General Education

Director of General Education
Lori Bachle, M.S.
PH 402.552.6127  TF 800.647.5500

At Clarkson College, the General Education Department has created courses specifically with health care students in mind. These courses are uniquely student-centered and facilitate the application of classroom learning to real life situations. General Education courses, as well as the carefully designed Health Care Core, ensure that we provide the foundations necessary for successful progression through each of Clarkson's programs of study.

Mission Statement

To impart upon the student broad knowledge of nature, society, and culture to complement their health care specialization and prepare them for a dynamic and ever changing world.


The Clarkson College General Education department provides a liberal arts foundation for personal, academic, and professional success by integrating into the curriculum unique learning experiences essential for health care professionals.

Department Outcomes

The goal of the Clarkson College General Education curriculum is to provide a comprehensive foundation of understanding and knowledge that incorporates our students' previous experiences, while serving as the basis for personal and professional success in the 21st Century. Specific objectives of the General Education curriculum are to:

  • Provide appropriate and effective general education courses designed specifically to support the Clarkson College Mission.
  • Present courses that permit students to expand their abilities in the natural sciences, mathematics, written and oral communication, the social sciences, the humanities and history.
  • Offer general education courses in formats that permit integrative and applied learning through a variety of delivery systems.
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills and talents that will provide Clarkson College students the opportunity to assume dynamic roles in their chosen profession.
  • Deliver the required health care core curriculum, consisting of a variety of courses organized into three categories, all designed to enhance each student’s success while in college as well as after graduation.
  • Provide a full range of courses that are flexible and innovative in assessing the needs of both our students and this institution.

Health Care Core Curriculum

Our Health Care Core not only provides common intellectual experiences, it also enhances student success while in college and enriches a student's professional skills in each of the following:

  • Critical thinking and broad integrative learning;
  • Written and oral communication;
  • Analysis, problem solving and decision making;
  • Personal, social, cultural and global awareness;
  • Professional and biomedical ethics;
  • Teamwork and leadership potential

All undergraduate students will complete one course from each of the following Health Care Core categories at Clarkson College (these courses may not be transferred):

Intercultural Communications (designated service course)

Clarkson College offers a variety of Intercultural Communication courses, designed specifically to meet the needs of all students, whether relatively new to the health care field, or those with more experience. These courses emphasize the value in learning how to interact effectively with others in the culturally diverse and beautifully complex world in which we live and prepare to work.

  • IC 200 Developing Cultural Competence
  • IC 250 Advancing Cultural Competence


Clarkson College offers a variety of humanities courses to broaden each student’s perspective of self and others. These courses emphasize that human knowledge, particularly in the areas of health and medicine, is constantly changing; only those who understand origins, context, causality, and trends will be prepared to innovate in the future. These courses are designed for all students, regardless of previous knowledge and experience.

  • HU 200  A Cultural History of the Healing Arts
  • HU 205 The History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • HU 210 American Social Movements
  • HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities

Ethics, Empathy and Advocacy

Clarkson College offers a variety of courses to develop an understanding of patients’ rights on a deeper level by examining biomedical and social ethics through special populations that typically require greater advocacy. These courses emphasize how the health care system reflects the broader culture and its values. They are designed to meet the needs of all students in the health care field, regardless of experience level

  • EA 200 Biomedical Ethics in Health Care
  • EA 205 Death and Dying
  • EA 210 American Poverty and Health Care
  • EA 215 Abnormal Psychology

Health Care Core Outcomes

  • Communication:  Students will demonstrate thoughtful communication through clear description, organization, and expression.
  • Critical Thinking:  Students will analyze multidimensional topics and concepts.
  • Technology:  Students will exhibit adaptability to changing technologies.
  • Professionalism:  Students will demonstrate appropriate behaviors and interactions with others.
  • Diversity:  Students will evaluate the impact and importance of diversity in health care.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

General Education Requirements

A minimum of one Health Care Core courses from each category (outlined above) is required for students in an undergraduate program.  Students have the option to choose additional Health Care Core, General Education, or Health Care Services courses for elective credit.