Medical & Natural Sciences Course Descriptions

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MD101: Clinical Procedures I - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SS204 and MD110

This course will also be a prerequisite course for all the other medical Laboratory classes, such as Clinical Laborary II and Laboratory Procedures, and teach the medical assistant students three main components: Infection Control in the medical office and medical Laboratory; general principals of patient questioning and examination and assisting and performing specific procedures in the medical specialized offices (OBGYN, Pediatrics, Geriatrics etc.)


MD102: Medical Laboratory Techniques - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: MD101 and Co-Requisite: MD105

The course will prepare students to follow the universal precaution in any medical laboratory or medical office. The students at the end of this course will be able to perform the most common laboratory procedures used in the medical offices, such as phlebotomy, finger stick, and different types of blood analyses, urinalysis, and microbiology procedures. At the end of this course students will be also able to assist in some medical specialty procedures.


MD103: Pharmacology and Drug Administration - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: MD101

During the first half of the pharmacology course, students will learn about the interaction between human body and different medications, federal laws and regulation for drug approval and drug distribution, as well as different routes of drug administrations, such as gastrointestinal or parenteral Students will learn and practice precise dosing of medicines as prescribed. During the second half of the course student will be able to identify the main characteristics of the most important drugs based on their actions on the major body systems. At the end of the course students will be able to use PDR as a reference book for drug information and also be able to assist patients with different Medication issues.


MD104: Medical Internship - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisites: MD101, and SS130
Co-Requisite: MD102

The main goal of this course is to enable students to practically perform what they have learned in the classroom and medical laboratories. The students will be able to perform varied administrative duties in the medical office such as patient scheduling, billing and coding, filling, medical transcription and other important office duties. Most importantly the students will be allowed to sharpen their skills in many medical procedures such as performing vital signs and different types of urine and blood analysis, as well as phlebotomy and EKG examination. The work experience is supported by different classroom seminars and by instructor site visits, and will be also prepared for their National Certificate tests.


MD105: Clinical Procedures II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: MD101

This course builds on Clinical Procedures I. Students will learn diagnostic procedures, assisting in treatment modalities, and rehabilitation procedures, as well as performing EKG. At the end of the course they will learn how to assist with minor surgical procedures in the medical office. The laboratory classes require a combination of lectures and practical skills building. Students are required to perform a competency list required by the accrediting organizations.


MD110: Introduction to Medical Assisting and Medical Law - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: SS204

This course will be used as a foundation for all the other subjects theoretical and practical, as it deals with Medical Assisting duties and responsibilities, as well as the necessary affiliations and employment opportunities in the medical industry. It explains the skills that are important to successfully enter this industry. The second part deals with the major legal and ethical actual issues in the medical field. Important issues, such as negligence, patient privacy and rights, and some bioethical dilemmas will be covered at the proper length and depth as an integrated part of this course. The New York legislation regarding the medical assistant job responsibilities will also be discussed in detail in this course.


MD201: Pharmacy Procedures - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SS204

The students will learn the regulation and standards in the pharmacy practice and how to manipulate controlled substances and how to implement the Controlled Substances Act and ethical standards in pharmacy practice. The students will be trained to use the necessary equipment and to prepare extemporaneous compounds, such as liquids, suspensions, ointments, creams, transdermal gels, lotions and suppositories. The students will be trained to sterilize parenteral compounds such as ampoules and vials. Important issues such as the action and uses of drugs, nonprescription medications, natural products and pharmacy administration procedures are also included in this course.


MD202: Pharmacy Calculations - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SS204

This course is specifically designed for pharmacy technicians who will enter the pharmacy service and will be working with different types of medications and calculations. At the beginning, the students will review some of the most important and basic concepts in arithmetic and algebra. Later, the students will learn different options for calculating dosages of medications administered by different routes and to different—age patients. Since accurate math and dosage calculations play a large role in ensuring that medication errors do not occur, the last part of the student training in this course consists of prevention of medication errors and patient safety. Different exercises and applications will increase the students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills in their pharmacy practice.


