Southwest Tech offers a number courses in the physical and natural sciences. Upon completing them, you would be able to do the following:
Anatomy & Physiology
- Recognize and identify human anatomy.
- Explain the physiology of the body systems and how they are affected by daily activity.
- Diagnose physiological processes as they relate to proper care of a patient's needs.
- Correlate treatment procedures and integrate these into a physiological approach to patient care.
- Describe drug action on the human body (drug standards, groups, abuse/misuse, adverse reactions, pharmaceutical management of drugs) and their application to the practice of dental hygiene.
- Collect and quantitatively analyze empirical data using scientific method.
- Describe chemical principles influencing solutions of the body/environment.
- Utilize scientific terms/nomenclature as related to medicine, agriculture, and environmental applications.
- Describe chemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism during health/disease.
- Argue merits and risks of biotechnology in social and professional context.
- Interpret molecular structures as applied to influences on water solubility, physiology, agriculture, and environmental applications.
- Analyze the characteristics of infectious microorganisms (transmission, course of disease, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, treatment, prevention) related to patient care.
- Discuss the control of infectious organisms (standard precautions, isolations, chemotherapeutic agents, disinfection/sterilization methods) roles in controlling/spreading microorganisms.
- Describe the nonspecific/specific defenses of the immune system in fighting disease, how vaccination/immune globulins are used to prevent disease, how immunosupression and disorders of the immune system are related to patient care and disease.
- Apply English and metric measurement systems to related fields.
- Apply scientific method/stepwise problem solving techniques for success in life and work.
- Apply statics (forces) and dynamics (motion) to program-related topics.
- Relate various forms of energy: thermal, electrical/magnetic, sound, light and mechanical to program areas.
- Utilize the concepts of properties of matter (elasticity, pressure, density, etc.) in program areas.