Courses

Physician Assistant Program

Courses

Didactic Courses

MPAP 501 – Human Anatomy
Credit: 4 hours
Human Anatomy prepares the student for clinical practice with an understanding of functional human anatomy. The course consists of lecture and cadaver lab. The lecture and lab sections are organized in an organ system approach, correlating with the physical diagnosis unit that runs concurrently.  Lecture and lab are taught by experienced clinicians.

MPAP 502 – Physiology
Credit: 3 hours
Physiology provides the student with an understanding of pathophysiological processes that inform clinical medicine. The course is structured in an organ system approach, correlating the basic sciences with clinical applications. It is delivered in the first semester as a foundation for the clinical medicine courses. It is structured to coincide with the anatomy course and the physical diagnosis course to emphasize clinical applications.

MPAP 503 – Behavior Medicine
Credit: 4 hours
This course is an introduction to psychiatric and psychosocial disorders and behaviors. Presented in lecture and seminar format the major psychiatric disorders are studied. Led by experienced clinicians, clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions which are utilized to develop problem-solving skills.  Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 504 – Clinical Medicine I
Credit: 4 hours
This is the first of four didactic clinical medicine courses presented in the first year. The course concentrates on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; organized into an organ system approach. This first course will covers preventive medicine, infectious diseases, pulmonology, and diseases of the head, eyes, ears, nose and throat. The course is presented in lecture format taught by physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills. Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 505 – Clinical Medicine II
Credit: 4 hours
This is the second of four didactic clinical medicine courses presented in the first year. The course will concentrate on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; organized into an organ system approach, this second course will cover cardiology, hematology & oncology, and endocrinology. The course is presented in lecture format taught by affiliated physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills. Standardized Patients and/or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 506 – Clinical Medicine III
Credit: 4 hours
This is the third didactic clinical medicine course presented in the first year. The course will concentrate on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; organized in a life-cycle approach, covering gastroenterology, women’s health, and nephrology/urology. The course is presented in lecture format taught by affiliated physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills.  Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 507 – Clinical Medicine IV
Credit: 4 hours
This is the fourth didactic clinical medicine course presented in the first year. The course will concentrate on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; covering dermatology, pediatrics, neurology, and geriatric medicine. The course is presented in lecture format taught by affiliated physicians and physician assistants. Clinical reasoning exercises include small-group clinical case study discussions, led by experienced clinicians, which are utilized to develop problem solving skills.  Standardized patients and/or objective structured clinical examinations prepare the student for clinical patient interactions.

MPAP 509 – Evidence-Based Medicine I
Credit: 3 hours
This one semester course is an introduction to the principles and practice of Evidence-based Medicine (EBM). Evidence based-medicine provides tools to assist clinicians to make accurate diagnoses and select optimal treatment for their patients. This course will review statistical concepts, the epidemiologic basis for clinical research, and research ethics, and will teach students to formulate clinical questions, search and critically appraise the medical literature, and incorporate best evidence into their practice. The course content is presented in lecture format with small group discussions.

MPAP 510 – Emergency Medicine
Credit: 2 hours
This course will focus on the management of patients with emergency medical and surgical conditions requiring evaluation and treatment. Presented in lecture format, with small group case discussion sessions, the student will learn to recognize those patients with life-threatening disorders. Triage, stabilization, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and specialty consultation will be covered. As adjunctive material and in preparation for clinical year studies students will take the BLS and ACLS certification courses prior to starting the clinical year rotations.

MPAP 511 – Genetics
Credit: 1 hour
This one semester course is an introduction to medical genetics and genomics. Presented in lecture format  and group and case discussions, this course explores the genetic basis of disease as well as principles of genomics, current research, ethical dilemmas, and cancer genetics. Students will also study medical genomics, the application of which can be used to develop genotypic specific diagnoses, prevention, and therapy.

MPAP 512 – History & Physical Examination
Credit: 3 hours
History and Physical Examination teaches the student to the art of acquiring a patient history and performing the physical examination using lecture and laboratory, and small group formats. The small group labs will allow the student to learn history and physical skill, after they are demonstrated by the faculty. Simulated patient encounters will provide the student with the opportunity to practice their clinical skills. At the conclusion of each lab students will perform a case-based clinical scenario exercise with their lab partner and receive faculty feedback on their performance. A summative physical exam will be performed and graded.

MPAP 514 – Orthopedics
Credit: 2 hours
This course presents the student with an overview of the discipline of orthopedics. Presented in lecture and laboratory format, this course covers the basics of musculoskeletal medicine. Several procedural seminars dedicated to musculoskeletal physical examination skills, casting and splinting, and interpretation of skeletal radiographs are included. The course will cover musculoskeletal disorders of all age groups. Special emphasis will be directed to office and emergency orthopedics as seen in primary care. Operative orthopedics will also be discussed in preparation for the required orthopedics rotation in the second year.

