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Fall Semester Year 1

 BAHS 7000 Gross Anatomy, 5 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Edward Pettus, PhD

This course introduces students to structure of the human body.  Lectures, interactive, computer programs, and texts are chosen to assist in active laboratory learning. Students will plan, dissect, and present their findings as they pertain to specific course objectives.  Through critical thinking and active dissection students will learn a foundation of anatomy, and will also learn how to build upon this as their specialized interests continue to develop.  

 

BAHS 7001 Foundations of Medical Science, 3 cr   

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Jonie Fawley, MMSc, PA-C

Basic concepts in biochemistry,   microbiology and pharmacology are introduced.  The biochemistry section introduces basic concepts including protein structure, enzymes, nucleic acids, metabolic pathways and metabolism.  The medical microbiology section introduces basic concepts of pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention.  The pharmacology section introduces basic concepts in drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.  It also covers basic concepts in pharmacokinetics.

 

PAE 7100 Becoming a Physician Assistant I, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Allan Platt MMSc, PA-C

The first of four courses in exploring the patient communications, social, regulatory, ethical and professional aspects of becoming a physician assistant.  This semester focuses on developing effective communication skills with patients and other health care providers.  An emphasis on historical data collection using patient simulations and clinical experiences is included. Specialty sections of the medical history such as the genetic and nutritional history are introduced.

 

PAE 7102, Introduction to Patient Assessment, 5 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director:  LeAnne Martinelli, RPh, MMSc, PA-C

This course focuses on developing foundational physical examination skills.  Didactic lectures on exam techniques and basic interpretation of physical exam findings are given.  Physical exam skills labs, patient simulations, and small group discussions provide opportunities to develop critical reasoning skills essential to patient evaluation and management

 

PAE 7105 Biomedical Ethics, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: John Banja. PhD

Examination of ethical rules, principles, and theories as they relate to health care delivery issues using a case presentation format and discussion of the ethical issues.  Application of these issues will continue through the system and population modules within case discussions.

 

PAE 7301 Fundamentals of Psychiatry, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Erin Lepp MMSc, PA

Basic psychiatric manifestations and how to work with both patients and families exhibiting psychological problems are examined. Topics include psychiatric diagnosis, the effect of society on behavior, the basis of drug and alcohol abuse, and basic intervention and treatment modalities

 Spring Semester Year 1

 PAE 7002 Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistics. 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Jodie Guest, PhD

Basic concepts of descriptive and analytic epidemiology are presented and discussed.  Topics covered include measures of disease frequency, probability, overview of epidemiologic study designs, sample size, hypothesis testing, tests of  significance (p-values, confidence intervals, chi-square tests), measures of data quality and bias, multivariate models, survival analysis, and causality.  Each of these concepts is taught with a focus on how to read and interpret the medical literature to allow a clinical career driven by evidence based medicine. 

 

PAE 7101 Becoming a Physician Assistant II, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Karen A. Newell, MMSc, PA-C / Erin Lepp, MMSc, PA

This is the second of a four part course exploring the various topics which contribute to becoming a well-rounded physician assistant.  Three major areas are covered including dimensions of human sexual expression, effective communication skills for working with patients and their families and fundamentals of health promotion and disease prevention.

 

PAE 7200 Fundamentals of Dermatology, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Lissette Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This course provides an integrated approach to understanding the pathophysiology of dermatologic disorders and the rationale for their therapy.  Material is introduced in a stepwise fashion beginning with physiology, progressing to the pathophysiology, clinical features and treatment of representative disorders. Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of the basic functions of these organ systems, manifestation of disease both local and systemic, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment

 

PAE 7201 Fundamentals of Hematology/ Oncology/HIV, 3 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Allan Platt MMSc, PA-C

This course examines the physical manifestation, evaluation of laboratory and clinical data, differential diagnosis and treatment of major disorders of the hemopoetic system. Included in this course are common laboratory tests used in the evaluation of other anatomic systems including the significance of abnormal findings. Basic principles of immunology and oncology and HIV patient care are discussed.

