COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM - Pleasantville

DIDACTIC COURSES

PASP 601 Introduction to Interprofessional Education for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This course is designed for healthcare professions students in multiple disciplines. Students from within the College of Health professions will be integrated and explore the principles of interprofessional collaboration within the context of addressing a health-related issues.

Delivered in a blended format, supported by online resources and facilitated group discussions students will be introduced to a variety of healthcare professions, address the importance of team building, quality effective interprofessional communication, collaboration and decision making to enhance the delivery of quality cost effective patient care. 

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: None

PASP 603 Clinical Anatomy and Physiology with Lab for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This comprehensive course is designed to provide Physician Assistant students with an extensive background in the normal anatomy and physiology of the integument, cardiovascular, vascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal, neurologic and autoimmune systems through lectures, and independent learning exercises.  Presentations will have a clinical emphasis. Lectures and labs will emphasize anatomy and anatomic relationships significant to common clinical medicine topics and surgical procedures. 

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: None

PASP 609 Physical Assessment 1 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This course is the first part of a sequenced two-semester course focusing on achieving clinical competence in eliciting and recording a complete medical history, and performing a complete physical examination. Emphasis is placed on history taking and physical exam skills.  The student should be able to counsel patients on health promotion pertinent to each body system across the life span including the neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and associate community. The course is composed of lecture and hands-on laboratory components that are coordinated with each other.  The physical assessment laboratory entails a small group setting where students are taught the skills necessary to perform a comprehensive history and physical exam, and are supervised as they practice on each other.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 4
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: None

PASP 611 Clinical Medicine 1 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the first course of a series of four-semester courses focusing on the study of disease. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the diagnosis and management of common clinical conditions seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in normal anatomy and physiology and coincides with the in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in presented Medical Pharmacology 1. Areas of concentration include the cardiovascular pulmonary systems across the life span.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: None

PASP 614 Clinical Correlations 1 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the first course of a series of four that involves interactive practical integration and application of knowledge and skills acquired from Physical Assessment 1, Clinical Medicine 1, Pathophysiology 1 and Medical Pharmacology.  It is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through collaborative learning and simulation laboratory experiences.  Professionalism and technical competencies are also emphasized. Areas of concentration include the cardiovascular pulmonary systems across the life span.

Lecture hours: 0
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: None

PASP 617 Medical Pharmacology 1 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the first course of a series of four-semester courses, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, dosage forms and dose-response of common medications encountered in the primary care setting.  Classes of pharmaceuticals with a focus on mechanisms of drugs, common side effects, drug-drug interactions and interactions of drugs with disease states under treatment are discussed.  The classes of pharmaceuticals introduced will parallel the organ system being studied in Clinical Medicine I.  Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of the disorders of the cardiovascular pulmonary systems across the life span.

Lecture hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisite: None

PASP 620 Pathophysiology 1 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the first part of a sequenced four-semester course, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of human pathophysiology. This course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the key concepts of the evolution and expression of diseases commonly seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in normal Clinical Anatomy & Physiology and Clinical Medicine 1 and coincides with an in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in Medical Pharmacology 1. Areas of study include the cardiovascular pulmonary systems across the life span.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: None

PASP 623 Physical Assessment 2 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This course is the second part of a sequenced two-semester course focusing on achieving clinical competence in eliciting and recording a complete medical history, and performing a complete physical examination. Emphasis is placed on history taking and physical exam skills.  The student should be able to counsel patients on health promotion pertinent to each body system across the life span including the neonate, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient populations as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and associate community. The course is composed of lecture and hands-on laboratory components that are coordinated with each other.  The physical assessment laboratory entails a small group setting where students are taught the skills necessary to perform a comprehensive history and physical exam, and are supervised as they practice on each other.

Areas of study will include the interview process; abdomen, breasts, urogenital system, rectum, peripheral vascular, musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the mental status examination.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 4
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework.

PASP 626 Clinical Medicine 2 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the second course of a series of four-semester courses focusing on the study of disease. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the diagnosis and management of common clinical conditions seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, and Clinical Medicine I and coincides with the in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in presented Medical Pharmacology 2.  Areas of study include the Musculoskeletal, Neurologic Systems, including Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (EENT) across the life span.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 629 Clinical Correlations 2 for Physician Assistants

This is the second course of a series of four that involves interactive practical integration and application of knowledge and skills acquired from Physical Assessment 1,2, Clinical Medicine 1,2, Pathophysiology 1, 2, Medical Pharmacology 1, 2 and Clinical Correlations 1.  It is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through collaborative learning and simulation laboratory experiences.  Professionalism and technical competencies are also emphasized. Areas of concentration include the musculoskeletal, and neurologic systems as well as the eyes, ears, nose and throat across the life span.