MD204: Pharmacy Internship - CREDITS: 3

Prequisite: SS204

This Pharmacy Internship will provide additional practical skills for the students and help them adjust to the job requirements of the pharmacy care industry, applying in practice what they have learn in the classroom. The students will work under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist in a pharmacy, retailer/community pharmacy or in a hospital. The students will actively participate in different activities in the pharmacy and help the pharmacist handle and manage controlled substances, preparing extemporaneous compounds (liquids, suspicions, ointments, creams, trans-dermal gels, suppositories) and preparing parenteral compounds such as ampoules and vials. Students will also learn order processing, use common pharmacy codes in prescription labeling and transferring prescriptions. They will participate in insurance and billing activities. The students will participate in inventory and maintenance activities of the pharmacy and other activities, such as ordering and receiving procedures. The students will practice conversion of measurements in various systems. They will calculate the dose of medications, calculate ratios and proportions solve concentration and dilution problems, as well as resolving allegations.


MD206: Essentials of Pharmacy Management - CREDITS: 3

Prequisite: SS204

This course was developed as a required Major Course for pharmacy technicians. The ability of pharmacy technicians to provide patient care products and services in all practice settings is crucial to the advancement of pharmacies. This course provides comprehensive management information to those entering employment in any capacity within the field of pharmacy. This involves fostering the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to excel in the areas of entrepreneurship, resource management and business operations. Emphasis is placed on the use of active learning strategies rather than passive listening and repetition of information. This is to ensure that all students have adequate opportunity to collaborate and have the information and skills that are presented. One of the strategies to accomplish this will be group research and a close interaction with the pharmacy environment. The course includes basic concepts of personal and operational management, the role of business in the pharmacy setting and hospitals, financing, and managing of a pharmacy as a business entity, accounting, pricing, merchandising and personal management. This is designed to create an environment in a pharmacy practice and enable the student to deal with and resolve everyday administrative challenges in the pharmaceutical environment. Lectures are supplemented with scientific research assignments and practical sessions.


MD207: Pharmacology II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: MD103

This course will provide the students with a specialized knowledge of groups of different medication and with a sound basic understanding of pharmacology as it especially relates to their job as pharmacy technician. The course presents the medications according to their therapeutic applications. In each section pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before pharmacology of the drugs is discussed. The body septum approach provides the necessary background information and refreshes the students’ memory of previously learned materials through which the therapeutic action for the drug can be clearly understood. The discussion of each drug classification concentrates on the mechanism of action main therapeutic effects, clinical indications, adverse reactions and drug interactions. Patient information on absorption, metabolism excretion and other special considerations are also discussed for each medication category. The chapter reviews at the end of each chapter provide immediate reinforcement of terminology and pharmacological concepts crucial for acquiring knowledge and clinically relevant on the job questions allow students further opportunity to practice critical thinking skills. Lectures are supplemented with scientific research assignments and laboratory sessions.


SC112: Physics For Game Developer - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: MA122 or MA130

The objective of this course is for students to understand the concepts and the importance of real-time physics in a game environment, understand the law of physics, and get hands on experience with more realistic gaming environment interaction and object behavior. Physics for Game Developers serves as the starting point for enriching games with physics-based realism. Colliding billiard balls, missile trajectories, cornering dynamics in speeding cars, by applying the laws of physics one can realistically model nearly everything in games. Anything that bounces around, flies, rolls, slides, or isn’t sitting still can be used to create compelling, believable content for computer games, simulations, and animation. This course provides fun and interesting ways to study concepts in video game physics. Students will be able to apply these concepts to real-world items such as projectiles, boats, airplanes, or cars. They will receive hands on experience with real-time simulations and learn how to apply them to present computer games.


SC151: Physics I - CREDITS: 3

This course provides student with an understanding of the basic concepts in the physical sciences with an emphasis on the theories of mechanics, electricity, and magnetism.


SC152: Introduction to General Chemistry - CREDITS: 3

This course covers the basic principles and theories of college chemistry, with emphasis on topics related to biological sciences. Topics include atomic, bonding, gas laws. Solutions, and acid-base theory. Complementary experiments are designed to illustrate simple chemical Technician program and is also recommended for students in Medical Assistant program and others planning to pursue careers in Allied Health curricula. The study of scientific theories and laboratory techniques provide a foundation for students to succeed in advanced course in health related or science curriculum.


SC153: Introduction of Biochemistry - CREDITS: 3

This course includes a general overview of the structure, properties, and metabolism of the major groups of biological importance, with special emphasis on the role of those compounds required in diet: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and vitamins. This course is designed for students in Pharmacy Technician program.