MPAP 515 – Pharmacotherapeutics I
Credit: 2 hours
This course is the introductory section of a four course pharmacotherapeutics curriculum. This first section will introduce the student to the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, drug interactions, and adverse reactions. The student will also be introduced to the drug reference resources. Drugs will be introduced in conjunction with the clinical medicine units that are taught this semester. Presented in lecture format with interactive sessions, this unit will provide the student with the pharmacotherapeutic principles needed for clinical practice. The course is taught by experienced faculty from the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

MPAP 516 – Pharmacotherapeutics II
Credit: 2 hours
This is the second of four pharmacotherapeutics courses. The course will concentrate on therapeutic applications of drugs for various organ systems integrated with the clinical medicine units being taught during this semester. Presented in lecture format augmented by clinical case presentations discussed in small group sessions. The course is taught by experienced faculty from the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

MPAP 517 – Pharmacotherapeutics III
Credit: 2 hours
This is the third Pharmacotherapeutics course. The course will concentrate on therapeutic applications of drugs for various organ systems integrated with the clinical medicine units being taught during this semester. Presented in lecture format augmented by clinical case presentations discussed in small group sessions. The course is taught by experienced faculty from the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

MPAP 518 – Pharmacotherapeutics IV
Credit: 2 hours
This is the fourth pharmacotherapeutics course. The course will concentrate on therapeutic applications of drugs for various organ systems integrated with the clinical medicine units being taught during this semester. Presented in lecture format augmented by clinical case presentations discussed in small group sessions. The course is taught by experienced faculty from the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

MPAP 519 –Health Policy & Professional Practice
Credit: 1 hour
This one semester course introduces the student to the issues of physician assistant professional practice including PA history, state laws and rules, certification, licensure, DEA regulation, and malpractice insurance. The course also presents topics in healthcare systems, quality improvement, health policy, medical ethics, patient safety, healthcare reform, the patient-centered medical home, population health, public health, cultural competence, and healthcare disparities. The course will explore coding and reimbursement. The student will also have the opportunity to be exposed to the other members of the healthcare team in an interprofessional seminar.

MPAP 521 – Surgery
Credit: 4 hours
This course, presented in lecture format with weekly lab sessions, is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of surgical practice. Lectures will cover surgical principles and common surgical conditions. The student will learn basic clinical procedures including sterile procedure, anesthesia, suturing, and common office procedures. Pre-operative and post-operative patient care is presented.

MPAP 522 – Clinical Skills I
Credit: 2 hours
This course is the first in a sequence of four courses presented in the first year. The course is designed to develop the clinical skills necessary for practice as a physician assistant in primary care. This course will enhance the knowledge and skills relevant to obtaining a medical history, conducting a physical examination, formulating a differential diagnosis and initial management plan, and presenting a case in a professional setting. The focus of this course is to introduce critical thinking skills as well as procedural skills required in physician assistant practice.  Topics included in this course are closely aligned with the block’s clinical medicine unit. Each topic is presented in a variety of formats including small-group clinical case studies, Standardized Patients (SPs) and/or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and clinical simulations. Systems-based diagnostic imaging and laboratory medicine concepts are included in lecture and lab format.  In addition, practice in selection and interpretation of routine diagnostics is incorporated throughout this course. Students will complete field assignments assessing patients and submitting the appropriate written documentation.

MPAP 523 – Clinical Skills II
Credit: 2 hours
This course is the second in a sequence of four courses presented in the first year. The course is designed to develop the clinical skills necessary for practice as a physician assistant in primary care. This course will enhance the knowledge and skills relevant to obtaining a medical history, conducting a physical examination, formulating a differential diagnosis and initial management plan, and presenting a case in a professional setting. The focus of this course is to introduce critical thinking skills as well as procedural skills required in physician assistant practice.  Topics included in this course are closely aligned with the block’s clinical medicine unit. Each topic is presented in a variety of formats including small-group clinical case studies, Standardized Patients (SPs) and/or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and clinical simulations. Systems-based diagnostic imaging and laboratory medicine concepts are included in lecture and lab format.  In addition, practice in selection and interpretation of routine diagnostics is incorporated throughout this course. Students will complete field assignments assessing patients and submitting the appropriate written documentation.

MPAP 524 – Clinical Skills III
Credit: 2 hours
This course is the third in a sequence of four courses presented in the first year. The course is designed to develop the clinical skills necessary for practice as a physician assistant in primary care. This course will enhance the knowledge and skills relevant to obtaining a medical history, conducting a physical examination, formulating a differential diagnosis and initial management plan, and presenting a case in a professional setting. The focus of this course is to introduce critical thinking skills as well as procedural skills required in physician assistant practice.  Topics included in this course are closely aligned with the block’s clinical medicine unit. Each topic is presented in a variety of formats including small-group clinical case studies, Standardized Patients (SPs) and/or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and clinical simulations. Systems-based diagnostic imaging and laboratory medicine concepts are included in lecture and lab format.  In addition, practice in selection and interpretation of routine diagnostics is incorporated throughout this course. Students will complete field assignments assessing patients and submitting the appropriate written documentation.

