Physician Assistant (PHA)

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PHA-601   Human AnatomyCredits: 5   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Anatomy is a central focus of basic science education. During this course the student is introduced to gross anatomy presented by the regional approach. The student becomes familiar with the back, chest, upper extremity, abdomen, pelvis, lower extremity, neck, head, the central nervous system, and internal viscera. Instruction is primarily in lecture and lab format. However, atlases, computer programs, and other visual aids are available. Student performance is evaluated in both written and practical examinations.

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PHA-602   Human PhysiologyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides a basic understanding of human physiology while covering the processes of how the body functions. This lecture-based class will lead to an understanding of how the body responds to stimuli and how it maintains homeostasis while exposed to a varying environment.

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PHA-603   Introduction to Patient AssessmentCredits: 5   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Students will be introduced to basic history taking and physical examination techniques, psychosocial development and behavior, and the effective relationship between the physician assistant, other health professionals, and the patient. Techniques of physical examination and use of examining equipment are introduced. Students are assigned to preceptors for the purpose of taking complete histories and performing a complete physical examination on patients.

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PHA-604   Behavioral MedicineCredits: 2   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides an overview of psychiatric concepts and an introductory approach to the evaluation of patients with behavioral issues. Includes a discussion of various psychiatric syndromes, with a review of causal factors and clinical presentation. Provides an overview of normal human behavior development over the life span. The impact that psychological problems have on the total health care of the patient will be emphasized.

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PHA-605   Health PromotionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Designed to prepare students to provide healthcare and patient education using a patient-centered approach. Students will receive in-depth instruction in the principles of the patient-provider relationship, disease and the illness experience, health promotion and disease prevention. Includes an overview of basic nutrition standards and guidelines, fundamentals of nutrition assessment, and nutrition throughout the life cycle.

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PHA-606   Physical DiagnosisCredits: 4   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Continuation on the focus of Introduction to Patient Assessment on developing physical examination skills and the process of clinical data collection. Introduces the process of clinical reasoning and decision making. Attention will be provided to the recognition and appropriate description of common abnormal physical findings. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis and interpretation of clinical data that occurs during the process of formulating a differential diagnosis.

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PHA-607   Diagnostic and Clinical ProceduresCredits: 5   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Instruction in interpretation of and indications for clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography, and diagnostic radiography. Identification and understanding of normal and abnormal results, and correlation with medical cases will be emphasized. The final exam emphasizes critical thinking with case-based analysis.

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PHA-608   Pharmacology for Physician AssistantsCredits: 2   

Co-requisite(s): PHA-609

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Covers the most common classes of medications and their use in a variety of medical conditions. The primary focus of this course is the mechanism of actions of these drug classes and a description of different types of drug-receptor interactions. This basic pharmacology course allows the physician assistant student to better understand the clinical use of drugs covered in Clinical Therapeutics (PHA-609).

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PHA-609   Clinical TherapeuticsCredits: 2   

Co-requisite(s): PHA-608

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Designed to demonstrate the practical application of pharmaceutical science as utilized for the formulation of drug therapy decisions.

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PHA-610   PathophysiologyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Focuses on the fundamentals of the pathologic changes that occur in different organs of the body. Gross and microscopic specimens are used to provide a clear understanding of the disease processes that affect the human body. Conducted as a lecture series that is supplemented by readings, lecture notes that will be emailed to the student, and a review of pathologic slides and specimens when appropriate. Provides an understanding of the pathologic process that leads to clinical signs and symptoms of diseases.

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PHA-611   NeuroscienceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Covers the basic structure, organization, and function of the central nervous system (CNS). Lectures and laboratories focus on understanding localization of function within specific structures and pathways of the brain and spinal cord, and typical syndromes associated with vascular accidents, trauma or diseases of the various parts of the CNS. Neuroscience is a foundational course addressing basic anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Neuroscience incorporates the view that individuals actively use their bodies in typical and adaptive strategies to achieve mastery in life roles. Behaviors are learned and generated through normal functioning of the nervous system. With damage to the central nervous system, behavior-and therefore function-is altered. The central nervous system has the capacity to adapt or compensate behaviorally. Prepares students in programs of occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant with knowledge about normal function, the effects of damage, and neural plasticity in preparation for clinical intervention.