SC155: Microbiology - CREDITS: 3

This course is designed for pharmacy technician students and for students enrolled in other health care programs. It will provide the students in the allied health sciences with vital microbiology information that will enable them to carry out their duties in an informed, safe, and efficient manner. This course is designed for one semester for students enrolled in health care professions including pharmacy lab. The course contains all the core subjects and themes as well as main concepts of microbiology. Some of the main subjects discussed in the course are antibiotics and other microbial agents, epidemiology and public health, hospital acquired infections, infection control and how microorganisms cause diseases, human body protective mechanisms and knowledge about major viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic diseases of humans. Lectures are suplemented with scientific research assignments and laboratory sessions.


SC160: Human Biology - CREDITS: 3

Prequisite: SS204

This biology course delivers a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. It includes an overview of basic concepts and methods, followed by principles of biochemistry cell structure and function. Also presented is the study of special gene organs, and endocrine, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems, and diseases related to malfunctioning of these systems.


SC161: Human Anatomy and Physiology I - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisites: MD110 and SS204

This course includes a general overview of the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body, the main concepts of the body organization, cellular structure, metabolism and reproduction. It is designed for entry level student, but an introduction to pathology and mechanism of diseases makes this chapter essential for student success in almost every clinical or advanced course in health related or science curriculum. The study to Integumentary and Skeletal systems, as part of this course, creates a solid foundation and a smooth transition toward more difficult, more specialized and more complex body systems.

SC162: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SC161

In this course the students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the different body systems, the most commonly involved diseases, and will develop clinical thinking toward the diagnosis and prevention of these pathologies. The course includes the study of muscular, blood, heart, circulatory , lymphatic, digestive, renal and reproductive systems, as well as the physiology of nutrion, fluid, electrolytes and acid balance as an important part of human body homeostasis . It is designed for a more advanced student and will be used to fully understand laboratory practices and procedures.


SC163: Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health Professionals - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SS204

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology and the changes which occur in the human body during different diseases in relation to the various body systems. The first part of the course deals with the organization of the human bodies different levels, human body orientation and planes and their clinical applications in medical imagery. Among the topics considered in the first part are also basic concepts of chemistry, biochemistry, and main concepts of cytology and human genetics. In the second part of the course, the students will learn the main physiological and anatomical features of all different body systems, such as muscular skeleton, cardiovascular respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive, blood and nervous systems. Lectures are supplemented with scientific research assignments and laboratory sessions.


SC165: Biology I - CREDITS: 3

This basic science course will give students the major concepts of general biology. It will engage the students in scientific research activities, which will lead to a better understanding of the subject matter. The new courses will provide the students with important concepts of life such as, the chemistry of life, cell structure and organization, genetic bases of inheritance and the mechanism of protein production from the genes. The concepts of metabolism, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell communication and cell cycle will be integral parts of this course.


SC166: Laboratory Practice Biology I - CREDITS: 1

This course will introduce students to the rules and regulations of working in a biology laboratory. It will teach them the necessary skills to work with different microscopes, prepare microscopic slides and image size calculations. Other Important laboratory experiments will include Benedict’s experiments for reducing sugars, glucose polymerization, tests for starch, fatty solubility experiments, enzymes and the effect of temperature on their performance, nucleic acid properties, cellular membrane transportation (diffusion, osmosis), cell reproduction and respiration (photosynthesis) and the genetics of populations.


SC167: Biology II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SC165

This course is designed as a more depth study of the specialized Biology discussing in more details in the different types of organisms’ development and their evolutionary trends. Students will learn the basic and fundamental concepts of Evolution. The evolutionary history of biological diversity and will be covered, as well as the characteristics of different types of microorganisms such as proliaryotes , protistis, enliaryotis, etc. The students will also learn the main structure and functional characteristics of different multiple cell organisms, such as plants, fungi, invertebrate and vertebrae animals. At the end of the course students will learn the basic concepts of plant forms and functions, animal forms and functions, as well as the main concepts of ecology.


