V. College Goals and Projects

E. College of Health Professions

Weber State University
Academic Computing Status Report and Goals

College of Health Professions (updated 2.2000)

Committee Members:

Shaun Caldwell, ChairPat ShawSara ToevsRick Bingham
Kent CriddleRoger Nichols Mich OkiDebbie Boswell
Carol RosenlundKraig ChuggGeraldine Christensen

A.College Status Report: On file with ARCC

B.College Goals

Goal #1Conversion of every classroom into an electronic classroom. Development of a separate budget line for base funding and maintenance of electronic classrooms.

Goal #2Develop and deliver quality courses and degree offerings through the use of effective and efficient technologies on and off campus.


College-Level Projects

E.1CHP Learning Center


Goal:Provide up-to-date computer and presentation resources for faculty use, both on and off campus. This can be achieved by purchasing both notebook computers and projectors which would be used conjointly, as well as placement of a visual presenter in a multimedia classroom for effective student/faculty use.

Project #1:Provide computer presentation equipment for on and off campus use, and upgrade the MH 101 multimedia classroom capabilities.

Rationale:Due to a large faculty contingency and curriculum conversion, the demand exceeds equipment availability (computers/projectors). The added equipment would help offset the increased usage needs. Upgrade MH 101 to a fully-functioning multimedia classroom. This will facilitate both student and faculty presentations.

Budget:(3) Dell Inspiron 7500 Notebook@ $ 3,517 $ 7,034
(2) Proxima Projector@ $ 3,090 $ 6,180
(1) Elmo-EV500AF@ $ 2,553 $ 2,553

Total Budget:$ 15,767

D. Department's Status Report: On file with ARCC

E. Department Level Projects

E.2Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Goal:Replacement of 3 laboratory computers with university standard systems to accommodate Windows NT for clinical-specific programs to include 17-inch monitors and internal Zip drives

Project #1Replace 3 laboratory computers

Rationale:Clinical Laboratory Sciences currently has three systems in clinical labs, which are not Y2K compatible and will be incompatible with the network come Jan. 1, 2000. These new systems will make it possible to have all the CLS laboratory computers operating with the same format and using the same software. This will help the students do their clinical-specific projects, enter patient data into the programs laboratory information system, do research on the Internet, view CDs used for teaching in the labs and doing reports, case histories, statistically analysis required by the CLS program. This upgrade will help to facilitate the learning process and better prepare the students for the work within the clinical laboratory field. This will also make the systems Y2K compatible.

Assessment:Goal will be measured by the students' performance on laboratory exercise and student projects and also with student evaluation of CLS classes.

Budget: $4000.00


E.3Dental Hygiene

Goal #1:Acquisition of clinical computer equipment which meets the Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) standards for Medical Electrical Equipment


Rationale:The chairside computer equipment used in the Dental Hygiene Clinic is not in compliance with the recently established UL 2601 standards for electrical devices operating within a medical/dental clinical environment. These standards are designed to reduce the risks of electric shock and fire in the health care setting. To meet the UL 2601 standards, electrical equipment must be cleanable with a hospital-grade disinfectant, have significantly lower leakage of electrical current, be water resistant, and have hospital-grade power cords and connectors.


Assessment:Competence in chairside computer applications is essential in the health care setting. The upgrading of the computer equipment used in the clinic will provide for a safe working environment and assure the program is in compliance with federal and state regulations.



18 Pentium 12.1" Clean Screen CPU
@ $500.00 ea (eop pricing)9,000
14 Key Board, Mouse, and
Network Card @ $100.00 per set1,400
14 Wallmount Kit (25" wall channel,
fasteners, and brackets @ $170.00 ea2,380
14 Polymount 18" Keyboard Mount
with 17" keyboard plate @ $145.00 ea2,030
14 Polymount Keyboard Mouse Pan,
Pad and Extension Bar @ $35.00 ea 490
4 Wallmount kit with 12" Swing arm
@ $240.00 ea 960
4 Locking Keyboard Cabinet
@ $385.00 ea 1,540
1 External Floppy Drive 240
TOTAL $18,040


Goal #2:Upgrade Dental Hygiene clinical grading software.


Rationale:Clinical grading and tracking of student progress has been managed through a non-Y2K compliant software package. We have been working with a software company for 9 months in the development of a grading software system for the clinic.


Assessment:Student satisfaction has been curtailed with the loss of a computerized clinical grading system. An outcome of this upgrade will be the provision of prompt and accurate feedback to students on their clinical progress.



