• Clinical Phase

    ClinIcal Course descriptions

     

    There are twelve (12) weeks of elective rotation time, divided into three four (4) week courses. This is an opportunity for the student to increase his/her knowledge base and skill in a field of interest, or in a complementary medical field. Any student-suggested clinical elective must meet the standards of the PA program and is subject to the same policies and regulations as core rotations. Students should understand that regardless of geographical location of elective rotations, end-of-rotation meetings and requirements for graduation are held on campus and students are required to attend these. 

    PAS 510 – The Physician Assistant Profession

    In this one-semester course, students will explore

    all aspects of the physician assistant profession,

    including historical, legislative and professional

    topics.

    PAS 520 – Human Gross Anatomy

    In this one-semester course, students will study

    the structure of the human anatomy through the

    use of lectures, clinical applications and cadaver

    dissection.

    PAS 527 – Microbiology and Immunology

    The course provides students a systematic organbased

    review of the more important infectious

    disease agents, and the principles and techniques

    employed in their laboratory diagnosis. Students

    will explore the components and response of the

    immune system in mounting defense against

    common pathogens. Relevant pharmacotherapy

    and preventative measures, such as immunization,

    will be discussed.

    PAS 530 – Physical Diagnosis I – Effective

    Patient Communication

    This is the first of three semester courses designed

    to prepare students to obtain a complete history

    and perform a complete physical examination on

    any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender

    and cultural background.

    PAS 562 – Pathophysiology

    In this course, students will study the physiology

    and pathophysiology that pertain to the nervous,

    pulmonary, endocrine, cardiovascular and

    gastrointestinal systems. Students also will study

    the kidneys, blood, inflammation, hypersensitivity

    reactions, rheumatologic disorders and acid-base

    disturbances.

    PAS 566 – Human Genetics

    This course discusses the basic principles of

    medical genetics. Students will learn to obtain a

    detailed family history and assess possible modes

    of inheritance. Principles of genetic screening,

    testing and diagnosis will be discussed. Specific

    genetic disorders, the underlying etiology, clinical

    presentation, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and

    treatment options will be reviewed. The ethical

    principles related to genetic evaluation and testing

    also will be discussed.

    PAS 601 – Clinical Medicine I

    This course explores the intricacies of human

    disease and divides them into individual modules

    of various medical disciplines, including Cardiology,

    Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology,

    Neurology, Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Medicine,

    Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Urology/Nephrology,

    Geriatrics, Dermatology and Otolaryngology.

    PAS 630 – Physical Diagnosis II

    This is the second of three semester courses

    designed to prepare students to obtain a

    complete history and perform a complete physical

    examination on any patient with special sensitivity

    to age, gender and cultural background. This

    course will concentrate on studying the body

    system of the adult patient from head to abdomen.

    PAS 652 – Public Health and Nutritional

    Concepts

    This course introduces counseling and behavioral

    science skills and tools to enhance communication

    skills and understanding of health care and

    wellness issues in the community. Further public

    health concepts are discussed in order to gain a

    global view of health care. Students also review

    the basic principles of nutrition, including nutrition

    throughout the life cycle, in diverse cultures and

    communities, the nutrition care process, and the

    nutritional prevention and management of disease.

    PAS 660 – Diagnostic Methodology

    This course discusses the principles of using

    clinical diagnostic testing. Students will utilize

    information obtained in lectures and case

    discussions to incorporate laboratory testing,

    ECG interpretation and radiology imaging into

    appropriate patient scenarios.

    PAS 670 – Pharmacology I

    This is the first of two courses designed to present

    a systematic presentation of pharmacologic agents

    based upon drug group classification, nature and

    mode of action, toxicity and clinical therapeutic

    applications.

    PAS 702 – Clinical Medicine II – Emergency

    Medicine

    This course will explore injuries, diseases and

    other conditions relating to various medical

    disciplines, such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology

    and Pulmonology, from an emergency department

    point of view.

    PAS 703 – Clinical Medicine II – Surgery

    This course is designed to introduce students

    to general surgery and surgery subspecialties.

    General and subspecialty surgical concepts will be

    discussed as they relate to primary care settings.

    PAS 704 – Clinical Medicine II – Women’s

    Health and Pediatrics

    This course is a continuation of medicine from an

    obstetric and gynecological point of view. In this

    course, students will explore injuries, diseases

    and other conditions relating to various medical

    disciplines, such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology

    and Pulmonology, from an obstetric and

    gynecologic point of view. This course will introduce

    various aspects of infertility, conception and birth,

    including high-risk labor. The pediatric portion

    of the course will explore injuries, diseases and

    other conditions relating to the various medical

    disciplines, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology

    and Pulmonology, from a pediatric point of view.

    Aspects of development from birth to adolescence,

    as well as issues related to violence and behavior

    will be discussed.

    PAS 730 – Physical Diagnosis III

    This course is the third of three semester

    courses designed to prepare students to obtain a

    complete history and perform a complete physical

    examination on any patient with special sensitivity

    to age, gender and cultural background. This

    semester will start by studying adult history and

    physical examination from neurology to male and

    female genitalia. Students will be instructed on the

    examination of the pediatric patient, as well as the

    pregnant patient. The remainder of the semester

    focuses on directed histories and physical

    examinations on targeted body systems.

