Curriculum


Year One: Didactic Phase

Semester: Spring
Course Credit Hours
PAS 5016 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6
PAS 5026 Patient Evaluation 6
PAS 5013 Introduction to the PA Profession 3
PAS 5023 Clinical Diagnostic Methods 3
PAS 5012 The Art of Medicine 2
PAS 5022 Clinical Genetics 2
  Total 22
Semester: Summer
Course Credit Hours
PAS 5107 Clinical Medicine I 7
PAS 5103 Clinical Decision Making 3
PAS 5113 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 3
PAS 5104 Pathophysiology 4
PAS 5112 Research Methods I 2
PAS 5102 Clinical Skills 2
  Total 21
Semester: Fall
Course Credit Hours
PAS 5204 Principles of Pharmacology 4
PAS 5208 Clinical Medicine II 8
PAS 5203 Clinical Practice Issues 3
PAS 5213 Behavioral Medicine 3
PAS 5332 Clinical Specialties 3
PAS 5202 Research Methods II 2
  Total 23
  Total Didactic Phase Hours 66

Year Two: Clinical Phase

Semester: Spring
Course Credit Hours
PAS 5302 Clinical Transitions 2
PAS 5301 Seminar I 1
PAS 5308 Family Medicine Rotation 8
PAS 5305 Internal Medicine Rotation 5
  Total 16
Semester: Summer
Course Credit Hours
PAS 5303 Pediatrics Rotation 3
PAS 5313 Women’s Health Rotation 3
PAS 5323 General Surgery Rotation 3
PAS 5321 Seminar II 1
  Total 10
Semester: Fall
Course Credit Hours
PAS 5343 Behavioral Medicine Rotation 3
PAS 5353 Emergency Medicine Rotation 3
PAS 5325 Clinical Preceptorship 5
PAS 5322 Capstone Project 2
PAS 5312 Summative Experience 2
PAS 5331 Seminar III 1
  Total 16
  Total Clinical Phase Hours 42
  Total Program Hours 108

Course Descriptions

PAS 5016 Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Physician Assistant

[4 Credits] Instruction in clinical gross anatomy and physiology for the physician assistant student. The course provides essential knowledge of the major anatomical regions, structures of the body and the physiologic functions related to health and disease.

 

PAS 5026 Patient Assessment for the Physician Assistant

[6 credits] Instructs students in the methods of performing a history and physical examination. Students develop the knowledge and skills essential for performing a comprehensive medical history and physical examination. The course emphasizes patient interviewing, acquiring a medical database, and performing a comprehensive physical examination.

 

PAS 5013 Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession

[3 credits] Instructional course designed to introduce the entry-level physician assistant student to the unique origins, development, practice laws, and workforce trends of the profession. This course allows the student to develop a thorough understanding of the role of the physician assistant.

 

PAS 5023 Clinical Diagnostic Methods for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Lecture course with three components: radiologic study ordering and interpretation, ECG interpretation, and laboratory study ordering, performance, and interpretation. This course provides skills in ordering/interpreting lab values from chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, virology, genetics, and mycology testing for use in clinical practice.

 

PAS 5012 The Art of Medicine for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Introduces students to clinical ethics, health disparities, and cultural competence as they influence the practice of medicine. The course emphasizes the human factors that affect the delivery of culturally appropriate, patient-centered health care for patients across the lifespan.

 

PAS 5022 Clinical Genetics for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Lecture-based course designed to provide the entry-level physician assistant student with a basic understanding of medical genetics. The course will review basic molecular genetics, molecular terminology, and inheritance patterns. The student will receive instruction in various diagnostic techniques associated with medical genetics.

 

PAS 5107 Clinical Medicine I for the Physician Assistant

[7 credits] Introduces the student to human disease processes, their origins, mechanisms of action and effects on the human body with emphasis on the clinical manifestations of the disease process. Students will integrate knowledge from Patient Assessment and the basic sciences.

 

PAS 5103 Clinical Decision Making for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Designed to build upon the skills developed Patient Assessment. The course will utilize problem-based learning techniques, allowing the participant to apply the developing skills of critical thinking. The course will provide instruction in the development of a thorough, patient appropriate, differential diagnosis.

 

PAS 5113 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Lecture-based, active learning course where the student is given the opportunity to value prevention as a major aspect of healthcare and to develop skills that integrate health promotion/disease prevention into the role of a physician assistant.

 

PAS 5104 Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant

[4 credits] Introduces the student to human disease processes, their origins, mechanisms of action and effects on the human body with emphasis on the clinical manifestations of the disease process. Students will integrate knowledge from Patient Assessment and the basic sciences.

 

PAS 5112 Research Methods I for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Introduction to basic research techniques needed for clinical practice. Students will develop proficiency in searching, interpreting, and applying evidence-based research in the clinical setting. Students will be instructed in appropriate tenets of intellectual honesty in the academic and professional setting.

