Course Descriptions

Professionalism and Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice I

PHA301

First in a three-part series, applying fundamental principles of ethics to medical dilemmas. Discussion and analysis of issues encountered focused on the issues of the dying patient. Introduction of various theories of ethics and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Analysis of professional codes, oaths and institutional standards in the provision of healthcare are discussed. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Fall Only.

Professionalism and Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice II

PHA302

Second in a three part series, applying fundamental principles of ethics to medical dilemmas. Discussion and analysis of issues encountered focused on the issues of diagnostics, research, and child abuse. Introduction of various theories of ethics and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Analysis of professional codes, oaths and institutional standards in the provision of healthcare are discussed. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PHA301. Spring Only.

Professionalism and Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice III

PHA303

Last in a three-part series, applying fundamental principles of ethics to medical dilemmas. Discussion and analysis of issues encountered focused on the issues of reproductive health, genetic research, elder abuse, and domestic violence. Introduction of various theories of ethics and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Analysis of professional codes, oaths and institutional standards in the provision of healthcare are discussed. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PHA302. Summer Only.

Clinical Laboratory Medicine

PHA305

Principles of laboratory and diagnostic testing used to identify pathophysiologic processes encountered in ambulatory and hospital settings; including rationale, appropriate technique, interpretation of results, treatment options, indications for referral, and communication of results to patients and other healthcare providers. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHA301 and PHA311 and PHA316 and PHA322 and PHA326 and PHA347 and PHA375. Spring Only.

History Taking/Interviewing Techniques

PHA311

Introduction and development of the skills required for medical history taking as they apply to pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients in a variety of settings. Medical history components are introduced in the classroom setting, then developed and reinforced with practical application in a laboratory environment. Emphasis is placed on conducting an appropriate patient interview, gathering, and synthesizing information to provide problem oriented patient care. Techniques in collection, recording, and documenting patient information, formulating differential diagnosis, application of appropriate ICD-10 billing and coding. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Medical Physiology/Pathophysiology

PHA316

Fundamental principles of cellular and molecular functions related to basic physiologic mechanisms of homeostasis in the human body and introduction to the pathophysiologic alterations which occur in these mechanisms leading to specific disease processes. Provides clinical correlation supporting concurrent coursework involving the treatment of disease in respect to organ systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, integumentary, digestive, genitourinary, reproductive, and lymphatic. 5 Credits (5 Lecture) Corequisite(s): PHA375. Fall Only.

Pharmacology I

PHA322

First in a three-part series, provides clinical correlation supporting concurrent coursework and introduces the pharmacologic principles and molecular concepts essential to making sound pharmacotherapeutic decisions. Study includes medication delivery, metabolism, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutical math, adverse effects, drug toxicity, drug interactions, and elimination. Emphasis placed on patient education/counseling regarding medication compliance, prescription writing techniques, and regulations surrounding prescriptive privileges. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): PHA347. Fall Only.

Clinical Procedures I

PHA326

First in a three-part series, providing the fundamental principles of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures routinely performed by physician assistants in ambulatory and hospital settings, including radiologic studies, routine therapeutic procedures, and procedures used in response to life threatening situations. Material integrates with concurrent coursework presented in clinical medicine. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Clinical Procedures II

PHA336

Second in a three-part series, providing the fundamental principles of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures routinely performed by physician assistants in ambulatory and hospital settings, including radiologic studies, routine therapeutic procedures, and procedures used in response to life threatening situations. Emphasis is placed on clinical documentation, EKG theory, and interpretation. Material integrates with concurrent coursework presented in clinical medicine. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHA326. Spring Only.

Physical Assessment I

PHA339

First in a two-part study of the development of complete physical examination skills, recognition of normal and abnormal findings, documentation of the exam in a systematic fashion, and oral presentation of physical exam data. Emphasis on assessment of the pediatric patient is included. Laboratory sessions provide opportunity for supervised "hands-on" practice of the material covered in lecture. Coursework is divided into components organized by body systems and integrates with the material concurrently presented in the Clinical Medicine series and Pediatrics. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Corequisite(s): PHA358 and PHA369. Spring Only.

Pharmacology II

PHA342

Second in a three-part series, provides clinical correlation supporting concurrent coursework and reinforces the pharmacologic principles and molecular concepts essential to making sound pharmacotherapeutic decisions. Study includes medication delivery, metabolism, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutical math, adverse effects, drug toxicity, drug interactions, and elimination. Emphasis placed on patient education/counseling regarding medication compliance, prescription writing techniques, and regulations surrounding prescriptive privileges. Learning methods include lecture format, clinical decision making, individual research, and case studies to integrate and synthesize course content. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PHA322. Corequisite(s): PHA369. Spring Only.

