Curriculum

Spring Semester - Year One (Didactic)
MPAS504Applied Human Anatomy4
MPAS506Medical Physiology3
MPAS508History and Physical Exam3
MPAS510Mechanisms of Disease3
MPAS512Clinical Pharmacology3
Total16
Summer Semester - Year One (Didactic)
MPAS540Physician Assistant Medicine I10
Behavioral Science
Hematology/Oncology
Infectious Disease
Endocrinology
Dermatology
MPAS521Patient Centered Care I2
MPAS531Professional Development I1
MPAS580Operating Room and Minor Surgery3
Total16
Fall Semester - Year One (Didactic)
MPAS550Physician Assistant Medicine II17
EENT
Pulmonary
Cardiovascular
Gastrointestinal
MPAS523Patient Centered Care II2
MPAS571Special Populations/Geriatrics1
Total20
Spring II Semester - Year Two (Didactic)
MPAS560Physician Assistant Medicine III11
Genitourinary
Women's Health
Musculoskeletal
Neurology
MPAS573Pediatrics2
MPAS533Professional Development II1
MPAS570Emergency Medicine3
MPAS599Pre-Clinical Seminar1
Total18
Didactic Curriculum Total70

 

Summer II Semester - Year Two (Clinical)
MPAS640Professional Development Clinical I1
MPAS620Family Medicine (6 Weeks)6
MPAS624Pediatrics (3 Weeks)3
MPAS626Women's Health (3 Weeks)3
Total13
Fall II Semester - Year Two (Clinical)
MPAS642Professional Development Clinical II1
MPAS622Internal Medicine (6 Weeks)6
MPAS628Emergency Medicine (6 Weeks)6
MPAS632Mental Health (3 Weeks)3
MPAS652Rotation Assessment Days0
Total16
Spring III Semester - Year Three (Clinical)
MPAS644Professional Development Clinical III1
MPAS630General Surgery (6 Weeks)6
MPAS638Elective (6 Weeks)6
MPAS636Underserved Population (3 Weeks)3
MPAS654Summative Evaluation1
Total17
Clinical Year Curriculum Total46
 
Total Curriculum116

 

 

** Although all Clinical rotations must be completed, they will most likely NOT follow the example given. The exact order of your rotations will depend upon site availability and schedule coordination.

 

MPAS504 APPLIED HUMAN ANATOMY

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 4 semester hours - Lab included

 

Course Description

MPAS504 Applied Human Anatomy is a broad survey course with detailed examination of all structural aspects of the human body. Anatomy is presented by body regions to allow students to assimilate the regions in an organized and logical fashion. This course focuses on recognition of structural arrangements and relationships, correlation with radiographic images, and clinical applications of topographic, radiographic and gross anatomy to the day-to-day practice of medicine. Emphasis is on knowledge of normal anatomic structures, common anatomic variations, and anatomic pathology as it applies to effective diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention. Course format is lecture, lab, computer-assisted technology, and team and problem based activities.

 

MPAS506 MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS506 Medical Physiology utilizes a systems based approach to communicate fundamental physiologic principles. Students are equipped with essential knowledge of human physiologic functions as they relate to health and disease. Alterations of normal function will be highlighted throughout the course and students will be introduced to common medical laboratory practices used to evaluate changes in the normal health state. To enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of physiology, the Anatomy course is taught concurrently so structure and function are synthesized. Emphasis is on integration of physiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology relevant to medical problems encountered in a primary care setting. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of physiology through the use of discussion and case studies.

 

MPAS508 HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS508 History and Physical Examinationprovides instruction and practice in obtaining and recording a comprehensive and focused patient health history and performing an accurate and appropriate physical examination on patients of any age. Emphasis is placed on professionalism and sensitivity to gender, age and socio-cultural background. The initial focus is on developing the student’s ability to recognize normal physical exam findings followed by distinguishing them from common abnormal exam findings. The course utilizes lecture, demonstrations, team activities, hands on training and clinical reasoning and clinical skills applied to patient scenarios to facilitate skill development. Students will have opportunities to work in pairs, alternating roles as patient or Physician Assistant and in small groups with faculty members to further advance their skills. Faculty members provide guidance regarding appropriate examination techniques, patient positioning, gowning and draping. Students focus initially on mastery of individual body system skills followed by performance of complete history and physical examinations by the end of the course series. Structured student writing exercises for sessions provide an opportunity to practice medical documentation. Assessment is conducted using written examinations and assignments and objective skills competency exams. History and physical exam skills specific to special populations including pediatrics and geriatrics population are introduced in this course and expanded on in other course modules.

