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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES (PA)

PA 510 Clinical Medicine I 4 cr

Clinical Medicine I (PA 510) is the introductory course in a four part series covering primary care clinical medicine. It is designed to incorporate and integrate topics and content both horizontally and vertically throughout the didactic and clinical curricula. The course is divided into lecture and lab sections that will be graded separately and will provide opportunities for the student to develop critical thinking skills essential to patient evaluation and management. The use of patient simulations is included. Introductory subject matter covered during this first course will include physical examination skills and use of medical instruments, patient history taking, patient counseling, patient education, interpersonal and communication skills, and epidemiology. Additional topics will include an introduction to behavioral medicine, professionalism, inter professional education, medical research methods, introduction to medical literature; introduction to laboratory diagnosis and introduction to nutrition. Finally, medical and social topics addressed will include the primary care medical home, rural and medically undeserved populations, social determinants of health, healthy people 2020, public health issues, and community health care.

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 Human Physiology 6 cr

Physiology (PA 512) is the scientific basis of medicine. This course will provide the PA student with sufficient in-depth knowledge of cellular and organ physiology necessary for understanding of normal and abnormal human body function and for advancement to courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical medicine. This course is divided into six sections which present the basic scientific concepts of human physiology with clinical applications and relevance to disease states: 1) cellular, neuromuscular, autonomic, and cardiac physiology; 2) circulatory physiology; 3) respiratory physiology; 4) renal, electrolyte, and acid-base physiology; 5) gastrointestinal and metabolic physiology; 6) endocrinology.
PA 513 Physician Assistant (PA) Issues I 2 cr
Physician Assistant (PA) Issues I (PA 513) is the introductory course in a four part series covering commonly encountered issues and their impact on physician assistant practice. This series is designed to incorporate and integrate topics and content both horizontally and vertically throughout the didactic and clinical curricula. The course will utilize a variety of teaching strategies. Introductory subject matter covered during the first course will include factors affecting the development of the profession and the role of the PA in today's health care system, physician-PA team relationship, credentialing, political issues, policies and regulations governing the scope of PA practice; PA and other pertinent professional organizations; introduction to evidence-based medicine (EBM), introduction to the health insurance portability and accountability act (HIPPA); introduction to primary care medicine with a focus on rural and medically undeserved areas (MUAs); introduction to inter professional education and collaboration; introduction to patient safety and prevention of medical errors; introduction to principles and practice of medical ethics; introduction to blood borne pathogens and tuberculosis; and policies and procedures governing sexual harassment.
PA 514 Introduction to Infectious Diseases 1 cr
This course is designed to provide PA students a solid foundation in basic immunology, microbial genetics, structure, nutrition and basic host-parasite relationships. The course will place particular emphasis on the role and application of these subject matters in disease manifestations as well as use/development of diagnostic and treatment modalities. Vulnerability of special populations and interactions between various environmental, social and behavioral factors with the human host in relationship to infection control and treatment will also be emphasized.

PA 520 Clinical Medicine II 9 cr

Clinical Medicine II (PA 520) is the second course in a four part series covering primary care clinical medicine and surgery topics. It is designed to incorporate and integrate topics and content both horizontally and vertically throughout the didactic and clinical curricula. The course is divided into lecture and lab sections that will be graded separately and will provide opportunities for the student to develop critical thinking skills essential to patient evaluation and management. The use of standardized patients, patient simulations and clinical experiences are included. Topics will include a continuation of physical examination skills, patient history taking, patient counseling, patient education, epidemiology, history of the PA Profession, professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, inter professional education, medical research methods, and researching medical literature, the primary care medical home, rural and medically under served populations, social determinants of health, healthy people 2020, public health issues, and community health care. Specific topics covered in PA 520 include dermatology, ophthalmology, ENT, cardiovascular medicine, EKG, pulmonary medicine, nephrology, and GU medicine. Imbedded in this course will be topics in infectious disease and diagnostic data that will align with the subject matter covered during this semester.

PA 521 Pathophysiology I 4 cr

Pathophysiology I (PA 521) is the first course in a three-part series that covers the alterations in normal physiology that occur in human disease states. This course will provide the PA student with sufficient in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology necessary for the understanding of abnormal human body function and for advancement to subsequent courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical medicine. Topics will include an overview of cellular pathophysiology, followed by specific topics that align with the organization of the clinical medicine series: cardiovascular pathophysiology, EKG, pulmonary pathophysiology, and renal/GU pathophysiology.

PA 522 Pharmacology I 4 cr

Pharmacology I (PA 522) is the first course in a three-part series that covers the basic scientific concepts of drug classification, mechanism of action, toxicity, and clinical use of drugs. Introductory topics will include the laws and regulations governing the use of pharmaceuticals, prescriptive practices, basic science and properties of drug molecules, drug interactions, and clinical pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system. Specific topics will align with the organization of the clinical medicine series; cardiovascular drugs, pulmonary drugs, drug therapy of renal and genitourinary diseases.

