Allied Health Program

BS Degree - Allied Health Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Allied Health must complete the core requirements as prescribed below and a minimum of one concentration from Applied Health Science or Human and Sport Performance.

Core Requirements for all concentrations:
Applied Health Science Concentration

The Allied Health Major with a concentration in Applied Health Science is intended for students seeking to pursue advanced or professional degrees in Physical Therapy or Chiropractic. In addition to the required coursework, students planning to pursue a Physical Therapy or Chiropractic program should complete 4 semester hours of Physics 2, 8 semester hours of Biology with Lab, and 8 semester hours of psychology. Note that programs vary on required hours in various disciplines, so students should work with their academic advisors to determine the correct coursework to meet the entrance requirements of specific programs.

Additional required courses for Applied Health Science Concentration:

  • CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I 3 s.h. and CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab 1 s.h.
  • CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II 3 s.h. and CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab 1 s.h.
  • PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I 4 s.h.

The following is a list of Recommended Electives for students planning to apply to Professional or Graduate programs. These are not degree requirements, but will be useful in the application process, and additionally may fulfill prerequisite coursework for the desired Professional or Graduate program:

  • ATHT2500 Medical Terminology 2 s.h.
  • ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3 s.h.
  • BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics 4 s.h.
  • BIOL2440 Plant Biology 4 s.h.
  • CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
  • PHED3120 Speed, Agility, and Endurance 3 s.h.
  • PHED/PSYC3130 Sports Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PHED3410 Theory of Coaching 1 s.h.
  • PHED3420 Practicum of Coaching 2 s.h.
  • PHED4720 Physical Training Practicum III 1 s.h.
  • PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.
  • PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II 4 s.h.
  • PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3310 Social Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3380 Abrnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology 3 s.h.
Human and Sports Performance Concentration

The Allied Health Major with a concentration in Human and Sport Performance is designed for students who wish to pursue a careers in strength and conditioning, personal training, corporate wellness, or graduate degrees in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. Students will gain the scientific background necessary to be quality practitioners. Additionally, the concentration includes multiple hands-on practical courses to prepare students for real world scenarios and interpersonal skills necessary to be a successful professional.

Additional required courses for Human and Sports Performance Concentration:

  • ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3 s.h.
  • PHED/PSYC3130 Sports Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PHED3120 Speed, Agility and Endurance 3 s.h.
  • PHED4720 Physical Training Practicum III 1 s.h.
  • PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.

The following is a list of Recommended Electives for students planning to apply to Graduate programs. These are not degree requirements, but will be useful in the application process, and additionally may fulfill prerequisite coursework for the desired Graduate program:

Courses for Allied Health Major

ATHT2500 Medical Terminology 2 s.h.
A self-study, programmed-based opportunity to learn and understand medical terminology.

ATHT3100 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3 s.h.
Techniques of injury prevention and caring for athletic injuries.

BIOL1520 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A comparative study of form and function across organisms, focusing on the various structures and strategies used by plants and animals to fulfill basic life needs. Additional fee required. Goal 1A

BIOL2100 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (3-2) 4 s.h.
A study of the various patterns and mechanisms of heredity, changes in the genetic material and the consequences of these genetic changes. The course will also give an introduction to cellular structures, macromolecules, and processes, including DNA replication, transcription, translation and cellular signaling. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: CHEM1330 or CHEM3410 (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

BIOL2440 Plant Biology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A survey of the major groups in the plant kingdom, including nonvascular plants, ferns and fern allies, gymnosperms, and angiosperms. Within each group, taxonomy, internal and external form, and reproductive life cycles will be considered. In addition, plant growth and metabolism, algae, and fungi will be covered. Additional fee required. Prerequisite: BIOL1400 or BIOL1520. Goal 1A

BIOL3420 Human Anatomy (3-2) 4 s.h.
A study of gross human anatomy utilizing charts, three dimensional models, computer simulations, and dissection of mammalian animals. The course will discuss regional and surface anatomy to establish the relationships of the various organ systems of the body. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL1400 or BIOL2100. Goal 1A

