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PAS - Physician Assistant

PAS 505 Human Physiology

Course Description: This course will cover the normal functioning of human tissue and organs as well as their integration into specific biological systems.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer.

3 credits

PAS 510 Psychosocial Medicine

Course Description: This course will study the diverse cultural, ethical, and psychosocial issues that affect the medical interview and the evolving clinician- patient relationship. We will examine the powerful influence of the patient's mind and his social context on the development and management of disease. Accurate and meaningful history taking is an exceptionally important aspect of the clinical encounter; it is a core clinical skill. The medical interview determines the quality and quantity of data the health care professional has to work with in identifying and solving the patient's problems. To this end, we will utilize role-play interviews, round table discussion and small group interactions.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer.

2 credits

PAS 511 Professionalism and Biomedical Ethics

Course Description: formatV This one semester, two-credit course critically examines the professional aspects of physician assistant practice and the role of the physician assistant as a member of the health care team. This course will also concentrate on ethical decision making strategies and ethical principles as they pertain to the physician assistant.


Course Rotation: NY: Summer.

2 credits

PAS 512 Gross Anatomy

Course Description: This course will provide the students with a thorough understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body. Developmental and clinical considerations will be included. This course will include lecture and laboratory.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 505 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 510 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 511 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 513 Gross Anatomy II

Course Description: This course is a continuation of the PAS 512 course and will provide students with a thorough understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body. Developmental and clinical considerations will be included. This course will include lecture and laboratory prosection.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 534 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 547 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 601 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 604 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 606 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 514 Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine

Course Description: Epidemiologic research methodology will be covered. Evidence-Based Medicine is a technique used to access the most current medical information and apply lessons learned to clinical care.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 534 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 547 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 601 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 604 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 606 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 515 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

Course Description :This course is designed to teach physician assistant models and agents for health promotion. This course will review the practice frameworks for health promotion. The future of health promotion including economic consequences will be discussed.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 513 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 514 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 535 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 602 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 605 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 607 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 648 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 534 Pathophysiology

Course Description: Pathophysiology is the study of disease and disease processes as a scientific basis for understanding health and disease in the study of clinical medicine. This course is designed to provide the basic pathophysiologic understanding of diseases and the resulting clinical manifestations, while placing less emphasis on diagnosis and treatment issues. This course provides the necessary linkage between the basic sciences and the clinical presentation of disease states. This is a two semester course.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 505 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 510 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 511 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 535 Pathophysiology II

Course Description: Pathophysiology is the study of disease and disease processes as a scientific basis for understanding health and disease in the study of clinical medicine. It is designed to provide the basic pathophysiologic understanding of diseases and the resulting clinical manifestations, while placing less emphasis on diagnosis and treatment issues. This course provides the necessary linkage between the basic sciences and the clinical presentation of disease states.

Course Rotation: Spring

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512, PAS 534, PAS 547, PAS 601, PAS 604, and PAS 606 All with a Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 547 Medical Pharmacology I

This is the first course of a sequenced set of two-semester courses, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of pharmacology. Emphasis has been placed on the integration of clinical applications of various medications as well as basic principles and biochemical properties. At the completion of these courses, students are expected to know the basic principles if pharmacology, which medications to prescribe in various clinical settings, and understand potential benefits, side effects, risks and relative costs.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 505 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 510 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 511 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 601 Clinical Medicine I

Course Description:This is the first of a 3 semester sequences course focusing on the study of disease. Emphasis is on the integration of essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. Through lecture and case-based format, the student will acquire the skills to formulate diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, compose management plans, implement treatment and provide appropriate patient education.

5 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 505 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 510 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 511 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 602 Clinical Medicine II

Course Description: This five-credit course is the second part of three sequenced courses, which introduce physician assistant students to the study of medicine and disease processes. Emphasis has been placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. In PAS 602, the major content areas include obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterolgy, endocrinology, neurology orthopedics, rheumatolgy and urology/nephrology.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

5 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 534 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 547 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 601 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 604 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 606 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 603 Clinical Medicine III

Course Description : This eight credit course is the third part of three sequenced courses, which introduce physician assistant students to the study of medicine and disease processes. Emphasis has been placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered on the primary care setting. In PAS 603, the major content areas include geriatrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and psychiatry.

8 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 513 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 514 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 535 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 602 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 605 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 607 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 648 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 604 Basic and Laboratory Sciences I

Course Description:This course is the first part of a sequenced two-semester course designed to provide the student with an understanding of the use of the clinical laboratory as an aid to the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease. The course focuses on laboratory tests and procedures used to investigate clinical problems encountered in the in-hospital and outpatient settings. The course will provide students with a framework for the basis of the various laboratory tests that are utilized in clinical medicine.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 505 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 510 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 511 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 605 Basic & Laboratory Sciences II

