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Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
PAS500 Professional Practice in the 21st Century 1

This course focuses on the history of the Physician Assistant profession from its inception to present day status. PA education, PA-MD relationship, PA legislation & regulations, and organizations involved in the profession are analyzed by the students. Professional ethics / ethical decision-making, healthcare policy, cultural awareness, and other issues and policies of interest that affect the practicing PA are introduced.

PAS511 Clinical Anatomy & Physiology 6

This course utilizes formal lecture and prosected plastinated cadavers to perform thorough study of the human body. Each module includes a review of body system structure and function, an investigation of potential disease manifestations, and an introduction to clinical assessment. Course content compares normal and abnormal systemic processes used in the evaluation of patient health status to prepare students for professional training in healthcare delivery. This format is supplemented with several lectures specifically designed to correlate the anatomical findings with clinical applications for the medical practitioner.

PAS512 Patient Assessment 8

This course teaches foundational skills and techniques required to gather a complete history and perform a thorough physical examination. Participation in the course requires the integration of the student’s knowledge of the structure and function of the human body to be coupled with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper techniques and diagnostic equipment use for performing a comprehensive physical examination. The comprehensive physical examination skills include; vital signs, head & neck, skin, thorax, abdomen & pelvis, musculoskeletal system and neurologic assessment. Assessment skills will be accomplished through laboratory exercises with mock patients and accompanying small group activities.

PAS520 Evidence Based Medicine 1

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge of evidence based medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics and begin acquiring the skills of critically reading the medical literature and applying concepts to patient care. This course is designed for adult learners and will include, but is not limited to, independent, online and small group learning environments.

PAS522 Public Health Seminar I 1

Public Health Seminar I is the first in a series of four Public Health Seminar courses designed to introduce students to the field of public health and its importance in patient care. This course will define and discuss the evolution of public health in the US its relationship to patient care. Students

PAS524 Public Health Seminar II 1

Public Health Seminar II is the second in a series of four Public Health Seminar courses designed to introduce students to the field of public health and its importance in patient care. This course will discuss health informatics, healthcare economics, healthcare policy and law and its relationship to patient care. Students will draw from their knowledge in Public Health Seminar I and Evidence Based Medicine and apply it to public health issues.

PAS526 Public Health Seminar III 1

Public Health Seminar III is the third in a series of four Public Health Seminar courses designed to introduce students to the field of public health and its importance in patient care. This course is designed to identify public health issues, develop interventions, assess outcomes and overcome burdens associated with intervention. Students will also learn to promote and protect the health of the public. Students will draw from their knowledge in Public Health Seminar I, II and Evidence Based Medicine and apply it to public health issues.

PAS528 Public Health Seminar IV 1

Public Health Seminar IV is the fourth in a series of four Public Health Seminar courses designed to introduce students to the field of public health and its importance in patient care. This course will identify special public health issues and their effect locally, regionally, nationally and worldwide. Students will also develop and implement a public health project in the local community. Students will draw from their knowledge in Public Health Seminar I, II, III and Evidence Based Medicine and apply it to public health issues.

PAS530 Pharmacology I 2

This course examines the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the molecular basis of drug action. Legal aspects of pharmacology and prescription and order writing will be emphasized.

PAS540 Clinical Medicine I 6

Clinical Medicine I is the first course in a 4 course Clinical Medicine series. Using an organ systems approach, Clinical Medicine I presents the diagnosis and management of the most common clinical conditions, via major medical concepts, seen by primary care providers for specific organ systems. The course builds on learning from Integrated Medical Science and Pharmacology while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment I and Therapeutics I. Areas of study include: infectious disease, dermatology, ophthalmology, ears, nose, and throat (ENT) and pulmonology. This course is also designed to develop and apply behavioral skills relevant to the practice of medicine.

PAS540L Clinical Medicine Lab I 2

Clinical Medicine I Lab is a hands on application of knowledge acquired in Clinical Medicine I, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment I and Therapeutics I. Lab is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through application. Students will work in intraprofessional teams and in Simulation Laboratory to attain these goals. Professionalism and technical competencies will also be emphasized. Areas of study include: infectious disease, dermatology, ophthalmology, ears, nose, and throat (ENT) and pulmonology.

PAS541 Clinical Medicine II 6

Clinical Medicine II is the second course in a 4 course Clinical Medicine series. Using an organ systems approach, Clinical Medicine II presents the diagnosis and management of the most common clinical conditions, via major medical concepts, seen by primary care providers for specific organ systems. The course builds on learning from Integrated Medical Science, Pharmacology and Clinical Medicine I, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment II and Therapeutics II. Areas of study include: Cardiology, gastroenterology, renal and genitourinary. This course is also designed to develop and apply behavioral skills relevant to the practice of medicine.

