Academic Catalog

Physician Assistant Studies-Grad (PASG)

PASG 60000 Medical Interviewing Documentation & Counseling (NLA)

Equip the learner with the fundamentals of patient-centered communication skills, patient education and basic counseling techniques as well as the components of the medical interview. Develop competency in behavioral change counseling strategies such as motivational interviewing. Reinforce these concepts through the introduction to medical documentation. (B,F,Y)
3 Credits

PASG 60100 Foundations of Medical Sciences: Genetics, Microbiology/Infectious Disease (NLA)

Introduces topics in Genetics, Microbiology, and Infectious Disease in the context of clinical practice. Genetics has a clinical focus based on understanding different disease processes, the role of genetic counseling, the ethical and legal issues related to genetic screening and genetic testing. Microbiology and Infectious Disease covers mechanisms of transmission, principles of aseptic practice, and the role of the human body’s normal microflora and the mechanisms by which pathogens cause disease in the human body. (B,F,Y)
3 Credits

PASG 60200 Foundations of Medical Sciences: Physiology (NLA)

Describes the normal physiologic function of the cell and organ systems from a clinical perspective. Describes and explains selected disease states in preparation for Clinical Medicine lecture series, Pathophysiology I and Pathophysiology II. (B,F)
3 Credits

PASG 60300 Diagnostic Imaging (NLA)

Describe and explain typical radiographic findings versus abnormal findings. Recognize how to determine the most appropriate imaging study to order for screening and diagnosis to manage the patient’s signs and symptoms. Practice verbal and written communication with healthcare professionals in the radiology department based on the patient’s signs and symptoms. Practice verbal communication about the radiological findings with patients. (B,F,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 60400 Human and Radiographic Anatomy and Lab (NLA)

Conduct a complete dissection of the main components of the human body to understand the structure and function, and aid in the performance of physical examination and clinical procedures. (B,F,Y)
6 Credits

PASG 60500 Physician Assistant Professional Practice (NLA)

Provide learners with the history of the Physician Assistant profession, social, regulatory, economic and political aspects of becoming a Physician Assistant. Discuss the professional organizations that represent Physician Assistants. Utilize the knowledge gained to advocate for Physician Assistant profession. Engage with other health professionals to advance clinical practice to meet the needs of patients. Recognize and consider ethical responsibilities in patient care. Identify and assess risk of stress and burnout as a healthcare professional. (F,Y)
1 Credit

PASG 60610 Clinical Assessment I (NLA)

Develop patient-centered communication skills through history taking and interviewing. Use medical diagnostic equipment in conjunction with patient-centered history taking and interview to develop skills for performing a complete and focused physical examination from head-to-toe. Examine lab partners and standardized patients to gain the skills and knowledge to perform a thorough history and physical examination. Prerequisites: PASG 60000. (S,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 60620 Clinical Assessment II (NLA)

Develop proficiency in patient-centered communication skills through comprehensive population specific and focused history taking and interviewing. Use medical diagnostic equipment to refine skills for performing comprehensive population specific and focused physical examinations. Examine peers and standardized patients to advance the skills and knowledge to perform focused history and physical examinations. Prerequisites: PASG 60610. (U,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 60710 Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics I (NLA)

Select, utilize and interpret clinical laboratory, imaging and other diagnostic test to evaluate each system’s principal functions. The topics are synchronized with and correlate to topics in Clinical Medicine I, Pathophysiology of Disease I, Clinical Assessment I and Pharmacology and Therapeutics I. The first of a two part series, where the learner receives instruction in medical laboratory and radiographic studies used in the diagnosis and management of common disorders of the major body systems. (S,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 60720 Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics II (NLA)

Select, utilize and interpret clinical laboratory, imaging and other diagnostic tests to evaluate each system’s principal functions. The topics are synchronized with and correlate to topics in Clinical Medicine II, Pathophysiology of Disease II, Clinical Assessment II and Pharmacology and Therapeutics II. The second of a two part series, where the learner receives instruction in medical laboratory and radiographic studies used in the diagnosis and management of common disorders of the major body systems. Prerequisites: PASG 60710. (U,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 60810 Clinical Medicine I (NLA)

