Courses

Core Requirements

 

IPE510 Interprofessional Educ: Exposure

This IPE introductory course provides exposure to learners early in their educational programs to engage in activities that offer knowledge based information, focused on “describing roles and responsibilities” and “demonstrating awareness of interprofessional (IP) communication and teamwork in the context of shared curricular topics required across health professions. An introductory level hybrid course of Inter-Professional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies and an end of course seminar for all students will be required. Prerequisite: Graduate Nursing, Public Health, Counseling Psychology, Athletic Training, or Physician Assistant majors. (0 units; As Offered)

IPE510-A
Herrera, Dayna L.
09/03/2019 - Online
IPE510-A
Herrera, Dayna L.
09/08/2020 - Online

IPE520 Interprofessionl Educ: Immersion

This course will engage intermediate learners in their educational program together through their own programs activities that provide opportunities to continue to build upon IPE competencies and develop collaborative skills , knowledge and additudes. Programs will integrate multifaceted active teaching methods such as simulation, problem based learning, clinical practicum, community –based projects, service-learning, and other IPE activities. Pre- or Co- requisite: IPE 510. (0 units; Fall/Spring)

IPE520-A
Herrera, Dayna L.
09/03/2019 - Online
IPE520-A
Herrera, Dayna L.
01/13/2020 - Online
IPE520-A
Herrera, Dayna L.
09/08/2020 - Online

IPE530 Interprofessionl Educ: Competnce

This course prepares advanced learners to work collaboratively as appropriate, to assess, plan, provide care/intervention and make decisions to optimize client/patient, family, and community health outcomes and improve quality of care through a University wide IPE simulation. Students will draw upon previously learned knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the four domains of IPE education to effectively apply leadership qualities that support collaborative practice, and team effectiveness through reflection and application. Pre- or Co- requisite: IPE 520. (0-1 unit; Spring)

IPE530-A
Herrera, Dayna L.
01/13/2020 - Online

PAS501 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course exposes students to the topography, internal structures and functions of the human body, with correlations to diagnostic modalities currently used by medical practitioners. Case studies illustrate the anatomical findings in classical clinical presentations. Pertinent biochemical principles are applied to cellular and sub-cellular structures and processes which impact health and disease. A systems and inter-systems approach are reinforced in guided labs. (4 units)

PAS502 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

This course further exposes students to the topography, internal structures and functions of the human body, with correlations to diagnostic modalities currently used by medical practitioners. Case studies illustrate the anatomical findings in classical clinical presentations. Pertinent biochemical principles are applied to cellular and sub-cellular structures and processes which impact health and disease. A systems and inter-systems approach are reinforced in guided labs. (4 units)

PAS503 Research Methodology I

This course exposes students to methods used in research. Students will become familiar with common tools used in research. In addition, students will explore and appraise the research process, types of research, sampling and generalizability, reliability and validity, research design, methods of measurement, data collection, and statistical analysis. Students will search the internet and critique peer-reviewed medical literature, with culmination of an article analysis. (1 unit)

PAS504 Research Methodology II

This course exposes students to methods used in medical research and evaluation of the reliability of findings. Students will make recommendations which could improve the research process. In addition, students will appraise the essential requirements for a research paper and discuss the AMA paper format. The course will culminate in a critical analysis of peer-reviewed literature, using concepts taught in the class. (1.5 units)

PAS505 Health Care Ethics

This course exposes students to legal and ethical issues faced in medical practice. Through assigned readings, reflection, application, and class discussions, students will explore approaches that facilitate thinking through the complexities of ethical issues in clinical practice. Representative opinions on death and dying decisions, informed consent, decisional capacity, cultural and religious beliefs, euthanasia and assisted suicide, genetic screening, and the use of humans in clinical research will provide opportunities for thoughtful debate and analysis. (3 units)

PAS506 Medical Microbiology

This course exposes students to the role of microorganisms in infectious diseases, in preparation for advanced coursework in pharmacology, pathophysiology and clinical medicine. Students will appraise the mechanisms of microbial pathogenicity associated with specific infectious diseases, in relation to bacteria, fungi, parasites, mycoplasmas, rickettsias, chlamydias, spirochetes, vibrios, and viruses. (3 units)

