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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES (PA)
 
PA 510 Clinical Medicine I 8 cr
This is the first in a series of four courses in patient assessment. In this course the student will study: 1) Introduction to Clinical Medicine, 2) Introduction to Comprehensive Physical examination, 3) Introduction to patient interviewing, 4) Introduction to diagnostic equipment, 5) Role and History of PAs, 6) Blood Borne Pathogens, 7) Basic Epidemiology, 8) Basic Patient Counseling, 9) Nutrition Fundamentals, 10) Medical Research Methods and Introduction to the Medical Literature.
 
PA 511 Human Gross Anatomy 4 cr
This is a course in gross anatomy of human body systems utilizing human cadavers and prosections. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between structure and function. Special fee.
 
PA 512 Physiology I 4 cr
This is a course in medical physiology with emphasis on the basic principles of both cellular and organ system physiology. The course emphasizes a system approach to normal and abnormal function of human body, including relevant anatomical correlation. This course emphasizes cellular, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology.
 
PA 520 Clinical Medicine II 8 cr
This is the second in a series of four courses in patient assessment. In this course the student will study: 1) History and Physical Exam, 2) Behavioral Medicine, 3) Dermatology, 4) Ophthalmology, 5) Rheumatology, 6) Pulmonology, 7) Otolaryngology, 8) Cardiovascular Medicine, 9) EKG and ACLS and 10) continuation of Medical Research Methods.
 
PA 521 Infectious Disease 4 cr
This course is designed to provide a foundation in basic host-parasite relationships with particular emphasis on the application of these principles in health care settings. The ubiquity of microbes, vulnerability of specialized populations, and interactions between various environmental components are emphasized to stimulate awareness and interest in infectious disease. The nutritional component of infectious disease will also be emphasized.
 
PA 522 Physiology II 2 cr
This course will build on the foundation laid in Physiology I. This course emphasizes renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, metabolic, and central nervous system physiology.
 
PA 523 Pathophysiology 4 cr
A systematic study of disease processes involving relationships between pathophysiological changes and clinical manifestations.
 
PA 530 Clinical Medicine III 8 cr
This is the third in a series of four courses in patient assessment. In this course the student will study: 1) History and Physical Exam, 2) Gastroenterology, 3) General Surgery, 4) Genitourinary medicine, 5) Pediatric medicine, 6) Obstetrics/Gynecology, 7) Endocrinology, 8) Orthopaedics, 9) ACLS and 10) continuation of Medical Research Methods.
 
PA 531 Issues in Health Care 4 cr
This course provides an introduction to a wide variety of issues pertinent to the health care practitioner in the current environment. Topics to be studied include: 1) Patient Education, 2) Health care management including quality assurance, risk management, billing and coding, reimbursement and medical informatics, 3) Medical-legal concerns, 4) Biomedical Ethics including the concepts of confidentiality and end-of-life concerns, 5) Miscellaneous professional issues such as licensing, certification and credentialing.
 
PA 532 Pharmacology I 6 cr
This is the first of two courses that covers classification, mechanism of action, toxicity and clinical use of therapeutic agents. Side effects, dose response and management will be emphasized. Prescriptive practice law covering physician assistants will be examined.
 
PA 540 Clinical Medicine IV 8 cr
This is the fourth in a series of four courses in patient assessment. In this course the student will study: 1) History and Physical Exam, 2) Nephrology, 3) Geriatric Medicine, 4) Emergency Medicine, 5) Hematology/Oncology, 6) Neurology, 7) continuation of Medical Research Methods.
 
PA 541 Interpretation of Diagnostic Data and Studies 4 cr
The course covers the indications for and interpretation of diagnostic studies relevant to the evaluation of common medical problems. Included in the course are laboratory studies of body fluids and tissues, radiographic studies, electrocardiography interpretation, pulmonary function tests, and ultrasound interpretation.
 
PA 542 Pharmacology II 4 cr
The second of two courses that covers classification, mechanism of action, toxicity and clinical use of therapeutic agents. Side effects, dose response and management will be emphasized.
 
PA 550 Internal Medicine Preceptorship 4 cr
The student is assigned to a medical setting which emphasizes the assessment and treatment of conditions common to inpatient and outpatient internal medicine problems, as well as appropriate health maintenance measures.
 
PA 555 Psychiatry Preceptorship 4 cr
The student is assigned to a psychiatry setting, including inpatient and outpatient if possible. Emphasis on diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of psychiatric disorders.
 
PA 560 Pediatrics Preceptorship 8 cr
The student is assigned to a pediatric setting and the experience includes both outpatient as well as inpatient practice. The student will gain experience in normal growth and development, pediatric preventive medicine and evaluation of childhood illness. Emphasis is placed on developing communication skills essential for relating to pediatric patients and families.
 
PA 570 Primary Care/Family Practice Preceptorship 8 cr
The student is assigned to an outpatient setting which emphasizes the assessment and treatment of conditions common to primary family medicine.
 
PA 580 General Surgery Rotation 4 cr
The student is assigned to a surgical team. The rotation emphasizes preoperative evaluation, assisting in the operating room, and post operative management of patients.
 
PA 590 OB/GYN Rotation 4 cr
The experience includes outpatient and inpatient components of OB/GYN Practice. The student will learn the assessment and treatment of common gynecological problems, pregnancy and delivery.
 
PA 591 Emergency Medicine Rotation 4 cr
The student is assigned to an Emergency Department. The student gains experience in the initial evaluation of emergency patients by performing problem specific examinations and performing minor surgical procedures. The rotation stresses the evaluation and management of the emergency patient.
 

PA 592

Elective Clinical Preceptorship I 4 cr
Students will choose one of the following rotations: Expected employment practice or any other specialty approved by the faculty.
 
PA 593 Elective Clinical Preceptorship II 8 cr
Students will choose one of the following rotations: Expected employment practice or any other specialty approved by the faculty.
 
PA 594 Research Project Presentation

3 cr

During the third semester of pre-clinical work, the students are given a briefing regarding the research project. The project is not due until the last semester of clinical work. The student selects a topic under the direction of a faculty mentor. Once a topic is chosen, an in-depth review of the literature is conducted by the student. The project can be formatted as a case report, comprehensive review, or a research report.
 
PA 595 Comprehensive Review and Exam 2 cr
The comprehensive examination is the capstone of the Physician Assistant Program. A written examination will be administered as a final evaluation of the student's progress. These tests are also designed to prepare the graduate for the NCCPA exam.
 
 

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