Course Description: . This course is the second part of a sequenced two-semester course designed to provide the student with an understanding of and use of clinical laboratory testing as an aid to the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease. The course focuses on basic laboratory tests and procedures used to investigate clinical problems encountered in the in-hospital and outpatient settings. Students will be instructed in the indication, selection, interpretation and evaluation of laboratory tests in the major content areas of: evaluation of liver and pancreatic testing, chemistry electrolytes and metabolic panels, serologic testing for connective tissue disorders and gout, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis, endocrinology including thyroid function tests, tests used in diabetes diagnosis and management, adrenal and pituitary gland disorders, renal function tests and urinanalysis.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 534 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 547 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 601 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 604 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 606 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 606 Clinical Applications I

Course Description:This is the first in a two-semester sequenced course focusing on the medical interview and physical examination techniques to foster development of adequate diagnostic skills. Students will be involved in direct patient encounters throughout the semester. Emphasis is placed on history taking, physical exam skills, note writing, interpreting radiographic studies and oral presentation skills.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 505 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 510 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 511 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 607 Clinical Applications II

Course Description: This course is the second part of a sequenced two-semester course focusing on the medical interview and advanced physical examination skills. It is designed to provide the student with an understanding of how to apply what is learned to the clinical setting. Basic clinical procedures such as injections, phlebotomy, IV insertion, lumbar puncture, nasogastric tube insertion, urinary catheterization, suturing, wound care, casting and others will be taught.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 534 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 547 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 601 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 604 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 606 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 620 Research Methods/Master Project

Course Description:An introduction to research methods used in medicine. This course will provide the students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to formulate research questions and hypothesis. Specific writing techniques will be addressed. The MSPAS is a non-thesis Master degree. Although the project is not a thesis, it is expected that the final paper will be thoroughly researched and well written. The final project will include writing a clinical review article suitable for publication in JAAPA.

Course Rotation: NY Fall
3 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 648 Medical Pharmacology II

Course Description: This is the second part of a sequenced two-semester course, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on the integration of clinical applications of various medications as well as basic principles and biochemical properties.

Course Rotation : NY:Spring

3 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 512 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 534 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 547 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 601 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 604 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 606 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 701 Internal Medicine

Course Description : This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to see a variety of medical complaints or concerns primarily in the inpatient setting. The clerkship allows the student to become familiar with the in-house continuity of care of acute and chronic patients

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 702 Pediatrics

Course Description: This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of pediatric medical complaints and concerns. The student will be exposed to not only the ill child, but also to the well child development and growth within the family unit and in peer interactions.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 703 Obstetrics and Gynecology

Course Description : This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with obstetric or gynecological complaints. The student will become proficient in accurate assessment of the obstetric patient with emphasis on pre- and post- natal care. The student will also become involved with the practice of "preventive" obstetrics and gynecology as well as common gynecologic disorders.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 704 Behavioral Medicine

Course Description: This supervised course provides the student with an opportunity to see a variety of patients with psychological problems. The clerkship will utilize the health care team approach to both psychological and medical complaints and concerns of the psychiatric patients.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 705 Primary Care

Course Description : This supervised course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a wide variety of patients. The student will work as a member of a health care team providing care for a variety of medical complaints or concerns both acute and chronic for children, adults, and geriatric patients.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 706 Emergency Medicine

Course Description: This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with emergent medical complaints or concerns. This clerkship provides exposure to patients with medical, surgical emergencies as well as trauma.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 707 Surgery

Course Description:This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of patients with surgical complaints. The student will, through rapid and methodical assessment, evaluate acutely ill and potentially surgical patients. The student will work as a member of the medical team providing immediate pre- and post-op care as well as gaining hands-on experience in the operating room setting.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 708 Elective I/Long Term Health Care

Course Description: The supervised clinical course will provide training in the care of the patient in assisted living and/or nursing home/rehabilitation facilities. The rotation emphasizes continuity of care for the elderly and those with disabilities or other conditions requiring long term care. Based on site availability students may be placed in other elective rotations.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 709 Elective II

Course Description: This supervised clinical course, selected by the student, is available in a variety of clinical areas of medicine and settings. Experiences can range from private practice to inpatient and from general are to subspecialties. The student may elect to complete their elective rotation in any combination of internal medicine, intensive medicine, cardiology/CT surgery as space allows. They may also opt to fulfill this course requirement with a clerkship in international hospital medicine or another inpatient subspecialty (i.e., renal medicine, hematology/oncology, ECT.)

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B-

PAS 709A Elective II Clerkship

Course Description: The elective clerkship will provide the student with opportunities to see a variety of patients with medical/surgical complaints or concerns specific to the elective area, under the direction of the site preceptor. The elective clerkship will utilize, reline, and build on the goals and objectives achieved in the junior didactic and clinical training. The student is expected to develop basic diagnostic and therapeutic skills related to preventive, chronic, acute and emergent problems.
Course Rotation: Fall

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 709 Minimum Grade of C

PAS 799C Clinical Capstone

Course Description: This 2 unit capstone course is designed to increase the physician assistant student’s appreciation of the impact of chronic disease upon patients and their families and to assist the student in developing appropriate attitudes necessary for managing patients who will not recover from their illness. In addition to the social-behavioral aspects of interaction and management, the natural history, prognosis, treatment and prevention of chronic diseases will be discussed as well as the incorporation of a general medicine review.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAS 603 Minimum Grade of B- and PAS 515 Minimum Grade of B-