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Midwifery Education Program

Direct Entry Supplemental - Course Descriptions

MIDW 4001 : BASIC HEALTH SKILLS (3 undergrad credits):

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to learn or reinforce basic health skills in a classroom/laboratory setting. Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to demonstrate 1) basic competence, 2) concern for human and environmental safety and 3) sensitivity and respect for patients. Skills covered in this course include an introduction to: assessment of the patient -- physical and psychosocial; medical ethics; principles of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention as well as crisis intervention; documentation and standard medical terminology; quality assurance, risk management and health care policy; understanding and obtaining basic laboratory and diagnostic tests, cultures and specimens; intervention skills such as bed-making, bed bath, transferring to chair/wheelchair/stretcher, feeding techniques; emergency and life-support care; as well as a variety of other basic health skills used in practicing midwifery.

MIDW 4002 : INTEGRATED MEDICAL SCIENCES I (3 undergrad credits):

Utilizing a systems approach, this course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to common health problems encountered among adult populations and their appropriate medical and/or surgical interventions. Emphasis is placed on general health status assessment and on the identification of deviations from the expected norms. The clinical component will enable the student to observe a variety of female clients who are experiencing major biophysical health problems, to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic regimens already in place for them, and to formulate plans of care for their ongoing management.

MIDW 4003 : INTEGRATED MEDICAL SCIENCES II (3 undergrad credits):

The first segment of this course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to common health problems encountered among children and their appropriate therapeutic modalities. Emphasis is placed on general health status assessment and on the identification of deviations from the expected norms. The clinical component will enable the student to observe a variety of infants and children who are experiencing biophysical health problems to evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic regimens already in place for them, and to formulate plans of care for ongoing management. The second segment of this course focuses upon mental health and psychopathology across all age groups. Emphasis is placed upon acute and long-term management of emotional problems.