 

PAE 7206 Fundamentals of Gastroenterology, 4 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Karen A. Newell, MMSc, PA-C

This course provides an integrated approach to understanding the pathophysiologic basis of common gastrointestinal, hepatic and nutritional disorders as well as the pharmacological rationale for their therapy.  The nutrition section covers the basic science of human nutrition and relates the biochemical and physiological aspects of nutrition to health and disease.  Students are introduced to the clinical approach to these disorders, including physical examination, clinical, laboratory and radiographic findings necessary for diagnosis and management. Cases are used throughout the course to support student integration of content into a unified approach to the patient.

PAE 7204 Fundamentals of Pulmonology, 5 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Michele Emory MMSc, PA-C

This module provides an understanding of pathophysiologic basis of disorders fo the eye, ear, nose and throat as well as pharmacological rational for their therapy. This module also includes the basic and medical sciences, physical examination, signs and symptoms, evaluation methods including arterial blood gases, diagnosis, management and treatment of EENT and pulmonary disorders.  Attention is focused on acute and chronic respiratory disturbances.  Cases are used throughout the course to support student integration of content into a unified approach to the patient.

 

Summer Semester Year 1

 PAE 7102 Becoming a Physician Assistant III, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Allan Platt MMSc, PA-C

The third of four courses in the bPA series. This course continues the discussion on professional development topics pertinent to employment and practice as a PA such as licensing and credentialing, medical coding and billing, healthcare financing and delivery systems, and career and leadership opportunities. Allied health professions, and healthcare resources are research topics for peer presentation. Employment opportunities, resume development and career choices are discussed.

 

PAE 7203 Fundamentals of Cardiology, 5 cr

Spring First Year, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: LeAnne Martinelli, RPh, MMSc, PA-C

This module explores all aspects of cardiovascular medicine including physical examination and history taking as it relates to cardiovascular disorders and analysis of symptoms and signs in developing a differential of common complaints.  Common cardiac and peripheral vascular disorders are introduced through lectures that focus on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic work-up and management.  The use and interpretation of common lab and radiologic/imaging studies are explored.  Additionally, the principles of electrocardiology, its interpretation and application in clinical practice are introduced.   Cases are used throughout the course to support student integration of content into a unified approach to the patient

 

PAE 7205 Fundamentals of Endocrinology, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors:   Erin Lepp MMSc, PA

Manifestations, evaluation methods, diagnosis, management and treatment of endocrinologic disorders will be presented.  Major topics of the course include normal and abnormal sexual development, normal and abnormal growth and pubertal development, reproductive endocrinology, infertility, glucose homeostasis, diabetes, pituitary disorders, thyroid physiology and disease, adrenal disorders, endocrine hypertension, and disorders of mineral metabolism. Students will utilize clinical cases to integrate theory into practical management processes.

 

PAE 7207 Fundamentals of Nephrology and Genitourinary Disease, 4 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course director:  Ami Stee, MMSc, PA-C

Renal and genitourinary disease are examined in this course including the physical manifestation of disease, examination, laboratory and imaging evaluation, diagnosis and clinical management of disorders including acid-base balance.   Cases are used throughout the course to support student integration of content into a unified approach to the patient.

 

PAE 7208 Fundamentals of Rheumatology and Orthopedics, 3 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Karen A. Newell, MMSc, PA-C

This course explores all aspects of common diseases/injuries of the bones and joints including the examination, laboratory and imaging evaluation, diagnosis and clinical management of associated etiologies.
Additionally, this course provides an integrated approach to understanding the pathophysiologic basis of many common rheumatologic disorders as well as the pharmacological rationale for their treatment. 
Cases are used throughout the course to support student integration of content into a unified approach to the patient.


 

Fall Semester Year 2

PAE 7103 Becoming a Physician Assistant IV, 2 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: William Bryson, MMSc, PA-C

This course continues the discussion on professional development topics pertinent to employment and practice as a PA such as licensing and credentialing, medical coding and billing, avoiding malpractice, healthcare financing and delivery systems, and career and leadership opportunities. Students continue with their clinical encounters and continue with their professional portfolio.
 

