Didactic Year

Pathologists’ Assistant Department

Course Descriptions

First Year – Summer Quarter

MCBA 501 Clinical Anatomy, Lecture/Laboratory, 10qh

Structure of the entire human body is studies through formal lectures and cadaver-based laboratories.  Emphasis is placed on the clinical applications of anatomy.

HAPA 560 Clinical Correlations I, Lecture, 3qh

This is the first part of a full-year sequence designed to provide a bridge between the didactic coursework of the first-year curriculum and its application to the practice of Surgical and Autopsy Pathology by Pathologists’ Assistants in the clinical setting. This course is taken in conjunction with the corresponding Clinical Correlations Laboratory sequence. This segment provides an introduction to the basic principles of human development and biomedical imaging. The human development portion starts from embryo to fetus to post-uterine life with course work structured to synchronize with gross anatomy. Lectures will present normal development with an emphasis placed on clinical scenarios commonly encountered in an anatomical laboratory setting. The biomedical imaging portion is designed to introduce students to both radiology and gross photography.

HAPA 560A Clinical Correlations I Lab, Laboratory, 2qh

This is the first part of a full-year laboratory sequence designed to provide a practical, hands-on experience to the didactic portion of the corresponding Clinical Correlations lecture sequence. This segment of the course provides an introduction to the basic principles of human development and biomedical imaging. The human development portion will utilize fetal specimens for demonstration and practice of techniques used by a Pathologists’ Assistant. The biomedical imaging portion is designed to introduce students to the practice of gross photography in a variety of laboratory situations.

HAPA 535 Medical Terminology, Lecture, 1qh

This course instructs the student in an advanced level of medical terminology pertinent to the practice of pathologists’ assistants.   

HAPA 550 Seminar I, Lecture/Discussion, 1qh

This course is designed as an introduction to the profession.  Students will become familiar with the history and traditions of the Pathologists’ Assistant Profession, and will learn about the work of Pathologists’ Assistants as they function in various health care settings.  This is complemented by a focused review of contemporary medical ethics.

First Year-Fall Quarter

MPAT 600A General and Systemic Pathology, Lecture/Laboratory, 6qh

The biologic bases and mechanisms of disease, including inflammation and repair, and cell injury by infectious, immunologic, vascular, genetic, physical, chemical, and neoplastic mechanisms followed by a beginning survey of disease with emphasis on clinical pathologic correlations.  This is the medical school pathology sequence and is three quarters in length.

PBBS 503A Structure and Function, Lecture/Laboratory, 7qh

This is a two quarter course sequence, which will present the principles of medical histology and physiology through formal lecture and laboratory experiences.  Normal organ systems will be examined at the ultrastructural, microscopic and whole-organ levels.

HAPA 561 Clinical Correlations II, Lecture, 3qh

This is the second part of a full-year sequence designed to provide a bridge between the didactic coursework of the first-year curriculum and its application to the practice of Surgical and Autopsy Pathology by Pathologists’ Assistants in the clinical setting.  This course is taken in conjunction with the corresponding Clinical Correlations Laboratory Sequence. This segment provides the student with an introduction to clinical practice in the anatomic pathology laboratory, emphasizing the applications of histology techniques and histochemistry, in addition to the basic principles of medical microbiology and laboratory safety.

HAPA 561A Clinical Correlations II Lab, Laboratory, 1qh

This is the second part of a full-year laboratory sequence designed to provide a practical, hands-on experience to the didactic portion of the corresponding Clinical Correlations lecture sequence. This segment of the course provides an introduction to the basic principles of laboratory safety, prosection, microbiology, ergonomics, and policies. The laboratory safety portion will introduce students to the safe and appropriate handling of blades of various sizes. The prosection portion will utilize food items and surgical specimens to introduce various techniques involved in prosection. The microbiology portion will introduce students to common microbiological techniques/procedures utilizing both their own normal flora and that found naturally in the environment. The ergonomics portion will utilize tools commonly encountered in the lab to raise awareness of the importance of an ergonomic environment. The policies portion will complement the corresponding lecture component.

HMTD 515 Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, 1qh

HMTD 515 is the first component, extending through the fall winter and spring quarters, of the Interprofessional First Year Experience for all incoming students at Rosalind Franklin University. The course is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health care teams focusing on the collaborative approach to patient centered care, with emphasis on team interaction, communication, service learning, evidence based practice and quality improvement. Interprofessional teams of students develop and participate in significant community based service learning projects. These projects focus on Prevention Education. There is also an opportunity for a small cohort of interprofessional students to collaborate in a patient centered clinical experience.

HAPA 551 Seminar II, Lecture/Discussion, 1qh

This is the first quarter of a two-quarter seminar on research design and methodology.  The seminar is designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in an in-depth exploration of a topic of their group’s choosing, related to either pathologists’ assistant education and professionalization or pathologists’ assistant clinical practice.  The goal of the seminar is to survey and critique current literature related to the chosen topic, and design and execute a study which will add to the current body of research about pathologists’ assistants.  The work will culminate in the production of a poster to be shown next year at the All School Research Symposium in the spring and at the AAPA annual meeting in the Fall. 

First Year-Winter Quarter

MPAT 600B Systemic Pathology, Lecture/Laboratory, 6qh

The biologic bases and mechanisms of disease, including inflammation and repair, and cell injury by infectious, immunologic, vascular, genetic, physical, chemical, and neoplastic mechanisms followed by a beginning survey of disease with emphasis on clinical pathologic correlations.  This is the medical school pathology sequence and is three quarters in length.