Integrates epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prognosis, prevention measures, patient education and follow up of disorders encountered in a primary care setting across the lifespan. Applies a system approach delivered through a combination of traditional lecture and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. The topics synchronized with and correlative to topics in Pathophysiology of Disease I, Pharmacology & Therapeutics I, Clinical Assessment I and Clinical Laboratory Medicine I. Organ systems covered in Clinical Medicine I include: Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Cardiology, Electrocardiography (ECG), Pulmonology Medicine, and Hematology/Oncology (Liquid Malignancies). Prerequisites: PASG 60100, PASG 60200, PASG 60400. (S,Y)
6 Credits

PASG 60820 Clinical Medicine II (NLA)

Integrates the epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prognosis, prevention measures, patient education, referral, and follow up of disorders encountered in a primary care setting across the lifespan. Applies a system approach delivered through a combination of traditional lecture and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. The topics synchronized with and correlative to topics in Pathophysiology of Disease II, Pharmacology & Therapeutics II, Clinical Assessment II and Clinical Laboratory Medicine II. Organ systems covered in Clinical Medicine II include: Gastroenterology, Nephrology/Urology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Neurology, and Oncology. Prerequisites: PASG 60610, PASG 60710, PASG 60810, PASG 61010, PASG 61310. (U,Y)
6 Credits

PASG 60830 Clinical Medicine III (NLA)

Integrates the epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prevention measures, prognosis, patient education, referral, and follow-up of emergent and non-emergent disorders encountered across the lifespan in primary care. Apply knowledge obtained in Clinical Medicine I and II to specific populations and clinical situations. It is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. Topics covered in Clinical Medicine III: Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Women’s Health. Throughout each module, learners will engage in critical thinking and integration of clinical concepts exercises through TBL. Prerequisites: PASG 60620, PASG 60720, PASG 60820, PASG 61020, PASG 61320. (F,Y)
6 Credits

PASG 60910 Evidenced Based Medicine I: Introduction & Research Methodology (NLA)

Describe the foundational principles and terms related to evidenced-based medicine and practice. Identify typical research design models and methodology. Explain basic statistical principles. Learn methods to appraise the quality of clinical research. Explain how to use evidenced-based medicine to communicate with and inform patients about clinical practice. First in a series of three courses. (S,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 60920 Evidenced Based Medicine II: Critical Appraisal (NLA)

Apply the principles of Evidenced-Based Medicine and Practice (EBM and EBP) to an answerable clinical question. Create a literature review plan based on a clinical research question using appropriate search terms, database, and information sources. Analyze and appraise the medical literature and pharmaceutical materials. Create literature review. The second in a series of three courses. Prerequisites: PASG 60910. (U,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 60930 Evidenced Based Medicine III: Effective Communication in Health Care (NLA)

Apply the principles of Evidenced-Based Medicine and Practice (EBM and EBP) to Community-Based Participatory Research. Create an answerable clinical question or examine a process in clinical practice for improvement to deliver safe, efficient, timely, quality patient care. Analyze and appraise the quality improvement medical literature. Practice summarizing findings in a scholarly format appropriate for publication. The third in a series of three courses. Prerequisites: PASG 60920. (F,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 61010 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I (NLA)

Describe and explain the general principles of the effects of drugs on different organ systems and disease processes. Describe and explain the mechanism by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects, and the factors influencing their absorption, distribution and biological actions. Topics are synchronized with and correlative to topics in Clinical Medicine I, Pathophysiology of Disease I, Clinical Assessment I and Clinical Laboratory Medicine I. The first in a series of two courses. Prerequisites: PASG 60100, PASG 60200. (S,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 61020 Pharmacology and Therapeutics II (NLA)

Describe and explain the general principles of the effects of drugs on different organ systems and disease processes. Describe and explain the mechanism by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects, and the factors influencing their absorption, distribution and biological actions. Topics are synchronized with and correlative to topics in Clinical Medicine II, Pathophysiology of Disease II, Clinical Assessment II and Clinical Laboratory Medicine II. The second in a series of two courses. Prerequisites: PASG 61010. (U,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 61100 Leadership and Advocacy (NLA)

Define and describe the attributes of a leader. Explain the roles of Physician Assistant leaders. Prepare Physician Assistant learners to take a leadership role in the delivery of patient-centered care. Recognize and appropriately address gaps in medical knowledge and physical and mental limitations in self and others. Advocate for patients through involvement in quality improvement initiatives. Advocate for the PA profession by developing leadership skills and an understanding of the importance of quality improvement in patient safety. Commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development. Prerequisites: PASG 60500. (S,Y)
1 Credit

