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    Physician Assistant Studies

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    PAS 510 The Physician Assistant Profession

    1 credit
    This is a one-semester course for students enrolled in Ohio Dominican University‘s Physician Assistant Studies Program. It explores all aspects of the Physician Assistant Profession including, but not limited to, historical, legislative, and professional topics. Lecture. Prerequisite: Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 520 Gross Human Anatomy

    4 credits
    This is a one-semester course for students enrolled in Ohio Dominican University‘s Physician Assistant Studies Program. The course covers the structure of the human anatomy through the use of lectures, clinical applications, and dissection of human cadavers. Lecture and Lab. Prerequisite: Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 527 Microbiology and Immunology

    3 credits
    This 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 preventive measures such as immunization will be discussed. Lecture. Prerequisite: Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 530 Physical Diagnosis I: Effective Patient Communication

    2 credits
    This course is the first of three semester courses designed to prepare the Physician Assistant Studies 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. Lecture. Prerequisite: Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 562 Pathophysiology

    5 credits
    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-based disturbances. Lecture and Lab. Prerequisite: Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 566 Medical Genetics

    2 credits
    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, test 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. Lecture. Prerequisite: Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

     
    PAS 601 Clinical Medicine I

    7 credits
    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, endocrinology, ophthalmology, urology/nephrology, geriatrics, dermatology, and otolaryngology. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 630 Physical Diagnosis II

    3 credits
    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. The semester will concentrate on the adult patient, progressing body system by body system in a head-to-toe fashion, from head to abdomen. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 652 Nutrition

    2 credits
    This course will review the basic principles of nutrition. Macromolecules and basic nutrients and amino acids will be discussed as well as nutritional principles as they relate to the patient through all the life cycle in health or in illness or injury. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 660 Diagnostic Methodology

    4 credits
    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. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 670 Pharmacology I

    3 credits
    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. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 680 Behavioral Health and Illness

    3 credits
    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. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

     
    PAS 702 Clinical Medicine II – Emergency Medicine

    2 credits
    This course is a continuation of medicine I, only with a different 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 only from an emergency department point of view. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

     
    PAS 703 Clinical Medicine II – Surgery

    2 credits
    This course is designed to prepare the physician assistant student for the general surgery and surgical sub-specialties. General surgical concepts needed for the physician assistant to function in primary care settings as well as surgical sub-specialties are presented. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 704 Clinical Medicine II – Women’s Health

    2 credits
    This course is a continuation of medicine I only with a different 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 only from an obstetric and gynecologic point of view. Further, various aspects of infertility and conception to birth including high-risk labor are discussed. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 705 Clinical Medicine II – Pediatrics

    2 credits
    This course is a continuation of medicine I only with a different 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 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. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

     

    PAS 706 Primary Care Seminar

    1 credit
    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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 730 Physical Diagnosis III

    4 credits
    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 an adult history and physical examination, from neuro to male and female genitalia. The remainder of the semester then focuses on directed histories and physical examinations on targeted body systems. The course culminates in student demonstration of proficiency with standardized patients during the Objective Standardized Clinical Examination (OSCE). Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 770 Pharmacology II

    3 credits
    This course is the second of two courses designed to present a systematic investigation of various drug classes and their mechanisms of action, main clinical effects, chief clinical applications and their most common and most adverse side effects. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

     
    PAS 807 Practical Clinical Skills

    1 credit
    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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 810 Ethics, Health Systems, Law, and Policy

    3 credits
    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. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 820 Medical Spanish

    2 credits
    This course is designed to provide the physician assistant student with practical knowledge and skills in Medical Spanish including how to work with translators. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 830 Medical and Social Issues in Child and Domestic Violence

    2 credits
    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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 840 Clinical Medicine II – Clinical Decisions

    3 credits
    This 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 begin the appreciation of practice-based learning and systems-based practice issues. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

     

    PAS 850 Public Health Concepts and Community Health

    2 credits
    This course introduces counseling, behavioral science skills, and the tools to the Physician Assistant students to enhance their communication skills and their understanding of the health care 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 health care. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 873 Research Methods

    2 credits
    This course will explore basic statistical principles as they relate to the medical literature. Evidence-based practice and examination will be kept in mind during the course. Further, this course assists the student in preparation for the writing of the master‘s thesis which is a capstone project for the awarding of the master‘s degree. Lecture. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the previous semester and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.


    PAS 901/933 Clinical Rotations

    4 to 8 credits
    All rotations take place in an ambulatory/outpatient or clinic setting. The purpose of the rotations is to provide the student with practical clinical experience in working with the ambulatory patient who presents with acute or chronic disease. Prerequisites: Successful completion of didactic year, core competency examinations and continued good standing in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.