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PHA-612   Introduction to the Physician Assistant ProfessionCredits: 1   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Introduces the student to the physician assistant profession and professional practice issues. Includes the history of the Physician Assistant profession, significance of the PA-physician team, professional organizations, professionalism, and professional development.

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PHA-615   Topics in Medicine and Surgery IIICredits: 6   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-637 and PHA-638

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Topics in Medicine and Surgery III is the third in a series of three courses instructing students in clinical medicine presented in an organ systems format. The course builds upon the knowledge acquired in Topics in Medicine & Surgery II. Students will develop their knowledge base in the genetics, epidemiology, clinical presentation, work-up, non-surgical and surgical treatment and management of the covered conditions/diseases. The courses provide students instruction in health promotion and disease prevention, generating differential diagnoses, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, patient management including acute and chronic care plans, patient education, and specialty referral specific for the conditions/diseases covered in each course. Combined, the Topics in Medicine and Surgery courses instruct students on the provision of medical care across the life span including prenatal, infant, children, adolescents, adults, and elderly patients. The courses emphasize the development of clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities needed for the practice of clinical medicine. Additionally, the courses are designed to prepare students to work collaboratively in interprofessional patient centered teams.

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PHA-616   Physiology & Pathophysiology ICredits: 3   

Course Type(s): None

This is the first of two courses providing students with in-depth study of medical physiology & pathophysiology. Physiology and Pathophysiology I is designed to offer foundational training in the principles of medical physiology and pathophysiology, in addition to more specific training pertaining to the organ systems covered in the course that, when possible, are aligned with the topics delivered in concomitant Topics in Clinical Medicine coursework. Together, the two courses provide a foundation in human physiology coupled with the in-depth study of pathophysiological processes that lead to clinical signs and symptoms of illness and diseases.

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PHA-617   Physiology and Pathophysiology IICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

This is the second of two courses providing students with in-depth study of medical physiology & pathophysiology. Physiology and Pathophysiology II builds on knowledge acquired in Physiology & Pathophysiology I to offer further training in the medical physiology, in addition to more specific training pertaining to the organ systems covered in the course that, when possible, are aligned with the topics delivered in concomitant Topics in Clinical Medicine coursework. Together, the two courses provide a foundation in human physiology coupled with the in-depth study of pathophysiological processes that lead to clinical signs and symptoms of illness and diseases.

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PHA-618   Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy I course is the first of two courses providing students with in-depth study in the science and applications of pharmacology. This course covers an introduction to the principles of pharmacology, pharamacogenetics, and pharmacotherapy in addition to the indications, contraindications, interactions, and adverse effects of specific drug classes and the drugs within each class.

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PHA-619   Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-618

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy II course is the second of two courses providing students with in-depth study in the science and applications of pharmacology. This course builds upon the knowledge gained in the first semester course and provides an in-depth study of the indications, contraindications, interactions, and adverse effects of specific drug classes and the drugs within each class.

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PHA-620   PA Professional PracticeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

PA Professional Practice is designed as a comprehensive introductory course to the PA profession and professional practice issues. Topics include the history of the PA profession, professionalism, team-based interprofessional care, patient-centered care practices, the medical coding, billing and documentation, healthcare systems and policies, concepts of public health, patient safety, quality improvement and risk management.

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PHA-621   Topics in Medicine and SurgeryCredits: 5   

Co-requisite(s): PHA-622

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Instructs students in the various disease entities in preparation for clinical internships. Students will develop their knowledge base in the etiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnoses, and therapeutic approach to disease processes. This course is composed of a series of lectures provided by primary care practitioners and specialists. Topics covered include a full-range of adult and pediatric health problems. An introduction to the fields of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ophthalmology, and Surgery is included. Attention is focused on data collection, problem solving, clinical decision making, and the importance of incorporating patient education and preventive counseling in the clinical encounter.

