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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

November 5, 2004

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Flor Blanco, Belknap Hall 110A, Ext. 4604, fblanco@mnsfld.edu.

The Robert Packer Department of Health Science and Physical Activities has requested the following curricular actions:

# 1 Action:
Course Change: NUR 3270 Introduction to Professional Nursing I

Purpose and nature of change:
Add BSC 1121 or instructor permission as a prerequisite for NUR 3270

# 2 Action:
Course Change: RTH 1101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I

Purpose and nature of change:
In order to reduce attrition in the respiratory therapy courses and encourage stronger preparation, the prerequisites for the RTH 1101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I course will be changed from:

BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C-“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

to the following:

BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3.

Prerequisites: BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C-“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3.

List all programs that require this course.
Respiratory Therapy

# 3 Action:
Course Change: RTH 1102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II

Purpose and nature of change:
In order to reduce attrition in the respiratory therapy courses and encourage stronger preparation, the prerequisites for the RTH 1102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II course will be changed from:

BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C-“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
to the following:

BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3.

Prerequisites: BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C-“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3.

List all programs that require this course.

Respiratory Therapy

# 4 Action:
Course Change: RTH 1199 Clinical Practicum I

Purpose and nature of change:
In order to reduce attrition in the respiratory therapy courses and encourage stronger preparation, the prerequisites for the RTH 1199 Clinical Practicum I course will be changed from:

BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C-“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

to the following:

BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade of at least “C“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3.

Prerequisites: BSC 121 Anatomy & Physiology I and MA 128 College Algebra each with a grade “C-“ and a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.3.

# 5 Action:
Course Deletion: PHY 1165 Physics for Applied Health Sciences

Rationale for deletion:
No longer required within program’s new curriculum guide; course content is redundant to that taught in XRT 2203 X-ray Physics

List all programs impacted by deletion of this course.
Signatures of chairs of affected Physics Department and Radiology Technology Program

# 6 Action:
New Course Request: XRT 1107 Fundamentals of Radiologic Science and Health Care

Purpose and Nature of Course:
To instruct students about fundamentals of radiology and general principles of health care. Course content will include an overview of health care and radiologic technology professions, the health care environment, hospital organization, radiology department organization, accreditation of healthcare institutions and health care programs, professional credentialing, professional organizations and professional development.

Credit(s) __1___ Undergraduate
Clock Hours: Lecture __15___ Recitation ___0__ Lab __0___
Contract Hours: Lecture __15___ Recitation ___0__ Lab __0___

Course Description for Catalog:
Content is designed to provide an overview of the foundations in radiography and the practioner’s role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices and policies of the health care organization(s) will be examined and discussed.
Prerequisites: XRT 1101 X-Ray Technology I
Co-requisites: BSC 1122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, XRT 3301 Clinical Practicum I, XRT 1102 X-Ray Technology II, and XRT 1108 Medical Terminology for the Radiographer

# 7 Action:
New Course: XRT 1108 Medical Terminology for the Radiographer

Purpose and Nature of Course:
Course content will include the word-building process, medical abbreviations, medical terminology associated with body systems, and terms related to radiology and medical reports

Credit(s) __2___ Undergraduate
Clock Hours: Lecture __30___ Recitation _____ Lab _____
Contract Hours: Lecture __30___ Recitation _____ Lab _____

Course Description for Catalog:
The content is designed to provide an introduction to the origins of medical terminology. A word-building system will be introduced and abbreviations and symbols will be discussed. Medical terms associated with various systems of the body as well as those used in radiographic orders and diagnostic reporting will be included.
Prerequisites: XRT 1101
Co-requisites: BSC 1122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, XRT 3301 Clinical Practicum I, XRT 1102 X-Ray Technology II, and XRT 1107 Fundamentals of Radiologic Science and Health Care

# 8 Action:
Program Change: Nursing

Proposed change:

  • Increase the GPA requirement for enrolling in a nursing (NUR) course, other than NUR 1170, from 2.5 to 2.7.
  • Requirements for GPA and prerequisite courses must be met by the end of the semester before taking NUR 3270 or 3271 (at the end of the Spring semester before taking NUR 3270; at the end of the Fall semester before taking NUR 3271). Courses taken during summer sessions or between the Fall and Spring semesters can not be used to meet the requirements for progression to sophomore and junior level courses.
  • Require BSC 1121 or instructor permission as a prerequisite for NUR 3270.
  • Move PHL 3380 from the distribution elective section to the humanities section
  • Require a minimum grade of C in BSC 1121, BSC 1122, CHM 1110, and BSC 3271 to progress in the nursing program. This is an increase from a requirement of C minus for these courses.

1. Rationale for change:

GPA increase:

  • Difficulty of the Registered Nurse State Board licensing examination has been increased to mirror the work expectations during the first year after graduation.
  • GPA comparisons of the mean scores for those passing and those not passing the State Board licensing examination indicated that students with lower than 2.7 GPA failed the exam.

Meet GPA and science grade requirements at end of semester:

  • Typically weaker students who repeat science courses or take courses to raise GPA at times other than during the regular Fall and Spring semesters do not succeed in nursing courses. Review of student records indicate students who repeat courses to meet science requirements or raise GPA during a regular semester are more apt to succeed in nursing program.

BSC 1121 as a prerequisite for NUR 3270:

  • NUR 3270 relies heavily on understanding of Anatomy and Physiology. We have found students without BSC 1121 are at a great disadvantage and often do not successfully complete NUR 3270.

Move PHL 3380 to humanities block:

  • Students are continually asking for PHL 3380 to be moved to the humanities section

Grade of C in BSC 1121, BSC 1122, CHM 1110 and BSC 3271

  • This content has become more important because of the increased sophistication of nursing science (intravenous medication administration; electronic monitoring, antibiotic resistant bacteria)

List all changes:
Move PHL 3380 to the humanities block

Impact on other programs (if any):

  • Philosophy: Minimal impact, if any, on Philosophy because PHL 3380 is still required by the nursing program.
  • Chemistry and Biology: Potential for increase in student numbers because more students may have to repeat science courses.

# 9 Action:
Program Change: A.A.S. degree, Respiratory Therapy

Rationale for change:
Unacceptable respiratory therapy student attrition in respiratory care courses has been a problem, noted by both the program faculty and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and resulted in a program change implemented in the fall, 2002. For the first class affected by this change, the attrition rate was reduced, but did not meet CoARC requirements. To further reduce attrition, an increase in the prerequisite minimum grade point average for the RTH 1101, RTH 1102, and RTH 1199 courses, from 2.0 to 2.3, is being proposed.

List all changes:

  1. The prerequisite minimum grade point average for the RTH 1101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I, RTH 1102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II, and RTH 1199 Clinical Practicum I courses will be increased from 2.0 to 2.3.
  2. Require a minimum grade of “C” in BSC 1121 and MA 128.

#10 Action:
Program Change: Medical Terminology and Fundamentals of Radiology

Rationale for change:
New courses in medical terminology and fundamentals of radiology and health care are now required by the program’s new ASRT Curriculum Guide.
PHY Physics for Applied Health Sciences is redundant within the current curriculum and no longer required by the new ASRT Curriculum Guide. The required physics course content is taught in XRT 2203 X-Ray Physics

List all changes:

  • PHY 1165 Physics for Applied Health Sciences will be dropped (3 credits)
  • New Medical Terminology for the Radiographer course will be added (2 credits)
  • New Fundamentals of Radiologic Science and Health Care course will be added (1 credit)

 

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