PAS541L Clinical Medicine Lab II 2

Clinical Medicine II Lab is a hands on application of knowledge acquired in Clinical Medicine II, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment II and Therapeutics II. Lab is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through application. Students will work in intraprofessional teams and in Simulation Laboratory to attain these goals. Professionalism and technical competencies will also be emphasized. Areas of study include: cardiology, gastroenterology, renal and genitourinary.

PAS560 Therapeutics I 2

Students develop an approach to the integration and review of pathophysiology for specific diseases and its application in clinical evaluations and therapeutic options for patients. The student evaluates and addresses the clinical therapeutic management of an assigned disease and problem-solve using a patient case-based format. The content areas of this course include diseases of the HEENT, skin and pulmonary systems and infectious diseases.

PAS561 Therapeutics II 2

This course is a continuation of PAS 560. Students develop an approach to the integration and review of pathophysiology for specific diseases and its application in clinical evaluations and therapeutic options for patients. The student evaluates and addresses the clinical therapeutic management of an assigned disease and problem-solve using a patient case-based format. The content areas of this course include diseases of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal and genitourinary systems.

PAS570 Clinical Medicine III 6

Clinical Medicine III is the third course in a 4 course Clinical Medicine series. Using an organ systems approach, Clinical Medicine III presents the diagnosis and management of the most common clinical conditions, via major medical concepts, seen by primary care providers for specific organ systems. The course builds on learning from Integrated Medical Science, Pharmacology, Clinical Medicine I and II, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment III and Therapeutics III. Areas of study include: reproductive medicine, pediatrics, rheumatology/immunology, orthopedics and neurology . This course is also designed to develop and apply behavioral skills relevant to the practice of medicine.

PAS570L Clinical Medicine Lab III 2

Clinical Medicine III Lab is a hands on application of knowledge acquired in Clinical Medicine III, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment III and Therapeutics III. Lab is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through application. Students will work in intraprofessional teams and in Simulation Laboratory to attain these goals. Professionalism and technical competencies will also be emphasized. Areas of study include: reproductive medicine, pediatrics, rheumatology/immunology, orthopedics and neurology.

PAS571 Clinical Medicine IV 6

Clinical Medicine IV is the final course in a 4 course Clinical Medicine series. Using an organ systems approach, Clinical Medicine IV presents the diagnosis and management of the most common clinical conditions, via major medical concepts, seen by primary care providers for specific organ systems. The course builds on learning from Integrated Medical Science, Pharmacology and Clinical Medicine I-III, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment IV and Therapeutics IV. Areas of study include: hematology, endocrine, psychiatry, emergency medicine and surgery. This course is also designed to develop and apply behavioral skills relevant to the practice of medicine.

PAS571L Clinical Medicine Lab IV 2

Clinical Medicine IV Lab is a hands on application of knowledge acquired in Clinical Medicine IV, while maintaining a curricular thread with Patient Assessment IV and Therapeutics IV. Lab is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through application. Students will work in intraprofessional teams and in Simulation Laboratory to attain these goals. Professionalism and technical competencies will also be emphasized. Areas

PAS590 Therapeutics III 2

This course is a continuation of PAS 561. Students develop an approach to the integration and review of pathophysiology for specific diseases and its application in clinical evaluations and therapeutic options for patients. The student evaluates and addresses the clinical therapeutic management of an assigned disease and problem-solve using a patient case-based format. The content areas of this course include diseases of the reproductive, pediatric, musculoskeletal, rheumatologic, immunologic, and neurological systems.

PAS591 Therapeutics IV 2

This course is a continuation of PAS 590. Students develop an approach to the integration and review of pathophysiology for specific diseases and its application in clinical evaluations and therapeutic options for patients. The student evaluates and addresses the clinical therapeutic management of an assigned disease and problem-solve using a patient case-based format. The content areas of this course include diseases of the hematologic, endocrine, psychological, emergent and surgical systems and patients.

PAS598 Clinical Practice I 2

This course is intended to help the student transition from the didactic phase into the clinical phase by establishing the expectations and etiquette for the clerkship phase. Additionally, this class introduces the student to the clinical clerkship experience of the PA program. In preparation for the clinical phase, clerkship policies and procedures will be presented. Additionally, professional issues, cultural thinking, medical economics, healthcare finance, and medicolegal issues will be reviewed. Patient assessment skills (including radiology, EKG, and lab data analysis) and practical skills will be reviewed as will competency will be evaluated.

