Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
PHAS500 Mechanisms of Health and Disease
Prerequisite: admission into the MPA program This course is a study of the cellular, organ and system changes associated with human disease processes and the physiological responses associated with selected human pathologies. Case studies may be used to facilitate practical application of mechanisms of health and disease.
PHAS501 Clinical Anatomy
Prerequisite: admission into the MPA program Students gain an in-depth study of the human body through lecture, lab dissection of a cadaver and computerized dissection technology to prepare for clinical practice. Practical application of human anatomy is further developed through case studies and clinical problem solving.
PHAS502 Physical Assessment I
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester one of MPA program courses The art of physical assessment is introduced in this two-course series designed to develop the knowledge and skills vital to performing an appropriate problem-oriented history and physical examination and documentation of the adult patient.
PHAS503 Info Literacy and Communication
Prerequisite: admission into the MPA program This course lays the foundation for critical thinking, independent learning and lifelong learning skills by developing competence in finding, selecting, utilizing, critically evaluating and learning from different pertinent information sources.
PHAS504 PA Prof: Hist Culture & Practice
Prerequisite: admission into the MPA program The history, culture and practice scope of the physician assistant as well as medical ethics of professional practice are explored in lectures, literature, panel discussions and poster presentations.
PHAS505 Clinical Inquiry & Communication
Prerequisite: admission into the MPA program This course introduces concepts and methods of clinical inquiry, interviewing skills, oral presentations, data collection and documentation practices, and the organization of different types of medical records.
PHAS506 PA Professional Issues
The history, culture and practice scope of the physician assistant, including licensure, credentialing, practice laws and regulations, historical development and practice trends are explored in lectures, literature and panel discussions, as well as group and individual activities.
PHAS508 Medical Ethics
Prerequisite: admission into the MPA program This course provides the student with a broad spectrum of knowledge of the ethical issues which the practicing physician assistant must struggle with today. The student will be given insight into human value development, decision making in value issues and the basic principles of medical ethics.
PHAS510 Clinical Medicine I
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester one of MPA program courses This three-course series is designed to lay the foundation for a working knowledge of patient care through a comprehensive study of illness, medical sciences, treatments and expected outcomes in five defined content areas spanning common self-limited illnesses and complex well-defined chronic disorders.
PHAS511 Clinical Pharmacology I
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester one of MPA program courses This two-course series prepares prospective practitioners for the safe and appropriate application of pharmacological patient care through a study of pharmacotherapeutic agents and dosage, mechanisms of action and intended outcomes.
PHAS512 Physical Assessment II
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester one of MPA program courses This course is a continuation of the art of physical assessment designed to focus on the adult, geriatric, newborn, pediatric and gynecologic patient using a systematic approach of examination techniques and proper use of equipment. Skills in interviewing, examining, medical documentation and oral presentation are developed with emphasis on the relationship of the patient history to the exam.
PHAS513 Health Care Systems, Policy and Practice
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester one of MPA program courses This course provides an interactive examination and discussion of the evolving American health care system, policy-making processes, current socioeconomic issues, practices and policies influencing health care and practitioners.
PHAS514 Clinical Patient Care I
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester one of MPA program courses Students are instructed on the universal precautions and prevention and control of bloodborne pathogens (per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and are instructed on theory, indications and techniques for performing specified common procedures, therapeutics and interventions important to safe patient care.
PHAS520 Clinical Medicine II
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester two of MPA program courses This second course in a three-part series design lays the foundation for a working knowledge of patient care through a comprehensive study of illness, medical sciences, treatments and expected outcomes in five defined content areas spanning common self-limited illnesses and complex well-defined chronic disorders.
PHAS521 Clinical Pharmacology II
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester two of MPA program courses This second course in a two-part series design prepares prospective practitioners for the safe and appropriate application of pharmacological patient care through a study of pharmacotherapeutic agents and dosage, mechanism of action and intended outcomes.
PHAS522 Clinical Patient Care II
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester two of MPA program courses Students are introduced to theory, indications and techniques for a wide range of clinical procedures, therapeutics and interventions common to professional responsibilities and practices in the delivery of safe patient care.
PHAS523 Clinical Heuristics and Decision Making
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester two of MPA program courses Students actively participate in various levels of critical reasoning skills (hypothesis generation, context formulation, heuristic reasoning, decision theory and decision tree data evaluation, and problem list generation) important to basic clinical decision making for appropriate and safe patient care.
PHAS524 Designing a Research Project
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester two of MPA program courses This course lays the foundation for supervised student research initiatives conducted during the clinical year and includes research design and methodology, basic data analysis, critical analysis of literature, writing skills and culminates in a research proposal.
PHAS530 Clinical Medicine III
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester three of MPA program courses This third course in a three-part series design lays the foundation for a working knowledge of patient care through a comprehensive study of illness, medical sciences, treatments and expected outcomes in five defined content areas spanning common self-limited illnesses and complex well-defined chronic disorders.
PHAS531 Fundamentals of Emergency Care
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester three of MPA program courses Topics specific to assessment and management of emergent medical conditions are addressed including initial evaluation, assessment, management and treatment, electrocardiogram (EKG) interpretation, defibrillation protocols, intubation techniques and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training.
PHAS532 Fundamentals of Surgical Patient Care
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester three of MPA program courses This course introduces concepts of surgical team and surgical patient care practices common to preoperative, perioperative and postoperative patient care and provides skill development for competency in selected surgical skills appropriate for the beginner practitioner.
PHAS533 Behavioral Medicine
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester three of MPA program courses This course introduces skills, knowledge and sensitivity needed to communicate and intervene in a variety of psychosocial situations. Topics include the presentation, diagnosis and management of mental disorders commonly encountered in primary care, personal growth and development, normal growth and development of children and adolescents, human sexuality, psychological reactions to disease, counseling skills, and death and dying.
