Physician Assistant Program

Summer

PAS 500      Intro to PA Profession             1 credit
This course is designed to introduce the student to the PA profession; its history, organizations, current trends in the profession, the physician/PA team, professionalism, patient consent, HIPAA, credentialing, and licensure.  This course explores cultural issues and patient care, quality assurance, and risk management. Prerequisites: Matriculation into Physician Assistant Program.

Lecture: 2 hour

PAS 510      Anatomy                                    5 credits                                             
The Gross Anatomy course for the Physician Assistant students is focused on the body’s structure. The course is organized according to six major body regions: upper limb; lower limb and back; thorax; abdomen; pelvis; and head and neck.  Lectures, tutorials, and computer aided instruction will be given throughout the course. Students will work with prosections in the anatomy laboratory. Each student is expected to learn anatomical terminology as well as three-dimensional and radiological anatomy.  Throughout the course students will be challenged to relate the anatomy to the solution of clinical problems.  The latter is an integral part of the anatomy curriculum. Students will be evaluated by a series of written examinations and laboratory practicals. Lectures in neuroanatomy will be included in the course. Prerequisites: Matriculation into Physician Assistant Program.

Lecture: 4.5 hours
Lab: 9 hours

PAS 520      Physical Diagnosis I                  3 credits
This course is designed to introduce the student to patient history taking and communication skills.  Students will begin using medical diagnostic equipment as they develop the skills needed to perform complete and focused physical examinations.  Students will examine assigned lab partners and simulated patient to gain the skills and knowledge to perform a thorough history and physical examination. The pediatric, adult, and geriatric physical examinations will be emphasized. Prerequisites: Matriculation into Physician Assistant Program.

Lecture: 4 hours
Lab: 4 hours                           

PAS 575   Public Health Issues                    2 credits
The course is designed to address public health issues, introduce the student to promotion of health and lifestyle changes as well as prevention of disease.  Identification of community resources and health services will be researched. Prerequisites: Matriculation into Physician Assistant Program.

Lecture: 4 hours

PAS 515     Physiology/pathophys I             1 credit
This course presents an overview of basic physiological processes as a cornerstone for subsequent courses.  Core concepts of Physiology/Pathophysiology I include: the physiology of major cellular functions and cell communication; primary mechanisms of infection and the immune response; fundamentals of endocrinology; and an introduction to neurophysiology and neuropathology.  Prerequisites: Matriculation into the Physician Assistant Program. 

Lecture: 1 hour

PAS 525   Medical Law, Ethics & the Healthcare Delivery System   1 credit
This course is designed to provide a basic level of knowledge in the structure and function of the healthcare delivery system, medical law, and ethical theories and issues as they apply to the PA and PA/physician team. Issues discussed will include reimbursement, inequality to accessing health care issues, health care policies, and the roles of the different members of the health care professional team. Prerequisites: Matriculation into the Physician Assistant Program 

Lecture: 1 hour

PAS 505   Pharmacology   1 credit
This course will introduce students to the general principles of pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, pharmacoltherapy, and pharmacodynamics). The focus will be the basic science principles that provide the foundation for clinical pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics. The course will also review human biochemistry and physiology as it relates to pharmacokinetics. Prerequisites: Matriculation into the Physician Assistant Program.

Lecture: 1 hour

Fall

PAS 516     Physiology/pathophys II           2 credits
Continuation of PAS 515. This course presents normal physiology of four major body systems as a foundation for clinical evaluation and intervention. Core concepts of Physiology/Pathophysiology II include: functional units of the central and peripheral nervous systems, mechanisms of disorders of the nervous system, implications of cellular and whole muscle function for genetic and traumatic pathologies, normal cardiovascular function, common cardiovascular disorders, and the components of the blood and lymph and associated disorders. Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 515, PAS 520 

Lecture: 3 hours

PAS 550    Clinical Medicine I                9 credits
This course is designed to study the etiology, presentation, evaluation and management of various diseases and disorders.  Students will learn how to order appropriate and interpret diagnostic tests and formulate differential diagnosis for common disease found in the primary care setting.  Emphasis in this course will be on the neurology, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, infectious disease, and pulmonary systems.  Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 515, PAS 520

Lecture: 8 hours

PAS 521      Physical Diagnosis II                3 credits
This course is a continuation of PAS 520 Physical Diagnosis II.  Students will learn the components of the physical examination, recognize abnormal and normal findings, and communicate the information in oral and written formats.  The pediatric, adult, and geriatric physical examinations will be emphasized.  Simulated patients will be used to enhance history taking and physical examination skills. Prerequisites: PAS520

PAS 535      Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics I    2 credits
This is the first of three courses in Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics.  Students will be introduced to the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmacodynamics. The course runs parallel to the Clinical Medicine systems and is designed to provide the background for appropriate use of pharmaceuticals in the treatment of disease.  Focus is on identifying drug classes, side effects, recognizing adverse drug reactions, drug-drug interactions, mechanisms or action, importance of patient education to assist in the compliance of medications and avoiding problems. When indicated, information will be provided on over the counter and alternative medicines.   Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 515

Lecture: 2 hours

PAS 530     Clinical Genetics  1 credit
This course will focus on the clinical aspects of inherited disorders. The primary focus will be on identification, evaluation, and clinical course of common genetic disorders. Counseling and support networks available to patients with common genetic disorders will also be discussed. Prerequisities: PAS 505, 510, 520, 521, 535, and 550.