PASG 61210 Interprofessional Education I (NLA)

Identify and implement the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Apply the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations (IPEC Competency 2). Define collaboration more effectively and creatively across health care disciplines to optimize health care and improve population outcomes. The first of two courses. Prerequisites: PASG 60500. (S,Y)
0 Credit

PASG 61220 Interprofessional Education II: Interprofessional Communication (NLA)

Expand on identification and implementation of the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields to promote and maintain health and prevention of disease (IPEC Competency 3). Develop communication skills to collaborate more effectively and creatively across health care disciplines to optimize health care and improve population outcomes. Builds on IPE I. Prerequisites: PASG 61100, PASG 61210. (U,Y)
0 Credit

PASG 61310 Pathophysiology I (NLA)

Apply knowledge from the basic medical sciences to clinical medicine. Expand on the overview of medical physiology and introduce underlying pathological basis for specific disease processes common to primary care. Explore congenital and acquired diseases with an emphasis on providing understanding of pathologic physiology in conjunction with information regarding medical history and laboratory data to solve case based clinical problems during small group discussions. Examine how pathophysiology translates into patient signs, symptoms and laboratory test results. Identify the thought processes leading to development of differential diagnoses. The first of a two-semester series. Synchronized with appropriate and correlative lectures in Clinical Assessment I, Clinical Medicine I, Clinical Laboratory Medicine I and Pharmacology & Therapeutics I. Prerequisites: PASG 60200. (S,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 61320 Pathophysiology II (NLA)

Apply knowledge from the basic medical sciences to clinical medicine. Expand on the overview of medical physiology and introduce underlying pathological basis for specific disease processes common to primary care. Explore congenital and acquired diseases with an emphasis on providing understanding of pathologic physiology in conjunction with information regarding medical history and laboratory data to solve case based clinical problems during small group discussions. Examine how pathophysiology translates into patient signs, symptoms and laboratory test results. Identify the thought processes leading to development of differential diagnoses. The second of a two-semester series. Synchronized with appropriate and correlative lectures in Clinical Assessment II, Clinical Medicine II, Clinical Laboratory Medicine II and Pharmacology & Therapeutics II. Prerequisites: PASG 61310. (U,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 61400 Behavioral and Mental Health Care (NLA)

Integrates the epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prevention measures, prognosis, patient education and follow-up of emergent and non-emergent disorders encountered across the lifespan in primary care related to Behavioral and Mental Health. Utilizes a systems approach and is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. Prerequisites: PASG 60820, PASG 61020, PASG 61320. (F,Y)
3 Credits

PASG 61500 Clinical Skills and Procedures (NLA)

Introduce learners to essential procedures and skills necessary for primary care practice such as venipuncture; injection techniques; casting and splinting; suturing and more. Participate in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification training. Prerequisites: PASG 60620, PASG 60820. (F,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 61600 Ethics, Law, and Social Justice in Healthcare (NLA)

Describe and define principles of ethics and laws in healthcare. Apply understanding of principles of healthcare ethics and the laws to cases that illustrate where social determinants of health (i.e. access to justice), ethics and the law intersect. Explore roles and responsibilities as healthcare providers and discover how interdisciplinary collaboration is key for effective advocacy and changes in health policy that address health disparities and social injustice. Prerequisites: PASG 61100. (F,Y)
1 Credit

PASG 61700 Population and Community Health (NLA)

Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable (IPEC Competency 4). Expand on identification and implementation of the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in the communities served. Enhance communication skills with patients, families, communities, professionals in health and other fields to promote and maintain health and prevention of disease. Collaborate more effectively and creatively across health care disciplines to optimize health care and improve population outcomes. Consider effective leadership skills needed to advocate for patients and quality improvement in patient safety. Prerequisites: PASG 61220. (F,Y)
2 Credits

PASG 70000 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Family Medicine (NLA)

Clinical experience in Family Medicine with direct supervision of a physician board-certified in Family medicine and licensed preceptor (PA and/or other health care provider) for five (5) weeks. Provide practical patient care experience in common diseases and disorders in conjunction with other members of the healthcare team. Further development and refinement the learners’ skills in taking a history and performing a physical exam, ordering and interpreting laboratory/diagnostic tests, synthesizing information in establishing a diagnosis, formulating and implementing a cost-effective treatment plan and promoting patient education. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (F,S,U,Y,B)
4 Credits

