Arizona Health Sciences

Perfusion Sciences Course Descriptions

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Pharmacology Seminar
To develop skills of students to critically read, evaluate and present scientific literature or laboratory results, especially related to medical pharmacology. Every week, students will present and exchange scholarly information in a small group setting.
Pharmacology General Principals
An introduction to principles of drug actions including drug-receptor theory and intracellular communication. Topics will include radioligand binding, second messenger assays, drug response and receptor signaling. Interpretation and construct dose response curves, as well as the basics of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion with an introduction to pharmacokinetics. The focus on pharmacodynamics (mechanism of drug action), discussion on the different receptors that drugs interact with resulting in physiological changes, and the effects of various drugs on the autonomic nervous system.
Chemo, Endocrine, & Immune System Drugs
Introduction to the mechanism of action and side effects of medications used as antibiotics, antivirals, cancer chemotherapeutics and agents used to treat a variety of disorders/diseases involving the pituitary, pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland. Medications impacting the function of the immune system will also be covered. The side/adverse effects of these drugs will also be emphasized.
Cardio, Pulmonary, GI & CNS Drugs
Introduction to the mechanism of action and side effects of drugs affecting the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system. This will include medications used for the treatment of hypertension, heart arrhythmias, hyperlipidemia, gastrointestinal ulcers, asthma, allergic rhinitis, or to alter the coagulation pathways, as well as agents used for their analgesic and antiinflammatory properties. In the central nervous system section the focus will be on medications used for the treatment of seizures, Parkinson’s disease, psychosis, depression, pain, anesthetics and drugs of abuse. The basic pharmacology of ethanol will also be covered.
PHCL 670
Principles of Perfusion Techniques
An introduction to extracorporeal techniques through discussion of blood propelling devices, heat transfer, gas transfer, bio-materials, and perfusion physiology and pharmacology.
PHCL 671
Perfusion Technology Lab
An introduction to basic extracorporeal systems.
The students will use simulated cardiopulmonary bypass to learn the assembly, use, and control of the bypass system. Emphasis will be on catastrophe management.
PHCL 672
Perfusion Technology II
This course will provide classroom study of Perfusion technology. The areas of study will provide expanded discussion of the topics covered in PHCL 670 and PHCL 671.
Perfusion Science Preceptorship
The students perform clinical perfusion under the direction of a clinical instructor. The students will learn adult, pediatric, infant perfusion in addition heart and lung transplantation. Moreover, the students learn clinical laboratory testing and become familiar with support devices such as intra-aortic balloon pumps, left-ventricular assist devices, artificial hearts, ECMO, and blood recovery.
Laboratory Meeting
The development and exchange of scientific information in the small group setting of a laboratory meeting.
PHCL 900
Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students
PHCL 910
The students will perform a basic science research project including; experimental design, implementation, data acquisition, statistical analysis, and publication. This research will support the student’s thesis research requirement.
Biostatistics in Public Health
This course introduces biostatistical methods and applications, and will cover descriptive statistics, probability theory, and a wide variety of inferential statistical techniques that can be used to make practical conclusions about empirical data. Students will also be learning to use a statistical software package (STATA).
PSIO 511
Fundamental concepts and principles in physiology relevant to the field of bioengineering and including a survey of materials necessary for an understanding of physiological principles.