Lecture hours: 0
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 631 Medical Pharmacology 2 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the second course of a series of four-semester courses, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, dosage forms and dose-response of common medications encountered in the primary care setting.  Classes of pharmaceuticals with a focus on mechanisms of drugs, common side effects, drug-drug interactions and interactions of drugs with disease states under treatment are discussed.  The classes of pharmaceuticals introduced will parallel the organ system being studied in Clinical Medicine 2.  Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of the disorders of the Musculoskeletal, Neurologic Systems, including Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (EENT) across the life span.

Lecture hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 634 Pathophysiology 2 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the second part of a sequenced four-semester course, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of human pathophysiology. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the key concepts of the evolution and expression of diseases commonly seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology 1 and Clinical Medicine 2 and coincides with an in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in Medical Pharmacology 2.  Areas of study include the Musculoskeletal, Neurologic Systems, including Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (EENT) across the life span.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 637 Behavioral Medicine, Human Sexuality, and Counseling for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This lecture course is an overview of the principles of behavioral medicine and counseling, including the normal and abnormal psychological development and pathologies of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.  It provides an introductory approach to the interviewing and treatment / counseling of patients with behavioral / psychiatric problems across the life span.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 640 Healthcare Policy, Law, Ethics and Professionalism for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is a one semester course that focuses on the historical development of the PA profession; licensure, key organizations, professional competencies and professional certification.  The PAs role in healthcare policy, law, professional and ethical behavior are topics that are covered. This course will also concentrate on ethical decision making strategies and ethical principles as they pertain to the physician assistant. Students will engage in discussions and case based activities to explore moral, philosophical, and social dilemmas in health care. Topics include issues in human experimentation, beginning and end-of-life care, and the role of culture, religion and the law in clinical practice. Students will explore on the relationships involved in being a primary care provider including the moral, professional and legal obligations of physician assistants, including those involving honesty, and respect for patient well-being, autonomy, dignity and confidentiality.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 643 Clinical Medicine 3 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the third course of a series of four-semester courses focusing on the study of disease. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the diagnosis and management of common clinical conditions seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, and Clinical Medicine I, Clinical Medicine 2 and coincides with the in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in presented Medical Pharmacology 3.  Areas of study include the gastrointestinal, integumentary, and hematologic systems and infectious disease across the life span.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 646 Clinical Correlations 3 for Physician Assistants

This is the third course of a series of four that involves interactive practical integration and application of knowledge and skills acquired from Physical Assessment 1 & 2, Clinical Medicine 1 & 2, Pathophysiology 1 & 2 and Medical Pharmacology 1 & 2 and Clinical Correlations 1 & 2.  It is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through collaborative learning and simulation laboratory experiences.  Professionalism and technical competencies are also emphasized. Areas of concentration include the gastrointestinal, dermatologic and hematologic systems as well as infectious diseases across the life span.

Lecture hours: 0
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 649 Medical Pharmacology 3 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the third course of a series of four-semester courses, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, dosage forms and dose-response of common medications encountered in the primary care setting.  Classes of pharmaceuticals with a focus on mechanisms of drugs, common side effects, drug-drug interactions and interactions of drugs with disease states under treatment are discussed.  The classes of pharmaceuticals introduced will parallel the organ system being studied in Clinical Medicine 3.  Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of the disorders of the gastrointestinal, integumentary, and hematologic systems and infectious disease across the life span.

Lecture hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 652 Pathophysiology 3 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the third part of a sequenced four-semester course, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of human pathophysiology. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the key concepts of the evolution and expression of diseases commonly seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology 1, Pathophysiology 2, and Clinical Medicine 3 and coincides with an in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in Medical Pharmacology 3. Areas of study include the gastrointestinal, integumentary, and hematologic systems and infectious disease across the life span.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 655 Medicine in Medically Underserved Areas and the Healthcare Needs of Special Populations for Physician Assistants          

Course Description: This lecture course addresses the practice of primary care in medically underserved areas including rural, inner-city, immigrant, indigent, military and prison populations. It will also focus on the needs, resources and counseling available for special populations including: the aging, HIV/AIDS, victims of assault, combat veterans, physically, emotionally or intellectually challenged individuals, patients or families of patients with genetic basis for disease or disability, or facing end of life issues and the influence that culture and socioeconomic factors can have on healthcare delivery.

