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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES  (PAS)

PAS 621/H-P 421             Cr. 6
BIO 501/P-T 521             Cr. 7
Human Gross Anatomy

A comprehensive consideration of the human anatomy including both neuro-musculoskeletal components and internal organ systems. Systems included are musculoskeletal, neurological, urogenital, gastrointestinal, skeletal, and cardiopulmonary. The course includes the complete regional dissection of the human cadaver. Biomechanical function, topographic and radiographic correlations, and clinical applications are emphasized. Provides an in-depth understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body through lecture, audiovisual, computer and gross cadaver dissection. Lect. 5, Lab 9. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program. May only earn credit in one of the following courses: H-P 421 or PAS 621,      P-T 521, BIO 501. Offered Sem. I. 

PAS     622 Cr. 1
Neuroanatomy

This course provides the student an understanding of the structure, organization and function of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems including the vascular supply to each of these components.  This provides the basis for appreciating the anatomical basis of more common neurologic disorders and neurologic testing. Cadaveric specimens are used in the laboratory.    Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. 

PAS     624 Cr. 2
Medical Biochemistry

A study of chemical processes in cells (i.e., enzymes, lipids, membranes, metabolism, nucleic acids, receptor-sites, etc.) with special emphasis on building a foundation for the study of methods for diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and disorders. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program. Offered Summer Session. 

PAS     626 Cr. 4
Medical Physiology

An advanced study of the physiology of human organ systems focusing on topics that provide the basis for understanding disease and pharmacotherapeutic mechanisms. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program. May not earn credit for PAS 626 and BIO 718/719. Offered Summer Session. 

PAS     628 Cr. 2
Clinical Infectious Disease

This course introduces the principles of infectious diseases and the characteristics of the important pathogens.  The discussion will focus on the clinical aspects of each infectious disease building on previous knowledge of microbiology.  Includes a survey of microorganisms that commonly infect humans including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites.  The immune system role in preventing and treating infectious diseases will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. Offered Sem. I.      

PAS     630 Cr. 4
Medical Pharmacology

This course presents a broad survey of the general principles of pharmacology.   Included are the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, the mechanisms of action, toxicities and interactions of specific drugs and drug groups, and an introduction to medical therapeutics.  The physiologic basis and clinical application pharmacologic agents is also be discussed. Prerequisite:  Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. Offered Sem. I. 

PAS     640 Cr. 2
Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession

This course provides an overview of the PA profession, its history, current role in health care and other issues of professional interest.  Students also develop patient interview and communication skills.  Concepts of professionalism and professional ethics as a PA student and graduate physician assistant are introduced. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program. May not earn credit for both PAS 431 and PAS 640. Offered Summer Session. 

PAS     642 Cr. 5
Medical History and Physical Exam

The elements of a comprehensive medical history and physical exam are presented and students practice these techniques in the teaching lab and in the clinical setting. EKG interpretation is also presented. Prerequisite: Lect. 4, Lab 3. Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. Cannot earn credit for both PAS 432/433 and PAS 642.  Offered Sem.I. 

PAS     644 Cr. 1
The Clinical Patient Examination

This course prepares PA students for sensitive portions of the complete clinical examination of patients.  Necessary skills are presented in lecture, and then demonstrated using plastic models.  Students then practice these skills with professional patients.  Lect. 3, Lab 4. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 433 and PAS 644.  

PAS     646 Cr. 1
Law, Medicine and Ethics

Legal and regulatory aspects of medical care as a physician assistant are explored. Issues of the eithical practice of medicine are also explor. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 432/433 and PAS 646. Offered J Term. 

PAS     648 Cr. 1
Health Care Systems and Administration

This course provides the student an introduction to the current healthcare and reimbursement systems in America, their operation and impact on community health and medical practice.  Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for PAS 434 and PAS 648. Offered Sem. II.  

PAS     650 Cr. 6 
Clinical Diagnosis and Reasoning

This course brings together the knowledge and skills developed previously in the program to perform the comprehensive history and physical examination and a more limited episodic examination. Clinical critical thinking becomes an integral part of performing the examination through the development of a differential diagnosis and appropriate diagnostic strategies. Also includes presentation of behavioral and social concepts in medicine including personality development, normative responses to stress, psychosomatic manifestations of illness, sexuality, basic counseling skills, emotional problems of daily living. Lect. 4, Lab 2. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 433/435 and PAS 650. Offered Sem. II. 

PAS     652 Cr. 2
Clinical Procedures

Developing a variety of clinical procedural skills such as starting IV lines, drawing blood, giving injections and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.  Students learn various surgical protocols and procedures and other standard hospital procedures such as suturing and casting. Lect. 8, Lab 16. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 435 and PAS 652. Pass/Fail grading. Offered Sem. I. 

PAS     654 Cr. 2
Clinical Epidemiology

This course presents concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to the interpretation of the medical literature. A systematic process for identifying published literature relevant to clinical practice and evaluating its quality and applicability to the clinical situation is presented. Students then identify, review and critique published research appropriate to their clinical practice setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 430 and PAS 654. Offered Sem. I. 

PAS     700 Cr. 1
General Pathology

The general principles of patholgy, including cell injury, inflammation, healing, neoplasia, genetic and developmental pathology and immunopathlogy are presented as a foundation for the study of disease and medicine. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the director May not earn credit for both PAS 425  and PAS 700. Offered Sem. I. 

