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Physician Assistant Program

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Course Name

ANAT 0565

Human Neurosciences

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This is an integrated, interdisciplinary course in which students learn to identify and describe the basic structural components and corresponding functions of the human nervous system. Emphasis is given to correlating underlying lesions involving these structures with neurologic deficits and dysfunctions likely to be encountered in clinical practice. Integrated lectures are given by faculty in the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology, and the Physician Assistant Program.

Credits: 4

ANAT 1500

Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology

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This course presents lectures and cadaver dissection laboratories emphasizing the normal structure of the human body; the embryologic basis of adult anatomy; the relationship between structure and function; and the use of human gross anatomy in physical diagnosis.

Credits: 7

BIOC 0551

Human Biochemistry

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This course provides a foundation for basic science courses concerned with normal and pathologic human physiology, biochemistry, cytology, histology, pharmacology, and nutrition. Topics include cellular energy metabolism, signal transduction, neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation, cellular energetics, foundations of molecular biology, nutrition, and metabolism in differentiated tissues and organs.

Credits: 3

BIOC 0552

Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition

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The objective of this course is to equip the physician assistant with the knowledge needed to apply nutritional principles to preventive medicine and various common pathologies. Additional topics include clinical problem solving skills, statistics in clinical decision making, blood clotting, the role of nutrition in different anemias, diabetes mellitus, the hyperlipidemias, and factors affecting blood chemistries.

Credits: 3

BIOC 0581

Human Genetics

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This course is devoted to introducing the foundations of human genetics. Topics include normal transmission of dominant and recessive genetic traits, sex-linked/autosomal-linked inheritance, common genetic defects and diseases, inheritance patterns and probabilities, genetic mapping, common risk factors in inherited/acquired genetic diseases, family counseling, and family planning issues.

Credits: 1

CORE 1599

Interprofessional Education I

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Changes in our healthcare delivery system are creating a growing demand for health professionals with skills in collaboration and teamwork. This course will describe the roles and responsibilities of the various healthcare disciplines. It will also provide students, from different health professions, the opportunity to interact with one another as well as simulated patients. This collaboration will promote communication using a team-based approach to the maintenance of health and management of disease.

Credits: 1

MICR 0582

Infectious Diseases

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This didactic course covers infectious diseases, their etiologic agents, differential diagnoses and disease management. Through the use of patient cases, diagnostic algorithms and integrative self-studies, students learn problem-solving skills. The course includes hands-on experiential laboratory sessions and laboratory-based patient cases which augment didactic material and provide insight into clinical microbiological laboratory procedures and an evidence-based approach to diagnoses in the infectious diseases context.

Credits: 4

MICR 1576

Immunology

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This didactic course introduces students to the fundamental principles of immunology and host defense mechanisms and considers them in relation to defense against common viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic agents of disease, immunologic abnormalities, immune-deficiency disorders, immunoprophylaxis, and therapy.

Credits: 2

PASS 0501

Clinical Medicine I

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Medical interviewing skills will be introduced through formal lectures and developed through small case groups and patient interviews. The skills, knowledge, and sensitivity needed to communicate and intervene effectively in a variety of psychosocial situations are presented. Communication and improving patient rapport will also be discussed in relationship to the various life cycles.

Credits: 4

PASS 0502

Clinical Medicine II

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A systems-oriented approach will introduce common diseases and syndromes, their underlying pathophysiology (including signs and symptoms), patient evaluation (historical, physical examination, and diagnostic studies), differential diagnosis, and basic therapeutic concepts. Acute exacerbations of chronic diseases and emergency care will be integrated as appropriate. Formal lectures and problem-based learning techniques will be utilized.

Credits: 4

PASS 0503

Clinical Medicine III

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A systems-oriented approach will introduce common diseases and syndromes, their underlying pathophysiology (including signs and symptoms), patient evaluation (history, physical examination, and diagnostic studies), differential diagnosis, and basic therapeutic concepts. Acute exacerbations of chronic diseases and emergency care will be integrated as appropriate. Formal lectures, case group discussions, and problem-based learning techniques will all be utilized.

Credits: 6

PASS 0504

Clinical Medicine IV

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A systems-oriented approach will introduce common diseases and syndromes, their underlying pathophysiology (including signs and symptoms), patient evaluation (history, physical examination, and diagnostic studies), differential diagnosis, and basic therapeutic concepts. Acute exacerbations of chronic diseases and emergency care will be integrated as appropriate. Formal lectures, case group discussions, and problem-based learning techniques will all be utilized.

Credits: 6

PASS 0511

Professional Seminar I

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This course presents and discusses the clinical practice, role, and responsibilities of physician assistants. Professional behavior, cultural and social awareness, and the future of the physician assistant profession will be discussed. The interaction of healthcare providers within various clinical settings will also be examined.

Credits: 1

PASS 0512

Professional Seminar II

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This course traces the evolution of medical concepts, the professional role of the physician assistant, and basic concepts for quality healthcare delivery. Bioethical issues that arise during the provision of healthcare services will also be discussed. In addition, medicolegal aspects of healthcare and preparation for clinical practice will be reviewed.