The purpose of this course is for students to learn about and become comfortable with primary care in medically underserved areas, special needs and diverse populations. After the student researches and defines their meaning of “medically underserved” and “Special Needs Populations,” the student will engage in active learning through the associated practicum.  Students will present to the class their experiences with these populations and research potential methods for assessing, planning and implementing treatment for such populations. 

Lecture hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 658 Radiology and Diagnostic Modalities for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This lecture course provides an overview of common radiologic and other diagnostic procedures utilized in primary care.  This includes instruction in basic radiographs, mammography, angiography, CAT scan, tomography, MRI, ultrasound and FAST, PET and nuclear medicine imaging. The associated costs, risk and benefits and discussed for the purpose of patient education along with basic interpretation skills for differential diagnosis formulation. 

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 661 Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology, Genetics and Immunology for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This lecture only course provides the student with an understanding of the use of the clinical laboratory as an aid to the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease. This includes instruction focused on the biochemistry of disease processes and related pharmacology, genetics and immunology and pathogenic categories including: bacteria, rickettsia, mycobacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.  Normal diagnostic values, risk factors associated with diagnostic studies, procedures and differential diagnosis formulations are presented along with patient education regarding diagnostic studies.  Practical field experiences to clinical diagnostic laboratories will reinforce the course materials with an emphasis on the practical application and utilization of laboratory diagnostic testing.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 664 Clinical Medicine 4 for Physician Assistants

This is the fourth course of a series of four-semester courses focusing on the study of disease. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the diagnosis and management of common clinical conditions seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in Clinical Anatomy and Physiology, and Clinical Medicine I, Clinical Medicine 2 and Clinical Medicine 3 and coincides with the in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in presented Medical Pharmacology 3.  Areas of concentration include the genitourinary, reproductive, endocrine systems and behavioral health across the life span.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 667 Clinical Correlations 4 for Physician Assistants

This is the fourth course of a series of four that involves interactive practical integration and application of knowledge and skills acquired from Physical Assessment 1, 2 , Clinical Medicine 1, 2 & 3 Pathophysiology 1, 2  & 3 and Medical Pharmacology 1, 2 & 3 and Clinical Correlations 1, 2 & 3.  It is designed to develop critical thinkers and solidify medical concepts through collaborative learning and simulation laboratory experiences.  Professionalism and technical competencies are also emphasized. Areas of concentration include the genitourinary, reproductive and endocrine systems as well as Psychiatry and Behavioral Health across the life span.

Lecture hours: 0
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 670 Medical Pharmacology 4 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the fourth course of a series of four-semester courses, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, dosage forms and dose-response of common medications encountered in the primary care setting.  Classes of pharmaceuticals with a focus on mechanisms of drugs, common side effects, drug-drug interactions and interactions of drugs with disease states under treatment are discussed.  The classes of pharmaceuticals introduced will parallel the organ system being studied in Clinical Medicine 3.  Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of the disorders of the genitourinary, reproductive, endocrine systems and behavioral health.

Lecture hours: 2
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 673 Pathophysiology 4 for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This is the fourth part of a sequenced four-semester course, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of human pathophysiology. This lecture only course utilizes an organ systems approach to build a knowledge base of the key concepts of the evolution and expression of diseases commonly seen by primary care providers for specific organ system. The course builds on lectures in Clinical Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology 1, Pathophysiology 2, Pathophysiology 3 and Clinical Medicine 3 and coincides with an in-depth instruction of treatment modalities in Medical Pharmacology 3 Areas of concentration include the genitourinary, reproductive, endocrine systems and behavioral health.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 676 Technical Skills and Diagnostic Procedures for Physician Assistants

Enables the student to develop and perfect skills that will be required on clinical rotations. The course enhances clinical experiences, clinical procedures, and further expands upon the knowledge base acquired in the clinical correlations course work. The Clinical Experiences module provides the students with direct patient contact that will advance their skills in in taking a general and focused patient history, it will also improve their physical examination skill set and give them valuable clinical experience in writing a thorough and comprehensive history and physical. In the Clinical Procedures module, students will learn the principles of sterile technique and develop a greater understanding of universal precaution protocol. There are practical sessions devoted to phlebotomy, IV infusion and injection (IM, Sub-Q, intra-dermal) techniques and in developing the proper technique for urinary catheters and nasogastric tubes insertions. Students learn to perform procedures such as hand washing, sterile technique, intravenous and arterial insertions, injection techniques, suturing, wound care, nasogastric tube placement and Foley catheter insertion.  Casting and splinting, surgical scrub, gloving and gowning, minor surgical procedures, chest tube placement, and endotracheal intubation.   Included within this module will be training in Basic Life Support; Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Modules on New York State mandated  Infection Control and Child Abuse and Recognition which are required by clinical facilities prior to a student’s clinical affiliations. 