PAS507 Clinical Laboratory Science

This course exposes students to clinical considerations for laboratory tests based on patient presentation and clinical findings. An emphasis is placed on interpretation and clinical significance of commonly ordered laboratory tests. The course incorporates both observation and performance of selected laboratory testing procedures applicable to specialty and primary care settings. (3 units)(

PAS508 Professional Practice and Policy I

This course exposes students to the history, development, and current status of the PA profession. Students explore the evolution of the PA profession, current and expected future practice trends, the PA’s role as part of the health care team, patterns of health care delivery, and political and legal factors that affect PA practice. Health care systems, billing, and patient privacy issues, ethical behavior, and professional responsibilities are emphasized. (1 unit)

PAS509 Professional Practice and Policy II

This course exposes students to principles and practices that enhance patient safety, employment considerations, professional liability and risk management. In addition, the student will acquire knowledge and skills in resume writing, job search, interviewing strategies, contract negotiation, state licensure, networking, state practice requirements, credentialing, privileging, DEA certification, and supervisory agreements. (1 unit)

PAS510 History and Physical Examination I

This course exposes students to methods of patient evaluation. Students develop critical thinking, interviewing techniques, examination techniques, and proper equipment use. In addition, students appraise patient responses and culturally background. Students learn how to obtain a patient history, document information using the SOAP format, and use medical terminology. Assessment of the skin, head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, oral cavity, chest and lungs, and nutrition are practiced in a lab setting. (4 units)

PAS511 History and Physical Examination II

This course further exposes physician assistant students to the techniques of obtaining a patient history, performing a physical examination, and formulating diagnoses. Students will develop skills in interviewing techniques, proper use of equipment, history taking, SOAP note writing, performing examinations, and correlating signs and symptoms with disease processes. In addition, students will undertake evaluation of the heart, the peripheral vascular system, the abdomen, the acutely ill patient, the male genitalia, and also perform patient write-ups. (4 units)

PAS512 History and Physical Examination III

This course further exposes physician assistant students to the techniques of obtaining a patient history, performing a physical examination, and formulating diagnoses. Students will develop skills in interviewing techniques, proper use of equipment, history taking, SOAP note writing, performing examinations, and correlating signs and symptoms with disease processes. In addition, students will perform evaluation of the pediatric patient, musculoskeletal system, breast, pregnant female, nervous system and the geriatric patient. The practical culmination is the performance of a comprehensive physical examination. (4 units)

PAS513 Pathophysiology of Disease I

This course exposes students to the pathophysiology of disease and reviews relevant normal structure and function of human organ systems, followed by a study of pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie diseases related to the cardiovascular, blood, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, liver, exocrine pancreatic, renal, and male reproductive systems. (2 units)

PAS514 Pathophysiology of Disease II

This course further exposes students to the pathophysiology of disease and reviews relevant normal structure and function of human organ systems, followed by a study of pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie diseases related the immunologic, rheumatologic, endocrine, nervous systems; infectious, and hematologic disease processes, as well as neoplasia. (2 units)

PAS520 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I

This course exposes students to the principles of pharmacology and the application of pharmacotherapeutics. Students are introduced to the rational use of drugs for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases encountered in the clinical care setting. Essentials of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and applicable biomechanisms are applied to the care and treatment of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. Application of concepts are demonstrated through case presentations. (3 units)

PAS521 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II

This course further exposes students to the principles of pharmacology and the application of pharmacotherapeutics. Students are introduced to the rational use of drugs for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases encountered in the clinical care setting. Essentials of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics and applicable biomechanisms are applied to the care and treatment of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. Application of concepts are demonstrated through case presentations. (3 units)

PAS522 Medical Genetics

This course exposes students to the basic principles of heredity (including cytogenetics, molecular, and mendelian genetics) and the processes that lead to genetic variability in humans. Through a few select genetic disorders, students will become aware of their genetic causes, genetic testing, clinical manifestations of genetic diseases, as well as physical, psychological and social impacts of these disorders on patients. Students attend workshop sessions to solve genetic problems. (1.5 units)

