Physician Assistant Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
P A 510 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I This course is designed to provide students with the background and skills needed to make accurate assessments and diagnoses using detailed history-taking and an appropriate and thorough physical exam. The course will be taught using a system-based approach, incorporating lecture, audio-visual aids, teaching models, and clinical laboratory sessions. Practical experience and the supervision of a physician will enable the student to become more proficient in the technique of history-taking and physical findings in such a way that a supervising physician will determine the next appropriate diagnostic or therapeutic step. 3
P A 511 Clinical Assessment And Diagnosis II A continuation of PA 510. The PA student will further develop and refine skills in history-taking and physical examination. This course will include systems not covered in PA 510, and signs and symptoms of disease processes relevant to these systems. Clinical skills will continue to be developed, and the student will participate in clinical laboratory sessions both on and off campus. 3
P A 520A Pathophysiology I Disease processes will be presented with regard to definition or description of the disease, etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, clinical features, and therapy or prognosis. 2
P A 521A Pathophysiology II A continuation of PA 520A - instruction in the pathologic basis of disease. Topics include systems not covered in PA 520A, with emphasis placed on the consequences of medical intervention based on theories of pathogenesis. 2
P A 522 Medical Anatomy and Physiology I (course delivered at The Commonwealth Medical College) Medical Anatomy and Physiology is an intense eight-week course that will take the student through the anatomical and physiological aspects of the human body via a systems-based approach. The instructional material will be presented in a multidisciplinary format to foster the integration of the basic disciplines of Gross Anatomy (full cadaver dissection), Histology, Embryology, Clinical Anatomy (which will include the surface anatomy and the physical examination), Radiological Anatomy, and Case based Physiology. The integration of these disciplines requires lectures, tutorials, and clinical case lectures as well as active learning with dissection experiences in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory, examining surface anatomy on Standardized Patients or simulation models and conducting a physical examination in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. Students will also learn how to "read" normal medical images and locate important geographic landmarks within the body.? 2
P A 530 Clinical Medicine I Includes disease processes, orthopedics, dermatology, and psychiatry. A comprehensive study of disease processes as they relate to specific organ systems, EENT, and cardiopulmonary systems. Significance of: signs and symptoms of various disease diagnosis procedures and therapeutic measures used in treating diseases. Instruction in common disorders of the skeletal system. Recognition of: dermatological diseases, treatment, and referral. Recognition of: dermatological?diseases, treatment, and referral. Recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of?patients with behavioral and mental disorders encountered in primary care settings. 4
P A 531 Clinical Medicine II Continuation of PA 530. Instruction in the significance of signs and symptoms of various disease states, diagnosis and therapeutic measures used in treating diseases is provided. 5
P A 540 Diagnostic Methods I Course in laboratory analysis. Selection and interpretation of appropriate routine and special diagnostic, monitoring and screening laboratory tests. 2
P A 541 Diagnostic Methods II Developing an understanding of various laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of disease including disturbances of acid-base, electrolyte disorders, renal disorders, and disorders of the endocrine system. Introduction to diagnostic imaging with radiographic studies, CT scan, and MRI. Recognition of normal and abnormal findings and rational for ordering appropriate studies. Interpretation of 12 lead EKG including electro-physiology, axis, rate and rhythm, as well as differential diagnosis of arrhythmias. 3
P A 550 Basic Medical Science I Introduction to pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action, therapeutic use, adverse effects of major drug classes, and prescription rationale. 2
P A 551 Basic Medical Science II Continuation of PA 550. Therapeutic regimens related to additional classes of drugs. Introduction to a comprehensive overview of the most commonly encountered surgical diseases with emphasis of surgical anatomy, pre- and post-operative care, operative approaches, and surgical considerations. Introduction to emergency medicine, recognition of common emergency complaints, differential diagnosis, and management. 5
P A 560 Behavioral Sciences Focus on issues in health care as related to the PA profession, including history of profession, changes in the health care system, women's health, and legal issues pertaining to the delivery of health care. Advanced topics of ethical issues will be discussed. A combination of lecture and practical applications will be employed to teach medical interviewing. 3
