Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: Department of Nursing
Course Number: N120
Course Title: Introduction to the Health Professions
Catalogue Description: The content of this introductory course is useful for students considering or planning to major in a health field, those seeking better understanding of professions in general, and those interested in becoming more astute consumers of health care. Learning activities include seminars, guest lectures, individual and group projects and field trips.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 __X__.
Department Contact Person for this course: Karen Gardner email@example.com
General discussion of each objective in Contemporary Citizenship as it relates to learning
activities in N120.
Issues-a Web site project includes looking at 3 different web sites about one of the health professions and critiquing the web site for usefulness, links for the profession and for consumers.
Assessment and Assignments: Web-site project
collaborative problem solving groupsStudents lead a discussion with classmates on ethical issues on a health care profession. Issues covered are
economics, quality, cost containment, patient concerns, provider concerns and
Assessment and Assignments: Ethical issues discussion, small group discussions
on health care professions.
responsibility; understand personal responsibility for lifestyle choices
Students are expected to integrate and discuss ethical dilemmas for the health care professions as well as economics, quality, cost containment, provider concerns and colliding interests through readings and small group discussions.
Assessment and Assignments: Comparison of professions paper, small group discussions.
COURSE: N120: Introduction of the Health Professions
COURSE CREDIT: 3 Credits CLOCK HOURS: 3 Hours/week
PLACEMENT IN CURRICULUM: Elective course offered yearly or on demand as a general elective course offering.
FACULTY: Karen Gardner
The content of this introductory course is useful for students considering or planning to major in a health field, those seeking better understanding of professions in general, and those interested in becoming more astute consumers of health care. Learning activities include seminars, guest lectures, individual and group projects and field trips.
This course is a University Studies course in Unity and Diversity Core that satisfies the Contemporary Citizenship Requirement. Courses fulfilling Contemporary Citizen requirement must contain requirements and learning activities that promote students abilities to:
Requirements and learning activities that facilitate these outcomes are highlighted
In bold underline script through this syllabus.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will:
Individual and group projects
Stanfeld, P. S., & Hui, Y. H. (1998). Introduction to the health professions (3rd ed.) Boston: Jones and Bartlett
1. Web Site Project (Contemporary Citizenship requirement, a, b, c, f) 20 points
Sign up for a professional group that you would like to research. Each class member should be doing a different group. Look up at least 3 different web sites about a given profession and write a critique about the web sites. Identify who the group is, their purpose, and their audience for the site. Discuss the usefulness of the web-site and its links for the profession and for consumers (patients/clients). This assignment may be submitted electronically or in typewritten form. Plan to share the results with the class.
2. Comparison of Professions (Contemporary Citizenship requirement, a, b, d, e) 60 points
Compare and contrast two different health related professions; for example, chose one which you are considering entering, and one other. For each of the professions, describe the scope of practice and where it fits into the health care delivery system. Describe the education, regulation/legal requirements, employment trends and earnings for each. Discuss consumer (patient/client) access to the professional services and the way consumers use those services. Make a summary comparison of the two professions, including the above dimensions as well as differences and similarities in outcomes of services. Include citations in APA format. Must be typewritten.
3. Ethical Issues Discussion (Contemporary Citizenship requirement, a,b,c,d,f) 20 points
Lead a discussion with classmates on ethical issues in a given profession. Sign up for a given profession and lead the related discussion when that profession is covered in class.
This assignment may be done in pairs. Generate descriptions of the ethical dilemmas for professionals and discussion questions for the class. Consider issues related to economics, quality, cost containment, patient/client concerns, provider concerns and
4. Class participation/readings (Contemporary Citizenship requirement, b,d,e,f) 20 points
Read something every other week in the current print literature (last 6 months), which relates to class topics of the professions or client/patient use of services. Type the citation at the top using APA format and give a summary of the item. Use newspapers, newsmagazines, journals, advertising, editorials, etc. Hand these in to your instructor.
These will be shared and discussed in class.
Web-site project 20 points
Comparison of professions 60 points
Ethical Issues Discussion 20 points
Class participation/readings 20 points
Midterm exam 30 points
Final exam 70 points
Total= 220 points
GRADING SCALE: A= 90 100%
B= 80 - 89%
C= 70 79%
D= 60 69%