Undergraduate Bulletin 1996-1998

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College of Allied Health Professions

Vickie Sierchio, Chair
(215) 707-4811

Program Descriptions


Health Information Management is concerned with the development, implementation, maintenance, and administration of systems of storage, retrieval, and release of patient health information. Such systems involve the application of sophisticated microform and computer technology as well as detailed knowledge of legal, regulatory, and accrediting agency requirements for health care data collection and dissemination.

The health information manager works closely with all other health professionals to gather and make available the information needed to provide high-quality patient care. As an administrator, he or she is responsible for the development and maintenance of a multifaceted health information system capable of providing the data needed by different recipients: the patient, the health care professionals, the administration of the facility, the community, and those involved in research and education.

Increased responsibilities in data quality management, computer-based information systems, quality assurance programs, and systems for reimbursement, analysis, and planning have further contributed to the expanding role of the health information manager. There is an acute shortage of qualified individuals in this field to fill an increasing number of positions available in hospitals, outpatient facilities, research centers, industry, and health agencies throughout the country.


The four-year program in Health Information Management combines liberal arts, basic sciences, and professional courses. Students are admitted to the professional major in the third college year, after completion of a minimum of 55 credits including the specified prerequisite courses.

Clinical practice, beginning in the first semester of the professional curriculum, is scheduled at selected institutions and settings to provide the student with varied experience. Clinical affiliation experiences are normally assigned within the Delaware Valley and surrounding areas; students are responsible for transportation to and from their clinical sites. Students will be assigned to an institution outside the greater Philadelphia area for the full-time clinical affiliation (0282) and should be prepared to make all travel and living arrangements and meet related expenses for that one-month period.

Following satisfactory completion of all course requirements, the student is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and is eligible to write the Registration examination of the American Health Information Management Association for qualification as a Registered Record Administrator.


The baccalaureate program in Health Information Management at Temple University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs, in cooperation with American Health Information Management Association Council on Accreditation.

Extended Study

Qualified students may be considered for admission to the Department to engage in a program of extended study; this is defined as any program of study which will extend completion of the professional curriculum beyond two academic years, for a maximum allowable time of eight semesters following initial enrollment in the professional course work of the department. Summer sessions are not considered a semester.

Progression Through Course Challenge

In some courses, challenge examinations are available for qualified students (those already credentialed and/or who have significant work-related experience) who have been admitted to the College and Department. Up to 30 s.h. of credit may be earned in this way. The examinations are comprehensive and directed to evaluation of achievement of the course objectives. A course may be challenged only once. Additional information about the progression plan may be obtained from the Department.

Professional Curriculum

Junior Year
1st Semester s.h.
0103 Medical Terminology 4
0141 Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems 3
0106 Health Information Systems in Acute Care 4
0107 Computer Applications for Health Information Processing 3
W181 Clinical Affiliation I 2
0251 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 2
Total 18
2nd Semester
0271 Clinical Medicine I 3
0183 Clinical Affiliation II 2
0161 Principles in Management in Health Information Systems 3
0109 Fundamentals for Health Information Processing 2
0105 Legal Aspects of Health Information Management 3
0205 Health Information Systems in Non-Acute Care 3
Total 16

Senior Year
1st Semester
0263 Systems Analysis in Health Information Management 4
0162 Human Resource Managementin Health Information Systems 4
0207 International Classification of Disease 3
0274 Clinical Medicine II 3
W281 Clinical Affiliation III 2
0203 Registries and Classifications Systems 2
Total 18
2nd Semester
0282 Clinical Affiliation IV 3
0343 Information Management for Health Care Financing 3
0209 Quality Assessment and Improvement 3
0260 Case Study in Health Information Management 3
0204 Management of Health Information Systems Technology 3
0342 Political and Social Systems 2
Total 17
First Summer Session
0202 Current Topics in Health Information Management 3

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Catherine A. Bevil, Chair
(215) 707-4687

The Department of Nursing offers an educational program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The purposes of the Department of Nursing are to provide academic preparation for the practice of professional nursing in current and emerging roles, to establish a foundation for graduate education in nursing, and to create an environment that encourages continuing personal and professional growth. A separate curriculum option specifically designed to meet the academic needs of Registered Nurses is available. Please see the specific information below regarding this option.

The nursing curriculum is four semesters in length and consists of nursing theory and supervised clinical instruction in each semester. Temple University Hospital is an important institution used for clinical learning experiences. In addition, students are assigned to a number of other health agencies to facilitate application of nursing theory with clients of all ages and states of health.


The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and approved by the State Board of Nursing, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Professional Curriculum

The following program of study is prescribed. A total of 122 credits is required for graduation.