PHAS534 Community & Individual Wellness
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester three of MPA program courses Societal and cultural determinants of health, illness and disease are explored with interactive discussions and service learning focusing on how health promotion, disease prevention and early medical interventions can affect individual and community health.
PHAS535 Evidence-Based Case Management
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester three of MPA program courses A faculty-led forum for developing clinical decision making and management skills through evidence-based methods using clinical literature reviews and problem-based case studies in order to facilitate and promote appropriate, effective and safe patient care.
PHAS601 Developing a Reflective Practitioner I
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester four of MPA program courses Designed to monitor, assess and promote continued learner progress in clinical education and professionalism through lectures, case studies, presentations and continued competency assessment. Students will also engage in a formalized self-assessment of learning through administration of NCCPA-designed PACKRAT I.
PHAS602 Project Scholarship I
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses Students actively demonstrate progress in achievement of synthesis and application of research strategies, critical thinking skills and scholarly writing relative to an approved research initiative (project, thesis, or first- or second-person authorship of a proposed peer-reviewed article) under the direction of a faculty mentor.
PHAS603 Developing a Reflective Practitioner II
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester five of MPA program courses This course is designed to monitor, assess and promote continued learner progress in clinical education and professionalism through lectures, case studies, presentations and continued competency assessment. Students will also engage in a formalized self-assessment of learning through administration of NCCPA-designed PACKRAT II.
PHAS604 Project Scholarship II
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester five of MPA program courses Students actively demonstrate progress in achievement of synthesis and application of research strategies, critical- thinking skills and scholarly writing relative to an approved research initiative (project, thesis, or first- or second-person authorship of a proposed peer-reviewed article) under the direction of a faculty mentor.
PHAS605 Developing a Reflective Practitioner III
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester six of MPA program courses Designed to monitor, assess and promote continued learner progress in clinical education and professionalism through lectures, case studies, presentations and continued competency assessment. Students will also engage in a formalized self-assessment of learning through administration.
PHAS606 Leadership Symposium
Prerequisite: successful completion of semester six of MPA program courses This is a multi-focused course designed to provide a forum for presenting previously conducted student research efforts and a forum for student leadership and discussing the steps to transitioning to practice.
PHAS611 Supervised Clinical Practice in Family Practice
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in out-patient settings (office, clinic and long-term care) with patients of all ages seeking/ needing medical care for acute and minor illnesses, and health conditions and health maintenance visits for conditions common to the discipline of ambulatory family practice. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate effective communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS612 Supervised Clinical Practice in General Internal Medicine
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in outpatient settings and inpatient settings with adult patients seeking medical care for conditions common to the discipline of general internal medicine. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate effective communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS613 Supervised Clinical Practice in General Pediatrics
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in outpatient and inpatient settings with patients in the lifespan of infants, children, and adolescents needing well-child assessments, care of common pediatric illnesses and preventative care services, and conditions common to the pediatric populations. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate effective communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS614 Supervised Clinical Practice in Women's Health
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in assisting and or delivering women's health services at various settings (inpatient, office, outpatient clinics and delivery rooms) with patients needing obstetrical care, gynecological care, pre-natal counseling and counseling on family planning. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS615 Supervised Clinical Practice in General Surgery
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in observing and/or assisting in operating room, inpatient and outpatient settings with general surgery patients requiring inpatient surgical management and spanning the continuum of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate effective communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS616 Supervised Clinical Practice in Emergency Medicine
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in emergency room/department settings with patients seeking medical care for acute illnesses, traumatic injuries and life-threatening conditions common to the discipline of emergency medicine. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate effective communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS617 Supervised Clinical Practice in Psychiatry/Mental Health
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in mixed-patient settings with patients seeking/needing medical care for psychiatric and behavioral conditions. The basic goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to build on core knowledge, demonstrate effective communication skills, refine and expand technical skills, engage in responsible teamwork and model the professional comportment and role of a physician assistant.
PHAS618 Supervised Clinical Practice in Elective I
Prerequisite: successful completion of didactic MPA program courses This six-week course provides novice PA students supervised clinical practice experiences in an elective discipline in order to gain exposure to a specialized service of patient care or in the area of a required discipline enabling continued professional growth in knowledge and skill development in patient assessment, diagnostics, and management, teamwork, interpersonal communications and the role of a physician assistant.
PHAS658 Senior Seminar I and Research
A seminar format is utilized to provide the senior PA students with a concentrated study of identified areas of professional need and/or selected topics of clinical interest. The topics presented will change depending on the identified areas of need and the students' self assessment fund of knowledge and clinical preparation/experiences. When taken as part of the clinical rotation year, this first senior seminar is completed at the end of the first three core rotations. During the first three core rotations, the student will select a capstone project and produce a final draft version with mentorship provided by his or her faculty adviser. Mentoring will be provided both in person and via distance-learning technology. This course may be repeated up to eight semester hours as long as the topic is different.
PHAS659 Senior Seminar II and Research
A seminar format is utilized to provide the senior PA students with a concentrated study of identified areas of professional need and/or selected topics of clinical interest. The topics presented will change depending on the identified areas of need and the students' self assessment fund of knowledge and clinical preparation/experiences. When taken as part of the clinical rotation year, this second senior seminar is completed at the end of the last three core rotations. During the last three core rotations, the student will continue with his or her capstone project and produce a final version. Mentorship is provided by his or her faculty adviser both in person and via distance-learning technology. This course may be repeated for up to eight semester hours as long as the topic is different.