PASG 70100 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Internal Medicine (NLA)

Clinical experience in Inpatient Internal Medicine with direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks in a wide variety of Internal Medicine care activities. Provide practical clinical experience in working with the hospitalized patients with acute or chronic diseases that are routinely seen by internists. Emphasis is on medical history review, physical examination, diagnostic testing, and management on a multidisciplinary team. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,F,S,U,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 70200 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - General Surgery (NLA)

Clinical experience in General Surgery with direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks in a surgical setting. Provide practical clinical experience in working with surgical patients. Emphasis in pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,F,S,U,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 70300 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine (NLA)

Clinical experience in Pediatric (infant and child) and Adolescent Medicine with direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks. Experience with patients in the Pediatric and Adolescent setting who require acute, emergent, chronic, and preventive care. Emphasis is on medical history review, physical examination, diagnostic testing, and management on a multidisciplinary team. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,F,S,U,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 70400 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Women's Health (NLA)

Clinical experience in Women’s Health (includes prenatal and gynecological care) with direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks in a wide variety of Women’s Health care activities. Provide practical clinical experience in working with the Women’s Health patients seen by OB/GYN physicians. Emphasis is on sexual history, prenatal history, surgery history, physical examination, diagnostic testing, and management on a multidisciplinary team. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,Y,F,S,U)
4 Credits

PASG 70500 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Behavioral and Mental Health Care (NLA)

Clinical experience in Behavioral and Mental Health with direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks in a wide variety of behavioral and mental health care activities. Focuses on physician assistants’ role in assessment and treatment of mental health disorders and psychosocial issues. Includes diagnostic, communication, and clinical skills involved in providing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,F,S,U,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 70600 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Emergency Medicine (NLA)

Clinical experience in Emergency Medicine with direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks. Receives clinical experience in triage, stabilization, in-depth exposure to traumatic illnesses, injuries and surgical issues that necessitate emergent care for patients across the life span. Provide practical clinical experience working with the patients across the lifespan who presents with emergent, urgent and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Emphasis is on increasing experience and exposure to patient assessment, ordering and interpreting laboratory/diagnostic tests; synthesize information to establish diagnosis, and learning proper disposition of patients and performing lifesaving techniques. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,Y,F,S,U)
4 Credits

PASG 70700 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - General Elective Rotation I (NLA)

Clinical experience in any core/required clinical rotation or specialty, selected by the learner from a program list, with the direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks. First of two required general elective rotation in clinical experience year. Provide practical clinical experience working in the inpatient and outpatient settings and seeing patients across the lifespan with acute or chronic diseases. Emphasis is on increasing experience and exposure to patient assessment, diagnosis, and management pertinent to the specialty on a multidisciplinary team. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,Y,F,S,U)
4 Credits

PASG 70800 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - General Elective Rotation II (NLA)

Clinical experience in any core/required clinical rotation or specialty, selected by the learner from a program list, with the direct supervision of a qualified licensed preceptor for five (5) weeks. Second general rotation in clinical experience year. Provide practical clinical experience working in the inpatient and outpatient settings and seeing patients across the lifespan with acute or chronic diseases. Emphasis is on increasing experience and exposure to patient assessment, diagnosis, and management pertinent to the specialty on a multidisciplinary team. Prerequisites: PASG 61400, PASG 60830, PASG 61500, PASG 61600, PASG 60930, PASG 61700. (B,F,S,U,Y)
4 Credits

PASG 70900 Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Transition to Clinical Practice (NLA)

Practice clinical procedures and skills learned during the nine clinical rotations. Conduct Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) for problem-focused history and physical on the diseases, conditions and illnesses encountered in the seven required rotations and the two elective rotations. Expand training in procedures performed during Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) and Clinical Skills and Procedures. Complete a weeklong review in preparation for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Provide advance education in special populations and special topics not encountered commonly in clinical rotations but required for the delivery of inclusive care. Improve areas of weakness or knowledge gaps in preparation for the PANCE exam and clinical practice as a PA. Prerequisites: PASG 70000, PASG 70100, PASG 70200, PASG 70300, PASG 70400, PASG 70500, PASG 70600, PASG 70700, PASG 70800. (B,F,S,U,Y)
3 Credits