

Students in this course participate in a comprehensive review of the complex issues of extracorporeal circulation, exploring its controversies which seemingly drive clinicians away from wide-spread use of the technology. The course is intended for those students who have experience in ECC science. The student will seek to understand these complexities by review of scientific literature, interviews with content experts and contributions from their personal experiences. By class participation, presentations and interviews, the students will be encouraged to interact with individuals from multiple allied health specialties. Emphasis is placed on using scientific inquiry in exploring the real meaning and presence of the problems, as well as seeking potential solutions, if at all realistically possible.


SAHP 530 Scanning the Health Care Environment (1 cr)

This upper level course in the School of Allied Health Professions is designed to provide allied health professions students with an overview of health care delivery in the United States. The course will explore many factors that influence the delivery of health care, including the determinants of health, the financing of health care, and various health care settings. The course will examine the evolution of health care in the United States and will project issues that will affect health care in the future. Allied health professionals are affected by such changes in both their personal and professional lives. It will be the challenge of health care professionals of the future to consider the value of Medicare and Medicaid, the handling of insurance issues, the creation of policy governing health care delivery and the reduction of health care disparities. This course is designed to assist students in gaining an understanding of why change is occurring, recognizing trends in their particular professional environment and identifying strategies to affect the changes to assure the patient's access to quality care in an economical environment.


SAHP 531 Management in Health Care (2 cr)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the concept of organizational theory and behavior, and several management applications. The topics to be covered include the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management, organizational culture and individual responses to organizational changes. Since change is a constant in today's organizations, the student will learn basic methods for planning and implementing organizational change. Additionally, the student will learn the basic concepts of continuous quality improvement, the application of quality tools, financial management, as well as the process for hiring, coaching, evaluating and dismissing employees. The student is expected to complete a simple quality improvement project and to prepare her/his own resume for an entrance level professional position (discipline specific).


SAHP 626 Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking (3 cr)

This course introduces ethical issues that Allied Health professionals can expect to encounter during their education and career. It covers such areas of concern as confidentiality, informed consent, responsible practice, professionalism, cultural differences, handling mistakes, difficult cases, and key legal aspects of these issues. To assist students in resolving issues, the course identifies and applies key principles of critical thinking. The course trains students in the use of these principles in ethics and professionalism. The course is designed to improve the ability of students to reason soundly in professional ethics, to be familiar with the health professional ethics literature, and to communicate clearly about ethical values, integrity, and judgment. At the same time, this course is intended to provide a broad context to the daily issues of professional life, and to present the historical richness of the debates over ethical issues.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the PA DAO.

Instructors: Huckabee and Dart

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks: Purtilo R., 2010. Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 5th Ed. Saunders. ISBN-13: 978-1437708967.
Pozgar, George D., 2012. Legal and Ethical Issues For Health Professionals, 3rd Ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1449672119.
Fletcher, John C., Lombardo, Paul A., Spencer, Edward M., 2005. Fletcher’s Introduction to Clinical Ethics, 3rd Ed. University Publishing Group. ISBN-13: 978-1555720278.

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