Course Descriptions

Below you will find the descriptions for the courses that are offered in the PA Program, grouped by semester.

 

Semester One | Pre-Clinical

MPA 5001 | Pathophysiology for Health Professions | 5 Credits
A study of the cellular, organ and system changes associated with human disease processes and the physiologic responses associated with selected human pathologies.

MPA 5061 | Clinical Anatomy for Health Professions | 5 Credits
A study and exploration of the human cadaver through lecture, lab dissection and pro-section.

MPA 5081 | Introduction to the PA Profession and the Business of Medicine | 2 Credits
The history, role, practice scope, and professional policies of the physician assistant in health care are explored. This course also presents an interactive and strategic examination of the evolving American health care system, the issues and controversies relative to health care reforms, and the growing impact of managed care.

MPA 5142 | Psychosocial Elements of Wellness | 2 Credits
The societal determinants of health, illness and disease are explored as a continuum of community care, a promotion of cultural sensitivity, and enrichment of the clinician-patient relationship.

MPA 5341 | Legal and Medical Ethical Issues in Medicine | 2 Credits
Examination of the relationships and impact of health law and medical ethics in healthcare by analyzing case studies of contemporary health issues.

 

Semester Two | Pre-Clinical

MPA 5091 | Clinical Assessment I | 3 Credits
Introduces the beginning practitioner to the skills of listening, communicating, data collecting and documenting patient encounters.

MPA 5112 | Clinical Pharmacology I | 3 Credits
Preparation for appropriate administration/prescription of medicines is accomplished through a study of drug classifications, pharmacodynamic actions, and rationale for therapeutic use of prescription and non-prescription medications.

MPA 5132 | Clinical Skills and Therapeutics I | 4 Credits
Introduces and assesses clinical competency of specified skills, diagnostic modalities, and therapeutic interventions related to professional responsibilities and practices in patient care.

MPA 5314 | Patient Counseling and Education | 2 Credits
This course builds on knowledge gained in clinical science courses by providing the student with the skills necessary to educate patients about their disease processes, help patients become a partner in their own health care, and guide the patient toward health promoting behavior.

MPA 5162 | Introduction to Clinical Medicine I | 5 Credits
Designed to lay the foundation for patient care through a comprehensive understanding of illness, this 3-course series in the medical sciences and related technologies addresses care of the adult, adolescent and pediatric patient beginning with common acute self-limited illnesses and progressing to more complex, well-defined chronic disorders.

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Semester Three | Pre-Clinical

MPA 5192 | Clinical Assessment II | 3 Credits
Introduces the use of examination techniques and equipment used during a physical examination and emphasizes the relationship of the exam to the history to aid in developing competency and clinical judgment in clinical assessment. A systematic approach is utilized in studying the comprehensive and problem-oriented clinical assessment of the adult, newborn, pediatric, obstetric and geriatric patient.

MPA 5213 | Clinical Pharmacology II | 3 Credits
Preparation for appropriate administration/prescription of medicines is accomplished through a study of drug classifications, pharmacodynamic actions, and rational for therapeutic use of prescription and non-prescription medications.

MPA 5234 | Clinical Skill and Therapeutics II | 4 Credits
Introduces and assesses clinical competency of specified skills, diagnostic modalities, and therapeutic interventions related to professional responsibilities and practices in patient care.

MPA 5253 | Introduction to Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine | 2 Credits
Introduces population epidemiology and decision-making theory, followed by an introduction to and application of the principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.

MPA 5263 | Introduction to Clinical Medicine II | 5 Credits
Designed to lay the foundation for patient care through a comprehensive understanding of illness, this 3-course series in the medical sciences and related technologies addresses care of the adult, adolescent and pediatric patient beginning with common acute self-limited illnesses and progressing to more complex, well-defined chronic disorders.

IPE 700 | Interprofessional Collaborative Education| 1 Credit 

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Semester Four | Pre-Clinical

MPA 5284 | Journal Review Seminar | 2 Credits
Explores the process of reviewing journal articles for practical application of new medical knowledge and clinical review articles appropriate for PAs. Has practical application for the student to learn to evaluate a broad range of case reports and journal articles for quality and applicability to clinical practice.

MPA 5294 | Clinical Assessment III | 3 Credits
Integrates the history taking and physical examination skills presented in semesters 1 and 2. The course begins with the complete history and physical exam and then introduces the problem focused history and physical exam. Introductory formulation of differential examination skills as well as communicating findings with preceptors rounds out the experience.

MPA 5304 | Problem-Based Clinical Reasoning | 4 Credits
This course promotes a working knowledge base for integrating information into decision-making, diagnosis hypothesis, clinical reasoning, and data resolution skills through cooperative learning strategies and selected clinical topics.

MPA 5333 | Fundamentals of Surgical Patient Care | 3 Credits
Introduces concepts and practices in preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative patient care and promotes skill development and competency in selected surgical skills.

MPA 5364 | Introduction to Clinical Medicine III | 5 Credits
Designed to lay the foundation for patient care through a comprehensive understanding of illness, this 3-course series in the medical sciences and related technologies addresses care of the adult, adolescent and pediatric patient beginning with common acute self-limited illnesses and progressing to more complex, well-defined chronic disorders.

MPA 5465 | Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Seminar | 1 Credit
This seminar course provides an introduction to the clinical phase of the program. In lecture and lab sessions, students will examine documentation, billing and coding, use of technology in clinical practice, and have an opportunity to revisit suturing and clinical skills.

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Semesters Five, Six, & Seven | Clinical Year

NOTE: This sequence applies to the MPA Class of 2015 and beyond
 

MPA 5705 | Supervised Clinical Practice: Family Medicine | 3 Credits (6 weeks)

MPA 5715 | Supervised Clinical Practice: Pediatric Medicine | 3 Credits (6 weeks)

MPA 5725 | Supervised Clinical Practice: General Internal Medicine I | 3 Credits (6 weeks)

MPA 5735 | Supervised Clinical Practice: Emergency Medicine | 3 Credits (6 weeks)

MPA 5745 | Supervised Clinical Practice: General Surgery | 3 Credits (6 weeks)

MPA 5755 | Supervised Clinical Practice: Women's Health | 3 Credits (6 weeks)

MPA 5765 | Supervised Clinical Practice: Specialty Medicine | 3 Credits (6 weeks)
The student may elect one of the following specialty practice experiences:

  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry

MPA 5775 | Supervised Clinical Practice: Elective | 3 Credits (6 weeks)
This may consist of one 6-week elective in a chosen area of medicine or may be split into two 3-week electives. 

MPA 5807 | Service Learning Practicum | 1 Credit
This course provides an opportunity for students to spend at least 40 hours in a community, health related, agency during the clinical year of the program. The goal of the course is to reinforce the community orientation of the medical school and promote a commitment to service in our graduates. Projects are presented to peers prior to graduation.

MPA 5837 | PANCE Review – Seminar | 1 Credit
This "course" will be presented throughout the clinical year. It is modeled after the PANCE Content Blueprint and provides a review in preparation for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

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