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Catalog 2014 - 2015

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, and professionalism. Presentations, lectures and workshops are provided during the course to assist students in preparing for the PA National Certifying Examination after graduation. Assessment is conducted using practical examinations, oral exams, case presentations, attendance and participation, documentation of care experiences, and written examinations.

MPAS 5201. PA Master's Project

3 SCH. This course introduces students to requirements for completion of their PA Master's Project through lecture, reading assignments, and practice workshops. Students conduct independent review and analysis of medical literature relating to medical practice while focusing on published research and clinical evidence. Students are expected to complete a written assignment. In doing so, they must demonstrate initiative and active involvement in completion of all related assignments. Assessment is based upon satisfactory timely completion of written assignments and all related materials. Pass/No Pass.

MPAS 5203. Dermatology

2 SCH. This course introduces the most common dermatologic disorders encountered in primary care. Students learn relevant epidemiology, demographics, pathophysiology, expected history and physical findings, relevant laboratory and imaging studies, treatments, monitoring, and opportunities for patient education, health promotion, and disease prevention. Learning is facilitated through lectures, labs, case studies, and self-directed study. Assessment is conducted using written and lab examinations.

MPAS 5204. Introduction to ECG

2 SCH. This course uses lecture, reading assignments, and practice workshops to educate the PA student on the utilization and interpretation of the 12-lead and rhythm electrocardiograms. Course content includes electrophysiology of the heart, basic components of the electrocardiogram, evaluation of a 12 lead electrocardiogram, and the recognition of common cardiac rhythm abnormalities. Assessment is conducted using quizzes and a comprehensive final exam.

MPAS 5205. Clinical Skills

2 SCH. This course teaches students basic clinical skills. Areas of focus include suturing, sterile technique, casting, venipuncture, injection and intravenous techniques, male and female genitalia examinations, and endotracheal intubation. During this course, students will be certified in American Heart Association Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Assessment is accomplished through written examinations, participation, and performance of clinical skills.

MPAS 5207. Principles of Evidence Based Medicine

2 SCH. This course equips students with the ability to interpret and appraise evidence in the medical literature and apply such concepts in clinical decision-making. The course includes use of a journal club to focus on practical application skills through discussions, activities, focused readings, group sharing, and presentations. Lectures introduce basic concepts, clinical research designs, biostatistics, and biases and limitations of medical literature. Assessment is conducted using written assignments, presentations, quizzes, and exams.

MPAS 5208. Clinical Anatomy 2

2 SCH. This course is a continuation of Clinical Anatomy I and facilitates the study of human anatomical structures, their function, and their relationship to selected disease processes with emphasis on the application of this knowledge to PA and PT practice. Learning strategies utilized include lectures, group activities, team-based learning activities, laboratory-based studies, anatomical models, plastinated specimens, prosected cadavers, and anatomy software. Regional and topographical findings are correlated with the underlying structures. This course focuses on the anatomical relationships of organs and organ systems and how these relationships inform and influence diagnosis and therapy. Assessments are done using both written and lab practical methods.

MPAS 5211. Medical Interviewing

2 SCH. This course will teach the PA student to conduct and document a complete medical history. A series of lectures will define the rules, norms, and ethics governing the collection and documentation of medical information as well as detail the structure and function of the complete medical history. Structured writing exercises are assigned which give the PA student an opportunity to apply what they have learned to a simulated patient encounter. Assessment is conducted using written examinations, videotaped exercises, and writing assignments.

MPAS 5232. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Practice

2 SCH. This course stresses the role of the PA 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 system. Emphasis on the practical application of health promotion and preventive medicine principles/goals is included. Assessment is conducted using quizzes, reflective discussion board assignments, group presentations and a comprehensive final exam.

MPAS 5241. Supervised Practice I

2 SCH. This course will introduce students to direct patient care and integrate knowledge and skills acquired through previous coursework. Students will have practical experiences in clinical settings that provide them with opportunities to refine their medical interviewing and physical exam skills. Students may participate in developing treatment plans. Clinical decision-making and differential diagnostic skills are developed through small group and individual reflection activities. Assessment is conducted using quizzes and practical examinations.

MPAS 5242. Supervised Practice II

2 SCH. This course facilitates transitioning into the clinical year by continuing to integrate medical knowledge and skills and by further developing clinical reasoning skills. Lecture, discussion, self-directed learning activities, and practical experiences are incorporated into this course. Students continue to participate in clinical experiences and refine data collection, differential diagnosis, medical documentation, clinical decision-making and patient presentation skills. Assessment is conducted using oral presentations, quizzes and practical examinations.

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 prepares the PA Student for underserved primary care practice by examining cultural concepts and social issues related to the health of diverse patient populations. Through lecture presentations, class discussions, and group interactions PA students explore the factors that affect delivery of healthcare to underserved populations including resource management, cultural issues, institutional barriers and provider bias. Assessment is conducted using group projects and quizzes.

MPAS 5322. Physical Diagnosis

3 SCH. This course introduces students to skills used in developing a differential diagnosis. Students learn to elicit a problem-focused history and physical and analyze those findings, augmented by information gathered from the interpretation of lab/diagnostic studies, to arrive at a possible diagnosis given selected findings. Assessment is conducted using written and lab examinations, independent study, group assignments, and writing assignments.

MPAS 5350. Professional Issues for Medical Practice

3 SCH. This course provides introductory-level instruction on a variety of issues relevant to PA professional practice and membership in the profession. Through lecture presentations, class discussions, and group interactions, students are introduced to topics on health care delivery systems, health care policy, patient safety and risk management, quality of care, public health and medical ethics. Students explore issues related to self-assessment, competency, licensure, and inter-professional practice. Assessment is conducted using written assignments, examinations, peer-assessment, and group projects.