 

MPAS510 MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS510 Mechanisms of Disease is designed for physician assistant students as an introduction to general pathology and covers the basic principles of cell biology, histology, embryology, immunology, molecular genetics, infectious processes, nutrition, and environmental effects on health. This essential foundation promotes an understanding of human disease processes and the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying disease development. The pathophysiology of diseases affecting specific body regions is presented in the individual organ system courses.

 

MPAS512 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS512 Clinical Pharmacology conveys the fundamental pharmacology principles for application to pharmacotherapeutics in the practice of patient-centered care. Topics include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, autonomic nervous system pharmacology, analgesia, addiction and abuse, major drug classes, the drug development process, and the introduction of complementary and alternative pharmacotherapy. Emphasis is placed on individualization of drug therapy. Pharmacotherapeutics for specific organ systems is presented in the individual organ system courses.

 

MPAS521 PATIENT CENTERED CARE I

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 2 semester hours

 

Course Description

The two semester patient-centered care (PCC) sequence of courses is designed to challenge students to develop clinical reasoning skills and critical thinking, enhance interpersonal and communication skills, apply evidence-based resources, and problem-solve as clinicians and as members of an interdisciplinary health care team. This course is taught concurrently with two semesters of PA Medicine, and utilizes knowledge of disorders from the MPAS540 and 550 courses. It introduces students to simulated cases and students will act as clinicians to evaluate standardized patients. In Patient-Centered Care I, cases will focus on acute care and emphasis will be placed on the following: developing differential diagnoses, developing assessments and plans, the medical chart, medical documentation, informed consent, and oral case presentations.

 

MPAS523 PATIENT CENTERED CARE II

Semester: Fall I
Credit: 2 semester hours

 

Course Description

The two semester patient-centered care (PCC) sequence of courses is designed to challenge students to develop clinical reasoning skills and critical thinking, enhance interpersonal and communication skills, apply evidence-based resources, and problem-solve as clinicians and as members of an interdisciplinary health care team. This course is taught concurrently with two semesters of PA Medicine, and utilizes knowledge of disorders from the MPAS540 and 550 courses. It introduces students to simulated cases and students will act as clinicians to evaluate standardized patients. Emphasis in PCC II is placed on both longitudinal and interprofessional care of patients. Initially, the focus is that of comprehensive and longitudinal management of established patients, rehabilitative care, palliative care and end-of-life issues, and utilization of an electronic health record. The second portion of the course addresses developing interprofessional collaboration in patient-centered care, with emphasis on mastering a team-based approach to patient management.

 

 

MPAS531 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

The Professional Development sequence of courses (MPAS531, MPAS533, MPAS640, MPAS64, and MPAS644) spans five semesters of the PA program curriculum and is intended to introduce and integrate principles of professionalism, ethics, and the business of medicine with the practice of medicine. This course teaches the history of the PA profession, and focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the Physician Assistant in the area of public health and the practice of preventive medicine.

 

MPAS533 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT II

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

The Professional Development sequence of courses (MPAS531, MPAS533, MPAS640, MPAS64, and MPAS644) and span the PA program curriculum and is intended to introduce and integrate principles of professionalism, ethics, and the business of medicine with the practice of medicine. Additional topics include health care disparities, provider sensitivity to cultural diversity, socioeconomic differences, and the impact of these factors on health and wellness. Alternative, integrative and preventive approaches to health care are also examined. In preparation for the clinical year and for clinical practice, many legal and practice-related issues including electronic data management, coding, billing, reimbursement, rules and regulations, confidentiality, certification and licensure, and safety are discussed.

