Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Doctor of Health Science Degree

The 8 core courses address research, teaching, utilization and dissemination of scholarship, clinical inquiry, health policy, research design, statistics, and scientific writing. Collectively these core courses provide a foundation for the emphasis area coursework and scholarly project.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

CLIND  1490

Directed Study

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This course is a mandatory elective which affords students time for focused study to prepare to retake COMLEX—USA Level 1 or Level 2 CE. Students will meet with an Associate Dean and a COMCoach to establish a study plan. They will be expected to meet with their COMCoach on a weekly basis to reassess their progress and make necessary alterations to their study approach.

Credits: 2

OPTOG 1697 A-C

Optometric Competency Course

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This series of courses serves to enhance the mastery of optometry skills, techniques and concepts. A course in the sequence is assigned by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee to a student who has been academically decelerated after receiving a non-passing grade in a required course within the Doctor of Optometry curriculum. The course is assigned for 1-12 credit hours during the quarter in which a student repeats the failed course. The assigned course will include content previously completed, that is deemed critical for success in the Doctor of Optometry curriculum. This is a pass/fail course; letter grades are not assigned. A student who fails to successfully complete the assigned Optometric Competency Course will be referred to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee and may be dismissed from the college.

Credits: 1- 12

Prerequisite

Approval of the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, or Dean

OPTOG 1797 A-D

Optometric Competency Course

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This series of courses serves to enhance the mastery of optometry skills, techniques and concepts. A course in the sequence is assigned by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee to a student who has been academically decelerated after receiving a non-passing grade in a required course within the Doctor of Optometry curriculum. The course is assigned for 1-12 credit hours during the quarter in which a student repeats the failed course. The assigned course will include content previously completed, that is deemed critical for success in the Doctor of Optometry curriculum. This is a pass/fail course; letter grades are not assigned. A student who fails to successfully complete the assigned Optometric Competency Course will be referred to the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee and may be dismissed from the college.

Credits: 1-12

Prerequisite

Approval of the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, or Dean

OPTOG 1522

Optometry Business Management I

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This course surveys the profession of optometry up to present day, provides details about planning for personal, professional and financial goals, managing debt, and building credit worthiness to prepare for professional life. Optometric career choices, modes and scope of optometric practice, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the various paths are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the steps that should be initiated to prepare for a professional career.

Credits: 2

OPTOG 1725

Pediatric Optometry

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This course presents vision development and diagnostic strategies for examining infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Discussion on how vision development guides treatment and management options in the pediatric population will be included. Application of pediatric tests for special needs patients and the diagnosis and management of vision problems and pathology commonly affecting this population will be discussed.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

OPTOG 1722 Diagnosis of Strabismus and Amblyopia

OPTOG 1727

Optometry Business Management II

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The emphasis of this course is on enhancing a student’s interpersonal skills and professionalism as part of patient care. Using a lecture/workshop format, emphasis is placed on the ethical implications of professional practice. Doctor/patient communication methods, practice marketing, patient retention, office production and benchmarking are presented. Clinico-legal aspects from record keeping, patient confidentiality, documentation, coding and billing, record release, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues are also covered.

Credits: 2

PATHG 1634

Pathology III

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Continuation of basic pathology; course identifies causes and mechanisms of disease as they relate to specific organ systems as well as stressing the need for the medical student to understand the pathophysiology of disease and its implications to both the patient and the physician. Emphasis is also placed on the dynamic process of the pathogenic progression of changes, adaptive responses, and therapeutic modifications as well as discovering how all these changes produce the ultimate clinical manifestations of disease processes.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

PATHG 1634 Pathology III, 5 credits: PATHG 1612 Pathology I; PATHG 1623 Pathology II

PPRAG 1437

Informatics

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This elective course will introduce students to the exciting and growing area of healthcare informatics. Healthcare informatics brings together healthcare generated information with technology for the purpose of improving quality of care in a cost effective and comprehensive manner. The course will focus on key concepts, including definitions, technological foundations, databases and information management, legal issues, project management, and potential career opportunities. The main goal of the course is to develop an understanding of informatics and the application in the healthcare field.

Credits: 1.5

Prerequisites

PPRAG 1571 Healthcare Systems