Course Descriptions

Year One – Didactic Course Descriptions

Year Two – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Rotations

Year Two –Final Courses - Offered the Final Term of the Program

Year One – Didactic Course Descriptions

PAS 510 General Medicine I4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term block 1 of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, physiology and pathophysiology of disease (when not covered elsewhere), pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course covers the following topics: Hematology, Dermatology, and EENT/Dental. Topic schedule subject to change at the discretion of the course director. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 511 General Medicine II4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term block 2 of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, physiology and pathophysiology of disease (when not covered elsewhere), pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course covers the following topics: Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Nutrition, Renal and Adrenergic/Psychiatric Medications. Topic schedule subject to change at the discretion of the course director. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 510- General Medicine I

PAS 512 General Medicine III4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, physiology and pathophysiology of disease (when not covered elsewhere), pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course covers the following topics: Psychiatric Medicine, Reproductive, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Topic schedule subject to change at the discretion of the course director. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 511-General Medicine II

PAS 513 General Medicine IV3 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term block 1 of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, physiology and pathophysiology of disease (when not covered elsewhere), pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course covers the following topics: Cardiovascular and Pulmonology. Topic schedule subject to change at the discretion of the course director. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 512-General Medicine III

PAS 514 General Medicine V3 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term block 2 of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, physiology and pathophysiology of disease (when not covered elsewhere), pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course covers the following topics: Musculoskeletal and Neurology. Topic schedule subject to change at the discretion of the course director. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 513-General Medicine IV

PAS 520 Special Topics I2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term of the didactic year, a lecture course designed to cover specialized medicine topics. Topics covered this term include basic sciences review, genetics, molecular biology, immunology and wound healing as well as pain management, response to illness/injury/stress, basic public health concepts, and physical rehabilitation. Other topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. The course will be taught by experts in their individual fields. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 521 Special Topics II2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, a lecture course designed to cover specialized medicine topics. Topics covered this term include: emergency medicine, surgical medicine, hospital based medicine, behavioral medicine (sad/bad news/diverse populations/counseling/human sexuality) and military medicine. Other topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. The course will be taught by experts in their individual fields. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 520 Special Topics I

PAS 522 Special Topics III2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the didactic year, a lecture course designed to cover specialized medicine topics. Topics covered this term include: pediatrics (congenital heart disease, parenting, behavioral health, medication), violence detection and prevention, normal and abnormal development across the lifespan, and geriatrics. Other topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. The course will be taught by experts in their individual fields. Lecture Delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 521 Special Topics II

PAS 530 Diagnostics I (Laboratory Medicine)3 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term of the didactic year, a combined lecture and lab course designed to cover the basic concepts of diagnostic testing in clinical medicine. The content includes common laboratory tests, when to use and how to interpret and effectively utilize the results. Skills included are: specimen collection, point of care testing, provider performed microscopy, IV/arterial puncture, clean and sterile procedure and interpretation of laboratory data and normal values taught in a case based format. Lecture and lab delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 531 Diagnostics II (EKG)1 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, a hybrid course designed to cover the concepts of diagnostic testing in clinical medicine. The content includes the understanding and analysis of the 12-lead electrocardiogram. Course content includes an overview of the electrophysiology of the heart, basic approach to the evaluation of an electrocardiogram, obtaining a 12-lead electrocardiogram and rhythm strip, recognition of cardiac abnormalities such as dysrhythmias, ischemia, infarction, cardiac inflammatory conditions, conduction abnormalities, and chamber enlargement. Hybrid delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 530 Diagnostics I (Laboratory Medicine)

PAS 532 Diagnostics III (Radiology)2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the didactic year, a lecture course designed to cover the concepts of diagnostic testing in clinical medicine. The content includes the utilization and interpretation of radiologic diagnostic tests. Course content includes an overview of radiology, interpretation of x-rays, competence in ordering the correct diagnostic test for presenting complaint, introduction to fluoroscopy, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and angiography. Practical exams to include plain film interpretation and the application of radiology to diagnosis. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 531 Diagnostics II (EKG)