PAS     702 Cr. 5
Internal Medicine I: Cardiology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Allergy, and Dermatology

This course intergrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in cardiology, pulmonology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, allergy and dermatology. Issues related to nutrition and radiographic imaging in these medical disciplines are also presented. The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 425/426/436and PAS 702. Offered Sem. I. 

PAS     704 Cr. 1
Internal Medicine 2: Endocrinology

This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in endocrinology. Issues related to nutrition and radiographic imaging in endocrinology also are presented. The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 425/426/436 and PAS 704. Offered J Term. 

PAS     706 Cr. 3
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics

This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics along with the wellness care and disease prevention. Issues related to nutrition and radiographic imaging in these medical disciplines also are presented. The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 425/426/436 and PAS 706. Offered Sem. II. 

PAS     708 Cr. 6
Surgical Medicine: Anesthesia, General Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Orthodaepdic Surgery, Dermatology, Urology/Renal

This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in anesthesia, general surgery, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthodaepdic surgery. dermatology, urology/renal. Issues related to nutrition and radiographic imaging in these medical disciplines also are presented. The course is designed to allow PA students to develop the critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 425/426/436 and PAS 706.  Offered Sem. II.  

PAS     710 Cr. 3
Internal Medicine 3: Hematology, Oncology, Neurology and Psychiatry

This course integrates presentation of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and management of a spectrum of disorders in oncology, hematology, neurology, and psychiatry. Issues related to nutrition and radiographic imaging in these medical disciplines also are presented. The course is designed to allow PA students to develop critical clinical reasoning skills, and an advanced understanding of these disease processes and their treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 425/426/436 and PAS 706. Offered Sem. II. 

PAS     720 Cr. 4
Family Medicine Rotation I

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in broad, primary care setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical family medicine practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 475 and PAS 720 . Offered Summer Session. 

PAS     722 Cr. 4   
Internal Medicine Rotation 1

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an inpatient internal medicine setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical internal medicine hospital practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 463and PAS 720. Offered Summer Session. 

PAS     724 Cr. 4
General Surgery Rotation

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a general surgery setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, assisting with surgery and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical general surgery practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 462 and PAS 720. 

PAS     726 Cr. 4
Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotation

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an obstetrics and gyncecology setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, assisting with deliveries and gynecologic surgery, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical ob/gyn practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 464 and PAS 720.  

PAS     728 Cr. 4
Pediatric Rotation

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a pediatric setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical pediatric practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation.  Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 466 and PAS 728.  

PAS     730 Cr. 4
Psychiatry Rotation

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a psychiatry setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical pediatric practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 467 and PAS 467.  

PAS     732 Cr. 4
Emergency Medicine Rotation
   

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an emergency medicine setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical emergency medicine practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examinations at the end of the rotation. Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 461 and PAS 732.  

PAS     740 Cr. 4 
Dermatology Rotation

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in a dermatology setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical dermatology practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 460 and PAS 740. 

PAS     742 Cr. 4
Family Medicine Rotation 2

This 4-week rotation provides students with a more in-depth clinical experience in a broad, primary care setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical family medicine practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite:Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 475 and PAS 742.   

PAS     744 Cr. 4
Internal Medicine Rotation 2

This 4-week rotation provides students with a more in depth clinical experience in an inpatient internal medicine setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical internal medicine hospital practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 463 and PAS 744.   

PAS     746 Cr. 4
Orthopaedic Surgery Rotation

This 4-week rotation provides students with clinical experience in an orthopaedic surgery setting during which students refine their skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, assisting in surgery and developing treatment plans for the diversity of patients in a typical orthopaedic surgery practice. Where possible, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations.  A set of cognitive objectives guides student reading in preparation for a written examination at the end of the rotation. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. May not earn credit for both PAS 465 and PAS 746.  

PAS     750 Cr. 4
Elective Clinical Rotation

The student selects a clinical area for the elective clinical rotation(s) with the approval of program faculty.  Students may select elective experiences from specialty areas not included in the required rotations, or in one of the required clinical areas.  With the consultation and approval of program faculty the student develops an individualized learning contract that includes objectives for the rotations, and a method to demonstrate achievement of these objectives at the conclusion of the rotation.  Where possible and appropriate, students participate in grand rounds, noon conferences and other clinically relevant didactic presentations. Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the program director. Repeatable for credit Maximum 8 credits. 

PAS     790 Cr. 2
Capstone Seminar 1

This course, the first of three capstone seminars, occurs during the clinical year and works to develop skills important to professional physician assistant practice.  This seminar series includes clinical case presentation, clinical documentation, prescription writing and medication ordering, the interpretation of the medical literature to answer clinical questions and the systematic review of the medical literature.Prerequisite: Admission to the PA program and approval of the PAS program director. Offered Summer Session. 

PAS     792 Cr. 2
Capstone Seminar 2

This course, the second of three capstone seminars, occurs during the clinical year and works to develop skills important to professional physician assistant practice.  This seminar series includes topics in continuous quality management, completing a systematic qualitative review of the medical literature, diagnostic and procedural coding and resume preparation.Prerequisite: Admission to the PAS program and approval of the PAS program director. Offered Sem I. 

PAS     794 Cr. 2
Capstone Seminar 3

This course, the third of three capstone seminars, occurs during the clinical year and works to develop skills important to professional physician assistant practice.  This seminar series includes completion and presentation of a systematic qualitative review of a topic in the medical literature, presentation of practice regulations, and completion of the program?s summative evaluation. Prerequisite: admissionto the PAS program and approval of the PAS program director.

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