BIOL3440 Human Physiology (3-2) 4 s.h.
A systems oriented study of the function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system levels with an emphasis on medical physiology. Laboratory includes computer simulations and use of Biopac equipment. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: BIOL3420 (grade of C or better strongly recommended) and one semester of chemistry. Goal 1A

CHEM1330 Introduction to General, Organic, and Biochemistry 3 s.h.
An introduction to the principles of inorganic, organic and biochemistry, including a study of atoms, chemical bonding, types of chemical reactions (focusing on ones in the cell), solution chemistry, introduction of biological molecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids). This course is intended for students desiring a general education in chemistry, those majoring in nursing or allied health fields and those that need it to fulfill the chemistry requirement for fundamentals of cell biology and genetics course. Course will not count for credit in the Chemistry and/or Biology majors or minors. Prerequisite: MATH1280 or one year of high school algebra (C or better strongly recommended). Goal 1A

CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I (3-0) 3 s.h.
A study of the general principles, theories, and methods of chemistry. Emphasis is placed on the solving of mathematical problems. Intended for natural science majors and others who require a strong background in chemistry. Prerequisite: Two years of high school mathematics or MATH1280, and one year of high school chemistry or CHEM1330. Corequisite: CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM1431 Principles of Chemistry I Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM1430 Principles of Chemistry I. Goal 1A

CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II (3-0) 3 s.h.
A continuation of CHEM1430. Includes semimicro methods of qualitative analysis and common gravimetric and volumetric methods of quantitative analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM1430/1431. Corequisite: CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab. Goal 1A

CHEM1441 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (0-3) 1 s.h.
Additional fee required. Corequisite: CHEM1440 Principles of Chemistry II. Goal 1A

HLTH1100 First Aid 1 s.h.
The development of practical skills in the emergency treatment of the injured. Some attention will be given to the prevention of injuries. The content to be covered will include the Standard and Advanced levels of the First Aid program sponsored by the National Red Cross. Students holding current, equivalent certifications will receive an automatic waiver for the class. This is to be verified by the instructor of the class or the Health and Movement Science Division Chair. Additional fee required.

HLTH2560 Nutrition 3 s.h.
A study the principles of nutrition as it relates to health, exercise, sports and disease. Students will be presented with applied content that includes research-based guidelines meant to help students differentiate between nutrition recommendations that are backed by science and the overabundance of false and misleading information. Goal 1A

HMSC4930 Evidence Based Practice 3 s.h.
Presentation of introductory research methods. Application of evidence based practice through the use of various assessment tools to evaluate the quality and use of research as evidence. Pre-requisite: Junior Standing in a HMS major.

PHED1200 Motor Learning 3 s.h.
Introduction to the principles involved in learning and teaching motor skills.

PHED1240 Introduction to Movement Science 3 s.h.
The emphasis will be on the development of ideal fundamental movement patterns primarily focused on the upper body and core developed through the principles of progression, variety and precision. We will emphasize the understanding and application of efficient progressions to simultaneously assess, reverse, and reduce injury by improving tissue health. We will accomplish this by asking why through the use of a comprehensive self assessment of proper mobility, ideal muscle balances, and functional movement patterns, and through the use of these assessments we will become skilled at preventative protocols, to arrest, reduce and eliminate unhealthy environments in our soft tissue with the ultimate goal to develop ideal fundamental movement patterns.

PHED1260 Movement Science II I 3 s.h.
A detailed view of the NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum with analysis of movement dysfunction and the principles applied to musculoskeletal function. The course examines the anatomy of full-body movement and function as it relates to activities of daily living, athletics, and exercise. Utilizing theory and practice based approaches, the course details functional movement impairments and application of restorative theory. Prerequisite: PHED1240 Introduction to Movement Science.

PHED2260 Introduction to Performance Training 3 s.h.
Theory and application of performance training to include flexibility, core, balance, plyometric, resistance, and power training. Using an integrated approach to performance students will explore programming and periodization for sport and human performance. Prerequisite: PHED1260 Movement Science II.

