PA Completion Program Course Descriptions

Physician Assistant Master's Degree Completion Program (Online)

Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine

This course introduces students to the concepts of evidence-based medicine and clinical research design, while stressing the examination of evidence from clinical research as a basis for clinical decision-making.  Students learn how to construct well-built clinical questions based on patient problems and to perform medical literature searches that yield optimal results.  Methods for critically appraising the medical literature are emphasized throughout the course, as well as strategies for keeping up with new medical findings relevant to clinical practice. 


LEADERSHIP AND THEORY IN HEALTHCARE

This course provides an introduction to leadership in organizations and helps PAs apply these principles to his or her practice. A historical review of leadership theory and research will be accompanied by current developments in understanding leadership. Students will assess their own leadership styles, using various questionnaires, structured feedback, and self-analysis assignments. The course develops leadership skills and planning for each student’s on-going development as a leader in healthcare. 


Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

This course is designed to teach the physician assistants health promotion topics. This course will review the practice frameworks for health promotion including US Preventive Service Taskforce (USPSTF) recommendations and Health People 2010/2020 leading health indicators. This course has two major themes. The first is that providing good preventive care is essential to the health of your patients and to the delivery of cost effective healthcare. The second is that in your role as a clinician, one of your most important responsibilities is to communicate effectively to educate your patients.


Research Methods/Master Project

All Master’s students are required to develop a quality paper in AMA style that meets the standards required for publication in a peer-reviewed professional journal. This course is designed to provide the future healthcare provider with knowledge and skills in medical writing such as articles for biomedical journals, case reports, and reports of clinical studies, review articles, editorials, and book reviews. Topics include: the writing process, writing technique, common writing problems, choosing the right journal, and working with journal editors and reviewers. This is a non-thesis Master’s degree. Although the Master project is not a thesis, it is expected that the final paper will be thoroughly researched and well written. The final project will include a clinical review or a CME article.