 

PAS 5102 Clinical Skills for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Students are introduced to common skills used in the clinical practice of medicine. This course is designed to prepare the student for supervised clinical practice by introducing procedures commonly performed in the clinical setting.

 

PAS 5204 Principles of Pharmacology for the Physician Assistant

[4 credits] Basic introduction to the principles of pharmacology and to drug classes of particular relevance to the physician assistant. The course provides the student with a fundamental knowledge of basic pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomics principles, basic properties, mechanisms, uses, adverse effects and interactions of relevant drugs.

 

PAS 5208 Clinical Medicine II for the Physician Assistant

[8 credits] Continuation of Clinical Medicine I, designed to prepare the student for supervised clinical practice.

 

PAS 5203 Clinical Practice Issues for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] The course instructs students in advanced clinical practice issues affecting the physician assistant profession. Topics include billing and coding, the Medicare/ Medicaid system, credentialing, clinical professionalism, prescriptive rights, interdisciplinary health care practice and state/national licensure and certification.

 

PAS 5213 Behavioral Medicine for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Provides students with the ability to explore the psychological parameters of human behavior and identify the relationship of psychological distress to physical illness. Students study the processes underlying human growth and development across the lifespan and how they apply to healthcare.

 

PAS 5223 Clinical Specialties for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Introduces the physician assistant student to the clinical specialties of surgery, pediatrics, and women's health. Students are instructed in the foundations of these specialties to prepare for clinical practice. Students learn basic knowledge and clinical skills unique to these practices.

 

 

PAS 5202 Research Methods II for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Designed to continue the physician assistant student's proficiency in research. This course will refine skills in literature analysis and the formatting of conclusions for the evidence-based practice of evaluation and management of disease processes.

 

PAS 5302 Clinical Transitions for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Physician assistant students gain knowledge and skills that facilitate the transition from the academic to clinical environment and promote high quality clinical education experiences. Practical learning that simulates the diversity of health care disciplines and services encountered during clinical training.

 

PAS 5308 Family Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[8 credits] Designed to give students exposure to the spectrum of family medicine outpatient medical practice. Students will learn the principles of routine (well) care, management of acute illnesses, and management of chronic/multiple diagnoses for patients across the lifespan. Eight (8) week rotation.

 

PAS 5305 Internal Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[5 credits] Designed to give students exposure to the spectrum of pediatric practice, including care of infants, children and adolescents in routine well-child care, inpatient and outpatient care and care of acute and chronic illnesses. Five (5) week rotation.

 

PAS 5303 Pediatric Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Designed to give students exposure to the spectrum of pediatric practice, including care of infants, children and adolescents in routine well-child care, inpatient and outpatient care and care of acute and chronic illnesses. Four (4) week rotation.

 

PAS 5313 Women’s Health Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Designed to give the student practical experience in the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of problems and issues associated with women’s health care. Four (4) week rotation.

 

PAS 5323 General Surgery Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Designed to give students experience in the care of patients undergoing elective or acute surgical procedures. The student will perform preoperative history and physicals; assist, when able, in the operating room; be involved in immediate postoperative care and stabilization; and assist with postoperative care. Four (4) week rotation.

 

PAS 5343 Behavioral Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Designed to give practical experience in the diagnosis and management of patients needing behavioral therapy in the clinical setting. Students will develop their ability to recognize psychiatric diagnoses in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Four (4) week rotation.

 

PAS 5353 Emergency Medicine Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[3 credits] Designed to introduce the student to health care in Emergency Medicine. The student is given the opportunity to understand and manage patient problems across the lifespan in an emergency care setting.

 

PAS 5325 Preceptorship Rotation for the Physician Assistant

[5 credits] The preceptorship is designed to give the student additional clinical exposure in a medical/surgical area of their choosing. This opportunity is often used by preceptors to assess the student for possible employment. May be completed in any specialty or subspecialty chosen by the student.

 

PAS 5301 Seminar I for the Physician Assistant

[1 credit] This discussion-based course meets one day (5 hours) each month per semester when students return from clinical rotations. Students present clinical cases, reflect on clinical experiences, and prepare for the next clinical experience.

 

PAS 5321 Seminar II for the Physician Assistant

[1 credits] This discussion-based course meets one day (5 hours) each month per semester when students return from clinical rotations. Students present clinical cases, reflect on clinical experiences, and prepare for the next clinical experience.

 

PAS 5331 Seminar III for the Physician Assistant

[1 credits] This discussion-based course meets one day (5 hours) each month per semester when students return from clinical rotations. Students present clinical cases, reflect on clinical experiences, and prepare for the next clinical experience.

 

PAS 5312 Summative Experience for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Course curriculum required by accrediting body. The program must conduct and document a summative evaluation of each student within the final four months of the program to verify that each student is prepared to enter clinical practice.

 

PAS 5322 Capstone Project for the Physician Assistant

[2 credits] Course provides opportunity for completion of a Capstone project with tools and strategies addressed in Research Methods I and II.