PHED2720 Physical Training Practicum I 1 s.h.
This practicum is designed to allow students to apply appropriate postural and functional movement screening to various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PHED1200, 1230, 1250 with a "C" or better, and sophomore standing. Must pass with "C" or better.

PHED3120 Speed, Agility and Endurance 3 s.h.
Theory and practical application of running, jumping, directional change, stability and other related mobility skills designed to enhance on and off-the-ground performance. 

PHED3130 Sports Psychology (Also PSYC3130) 3 s.h.
Analysis and application of psychological and sociological data related to the participation of the coach and the athlete in competitive sports programs. Prerequisites: Junior standing or instructor's permission.

PHED3340 Biomechanics 3 s.h.
A systematic study of the bones, joints, and muscles of the human body as well as internal external forces initiating and modifying movement. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 must show grade of "C" or higher. Goal 10 (Goal 10 Catalog 0809+)

PHED3410 Theory of Coaching 1 s.h.
Knowledge and understanding of the techniques and theory of coaching interscholastic athletics, including professional ethics in coaching.

PHED3420 Practicum in Coaching 2 s.h.
Field experience for practical application of knowledge and theory in a professional setting. Student acquires experience in all phases of coaching with highly qualified personnel in a selected sport. (Note - no one may participate with students on a team in Iowa PK-12 schools unless they hold a coaching authorization or endorsement.) Pre-/corequisite: PHED3410 Theory of Coaching.

PHED3720 Physical Training Practicum II 1 s.h.
This practicum is designed to allow students to apply appropriate corrective exercises to various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous core coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Prerequisites: PHED2720, 2250 with a "C" or better, and junior standing. Must pass with "C" or better.

PHED4360 Physiology of Exercise 3 s.h.
The principles and practices of energizing the human body for physical exercise. Prerequisite: BIOL2300 must show grade of "C" or better.

PHED4500 Performance Enhancement Programming 3 s.h.
Study of the variety of tools available to assess human performance. A broad range of instrumentation will be utilized. Prescriptive models will be studied and applied as a practical means of directing client performance training. Prerequisites: PHED1240 and PHED2260 and PHED3120, or ATHT4260 with a "C" or better. Goal 4ab

PHED4720 Physical Training Practicum III 1 s.h.
This capstone practicum is designed to allow students to design and initiate fitness and performance enhancement programming for various populations. In addition, students will continue to incorporate and master skills learned in previous and concurrent coursework. Practical experience outside the scheduled classroom will be required. Additional fee required. Prerequisites: PHED3120, 3720 with a "C" or better. Pre- or Corequisite: PHED4500. Must pass with "C" or better.

PHED4730 Advanced Topics in Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.
Theory and application of advanced principles in programming periodization with in depth analysis of physiological adaptations from performance training. Completion of the course will prepare students for the NSCA CSCS certification. Prerequisite: PHED4500.

PHED4800 Fitness and Wellness Internship 3 s.h.
Student will acquire experience with qualified personnel in a selected agency. Six weeks of involvement preferably taken consecutively. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours.

PHYS1410 Elements of Physics I (3-2) 4 s.h.
An elementary physics course emphasizing the fundamental concepts associated with the physical universe. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, fluids, heat thermodynamics, wavemotion, and sound. Designed to meet the needs of biology majors and students preparing for the medical profession and related fields. Prerequisites: Two years high school algebra and one year geometry; plane trigonometry recommended. Goal 1A

PHYS1420 Elements of Physics II (3-2) 4 s.h.
A continuation of PHYS1410. Topics included are electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, light, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS1410. Goal 1A

PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality

PSYC3310 Social Psychology (Also SOCI3310) 3 s.h.
The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C

PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C

+ PSYC3390 Cognitive Psychology 3 s.h.
Research and theory in areas of cognitive psychology, including attention; memory acquisition, storage, and retrieval; language comprehension; and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C