PAS 540 History and Physical Exam I3 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term of the didactic year, this combined lecture/lab course is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and affective attributes for identifying and describing normal human anatomy, recognizing normal vs. pathological clinical manifestations, obtaining a medical history, performing a screening physical examination and recording findings as medical-legal documents. Teaching emphasis will be a method of instruction relevant to the structure and function of body systems, clinical manifestations and physical examination demonstration. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, cultural sensitivity, professionalism and standardization of medical record documentation. Students will demonstrate acquisition of skills during practical examinations. Covered in this course: cultural sensitivity when obtaining history and completing physical exam techniques, introduction to physical exam, history taking, communication skills, the use of diagnostic equipment and vital signs. History and physical exam techniques for pediatrics, adults, geriatrics and pregnant patients in the following body systems: skin, hair, nails, mental status, abdomen, anus, rectum, prostate, Delivery will include lecture, laboratory demonstrations, and encounters with standardized patients in simulated experiences.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 541 History and Physical Exam II2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, this combined lecture/lab course is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and affective attributes for identifying and describing normal human anatomy, recognizing normal vs. pathological clinical manifestations, obtaining a medical history, performing a screening physical examination and recording findings as medical-legal documents. Teaching emphasis will be a method of instruction relevant to the structure and function of body systems, clinical manifestations and physical examination demonstration. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, cultural sensitivity, professionalism and standardization of medical record documentation. Students will demonstrate acquisition of skills during practical examinations. Covered in this course: history and physical exam techniques for pediatrics, adults, geriatrics and pregnant patients in the following body systems: head, neck, breast, axilla, female genitalia, male genitalia and hernias. Delivery will include lecture, laboratory instruction and simulations.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 540 History and Physical Exam I

PAS 542 History and Physical Exam III3 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the didactic year, this combined lecture/lab course is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and affective attributes for identifying and describing normal human anatomy, recognizing normal vs. pathological clinical manifestations, obtaining a medical history, performing a screening physical examination and recording findings as medical-legal documents. Teaching emphasis will be a method of instruction relevant to the structure and function of body systems, clinical manifestations and physical examination demonstration. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, cultural sensitivity, professionalism and standardization of medical record documentation. Students will demonstrate acquisition of skills during practical examinations. Covered in this course: history and physical exam techniques for pediatrics, adults, geriatrics and pregnant patients in the following body systems: cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, thorax, lungs, nervous, musculoskeletal. Documentation of history and physical exam skills through practical exams in nursing homes/clinic settings will be included in this course. Delivery will include lecture, laboratory instruction, and simulations.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 541 History and Physical Exam II

ANAT 501 Gross Anatomy5 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term block 3 of the didactic year, this lecture and lab course covers the study of the gross structure of the human body. The course will include dissection of cadavers supplemented by lecture and clinical applications. Delivery will include lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 503 Medical Physiology5 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the spring term of the didactic year, this lecture course covers the properties, composition, and function of living matter and its reactions to internal and external agents. This course includes an introduction to the basic concepts of pathophysiology. The course is composed of lectures and class demonstration experiences concerning the following organ systems: neurology, special senses, circulatory, respiratory, renal, digestive, and endocrine. The mechanism of integration of the various physiological systems is stressed. Delivered in a lecture format.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 550 Skills and Procedures4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the didactic year, this lecture/lab course is designed to introduce the indications, contraindications, rationale, complications, essential anatomy/physiology and steps in performing clinical procedures. This knowledge is then applied in the clinical setting by performing the appropriate procedures as they correlate to routine care, identifying, and/or treating a particular diagnosis. The class is taught in traditional class time with scheduled practicum time and direct observation of skills utilizing an evaluation check list.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 560 Pharmacotherapeutics I2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic/therapeutic management of commonly occurring health problems of primary care patients. The student will develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy. Drug classifications as well as common examples in each category are discussed. For each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized as well as prescriptive concerns discussed. Delivered in lecture format.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 561 Pharmacotherapeutics II3 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the didactic year, this lecture course is designed as a continuation of PAS 560, to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic/therapeutic management of commonly occurring health problems of primary care patients. The student will develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy. Drug classifications as well as common examples in each category are discussed. For each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized as well as prescriptive concerns discussed. Delivered in lecture format.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 560 Pharmacotherapeutics I

PAS 570 The Physician Assistant Profession2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, this hybrid course is designed to introduce the PA student to concepts related to the history and future of the PA profession as well as the professional, ethical, legal and business aspects of the practice of medicine. The course is taught in a hybrid format with emphasis on current literature and case studies.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 572 Critical Appraisal2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the summer term of the didactic year, this hybrid lecture/online course is designed to cover concepts related to the critical appraisal of scientific research. Topics include evidence based medicine, study design, methodology, and statistical analysis with application to clinical practice based decisions. Delivered in a hybrid format.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 580 Capstone I1 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the didactic year, this lecture course designed to allow students to integrate aspects of the profession into a master’s level project. Students will pick their focus area and complete initial research during the term. Students will meet regularly with their advisor to discuss potential projects and present initial research. Project themes may be philanthropic as well as research oriented. Formal presentations of the master’s level capstone will occur during the last term of the clinical year.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 572 Critical Appraisal

