Clinical Course Descriptions

Internal Medicine I

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in internal medicine. The student will gain in-depth knowledge of a variety of medical problems and learn the skills necessary for providing patient care in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Internal Medicine II

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in internal medicine. The student will gain in-depth knowledge of a variety of medical problems and learn the skills necessary for providing patient care in an inpatient or outpatient setting.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Internal Medicine III

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in internal medicine. The student will gain in-depth knowledge of a variety of medical problems and learn the skills necessary for providing patient care in an in-patient or outpatient setting.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Primary Care I

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in outpatient evaluation of pediatric and adult patients, including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Primary Care II

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in outpatient evaluation of pediatric and adult patients, including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Primary Care III

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in outpatient evaluation of pediatric and adult patients, including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Behavioral Medicine

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with a behavioral medicine experience in caring for ambulatory and/or hospitalized patients with psychiatric disorders. The student will perform basic psychiatric evaluations, monitor medications, and support the clinical management plan for patients after psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Pediatrics I

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with experience in outpatient and/or inpatient management of pediatric patients. The student will have the opportunity to perform well child exams, problem-oriented exams, evaluate common pediatric illnesses, and the care of the newborn and children.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Pediatrics II

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with experience in outpatient and/or in-patient management of pediatric patients. The student will have the opportunity to perform well child exams, problem oriented exams, evaluate common pediatric illnesses, and the care of the newborn and children.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

General Surgery

(4 credits):

This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with experience in the operating room as well as pre- and postoperative assessment and outpatient follow-up. Student will be expected to become able to first-assist a surgeon in a surgical setting.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Women’s Health

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in managing common gynecologic disorders. Obstetric experience will include labor and delivery plus routine prenatal and postpartum care.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Emergency Medicine

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience in triage, evaluation, and management of patients in the emergency room setting. The student will have the opportunity to learn skills needed for the appropriate triage, stabilization, diagnosis, and management of patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses as well as the management of less life-threatening problems.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Clinical Elective I

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course is chosen from medical or surgical specialties and subspecialties. The student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these specialties so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a supportive role for such specialists.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Clinical Elective II

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course is chosen from medical or surgical specialties and subspecialties. The student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these specialties so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a supportive role for such specialists.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Clinical Elective III

(4 credits)

This four-week clinical course is chosen from medical or surgical specialties and subspecialties. The student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these specialties, so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a supportive role for such specialists.

Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician assistant program or program permission.

Master’s Capstone

(1 credit)

This course will apply the knowledge and skills from first year research courses and the student will complete their master’s capstone project.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work or program permission.

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