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Physician Assistant Studies Course Descriptions

MPAS 5190. Senior Seminar

1 SCH. The senior seminar is a capstone course designed to assess the graduate competencies required for entry into the PA profession in the areas of knowledge base, patient management skills, written and oral communication skills, and professionalism, through the use of specifically designed assessment mechanisms and the review of comprehensive student portfolios. Presentations, lectures and workshops are also provided during the course to assist in students in preparing for the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) after graduation.

MPAS 5199. Physician Assistant Master's Project-Independent Study

3 SCH. The goals of this course are to motivate students to become life-long consumers of health information and to deepen their appreciation of scholarly activities in the Physician Assistant profession. This course is a continuation of MPAS 5201. Having developed a feasible Master's Project proposal in MPAS 5201, students will complete and present their Master's Project in this course. Faculty will be made available to guide and monitor the student's progress and assess the quality of the work presented.

MPAS 5201. Introduction to PA Master's Project

1 SCH. The goals of this course are to motivate students to become life-long consumers of health information and to deepen their appreciation of scholarly activities in the Physician Assistant profession. This course is designed to introduce the requirements of the MPAS Master's project and will facilitate development of a process which students will use to identify a research topic for their project. The project must be clinically relevant or relate to the Physician Assistant profession. At the end of this course, PA students will develop a feasible proposal for their Master's projects.

MPAS 5202. Emergency Medicine

2 SCH. This course introduces the student to common problems encountered in emergency medicine. Attention is given to evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of common conditions seen in emergency room settings. The course may include Clinical Integration Labs (CILs), conducted in workshop format, that teach patient management skills through case studies, patient presentations, and evaluation of outcomes. Effort is made to guide the students in developing the skills of medical problem solving and self-directed patient management.

MPAS 5203. Dermatology

2 SCH. This is a comprehensive course in the medical discipline of dermatology. Dermatologic conditions commonly encountered in primary care are presented with emphasis on the pathophysiology, presenting signs and symptoms, and diagnosis and management of these conditions as well as patient education strategies to prevent dermatologic disease. This course will be delivered utilizing lecture, practical skills lab, case-based clinical decision making labs, reading assignments, and may include self-study assignments.

MPAS 5204. Introduction to ECG

2 SCH. An interactive clinical medicine course designed to educate the Physician Assistant student on the basic utilization and interpretation of the 12-lead and rhythm electrocardiograms. This course will utilize lecture, reading assignments, and practice workshops. Course content includes an overview of the electrophysiology of the heart, basic components of the electrocardiogram, approach to the evaluation of an electrocardiogram, obtaining a 12 lead electrocardiogram and rhythm strip, and the recognition of common cardiac rhythm abnormalities.

MPAS 5205. Clinical Skills

2 SCH. This course is designed to teach students the basic clinical skills utilized in primary care practice. Areas of focus include suturing, sterile technique, casting, venipuncture, injection and intravenous techniques, male and female genitalia examinations, and endotracheal intubation. Students will be certified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

MPAS 5207. Principles of Evidence Based Medicine

2 SCH. The goal of this course is to provide students with basic clinical research knowledge and the use of such concepts in clinical decision making. Upon completion of this course the student should be competent in understanding biomedical literature, interpreting clinical data, and applying evidence derived from clinical research to clinical decision making.

MPAS 5208. Neuroanatomy

2 SCH. An analysis of the structure and function of the human peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems, including laboratory study of specimens of human brain and spinal cord. Learning strategies utilized include lectures and laboratory-based studies, anatomical models, and anatomy software. A variety of neuropathologies are analyzed as a basis for understanding nervous system function.

MPAS 5211. Medical Interviewing

2 SCH. This course is based upon a series of lectures and application exercises designed to teach medical interviewing techniques and communication skills. Learning activities focus on patient centered and provider guided interviewing processes useful in obtaining subjective information, defining symptoms, organizing data and documenting the patient chart. The course will incorporate the use of various documentation styles and the appropriate use of medical terminology.

MPAS 5232. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Practice

2 SCH. This is an interactive course that stresses the role of the physician assistant in health promotion and disease prevention in medical practice. Students are encouraged to consider the social, psychological, spiritual, economic, cultural and ethical aspects of health promotion within the challenges of the modern health care delivery system. Emphasis on the practical application of health promotion and preventive medicine principles and goals is included.

MPAS 5241. Supervised Practice I

2 SCH. This course is designed to introduce the student to direct patient care through supervised clinical experiences. Students will rotate in working clinics where they will have the opportunity to refine their medical interviewing and physical exam skills on actual patients with real medical concerns. Advanced medical documentation is introduced where students perform comprehensive History and Physical Exams as well as form assessments and tentative treatment plans on patients seen in clinic. Case presentation skills are improved through faculty-guided small group activities.

