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Health Sciences
All seats for these courses are reserved for nursing students. The nursing courses (see Nursing) and most of the support courses for each semester, are prerequisites for the course work in the next semester. Due to the integrated nature of the program, progression from one semester to the next requires concurrent completion of the nursing and Health Sciences courses.
It may be possible to complete some of the Health Sciences courses prior to entering the BSN program through UCFV or other institutions. A limited number of seats in health sciences may be available to complete applicants who have met the admission requirements.


English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

HSC 1103 credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Nursing program
This course focuses on the principles of human anatomy and physiology. Selected organ systems are discussed and aspects of histology, cell biology, and physiology are included. Concepts such as pathophysiology, homeostasis, and the relationship between structure and function are stressed throughout. This course builds on a basic knowledge of biology (Grade 12) and chemistry (Grade 11).

HSC 1123 credits
Anatomy and Physiology II
Prerequisite(s): HSC 110
This course focuses on the principles of human anatomy and physiology and is a continuation of HSC 110. Remaining organ systems are discussed and aspects of histology, cell biology, and physiology are included. Concepts such as pathophysiology, homeostasis, and the relationship between structure and function are stressed throughout. This course builds on a basic knowledge of biology (Grade 12) and chemistry (Grade 11).

HSC 1163 credits
Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics
Prerequisite(s): HSC 110
Corequisite(s): HSC 112
In this course important concepts and principles of pharmacotherapeutics will be presented. Nursing pharmacotherapeutics involves "the use of drugs to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or to prevent pregnancy" (Lehne, 2003. p. 1).The main drug classifications will be discussed in relationship to pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the nursing process. Major drug classifications will be discussed in connection to their effects on particular body systems. Emphasis will be given to the nursing management of individuals receiving specific drug therapy with a focus on relevant nursing implications that address the legal, ethical, developmental, physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural aspects of pharmacology.

HSC 2103 credits
Pathophysiology I
Prerequisite(s): HSC 112, HSC 116
This course introduces the study of the physiology of alterations in health. Students will build on existing knowledge of human anatomy and physiology by examining pathophysiological states. Physiologic changes and responses to illness are addressed in four separate units which encompass the effects of illness on selected body systems and functions. Related microbiology, immunology, and pharmacology content will be integrated through each unit to reflect the interrelated and holistic nature of the body's response to illness.

HSC 2123 credits
Pathophysiology II
Prerequisite(s): HSC 210
This course is a continuation of the study of physiology of alterations in health. Students will build on existing knowledge of pathophysiology presented in Pathophysiology I (HSC 210). Physiologic changes and responses to illness are addressed in four separate units encompassing the effects of illness on selected body systems and functions. Related content of microbiology, immunology and pharmacology will be integrated throughout each unit to capture the interrelated and holistic nature of the body's response to illness.

HSC 3103 credits
Ethics in Health Care
Prerequisite(s): NURS 220
This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of ethics as it applies to the nursing profession. The course will facilitate exploration of numerous ethical problems in nursing and the role of the nurse in working toward the resolution of ethical conflict. The content will examine theories and principles of health care ethics, basic decision-making processes in ethics, morality and moral decision making, and a detailed discussion of ethical issues in nursing from both a professional and interdisciplinary perspective. Selected case studies will be reviewed and reflected upon as situations for the application of ethical decision making.

HSC 3123 credits
Canadian Health Care System
Prerequisite(s): NURS 306
Health care systems are in transition. The health care systems established in Canada over the last century are coming under scrutiny and undergoing tremendous change. To understand how and why they are changing we must first understand how the systems developed. The 27 sessions of this course provide a framework by which to understand the development, evolution and refinement of health care systems.

HSC 4103 credits
Health Law
Prerequisite(s): NURS 306
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the origin and sources of the law as it applies to the Canadian health care system. The course will stimulate an appreciation for legal terminology, reasoning, and processes as well as the basic principles of law which apply to and govern the delivery of health care services in Canada. It is also designed to develop an ability to identify the legal aspects of health care practice, governance and administration as well as an ability to determine when and how to use legal counsel effectively.

Last updated: March 31, 2007Top


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