CES/CAM Software 3,500

Service Fee

(set-up and 1st year trouble-shooting) 500

TOTAL $4,000

Goal #3:Acquisition of a Digital Dental Radiography System for Dental Hygiene Clinic Student Lab.


Rationale: The WSU Department of Dental Hygiene needs to augment the existing dental hygiene radiology curriculum by adding a digital radiography component. In dental radiology, digital imaging is a technologic advance that is already being used in dental schools and private dental practices. Digital radiography uses the standard dental x-ray machine, but adds special sensor units (instead of x-ray film), a computer, and a digital imaging software package. Advantages include instantaneous image, minimal image distortion, ability to manipulate contrast, and approximately 80% reduction in radiation exposure when compared to a traditional dental x-ray Digital imaging could easily be integrated into the Dental Hygiene Clinic's computer system.


Assessment:Digital imaging is currently being taught in theory in the program, but the program does not provide students with the opportunity to obtain clinical competency. The realization of this goal will provide students with the opportunity to become clinically competent in its use.


Budget: (estimate)

Digital Dental Radiography System @ $ 14,000 includes 20 phosphor plates
(12 - # 2, 4- # 0, 2 - # 3, 2 - # 1), and laser scanner $14,000


Goal #4:Equip classroom (rm 479) with presentation equipment to include Internet access, computer-generated presentation projection and Elmo capability.


Assessment:These enhancements will support student learning. The rapid technological advances in the medical/dental fields have made access to on-line information an essential component of the learning environment.



1 Campus-standard computer system1,300
1 Elmo display and projection system with cart6,000

TOTAL $7,300

E.4Health Administrative Services/Health Information Management

Goal #1HAS Students will be computer literate and will be knowledgeable and proficient in computer programs used in industry

Project #1Network License MEDREC II Software System from MedDATA/Sungard Healthcare

(Hopefully will be resolved with Software Vendor Donation, December, 1999)


RationaleThis software would replace the SoftMed System now installed in the Health Information Management Laboratory. The SoftMed System is not Y2K compatible and may required additional funding to become Y2K compatible. The MEDREC II System is also a windows based program rather than a DOS program. MEDREC II is one of the foremost program in the industry and will allow us to model real-life practice situation in our HIM Student Lab that are up to-date and state-of-the-art. MEDREC II is also used and installed by many of the local healthcare organizations so our students would take experience in the program with them to the job site.


AssessmentStudents will be able to input, retrieve and report information on chart completion, patient index files, correspondence inventory, and physician management systems.

Model real-life practice situations
Demonstrate skills and knowledge of the MEDREC II Software System making them more employable.


Budget$5,000 for five year licensing agreement

Project #2One University standard lap top computer with Proxima projector

RationaleThe HAS department faculty teach all courses at least once a year in an off campus location such as Salt Lake. Having a lap top computer with projection system would allow faculty to utilize power point/WP presentations in the teaching process, thereby modeling business/professional presentation skills and eliminate the need for overhead projectors. The use of this technology would also be available for student presentations and the development of individual professional presentation skills.

AssessmentModel professional presentation skills

Gain knowledge and skill in presentation software

Budget$2500.00 for lap top computer; $4500.00 for Proxima Projector


E.5Health Sciences

GoalTo provide the necessary software and computer material needed to successfully complete Health Sciences 1110, 1111 and 1101.


RationaleFor fall and spring semester 2000-01, Health Sciences will offer Bio Medical Core and Medical Terminology at the Davis Center. Since both of these courses will require students to use the computer lab, software will need to be purchased.

AssessmentHthsci 1110 and 1111 (Bio Medical Core) students will be required, throughout the year, to attend 20 labs and lab practicals. They will also be required to write a multimedia paper, APA style, during fall semester. All examinations will be given on ChiTester, the campus computer testing system. Enrollment will be limited to 50 students.


Hthsci 1101 students (Medical Terminology) will be required to write and present case histories using the appropriate medical language. All examinations will be given on ChiTester, the campus computer testing system. Enrollment will be limited to 50 students.

BudgetHthsci 1110 and 1111 (Bio Medical Core) will require $250.00 to $300.00 per computer to purchase software needed for the labs. Students will work in groups of 2 per computer.

Maximum:25 computers (50 students)

25 x $300 = $7,500


Minimum:13 computers (25 students)

13 x $300 = #3,900


Hthsci 1101 (Medical Terminology) will require $100.00 per computer to purchase software needed for the lab.


Maximum:25 computers

25 x $100 = $250


Minimum:13 computers

13 x $100 = $130


Total Costs:Maximum:$7,750




Goal #1Provide and maintain state of the art computer equipment for nursing students at the practical, associate and baccalaureate levels.