    PAS 770 – Pharmacology II

    This is the second of two courses designed to

    present a systematic presentation of pharmacologic

    agents based upon drug group classification,

    nature and mode of action, toxicity and clinical

    therapeutic applications.

    PAS 773 – Research Methods

    In this course, students will explore basic statistical

    principles as they relate to the medical literature.

    Course Requirements for MSPAS

    PAS 801 – Primary Care Seminar

    This course explores the most common patient

    conditions seen by primary care practitioners.

    Students will build upon knowledge already

    presented in the Clinical Medicine I course as well

    as complement information provided in the Clinical

    Medicine II course. Seasonal variations and the top

    10 differential diagnoses will be discussed.

    PAS 807 – Practical Clinical Skills

    This course provides students with practical

    experience in the performance of clinical skills

    necessary to function as a physician assistant. This

    includes training in procedures related to wound

    management, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology,

    IV access and venipuncture, and parenteral

    administration of medications.

    PAS 810 – Ethics, Health Systems, Law and

    Policy

    This course is designed to provide students an

    appreciation of medical ethics and their legal

    implications where applicable. Lectures will provide

    a basic understanding of the ethical responsibilities

    of physician assistants as health care practitioners

    and as individuals. In part, students will examine

    the private and public health care sectors, their

    interrelation, and the changes that are blurring

    their distinction. Students 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. Electronic

    medical records (EMR) will be an important part of

    this course.

    PAS 830 – Diverse and Vulnerable Patient

    Populations

    This course instructs students in the prevention,

    recognition, intervention and management of child

    maltreatment and domestic violence. Students will

    identify ways to advocate for victims of violence

    and explore various cultural aspects of medicine

    and diversity.

    PAS 840 – Clinical Decisions

    This course will concentrate on common medical

    problems seen in outpatient primary care settings.

    Lecture sessions will involve case study reviews.

    Class discussions will contribute significantly to

    the learning process; hence student participation

    will be strongly encouraged. It also will introduce

    the appreciation of practice-based learning and

    systems-based practice issues such as risk

    management and electronic medical records (EMR).

    PAS 880 – Behavioral Health and Illness

    In this one-term course, students 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 will focus on specific disorders

    and psychiatric emergencies.

    Clinical core COURSES

    There are nine core clinical rotations.

    PAS 901A and 901B – Family Medicine

    These four-week rotations take place in an

    ambulatory/outpatient or clinic setting. The Family

    Medicine rotations provide students with practical

    clinical experience in working with the ambulatory

    patient who presents with acute or chronic disease.

    PAS 902 – Emergency Medicine

    This four-week rotation takes place in the

    emergency department of a hospital. The

    Emergency Medicine rotation provides students

    with practical clinical experience working with

    acute medical and surgical emergencies.

    PAS 903 – Internal Medicine

    This four-week rotation takes place in a hospital

    and/or outpatient setting. The Internal Medicine

    rotation provides students with practical clinical

    experience in working with the hospitalized or

    ambulatory patient who presents with acute or

    chronic disease, and who is routinely seen by

    an internist.

    PAS 904 – Women’s Health

    This four-week rotation takes place in a hospital,

    clinic or private practice setting. The Women’s

    Health rotation provides students with practical

    clinical experience in the differential diagnosis,

    evaluation and management of normal and

    abnormal women’s health conditions.

    PAS 905 – Pediatrics

    This four-week rotation takes place in a hospital,

    clinic or private office setting. The Pediatrics

    rotation provides students with practical clinical

    experience in working with the pediatric patient.

    PAS 906 – Surgery

    This four-week rotation takes place on the surgical

    service. Students should attend conferences,

    lectures and perform on-call duties as required.

    The Surgery rotation provides students with

    exposure to the care and treatment of the surgical

    patient.

    PAS 907 – Behavioral Medicine

    This four-week rotation takes place in a behavioral

    health setting. The setting may include one or

    more of the following: specialized geriatric or

    chronic care facility, nursing home, hospice center,

    inpatient or outpatient psychiatric facility, or any

    other approved setting. The Behavior Medicine

    rotation provides students with practical clinical

    experience in identifying, evaluating and referring

    patients presenting with common and/or emergent

    psychiatric problems.

    PAS 908 – Primary Care

    This four-week rotation takes place in an

    ambulatory, outpatient, inpatient or a clinic setting.

    The purpose of the Primary Care rotation is to

    provide practical clinical experience in working with

    patients who present with acute or chronic disease

    to a family practice or internal medicine office base

    practice, clinic, emergency room or urgent care.

    Each student will select three elective courses.

    The electives will consist of rotations that the PA

    program can coordinate throughout the Central

    Ohio area in various aspects of primary care and

    specialty/subspecialty medicine.

    Clinical Elective Rotations:

    There are three, four-week elective rotations. The

    electives consist of rotations that the Physician

    Assistant program coordinates throughout the

    Central Ohio area in various aspects of primary

    care and specialty/subspecialty medicine