National University




HSC 440 Allied Health Capstone Project

Lead Faculty: Dr. Patric M. Schiltz

Course Description

This two-month capstone project undertaken by allied health students when they have completed the core courses in the program provides an opportunity for the student to complete the outcomes management project proposal developed in HSC 430. Results will be reported orally and in written form. Students will also design and participate in a collaborative service learning experience in a community, ambulatory, home or health care setting. Students will complete the portfolio of their work from core courses and revise as needed to create an impressive final portfolio that can be used. Grading is H, S, or U only.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate orally and in writing, an understanding of the determinants of health such as environment, socioeconomic conditions, behavioral health care, and human genetics.
  • Demonstrate orally and in writing, an understanding of the value and importance of the functions of coordinated, comprehensive and continuous health care.
  • Understand and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner in partnership with patients, families and other professionals to positively maintain and promote health behavior and prevent disease.
  • Assist patients, families and communities to participate actively in decisions regarding health care.
  • Use increasingly complex technologies in an appropriate and cost-effective manner.
  • Demonstrate orally and in writing, an understanding of the value of operations in the health care system from a broad economic, oversight, management, political, social, legal, system, and organizational perspective.
  • Manage and use large volumes of scientific, technological, and patient information in a manner that delivers effective outcomes-based clinical care in the context of community and systems needs.
  • Perform in ethically sensitive ways and provide education and counseling for clients, families and communities in situations where ethical issues arise.
  • Appreciate the growing diversity of the population and the need to understand health, disease prevention, and healthcare through different cultural values.
  • Work effectively as an interdisciplinary team member in organized settings that emphasize the integration of care, promotion of health and prevention of disease.
  • Apply the essential concepts, inquiry tools, collection, evaluation and dissemination of allied health practice data.
  • Use professional standards in health care practice and maintain a commitment to continual learning.