PAS599 Clinical Practice II 2

This course is intended to help the student transition from the didactic phase into the clinical phase by establishing the expectations and etiquette for the clerkship phase. Additionally, this class introduces the student to the clinical clerkship experience of the PA program. In preparation for the clinical phase, clerkship policies and procedures will be presented. Additionally, professional issues, cultural thinking, medical economics, healthcare finance, and medicolegal issues will be reviewed. Patient assessment skills (including radiology, EKG, and lab data analysis) and practical skills will be reviewed as will competency will be evaluated.

PAS610 Psychiatry Clerkship 4

The clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to participate in the psychiatric care of patients. Students will evaluate patients, identify behavioral health problems, and use critical thinking to create a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider.

PAS625 Ambulatory Care Clerkship I 4

This clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to evaluate health-related problems encountered in a community-based primary care practice setting. Students will interview and examine patients, synthesize information to identify problems, and formulate and implement a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers.

PAS626 Ambulatory Care Clerkship II 4

This clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to evaluate health-related problems encountered in a community-based primary care practice setting. Students will interview and examine patients, synthesize information to identify problems, and formulate and implement a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers.

PAS630 Emergency Medicine Clerkship 4

This clerkship is designed to provide the physician assistant student with exposure to common illnesses and injuries that necessitate emergency care of adults and children. This clerkship emphasizes the development of the following skills: patient interview, physical examination, formulation of a differential diagnosis, ordering and interpreting of diagnostic studies, diagnosis and management of emergency illness and injury, and performance of related procedures.

PAS645 Surgery Clerkship I 4

This clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to participate in the care of the surgical patient in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative settings. Students will use rapid and methodical assessment of patients, identify problems, and use critical thinking to create a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers.

PAS646 Surgery Clerkship II 4

This clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to participate in the care of the surgical patient in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative settings. Students will use rapid and methodical assessment of patients, identify problems, and use critical thinking to create a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers.

PAS655 Inpatient Medicine I 4

This clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to participate in the care of patients in the inpatient setting. Students will evaluate patients, identify problems, and use critical thinking to create a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers.

PAS656 Inpatient Medicine II 4

This clerkship is designed to facilitate the student’s ability to participate in the care of patients in the inpatient setting. Students will evaluate patients, identify problems, and use critical thinking to create a therapeutic plan, under the supervision of licensed healthcare providers

PAS670 Pediatric Clerkship 4

This clerkship provides an exposure to care of the child from birth through adolescence. The focus of the learning experience is on the assessment of normal growth and development and on the recognition and management of common childhood illnesses. Emphasis is on counseling of parents regarding immunizations, anticipatory guidance, well child checkups, nutrition, and common medical and psychosocial problems.

PAS680 Women's Health Clerkship 4

This clerkship provides an exposure to the spectrum of problems and issues affecting a womans health. The learning experience emphasizes routine well-woman screening and examinations, family planning and birth control, recognition and treatment of sexually transmitted disease, the evaluation of common gynecologic problems, cancer detection, and prenatal care. Exposure and participation in the surgical management of gynecological and obstetrical problems may also be provided.

PAS690 Clinical Elective 4

This rotation will provide clinical experience in a specialty of medicine determined by the student. The purpose of this rotation is to allow students to explore more completely an area of interest in clinical medicine or surgery. Students will engage in all aspects of patient care from history and physical exam to development and implementation of treatment plans and patient follow-up.

PAS691 Seminar I 2

This seminar course will focus on the students interview skills and their ability to integrate an actual medical case into an oral presentation. Students will perform formal Grand Rounds presentations and discuss issues of importance to the profession and health care in general. The students will also initiate a research project on a topic related to the Physician Assistant profession.

PAS692 Seminar II 2

This seminar course will focus on the students interview skills and their ability to integrate an actual medical case into an oral presentation. Students will perform formal Grand Rounds presentations and discuss issues of importance to the profession and health care in general. The students will also initiate a research project on a topic related to the Physician Assistant profession.

PAS693 Seminar III 1

This seminar course will focus on the students interview skills and their ability to integrate an actual medical case into an oral presentation. Students will perform formal Grand Rounds presentations and discuss issues of importance to the profession and health care in general. The students will also initiate a research project on a topic related to the Physician Assistant profession.

PAS698 Capstone 1

Students synthesize knowledge and skills obtained during the program through successful completion of a research project and board preparation exercises. By displaying competency in both analyzing literature and integrating the most recent and best practices students demonstrate skills necessary for competent PA practice. Evidence of this competence will be displayed in the form of publication ready case based article and poster submission. Students also develop individual portfolios