Credits: 2

PASS 0521

Introduction to Capstone Project

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This course is designed to help the student create the conceptual framework and medical literature review that will lead to the development of the Capstone Project. Students will research a medical topic of interest to them and complete a comprehensive literature review. This literature review will serve as the foundation for the completion of the other components of the Capstone Project which include evidence-based medicine projects, a patient education project and the design and implementation of a Power Point of the entire Capstone portfolio.

Credits: 1

PASS 0527

Research Seminar

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This course is designed to provide an overview of the scientific method including quantitative and conceptual analyses, research techniques and research design methods. Elementary statistical techniques will be reviewed including an introduction to probability, measurement theory, correlation, regression analysis, sampling, significance tests and statistical inference. Both research design and statistical topics will be presented in the context of effective review of the medical literature for the purpose of application to patient populations and medical problems.

Credits: 4

PASS 0528

Advanced Patient Assessment and Management

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This course is designed to allow the physician assistant student to obtain the knowledge and skills required to physically assess a patient's medical and health status as part of the focused adult history and problem-oriented physical examination. In addition, students will develop patient-management skills by ordering and interpreting laboratory and diagnostic studies and appropriate therapeutics. The course is designed to build upon the medical history knowledge gained in Clinical Medicine I and the screening adult physical exam skills learned in Physical Diagnosis.

Credits: 2

PASS 0539

Biopsychosocial Issues

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The course presents the historical, philosophical, and practical foundations of behavioral medicine. The models of human behavior and mind include Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic, Behavioral, Developmental/Lifecycle, Cognitive-Behavioral Theories and the Biopsychosocial Model. The student will be introduced to the relationship between physical illness, injury/recovery, and behavioral medicine principles.

Credits: 2

PASS 0541

Psychiatric Principles

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This course presents the concepts and practices related to a review of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis and management of psychiatric syndromes and disorders across the lifespan.

Credits: 2

PASS 0564

Physical Diagnosis

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Physical examination techniques will be introduced during formal lectures and practiced during partner-paired laboratory sessions in this course. Normal physical findings and examination techniques will be emphasized. Common normal variants and classic physical abnormalities will be introduced and discussed. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and problem-based learning will be employed.

Credits: 3

PASS 0641

Internal Medicine Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in an Internal Medicine setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0642

Behavioral Medicine Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in a Behavioral Medicine setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0643

General Surgery Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in a General Surgery setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0644

Emergency Medicine Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in an Emergency Medicine setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0645

Family Medicine Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in a Family Medicine setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0646

Geriatric Medicine Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in a Geriatric Medicine setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0647

Women’s Health Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in an Obstetrics/Gynecology setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0648

Pediatric Medicine Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in a Pediatric Medicine setting.

Credits: 6

PASS 0671

Independent Study in Capstone Project I

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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials collected.

Credits: 0.5

PASS 0672

Independent Study in Capstone Project II

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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials collected.

Credits: 0.5

PASS 0673

Independent Study in Capstone Project III

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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials collected.

Credits: 0.5

PASS 0681

Advanced Clinical Medicine I

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This course is designed to build upon the student's foundation of clinical medicine knowledge and to prepare him or her to begin clinical year rotations. Lectures will provide advanced information and instruction covering a range of medical topics including interpretation of electrocardiograms, basic life support for healthcare providers and advance cardiovascular life support, and other topics that will facilitate the student's continuing development of knowledge and therapeutic skills in patient assessment, medical decision-making, and clinical management.

Credits: 3

PASS 0682

Advanced Clinical Medicine II

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This course is designed to build upon the student's foundation of clinical medicine knowledge and to continue to develop critical thinking and medical decision making skills. Lectures will provide advanced information and instruction covering a range of medical topics.

Credits: 3

PASS 0749

Elective I Rotation

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Four-week clinical rotation in a discipline of the student's choosing (subject to approval by the Program).

Credits: 4

PASS 0750

Elective II Rotation

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Four-week clinical rotation in a discipline of the student's choosing (subject to approval by the Program).

Credits: 4

PASS 0774

Independent Study in Capstone Project IV

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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials collected.

Credits: 0.5

PASS 0783

Advanced Clinical Medicine III

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This course is designed to build upon the student's foundation of clinical medicine knowledge. Guest lecturers with clinical expertise in a variety of fields will provide advanced information and instruction. In addition, students will receive updates on clinical practice issues. During the course, students will receive an intensive week of lecture topics to help them prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Students will also focus on professional issues in preparation for graduation and clinical practice.

Credits: 4

PHAR 0584, 0585, 0586

Pharmacology I, II, III

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This course sequence introduces students to the general principles of drug action and the therapeutic uses and toxicities of drugs commonly used in humans. A drug's action is considered on an organ-system basis. Specific topics include drugs acting on the: autonomic and central nervous systems, cardiovascular and renal systems, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. In addition, discussions on chemotherapy of microbial and parasitic organisms, chemotherapy of neoplastic diseases, drugs acting on blood-forming organs, and hormones are presented. The course also includes discussions of environmental toxic agents and antidotes.

Credits: Each course 3

PHYS 1510, 1511

Human Physiology I, II

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Students are introduced to the physiological principles and regulatory processes that underlie the normal function of the human body, and develop an understanding of the physiologic responses to perturbations of homeostasis and of pathophysiologic alterations that occur in disease. Didactic lectures are supplemented with workshops that focus on application of physiological concepts. Topics include the properties of excitable cells and the function of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems.

Credits: Each course 3.5