MPAS 5401. Clinical Anatomy 1

4 SCH. This course facilitates the study of human anatomical structures, their function, and their relationship to selected disease processes with emphasis on the application of this knowledge to PA and PT practice. Learning strategies utilized include lectures, group activities, team-based learning activities, laboratory-based studies, anatomical models, plastinated specimens, prosected cadavers, and anatomy software. Regional and topographical findings are correlated with the underlying structures. This course focuses on neurological, muscular, skeletal, and head/neck anatomy and relationships and how these relationships inform and influence diagnosis and therapy. Assessments are done using computer-based, written, and lab practical methods.

MPAS 5404. Clinical Pharmacology

4 SCH. This course introduces principles of pharmacology to develop understanding and application of effective and safe therapeutic regimens for patients. Course objectives involve learning basic principles of pharmacology such as pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug absorption, metabolism and excretion. 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 writing prescriptions and dosage calculation. Assessment is conducted using written examinations, to include a comprehensive final examination.

MPAS 5410. Introduction to Disease

5 SCH. This course introduces the basic etiologies and pathogenesis that underlie diseases. Through lecture presentations and case discussions, students are introduced to the origin and development of most diseases, emphasizing injury due to inflammatory, vascular, immunologic, neoplastic, developmental, genetic, and infectious mechanisms. Assessment is conducted using written examinations.

MPAS 5412. Physical Exam Skills with Lab

5 SCH. This is a lecture and laboratory-based 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 emphasized. The course includes instruction on proper documentation of the physical exam and use of appropriate medical terminology. Students are introduced to selected abnormal findings found in the physical examination. Assessment is conducted using written examinations, practical examinations, written assignments, and participation in lab sessions.

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 Director of Clinical Education (or designee) for the PA program. Students develop educational objectives for this practicum, which must also be approved by the Director of Clinical Education (or designee) and agreed to by the clinical preceptor. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, completion of a reflective written assignment, and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

MPAS 5451. Underserved Clinical Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on the unique relationship between the primary care provider and the patient population in underserved settings. Students learn the aspects of providing care, as well as, the health care resources available in underserved communities. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

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 up to age 18. Students 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. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

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 the opportunity to develop an understanding of the role of PA's, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses in the care of psychiatric patients. Students develop the skills necessary to evaluate, monitor and manage common mental health problems. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

MPAS 5458. Obstetrics 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 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 postnatal care, and menopause. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

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. Students 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. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

MPAS 5460. Inpatient Practicum

4 SCH. This is a supervised clinical experience that focuses on practice-based learning within the inpatient setting. Experiences in the inpatient 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. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, completion of a reflective written assignment, and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

MPAS 5612. Human Physiology

5 SCH. This course is an advanced study of the physiology of human organs, systems, and cellular function. Basic knowledge of metabolism and nutrition is also included. This course will highlight physiological principles that apply to clinical medicine, disease processes, and pharmacotherapeutics. Learning strategies include didactic lectures which are supplemented with relevant clinical case discussion. Assessment is conducted using written examinations.

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 student will perform or assist in procedures commonly used in internal medicine. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

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. This course is designed for the student to demonstrate their cognitive ability while applying practical standards of care. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

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. Assessment is conducted using preceptor evaluations, end of rotation examination and participation in patient care and PASS Day activities.

MPAS 5901. Integrated PA Clinical Medicine 1

9 SCH. This course introduces the most common disorders encountered in primary care relative to Pulmonology, Cardiology, and Orthopedics/Rheumatology. The course is taught in block format and focuses upon diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and patient management. Students also learn the relevant epidemiology, demographics, pathophysiology, expected history and physical, laboratory and imaging studies, treatments, and monitoring. Important patient education, health promotion, and disease prevention will be included. Learning is facilitated by lectures, labs, case studies, small groups, self-directed study and individual activities. Assessment is conducted using written and lab examinations, independent study and group assignments, and writing assignments.

MPAS 5902. Integrated PA Clinical Medicine 2

9 SCH. This course introduces the most common disorders encountered in primary care relative to Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, and Hematology. The course is taught in block format and focuses upon diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and patient management. Students also learn the relevant epidemiology, demographics, pathophysiology, expected history and physical, laboratory and imaging studies, treatments, and monitoring. Important patient education, health promotion, and disease prevention will be included. Learning is facilitated by lectures, labs, case studies, small groups, self-directed study and individual activities. Assessment is conducted using written and lab examinations, independent study and group assignments, and writing assignments

MPAS 5903. Integrated PA Clinical Medicine 3

9 SCH. This course introduces the most common disorders encountered in primary care relative to Urology/Nephrology, Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, and Emergency Medicine. The course is taught in block format and focuses upon diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and patient management. Students also learn the relevant epidemiology, demographics, pathophysiology, expected history and physical, laboratory and imaging studies, treatments, and monitoring. Important patient education, health promotion, and disease prevention will be included. Learning is facilitated by lectures, labs, case studies, small groups, self-directed study and individual activities. Assessment is conducted using written and lab examinations, independent study and group assignments, and writing assignments.

MPAS 5990. Physician Assistant Directed Studies

This course represents a unique classroom and/or laboratory-based learning experience designed with the needs of individual student in mind. It provides a student-centered alternative method to enhance or increase learning of subject(s) related to the study of health and disease. Course length and semester credit value vary based on content and schedule. Assessment varies according to subject matter.

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