PA 525 Physician Assistant (PA) Issues II 2 cr
Physician Assistant (PA) Issues II (PA 525) is the second in a four part series covering commonly encountered issues and their impact on physician assistant practice. This series is designed to incorporate and integrate topics and content both horizontally and vertically throughout the didactic and clinical curricula. The course will utilize a variety of teaching strategies. Subject matter covered during this second course will include factors affecting diversity and inclusion; cultural competence; workforce shortage; health disparities; health literacy; public health, primary care medicine with a focus on veterans, rural and medically under served medicine, evidence-based medicine, medical documentation, coding & billing; professionalism and interprofessional education and collaboration.
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, and 9) continuation of Medical Research Methods.

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 550 Internal Medicine Preceptorship 4 cr

The student is assigned to a clinical setting, often in the inpatient setting, to obtain knowledge, skills and attitudinal/behavioral professional components pertaining to general internal medicine. These competencies are to be obtained while engaging in all aspects of patient care through: the medical interview, history and physical exam, critical thinking, knowledge base, diagnosis and treatment plan, patient education, as well as appropriate health maintenance and disease prevention measures.

PA 555 Psychiatry Preceptorship 4 cr

The student is assigned to a clinical setting, often in the inpatient setting, to obtain knowledge, skills and attitudinal/behavioral professional components pertaining to general internal medicine. These competencies are to be obtained while engaging in all aspects of patient care through: the medical interview, history and physical exam, critical thinking, knowledge base, diagnosis and treatment plan, patient education. Students will also be expected to interact on an interdisciplinary team to provide care to patients with Psychiatric needs, including awareness of social and community services.

PA 560 Pediatrics Preceptorship 8 cr

The student is assigned to a pediatric setting in order to obtain knowledge, skills and attitudinal/behavioral professional components pertaining to general pediatric medicine. These competencies are to be obtained while engaging in all aspects of patient care through: the medical interview, history and physical exam, critical thinking, knowledge base, diagnosis and treatment plan, patient and family education, anticipatory-guidance, as well as appropriate health maintenance and disease prevention measures.

PA 570 Primary Care/Family Practice Preceptorship 8 cr

The student is assigned to a primary care setting in order to obtain knowledge, skills and attitudinal/behavioral professional components pertaining to general family practice medicine across the life span. These competencies are to be obtained while engaging in all aspects of patient care through: the medical interview, history and physical exam, critical thinking, knowledge base, diagnosis and treatment plan, patient education, appropriate health maintenance and disease prevention measures.

PA 580 General Surgery Preceptorship 4 cr

The student is assigned to a hospital-surgical setting in order to gain exposure to all realms of the general surgery experience. These experiences are to include: pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care. Furthermore, students are expected to further develop patient care skills through: the medical interview, history and physical examination, critical thinking, enhancement of medical knowledge, patient and family counseling, and understanding the role of a PA within the hospital team.

PA 590 OB/GYN Preceptorship 4 cr

The student is assigned to hospital in-patient and out-patient ambulatory care settings in order to gain exposure to all reams of the women's health across the life span. These experiences are to include: pre-natal, post-natal, pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative care, annual wellness exam, and emergent care exams. Furthermore, students are expected to further develop patient care skills through: the medical interview, history and physical examination, critical thinking, enhancement of medical knowledge, patient and family counseling, and understanding the role of a PA within the hospital team.

PA 591 Emergency Medicine Preceptorship 4 cr

The student is assigned to an emergency department setting in order to gain exposure to patients requiring critical, emergent and non-emergent care. Furthermore, students are expected to further develop patient care skills through: the medical interview, history and physical examination, critical thinking, enhancement of medical knowledge, patient and family counseling, and understanding the role of a PA within the emergency department team.

PA 592

Elective Clinical Preceptorship I 4 cr

The student will choose from a variety of available elective rotations in order to engage in all aspects of patient care including: the medical interview, history and physical exam, critical thinking, knowledge base, diagnosis and treatment plan, patient education, appropriate health maintenance and disease prevention measures. The goal of elective rotations is to provide the student the opportunity to explore areas of interest for further employment or increase knowledge in areas of weakness.

PA 593 Elective Clinical Preceptorship II 8 cr

The student will choose from a variety of available elective rotations in order to engage in all aspects of patient care including: the medical interview, history and physical exam, critical thinking, knowledge base, diagnosis and treatment plan, patient education, appropriate health maintenance and disease prevention measures. The goal of elective rotations is to provide the student the opportunity to explore areas of interest for further employment or increase knowledge in areas of weakness.

PA 594 Research Project Presentation

3 cr

This course is designed to teach students how to build research skills, prepare manuscripts, and advance professional development. 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

A comprehensive written examination will be administered as a final evaluation of the student's progress. This test is also designed to prepare the graduate for the NCCPA exam.
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions

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