SC168: Laboratory Practice Biology II - CREDITS: 1

Prerequisites: SC165 and SC166

This course will enable students to better understand the differences between the major classes of plants and animals. The students will perform experiments on the lower plant structure and function, on the lower plant reproduction and development, the anatomy of complex plants and hormonal responses. The second part of this course will include animal tissues and their diversity, the structure and function of simple and primitive animals, protostomes and the biodiversity. Students will be able to perform experiments and histology studies for the different mammalian body systems. Topics covered will include the musculoskeletal system, nervous and sensory systems, digestive and respiratory systems, circulatory systems, excretory and reproductive systems, and animal diversity and development.


SC169: Physics I - CREDITS: 3

During this course students will learn important physics concepts such as Mass, Weight, Friction, Density and Buoyancy, motion laws in one or two dimensions, Vectors, Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation, Circular Motion physics, Work and Energy. Momentum, Rotation motion, Equilibrium, the Physics of Fluids, Vibration and Waves, as well as the Physics of Sound will also be part of the basic science course. At the end students will study Physics of Temperature and Kinetic theory, Heat and Thermodynamic laws.


SC170: Physics Laboratory I - CREDITS: 1

This course is designed to provide students with laboratory skills and a better understanding of the most important concepts of general physics. Students will perform experiments, on Motion in one and two dimensions, Newton’s law of motion and Gravitation, Momentum, Circular Motion, Work, and Energy. Important experiments on Equilibrium, Fluid Motion, Vibration and Waves, the Physics of Sound, Temperature and Kinetic theory experiments, as well as heat and thermodynamic experiments, are included in this laboratory course.


SC171: Physics II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SC169

In this course students will learn more advanced physics major concepts such as electricity, magnetism, and optics. They will acquire important knowledge about the universal law of gravitation, Coulomb law, conservation of charge, electric fields and Gauss Law, electric potential energy, voltage and current, capacity and resistance (Ohms and Kirchhoff laws) and magnetism and electromagnetic induction. Main principles of optics are also included in this course. Molecular and atomic structure, quarks and leptons, fundamental forces of atomic particles, distribution of functions (Holiday,Maxwell-Boltzmann distributions, atom and radiation will also be discussed at the end of this course together with other important concepts such as radiation quanta, atomic spectra, velocity of Light and time dilation and the theory of relativity.


SC172: Chemistry II - CREDITS: 3
Prerequisite: SC173

In this course students will learn basic concepts of chemical kinetics such as factors influencing reaction rates, concentration and temperature influences, reaction mechanisms and the role of catalysts. Chemical equilibrium and additional aspects of aqueous equilibrium, chemistry of the environment together with thermodynamics and electrochemistry will also be studied. At the end of the course students will learn the basic concept of nuclear chemistry (radiation and nuclear transformation, nuclear power and fusion), and the chemistry of metal, non metal substances (Hydrogen, noble gases, halogens, nitrogen, carbon and 4A and 5A groups elements) compounds and the basic principles of life.


SC173: Chemistry I - CREDITS: 3

High school chemistry and algebra are recommended but not required. This course includes the basic principles of chemistry, including simple anatomic structure, quantum and kinetic molecular theories, chemical bonds, as well as stoichometry (calculations with chemical formulas and equations, aqueous solution reactions) and thermo- chemistry. Periodic properties of the elements, molecular geometry, the chemistry of gases as well as the intermolecular forces, liquids and solids, modern materials and properties of solutions and ph (Acids and Bases) will be studied at the end of this course.


SC174: Chemistry Laboratory I - CREDITS: 1

Students will be able to understand and prove through experimentation the chemical substance changes, how reactions are expressed, and the mole and morality concepts. Methodologically, students will learn how to keep a professional notebook, perform fundamental chemical techniques such as titrations, evaluate their data, create tables and graphs, and communicate their results in a report format. Computers within the lab will be used to facilitate data organizations and analysis. The students will learn the chemical safety regulations and protection at the beginning of this course. Experiments on liberating gas, precipitation, ph and other substance properties, synthesis and decomposition, titration are also included in this course.


SC175: Physics Laboratory II - CREDITS: 1

This course will provide students with a better understanding of the concepts of electricity, light on light refraction, spectrometry and radiation. Experiments will include Ohm’s law, DC circuits, forces on a current carrying wire, the specific charges of the electron, oscilloscope measurements and P-N Junction Diodes. Experiments on Refraction, Focal lengths of lenses, interference on light and diffraction, Spectrometry and Radiation Absorption experiments are also included in this laboratory course.