Principles of Clinical Medicine I

PHA347

First in a three-part series, using a systems approach to study the disease entities commonly encountered in ambulatory and hospitalized patients. Focus is on understanding illness, particularly the criteria for making a diagnosis (including an understanding of signs and symptoms), and developing and implementing the appropriate patient management plan. Analyses include evaluating normal and abnormal laboratory, diagnostic, and radiographic findings, when appropriate. Additional topics include issues related to the appropriate referral of patients. Principles and guidelines for organizing and developing a structured approach to thinking about patient care are addressed during lecture, with practical application in a simulated patient scenario format. The scenarios are complete and require thorough decision making at all levels, from patient presentation to treatment or referral, as appropriate. Exercises that involve review and interpretation of current medical literature promote development of lifelong learning skills. 5 Credits (3 Lecture - 6 Lab) Corequisite(s): PHA316 and PHA322 and PHA375. Fall Only.

Psychopathology

PHA348

Functional understanding of common psychiatric conditions encountered in the primary and emergency settings including current DSM guidelines for diagnosis provide course focus for an understanding of psychiatric illness. Structuring of the psychiatric interview and mental status assessment communicate the key to recognizing common disorders. Special emphasis will address the interaction of mental health and the physical presentation of the diseases including personality and normative responses to stress as well as the impact these factors have on patient management. Counseling skills used to help patients cope with illness and injury, follow treatment regimens, and modify behavior are introduced. Correlation of neurological anatomy and physiology to mental illness and treatment will be introduced. Clinical correlations of the psychiatric diagnosis will be presented in a case based format during laboratory sessions reinforcing lecture material. These sessions will entertain discussions regarding management strategies. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PSY111. Spring Only.

Community and Public Health

PHA352

Focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, the national health initiatives and health challenges across the lifespan and ethnocentricity are explored through an online approach. Interdisciplinary collaboration and resources provide an additional foundation. Topics covered include epidemiology of disease, environmental factors, both natural and man-made, community issues impacting patient and public health and safety, allocation of medical resources, private and public social service organizations that advocate and assist patients with health care needs and the health challenges and initiatives to address America’s top medical concerns - Healthy People. The cultural backgrounds of patients, communities, public health needs, and the disparities in healthcare delivery are explored. Assignments emphasize the impact of age, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation on the community, interdisciplinary providers, and health care delivery. Further integration of these factors with the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, interdisciplinary collaboration, and cultural disparities demonstrates the complexity of medical care in the United States. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity, Writing Enriched) Summer Only.

Issues in Physician Assistant Practice

PHA353

Historical review of the physician assistant profession and the role that physician assistants perform in the current healthcare delivery system. The range of responsibilities and functions of Physician Assistants, as well as the nature of their relationship to physicians and other healthcare providers is explored. Current legal regulations affecting PA practice is reviewed. Classroom discussions focus on professional, medical-legal, and political factors currently impacting the profession. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): PHA352. Summer Only.

Pediatrics

PHA358

Study of the issues of childhood development and the childhood medical illnesses encountered in general pediatric practice. Course work is broadly focused, from infancy through childhood and adolescence. Emphasis is on the normal growth and development of a well-child. Topics include clinical presentations of infections; skin disorders; behavior; nutrition; ear, nose, and throat disorders; GI complaints; pulmonary, orthopedic, urological, genetic, and neurological conditions; and ethical issues surrounding child abuse, genetic disorders, and management of chronic illnesses. Clinical correlations of pediatric diagnoses are presented in a case-based format during laboratory sessions reinforcing lecture material. Course work integrates with material concurrently covered in Physical Assessment I, PHA 339. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): PHA339. Spring Only.

Clinical Procedures III

PHA359

Final course in a three-part series, providing the fundamental principles of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures routinely performed by physician assistants in ambulatory and hospital settings, including radiologic studies, routine therapeutic procedures, and procedures used in response to life threatening situations. Emphasis is placed on surgical procedures and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Learning methods include lecture format, patient evaluation, clinical decision making, individual research, documentation, case studies, appropriate technique, indications for referral, and patient education/counseling. Material integrates with concurrent coursework presented in clinical medicine. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHA336. Corequisite(s): PHA372 and PHA380. (Science, Technology and Society) Summer Only.

Clinical Pharmacology III

PHA362

Final course in a three-part series, provides clinical correlation supporting concurrent coursework and reinforces the pharmacologic principles and molecular concepts essential to making sound pharmacotherapeutic decisions. Study includes medication delivery, metabolism, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutical math, adverse effects, drug toxicity, drug interactions, and elimination. Emphasis placed on patient education/counseling regarding medication compliance, prescription writing techniques, and regulations surrounding prescriptive privileges. Learning methods include lecture format, clinical decision making, individual research, and case studies to integrate and synthesize course content. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PHA322 and PHA342. Corequisite(s): PHA372. Summer Only.