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2
Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 679 Surgery for Physician Assistants

The course deals with general surgical concepts. The course will also be encompassing the care and management of the surgical patient from the pre-admission stage through the immediate post-operative period. The course structure will detail the different aspects of in-patient and outpatient surgical care and considerations as well as providing the students with a core understanding of mechanisms of wound healing and surgical techniques. Included are illnesses that require surgical intervention, their signs and symptoms, diagnostic modalities, and outcomes. Also covered are basic concepts in anesthesiology, urology, cardiovascular surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, hand surgery, head and neck surgery, and transplant. Students learn about critical care management and how to function as members of a critical care team in the ICU, CCU, and NICU. Topics covered include basic physiologic needs of critical care patients, gas exchange kinetics and pathophysiology, management of multi-organ failure, burn trauma, and neonatal intensive care. An essential focus of the course is the development of skills in clinical reasoning, self-directed learning, teamwork, and communication. Emphasis is placed on the application of new medical/surgical knowledge to clinical situations.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 682 Epidemiology, Medical Research and Biostatistics & Evidence-Based Medicine for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This lecture course introduces research methods used in medicine including the basic concepts of descriptive, analytical and experimental epidemiology.  Students are introduced to comparative strengths and weaknesses of study designs, appropriate statistical analysis for specific study designs, methods of control, measurement, data collection and guidelines for professional communication of results. This course will provide the students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to formulate research questions and hypothesis. Ethical issues in medicine and research are discussed including Belmont Report Standards and Institutional Review Board Protocol.  Specific writing techniques will be addressed. The students will prepare an evidence-based clinical article manuscript, literature review or participate in a research activity.  Research activities may include primary or secondary data analysis for the development of a scholarly manuscript, speaker or poster presentation.  This activity is designed to provide students an opportunity to engage in research or other scholarly activity and to equip students with the necessary skills required to effectively participate in evidence-based medical decision making.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 691 Orientation to clinical year for Physician Assistants

This PASS/FAIL seminar course will include lecture and examination components.  The lecture components will provide students an experience to orient themselves to the clinical year and will include: an overview of clinical sites, roles and responsibilities of both the clinical preceptor and the student, required documentation, assessments and review of applicable policies and procedure. Summative examinations will be administered during this seminar to assess medical knowledge base and skill sets prior to entering the clinical year. This is a PASS fail seminar. A PASS is required for the student to progress into the clinical year.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the previous term’s coursework

PASP 705 Clinical Education Seminar for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This course is designed to assist the PA student to be successful in clinical clerkships and transition into common professional workplace environments. This course is presented in a seminar style that will also include self-directed learning modules. Topics will include inter-professional education (communication and PA healthcare team relations); reimbursement, billing and coding; electronic medical record, information technology for patient/health education and preventive care; systems-based practice; insurance systems and prior authorization; patient safety and quality improvement, include preparing for employment (licensing, credentialing and finding employment); workplace stress and provider burnout; medico-legal and risk management; and current issues, professional and current events in medicine and trends facing the PA Profession.  In addition to scheduled topics, students will be responsible for reviewing assigned topic related readings, researching topic related items and/or presenting case or topic related materials.

Lecture hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 755 Orientation to clinical practice Seminar CAPSTONE for Physician Assistants

Course Description: This PASS/FAIL seminar course and a PASS is required for the student to graduate from the program. This course will include lecture, examination and a final project. It will provide students with an orientation to clinical practice including preparation for the National Commission of the Certification of Physician Assistants examination and information requirements for licensure. Formative examinations will be administered to assess medical knowledge base and skill sets acquired. A formative examination will be administered at the end of the term’s to assess medical knowledge base and skill sets prior graduation and entering the clinical practice of medicine.  

The MSPASP is a non-thesis Master degree. Although the project begun in PASP 682 Epidemiology, Medical Research and Biostatistics & Evidence-Based Medicine is not a thesis, it is expected that the student will research and write a final paper that will be thoroughly researched. The final project will include writing a clinical review article suitable for publication in JAAPA or similar publication.

