As an Allied Health Science major at Carthage, you’ll take courses and electives in allied health science, biology, chemistry, exercise and sports science, and physics.

Introduction to Health Care Professions

AHS 1020 / 2 credits
The course is an introduction to various aspects of the health care field. Students will explore a variety of health-related disciplines and create an academic plan for their chosen career path. Specific health care pathways available at Carthage will be looked at more thoroughly. The concept of interprofessional practice will be introduced and strategies implemented. Students will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning activities.
Offered in Fall

Introduction to Music Therapy

ASH 1300 / 2 credits
This course will provide an overview of the health care profession of Music Therapy with a focus on the principles, frameworks, and applications of therapeutic music across a variety of clinical populations. Basic brain and neurological responses to music as well as the social and psychological influences of music will be explored.
Offered in Spring 

Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional I

BIO 2010 / 4 credits
This course, the first in a two-part sequence, is designed to allow the learner to explore foundational concepts of human anatomy and physiology. The course emphasizes the integration of anatomical structure with physiologic functions and processes. This course does not count toward the biology major and is not designed for BIO, NEU, or CHM majors. This course is designed for students in Nursing, Athletic Training, and Pre-Health. This course includes a laboratory.

Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Professional II 

BIO 2020 / 4 credits
This course, the second in a two-part sequence, is designed to allow the learner to explore foundational concepts of human anatomy and physiology, focusing on the selected body systems. The course emphasizes the integration of anatomical structure with physiologic functions and processes. This course does not count toward the biology major and is not designed for BIO, NEU, or CHM majors. This course includes a laboratory.
Prerequisite: BIO 2010 with a C- or higher

Health Communication (Recommended)

CDM 2100 / 4 credits
The primary purpose of this course is to investigate the phenomena of communication, theoretically and practically, as it occurs in health care contexts. Private and public messages, internal and external to health institutions, will be examined to explore how those messages affect health care decisions and outcomes. Health communication includes many diverse cultures and communities of practice, including patient-provider communication, marketing, and public health campaigns, the use of technology in health care, and communication within and across allied fields.

General Chemistry I 

CHM 1010 / 4 credits
The basic principles and concepts of chemistry, including atomic structure, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, and periodic classification of the elements. Lecture, three periods; laboratory, three periods.
Offered in Fall

General Chemistry II 

CHM 1020 / 4 credits
A study of chemical and ionic equilibria, kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and acid-base chemistry. Lecture, three periods; laboratory, three periods.
Prerequisite: CHM 1010 with at least a C-, departmental approval, or two years of high school chemistry with an average grade of B. A grade of C or better in CHM 1020 provides credit for CHM 1010
Offered in Fall, Spring

Applied Statistics for Health and Human Services 

EXS 2330 / 4 credits
This course presents a practical approach to utilizing statistics in situations encountered in the Health and Human Services professions. Fundamental statistical theories and concepts are presented to help students understand the rationale and purpose of using statistical computations. Basic parametric statistical analyses, as well as the mathematical logic behind these calculations, will be presented. Students will learn how to perform hypothesis testing with normal distributions and also learn to interpret and critically evaluate research outcomes. This knowledge will allow students to be evidence-based practitioners and critical consumers of peer-reviewed research.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and accepted Nursing majors or declared Exercise and Sport Science or Allied Health majors.

Physiology of Exercise

EXS 3080 / 4 credits
This course is designed to provide the students with an introduction to the discipline of exercise and sport physiology, which is concerned with the study of how the body adapts physiologically to the acute stress of exercise or physical activity, and the chronic stress of physical training. Emphasis will be placed on neuromuscular adaptation to strength training and cardiorespiratory adaptations to endurance training. This course will also address the importance of exercise in delaying or preventing metabolic syndrome.
Prerequisite: BIO 1040 or BIO 2010

Physics I 

PHY 2100 / 4 credits
This non-calculus-based course provides an introduction to the essentials of mechanics, heat, and sound for students with no prior training in physics or chemistry. PHY 2100, in combination with 2110, is the preferred sequence for majors in health and life sciences. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: High school algebra
Offered in Fall

Introduction to Psychological Science (Recommended)

PYC 1500 / 4 credits
A team-taught introduction to the methods and principles of psychological science. NOTE: Majors must pass this course with a C- or better to move on in the major courses.
Offered in Fall, Spring

Lifespan Developmental Psychology for the Health Professional (Recommended)

PYC 1850 / 4 credits
The course integrates theory and research as they relate to the neurobiological, cognitive, social, and emotional development of individuals in cultural contexts from conception throughout adulthood. The course emphasizes normal developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing lifetime demands. This course is designed for students in the health professions. This course may not be applied to the Psychological Science major or minor.
Prerequisite: None

Structural Kinesiology

AHS 3080 / 4 credits
Structural kinesiology is the study of the muscles as they are involved in movement. This class will cover in detail the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of the major skeletal muscles as they relate to human movement.
Prerequisite: AHS 1020
Offered in Spring

Health Care Informatics

AHS 4439 / 2 credits
The course provides the student with fundamental knowledge of the concepts of health informatics and how technology can be used in the delivery of health care.
Offered in Spring

Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

AHS 4469 / 4 credits
The course will provide a framework for the health care student to systematically review the best evidence to make informed choices and improve patient outcomes.
Prerequisite: EXS 2330
Offered in Fall

Senior Seminar

AHS 4900 / 4 credits
The student is to apply scholarly research methods mastered in Evidenced Base Practice in Healthcare. The student may choose to write a Literature Review on a faculty-approved topic or observe a healthcare professional in the setting of their choice under the joint supervision of a licensed healthcare provider and college faculty. Both options will culminate in a poster presentation. Spring
Prerequisites: Senior status