Lecture: 1 hour

Spring

PAS 536     Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics II    2 credits
This is the second of three courses in Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics.  Students will be introduced to the general principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmacodynamics. The course runs parallel to the Clinical Medicine systems and is designed to provide the background for appropriate use of pharmaceuticals in the treatment of disease.  Focus is on identifying drug classes, side effects, recognizing adverse drug reactions, drug-drug interactions, mechanisms or action, importance of patient education to assist in the compliance of medications and avoiding problems. When indicated, information will be provided on over the counter and alternative medicines.  Prerequisites: PAS 535, PAS 550         

Lecture: 2 hours

PAS 551    Clinical Medicine II               9 credits
Continuation of PAS 550 studying the etiology, presentation, evaluation and management of various diseases and disorders.  Students will learn how to order appropriate and interpret diagnostic tests and formulate differential diagnosis for common disease found in the primary care setting.  Emphasis in this course will be on the Renal, GI, Endocrinology, Reproductive, and Hematology will be included in this course. Prerequisites: PAS 510, 515, 520, 521, 535, 550

Lecture: 8 hours

PAS 517    Phys/Pathophysiology III           2 credits
Continuation of PAS 515 and PAS 516. This course presents normal physiology of three major body systems as a foundation for clinical evaluation and intervention. Core concepts of Physiology/Pathophysiology III include: physiology of normal respiratory function and common respiratory disorders, normal renal function and control, renal failure and other disorders, normal gastrointestinal function and associated disorders. Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 515, PAS 516, PAS 530, PAS 535, PAS 550   

Lecture: 2 hours         

PAS 545    Clinical Skills I                            3 credits
This is the first of a two semester course in clinical skills and procedures.  Students will be instructed in skills such as manual medicine, EKG interpretation, nasogastric tube placement, urinary bladder catheterization, ACLS, and aseptic techniques.  Students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills by completing simulations/lab practical time. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first summer and fall term in the professional phase of the program.

Lecture: 2 hours
Lab: 2 hours

PAS 540     Behavioral Medicine                 2 credits
This course is designed to provide the student with tools to evaluate, diagnose, and manage psychiatric conditions. Students will gain an appreciation for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) classifications of mental illness as well as the importance of timely referrals to other healthcare professionals.  Information will be provided on behavioral issues that impact health, the genetic and environmental aspects of behavioral disorders, etiology and treatment of substance abuse, responses and coping mechanisms for stress, growth and development, life cycle development, personality development, human sexuality, death and dying and bereavement. Prerequisites: PAS 530, PAS 550, PAS 535

Lecture: 4 hours

PAS 560       Research Methods                   2 credits
This course is designed, with emphasis on the incorporation of evidence-based medicine, to acquaint the student with common research methodology. Students will learn how to construct a research   proposal that would be acceptable to peers and external reviewers.  Students will produce a proposal, including the topic, research question(s), review of the literature with an emphasis upon evidence-based studies, proposed methodology and design, and bibliography.  The student will learn how to perform medical literature searching strategies that yield optimal results. Methods for critically appraising the medical literature are emphasized throughout the course along with strategies for keeping up with new medical findings. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first summer and fall term in the professional phase of the program.

Lecture: 2 hours

Second Summer                                                                         

PAS 518    Phys/Pathophysiology IV           1 credit
Continuation of PAS 515, PAS 516, and PAS 517. This course presents normal physiology of the endocrine and reproductive systems as a foundation for clinical evaluation and intervention. Core concepts of Physiology/Pathophysiology IV include: the function of the principles of endocrinology, genetic endocrine syndromes, diseases of the endocrine system, physiology of the normal reproductive system, and a variety of male and female reproductive disorders. Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 515, PAS 516, PAS 517, PAS 530, PAS 535, PAS 550     

Lecture: 1 hour           

PAS 552       Clinical Medicine III               5 credits
Continuation of PAS 550 and 551 studying the etiology, presentation, evaluation and management of various diseases and disorders Students will learn how to order appropriate and interpret diagnostic tests and formulate differential diagnosis for common disease found in the primary care setting. Emphasis in this course will be on the eyes, ears, nose and throat (EENT); pediatrics, and dermatology.  Geriatric topics not previously covered throughout the clinical medicine systems will be discussed.  Prerequisites: PAS 515, PAS 516, PAS 535, PAS 536, PAS 550, PAS 551.

