Course Descriptions For Fall of 2015
PA 450 — Diagnostic Methods 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. Students are instructed how to order and interpret diagnostic tests used in evaluating medical problems.
PA 554 — 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 and pediatrics.
PA 556— Clinical Medicine II
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 dermatology, infectious Disease and behavioral health.
PA 475 — Basic Medical Sciences 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. Seminar topics include: healthy lifestyle changes such as weight management, nutrition, and tobacco cessation. Issues of domestic violence, and sexual assault are addressed, as are issues of cardiac and PT rehabilitation and Hospice and end of life issues.
Pa 475c — 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 475 Basic Medical Sciences I grade for the fall semester.
PA 455 — Diagnostic Methods II
This course is a continuation of Diagnostic Methods I and includes electro-cardiology, diagnostic imaging and the completion of the physical assessment.
PA 557 — Clinical Medicine III
Emphasis is on the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical signs and symptoms of disease in medical subspecialty areas. Topics include: gastroenterology, neurology and cardiology.
PA 558 — Clinical Medicine IV
Emphasis is on the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical signs and symptoms of disease in medical subspecialty areas. Topics include: pulmonology, urology, endocrinology and gynecology/obstetrics.
PA 476 — Basic Medical Sciences II
A continuation of Basic Medical Sciences I with the addition of Pharmacology II, gross anatomy lab, medical anthropology and seminar topics including an introduction to objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE).
PA 559 — Clinical Medicine V
Emphasis is on the etiology, pathophysiology, and clinical signs and symptoms of disease in medical subspecialty areas. Topics include: emergency medicine, general surgery, cardiology II, orthopedics and a continuation of OSCEs and an introduction to clinical observations.
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 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
Students will complete a master’s project using up –to- date medical research. They must also pass a computer-based and practical summative examination.