Course Descriptions

All Physician Assistant courses require admission to the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

PA 510 Current Topics in the PA Profession

Overview of the healthcare delivery system including public health, health policy, cultural issues, international healthcare, alternative medicine, introduction to problem based learning and current roles of physician assistants. Summer Phase I. Credits: 2

PA 530 Clinical History

Introduction to obtaining and documenting an appropriate medical history. The medical record as a legal document will be discussed. Review of patient confidentiality will be emphasized. Practice on other students and participation at local clinics. Summer Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 553 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine

Study of physiological systems and/or organs with application to clinical situations, principles of nutrition and introduction to pharmacology. Summer Phase I. Credits: 6

PA 554/8/9 Fundamentals of Anatomy I/III/III

Introductory study of gross and histological structure of the human body. Introduction into musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. Phase I. Credits: 1each

The Clinical Medicine (CM) module series is a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning medicine by organ systems. There is a strong emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, case-based learning and evidence based clinical practice. Clinical medicine modules will include the

PA 520 CM Behavioral Medicine

Psychological conditions, counseling and communication skills, substance abuse, culture, ethnicity, and health-related behavior with an emphasis on creating a competency in the diagnosis, treatment, management and referral of psychiatric conditions. Summer Phase I.

Credits: 3

PA 556 CM Genetics

Study of the basic concepts of genetics, genetic testing and social, legal, and ethical implications of genetic testing. Summer Phase I. Credits 1

PA 557 CM Geriatrics

Study of the unique physiologic, emotional and social aspects of the aging patient. Spring Phase I. Credits: 1

PA 595 Introduction to Evidence Based Healthcare

Introduction to review of medical literature and principles of evidence-based health care.

Summer Phase I. Credits: 2

PA 581 CM Infection and Immunology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning infectious disease and immunology. Summer Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 571 CM Nephrology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning nephrology. Fall Phase I. Credits: 4

PA 582 CM Dermatology, Eye, ENT

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning dermatology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology. Fall Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 583 CM Pulmonology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to pulmonary medicine. Fall Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 585 CM Cardiology and ECG

A comprehensive and integrated approach to cardiology and electrocardiogram. Fall Phase I. Credits: 4

PA 586 CM Gastroenterology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning gastroenterology. Fall Phase I.

Credits: 3

PA 587 CM Men’s Health

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning men’s health. Spring Phase I.

Credits: 1

PA 576 CM Hematology and Oncology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning hematology and oncology. Fall Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 577 CM Endocrinology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning endocrinology. Fall Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 590 CM Neurology

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning neurology. Spring Phase I.

Credits: 4

PA 591 CM Musculoskeletal

A comprehensive and integrated approach to orthopedics and rheumatology. Clinical skill sessions on splinting. Spring Phase I. Credits: 4

PA 592 CM Women’s Health

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning women’s health. Spring Phase I. Credits: 4

PA 593 CM Pediatric Medicine

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning pediatric medicine. Spring Phase I. Credits: 3

PA 596 CM Emergency Medicine

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning emergency medicine. Clinical skill sessions on suturing, IV's, and ACLS certification.

Summer Phase II. Credits: 4

PA 597 CM Surgery, Hospital Care

A comprehensive and integrated approach to learning surgery and inpatient medicine.  Clinical skill sessions on sterile technique and gowning/gloving. Summer Phase II. Credits: 3

PA 599 CM Whole Patient

A comprehensive and integrated approach to the whole patient. Clinical skill sessions on patient interviewing, physical exam skills and charting/coding. Summer Phase II. Credits: 3

CHP 510 Interprofessional Competence: Theory & Practice

Students from all programs in the College of Health Professions participate in case based lectures and discussions on topics relative to interprofessional practice. Fall & Spring Phase I.

Credits 0.5

PA 630 Family Medicine Rotation

Clinical rotation for 12 weeks in a family practice medical office setting preferably in a rural or community setting to include the care of adults, women and children. Phase II. Credits: 12

PA 631 Internal Medicine Rotation

Clinical rotation for 6 weeks in an internal medicine practice medical office setting. Phase II. Credits: 6

PA 633 Inpatient Medicine Rotation

Clinical rotation for 6 weeks in an in-patient setting including required readings in medicine practice. Phase II. Credits: 6

PA 634 Surgery Rotation

Clinical rotation for 6 weeks in a surgical setting with an emphasis on inpatient, outpatient, and the surgical arena. Phase II. Credits: 6

PA 636 Emergency Medicine Rotation

Clinical rotation for 6 weeks in an emergency department or trauma care setting. Phase II. Credits: 6

PA 637 Community Medicine Rotation

Clinical rotation for 6 weeks in a community medicine setting such as a prison, health department, family planning/STD clinic, international setting, community mental health or other community based locations.  Phase II. Credits: 6

PA 639 Primary Care Focus Rotation

Clinical rotation for 6 weeks in family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics or women’s healthcare as selected by the student. Phase II. Credits: 6

PA 665 Professional Practice Seminar I

One-week seminar course dealing with professional practice issues, journal club, ethics, diversity, and to assist the students with the development of the clinical project proposal. Fall Phase II. Credits: 1

PA 666 Professional Practice Seminar II

One-week seminar course dealing with professional practice issues, journal club, ethics and diversity. Fall Phase II. Credits: 1

PA 667 Professional Practice Seminar III

One-week seminar course dealing with professional practice issues, journal club, ethics and diversity. Spring Phase II. Credits: 1

PA 668 Professional Practice Seminar IV

One-week seminar course dealing with professional practice issues, journal club, ethics and diversity. Final Summer Phase II. Credits: 1

PA 696 Clinical Graduate Project

Student conducts a clinical project followed by on-site presentation of results to PA faculty and other PA students with a final written paper of publishable quality or poster presentation. Professional practice issues seminars and journal club. Phase II. Credits: 6