Lecture: 14 hours

PAS 546      Clinical Skills II                        3 credits
Continuation of PAS 545.  This is the second of a two semester course in clinical skills and procedures.  Students will be instructed in skills such as casting and splinting, suturing, gloving and gowning, sterile techniques, surgical scrub, wound care and dressing, pulmonary function testing, and  lumbar puncture.  Students will also be instructed on proper coding for reimbursement. Additional simulations will be conducted during this course.  Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 545, PAS 550, PAS 551

Lecture: 4 hours
Lab: 4 hours

PAS 565       Surgery/Emergency Medicine     2 credits 
This course is designed to present the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and the appropriate management of medical emergencies. Emphasis is also placed on acute care and management of surgical conditions. Prerequisites: PAS 510, PAS 515, PAS 516, PAS 517, PAS 535, PAS 536, PAS 545, PAS 550, PAS 551           

Lecture: 4 hours

Clinical Year

PAS 600      Capstone Project                      4 credits
This course is designed to enable PA students to research and prepare a scholarly paper on an approved topic in clinical medicine. The student will be required to present the paper to peers, PA program and medical school faculty prior to graduation.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.                    

Rotations

PAS 610  Family Medicine             8 credits
This is a required 4 week rotation in family practice under the supervision of a clinical site preceptor.  The student will gain experience and be able to integrate the knowledge and skills learned during the didactic phase to interact with patients and their families, order and interpret lab and diagnostic tests, evaluate, and manage patients effectively.  Students will have the opportunity to manage acute and chronic care in addition to patient education and increase their knowledge in the use of psychoactive pharmaceuticals and perform a thorough psychiatric interview. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program. 

PAS 620  Internal Medicine Rotation        8 credits
This is a required 8 week rotation in internal medicine under the supervision of a clinical site preceptor.  The student will gain experience and be able to integrate the knowledge and skills learned during the didactic phase to interact with patients and their families, order and interpret lab and diagnostic tests, evaluate, educate patients about health maintenance, review patient records and evaluate established patients for their continual medical care.  Students will have the opportunity to manage acute and chronic care in addition to patient education. With experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, the student will be able to recognize emergent, acute, and chronic diagnoses and participate in the necessary continuity of care for each. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.   

PAS 625 Behaviorial Medicine Rotation    4 credits

This required 4 week rotation will provide clinical training, under the supervision of the site supervisors, in the evaluation and management of patients with psychiatric disorders. Students will be exposed to a variety of disorders across the age spectrum that will increase their ability to utilize the DSM classification system, best determine the need for routine versus emergent care, provide appropriate counseling methodologies and to better understand the medicinal aspects of psychiatric care. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.

PAS 630  Emergency Medicine Rotation    4 credits
A 4 week required clinical experience under the supervision of the site preceptor in which the student will have the opportunity to evaluate and treat a wide variety of urgent, emergent and life-threatening conditions.  The student will learn to triage patients, interact with patients’ families, and become more proficient at taking rapid accurate histories, performing physical examinations, ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, and formulating a treatment plan. The student will have the opportunity to make oral presentations to preceptors. Clinical procedures performed during this rotation may include suturing, endotracheal intubation, and ACLS. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.             

PAS 640  Surgery Rotation                          4 credits
This is a required 4 week rotation in surgery under the supervision of a clinical site preceptor.  The student will participate in pre, peri, and postoperative care.  Students will gain experience in the evaluation of acutely ill surgical patients, assist in surgery, and identify indications, contraindications, and potential complications. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.          

PAS 650  Pediatric Rotation                        4 credits
This is a required 4 week rotation in pediatrics under the supervision of a clinical site preceptor.  The student will refine their history taking and physical examination skills in the pediatric population, perform well child checks, evaluate children for developmental milestones, and diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses in children and adolescents.  The student will have the opportunity to educate and counsel the patient and their parent or guardian. (Minimum of 40 hours a week)  Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.                                 

PAS 660  Elective Rotation                          4 credits
This is a required 4 week rotation in a field chosen by the student.  This experience gives the student the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in a particular specialty of medicine.  The site must be approved by the Director of Clinical Education and will be scheduled later in the clinical year. (Minimum of 40 hours a week)  Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.     

PAS 665  Selective Rotation           4 credits        

This required 4 week rotation will take place in an approved area of LMU-DCOM PA Program's core Medical or Surgical rotational experiences. The experience will give students the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills in an area of professional interest. Though selected by the student, the rotation must be approved by the Director of Preceptor Recruitment and Development. The rotation will generally be selected from sites that have been previously established by the Program though new site development is possible pending need and available time. This rotation may be used to "extend" any other required rotation based on space availability and prior approval. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.   

PAS 670  Women’s Health Rotation           4 credits
This is a required 4 week rotation under the supervision of the site preceptor in which students will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of concerns related to female reproductive system.  Students will further develop their knowledge of assessment and treatment, preventive care, and screening recommendations of women’s health issues.  The rotation will also provide the opportunity for the student to become more familiar with women’s health exams, pregnancy, menopause, and infertility.  The student will have opportunities to participate in pre- and post-natal care. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.                                 

PAS 690  Orthopedics                                   4 credits
This is a required 4 week rotation in orthopedics under the supervision of the site preceptor. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills to care for patients with orthopedics problems that can be found in the primary care setting. Students will have the opportunity to participate in pre-, intra-, and postoperative care. (Minimum of 40 hours a week) Prerequisites: Successful completion of the didactic phase of the program.