SC176: Chemistry Laboratory II - CREDITS: 1

In this laboratory course student will perform important basic experiments such as colorimetric determination of an equilibrium constant, chemical equilibrium (LeChatelier’s principle), hydrolysis of salt and ph of buffer, determination of the dissociation constant, titration curves, determination of the solubility constant and heat neutralization. They will be able to determine rates of different chemical reactions, as well as performing experiments to discover the chemical properties of various important elements. Experiments will also be used to determine the Orthophosphate and analyze the water solving of Oxygen. Reactions of Oxalate complexes, reduction and titration of bicarbonate substances and experiments involving life related reactions, such as aspirin, wintergreen oil and resins, will be performed at the end of this lab.


SC181: Human Anatomy and Physiology I - CREDITS: 3

The Anatomy and Physiology 1 Science course will provide the students with the basic knowledge about the role of Anatomy as the science of structure and Physiology as the science of the body function. It will emphasize the close relationship between these sciences and will also describe the human body levels of organization, chemical, cellular, tissue, organ, systems and the unity of the human body. The first part of this course will include the structure of the cell and its main functions, such as phagocytosis, diffusions. Osmosis etc. Different types of cells will be identified together with their function in the human body. Different types of issues, such as connective, muscular, epithelial and nervous tissue will be discussed in detail. In the second part of this course the students will learn about the skeletal system, its divisions and will be able to identify the main bones by their macroscopic and microscopic.


SC182: Human Anatomy and Physiology II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: SC181

In this course the students will learn the functions and the structure of different systems of the human body, including the changes in the structure and function of specific system by different common diseases, (infectious, metabolic or congenital). This course is considered to be especialized anatomy and physiology course and more advanced than the Anatomy and Physiology 1 course. This course includes the study of the muscular, respiratory, circulatory, and immune and lymphatic systems, as well as nervous, digestive, renal and reproductive systems, too. By studying the changes in each system from different diseases the students will be able to develop clinical thinking and sharpen the skills in connecting the anatomical changes of this tissues with the clinical pictures and signs discovered in patient examination, vital signs and different body fluid analysis.


SC183: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory - CREDITS: 1

This course will provide the students with necessary skills and hands-on training and is designed to guide the students to the basic anatomical concepts through observation, touch, dissection and practical activities. The activities will be included microscopic examination of different cells, by focusing mainly in human cells of different shapes and forms. The students will also examine microscopic slides of different bacteria, fungus and protozoa as well as different phases of cell division. The function aspects of the human body levels of organization will be emphasized. The students will also see through dissection of the small animals the structure of animal organs and their tissue characteristics. In this second part of this laboratory course the student will be able to work with cartilage, bone and different bone articulations. The students will be able to name bones of based on the bone shape, form and specific characteristics.


SC184: Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory - CREDITS: 1

This course is designed for undergraduate medical students and for students enrolled in allied health courses. This laboratory course will involve a detailed study of the functions and structure of the different body systems, such as integumentary, respiratory, digestive, urinary, muscular, blood, etc. The cardiovascular and lymphatic systems will be discussed together with different diseases of the blood and lymph, as well as with the changes in blood and other body fluids during different pathological conditions. This course will use macroscopic anatomical specimens to engage the students in concept different diseases related to particular organ, system or general human metabolic condition. This laboratory course is designed to supplement and expand upon content covered in the lecture course, and will be used to better understand the main concepts of these advanced course.


SC244: Health in Society - CREDITS: 3

This course studies human development from infancy through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Topics include: intellectual growth, personal and social adjustment, the relationship between physical and mental development, and typical problems in various stages of the life cycle.


PH103: Pharmacology and Medication Administration - CREDITS: 3


Prequisite: SS204

Only for Pharmacy Technician Students

During the first half of the pharmacology course the students will learn about the interaction between human body and different medications, federal laws and regulation for drug approval and drug distribution, as well as different routes of drug administrations, such as gastrointestinal or parenteral. Students will learn and practice precise dosing of medicines as prescribed. In the second half of the course student will be able to identify the main characteristics of the most important drugs based on their actions on the major body systems. At the end of the course students will be able to use PDR as a reference book for drug information and also be able to assist patients with different Medication issues.