 

 

MPAS540 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEDICINE I

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 10 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS540 Physician Assistant Medicine I is one in a series of courses (MPAS540, MPAS550, and MPAS560) using an organ systems approach for study of the clinical sciences. This approach builds on the principles presented in the first semester that established a foundation in human physiology, pathological conditions, relevant pharmacology, and served as an introduction to organ systems. During this course, commonly encountered medical problems in Behavior Science, Hematology and Oncology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, and Dermatology are examined. The clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathology, patient assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, management including pharmacotherapy, and clinical course of these conditions are explored. Emphasis is also on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the documentation and presentation of patient evaluation data. Development of clinical skills is facilitated by observation of videos, simulations, written examinations, and practical skills examinations to prepare the student for objective structured clinical exams (OSCE). 

 

MPAS550 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEDICINE II

Semester: Fall I
Credit: 17 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS550 Physician Assistant Medicine II is one in a series of courses (MPAS540, MPAS550, and MPAS560) using an organ systems approach for study of the clinical sciences. This approach builds on the principles presented in earlier courses that established a foundation in human physiology, pathological conditions, relevant pharmacology, and organ systems. During this course, commonly encountered medical problems of the eyes, ears, nose and throat (EENT), pulmonary, cardiac (including EKG interpretation), and gastrointestinal systems are examined. The clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathology, patient assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, management including pharmacotherapy, and clinical course of these conditions are explored. Emphasis is on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the documentation and presentation of patient evaluation data. Development of clinical skills is facilitated by observation of videos, simulations, written examinations, and practical skills examinations to prepare the student for objective structured clinical exams (OSCE). 

 

MPAS560 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEDICINE III

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 11 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS560 Physician Assistant Medicine III is one in a series of courses (MPAS540, MPAS550, and MPAS560) using an organ systems approach for study of the clinical sciences. This approach builds on the principles presented in earlier courses that established a foundation in human physiology, pathological conditions, relevant pharmacology, and organ systems. During this course, commonly encountered medical problems of the Genitourinary, Reproductive, Musculoskeletal, and Neurological systems are examined. The clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathology, patient assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, management including pharmacotherapy, and clinical course of these conditions are explored. Emphasis is on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the documentation and presentation of patient evaluation data. Development of clinical skills is facilitated by observation of videos, simulations, written examinations, and practical skills examinations to facilitate the objective structured clinical exams (OSCE). 

 

MPAS580 OR AND MINOR SURGERY

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 3 semester hours with a lab

 

Course Description

MPAS580 OR and Minor Surgery concentrates on the concepts of surgical assessment, basic surgical skills and procedures, surgical complications and management of surgical patients. The course expands on etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, diagnosis, and appropriate management of selected surgical conditions including care of acute and chronic patients. The role of the Physician Assistant and general surgical concepts needed for the PA to function in surgical settings are presented. Emphasis is on students developing competency in the principles and practices involved in aseptic and basic surgical techniques, emergency and minor surgical procedures, surgical risk assessment, wound management, anesthesia, and preoperative, perioperative and postoperative evaluation and management. Selected common co-morbidities warranting surgical evaluation and perioperative management are discussed. The laboratory section of the course instructs students in performance of skills such as suturing, aseptic surgical technique, vascular line placement, local anesthesia, and control of bleeding. This course may incorporate interdisciplinary instruction by utilizing faculty from various areas of expertise and experience.

 

MPAS571 SPECIAL POPULATIONS/GERIATRICS

Semester: Fall I
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

MPAS571 is a course designed to address the unique health issues of minority patient populations in society, as well as the special medical and psychosocial needs of older adults. Utilizing knowledge of diseases learned in the first PA Medicine course (MPAS540) and concurrent MPAS550 PA Medicine II course, as well as pharmacology, and skills gained in patient assessment and management, the course will expand the scope of care to include public health. A focus on providing caring, compassionate, nonbiased care to all individuals is emphasized. In Module One, the needs of the following minority population groups are addressed: LGBT community, the homeless, recent immigrants, veterans, patients with major disabilities, and prison populations. Module Two examines physical and psychosocial changes that occur with aging and health related problems commonly seen in the older patient population. Topics include the impact of aging on quality of life, mobility and communication, access to health care, therapeutic interventions, and issues related to death and dying.

