Physician Assistant (PA)

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

PA 525.  Special Topics   1-4 credit hours

Lecture/discussion; focuses on a discrete area content relevant to the health disciplines. In-depth study of a particular topic or concept, including didactic and current research findings and technological advances relevant to the topic. Open to non-majors; requires departmental consent.

PA 700.  Clinical Practice I   3 credit hours

Provides advanced theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an appropriate medical history and physical examination. Includes additional emphasis on the identification of normal and abnormal physical findings. Practice of methods and techniques learned takes place in a faculty-proctored laboratory setting. Opportunities are provided for observation and participation in the medical history and physical examination in inpatient and outpatient settings. Prerequisite: admission to PA professional program.

PA 700L.  Clinical Practice I Lab   1 credit hour

Compliments PA 700 to provide advanced theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an appropriate medical history and physical examination. Includes additional emphasis on the identification of normal and abnormal physical findings, interpersonal communication, and patient education. Focuses on practicing methods and techniques within a faculty-proctored laboratory setting. Course includes diversity content. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: admission to PA professional program.

PA 716.  Clinical Laboratory   2 credit hours

Provides foundational and advanced knowledge and skills in the efficient selection and rational interpretation of laboratory tests for the purposes of diagnosing and managing common clinical problems. Appropriate test choices, optimum clinical laboratory use, and limitations of tests are emphasized as well as the pathophysiological basis of laboratory tests. Covers core competencies in genetics necessary to incorporate knowledge and skills into routine health care. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 717.  Professional Issues   1 credit hour

Introduces students to a wide variety of issues relevant to PA practice including common legal, ethical and professional concerns facing practicing PAs. Emphasis is placed on health care delivery, cultural competency, health care administration, credentialing, continuing education, medical informantics, advancements in medical technology and end-of-life decisions. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 718.  Clinical Medicine Cardiology   3 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the cardiovascular system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal cardiovascular development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the cardiovascular system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 719.  Clinical Medicine Pulmonology   3 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the respiratory system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal respiratory development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the respiratory system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 721.  Clinical Medicine Genitourinary/Renal   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the genitourinary and renal systems. Emphasizes normal and abnormal genitourinary and renal development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the genitourinary and renal systems. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 722.  Clinical Medicine Gastroenterology   3 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the gastrointestinal system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal gastrointestinal development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the gastrointestinal system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 724.  Clinical Medicine OB/GYN   3 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the female reproductive system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal female reproductive development of pediatric and adult patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the female reproductive system and pregnancy. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 726.  Physician Assistant Research Methods   3 credit hours

An introductory course concerning the basic concepts of research methodology as appropriate to the physician assistant professional. Focuses on types of research, research questions and methods (both qualitative and quantitative), review of basic statistics, interpreting the medical literature using evidence-based techniques, literature reviews, data analysis (using computer technology), reporting results, summarizing findings, and the ethical concerns of research. Successful completion of course gives the student a foundation for designing and interpreting a research project or paper. Fulfills the university's professional and scholarly integrity training requirement covering research misconduct, publication practices and responsible authorship, conflict of interest and commitment, ethical issues in data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 727.  Preventive Medicine   2 credit hours

Advanced course uses principles of epidemiology, health promotion, and public health research to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to population-based preventive approaches to health care. Emphasizes behavioral techniques used in making health behavior change, health risk appraisal instruments, health screening, disease and accident prevention, risk factors for major causes of disability, and the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 728.  Clinical Medicine Endocrinology   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the endocrine system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal endocrine development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the endocrine system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 729.  Clinical Behavioral Medicine   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the clinical behavioral medicine. Emphasizes normal and abnormal psychological development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to behavioral medicine and psychiatry. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 730.  Clinical Medicine Musculoskeletal   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the musculoskeletal system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal musculoskeletal development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 731.  Clinical Medicine Dermatology   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the dermatological system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal dermatological development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the dermatological system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 732.  Clinical Medicine EENT   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the EENT system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal EENT development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the EENT system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 734.  Clinical Medicine Neurology   2 credit hours

