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Curriculum

Didactic Curriculum

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

This course utilizes formal lecture and cadaver dissection to perform an in-depth study of the structure of the entire human body. This format is supplemented with several lectures specifically designed to 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 512 Clinical Decision Making  (1 qh)

This course will provide the PA student with the proper techniques for obtaining a medical interview and for documenting the medical record. 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. This is the first of four clinical problem solving courses.

HPAS 537 Population Medicine (2 qh)

This course introduces the concepts of population medicine such as public health, epidemiology, health education, community oriented primary care, prevention, advocacy and disparities in health care. The student will explore the connections between clinical and population medicine with emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion.

HPAS 538 Introduction to Clinical Medicine for the Physician Assistant (2 qh) 

This 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 history of medicine as applied to current practice, the nature of disease and illness, clinical decision-making, the basics of microbiology and clinical laboratory medicine as applied to patient evaluation and management.

HPAS 539 Introduction to Pharmacotherapy (1 QH)

This course will provide the foundational knowledge necessary to understand general pharmacotherapy principles and practice.  The course will cover pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, medication safety, as well as the drug approval process used by the Federal Drug Administration.  This course will also cover clinical pharmacokinetics and an overview of antibiotic therapy. 

Fall Quarter

HPAS 501 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-I (9 qh)

This course is the first in the series of three courses studying principles of patient clinical care. Using an organ-system based approach; lectures discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of various disease syndromes in the areas of dermatology, neurology, psychiatry, and cardiology. The course incorporates principles of diagnostic imaging study interpretation and surgical principles into the discussion of diseases. Infectious disease topics relevant to each system are also discussed.

HPAS 502 Introduction to EKG (2 qh)

This course provides students with a systematic method of interpreting a 12-lead EKG with respect to rate, rhythm and blocks, electrical axis determination, hypertrophy, ischemia, injury, infarction, and miscellaneous drug, electrolyte, disease, and pacemaker effects.

HPAS 515 Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care (1 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 522 Clinical Decision Making II (2 qh)

This course will provide the PA student with the proper techniques for obtaining a medical interview and for documenting the medical record. 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. This is the second of four clinical problem solving courses as described above.

HPAS 528 Research & Statistics (2 qh)

This course will introduce students to the applications of research and statistics in medicine. Topics include principles of research, ethics, information retrieval, the literature review and critical examination of articles. Students begin their work on group research projects and research competencies. In the statistics portion, descriptive and inferential statistics are taught with relevance to research 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 650 Complementary Medicine (1 qh)

This course covers the fundamentals of numerous complementary and alternative health modalities by highlighting how the physician assistant can make appropriate referrals and educate their patients on the cultural and historical background of these therapies. The student will be given the opportunity to interact with specialists in various fields of complementary medicine

HIPS 515 A Foundations for Interprofessional Practice  (1 qh)

Foundations for Interprofessional Practice is designed to introduce interprofessionalism as an approach in healthcare practice. Students will be exposed to many new concepts that will challenge how they consider relationships with colleagues, community members, and the patient or client. This course teaches students to consider the impact of patient-centered, collaborative teamwork by exposing them to diverse agendas and viewpoints.

HPAS 600 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 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 (9 qh)

This course is the second in the series of General Medicine and Infectious Disease courses as described above. Topic areas are: endocrinology, hematology/oncology, immunology and HIV disorders, urology/nephrology, pulmonology, as well as clinical aspects of fluids and electrolytes and acid-base disorders.

HPAS 542 Clinical Decision Making III (2 qh)

This course will provide the PA student with the proper techniques for obtaining a medical interview and for documenting the medical record. 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. This is the third of four clinical problem solving courses as described above.

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.

HIPS 515 A Foundations for Interprofessional Practice  (1 qh)

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

HPAS 610 Pharmacotherapy II (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 600.

HPAS 532 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 (3 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 (8 qh)

This course is the third in the series of General Medicine and Infectious Disease courses as described above. This final quarter focuses on disorders commonly seen in specialty practice. Topic areas are: gastroenterology, biliary disease, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and rheumatology. This course also includes a series of lectures and activities that provide an introduction to the clinical year.

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.

HIPS 551 Leadership in the Healthcare Environment (2 qh)

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.

HPAS 620 Pharmacotherapy III (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 610.

HPAS 646 Advanced Physical Examination Lecture/Lab (2 qh)

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

HPAS 532 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.  

Clinical Curriculum

Students will be expected to travel to several clerkships at locations distant from the school.  While many sites have housing available, students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their own housing. 


HPAS 550 Internal Medicine (6qh) 
Six-week clerkship in an Internal Medicine setting.  

HPAS 560 General Surgery (6qh) 
Six-week clerkship in a General Surgery setting.  

HPAS 565 Family Medicine (6qh) 
Six-week clerkship in a Family Medicine setting.  

HPAS 570 Women's Health (6qh) 
Six-week clerkship in an Obstetrics-Gynecology setting.  

HPAS 575 Pediatrics (6qh) 
Six-week clerkship in a Pediatric setting.  

HPAS 580 Emergency Medicine (6qh) 
Six-week clerkship in an Emergency Medicine setting. 

HPAS 591 and HPAS 592 Elective Rotation (6qh each) 

Two, six-week clerkships in a core curriculum specialty, or a variety of subspecialties. The sites are subject to availability and approval by the Department.

 HPAS 690 Master's Project (8qh) 

 Students can choose from three research content tracks: Evidence-based Medicine, Educational or Clinical. Within the  Educational and Clinical tracks  students may do library-based or experiential research, while the Evidence-based Medicine  track involves solely library-based research.