General Education

Director of General Education
Lori Bachle, M.S.
PH 402.552.6127  TF 800.647.5500 
bachle@clarksoncollege.edu

Clarkson College General Education courses are designed 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 support and elective courses have been carefully engineered by our faculty to ensure that they provide the foundations necessary for successful progression through each program of study.

All undergraduate students will complete the health care core curriculum as part of the general education requirements.

  • Core I:  Effective Interactions in the World of Health Care
  • Core II:  A Cultural History of the Healing Arts
  • Core III:  Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in U.S. Health Care

Core courses not only enhance student success while in college, but also help prepare students to become leaders in their chosen health care fields. The core curriculum was designed to provide opportunities for students to share their unique skills and talents through service learning activities, as well as the option for further enrichment through academic travel abroad.

Mission Statement

The department of General Education emphasizes a general education curriculum relevant to students in the health sciences.

Philosophy

The Clarkson College General Education department provides foundations for personal, academic and professional success by integrating into the curriculum unique learning experiences directly related to health care.

Department Outcomes

The goal of the Clarkson College General Education curriculum is to provide a broad foundation of understanding, knowledge and experience that builds on previous experience and serves as a basis for reaching personal and professional success. Specific objectives of the General Education curriculum are to:

  • Provide appropriate and effective general education courses designed specifically to support the Clarkson College Mission.
  • Provide support courses that permit students to expand their abilities in writing, mathematics, sciences, humanities, and technology.
  • Offer general education courses in formats that permit the communication of traditional knowledge and understanding through a variety of delivery systems.
  • Develop leadership skills and talents in auxiliary areas that will provide Clarkson College students the opportunity to take leading roles in their chosen profession.
  • Provide the required health care core curriculum, consisting of three courses, designed to enhance each student’s success while in college as well as once they graduate.
  • Provide a full scope of courses that stay flexible and innovative in assessing the needs of both the student and the institution and modify the curriculum to meet those needs.

Core Curriculum

All undergraduate students are required to complete the health care core curriculum as part of the General Education requirements. Associate and/or Bachelor degree students will be required to complete a nine credit hour core curriculum, which includes: Effective Interactions in the World of Health Care, A Cultural History of the Healing Arts and Ethical and Cultural Frontiers in U.S. Health Care. The heath care core curriculum courses are designed to enhance each student’s success while in college as well as when they graduate and become leaders in their chosen health care fields.

Core Outcomes

Communication:  Students will demonstrate thoughtful communication through clear description, organization, and expression.

Critical Thinking:  Students will apply class content as they analyze the socio-cultural, historical, and ethical contexts involved in multidimensional topics and concepts.

Technology:  Students will use appropriate digital tools for successful completion of course assignments.

Professionalism:  Students will demonstrate appropriate behaviors and interactions with others.

Diversity:  Students will demonstrate respect based upon socio-cultural variables that influence one’s beliefs, practices, and decisions.

General Education Requirements

While core curriculum courses are required, students have the option to choose courses from the General Education curriculum. This means students have an opportunity to customize the General Education curriculum to their own interests. Course descriptions are listed in alphabetical order according to the course prefix. Following each course title are the hours of credit received for successfully completing the course.