P A 570 Developmental Medicine I Introduction to basic knowledge of obstetrics and gynecology, including life cycle changes, pregnancy, and delivery. Pediatric medicine will cover stages of physical and social development and the importance of immunizations. Geriatric medicine will introduce changes associated with aging, considering physical, social, and emotional impact. A basic understanding of the dimensions of human sexuality will?be provided including historical and cross-cultural perspectives of sexuality, developmental?sexuality, and social issues. Introduction to psychiatry in the primary care?230?setting, including recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of patients with?behavior and mental disorders. 1
P A 571 Developmental Medicine II Introduction to basic knowledge of obstetrics and gynecology, including life cycle changes, pregnancy, and delivery. Pediatric medicine will cover stages of physical and social development and the importance of immunizations. Geriatric medicine will introduce changes associated with aging, considering physical, social, and emotional impact. A basic understanding of the dimensions of human sexuality will?be provided including historical and cross-cultural perspectives of sexuality, developmental?sexuality, and social issues. Introduction to psychiatry in the primary care?230?setting, including recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of patients with?behavior and mental disorders. 2
P A 572 Developmental Medicine III Introduction to basic knowledge of obstetrics and gynecology, including life cycle changes, pregnancy, and delivery. Pediatric medicine will cover stages of physical and social development and the importance of immunizations. Geriatric medicine will introduce changes associated with aging, considering physical, social, and emotional impact. A basic understanding of the dimensions of human sexuality will?be provided including historical and cross-cultural perspectives of sexuality, developmental?sexuality, and social issues. Introduction to psychiatry in the primary care?230?setting, including recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of patients with?behavior and mental disorders. 2
P A 580 Epidemiology/Research Methods This course will examine the concepts and principles of epidemiology, the medical science that focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in human populations. The research methods section of this course is designed to introduce the physician assistant student to the utility, interpretation and application of medical research methods. 3
P A 590 Seminar I Case studies, readings, group discussions, and cadaver lab skills will be used to focus on issues of concern to physician assistants. Mini rotations in a variety of clinical settings will be assigned in conjunction with the seminar. 1
P A 591 Seminar II Case studies, readings, and group discussions will be used to focus on issues of concern to physician assistants. Mini rotations in a variety of clinical settings will be assigned in conjunction with the seminar. Clinical Phase?Involves full time experience for six weeks in clinical settings under the supervision of qualified health care professionals. Six different clerkship experiences are required (Pediatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Women's Health, Psychiatry, and an Elective). 1
P A 610 Clerkship I 3
P A 611 Clerkship II 3
P A 612 Clerkship III 3
P A 613 Clerkship IV 3
P A 614 Clerkship V 3
P A 615 Clerkship VI 3
P A 640 Preceptorship I Preceptorships: Six months of clinical training (split into two 3 month rotations) in an office-based primary care practice or area of chosen clinical track, working directly under the supervision of a physician. Emphasis will be on further development and refinement of clinical skills, patient assessment, treatment, and appropriate follow-up in the provision of health care services. 6
P A 650 Preceptorship II Preceptorships: Six months of clinical training (split into two 3 month rotations) in an office-based primary care practice or area of chosen clinical track, working directly under the supervision of a physician. Emphasis will be on further development and refinement of clinical skills, patient assessment, treatment, and appropriate follow-up in the provision of health care services. 6
P ED 110F Health Related Issues - Educ. majors only This course is designed to equip the prospective elementary school teacher with strategies and activities for teaching about HIV/AIDS, drugs and alcohol, body systems, and personal health. It also provides strategies for improving one's own health, and lifestyle. This fulfills the Wellness requirement. 1
P ED 111 These are activity courses, designed to improve physical fitness. Activities may include aerobic dance, slimnastics, jogging, walking, karate. 1
P ED 111R Weight Lifting and Conditioning, For HPE Majors Develop proper skills and techniques for safe weight training and program design. Learn major muscle groups and their actions. Offered spring semester. 1
P ED 112 Selected Sports These are seasonal team and individual sports, including tennis, golf, badminton, bowling, gymnastics, dance, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, and racquetball. May involve additional fees. 1
P ED 113 Swimming for the Timid Nonswimmer For the student with no swimming ability. Student will learn the basic strokes. 1
