Health Sciences Core Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)
HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
Introduction to general research principles and research ethics. The student will be introduced to the following topics in the research process: problem statement, question formulation, principles of measurement, basic design and methodological features, issues of reliability and validity, and fundamentals of conducting a literature review. Quantitative article critiques will be conducted in class and outside of class. The class format will include lecture, small group discussion, and practice.
HS 506 Data and Decision-Making (3 credits)
This course will focus on the use and application of statistics commonly found in the field of exercise science. Topical areas include but are not limited to determining appropriate statistical tests to perform, interpreting results and determining appropriate follow-up tests as needed. Emphasis is on design of experiments and appropriate statistical test usage, and interpretation of results.
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
This course is designed to prepare health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make independent judgments about the validity, results, and application of clinical research and to implement evidence-based clinical practice in their careers. This course will focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice with emphasis on forming answerable clinical questions and effective literature search strategies.
HS 602 Applications of Education Practice (3 credits)
This course will explore best practices of the application of educational instruction and delivery for individuals working in a variety of employment settings with diverse populations including clients, patients, students and community learners. This course will include topics associated with generational learning, learning styles, learning design for groups and individuals along with various styles of delivery.
Rehabilitative Science (15 Credit Hours)
HS 509 Integrated Biomechanics (3 credits)
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the concepts of movement integration and assessment to possess a general appreciation of biomechanical relationships. The body as an interconnected unit will serve as the foundational framework for learning and application. Students will recognize and apply treatment restoration to enhance movement quality for various client/patient populations. This course will emphasize the need for continual study and sourcing of various biomechanical information.
HS 630 Motor Control & Movement Analysis (3 credits)
Discussion and analysis of scientific principles related to the mechanical understanding of motor control and the human body in motion. Review of related literature and research in motor learning and control. The focus of this course will be on qualitative analysis of motor assessment as related to musculoskeletal assessment and corrective exercise interventions.
RS 600 Connective Tissue and Healing (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of connective tissue injury including degenerative processes, healing, and rehabilitation implications. Understanding of the relationships among connective tissues such as bone, ligaments, cartilage, capsule, tendon and muscle on a micro and macro level will be emphasized. Sport injuries, issues of aging, and rehabilitation principles in special populations will also be included. These principles will be applied to treatment procedure choices in rehabilitation.
RS 607 Preventative Measures (3 credits)
This course will expose students to contemporary topics in athletic training clinical practice such as, mild brain injury, environmental illnesses and musculoskeletal injury. Students will examine and synthesize current research on these topics and present evidence-based preventative measures in order to curb their incidence.
RS 615 Functional Assessment and Rehabilitation in Sport (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to examine evidence-based objective measures of proprioception, flexibility and strength required of individuals engaged in Sports. Through a case-based format, students will formulate and present rehabilitation interventions to address physical impairments found during functional assessment.