Didactic Curriculum

Summer Quarter

MCBA 501 Clinical Anatomy, Lecture/Lab (10 qh)

An in-depth study of the structure of the human body utilizing both lecture and cadaver dissection. Supplemental lectures correlate the anatomical findings with clinical applications for the medical practitioner.

HPAS 500 P.A. Professional Issues and Ethics (2 qh)

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the history and traditions of the PA Profession. This is complemented by a focused review of current philosophies, policies, and ethical issues in contemporary health care targeted at the Health Care professional.

HPAS 508 Interviewing and Medical Documentation (2 qh)

This course will provide the PA student with the proper techniques for obtaining a medical interview and for documenting the medical record. Accurate and efficient data collection, proper responses to patient’s emotions, and skills to educate and influence patient’s behaviors are covered.

HPAS 537 Population Medicine (1 qh)

This course includes evaluation and discussion of the role of the physician assistant in disease prevention and patient education. Additionally, students will design and utilize patient education materials in clinical scenarios.

HPAS 538 Introduction to Clinical Medicine (2 qh) 

This two credit course will provide basic concepts of general medicine, surgery, infectious disease and pharmacy that will provide the foundational knowledge necessary to understand the physician assistant clinical medicine curriculum.  The course will cover the basics of microbiology as applied to antibiotic therapy, pharmacological principles, history of medicine as applied to current practice, the nature of disease and illness, clinical decision-making, and the application of genetics to clinical medicine. This course is the prerequisite for both the General Medicine and Infectious Disease course series (HPAS501, HPAS510 and HPAS520), and the Pharmacotherapy course series (HPAS601, HPAS610 and HPAS620) that provide the core medical, surgical and pharmacy related knowledge in the physician assistant didactic year curriculum.

Fall Quarter

HPAS 501 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-I (10 qh)

The first in a series of three interprofessional General Medicine/Infectious Disease courses; This course utilizes a systems-oriented approach in focusing on the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, imaging, treatment, and prognosis for a wide variety of diseases, syndromes, and disorders. Relevant topics in infectious disease and surgery for each system are also covered.

HPAS 502 Introduction to EKG (1 qh)

This course provides students with a systematic method of interpreting rhythm strips and 12-lead EKGs.

HPAS 515 Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care (2 qh)

This course aims expand the awareness of the physician assistant to psychological and sociological aspects potentially operational in the relationship of patient and physician assistants. Students investigate the contextual setting of medical practice, the patient as a person, and the professional physician assistant’s psycho/social considerations during patient assessment and treatment.

HPAS 528 Research & Statistics (2 qh)

This course will introduce students to the applications of research and statistics in medicine. Use of computer for statistical analysis is included, and students will have the opportunity to analyze data for their Master’s project.

HPAS 536 Clinical Laboratory for the Health Professional (1 qh)

This course applies scientific laboratory methods to diagnostic and therapeutic problems in clinical medicine. Students will learn to order lab tests in a timely, appropriate, and cost effective manner for the purpose of improved patient monitoring and enhanced diagnostic accuracy.

HPAS 650 Complementary Medicine (1 qh)

This course will provide students with a broad perspective of the characteristics and cultural/historical background of complementary health therapies.

HMTD 515A Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care (1 qh)

Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care is an experiential learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health care teams which extends through the fall and winter of the first year. This interactive course is intended to help prepare the health care professional student to provide effective patient-centered health care through small group discussion and problem solving activities. Topics include: team interaction, communication, service learning, information literacy, quality improvement, healthcare professions, diversity in society, the impact of culture, ethnicity and religion on communication and the provision of services, disparities in the healthcare delivery system, and awareness of the impact of a provider’s own wellness and illness beliefs on the decisions he/she makes for patients. Interprofessional teams of students develop and participate in significant community based service learning projects.

HPAS 601 Pharmacotherapy I   (4 qh)

This course is a study of the principles of drug therapy essential to the practice of primary care medicine.  The course is structured using a systems-based educational approach correlating with topics in the General Medicine & Infectious Disease course series.  Essential pharmacology concepts are incorporated within each drug class unit to integrate clinical and basic science education. Pre-requisite: HPAS 538.

HPAS 532-YPHP716 Interprofessional Case Collaborations   (1qh)

The purpose of this one credit course is to prepare students to work together in collaborative interprofessional teams while understanding the concepts of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic techniques and medical management and treatments as they apply to physician assistants and pharmacists. This course is a supplemental case-based course to the General Medicine and Pharmacotherapy courses. This course will also provide reinforcement of key concepts relevant to patient care as students work interprofessionally to solve case-based, patient-centered issues. Relevant interprofessional topics will be addressed throughout the course.   