PBBS 503A Structure and Function, Lecture/Laboratory, 4qh

This is a two quarter course sequence, which will present the principles of medical histology and physiology through formal lecture and laboratory experiences.  Normal organ systems will be examined at the ultra structural, microscopic and whole-organ levels.

HAPA 562 Clinical Correlations III, Lecture, 5qh

This is the third segment of the full-year sequence designed to provide a bridge between the didactic coursework of the first year curriculum and its application to the practice of Surgical and Autopsy Pathology by Pathologists’ Assistants in the clinical setting.  This segment emphasizes systemic surgical pathology running parallel to MPAT 600B (General and Systemic Pathology).

HAPA 562A Clinical Correlations III Lab, Laboratory, 2qh

This is the third part of a full-year laboratory sequence designed to provide a practical, hands-on experience to the didactic portion of the corresponding Clinical Correlations lecture sequence. This segment of the course provides an introduction to the basic principles of prosection of various specimens as pertaining to organ systems covered in Clinical Correlations lecture, General and Systemic Pathology, and as outlined in surgical pathology dissection manuals. This laboratory sequence will utilize various food items, specimens from our collection, as well as animal organs as appropriate.

HMTD 515 Foundations for Interprofessional Practice, 1qh

This is the second component, extending through the fall winter and spring quarters, of the Interprofessional First Year Experience for all incoming students at Rosalind Franklin University. The course is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health care teams focusing on the collaborative approach to patient centered care, with emphasis on team interaction, communication, service learning, evidence based practice and quality improvement. Interprofessional teams of students develop and participate in significant community based service learning projects. These projects focus on Prevention Education. There is also an opportunity for a small cohort of interprofessional students to collaborate in a patient centered clinical experience.

HAPA 552 Seminar III, Lecture/Discussion, 1qh

This is the second quarter of a two-quarter seminar on research design and methodology.  The seminar is designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in an in-depth exploration of a topic of their group’s choosing, related to either pathologists’ assistant education and professionalization or pathologists’ assistant clinical practice.  The goal of the seminar is to survey and critique current literature related to the chosen topic, and design and execute a study which will add to the current body of research about pathologists’ assistants.  The work will culminate in the production of a poster to be shown next year at the All School Research Symposium in the spring and at the AAPA annual meeting in the Fall. 

First Year-Spring Quarter

MPAT 600C Systemic Pathology, Lecture/Laboratory, 7qh

The biologic bases and mechanisms of disease, including inflammation and repair, and cell injury by infectious, immunologic, vascular, genetic, physical, chemical, and neoplastic mechanisms followed by a beginning survey of disease with emphasis on clinical pathologic correlations.  This is the medical school pathology sequence and is three quarters in length.

HAPA 561 Clinical Correlations IV, Lecture, 5qh

This is the fourth segment of the full-year sequence designed to provide a bridge between the didactic coursework of the first year curriculum and its application to the practice of Surgical and Autopsy Pathology by Pathologists’ Assistants in the clinical setting.  This segment emphasizes systemic surgical pathology running parallel to MPAT 600C (General and Systemic Pathology).

HAPA 561A Clinical Correlations IV Lab, Laboratory, 2qh

This is the fourth segment of a full year laboratory sequence designed to provide practical, hands-on experience to complement the didactic portion of the corresponding Clinical Correlations lecture sequence. This segment of the course provides an introduction to the basic principles of prosection of various specimens as pertaining to organ systems covered in Clinical Correlations lecture, General and Systemic Pathology, and as outlined in surgical pathology dissection manuals. This laboratory sequence will utilize various food items, specimens from our collection, as well as animal organs as appropriate.

HAPA 540 Autopsy Pathology, Lecture, 2qh

This course provides an introduction to autopsy pathology and includes instruction in forensic, perinatal and pediatric pathology. There is a laboratory component to this class that includes practicing autopsy techniques on cadavers.  The final project includes a PowerPoint group presentation of the cadaver evisceration and pertinent medical findings.

HAPA 540A Autopsy Pathology Lab, Laboratory, 2qh

This is the corresponding laboratory to complement the Autopsy Pathology lecture-based course, and provides the student with hands-on experience practicing autopsy techniques on cadavers.

PBBS 504 Neuroscience, Lecture/Laboratory, 4qh

Neuroscience is a comprehensive series of lectures on the structure, neurophysiology, function, and neurological disorders of the human nervous system.  The lectures are complemented by visual aids, laboratory demonstrations and clinical applications.

HMTD 551 Leadership in the Healthcare Environment, Lecture/Discussion, 3qh

This interprofessional course is designed to introduce the student to the concept of leadership within the healthcare environment.  Leadership skills learned as part of previous service activities, sports, or academic study will be applied to the healthcare setting using case studies and small group discussion.  The course begins with an overview of leadership styles, and then continues with more specific topics such as building teams, evaluating other, managing finances, managing risk, marketing of healthcare and healthcare policy.

HAPA 553 Seminar IV, Lecture/Discussion, 1qh

This seminar is designed to examine medicine from the perspective of the humanities – specifically the disciplines of the history of medicine, medical anthropology and medical sociology.  Perspectives from other disciplines such as literary criticism, film criticism, etc… may also be used.

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