Program Operations

Academic Curriculum Approval

Curriculum design, content, and changes are developed by the Curriculum Committee with input from the Program faculty. Curriculum content and changes in content are discussed in faculty meetings where consensus is obtained for approval. Curriculum development also occurs as part of faculty retreats which are held every three to four years.

The Program Advisory Committee and the Academic Health Program Directors Advisory Committee also review content changes for which final approval is obtained from the Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education. The Program’s accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is informed of any major content or design changes. 

Acceptance of Academic Credit

The Program recognizes courses taken at the graduate level for basic sciences and for clinical methods and awards credit in transfer to meet course requirements of the Program. These courses are limited to anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical methods. 

Course Credit Calculations

The Program determines course credit based on a 15-week semester. Alternate calculations are used for courses taken on a quarter basis or for semesters of duration other than 15 weeks.

Didactic courses:
15 lecture hours = 1 credit hour

Laboratory or simulation courses:
45 laboratory|simulation hours = 1 credit hour

Clinical rotations:
60 clinical hours = 1 credit hour 

Student Concerns

Each student chief is responsible for relaying students’ concerns directly to the Program Directors who are available at any time to hear those concerns. Each class president meets with the Program Directors at least once per semester. 

Program Policies