Advanced pathophysiologic and clinical assessment and management course uses an evidence-based practice approach to develop and integrate knowledge and skills related to the neurological system. Emphasizes normal and abnormal neurological development of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients, major disease pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and disease prevention as it relates to the neurological system. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 736.  Clinical Practice II   2 credit hours

Advances theories and skills learned in PA 700 by emphasizing patient management, evaluation of diagnostic studies, clinical problem solving, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Includes advanced and problem-focused history taking and physical examinations as well as documentation and presentation techniques. Practice of methods and techniques learned takes place in a faculty-proctored laboratory setting. Opportunities are provided for observation and participation in the medical history and physical examination in inpatient and outpatient settings. Prerequisite: admission to PA professional program.

PA 736L.  Clinical Practice II Lab   1 credit hour

Building upon PA 700L, this faculty-proctored laboratory course provides hands-on practice of advanced techniques and methods necessary to obtain an appropriate medical history and physical examination including normal and abnormal physical findings, differential diagnosis, interpretation of diagnostic studies, treatment, prognosis, and disease prevention as it relates to clinical practice. Includes advanced and problem-focused history taking and physical examination as well as documentation and presentation techniques. Course includes diversity content. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: admission to PA professional program.

PA 789.  Clinical Anatomy   5 credit hours

A graduate-level clinical anatomy course that emphasizes an advanced understanding and integration of human anatomy of the back, upper extremity, lower extremity, head, neck, thorax, and gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. Course material is delivered through a combination of online lecture and cadaver lab instruction. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 789L.  Clinical Anatomy Lab   1 credit hour

Compliments PA 789 to provide an advanced understanding and integration of human anatomy of the back, upper extremity, lower extremity, head, neck, thorax, and gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. The laboratory instruction and applied learning involves online lecture, computer-application, anatomical models and human cadaver dissections. Graded S/U.

PA 801.  Advanced Clinical Rotation I   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program.

PA 802.  Advanced Clinical Rotation II   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program.

PA 803.  Advanced Clinical Rotation III   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program..

PA 804.  Advanced Clinical Rotation IV   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program.

PA 805.  Advanced Clinical Rotation V   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program.

PA 806.  Advanced Clinical Rotation VI   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program.

PA 807.  Advanced Clinical Rotation VII   4 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems they have encountered with their assigned patients. This course also includes assessment of knowledge and skills through standardized means, discussion of professional practice, and methods to advance competencies for the physician assistant profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic phase of the physician assistant program.

PA 850.  Experiential Learning in Professionalism, Service, Research & Interprofessional Collaboration   0 credit hours

Encourages students to integrate and enhance personal development of key physician assistant competencies such as professionalism, interpersonal skills, patient care skills, compassion, sensitivity to diversity, and practice-based learning through experiential learning activities followed by reflection and discussion. Students engage in a variety of required and elective faculty-led and student-led activities within the categories of: (1) professionalism, (2) service-learning/community service, (3) research/evidence-based practice and lifelong learning, and (4) interprofessional patient-centered teamwork. Course includes diversity content.

PA 896.  Directed Study Research I   2 credit hours

First in a series of two courses in which students work with an assigned faculty adviser to plan and develop the required master's-level evidence-based project, paper, and oral defense. Prerequisite: admission to the PA professional program.

PA 897.  Directed Study Research II   2 credit hours

Second in a series of two courses in which students work with an assigned faculty adviser to complete and finalize the required master's-level evidence-based project, paper, and oral defense. Prerequisites: PA 896, admission to the PA professional program.

PA 899.  Advanced Clinical Rotation VIII   7 credit hours

Supervised clinical experience that builds on pathophysiologic assessment, analysis, and application of the didactic coursework completed during the first year of the program. This includes: taking a history and performing physical exams, using laboratory and diagnostic studies, formulating the most likely diagnosis, recommending appropriate pharmaceutical therapies and other clinical interventions, and applying concepts of basic science. Clinical rotation sites may be in inpatient or outpatient settings. Students are expected to augment their clinical experiences with a regular program of reading, concentrating on topics and problems encountered with assigned patients, with the goal of advancing competencies for the PA profession in the following areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.