RationaleThe Nursing Program is housed on the main campus in Ogden. In addition, there are two cooperative programs and multiple outreach sites through the state. Currently the outreach sites include: Price, Uintah Basin, Snow College South, Payson, Tooele, and Logan.


There are approximately 320 nursing students on the main campus and 150 students in the outreach sites. One of the criteria for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission is that all nursing students, regardless of location, be afforded the same educational opportunities and program resources. With budgetary cuts and constraints that have occurred over the past several years, equipment purchased for student use has either declined or has not been replaced.


In the nursing lab on the main campus, there are only three lap top computers available for student use; others have become obsolete and were unable to be upgraded. With 320 students on the Ogden campus, this becomes an impossible situation. A minimum of six lap top computers are required in the Nursing Arts Lab on the main campus to provide minimum student access. Objectives for Nursing 1030, Nursing 1045, Nursing 2070, and Nursing 3020 all require students have access to computer assessment, charting and evaluation.


The outreach sites have continued to grow and expand. There are presently two computers for student use in Tooele; however, one is obsolete and the other is not Y2K compatible and cannot be upgraded. Each of the other outreach sites have only one computer that must be utilized by both the on-site faculty and the students. Baccalaureate Nursing sites do not have any computer resources from Weber State for student use. We are requesting funds for ten lap top computers to be available for student use in the outreach sites. These would be rotated as state sites change with community needs.

All lap tops must have Internet capabilities and access. Students use many CDRoms to meet course objectives but do not have adequate access. Software will need to be upgraded and purchased as more courses are developed using technology.


Clinical placement for nursing students in the state is becoming more difficult to acquire. Students often do not have similar experiences due to a lack of patient census. Therefore, lab simulations will be required in order to produce competent graduates. There are several simulated systems available the students could benefit greatly from the purchase of the equipment. There are simulations available of patients with multiple trauma, intravenous catheterizations, and critical care units.

Budget Sixteen lap tops @ $1800.00 each


Goal #2Provide quality education to multiple outreach sites by affording traveling faculty the same resources offered to the main campus students.


RationaleAll of the first and second year courses in nursing are offered via the Internet. However, upper division courses are taught on multiple outreach sites by faculty who travel for several days to present didactic material. Classrooms on the Ogden campus are equipped with multimedia systems that provide students with stimulating, interesting presentation methods.


In an effort, again, to afford outreach students access to the same resources as student son the main campus, the Nursing Program is requesting an LCD projector system that could be utilized by nursing faculty as the travel to various sites in the state. The equipment housed in The College of Health Professions is usually unavailable for outreach faculty as it is highly utilized.


BudgetOne traveling projection system @ $6,500.00

E.7Radiologic Sciences

Goal #1Electronic Classrooms in Radiologic Sciences

Rationale:The Radiologic Sciences faculty are committed to developing and implementing curricular improvement by providing student learning experiences which develop computer literacy. Faculty will model computer literacy through the development and use of multimedia educational products within the classroom and laboratory courses and prepare the student for the year 2000 requirement for computer-aided testing in Radiologic Technology, Quality Management, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Cardiovascular Interventional Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Due to the limited number and availability of existing electronic classrooms in the College of Health Professions, electronic classrooms will create an optimum learning environment by allowing the faculty to integrate multimedia instructional methods into their classroom activities and lectures for campus and off-campus student populations. A projection system with an ELMO will allow faculty to project radiographs for visualization to larger numbers of students increasing classroom efficiency from having students individually view radiographs on traditional viewboxes. Cabinet design will also allow faculty to take equipment to six outreach teaching sites for student and faculty use.

In a tradition of efficiency, the faculty have requested the systems be designed into mobile cabinets for increased utilization among scheduled classrooms.

Budget: 2 University standard desktop computers $1,300 $2,600

2 ELMO EV-500 AF $2,800 $5,600

2 Proxima Projectors $3,900 $7,800
2 Sound Systems $ 450 $ 900

2 Multimedia Mobile Cabinets $1,500 $3,000

2 Video Cassette Player $ 300 $ 300
$10,250 $20,500


Assessment:Goal outcomes will be measured by data collected in comparison studies of previous ARRT Registry Examination scores, student satisfaction surveys, course evaluations, issued course grades and faculty satisfaction

Surveys to include faculty self-assessment of comfort in using the technology and levels of improvement.