 

MPAS573 PEDIATRICS

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 2 semester hours

 

Course Description

This course (MPAS573) addresses issues unique to the pediatric populations. The course will include training in issues for the child before and during delivery, genetic disorders, routine newborn clinical care as well as neonatal disease. Course topics also include child assessment, preventive health, and pediatric-specific diseases and conditions. Problem-based case studies and team-based activities are utilized in this course. 

 

MPAS590 EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS590 Emergency Medicine introduces students to the principles and practice of acute care medicine. Instruction includes training and mandatory certification in (1) Basic Life Support and (2) Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Student learning focuses on human anatomy and physiology, disease process, initial assessment and patient stabilization, and proper use of equipment such as automatic external defibrillators. Problem-based case studies and team-based activities are utilized to encourage the development of teamwork, collaboration, and interdisciplinary value.

 

MPAS599 Pre-Clinical Seminar

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

Successful completion by the student of this mandatory seminar is required prior to the start of the supervised clinical practice experiential (SCPE) phase of the physician assistant program. Students must satisfactorily demonstrate a comprehensive basic medical and clinical sciences knowledge base and essential technical skills before they can proceed into clinical practice rotations. During the fourth didactic semester, students are provided an opportunity to participate in a weekly one hour faculty-led session to enhance their test taking skills in preparation for the Pre-Clinical Seminar. The pre-clinical seminar includes Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) testing, clinical skills assessments, and a written examination. During the weeklong seminar, Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) expectations and behavior are discussed. The purpose of this class is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate student’s knowledge, skills, and attitude, and (3) identifythe student’s level of preparedness for the SCPE rotations. Students must pass each of the three testing areas prior to the start of SCPE rotations.

 

SUPERVISED CLINICAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

Credit: Rotation Specific (3 SH to 6 SH each)

 

Course/s Description

The supervised clinical practice experience (SCPE) rotations provide the PA student an opportunity to apply the principles of general medicine learned in the preclinical/didactic curriculum. During each rotation students work with a practicing clinician (referred to as the preceptor) and are actively participating in the health care system as part of the health care team. Students are assigned to a preceptor, and through supervised, ongoing patient contact, they are exposed to patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic medical problems. Emphasis is placed on data gathering, differential diagnoses, patient management, maintenance of medical records, performance of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, follow-up care and the provision of health education and counseling. Students must successfully complete all nine rotations. These rotations include MPAS620 Family Medicine, MPAS622 Internal Medicine, MPAS624 Pediatrics, MPAS626 Obstetrics and Gynecology, MPAS628 Emergency Medicine, MPAS630 General Surgery, MPAS632 Psychiatric Medicine, MPAS636 Underserved Populations or Areas, and MPAS638 Elective.

 

MPAS620 Family Medicine SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of Family Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions in the outpatient setting and for patients of all ages.

 

MPAS622 Internal Medicine SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of Internal Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions in the outpatient, inpatient or mixed setting for adult patients.

 

MPAS624 Pediatric Medicine SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of Pediatric Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in communication with children and parents, familiarity with normal growth and development, and evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions in the pediatric age group.

 

MPAS626 Women’s Health SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of obstetric and gynecological medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions including prenatal care and preventative gynecologic care through exposure to a varied patient population in general obstetrics and gynecology.

 

MPAS628 Emergency Medicine SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of Emergency Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in triage, procedures, and recognition, evaluation and management of commonly encountered emergent conditions for patients of all ages.

 

 

MPAS630 General Surgery SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of General Surgery. This SCPE rotation advances student learning in assisting at the operating table, and preoperative and postoperative evaluation and management of commonly encountered surgical conditions in patients of all ages.

 

MPAS632 Mental Health SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of Mental Health. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions for patients of all ages. Rotation sites may provide students with inpatient, outpatient, or mixed experiences.