MPAS 5242. Supervised Practice II

2 SCH. This course provides supervised clinical experiences for the purposes of problem oriented patient data gathering and reporting on real or simulated patients. Clinical decision making and differential diagnostic skills, as well as disease scripting are further refined in this course through practical experiences and case presentations in small group discussion settings. Pass/Fail Grade.

MPAS 5302. Fundamentals of Behavioral Science

3 SCH. This course is designed to introduce the student to common psychosocial disorders encountered in primary care practice. The focus of this course is the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, clinical pharmacology, and opportunities for prevention of the most common presenting psychosocial disorders.

MPAS 5312. Culture/Diversity in Health Care

2 SCH. This course is a graduate level course designed to prepare the Physician Assistant for underserved primary care practice by examining cultural concepts and social issues related to the health of diverse patient populations. The effects of cultural competence of providers, economic resources, and institutional processes on health and healthcare for underserved populations are compared.

MPAS 5322. Physical Diagnosis

3 SCH. This course is designed to build upon the foundation laid by successful completion of Medical Interviewing and Physical Exam Skills. In Physical Diagnosis, you will learn how to organize, categorize, and prioritize patient information obtained during the medical interview and physical exam in order to form a differential diagnosis that will guide patient evaluation. Case-based learning is introduced and medical documentation is further refined. Disease scripting and clinical decision making will be introduced.

MPAS 5350. Professional Issues for Medical Practice

3 SCH. This course is a series of lectures and small group discussions of current topics on professional, legal, and ethical issues in health care that effect Physician Assistant practice. Topics important to the Physician-PA health care team are included, such as PA professional credentials and marketing, medical jurisprudence, health care organizations, health care policy, reimbursement issues, and office management skills. The course will also focus on ethical situations and dilemmas relevant to clinical practice and its relationship with the unique role of the Physician-PA team.

MPAS 5401. Gross Anatomy

4 SCH. The course is designed to study human anatomical structures and their function. Learning strategies utilized include lectures and laboratory-based studies, anatomical models, plastinated specimens, prosected cadavers, and anatomy software. Regional and topographical findings are also correlated with the underlying structures.

MPAS 5404. Clinical Pharmacology

4 SCH. This course introduces principles of pharmacology which will allow students to develop understanding and application of effective and safe therapeutic regimens for their patients. The course involves learning basic principles of pharmacology such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug absorption, metabolism and elimination. These basic components are applied to understanding commonly prescribed drugs and drug classes including their therapeutic application, mechanisms of action, adverse effects, and drug interactions. An integral part of the course is to learn and be proficient in writing prescriptions and includes drug calculations to insure appropriate dosage.

MPAS 5410. Introduction to Disease

5 SCH. This course introduces the basic etiologies and pathogene-sis that underlie all diseases. The course describes the mode of origin and development of most diseases, empha-sizing pathophysiology in the areas of tissue inflammation, dysplasia, micro-organisms, immunity, genetics and me-tabolism.

MPAS 5412. Physical Exam Skills

5 SCH. This is a lecture and laboratory course that focuses on the accurate acquisition of objective findings from a screening physical exam of the average patient. Psychomotor skills for performing exams, as well as verbal descriptions of exam findings are equally emphasized. The course also includes the proper documentation of the physical exam and the use of appropriate medical terminology in the documentation. An introduction of abnormal findings found in the physical examination is included to include their proper documentation in the physical history.

MPAS 5450. Elective Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience in an area chosen by the student, according to the student's individual clinical interest and approved by the Vice Chair, Clinical Services. Students are responsible for developing their own educational goals and objectives for this practicum.

MPAS 5451. Underserved Clinical Practicum

4 SCH. The focus of this practicum in the Underserved Primary Care Track is on the unique relationship between the primary care provider and the patient population in underserved settings. Students learn the special aspects of providing care in these settings, as well as the health care resources available in underserved communities.

MPAS 5454. Pediatrics Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the patient population that includes infants, small children and adolescents to age 18. Students will learn to evaluate, monitor and manage common pediatric problems and emergencies and act as a guide and resource to patients and their families as they progress through the growth and development from infancy through childhood and adolescence.

MPAS 5456. Psychiatry Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the evaluation and management of patients with a variety of psychiatric problems. The practicum will provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the role of physician assistants, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses in the care of psychiatric patients. There will be opportunities for students to practice the skills necessary to perform a psychiatric interview and mental status examination and make referrals for specialized psychiatric treatment.

MPAS 5458. Obsterics and Gynecology Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the impact of disease processes related to the reproductive system of female patients. Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, manage and educate patients in the areas of women's health, human sexuality, birth control, infertility, pregnancy, pre and post-natal care, and menopause.