PAE 7209 Fundamentals of Neurology, 3 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Jonie Fawley, MPAS, PA-C

The course provides an integrated approach to understanding the pathophysiologic basis of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system as well as the pharmacological rationale for their therapy.  Students are introduced to the clinical approach to these disorders, including physical examination, clinical laboratory, and radiologic findings and various management methods.  Cases are used throughout the course to support student integration of content into a unified approach to the patient.

PAE 7300 Fundamentals of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Ami Steele, MMSc, PA-C

This course is designed to provide an introduction to women's health, obstetrics and gynecology.  Screening, counseling, and health promotion are taught as components of the primary care of women.  The focus is on the evaluation of the reproductive health of women through the various life stages.

 

 

PAE 7306 Fundamentals of Pediatrics, 3 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Erin Lepp, MMSc, PA

This course explores the physical and psychological fundamentals of normal growth and development and introduces the evaluation, diagnosis and management of the major illnesses and conditions common to the pediatric population.  Emphasis is placed on developing assessment skills, integration of basic science with clinical indicators.  Students are expected to participate in case-based discussions covering pediatric pathology, organ system specific disorders and preventive medicine.  Evaluation includes quizzes and a final, cumulative examination.

 PAE 7305 Fundamentals of Surgery and Emergency Medicine, 5 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director:  Karen A. Newell, MMSc, PA-C

The emergency medicine portion of this module will provide an introduction to current diagnosis and clinical management of acute trauma including head and neck, thoracic, abdominal, and facial injuries/fractures. Additionally, the emergency presentation, evaluation and management of shock, environmental injuries, thermal burns, toxicology, altered mental status, near-drowning, anaphylaxis and other emergencies not already covered in the organ system and population based modules will also be covered.  BLS and ACLS instruction, testing and certification will also be included in this module.  A FAST Exam (Ultrasound) lab will expose students to the basic concepts and skills used in the ED setting.

The surgery portion of this module will provide an introduction to the clinical management of  surgical patients to include topics such as Pre and Post-Op evaluation, order writing, IV and blood products, nutrition of the surgical patient, common surgical procedures, wound healing, lacerations, suture materials and skin stapling, common surgical instruments and devices.  Additionally, technical skills are demonstrated including labs on aseptic technique, surgical knot tying and suturing.  

The critical care portion of this module will provide an overview of some of the common topics and skills used in the management of the seriously ill patient to include:  airway, shock, mechanical ventilation, acid base status, arterial lines and central venous catheters.  Practical case scenarios will be applied.

PAE 7304 Fundamentals of Geriatrics, 3 cr

Didactic Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Director: Jonie Fawley, MPAS, PA-C

This course focuses on the special needs of the elder population with particular emphasis on providing the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and manage common problems in older adults.  

Clinical Year

PAE 7400 Psychiatry, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This required clinical rotation provides the student with exposure to the principles and practice of psychiatry.   The student’s techniques in history-taking, physical examination, and health behavior counseling will be refined.  The student will develop an increased understanding of the social, economic, and psychological factors related to the patient and family members of a patient with a mental illness.

 

 

PAE 7401 General Surgery, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This required clinical rotation provides the student with exposure to the principles and practices of general surgery. Emphasis is on the management of patients who present with surgical problems. The student will be responsible for pre-operative evaluation of patients, including history taking, appropriate physical examination, assessment, and ordering appropriate laboratory examinations.

The student will assist in the operating room, will learn to write pre and post-operative notes, and care for the post-operative patient. The student will develop an increased understanding of how to function as part of the surgical team and how to communicate effectively with the patient, the team and the patient’s family, as well as other health care professionals and auxiliary staff.

PAE 7402 Emergency Medicine, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This required clinical rotation provides the student with exposure to the emergency medicine department.  Emphasis is on the student assessing patient acuity, disease state, and appropriate management within the confines of the Emergency Department.  The student’s technique in history taking, physical exam and treatment plan will be refined.  It is expected that the student will participate as a member of a team in the assessment and care of major and minor emergencies and learn proper disposition of patients.

PAE 7403 Obstetrics/Gynecology, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This required rotation is designed for students to participate in well women’s health including health maintenance and screening.  Emphasis is placed on all the stages of the female life span including menarche, family planning, childbearing, peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause.  Included within these stages, emphasis will be on the recognition and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, ovarian, breast and uterine cancer, and evaluation and treatment of common ambulatory gynecologic problems.  Students will learn pre-natal counseling and care, and may have exposure to delivery and labor.

PAE 7405 Pediatrics, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

The pediatric rotation is a required experience in the ambulatory care of neonates, infants, children and adolescents. The rotation is intended to provide the opportunity to refine the techniques of history-taking and physical examination specific to the pediatric population, and to provide experience in parental education and guidance, appropriate milestone recognition, illness, injury and accident prevention, and care unique to the needs of the adolescent patient.

PAE 7406 Internal Medicine Inpatient Medicine, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This required clinical rotation provides the student with exposure to the principles and practice of internal medicine.  Emphasis is on caring for the acutely ill adult patient who requires hospitalization.  The student will be responsible for admission history-taking, physical examination, assessment and formulation of a plan and problem list, writing progress notes and ensuring that all diagnostic tests are completed and reported to the team.  During this rotation, students will participate in patient rounds and patient presentations and attend didactic sessions as available.  The student will develop an increased understanding of how to function as part of the medical team and how to communicate effectively with the patient, the team, the patient’s family as well as other healthcare professionals and ancillary staff.

PAE 7407 Family Medicine, 5 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

This required clinical rotation provides the student with exposure to the principles and practice of family medicine.  Emphasis is on disease prevention and health maintenance in adults and children, throughout the lifespan.  The student’s techniques in history-taking, physical examination, and health behavior counseling will be refined.  The student will develop an increased understanding of the social, economic, and environmental factors related to the family and extended family.

PAE 7500, 7501, 7502 Elective I, II, III, 5 cr each

Clinical Phase, Medical Specialty Elective, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Catherine Dragon, MMSc, PA-C, Liz Valdes, MMSc, PA-C

These elective rotations provide the student with the opportunity to gain additional experience in one of the core disciplines or to supplement the foundational core rotations with specialty disciplines in medicine. Emphasis is on the management of patients within the specialty discipline.

In a medicine subspecialty, the student will be responsible for evaluation of patients, including history taking, appropriate physical examination, assessment, and ordering appropriate laboratory examinations. Attention should be directed to learning how a primary care provider should manage a patient presenting with a disease/condition prior to referring to this specialty and how a primary care provider should manage the patient once returned to their management.

In a surgical specialty, the student will be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative evaluation of patients, including history taking, appropriate physical examination, assessment, and ordering appropriate laboratory examinations. Attention should be directed to learning how a primary care provider should manage a potential surgical candidate prior to consulting the surgical discipline, and how a primary care provider should manage the patient once returned to their management.

 PAE 7081 Senior Thesis I, 2 cr

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Jodie Guest, PhD

Students will identify a thesis topic from initial research of the literature.  These topics will be approved

based on meeting the requirements: clinically relevant unanswered question in the literature and availability

of published studies to discuss.  After approval of topic and relevant references, the students will develop a

detailed outline of their thesis paper.

 

PAE 7802 Senior Thesis II, 2 cr

 

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Jodie Guest, PhD

In this course, students will continue the work started in Senior Thesis I (PA 7801) and build upon their detailed outline.  Students will create a draft paper in this course in the format of the journal to which they are submitting the paper.  Students will peer edit papers and provide quality comments and suggestions.  After the drafts have been revised through the peer editing process, the drafts are submitted to faculty for feedback.

PAE 7803 Senior Thesis III, 2 cr

 

Clinical Phase, Required, Letter Grade

Course Directors: Jodie Guest, PhD

In this course, students will finalize the drafts submitted in PA 7802 as they are prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.  Students will then refine the thesis for an oral presentation and a poster presentation.