Principles of Clinical Medicine II

PHA369

Continuation of the clinical medicine series in which lecture and lab are combined to address diseases affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal systems, and gastrointestinal tract. Also addressed are diseases affecting the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Normal and abnormal laboratory, diagnostic, and radiographic findings are incorporated, when appropriate. Principles and guidelines for organizing and developing a structured approach to thinking about patient care are addressed during lecture, with practical application in a simulated patient scenario format. The scenarios are complete and require thorough decision making at all levels, from patient presentation to treatment or referral, as appropriate. Development of patient management plans and interpretation of medical literature are highlighted. 6 Credits (4.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHA347. Corequisite(s): PHA336 and PHA339 and PHA342. Spring Only.

Physical Assessment II

PHA371

Second in a two-part study of the development of the complete physical examination skills, recognition of normal and abnormal findings, documentation of the entire exam in a systematic fashion, and oral presentation of physical exam data. Laboratory sessions provide supervised “hands-on” practice of the material covered in lecture. Emphasis is on assessment of the geriatric patient. Course work is divided into components organized by body systems, and the physical examination techniques integrate with the material concurrently presented in the Clinical Medicine series. 2 Credits (1 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHA339. Corequisite(s): PHA372. Summer Only.

Principles of Clinical Medicine III

PHA372

Continuation of the clinical medicine series in which lecture and lab are combined to address diseases affecting the reproductive, musculoskeletal, rheumatoid/autoimmune, and neurological systems. Development of patient management plans and interpretation of medical literature is continued. Analyses include normal and abnormal laboratory, radiographic, diagnostic findings, when appropriate. Special topics in clinical medicine include human sexuality, and sports injuries. Principles and guidelines for organizing and developing a structured approach to thinking about patient care are addressed during lecture, with practical application in a simulated patient scenario format. The scenarios are complete and require thorough decision making at all levels, from patient presentation to treatment or referral, as appropriate. 5 Credits (3 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PHA369. Corequisite(s): PHA359 and PHA362 and PHA371. Summer Only.

Human Cadaver Anatomy

PHA375

Exploration of the human body as is applicable to the practice of clinical medicine. Understanding the gross structure of the body is achieved through cadaver dissection, with emphasis on the extremities, the chest cavity, and the abdominal cavity. Course components require extensive laboratory time in and out of class, and cover the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and BIO125. Fall Only.

Principles of Emergency Medicine and Surgery

PHA380

Fundamental concepts of surgery and emergency medicine. Surgical instruction includes standard protocol and procedures associated with surgery, synthesizing information from a surgical perspective of pre-, intra-, and post-operative management, core fundamentals of perioperative care, and recognition of post-operative complications. Emergency Medicine component emphasizes the emergent care of life-threatening illness and injury. Material integrates with concurrent coursework in Clinical Medicine and Clinical Procedures. Learning methods include lecture format, clinical decision making, individual research, and case studies to integrate and synthesize course content. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Corequisite(s): PHA359 and PHA362. Summer Only.

Physician Assistant Internship Seminar I

PHA409

Course emphasizes lifelong learning, beginning with the ability to ask relevant clinical questions concerning the patient care and basic understanding of statistic principles. PICO (Patient population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) format is used to develop evidence-based medicine queries that require literature searches to provide an answer. Course work results in clinical questions that will be used to write the Capstone Paper. Course requires Program Director approval. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)

Family Practice Internship

PHA411

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship)

Internal Medicine Internship

PHA412

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship)

Emergency Medicine Internship

PHA415

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship)

Psychiatry Internship

PHA416

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship)

Surgery Internship

PHA417

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship)

Elective Internship

PHA418

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship)

Obstetrics and Gynecology Internship

PHA419

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship)

Pediatrics Internship

PHA421

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. Course requires Program Director approval. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 15 Internship)

Physician Assistant Internship Seminar II

PHA422

Course emphasizes lifelong learning, reinforcing skills of asking relevant clinical questions concerning the patient care and basic understanding of statistic principles. PICO (Patient population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) format is used to develop evidence-based medicine queries that require literature searches to provide an answer. Course work results in clinical questions that will be used to write the Capstone Paper. Course requires Program Director approval. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)

Clinical Preceptorship

PHA490

Internship experience that allows for direct patient contact to evaluate, diagnose, monitor, treat, and educate patients under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Experience in applying the knowledge learned in the didactic year to the clinical setting is essential to learning the practice of medicine. Placement options are determined by the program. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship)

Senior Capstone

PHA496

Culminating project that promotes the lifelong learning process through completion of a written research paper that integrates asking appropriate clinical questions, searching for relevant answers, and interjecting one's own medical opinion. PICO (Patient population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) format is used to develop evidence-based medicine queries that require literature searches to provide an answer. Course requires Program Director approval. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)