College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus


Physical Therapy Program

Course Name


Pharmacological Aspects of Drug Abuse

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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.

Credits: 2

LANGD 1500

Medical Spanish

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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.

Credits: 2


Two years of high school or college Spanish

PSCID 1379

LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare

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This course helps students better provide compassionate and thorough patient centered care to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community. Lecture topics include an introduction to LGBTQI culture and history, health and social service needs, and communication strategies. Students learn how knowledge deficits in these areas can lead to health inequities for these populations.

Credits: 1

PTHED 1705

Advanced Physical Therapy Electives

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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.

Credits: 1-4


Overall GPA of 3.0 and successful completion of all Physical Therapy Program courses through the spring quarter of the second year.