PAS523 Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Epidemiology

The course exposes students to strategies for fostering a provider-patient partnership, and tools for effectively communicating healthy lifestyles. Students will be presented with current information about various conditions commonly seen in the clinical setting. In addition, students will appraise benefits of prevention, barriers to preventive care, historical perspectives, shared decision-making, selectivity of ordering tests, and improving the delivery of preventive clinical services. Particular attention will be paid to Healthy People 2020. (2 units)

PAS524 Behavioral Medicine

This course exposes students to the psychological and social factors that influence human behavior. Students examine how behavior can be influenced by illness, leading at times to poor coping skills, and physical and mental manifestations. In addition, students will explore development through the life cycle, sleep, sexuality, violence, reaction to illness and learn how to take a proper mental health history and perform a Mini-Mental Status Examination. (2 units)

PAS525 Clinical Skills and Procedures I

This course exposes students to practical approaches in the management of medical and surgical conditions. Students perform procedures including prescription writing, aseptic techniques, surgical protocol, venipuncture, intravenous catheterization, suturing techniques, incision and drainage, splinting and casting, oral screening, oral case presentation, and dermatologic procedures. (3 units)

PAS526 Clinical Skills and Procedures II

This course exposes students to practical approaches in the management of medical and surgical conditions. Students perform procedures including radiology, lung and heart sounds, bladder catheterization, nasogastric tube placement, joint access, steroid therapy, anesthesia techniques, BLS, ACLS, and miscellaneous urgent care/primary care procedures. In addition, students will take a PACKRAT and an OSCE exam. (3 units)

PAS530 Clinical Medicine I

This course exposes students to common medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult medicine. Students will appraise typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, and management of these disorders. A correlational approach, and interaction with physical diagnosis, pharmacology, and clinical diagnostics of the head, eyes, ears, nose, throat, heart, and lungs will be incorporated. (3 units)

PAS531 Clinical Medicine II

This course further exposes students to common medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult medicine. Students will appraise typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, and management of these disorders. A correlational approach, and interaction with physical diagnosis, pharmacology, and clinical diagnostics of the gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal, endocrine, infectious diseases, nutrition, metabolic disorders, rheumatology, and fluids, electrolytes and acid-base disorders will be incorporated. (4 units)

PAS532 Clinical Medicine III

This course further exposes students to common medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult medicine. Students will appraise typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, and management of these disorders. A correlational approach, and interaction with physical diagnosis, pharmacology, and clinical diagnostics in dermatology, neurology, infectious diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, oncology/hematology and coagulation disorders, psychiatric disorders, family violence and abuse, rehabilitative medicine, end-of-life issues, and emergency medicine will be incorporated. (4 units)

PAS533 Clinical Medicine IV

This course exposes students to common medical and surgical disorders in the newborn, pediatric and adolescent populations. Students will review pertinent anatomic and pathophysiologic aspects of disease conditions, clinical presentation, physical findings, diagnostic work-up, diagnosis, formulation of treatment plans and referral. In addition, students will obtain knowledge pertinent to the physical and psychosocial development of patients in the newborn to adolescent age group and learn strategies for interviewing, performing evaluations, screening exams, and providing anticipatory guidance. (4 units)

PAS534 Women's Health

This course exposes students to common conditions in caring for the adolescent, adult and elderly female. Students will appraise the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic work-up, and management of these problems. Further, students will learn management techniques involved in pregnancy, fetal medicine, dysmenorrhea, iso-immunization, diabetes and hypertension in pregnancy, complications of pregnancy, labor and delivery, post-partum issues, sexually transmitted diseases, menstrual-endocrine abnormalities, reproductive life extremes, fertility regulation, disorders of pelvic support, ovarian, endometrial, cervical and vulvar neoplasia, and cancer. (3 units)

PAS535 Global Health Engagement

This course exposes students to major global health challenges relating to health and disease. Students will analyze recent and emerging health dilemmas, medical emergencies, effects of poverty and conflicts, health systems and disease prevention. In addition, students will explore strategies for acquiring cultural awareness and sensitivity, understanding the status of global health, and identifying opportunities for medical missions in overseas, and rural and medically under-served areas in the United States. (2 units)

