Prereq Course Survey

Samuel Merritt University is considering offering common, prerequisite course work required for entry into many professional programs in the health sciences.  Responses to this survey will help us determine the level of student need and best ways to design affordable, high-quality offerings. Courses will meet SMU admission requirements.  Samuel Merritt University is a premier health sciences institution preparing a variety of health care providers.  The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

1. What courses are you interested in taking?  Check all that apply:

Course addresses basic structure and function of the human body with emphasis on microscopic and gross anatomy. Students will experience microscopic examination of normal and pathological tissues and dissection, through a variety of instructional techniques and resources.
Course addresses cellular and systemic body functions. Emphasis is placed on physico- and electro-chemical and clinical methods, collection and analysis of data, extrapolations and conclusions using a variety of instructional techniques and resources.
Course focuses on common bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses as etiology of disease in humans. Also covered are Cultivation, control, metabolism, immune response, microbial genetics, serum diagnostic tests, and contemporary infectious diseases. Methods used in the laboratory include staining, investigation, cultivation, identification of unknowns, and sensitivity testing.
Students explore the continuum of health from wellness to death. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms by which disease occur and/or body systems fail. Students will examine pathophysiologic phenomena occurring in diverse populations across the life span.
This course introduces the student to essential concepts in pharmacology essential for nursing practice, focused on drug administration, legal issues, major pharmacologic drug classes, practical information used in assessing patient response, medication side effects, and key patient education components.
Course includes introduction to atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gases, matter and energy, oxidation-reduction, chemical equations, liquids and solids, solutions, chemical energetics and equilibrium. Laboratory includes both quantitative and qualitative experiments.
Course includes hemical energetics and equilibria, solutions and ionic equilibria, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, coordination chemistry, kinetics, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and the chemistry of family groups of the periodic table. Laboratory emphasizes quantitative techniques, including instrumentation, and qualitative analysis.
Course examines the science of nutrition including nutrients, their functions, sources and recommended intakes. Included are utilizing nutritional assessment and the role nutrition plays in the maintenance of health.
Course covers descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion; elements of probability; tests of statistical hypotheses, correlation and regression. Students will be introduced to the use of computer software package to complete both descriptive and inferential statistics problems.

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