King's College - Physician Assistant

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions


Pa 451c — Medical Terminology (Independent Course)

A self-study learning module on medical terms and vocabulary for prospective PA students. Students are required to complete the programmed text prior to the beginning of the fall semester of the professional phase. This course grade is calculated into PA 581 Basic Medical Sciences grade for the fall semester.

PA 451 — Physical Diagnosis I

Students are taught how to elicit and properly record a complete medical history. Students are then taught how to perform a complete physical examination and how to integrate and interpret findings in such a way that they may determine the next diagnostic and therapeutic step. Communication skills and professionalism are also addressed. Topics in Medical Anthropology are also presented and discussed.

PA 553 — Clinical Medicine I

A comprehensive study of diseases with emphasis on etiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic measures involved in treating medical conditions. Topics include EENT, Dermatology, OB/GYN, and Pediatrics.

PA 473 — Diagnostic Methods I

Students are instructed how to order and interpret diagnostic tests used in evaluating medical problems. During the fall semester both laboratory medicine and medical imaging are explored along with medical interviewing and documentation.

PA 581 — Basic Medical Science I

This course encompasses topics that are essential aspects to the practice of medicine. Areas of study include medical pharmacology, human anatomy and physiology and medical genetics.

PA 454 — Clinical Medicine II

A continuation of Clinical Medicine I. Topics include gastroenterology, cardiology, neurology, and behavioral health.

PA 564 — Specialty Medicine I

Emphasis is on the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical signs and symptoms of disease in medical subspecialty areas. Topics include pulmonology, urology, endocrinology, and infectious disease.

PA 474 — Diagnostic Methods II

This course is a continuation of Diagnostic Methods I including electro-cardiology and the completion of the physical assessment.

PA 482 — Basic Medical Sciences II

A continuation of Basic Medical Sciences I with the addition of Pharmacology II, gross anatomy lab and seminar topics including clinical observations and introduction to objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE).

PA 500 — Specialty Medicine II

A continuation of Specialty Medicine I with topics such as emergency medicine, surgery, cardiology II, orthopedics, and OSCEs.

PA 510 — Research Methodology

Students are taught the basic methodologies related to research and how to critically evaluate medical literature. Students will also learn the basic principles of evidence-based medicine and how to utilize current medical research to justify the treatment of medical conditions.  Students are also receive instruction in the history of the PA profession, and health care policies as they relate to PA practice.  Students will also have training in medical ethics as they prepare to enter clinical education.  

Professional (Clinical) Phase


PA 515 Emergency Medicine (6 credits)

PA 520 Internal Medicine (6 credits)

PA 525 Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 credits)

PA 530 Pediatrics (6 credits)

PA 535 Psychiatry (6 credits)

PA 540 General Surgery (6 credits)

PA 545 Family Practice I (6 credits)

PA 550 Family Practice II (6 credits)

PA 555 Elective Rotation (6 credits)

Students complete 6 week rotations in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery and an elective rotation. Toward the end of the student’s training they will complete a 12 week preceptorship in Family Medicine.

PA 560 Capstone Course (4)

                 Students will complete a master’s project using up –to- date medical research. They must also pass a computer-based and practical summative examination.







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