P ED 115 Basic Aquatics For the student with little swimming ability, who is comfortable in deep water. Student will learn the five basic strokes and water safety skills. 1
P ED 120 Lifeguard Training Designed for the student who wishes to become a certified lifeguard. Prerequisite: intermediate swimming level. 1
P ED 121 Water Safety Instructor Designed for the student who possesses a better-than-average swimming ability. Training and the practical application of knowledge and skills in swimming leads to certification as an American National Red Cross Safety Instructor. Prerequisite: intermediate swimming level. 1
P ED 123 Swimnastics This course is designed to have students learn to exercise aerobically in the water. Prerequisite: swimming ability. 1
P ED 124 Scuba Diving A development of skills and knowledge necessary for the safe use of modern scuba is the objective of this course. A fee is involved. Offers Professional Association of Diving Instructors certification. Prerequisite: swimming ability. 1
P ED 125 Rhythms - Music majors only For all music majors, designed to provide the basic knowledge and appreciation of steps, patterns, tempos, and national backgrounds of the dances of the people, including the American round dance, Western square dance, international folk dances, line dances, marching, rhythmic, and drills. This fulfills the HPE core curriculum requirement. 2
P ED 132 Personal and Community Health Emphasizes learning about current health problems and practices from a physiological, economic and public health point of view. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 155 Clinical Experience in Athletic Training I Gives students applying for admission into the athletic training education program exposure to clinical education and learning. 0.5
P ED 160 Foundation of Physical Education Presents an historical introduction to the growth and development of physical education from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 180 Introduction to Athletic Training An introductory course designed to expose interested students to athletic training. The course centers around familiarizing students with the variety of subject areas needed to become an athletic trainer. BIOL 121 to be taken concurrently. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 201 Team Sports This course introduces students to the basic principles involved in planning, teaching, and assessment of a variety of team games including, but not limited to, field hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, and volleyball. No prior experience in all activities is required. 2
P ED 202 Recreation Sports This course introduces students to the basic principles involved in planning, teaching, and assessment of a variety of recreation games including but not limited to, bowling, golf, badminton, tennis, handball, and lawn games. No prior experience in all activities is required. 2
P ED 203 Individual Sports This course introduces students to the basic principles involved in planning, teaching, and assessment of a variety of individual games including but not limited to, track and field, dance and educational gymnastics. No prior experience in all activities is required. 2
P ED 210 Anatomical Concepts in HPE This course reviews and expands upon selected topics of anatomy and physiology relative to the Health and Physical Education major. Systems emphasized are: skeletonal, muscular, nervous and circulatory. Organ function and location is also highlighted. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 121L, 122, 122L, P ED 221 taken concurrently. Offered fall semester. 1
P ED 215 Introduction to Sports Medicine Covers fundamentals of basic emergency procedures applicable to the physical education classroom and presents a basic introduction to conditioning and the care of the more common athletic injuries. Students will also receive certification of professional rescuer through the American Red Cross in this course. Involves fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 121L, 122, 122L. 2
P ED 221 Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy Presents practical application of human anatomy to sport with the major emphasis on the biomechanical analysis of movement. Involves fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 121L, 122, 122L. P ED 210 taken concurrently. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 225 Physiology of Exercise Presents a comprehensive study of the human body subjected to physical stress in relation to sports and athletics. Particularly emphasizes the relationship of metabolism, environmental stress and body composition to optimal performance. Involves fee. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 121L, 122, 122L. Must also enroll in PED 225L. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 225L Physiology of Exercise Lab Presents a comprehensive study of the human body subjected to physical stress in relation to sport and athletics. Particularly emphasizes the relationship of metabolism, environmental stress, and body composition to optimal performance. Offered spring semester. 0.5