 

MPAS636 Underserved Population/Area SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of medicine in Underserved Populations and Areas. This SCPE rotation exposes students to the diversity of health care needs and issues impacting general medical health in medically underserved populations and advances their knowledge about resources required to meet these needs.

 

MPAS638 Elective SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in one or more disciplines of interest to the student. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions in an outpatient and/or inpatient setting for patients of all ages. Rotations may include but are not limited to surgical sub-specialties (orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, etc.) otolaryngology, dermatology, urology, wound care, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, cardiology, and others. Every attempt will be made to establish an elective rotation in an area of interest to the student. If unable to meet this criterion, the Director of Clinical Education will meet with the student to discuss options, including subdividing a six week elective rotation into more than one rotation site.

 

 

MPAS640 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CLINICAL I

Semester: Summer II
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

The Professional Development clinical year sequence of courses in the series (MPAS460, MPAS642, and MPAS644) follows the didactic phase Professional Development sequence of courses (MPAS531 and MPAS533). The clinical phase spans the entire clinical curriculum and integrates topics such as professionalism, ethics, and business with the delivery of medical care. The first of three courses promotes lifelong learning, self-improvement, knowledge of health policy and delivery impact, and awareness of current medical trends. There is a continued emphasis on the display and development of professionalism as it applies to clinical practice.

 

MPAS642 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CLINICAL II

Semester: Fall II
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

The Professional Development clinical year sequence of courses in the series (MPAS460, MPAS642, and MPAS644) follows the didactic phase Professional Development sequence of courses (MPAS531 and MPAS533). The clinical phase spans the entire clinical curriculum and integrates topics such as professionalism, ethics, and business with the delivery of medical care. The second of three courses focuses on healthcare delivery (evolution of healthcare, social, legal and economic factors, ownership, organizations, funding, regulations, and the PA role), patient safety, quality improvement, and risk management, and medical liability. There is a continued emphasis on the display and development of professionalism as it applies to clinical practice.

 

MPAS644 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CLINICAL III

Semester: Spring III
Credit: 1 semester hour

 

Course Description

The professional development clinical sequence of courses in the series (MPAS460, MPAS642, and MPAS644) follows the didactic phase Professional Development sequence of courses (MPAS531 and MPAS 533). The clinical phase spans the entire clinical curriculum and integrates topics such as professionalism, ethics, and business with the delivery of medical care. The third of three courses focuses on career development, credentialing, privileges, employment contracts, and networking. There is continued emphasis on the display and development of professionalism as it applies to clinical practice.

 

 

MPAS652 Rotation Assessment Days 

Semester: Fall II
Credit: 0 semester hours

 

Course Description

Students return to campus once during the clinical year for Rotation Assessment Days (RAD). These campus visits may include the following assessment activities: (1) objective structured clinical examination(OSCE) testing, (2) independent project presentations, (3) case presentations, and (4) time with the student advisor. The purpose of RAD is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students’ knowledge, skills, and attitude, and (3) identify the student’s level of preparedness for the physician assistant national certifying examination (PANCE). During the RAD time, the goal is to provide ongoing evaluation of each student’s progress with opportunities for early identification and correction of any deficits in a timely manner.

 

MPAS654 Summative Evaluation

Semester: Spring
Credit: 1 semester hours

 

Course Description

Students return to campus once during the final semester of the clinical year for Summative Evaluation. These campus visits include the following assessment activities: (1) objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing, (2) independent project presentations, (3) case presentations, and (4) time with the student advisor. The purpose of the summative is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students’ knowledge, skills, and attitude and (3) identify level of preparedness for the physician assistant national certifying examination (PANCE).

 

As mandated by the Physician Assistant program accrediting body, this assessment of the student is conducted by the program to ensure that the student has the requisite knowledge, interpersonal skills, patient care skills and professionalism for entry into the profession. The final Summative Evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that encompasses the activities and evaluations from Rotation Assessment Days I and II. The aim of the final Summative Evaluation is to assess each student’s ability to adequately meet all program criteria for completion of the program and to provide an opportunity for early identification and correction of any deficits in a timely manner.