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PHA-622   Clinical ManagementCredits: 2   

Co-requisite(s): PHA-621

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Using literature searches, critical analysis, and newly acquired medical information students study various clinical patient scenarios and apply basic medical knowledge in an effort to evaluate and recommend appropriate treatment. Students will employ all the tools acquired in previous courses to analyze these scenarios to develop realistic diagnoses, problem lists, and plans incorporating the proper ancillary clinical and diagnostic methods appropriate for supporting the diagnosis. The student will also be required to recommend therapeutic measures as deemed necessary. This is the first student effort to organize all of the knowledge gained to date and to exercise this knowledge in true patient management.

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PHA-623   Clinical Skills ICredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-603

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Clinical Skills I builds upon the previous semester's Introduction to Patient Assessment course to further advance interpersonal and communication skills resulting in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professions, development of clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities, patient evaluation, work-up, diagnosis, intervention, and management. The course will be modularized to accompany the topics covered in the Topics in Medicine & Surgery II courses occurring in the same semester.

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PHA-624   Behavioral Medicine and PsychiatryCredits: 4   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides an overview of psychiatric concepts and an introductory approach to the evaluation of patients with behavioral issues. Includes a discussion of various psychiatric syndromes, with a review of causal factors and clinical presentation. Provides an overview of normal human behavior development over the life span. The impact that psychological problems have on the total health care of the patient will be emphasized.

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PHA-625   Research Methods ICredits: 2   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

An exploration in the fundamental concepts of research in the health sciences. Problem finding, formulation of a research question, research methodology, design, and data collection and interpretation will be addressed. Ethical considerations in research will be discussed. Published research articles will be critically analyzed. At the conclusion of the course, the students will have developed the framework of an original study, which will be further developed in PHA-626.

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PHA-626   Biostatistics for Physician Assistant's ResearchCredits: 2   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

The goal of this course is to enhance each student's understanding and effective use of the techniques used to describe and analyze data in health sciences. The intention is not to produce the sophistication in statistics, computer programming, or psychomotor application needed to develop and carry out major research projects. Rather, it is an introductory-level course with the objective of developing students' competence in the application of the basic statistical techniques used to explore, describe, and analyze information for research or evaluation purposes.

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PHA-627   Research Methods ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Research Methods I is the first of 2 courses specifically designed as the PA student's graduate-level research training with emphasis on practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI). The course includes specific training in principles of practice-based learning & improvement, basic biomedical statistics, research methods & design, and the analysis and application of medical research geared towards improving patient outcomes in clinical practice. As the first of two courses, this course will serve as a foundational course enabling the PA student to develop a practice-based improvement project that will be finalized in Research Methods II delivered during the clinical phase of training.

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PHA-628   Clinical Skills IICredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-623

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Clinical Skills II builds upon the previous semester's Clinical Skills I course to further advance interpersonal and communication skills resulting in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professions, development of clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities, patient evaluation, work-up, diagnosis, intervention, and management. The course will be modularized to accompany the topics covered in the Topics in Medicine & Surgery III courses occurring in the same semester. Prerequisite; PHA-623.

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PHA-629   PathologyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-601 and PHA-602

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The course provides a comprehensive overview of human pathology with emphasis on molecular and gross mechanisms of disease. The course provides an introduction to the organization, structure and function of normal cells and tissues; the pathophysiology principles of cellular injury, inflammation, circulatory disorders and atherosclerosis, immune injury, infection, degenerative disease, genetic disorders, neoplastic and environmental injury; and pathology of major organ systems.