Winter Quarter

HPAS 510 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-II (10 qh)

This course is the second in a series of three General Medicine/Infectious Disease courses as described above.

HPAS 512 Clinical Decision Making I (2 qh)

Utilizing case studies, this course teaches the systematic approach to the assessment and management of clinical problems, including ordering appropriate diagnostic studies, developing a differential diagnosis, formulating a treatment plan, and describing disease prognosis.

HPAS 513 Physical Examination, Lecture/Lab (4 qh)

This course teaches the student to perform a comprehensive head-to-toe physical examination of an adult, and the proper documentation of physical findings in the medical record.

HPAS 525 Geriatrics (2 qh)

This course introduces the student to the principles of Geriatric Medicine with an emphasis on the normal changes of aging, clinical implications of the aging process, and recognizing, assessing and treating medical problems common to the geriatric population.

HPAS 540 Pediatrics (2 qh)

This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of pediatric medicine, covering the neonate through adolescence, including preventive care and diagnosis and management of common pediatric disorders.

HMTD 515B Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care  (1 qh)

This course is a continuation of HMTD 515A. For more information, see the above listing. 

HPAS 610 Pharmacotherapy II        (3 qh)

This course is a study of the principles of drug therapy essential to the practice of primary care medicine.  The course is structured using a systems-based educational approach correlating with topics in the General Medicine & Infectious Disease course series.  Essential pharmacology concepts are incorporated within each drug class unit to integrate clinical and basic science education. Pre-requisite: HPAS 601.

HPAS 533-YPHP716  Interprofessional Case Collaborations   (1qh)

The purpose of this one credit course is to prepare students to work together in collaborative interprofessional teams while understanding the concepts of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic techniques and medical management and treatments as they apply to physician assistants and pharmacists. This course is a supplemental case-based course to the General Medicine and Pharmacotherapy courses. This course will also provide reinforcement of key concepts relevant to patient care as students work interprofessionally to solve case-based, patient-centered issues. Relevant interprofessional topics will be addressed throughout the course.   

Spring Quarter

HPAS 518 Emergency Medicine (2 qh)

This course introduces the PA student to the principles of Emergency Medicine including the PA’s role in triage, assessment, and emergency management. A variety of neonatal, pediatric and adult emergencies will be discussed. In addition, the student will be expected to successfully complete an American Heart Association CPR course (level C) as part of this class.

HPAS 519 Obstetrics and Gynecology (2 qh)

This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the student with the principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It will cover a wide variety of common problems, focusing on diagnosis and treatment.

HPAS 520 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-III (10 qh)

This course is the third in a series of three General Medicine/Infectious Disease courses as described above.

HPAS 522 Clinical Decision-Making-II (2 qh)

This is the second of two clinical problem solving courses as described above.

HPAS 523 Clinical Procedures, Lecture/Lab (3 qh)

This course covers the indications, contraindications, step-by-step procedures, and potential complications of multiple hands-on skills that are commonly performed by PAs in clinical practice. In addition, students will be required to successfully complete an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (A.C.L.S.) training course.

HMTD 551 Leadership in the Healthcare Environment (3 qh)

This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the complex nature of health care facility problems and learn a systematic approach to problem resolution through the group problem solving process.

HNUT 561 Clinical Nutrition for Health Professionals I (1 qh)

This course focuses on the areas of nutrition for health maintenance, including: metabolism requirements and sources of nutrients; nutritional needs during the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation, enteral and parenteral nutrition, critical illness and drug-nutrient interactions.  

HPAS 620 Pharmacotherapy III       (3 qh)

This course is a study of the principles of drug therapy essential to the practice of primary care medicine.  The course is structured using a systems-based educational approach correlating with topics in the General Medicine & Infectious Disease course series.  Essential pharmacology concepts are incorporated within each drug class unit to integrate clinical and basic science education. Pre-requisite: HPAS 610.

HPAS 646 Advanced Physical Examination Lecture/Lab (3 qh)

This course expands upon the HPAS 513 Physical Examination course. Students will learn to perform focused physical examinations as well as specialty exams that are typically performed by PAs in clinical practice.

HPAS 534-YPHP716 Interprofessional Case Collaborations   (1qh)

The purpose of this one credit course is to prepare students to work together in collaborative interprofessional teams while understanding the concepts of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic techniques and medical management and treatments as they apply to physician assistants and pharmacists. This course is a supplemental case-based course to the General Medicine and Pharmacotherapy courses. This course will also provide reinforcement of key concepts relevant to patient care as students work interprofessionally to solve case-based, patient-centered issues. Relevant interprofessional topics will be addressed throughout the course.   

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