Please review the Didactic course descriptions.
The first four semesters of the program consist of didactic and laboratory coursework in the basic and clinical sciences, including a full semester’s course in anatomy with cadaver dissection taught in the new facilities at St. Albert Hall. Additionally, students receive instruction in basic sciences useful to better understanding of clinical medicine such as pathophysiology, genetics, microbiology and immunology.
Didactic Year Curriculum (70 Semester Hours)
PAS 652 Public Health and Nutritional Concepts
Didactic students also introduced into clinical settings beginning the first semester and extending throughout the didactic year. The PA program believes the physician assistant to be both an allopathic and a holistic practitioner, therefore concepts such as public health and population‐based health are taught in a stand‐alone course. Further, the program believes the student should receive exposure and training in diverse and vulnerable patient populations, so this is also a stand‐alone course during the didactic phase. Additionally, the student will receive instruction in risk management and the electronic medical record (EMR) to better prepare for actual practice in a changing healthcare environment. At the conclusion of the didactic phase and prior to the start of the clinical phase, students receive further hands‐on training in clinical skills such as suturing, surgical knot‐tying, IV administration and access, casting/splinting, sterile technique including surgical scrubbing and gowning, advanced cardiac life support, and other clinical skills. Students will also participate in objective standardized clinical examinations (OSCEs) as part of the physical diagnosis course and are expected to successfully pass these in order to progress to the clinical phase. Additionally, a series of core examinations must be successfully passed to confirm the student’s competency to progress to the clinical phase.