Junior Year
1st Semester s.h
0101 Nursing I 4
0183 Nursing Process I 3
0111 Nutrition 2
0112 Health Assessment 2
W130 Teaching Strategies 2
0173 Nursing Practicum I 2
2nd Semester
0102 Nursing II 4
0184 Nursing Process II 3
0271 Pathophysiology I 2
0114 Clinical Pharmacy 2
0174 Nursing Practicum II 4

Senior Year
1st Semester
0201 Nursing III 4
0283 Nursing Process III 3
0272 Pathophysiology II 2
W250 Research Methods 2
0273 Nursing Practicum III 4
Elective 2
2nd Semester
W202 Nursing IV 4
0284 Nursing Process IV 3
0291 Professional Issues 2
0275 Nursing Practicum IV 4
Elective 3

Special Fees

A laboratory fee of about $250.00 (subject to change), covering all four professional semesters, is charged and paid in four installments. Uniforms, books, and equipment total approximately $300.00 in the first semester.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements to the College of Allied Health Professions all students admitted to the Department of Nursing will be required to show evidence of:

  1. Comprehensive health insurance coverage;
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification; and
  3. A recent comprehensive physical examination and immunization as documented on the Department of Nursing health examination forms.

Advanced Placement Program for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses who are graduates of diploma and associate degree programs may apply for admission with advanced standing. Applicants need not have completed all the pre-professional requirements before admission to the program. They should seek an appointment with the program coordinator to discuss the program requirements and get additional information on this curricular option. The nurse must be licensed or eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Preprofessional requirements may be satisfied by transfer of acceptable college credits, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or by taking the stipulated courses at Temple University. The registered nurse may challenge certain nursing courses through written ACT-PEP examinations which are scheduled several times each year.

For additional information, including fees, please call Barbara Hughes, Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program at (215) 707-4854.

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Judith M. Perinchief, Chair
(215) 707-4813


The Department of Occupational Therapy offers the final three years in a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. The first two years of the program, taken at the Main Campus or another college, emphasize liberal arts and include preprofessional requirements which prepare the student for the professional program in occupational therapy. An integrated academic-field work program provides the opportunity for development of unique skills and knowledge which enable the student to utilize interpersonal relationships and selected activities for remediation of physical and psycho-social problems. The program has been planned and is administered in accordance with the "Essentials of an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist."

Included in the professional curriculum are eight to nine months of full-time field work in selected centers, hospitals, and community settings. Students are required to complete this fieldwork within 24 months following ocmpletion of academic preparation. Students should be prepared to provide uniforms as required and to meet all of their living and traveling expenses during the field work period.


Any undergraduate student who has not matriculated in the last seven consecutive academic years must retake the entire professional academic program, including nine months of clinical fieldwork.


A Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy is awarded after successful completion of the program in Occupational Therapy and fulfillment of the requirements of field work. The graduate is then recommended to sit for the national certification examination administered by the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board. Graduates are eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania and other states having licensure for occupational therapy.


The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; phone (301) 652-AOTA.

Special Fees

Laboratory and special course fees are charged each of the four academic semesters of the program.

Preprofessional Requirements

Professional Curriculum

Junior Year
2nd Summer Session s.h.
0313 Neuroanatomy 3
1st Semester
0101 Occupation in Promotion of Health 3
0102 Professional Concepts I 2
0115 Human Physiology 3
0131 Applied Developmental Concepts I 3
0311 Human Anatomy 2
0312 Human Anatomy Lab 2
2nd Semester
0107 Clinical Reasoning I 3
W109 Applied Concepts of OT I 4
0112 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
0132 Applied Developmental Concepts II 3
0171 Clinical Orthopedics and General Medicine 2
0173 Clinical Pediatrics 2

Senior Year
1st Semester
W201 Applied Concepts of OT II 4
0205 Clinical Reasoning II 3
0237 Group Dynamics 2
0241 O.T. and Social Dimensions of Health Care 3
0272 Clinical Neurology and Psychiatry 4
2nd Semester
W202 Applied Concepts of OT III 4
0207 Clinical Reasoning III 3
0208 Professional Concepts II 2
0251 Research Design and Methodology 3
0260 Organization and Administration 3
Clinical Field Work
0280 Clinical Field Work 6
0281 Clinical Field Work 4-6
0283 Clinical Field Work 6

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The degree in Physical Therapy is offered through a a three year graduate program which culminates in a Master of Physical Therapy Degree (MPT). Individuals interested in applying to this program need to complete:

Students may apply during their third year of study at Temple if the undergraduate major department will accept toward its degree courses taken in the first year of the MasterŐs of Physical Therapy degree program. The baccalaureate degree must be awarded prior to beginning the second year of study in the MPT program.

Prerequisite courses for the physical therapy program include:

Exceptional students may apply for admission at the conclusion of their junior year. The baccalaureate degree would then be given at the end of successful completion of the first year of the MPT program. In order to apply for early admission, the student must have chosen a major which has a curriculum that allows for completion of all necessary courses for the major, all necessary physical therapy prerequisites, all University Core requirements, and recognizes MPT courses for completion of degree requirements. The following majors currently offer such curricula: Exercise Science of the Department of Physical Education, or Health Education, both in the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; Human Biology in the Department of Anthropology, or Psychology, both in the College of Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students in the Physical Therapy program must abide by all Graduate School requirements.

For further information please consult the Graduate Bulletin for a program description and departmental course listings.

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