Lecture hours: 1
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 1
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

CLINICAL CLERKSHIPS

PASP 710 Clinical Clerkship - Primary Care/Family Medicine for Physician Assistants

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the facility’s primary care/family medicine healthcare team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants.  The goal of clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical exposure to primary care patients, including common medical conditions, diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies common for the primary care/family medicine environment. Preceptors will guide student learning activities to assist them in achieving course learning objectives.  It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship.  Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 715 Clinical Clerkship – Pediatrics                for Physician Assistants

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the facility’s pediatric healthcare team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical exposure to Pediatric patients, including common medical conditions, diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies common for the healthcare environment specific to the pediatrics specialty. The student will be exposed to not only the ill child, but also to the well child development and growth within the family unit and in peer interactions. Student will be provided an education module regarding the management of patients with end of life conditions, addressing issues and concerns of patients, family and the multidisciplinary team involved in the palliative care planning and care of the terminally ill patient.  Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 720 Clinical Clerkship - Women’s Health/ OB-GYN for Physician Assistants

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the facility’s women’s healthcare team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical and participate in the care of a variety of patients with obstetric or gynecological complaints. The student will become proficient in accurate assessment of the obstetric patient with emphasis on pre- and post- natal care. The student will also become involved with the practice of "preventive" obstetrics and gynecology as well as common gynecologic disorders. Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 725 Clinical Clerkship - General Surgery for Physician Assistants  

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the facility’s general surgery healthcare team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of clinical clerkship is teach the student to perform a through rapid and methodical assessment, evaluate acutely ill and potentially surgical patients. The student will work as a member of the medical team providing immediate pre- and post-op care as well as gaining hands-on experience in the operating room setting, including the common diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies common for the general surgery specialty. Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 730 Clinical Clerkship - Internal Medicine for Physician Assistants                               

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the facility’s in-patient internal medicine healthcare team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical exposure to primary care patients, including common medical conditions, diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies that are common for the healthcare environment specific to the internal medicine specialty. Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 735 Clinical Clerkship - Behavioral Health for Physician Assistants

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the behavioral health team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants or other credentialed providers for the specialty. The goal of clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical exposure to patients, including common behavioral health conditions, diagnostic procedures, interviewing and counseling techniques and treatments and technologies that are common for the behavioral health specialty addressing patients across the life span. Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 740 Clinical Clerkship - Emergency Medicine for Physician Assistants        

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the facility’s emergency healthcare team and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of this clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical exposure to patients with emergent or urgent medical conditions, diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies that are specific to the emergency medicine specialty addressing patients across the life span. Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 745 Clinical Clerkship - Geriatrics for Physician Assistants

During this five week clinical clerkship the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the geriatric healthcare team at a skilled nursing facility and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of clinical clerkship is to provide the student with practical clinical exposure to geriatric patients, including common medical conditions, the diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies that are common for the healthcare environment specific to the geriatrics specialty. Additionally, the student will be exposed to a hospice healthcare team/home hospice team to provide the student with clinical exposure to patients with end of life conditions, associated issues and concerns of patients, family and the multidisciplinary team involved in the palliative care planning and care of the terminally ill patient. Preceptors will guide the students learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives. It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship. Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework

PASP 750 Elective Clinical Clerkship for Physician Assistants

Students may choose to seek specialty clinical clerkship to augment their clinical experience or choose to perform additional time to build a great foundation of one of the core clinical clerkship.  During this five week clinical clerkship, the student will be exposed to and actively participate as a member of the healthcare team of the elective clerkship and function under the direct supervision of the assigned clinical preceptor, supervision of attending physicians, house staff and physician assistants. The goal of elective clinical clerkship is to provide students either an experience in a new clinical area or additional exposure to patients, including common medical conditions, diagnostic procedures, treatments and technologies that are common for the healthcare environment specific to the clerkship or elective specialty.  Preceptors will guide student learning activities to assist them in achieving the course learning objectives.  It is likely that not all clinical conditions required for the mastery of this content area will be encountered during the clerkship.  Student self-directed learning activities and clinical clerkship support materials will complement the preceptor directed activities.  Students will not be required to secure their own clinical clerkship site. If a student has a particular clinical clerkship site he/she wishes to develop, this may be done in association with and at the discretion of the Clinical Director.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisite: Successful passage of all of the didactic phase coursework