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    Didactic Course descriptions

     

    PAS 510 THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROFESSION
    This is a one-semester course for students enrolled in Ohio Dominican University’s Physician Assistant Program. It explores all aspects of the Physician Assistant Profession including, but not limited to, historical, legislative, and professional topics.

    PAS 520 HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY
    This is a one-semester course for students enrolled in Ohio Dominican University’s Physician Assistant Program. The course covers the structure of the human anatomy through the use of lectures, clinical applications and dissection.

    PAS 527 MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
    The course provides a systematic organ-based review of the more important infectious disease agents and the principles and techniques employed in their laboratory diagnosis. The course also explores 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 course is the first of three semester courses designed to prepare the Physician Assistant student to obtain a complete history and to perform a complete physical examination on any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender and cultural background. This semester will concentrate on how to take a complete medical history.

    PAS 562 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
    This course addresses the physiology and pathophysiology that pertain to the nervous system, the pulmonary system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, the gastro-intestinal system, the kidneys and the blood, and to inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, rheumatologic disorders and acid-base disturbances. 

    PAS 566 HUMAN GENETICS
    This course will review the basic principles of Medical Genetics. A familiarity with basic genetics is assumed. 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 will be discussed. 

    PAS 601 CLINICAL MEDICINE I
    This course explores the intricacies of human disease. The course divides into individual modules various medical disciplines including, but not limited to: Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Rehabilitation medicine, Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Urology/nephrology, Geriatrics, Dermatology and Otolaryngology. 

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

    PAS 652 PUBLIC HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL CONCEPTS
    This course introduces counseling, behavioral science skills, and tools to Physician Assistant students to enhance their communication skills and their understanding of the healthcare and wellness issues in the community. Further public health concepts are discussed in order for the Physician Assistant student to gain a global view of healthcare. This course will also review the basic principles of Nutrition, including, but not limited to nutrition throughout the life cycle, in diverse cultures and communities, the nutrition care process and the nutritional prevention and management of disease. Regular and modified diets the PA student needs to know for clinical practice will be explored.


    PAS 660 DIAGNOSTIC METHODOLOGY
    This course provides clinical diagnostics, which includes three modules: laboratory and diagnostic studies, ECG interpretation, and radiology imaging. Through combined lectures, case discussions, demonstrations and practice sessions, students will learn how to order and interpret a variety of laboratory and diagnostic studies that are performed by the provider or received through a referral in daily clinical primary care practice. 

    PAS 670 PHARMACOLOGY I
    This course 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 
    The course will explore and re-explore injuries, diseases and other conditions relating to the various medical disciplines, i.e., Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology, etc. only from an emergency department point of view. 

    PAS 703 CLINICAL MEDICINE II – SURGERY
    This course is designed to prepare the physician assistant student for the General Surgery and Surgical Sub-specialties. General surgical concepts are needed for the physician assistant to function in primary care settings, as well as surgical sub-specialties, are presented.

    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. The course will explore and re-explore injuries, diseases and other conditions relating to the various medical disciplines, i.e., Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology etc. only from an obstetric and gynecologic point of view. Further, various aspects of infertility and conception to birth including high-risk labor are discussed. The pediatric portion of the course will explore and re-explore injuries, diseases and other conditions relating to the various medical disciplines, i.e., Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology, etc. only from a pediatric point of view. Aspects of development from birth to adolescence as well as issues related to violence and behavior are discussed. 

    PAS 730 PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS III
    This course is the third of three semester courses designed to prepare the Physician Assistant student to obtain a complete history and to perform a complete physical examination on any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender and cultural background. This semester will start by completing the adult history and physical examination, from neurology to male and female genitalia. The remainder of the semester then focuses on directed histories and physical examinations on targeted body systems. The Physical Diagnosis course culminates in student demonstration of proficiency with standardized patients during the Objective Standardized Clinical Examination (OSCE). Further, the student will understand how to examine the pediatric patient, as well as the pregnant patient. 

    PAS 770 PHARMACOLOGY II
    This course 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 773 RESEARCH METHODS
    This course will explore basic statistical principles as they relate to the medical literature. Evidence-based practice and examination will be key discussions during the course. 

    PAS 801 PRIMARY CARE SEMINAR
    This course explores the most common conditions causing patients to present to primary care practitioners. This course will build upon knowledge already presented in the Clinical Medicine I course as well as complement information provided in the Clinical Medicine II courses. Seasonal variations and the top ten differential diagnoses will be discussed. Further, students have the opportunity to identify areas of previous study in which they desire more discussion in the semester preceding this course. These areas will also be reviewed. 

    PAS 807 PRACTICAL CLINICAL SKILLS
    This course provides the student with practical experience in the performance of clinical skills necessary to function as a Physician Assistant. This includes, but is not limited to 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 give students an appreciation of medical ethics and their legal implications where applicable. Lectures will provide students with a basic understanding of the ethical responsibilities of physician assistants as health care practitioners and as individuals. In part, this course will examine the private and public health care sectors, their interrelation, and the changes that are blurring their distinction. The student 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 in particular. Electronic medical records (EMR) will be an important part of this course.

    PAS 830 DIVERSE AND VULNERABLE PATIENT POPULATIONS
    This course instructs the student in the prevention, recognition, intervention, and management of child maltreatment and domestic violence. Further, the student identifies ways to advocate for victims of violence. Additionally, various cultural aspects of medicine and diversity will be explored. 

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

    PAS 880 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND ILLNESS
    This is a one-term course in which the student 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 focus on specific disorders as well as psychiatric emergencies.