Physics for Allied Health Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Room 166 Allied Health Bldg West Campus

Office Hours

Allied Health Room 166  

By appointment

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SCIT-1320-001 Physics for Allied Health


Prerequisite: Math proficiency on the level of elementary algebra.

Course Description

An introduction to physics with emphasis on applications to health related fields of study. Topics include forces, motion, work and energy, fluids, heat, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, sound, electromagnetic radiation, and nuclear radiation.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT; Technology and Techniques 8th ed

By Christian, Wasterstram-Rich

Review of Nuclear Medicine Technology 5th Edition

By; Ann M Steves, MS, CNMT,FSNMTS and Patricia Wells, MAE, CNMT

Practical Mathmatics i Nuclear Medicine Technology 2nd ed

By ; Patricia Wells and Martha Pickett


Scientific Calculator

Access to internet

Student Performance


Course Description: An introduction to physics with emphasis on applications to health related fields of study. Topics include forces, motion, work and energy, fluids, heat, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, sound, electromagnetic radiation, and nuclear radiation.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Explain and apply the concepts of measurements, standard units, kinematics, forces, and work as applicable to health fields; demonstrate knowledge of fluid dynamics, electric circuits, electricity and magnetism, optics and optical instrumentation applicable to health fields; describe and apply the relationship of electromagnetic radiation, nuclear radiation, and radioactivity as applied to health fields; and define radioactive isotopes and half-life and summarize their interaction with biological organisms.


At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

Apply the concepts of measurements, standard units, kinematics, forces, and work as applicable to health related fields.

Demonstrate knowledge of fluid dynamics, electric circuits, electricity and magnetism, optics and optical instrumentation applicable to health related  fields.

Describe and apply the relationship of electromagnetic radiation, nuclear  radiation, and radioactivity as applied to health related fields.  

Learn the basics of atomic structure.

Discuss and analyze various types of radioactive decay. 

Understand various methods of radiation decay processes.

 Interpret radioactive decay scheme.

 Analyze the periodic table of elements.

 Learn and Apply basic principles of radiation safety and protection to patients and occupational workers.

 Identify/Discuss/Evaluate biological effects of radiation.

 Calculate units of radiation measurements (rem, rad, sievert, gray).

 Discuss attenuation and transmission of photons.

 Identify the interactions of charged particles with matter and production of radioactive energy.     

Calculate exposure rate constants.

Calculate effective half-life calculations from biological and physical half-lives.

Tentative Course Outline

Review of Syllabus / Introduction to Physics

Motion and Force

Fluids and Temperature

Light and Electricity

Comprehensive exam (TBA)

Basic of Atomic Structure

Interactions of ionizing Radiation with Matter

Methods of Radioactive Decay

Physical,Biological and Effective Half Life

Principles and Practice of Radiation Safety

Final Exam (Comprehensive)

Testing Policy

Failure to attend class during a scheduled Quiz or Exam, or complete of assignments on time without notice or approval will result in a (0) Make up exams or quizzes are at  the discretion of the instructor.Remediation on any score below an 80 required. 

Pop quizzes may be given at the discretion of the instructor, if student has an unexcused absence that day, they will receive a (0) zero on the quiz. If a student misses a pop quiz and had a prior excused absence the student will be given 24 hours to make-up the quiz.

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Grading Criteria


The course will consist of unit or topic examinations, quizzes, homework, in-class assignments and a comprehensive final examination.


The final course grade will be computed as follows:

Average of Unit/Chapter Examinations = 40% of Final Grade

Quizzes and homework = 30% of Final Grade

Final Comprehensive Examination = 30% of Final Grade


The following grade scale applies throughout this course:



94.5 – 100



84.5- 95



74.5 -84



Less than 74.5

Grades will be rounded up at .5


"Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class." Likewise, prompt arrival for class is also expected. Attendance will be recorded. Electronic devices, such as: beepers, cellular phones, etc. must be turned off while in the classroom. Tobacco, including smokeless tobacco is not allowed in the classroom. From time to time, pop quizzes may be given during scheduled lecture sessions. A student must be present to earn any points from this activity. Make-up of bonus activities or a quiz is NOT possible. Quizzes cannot be made up. In the case of a true emergency, and with advance notification to the instructor, arrangements for Unit/Major Exams may be made at the instructor’s discretion and on a case-by-case basis. There are approximately 14 class meetings in this course and any student who misses more than 3 class meetings is in serious danger of failing this course.

Communicate with me about absences! Perfect attendance will be rewarded !

Any assignment will have a due date. It is expected the work will be turned in at least by that time. I will except late work, however; If the assignment is not turned in by the due date, the assignment grade will be reduced by 10%. Assignments later tha a week will not be accepted and will be graded as a zero.




August 23                  Classes Begin

September 6            Labor Day

October   18-23       Fall l Break

November  25 -26            Thanksgiving Holiday

December 10                 Last Class Meeting

December  13-17 (NOON)      Final Exam

Additional Information


Any student in this course who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 371-5436.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES Electronic devices that produce audible sounds must be deactivated in the classroom during class presentations. This includes cellular telephones, pagers, and watches.


If a student has a conflict with the course instructor, the student should first make every effort to resolve the problem with the instructor. If that proves to be impossible, the student should only then seek satisfaction from the immediate supervisor of the instructor.

Syllabus Created on:

11/09/20 12:32 PM

Last Edited on:

01/10/22 1:07 PM