MPAS 5459. Emergency Medicine Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary to recognize conditions that have the potential to progress to life threatening or potentially disabling conditions. The student will learn to triage and stabilize patients with life threatening or potentially disabling conditions, utilize lab and imaging studies, and interact with other health care professionals and victims' families in times of extreme stress.

MPAS 5460. Inpatient Practicum

4 SCH. This practicum focuses on practice-based learning within the inpatient setting. Experiences in the in-patient setting provide students with opportunities to learn the unique healthcare requirements of the hospitalized patient, including admission physical exams, documenting patient care, determining admission and discharge orders, and developing patient care plans that address dietary needs, ambulatory restrictions, and patient safety.

MPAS 5610. Human Anatomy with Lab

6 SCH. The course is designed to study human anatomical structures and their correlations with normal function, as well as clinically-relevant observations made during physical diagnosis in disease states. The course is accomplished through lectures and laboratory-based studies using prosected human cadaver specimens. Anatomical structures are emphasized through the use of relational concepts and medical terminology. Regional and topographical findings are also correlated with the underlying structures.

MPAS 5612. Human Physiology

5 SCH. This course is an advanced study of the physiology of human organ systems and cellular function focusing on endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, muscular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive and excretory systems. Understanding of this material provides students the physiological principles to apply to clinical medicine, disease processes, and pharmacotherapeutics.

MPAS 5853. Internal Medicine Practicum

8 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the adult patient population by concentrating on the evaluation and ongoing treatment of patients with complex medical problems and/or chronic illness. This practicum contains experiences in both the outpatient and inpatient setting for the discipline. the effects of chronic disease on multiple body systems and perform or assist in procedures commonly performed in internal medicine. This practicum contains experiences in both the outpatient and inpatient setting for the discipline.

MPAS 5855. Family Medicine Practicum

8 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that encompasses the treatment of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. It focuses on important aspects related to health maintenance and preventive care, and the traditional aspects of primary care as it relates to the patient, family and community. Students will develop the skills necessary to evaluate, monitor and manage common health problems.

MPAS 5857. Surgery Practicum

8 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the evaluation and management of the pre and post-surgical patient. Students gain experience in the operating room, including proper sterile technique, the efficient use of surgical instruments, and surgical techniques. This practicum contains experiences in general surgery and specialty surgery settings in outpatient and inpatient areas of the discipline.

MPAS 5901. Integrated PA Clinical Medicine 1

9 SCH. This course presents a multidimensional approach to the understanding of the most common clinical disorders in the following areas: pulmonology, cardiology and the cardiovascular system, and the musculoskeletal system. Attention will be given to diagnosis, pathophysiology, treatment, and outcome measurement of common disease processes encountered in primary care. The course will include clinical integration labs, conducted in workshop/laboratory formats, allowing maximum participation. Attention in the labs will be given to learning patient management through case studies, incorporating patient presentations, the development of differential diagnoses, the clinical approach to patient diagnosis, plus treatment options and outcome measurements. Effort is made to guide the students in the skills of medical problem-solving and self-directed patient management.

MPAS 5902. Integrated PA Clinical Medicine 2

9 SCH. This course presents a multidimensional approach to the understanding of the most common clinical disorders in the following areas: ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology , neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, endocrinology, geriatrics and hematology. Attention will be given to diagnosis, pathophysiology, treatment, and outcome measurement of common disease processes encountered in primary care. The course will include clinical integration labs, conducted in workshop/laboratory formats, allowing maximum participation. Attention in the labs will be given to learning patient management through case studies, incorporating patient presentations, the development of differential diagnoses, the clinical approach to patient diagnosis, plus treatment options and outcome measurements. Effort is made to guide the students in the skills of medical problem-solving and self-directed patient management.

MPAS 5903. Integrated PA Clinical Medicine 3

9 SCH. This presents a multidimensional approach to the understanding of the most common clinical disorders in the following areas: nephrology/genitourinary system, pediatrics, gastroenterology, and emergency medicine. Attention will be given to diagnosis, pathophysiology, treatment, and outcome measurement of common disease processes encountered in primary care. The course will include clinical integration labs, conducted in workshop/laboratory formats, allowing maximum participation. Attention in the labs will be given to learning patient management through case studies, incorporating patient presentations, the development of differential diagnoses, the clinical approach to patient diagnosis, plus treatment options and outcome measurements. Effort is made to guide the students in the skills of medical problem-solving and self-directed patient management.

MPAS 5990. Physician Assistant Directed Studies

1 - 23 SCH. PA Directed Studies. For use in alternative PA curriculum options.

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