PHY ASST 348 — THEORIES AND PRACTICE IN EMERGENCY CARE

1 credit.

Knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to evaluate and initiate care for acutely ill and/or injured persons.

PHY ASST 402 — PEDIATRICS FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS I

1 credit.

Introductory pediatrics course covering problems encountered in the general pediatric population and reinforcing basic primary care clinical principles. Weekly lectures complementing material presented in concurrent PA 400.

PHY ASST 403 — PEDIATRICS FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS II

1 credit.

Continuation of PA 402.

PHY ASST 416 — ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

1 credit.

Introduction to issues related to the physician assistant profession. Emphasis on developing an understanding of health care systems and the role of the physician assistant.

PHY ASST 421 — ADVANCED PATIENT EVALUATION IN THE PRIMARY CARE SETTING II

2 credits.

Advanced physical examination and patient evaluation techniques; regional physical examinations; radiology; advanced evaluation of heart sounds.

PHY ASST 440 — LABORATORY MEDICINE FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

2 credits.

This course emphasizes the utilization of laboratory methods for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The content focuses on those aspects pertinent to the provision of ambulatory, primary care.

PHY ASST 516 — CONTEMPORARY PROFESSIONAL ISSUES - PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

1 credit.

Information course for senior physician assistant students in areas of certification and registration, employment, economics, profession organizations and political/legislative topics.

PHY ASST 525 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

1-4 credits.

Variable content. Current topics, issues, and material related to the activities of the assistant to the primary care physician. Prereq>

PHY ASST 550 — FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL MEDICINE

3 credits.

Introduces the student to information fundamental to understanding clinical medicine principles. Topics addressed include select areas of physiology-pathophysiology, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, and common systemic disease processes. There will also be instruction relative to cognitively approaching the patient.

PHY ASST 601 — CLINICAL MEDICINE I

5 credits.

The first of a two course sequence instructing students about the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and treat patient health problems. Topics addressed include genomics, neurology, psychiatry, hematology/oncolgy, endocrinology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology, and dermatology.

PHY ASST 602 — CLINICAL MEDICINE II

6 credits.

The second of a two course sequence instructing students relative to the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and treat patient health problems. Topics addressed include cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology/urology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, geriatrics, and family medicine. Phy Asst major or Pharm D major

PHY ASST 603 — PEDIATRICS

2 credits.

Examines important aspects of primary care pediatrics including assessment of the child patient, preventive health, and pediatric diseases and conditions. The student will also learn examination techniques specific to the pediatric population.

PHY ASST 610 — CLINICAL PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY PRACTICE I

1 credit.

The first of a two course sequence addressing the concepts of prevention and population health. Multiple topics will be explored including but not limited to: Health Information Literacy, Immunizations, Nutrition, Exercise, Communication and Counseling Skills, and Integrative Medicine.

PHY ASST 611 — CLINICAL PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY PRACTICE II

1 credit.

This is the second of a two course sequence addressing the concepts of prevention and population health and exploring the topics of: health systems/policy, and community aspects of practice. Case examples and community-oriented learning experiences will be incorporated into the course.

PHY ASST 616 — PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR I

1 credit.

The first of a sequence of Professional Seminars occurring each semester throughout the course of the professional program. Emphasis will be placed on issues specific to the PA profession as well as introduction to the Capstone Project.

PHY ASST 617 — PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR II

1 credit.

Continuing the professional seminar series, this course emphasizes medical ethics as well as fundamental principles of evidence-based medicine. Research and statistical concepts are taught within the framework of epidemiologic study to develop skills in evaluating and interpreting the medical literature.

PHY ASST 618 — PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR III

1 credit.

Continuing the professional seminar series, this course emphasizes an understanding of basic research methology, project development, collaborative research, and project evaluation.

PHY ASST 619 — HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

4 credits.

Provides the primary care physician assistants with the knowledge and physical exam skills to evaluate patients in a variety of settings. Normal and pathological physical findings are discussed. Students master interview skills and physical exam skills applicable to all patients. Selected physical exam techniques are emphasized.

PHY ASST 620 — ADVANCED PATIENT EVALUATION I

1 credit.

Advanced physical examination and patient evaluation techniques with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system; selected physical exam procedures in the complete evaluation of patients; advanced medical interviewing skills.

PHY ASST 621 — ADVANCED PATIENT EVALUATION IN THE PRIMARY CARE SETTING II

1 credit.

Instruction in advanced skills in history and physical examination including comprehensive patient history and physical examination, focused history with related male genitalia and rectal exams, and focused history with female breast and pelvic exams.

PHY ASST 622 — FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PATIENT ASSESSMENT

2 credits.

PHY ASST 630 — WOMEN'S HEALTH FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

3 credits.

Provides Physician Assistant (PA) students a theoretical and clinical background for the assessment, diagnosis and management of problems in obstetrics and gynecology.

PHY ASST 640 — CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY I

2 credits.

