Nutritional considerations are important in the prevention and management of many disease processes, and to the determination of overall health. Students will explore recent advances in clinically relevant nutrition through a variety of processes that may include case-based learning, online modules, and critical evaluation of research reports selected from the peer-reviewed biomedical literature. The precise format of the course varies from year to year.
Fundamentals of Research
This course introduces the topics of Responsible Conduct of Research and the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) requirements and regulations of the FDA and EPA. Students also receive training in issues related to research on human subjects and animals, radiation safety, and biosafety.
Pharmacological Aspects of Drug Abuse
This elective is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the common drugs of abuse, including alcohol, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, and opioids. Current theories regarding the physiologic basis of drug-seeking behavior and the development of drug dependence are presented. In addition, various social, legal and ethical aspects of the drug abuse problem are considered.
This elective provides medical, pharmacy, physician assistant and biomedical sciences students with the Spanish vocabulary necessary to understand and converse in the fields of medicine and healthcare. The course has been designed to enhance communicating with the Latino patient as well as understanding cultural attitudes, which may impact medical care. Listening, comprehension, and conversational skills will be stressed through dialogues and oral presentations. Critical learning skills that students are encouraged to develop are cooperative learning and effective group dynamics.
Two years of high school or college Spanish
Advanced Physical Therapy Electives
Physical therapy students who have an overall GPA of 3.0 in Spring quarter of the second year may enroll for participation in up to 4 credits of the Advanced Physical Therapy Practice elective. Students may elect to participate in one of the structured courses offered, design and implement an independent study course with a Physical Therapy Program faculty mentor, or complete 1-4 credits of a research elective with a Physical Therapy Program faculty member.
Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.