• Courses

    Didactic Course descriptions

    PAS 510 THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROFESSION
    In this one-semester course, students will explore all aspects of the physician assistant profession, including historical, legislative and professional topics.

    PAS 520 HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY
    In this one-semester course, students will study the structure of the human anatomy through the use of lectures, clinical applications and cadaver dissection.

    PAS 527 MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
    The course provides students a systematic organ-based review of the more important infectious disease agents, and the principles and techniques employed in their laboratory diagnosis. Students will explore the components and response of the
    immune system in mounting defense against common pathogens. Relevant pharmacotherapy and preventative measures, such as immunization, will be discussed.

    PAS 530 PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS I – EFFECTIVE PATIENT COMMUNICATION
    This is the first of three semester courses designed to prepare students to obtain a complete history and perform a complete physical examination on any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender and cultural background.

    PAS 562 MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY
    Study the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction as you examine the physiologic function of the cell as well as the integumentary, nervous, pulmonary, endocrine, genitourinary, circulatory, and immune systems.

    PAS 566 HUMAN GENETICS
    This course discusses the basic principles of medical genetics. Students will learn to obtain a detailed family history and assess possible modes of inheritance. Principles of genetic screening, testing and diagnosis will be discussed. Specific genetic disorders, the underlying etiology, clinical presentation, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options will be reviewed. The ethical principles related to genetic evaluation and testing also will be discussed.

    PAS 601 CLINICAL MEDICINE I
    This course explores the intricacies of human disease and divides them into individual modules of various medical disciplines, including Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Urology/Nephrology, Geriatrics, Dermatology and Otolaryngology. 

    PAS 630 PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS II
    This is the second of three semester courses designed to prepare students to obtain a complete history and perform a complete physical examination on any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender and cultural background. This course will concentrate on studying the body system of the adult patient from head to abdomen.

    PAS 652 PUBLIC HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL CONCEPTS
    This course introduces counseling and behavioral science skills and tools to enhance communication skills and understanding of health care and wellness issues in the community. Further public health concepts are discussed in order to gain a global view of health care. Students also review the basic principles of nutrition, including nutrition throughout the life cycle, in diverse cultures and communities, the nutrition care process, and the nutritional prevention and management of disease.

    PAS 660 DIAGNOSTIC METHODOLOGY
    This course discusses the principles of using clinical diagnostic testing. Students will utilize information obtained in lectures and case discussions to incorporate laboratory testing, ECG interpretation and radiology imaging into appropriate patient scenarios.

    PAS 662 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY 
    In this course, students will study the physiology and pathophysiology that pertain to the nervous, pulmonary, endocrine, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems. Students also will study the kidneys, blood, inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, rheumatologic disorders and acid-base disturbances.

    PAS 670 PHARMACOLOGY I
    This is the first of two courses designed to present a systematic presentation of pharmacologic agents based upon drug group classification, nature and mode of action, toxicity and clinical therapeutic applications.

    PAS 702 CLINICAL MEDICINE II – EMERGENCY MEDICINE 
    This course will explore injuries, diseases and other conditions relating to various medical disciplines, such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Pulmonology, from an emergency department point of view.

    PAS 703 CLINICAL MEDICINE II – SURGERY
    This course is designed to introduce students to general surgery and surgery subspecialties. General and subspecialty surgical concepts will be discussed as they relate to primary care settings.

    PAS 704 CLINICAL MEDICINE II – WOMEN’S HEALTH AND PEDIATRICS
    This course is a continuation of medicine from an obstetric and gynecological point of view. In this course, students will explore injuries, diseases and other conditions relating to various medical disciplines, such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Pulmonology, from an obstetric and gynecologic point of view. This course will introduce various aspects of infertility, conception and birth, including high-risk labor. The pediatric portion of the course will explore injuries, diseases and other conditions relating to the various medical disciplines, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Pulmonology, from a pediatric point of view. Aspects of development from birth to adolescence, as well as issues related to violence and behavior will be discussed.

    PAS 706 PRIMARY CARE SEMINAR
    This course explores the most common patient conditions seen by primary care practitioners. Students will build upon knowledge already presented in the Clinical Medicine I course as well as complement information provided in the Clinical Medicine II course. Seasonal variations and the top 10 differential diagnoses will be discussed.

    PAS 730 PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS III
    This course is the third of three semester courses designed to prepare students to obtain a complete history and perform a complete physical examination on any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender and cultural background. This semester will start by studying adult history and physical examination from neurology to male and female genitalia. Students will be instructed on the examination of the pediatric patient, as well as the pregnant patient. The remainder of the semester focuses on directed histories and physical examinations on targeted body systems.

    PAS 770 PHARMACOLOGY II
    This is the second of two courses designed to present a systematic presentation of pharmacologic agents based upon drug group classification, nature and mode of action, toxicity and clinical therapeutic applications.

    PAS 807 PRACTICAL CLINICAL SKILLS
    This course provides students with practical experience in the performance of clinical skills necessary to function as a physician assistant. This includes training in procedures related to wound management, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, IV access and venipuncture, and parenteral administration of medications.

    PAS 810 ETHICS, HEALTH SYSTEMS, LAW AND POLICY
    This course is designed to provide students an appreciation of medical ethics and their legal implications where applicable. Lectures will provide a basic understanding of the ethical responsibilities of physician assistants as health care practitioners and as individuals. In part, students will examine the private and public health care sectors, their interrelation, and the changes that are blurring their distinction. Students will be exposed to a discussion of the issues and systems related to the delivery of health care in the United States, to an overview of provider roles, and to an examination of the role of the physician assistant. Electronic medical records (EMR) will be an important part of this course.

    PAS 830 DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE PATIENT POPULATIONS
    This course instructs students in the prevention, recognition, intervention and management of child maltreatment and domestic violence. Students will identify ways to advocate for victims of violence and explore various cultural aspects of medicine
    and diversity.

    PAS 840 CLINICAL DECISIONS
    This course will concentrate on common medical problems seen in outpatient primary care settings. Lecture sessions will involve case study reviews. Class discussions will contribute significantly to the learning process; hence student participation will be strongly encouraged. It also will introduce the appreciation of practice-based learning and systems-based practice issues such as risk management and electronic medical records (EMR).

    PAS 873 RESEARCH METHODS 
    In this course, you will explore and discuss the basic statistical principles as they relate to literature. 

    PAS 880 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND ILLNESS
    In this one-term course, students will develop the skills necessary to evaluate and manage psychiatric illnesses. There will be an emphasis on those disorders commonly seen in primary care and emergency room settings. The course is set up as a series of lectures that begin with the psychiatric interview and examination. Several lectures that follow will focus on specific disorders and psychiatric emergencies.