The first clinical pharmacology course will emphasize pharmacotherapeutics relative to disease processes of the neurologic, psychiatric, hematologic/oncologic, ophthalmologic, otolaryngologic, endocrinologic, and dermatologic systems. Antimicrobial and pain management principles will also be addressed.

PHY ASST 641 — CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY II

2 credits.

The second Clinical Pharmacology course will emphasize pharmacotherapeutics relative to disease processes of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, urologic, gastrointestinal, and rheumatologic systems. Other topics addressed include geriatric pharmacology, pharmacoeconomics, complementary and alternative medicines, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

PHY ASST 648 — EMERGENCY MEDICINE

2 credits.

Fundamental concepts related to the provision of emergency medical care and urgent ambulatory care.

PHY ASST 650 — DIAGNOSTIC METHODS I

2 credits.

Primary focus is laboratory medicine assessments and ECG interpretation with additional content in imaging modalities, utilization of survey tools, screening assessments, as well as selected specialized examination techniques.

PHY ASST 651 — DIAGNOSTIC METHODS II

3 credits.

Primary focus is laboratory medicine assessments, heart sounds interpretation, and imaging modalities.

PHY ASST 660 — CLINICAL SKILLS LABORATORY

1 credit.

This course will be taught as a hands-on clinical skill laboratory to include: dermatologic procedures, splinting, casting, suturing, IV access, venipuncture, injections, joint aspiration/injection, and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).

PHY ASST 670 — FUNDAMENTALS OF SURGERY

1 credit.

An introduction to the role of the physician assistant in surgery, fundamental principles of pre-, intra- and post-operative surgical care, operating room aseptic technique, and common strategies to avoid and to treat surgical complications.

PHY ASST 699 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits.

PHY ASST 700 — RURAL HEALTH FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

1 credit.

Realizing the rural healthcare shortage, this course emphasizes an understanding of healthcare issues unique to rural populations with the intent to attract Physician Assistants to work in these underserved areas.

PHY ASST 716 — PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IV

1 credit.

Emphasis will be on placed on refining the capstone project and writing an initial paper draft. The course will also include instructional content on professional issues in preparation for clinical experiences and clinical practice.

PHY ASST 717 — PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR AND CAPSTONE I

1 credit.

Emphasis will be placed on completion of capstone projects with preparations for oral and poster presentation of the projects. Also includes instructional content on professional issues in preparation for certification and clinical practice.

PHY ASST 718 — PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR AND CAPSTONE II

1 credit.

Emphasis will be placed on preparing poster and lecture presentation for completed capstone projects. Also includes instructional content on professional issues in preparation for certification and clinical practice.

PHY ASST 729 — PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PRECEPTORSHIP: SURGERY

8 credits.

A 2 month intensive clinical learning experience with an emphasis in surgery and taking place in a variety of off-campus clinical settings under the direction of a supervising physician preceptor.

PHY ASST 739 — PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PRECEPTORSHIP: FAMILY MEDICINE

8 credits.

A 2 month intensive clinical learning experience with an emphasis in family medicine and taking place in a variety of off-campus clinical settings under the direction of a supervising physician preceptor.

PHY ASST 749 — PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PRECEPTORSHIP: INTERNAL MEDICINE

8 credits.

A 2 month intensive clinical learning experience with an emphasis in internal medicine and taking place in a variety of off-campus clinical settings under the direction of a supervising physician preceptor.

PHY ASST/​NURSING/​PHARMACY/​PHY THER/​POP HLTH  758 — INTERPROFESSIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERSHIP

1 credit.

Provides students with an opportunity to engage in collaboration, problem solving and teamwork in an interdisciplinary framework as they prepare an Interprofessional Case Competition (Fall) or as they prepare a collaborative case conference for the health professional students on campus (Spring). As students from different healthcare and public health backgrounds interact, learn together and share their experiences, they will become better prepared to lead and collaborate professionally in the future.

PHY ASST 759 — PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PRECEPTORSHIP: EMERGENCY MEDICINE

8 credits.

A 2 month intensive clinical learning experience with an emphasis in emergency medicine and taking place in a variety of off-campus clinical settings under the direction of a supervising physician preceptor.

PHY ASST 769 — PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PRECEPTORSHIP: ELECTIVE

8 credits.

A 2 month intensive clinical learning experience with an emphasis in an elective specialty discipline and taking place in a variety of off-campus clinical settings under the direction of a supervising physician preceptor. Elective specialty disciplines include but are not limited to family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, ENT, dermatology, pediatrics, women's health and psychiatry/behavioral health.

PHY ASST 787 — SEMINAR ON INTEGRATING PUBLIC HEALTH INTO PA PRACTICE

1 credit.

This course is a requirement for students in the PA Path of Distinction (PoD). The purpose of the Seminar is to provide direction to Physician Assistant (PA) PoD students for the PoD capstone project and to provide an overview of public health, some of its current issues and tools to help become engaged in the communities in which clinical experiences and practice takes place.