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PHA-632   Biomedical EthicsCredits: 2   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

The application of human and professional values, judgments, and choices to selective ethical dilemmas that arise in clinical practice. Traditional and contemporary approaches to resolving professional dilemmas will be discussed as well as ethics related to the delivery of healthcare.

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PHA-633   Epidemiology for Physician AssistantsCredits: 2   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Provides a basic understanding of the epidemiologic method of identifying disease-causing agents. Emphasizes the generation of hypotheses based on descriptive epidemiologic data, the testing of hypotheses by analytical epidemiologic research, the determination of causality, and the value of epidemiologic research in developing disease-prevention programs.

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PHA-635   Research Methods IICredits: 1   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-625

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Many of the tasks of this course are related to the completion of the research study which was begun in Research Methods I (PHA-625). Much of the work of this single-credit course is accomplished through small group activities outside of formal class sessions. Class sessions for the course are infrequent. These will be lecture-discussion sessions in which we will meet to discuss topics designed to facilitate the completion of the research study and to enhance knowledge of medical research in general. Reading assignments should be completed prior to these meetings so that class discussions can be meaningful. Lecture notes, assignments and announcements will be posted on the e-Campus course site. Students should check both class and Web-based discussions.

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PHA-636   Healthcare PolicyCredits: 2   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

The overall goal of this course is to provide the student with information regarding the various topics related to the U.S. healthcare delivery system. The student will also be made aware of the impact that healthcare policy and managed care has on the total health of a patient. The course is given during the final semester of the third professional year so the student can incorporate clinical skills with an analytical perspective on those issues that drive the current health care system. Classes will be conducted as a series of group discussions supported by the required textbook readings, e-Campus posted articles, and small group-led discussions on those articles with analysis focused on how each affects cost, quality, and access to medical care. Attention will be given to the current events surrounding the issue of healthcare reform. Additionally, the course will be augmented by occasional guest lecturers.

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PHA-637   Topics in Medicine and Surgery ICredits: 5   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Topics in Medicine and Surgery I is one of three courses instructing students in clinical medicine presented in an organ systems format. Students will develop their knowledge base in the genetics, epidemiology, clinical presentation, work-up, non-surgical and surgical treatment and management of the covered conditions/diseases. The courses provide students instruction in health promotion and disease prevention, generating differential diagnoses, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, patient management including acute and chronic care plans, patient education, and specialty referral specific for the conditions/diseases covered in each course. Combined, the Topics in Medicine and Surgery courses instruct students on the provision of medical care across the life span including prenatal, infant, children, adolescents, adults, and elderly patients. The courses emphasize the development of clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities needed for the practice of clinical medicine. Additionally, the courses are designed to prepare students to work collaboratively in interprofessional patient centered teams.

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PHA-638   Topics in Medicine and Surgery IICredits: 6   

Prerequisite(s): PHA-637 and successful completion of all previous coursework

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Topics in Medicine and Surgery II is the second of three courses instructing students in clinical medicine presented in an organ systems format. The course builds upon the knowledge acquired in Topics in Medicine & Surgery I. Students will develop their knowledge base in the genetics, epidemiology, clinical presentation, work-up, non-surgical and surgical treatment and management of the covered conditions/diseases. The courses provide students instruction in health promotion and disease prevention, generating differential diagnoses, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, patient management including acute and chronic care plans, patient education, and specialty referral specific for the conditions/diseases covered in each course. Combined, the Topics in Medicine and Surgery courses instruct students on the provision of medical care across the life span including prenatal, infant, children, adolescents, adults, and elderly patients. The courses emphasize the development of clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities needed for the practice of clinical medicine. Additionally, the courses are designed to prepare students to work collaboratively in interprofessional patient centered teams.

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PHA-640   Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences ICredits: 8   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

The Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) courses include various clinical clerkships providing the student with the direct patient care exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences. In all experiences the student will participate in patient-care experiences under the supervision of a licensed clinician. It is in these clerkships that students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the didactic phase of the program to actual patient encounters. Combined, the four SCPE courses provide the opportunity for students to train in hospitals, emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, outpatient practices, and surgical environments.