MPAP 524 – Clinical Skills IV
Credit: 2 hours
This course is the fourth in a sequence of four courses presented in the first year. The course is designed to develop the clinical skills necessary for practice as a physician assistant in primary care. This course will enhance the knowledge and skills relevant to obtaining a medical history, conducting a physical examination, formulating a differential diagnosis and initial management plan, and presenting a case in a professional setting. The focus of this course is to introduce critical thinking skills as well as procedural skills required in physician assistant practice.  Topics included in this course are closely aligned with the block’s clinical medicine unit. Each topic is presented in a variety of formats including small-group clinical case studies, Standardized Patients (SPs) and/or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and clinical simulations. Systems-based diagnostic imaging and laboratory medicine concepts are included in lecture and lab format.  In addition, practice in selection and interpretation of routine diagnostics is incorporated throughout this course. Students will complete field assignments assessing patients and submitting the appropriate written documentation. 

Clinical Courses

MPAP 601 – Emergency Medicine
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation is located at one of our affiliated Emergency Departments. Students will participate in all aspects of emergency medical care. The student will interview, evaluate and examine patients presenting to the Emergency Department. Students will present all patients cared for to the precepting clinician. Emergency procedures and treatment will be guided by the clinical preceptor.

MPAP 602 – Family Practice
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation introduces the student to the basics of family medicine. The student will participate in all aspects of care for patients of all ages. The student will interview, examine, and make recommendations for treatment of patients under the direction of the preceptor. Special emphasis is placed upon patient education, prevention, and health maintenance.

MPAP 603 – Internal Medicine
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation gives the student the opportunity to evaluate adult patients in the inpatient hospital setting. Under the direction of a preceptor, the student will analyze the patient chart, monitor the patient’s progress, perform history and physicals, and plan therapeutic interventions The student will learn to order specialty tests, write orders, and request specialty consultation. They will also gain an appreciation for discharge planning and disposition regarding home care and follow up.

MPAP 604 – Surgery
Credit: 5 hours
This is a 4 week rotation located at one of our affiliated inpatient general surgery units or general surgery practices. The student will learn pre-op, intra-operative, and post-operative patient care. The student will scrub into surgical cases and assist the surgeon as indicated. The student will participate in the management of the surgical inpatient, and assist with discharge planning.

MPAP 605 – Pediatrics
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation will expose the student to the clinical practice of pediatric medicine. Rotations will either be at an affiliated inpatient facility or an outpatient practice. Students will care for infants, children and adolescents. Duties will include routine health maintenance, physical exams, acute care, and patient education. The student will recognize normal development and appreciate common abnormalities of growth and development. Students will become familiar with the evaluation and treatment of common pediatric disorders

MPAP 606 – Behavioral Medicine
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation enables students to see patients in either outpatient or inpatient mental health facilities. The student will develop skill counseling patients with psychiatric and psychosocial disorders. Under the direction of the preceptor the student will become familiar with the use of psychotropic therapeutics. Students will learn to identify and refer “at-risk” patients.

MPAP 607 – Obstetrics & Gynecology
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation provides the student with an opportunity to gain experience in common gynecological conditions. The student learns about screening for breast and gynecologic cancers, normal and abnormal menstrual patterns, infectious diseases, and family planning. The student participates in providing routine prenatal, obstetrics, and postnatal care.

MPAP 608 – Primary Care
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week rotation introduces the student to the basics of outpatient primary care medicine. The student may rotate in an internal medicine practice, urgent care, or geriatric clinic, or students may request a second 4-week rotation in family medicine or pediatrics. The student will interview, examine, and treat patients under the direction of the preceptor.

MPAP 609 – Evidence-Based Medicine II
Credit: 5 hours
This 4 week course is a continuation of EBM I from the didactic curriculum. This second course extends the content presented in EBM I. In EBM II students formulate a clinical question, research and assess the medical literature, and analyze the selected research studies for validity. There are weekly small group lectures and discussions. The students meet on an individual basis with a faculty mentor to refine their clinical questions and develop a final paper. The students will create a PowerPoint presentation to present findings to the faculty.

MPAP 611 – Elective I
Credit: 5 hours
Student are given the option of picking 2 elective rotations of their choice. They may be medical and/or surgical electives. It is proposed to select electives that will fulfill the students’ clinical interests and add to their experience preparing for their intended field of practice.

MPAP 612 – Elective II
Credit: 5 hours
Student are given the option of picking 2 elective rotations of their choice. They may be medical and/or surgical electives. It is proposed to select electives that will fulfill the students’ clinical interests and add to their experience preparing for their intended field of practice.

MPAP 613 – Senior Seminar
Credit: 5 hours
This 5 credit hour seminar concludes professional practice training following completion of supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs). The seminar is required in order to successfully complete the SCPE year. Seminar contents include a PANCE preparation course and practice examination; a self-assessment examination; summative clinical practical skills evaluations; a summative written examination, completion of a professionalism module, and lecture and seminar content designed to prepare the graduating physician assistant for professional practice.