Goal #2Upgrade Student Computer Student Lab

Rationale:The Radiologic Science's Faculty are committed to developing and implementing curricular improvement by providing student learning experiences which develop computer literacy. Faculty are modeling computer literacy through the development and use of multimedia educational products within the classroom and laboratory courses and are preparing for the January,1 2000 requirement for computer aided testing in Radiologic Technology, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Cardiovascular Interventional Technology, Medical Sonography, Vascular Sonography and Cardiac Sonography.

Weber State University Radiologic Science students located along the Wasatch Front and throughout rural Utah will need formal instruction and experience in computer assisted testing and direct instructor supervision in preparation for the National Certification Examinations. Radiologic Sciences has invested $10,500 in multi-media CD-Roms and incorporated them into course requirements. Beginning Spring, Semester 2000, the faculty are offering all examinations on ChiTester. This lab will be highly utilized for testing. Due to the nature of course deliver to rural areas this computer lab will serve large groups of 30 or more Radiologic Science students on evening, week-ends and throughout Summer Semester. In keeping with the goals of ARCC this equipment, although housed in Radiologic Sciences will be available for scheduled use by other College of Health Professions Programs thus, improving the attainment of common College of Health Professions goals and values.


Budget:13 University standard desktop computers$16,900.00

Assessment:Goal outcomes will be measure by data collected in comparison studies of previous ARRT Registry Examination Scores, Student Satisfaction Surveys, Course Evaluations, Issued Course Grades.

Multimedia course and Lab experiences will begin immediately after funding is obtained. The Radiologic Sciences Closed Student Lab to supplement the following courses:
Radtec 1022 Introduction to Radiologic Technology
Radtec 1301Principles of Radiographic Exposure I
Radtec 1502Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning I
Radtec 1512Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning II
Radtec 1532Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning III
Radtec 1542Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning IV
Radtec 1552Radiographic Anatomy and Positioning V
Radtec 2402Principles of Radiographic Exposure II
Radtec 2403 Radiobiology and Heath Physics
Radtec 3243Patient Care and Assessment II
Radtec 2913Comprehensive Review
Radtec 4911Comprehensive Review/CT
Radtec 4912Comprehensive Review/MRI
Radtec 4613CT Imaging of the Torso and Limbs
Radtec 4653CT Imaging of the CNS
Radtec 4633MRI Imaging of the CNS
Radtec 4643MRI Imaging of the Torso and Limbs
Radthr 4330Radiation Therapy Physics
Radthr4410Radiation Oncology I
Radthr 4412Radiation Oncology II
Radthr 4414Radiation Oncology III
Radthr 4412 Comprehensive Review
NucMed 4912Comprehensive Review
DMS 4912Comprehensive Review
Radtec 3143Radiographic Pathophysiology
Radtec 3123Sectional Anatomy


E.8Respiratory Therapy

Goal #1Electronic Multimedia Laboratory for Student Learning and Faculty Multimedia Educational Development.

Rationale:The Respiratory Therapy Department currently services students on campus and through Distance Learning. A multimedia lab would facilitate the faculty in developing computer assisted learning programs for on as well as off campus students. We believe that everyone's learning style is unique and the key to understanding a subject is in cre ating a diverse learning environment that will reach all students. A multimedia environment will enhance our ability to do this. Respiratory Therapy students will gain a greater appreciation for diversity in learning and will also stimulate the students to create multiple approaches in educating the public in the benefits of respiratory health. We commend WSU's requirement for Computer Literacy. Our wish is to take advantage of this requirement by building the students' competence in creating respiratory therapy solutions by using their computer skills. Student solutions will come by INTERNET research and use of computer programs to develop well informed and clever ideas for the patient care team. This will give the WSU Respiratory Therapy students a vital key to continuous quality improvement in their profession as well as in their lives.

Budget:ELMO Visual Presenter EV-400AF $2,280

Multimedia Mobile Cabinets $1,500
Epson LCD Projector EDP-5100$4,750
Pentium III PC 733 MHZ, Zip drive,
DVD/ CD rom, CDRW, 19"
color monitor $3,200
Sound System $ 450
Astra 4000U Scanner $ 400
Epson Stylus Color 900G Printer$ 430
OCR Textbridge Business $ 335
Photoshop software
(graphic scanning program) $ 210
Microsoft Windows NT $ 90
Microsoft Office 2000 Premium$ 75

Outcomes:Measurement of outcomes will be from ongoing conversations with students, student class surveys, interviews of respiratory therapy clinical faculty in the clinical sites , interviews with our WSU Respiratory Therapy Advisory Board, and students' pass rates and scores on their national certification exams. As always, our instructors meet on a weekly basis to discuss educational strategies. We will keep a progress log that will document the history of our progress.