 

Clerkships

 

Students must complete all of the following requirements:

PAS601 Family Medicine Clerkship

Provides practical clinical exposure opportunities for physician assistant students to expand, refine and integrate knowledge and skills in the area of primary care medicine. Students will engage in learning activities that include patient examination, diagnostic laboratory ordering and interpretation, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities, patient referral, follow-up evaluation, case presentations, and patient history and findings documentation. In addition, students will continue to develop skills in clinical problem-solving, evidence-based medicine, inter-professional practice, and effective communication. (5 units)

PAS602 Internal Medicine Clerkship

Provides practical clinical exposure opportunities for the physician assistant student to expand, refine and integrate knowledge and skills in internal medicine. Students will engage in learning activities that include patient examination, diagnostic laboratory ordering and interpretation, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities, patient referral, follow-up evaluation, case presentations, and patient history and findings documentation. In addition, students will continue to develop skills in clinical problem-solving, evidence-based medicine, inter-professional practice, and effective communication. (5 units)

PAS603 Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Provides practical clinical exposure opportunities for the physician assistant student to expand, refine and integrate knowledge and skills. Students will continue to develop skills in clinical problem-solving, evidence-based medicine, inter-professional practice, and effective communication. In addition, the student will expand didactic emergency medicine principles to clinical situations, and refine clinical psychomotor skills. Students will engage in learning activities that include patient examination, diagnostic laboratory ordering and interpretation, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities. (5 units)

PAS604 General Surgery Clerkship

Provides exposure to general and specific principles of evaluating and treating surgical patients, and expands on knowledge and concepts acquired during the didactic phase of the program through practical applications. Students will learn how to evaluate, diagnose, manage, and refer patients presenting with surgical conditions. In addition, students will perform pre-operative work-ups, post-operative documentation and care for patients, and will assist in the operating room as a member of a surgical team. (5 units)

PAS605 Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine Clerkship

Focuses on general and specific principles of evaluating and treating patients in the pediatric and adolescent age groups of both gender, and expands on knowledge and concepts acquired during the didactic phase of the program through practical applications. Students will learn how to perform common pediatric treatment procedures, recognize developmental milestones and manage life-threatening conditions. In addition, students will perform drug dosage calculations, provide immunizations, and provide anticipatory guidance. (5 units)

PAS606 Behavioral Medicine Clerkship

Provides practical clinical exposure opportunities for students to expand refine and integrate knowledge and skills in Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry. Students will develop proficiency in patient history-taking, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of emotional and psychiatric conditions seen in the pediatric to geriatric populations, and in all genders. In addition, students will expand didactic psychiatric medicine principles to clinical situations. (5 units)

PAS607 Women's Health Clerkship

Reinforces and expands on knowledge and concepts acquired during the didactic phase of the program through practical applications. Students will develop proficiency in performing pelvic examinations, saline preps, KOH preps, specimen collection, and some minor surgical procedures such as abscess incision and drainage. In addition students will be involved in providing care for general female conditions, family planning, contraception, prenatal care, preventive education and health promotion related to issues in women’s health. (5 units)

PAS608 Urgent Care Clerkship

Provides students with opportunities to engage in learning activities that include patient examination, diagnostic laboratory ordering and interpretation, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities, patient referral, follow-up evaluation, case presentations, and patient history and findings documentation. In addition to gaining specific skills in the urgent care setting, the student will continue to develop skills in clinical problem-solving, evidence-based medicine, inter-professional practice, and effective communication. (5 units)

PAS609 Elective Clerkship

Students gain additional or new clinical experience by returning to a previous clinical specialty or pursuing studies in another area of clinical interest. Students engage in activities that include patient examination, diagnostic laboratory ordering and interpretation, pharmacotherapeutics, treatment modalities, patient referral, follow-up evaluation, case presentations, and patient history and findings documentation. In addition, students will continue to develop skills in clinical problem-solving, evidence-based medicine and inter-professional practice. (5 units)

 

 

Requirements Timeline

 

Students must complete all of the following requirements:

Program Requirements Timeline

 

 

*Curriculum and program design subject to change