Year Two – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Rotations

PAS 601 Family Medicine I   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, this supervised clinical practice experience/rotation is designed to introduce the student to the practice of primary care family medicine. This consists of providing comprehensive, continuing medical care to all members of the family. The entire person is considered within the realm of family, employment, society and recreation. The rotation will provide opportunities for the student to be responsible for patients of all ages, from the initial visit through possible hospitalization and follow-up. The student will have the opportunity to perform physical exams, develop a differential diagnosis, order and interpret appropriate diagnostics, propose a treatment plan, and provide patient education on diagnosis, prevention and health maintenance of disease processes.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 602 Family Medicine II   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, this is a continuation of Family Medicine I (PAS 601). During this rotation students are further exposed to common disorders and procedures encountered in the Family Medicine setting.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 601 Family Medicine I

PAS 603 Internal Medicine I   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, the purpose of this rotation is to expose the Physician Assistant student to a wide range of chronic and acute medical conditions encountered with the internal medicine population. This will provide the student with direct experience in applying medical skills and knowledge toward evaluation, treatment and management of complex cases which may occur in inpatient or out-patient settings.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 604 Internal Medicine II   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, a continuation of Internal Medicine I, this rotation will allow the student in depth experience providing care for the Internal Medicine patient. Students are exposed to common disorders and procedures that will take place in the outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital setting and or intensive care unit.; and will provide opportunities for interacting with adult and geriatric patients from the initial visit through possible hospitalization and follow up.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 603 Internal Medicine I

PAS 605 General Surgery   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, the emphasis in this rotation is on common procedures and disorders encountered in the General Surgery setting. Students will learn pre and post-operative care of the surgical patient; the student will also obtain experience in the operation room arena through active participation in surgical cases. The student will perform minor surgical procedures and become educated in the management and overall care of the surgical patient.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 606 Emergency Medicine   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, this rotation will provide clinical training experience in emergency medicine. The student will be educated in the approach to common primary care emergency department health problems. The student will be able to develop skills in emergency treatment and actions to sustain life, and management of a variety of acute, life threatening medical, surgical and psychiatric clinical problems specific to emergency medicine.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 607 Pediatrics   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, in this rotation the student will learn the aspects of caring for the pediatric patient from birth through adolescence. The focus will be on recognizing and managing common childhood illnesses, assessment of growth and development, immunizations, nutrition, psycho-social issues and preventive health care.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 608 Women’s Health   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, in this rotation, students will be provided the opportunity to acquire skills to approach common issues of women’s health including obstetrical and gynecological services. Students will participate in providing basic health care for the female patient including family planning, cancer detection, pre-natal care and nutrition.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 609 Behavioral Medicine   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, in this rotation, students will be exposed to common psychosocial and substance abuse conditions encountered in the primary care setting. Focus will be on recognizing and understanding the development and presentation of these behaviors and how to provide interventions and treatment. Development of clinical counseling skills is emphasized. Students participate in field assignments by attending various group meetings, i.e., AA, weight watchers, hospice, or other support groups.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 610 Elective Rotation I   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, in elective rotations, students will be provided the opportunity to delve further into areas of particular interest or specialization, such as orthopedics, dermatology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, geriatrics, oncology, hospitalist, and primary care, plastic & reconstructive surgery. Elective rotation selections must be reviewed and approved by the Clinical Coordinator.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 611 Elective Rotation II   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Offered each term of the clinical year, in elective rotations, students will be provided the opportunity to delve further into areas of particular interest or specialization, such as orthopedics, dermatology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, geriatrics, oncology, hospitalist, and primary care, plastic & reconstructive surgery. Elective rotation selections must be reviewed and approved by the Clinical Coordinator.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year and PAS 610 Elective Rotation I

Year Two – Final Courses- Offered the Final Term of the Program

PAS 620 Summative Evaluation4 CREDIT HOURS

This is the final course in the PA program and will be offered annually in the fall term. It is conducted on campus daily during the last four weeks of the fall term. The purpose of this course is to assure the student’s competency measuring interpersonal skills, patient care and professionalism for entry into the profession. It consists of lectures, examinations and labs utilizing standardized patients in clinical simulation settings. The course will utilize the grading system reported in the PA Program Student Addendum. The remediation process will be utilized for weak performance.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year and all rotations

PAS 621 Capstone II2 CREDIT HOURS

Offered annually during the fall term of the clinical year, a course designed to allow students to integrate aspects of the profession into a master’s level project that was initiated in PAS 580 Capstone I during Year 1 of the program. Students will complete and present their final project based on independent work conducted throughout the course of the program.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

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