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PHA-641   Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences IICredits: 8   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences II (SCPEs II) I is the second of four courses that include various clinical clerkships arranged as modules to provide the student with direct patient care exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences over the span of four semesters. In all experiences the student will participate in the provision of medical care for patients across the lifespan under the supervision of a licensed clinician, primarily a board-certified and licensed physician or a nationally certified and licensed PA. It is in these clerkships that students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the didactic phase of the program to actual patient encounters. Combined, the four SCPE courses provide the opportunity for students to train in hospitals, emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, outpatient practices, and operative environments. At the conclusion of the four SCPEs courses, students will have had in-depth training and patient-care experiences in core areas, including Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, and Women's Health Care, including prenatal and gynecologic care. Additionally, students have selective clerkships that can be in one of the core areas or a specialty practice area.

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PHA-642   Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences IIICredits: 8   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences II (SCPEs II) I is the third of four courses that include various clinical clerkships arranged as modules to provide the student with direct patient care exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences over the span of four semesters. In all experiences the student will participate in the provision of medical care for patients across the lifespan under the supervision of a licensed clinician, primarily a board-certified and licensed physician or a nationally certified and licensed PA. It is in these clerkships that students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the didactic phase of the program to actual patient encounters. Combined, the four SCPE courses provide the opportunity for students to train in hospitals, emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, outpatient practices, and operative environments. At the conclusion of the four SCPEs courses, students will have had in-depth training and patient-care experiences in core areas, including Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, and Women's Health Care, including prenatal and gynecologic care. Additionally, students have selective clerkships that can be in one of the core areas or a specialty practice area.

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PHA-643   Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences IVCredits: 8   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences II (SCPEs II) I is the last of four courses that include various clinical clerkships arranged as modules to provide the student with direct patient care exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences over the span of four semesters. In all experiences the student will participate in the provision of medical care for patients across the lifespan under the supervision of a licensed clinician, primarily a board-certified and licensed physician or a nationally certified and licensed PA. It is in these clerkships that students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the didactic phase of the program to actual patient encounters. Combined, the four SCPE courses provide the opportunity for students to train in hospitals, emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, outpatient practices, and operative environments. At the conclusion of the four SCPEs courses, students will have had in-depth training and patient-care experiences in core areas, including Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, and Women's Health Care, including prenatal and gynecologic care. Additionally, students have selective clerkships that can be in one of the core areas or a specialty practice area.

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PHA-651   Clinical Clerkships ICredits: 5   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Clinical Clerkship year 1 is the first of two years of clinical clerkships providing the physician assistant student with the real-time patient/clinician exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences. In all experiences the student will be a member of either a health care delivery team and/or paired with a licensed practitioner in each medical discipline or service. Students are at all times held to the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity.

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PHA-652   Clinical Clerkships IICredits: 12   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Clinical Clerkship year 2 is the second clinical clerkship providing the physician assistant student with the real-time patient/clinician exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences. In all experiences the student will be a member of either a healthcare delivery team and/or paired with a licensed practitioner in each medical discipline or service. Students are at all times held to the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity.

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PHA-653   Clinical Clerkships IIICredits: 10   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Clinical Clerkship year 3 is the third clinical clerkship providing the physician assistant student with the real-time patient/clinician exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences. In all experiences the student will be a member of either a healthcare delivery team and/or paired with a licensed practitioner in each medical discipline or service. Students are at all times held to the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity.

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PHA-654   Clinical Clerkships IVCredits: 12   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Clinical Clerkship year 4 is the fourth clinical clerkship providing the physician assistant student with the real-time patient/clinician exposures across required core and elective clinical experiences. In all experiences the student will be a member of either a healthcare delivery team and/or paired with a licensed practitioner in each medical discipline or service. Students are at all times held to the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity.