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PA Curriculum-Didactic Phase

BAHS 7000      Gross Anatomy                                                                                  5 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students with exposure to human anatomy. Students will learn the structure of the human body through active participation in the classroom, interactive software programs, and in the planning, dissection, and presentation of findings in the laboratory setting.  Students will apply this foundational, anatomical knowledge to diseases and disorders in humans.

 

 

BAHS 7001      Foundations of Medical Science                                                        3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students with exposure to the basic sciences related to the practice of medicine.  Students will learn select topics in pathophysiology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, laboratory studies and be introduced to point of care ultrasound. Students will apply this foundational, science knowledge to diseases and disorders in humans.

 

 

PAE 7002         Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistics                                   2 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the basic concepts of descriptive and analytic epidemiology.  Students will learn to read and interpret medical literature as it relates to disease frequency, probability, study design, sample size, hypothesis testing, test significance, measures of data quality and bias, multivariate models, survival analysis, and causality for the practice of evidence based medicine. Students will develop these skills through live lectures, journal article discussions, assignments, readings and projects.

 

 

PAE 7100         Becoming a Physician Assistant I                                                      2 credit hours

Course Description:

This first course in a four-part series provides students with exposure to the social, regulatory, ethical and professional aspects of becoming a physician assistant.  Students will learn basic of genetics and nutrition as well as principles of human behavior, effective methods for obtaining historical data, and develop communication skills with patients and other health care providers through lectures, patient simulations, and clinical experiences.

 

 

PAE 7102         Introduction to Patient Assessment                                                 5 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students with the skills to perform a complete physical examination essential to patient evaluation and management.  Students will learn critical thinking skills, physical examination techniques, and interpretation and documentation of medical findings through participation in laboratory sessions, patient simulations, and small group discussions. 

 

 

PAE 7103         Biomedical Ethics                                                                               2 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to ethical principles and practice in health care.  Students will learn and apply ethical theories through case presentations and group discussion.

 

 

PAE 7104         Becoming a Physician Assistant II                                                     2 credit hours

Course Description:

This second course in a four-part series provides students with exposure to the social, regulatory, ethical and professional aspects of becoming a physician assistant.  Students will learn the fundamentals of health promotion and disease prevention, effective communication skills with patients and families, and dimensions of human sexuality. This course also addresses the sensitive psychosocial aspects of health care including sexuality, drug use and abuse.

 

 

PAE 7105         Becoming a Physician Assistant III                                                    2 credit hours

Course Description:

This third course in a four-part series provides students with exposure to the social, regulatory, ethical and professional aspects of becoming a physician assistant.  Students will learn the history of the physician assistant profession and practice specific topics including professional mobility, health care system structure, employment, credentialing, finance, intra-professional communication, leadership and need for lifelong learning. This course also provides students with exposure to the social, regulatory, ethical and professional aspects of becoming a physician assistant.  Students will learn principles of medical billing and coding, malpractice, licensing, health care finance and delivery system.

 

 

PAE 7106         Becoming a Physician Assistant IV                                                    2 credit hours

Course Description:

The fourth and final semester in the “Becoming a PA” course series focuses on professional development topics related to employment and practice, such as achieving certification, seeking employment, developing and fostering effective PA-physician team-based practice, and successful long-term functioning within the larger healthcare financing and delivery systems.  Students will continue to build their professional portfolios through didactic and clinical patient encounters throughout the semester.

 

 

PAE 7200         Fundamentals of Dermatology                                                         2 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of dermatologic disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of dermatologic and co-morbid disorders.  Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.  Students will obtain experience in point of care ultrasound and punch and shave biopsies through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7201         Fundamentals of Hematology/ Oncology/ HIV/ Immunology        3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles of immunology and practice of HIV, hematologic and oncologic disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic hematologic, oncologic and immunologic disorders and HIV.  Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.

 

 

PAE 7203         Fundamentals of Cardiology                                                             5 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of cardiovascular disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic cardiovascular and co-morbid disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.  Students will obtain experience in electrocardiography, heart sounds, point of care ultrasound and IV/venipuncture through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7204         Fundamentals of EENT & Pulmonology                                            5 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of eye, ear, nose, throat and lung disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic eye, ear, nose, throat, lung, and co-morbid disorders.  Students will also learn the basic science of nutrition as it relates to the biochemical and physiologic aspects in patients with eye, ear, nose, throat, and lung diseases and disorders.  Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations simulation, live lectures, online videos, podcasts and readings.  Students will obtain experience in interpreting chest X-rays, pulmonary function tests, arterial blood gasses, laboratory tests and chest computed tomography. They will obtain hands-on experience with intramuscular, interdermal and subcutaneous injections as well as pumonary and ocular point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7205         Fundamentals of Endocrinology                                                       3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of endocrinology disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic endocrine and co-morbid disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations. Students will obtain experience in relevant point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7206         Fundamentals of Gastroenterology                                                  4 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of gastrointestinal, hepatic, and nutritional disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic gastrointestinal and co-morbid disorders.  Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations, live lectures, online videos and readings.Students will obtain experience in nasogastric tube placement and point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7207         Fundamentals of Nephrology & Genitourinary Disease                  4 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of renal and genitourinary disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic renal, genitourinary, and co-morbid disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.  Students will obtain experience in performing the male genitourinary physical exam, rectal exam, urethral catheterization, urinalysis, and point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7208         Fundamentals of Rheumatology and Orthopedics                          3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of rheumatologic and orthopedic disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, genetics, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic rheumatologic, orthopedic, and co-morbid disorders.  Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations, live lectures, online videos and readings.Students will obtain experience in casting and splinting, special orthopedic techniques, arthrocentesis and point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7209         Fundamentals of Neurology                                                              3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of neurological disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic neurologic and co-morbid disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.  Students will obtain experience in lumbar puncture and point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7300         Fundamentals of Obstetrics & Gynecology                                      3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of pregnancy, obstetric and gynecologic disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition and genetic considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic obstetric, gynecologic and co-morbid disorders. The students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations simulation, live lectures, online videos, and readings.Students will obtain experience in performing the breast and pelvic physical examination and point of care ultrasound through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7301         Fundamentals of Psychiatry                                                              2 credit hours

Course Description:

The course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of psychiatric disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic psychological and co-morbid disorders.  Students will also learn the basic science of nutrition as it relates to the biochemical and physiologic aspects in patients with psychiatric disorders.  Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.

 

 

PAE 7304         Fundamentals of Geriatrics                                                               3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of geriatric disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic geriatric disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.

 

 

PAE 7305         Fundamentals of Surgery & Emergency Medicine                           5 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of surgical and emergency disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of surgical and emergent and co-morbid disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations, scenario simulation, live lectures, online videos and readings.Students will obtain experience in suturing, aseptic technique, gowning and gloving, surgical knot tying, point of care ultrasound, basic life support and advanced cardiac life support through laboratory instruction.

 

 

PAE 7306         Fundamentals of Pediatrics                                                               3 credit hours

Course Description:

This course provides students exposure to the principles and practice of pediatric disorders.  Students will learn the pathophysiology, epidemiology, presentation, physical examination findings, differential diagnosis, diagnostic work up, assessment, associated nutrition considerations, and treatment (including pharmacotherapeutic management) of acute and chronic pediatric and co-morbid disorders. Students will develop clinical decision-making skills through case presentations.  Students will obtain experience in performing the pediatric physical examination through laboratory instruction.