P ED 241 Methods in Elementary Physical Education Presents a comprehensive approach to elementary physical education, including progressions, methods, and procedures applicable to grades K-6. Discusses movement activities as a means of cognitive and motor development. Must also enroll in PED 242. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 242 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory Working with elementary grade children permits a practical application of the theory and practice of elementary school teaching. 0.5
P ED 243 Elementary Physical Education Methods Laboratory Working with elementary grade children permits a practical application of the theory and practice of elementary school teaching. 0.5
P ED 255A, 255B Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training Affords the student the opportunity to work directly with a certified athletic trainer in a variety of sports medicine settings. Opportunity will be provided for experience in additional medical settings. Students sign up for six semesters. Prerequisite: formal acceptance to professional phase of the ATEP. 1 each
P ED 308 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for the proper prevention and management of sports injuries and illness. Students will understand common mechanisms of injury, injury identification and treatments after injury that are used in the field of athletic training. Students will also receive certification of professional rescuer through the American Red Cross in this course. Involves fee. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 121L, 122, 122L; P ED 130. 3
P ED 311 Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I Introduces the student to fundamentals of injury evaluation. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of injuries to the foot, ankle/lower leg, knee, hip, thigh, and pelvis. Prerequisites: P ED 221, 308. Must also enroll in PED 311L. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 311L Evaluation of Athletic Injuries I Lab Provides opportunity for the student to apply evaluation techniques learned in PED 311. Offered spring semester. 1
P ED 313 Evaluation of Athletic Injuries II Continues to introduce athletic injury evaluation techniques to the student. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of injuries to the shoulder, upper arm/elbow/forearm, wrist/hand, head/face, spine, and thorax/abdomen/visceral. Prerequisites: P ED 221, 308, 311. Must also enroll in PED 313L. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 313L Evaluation of Athletic Injuries II Lab Practice application of materials learned in P ED 313. Offered fall semester. 1
P ED 322 School Health Education Designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with the school health program; emphasizes content, methods, materials and evaluation of health instruction. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 324 Motor Learning and Movement Education Introduces motor theory and its application in teaching of motor skills. Also discusses movement activities as a means of cognitive and motor development. Offered spring semester. 2
P ED 326 Tests and Measurements Designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of testing and evaluating performances through the development of assessment devices and the use of standardized tests. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 344 Adapted Physical Education Discusses and analyzes students with disabilities; covers the development, implementation and instructional methods for adapted physical education and adapted sport programs in order to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. Includes practical experience at local schools and agencies. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 346 Methods in Secondary Physical Education Concentrates on teaching problems at the secondary-school level. Gives special attention to teaching sequences and to the progressions in developing physical skills from beginning to advanced levels. Prerequisite: P ED 241. Must be admitted to HPE Teacher Education Major. Offered spring semester. 2
P ED 346L Methods in Secondary Physical Education Lab Introduces prospective teachers to non-traditional games, cooperative activities, and challenge activities. Must be admitted to HPE Teacher Education Major. Offered spring semester. 0.5
P ED 355A, 355B Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training Affords the student the opportunity to work directly with a certified athletic trainer in a variety of sports medicine settings. Opportunity will be provided for experience in additional medical settings. Students sign up for six semesters. Prerequisite: formal acceptance to professional phase of the ATEP. 1 each
P ED 360 Exercise Testing and Prescription Provides accessible information relevant to exercise testing and prescription. Provides information aimed at fitness professionals whose clientele are considered apparently healthy adults as well as the special populations such as pregnant women, children, elderly, and pulmonary patients. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 121L, 122, 122L; PED 221, 225 (or taken concurrently). Offered every other spring. 3
P ED 400 Therapeutic Modalities Emphasis on the development and application of rehabilitative programs. Exposure to various forms of modalities and their specific uses in the treatment of athletic injuries. Prerequisites: P ED 221, 308. Must also enroll in P ED 401. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 401 Therapeutic Modalities Lab Provides an opportunity for the student to use the modalities covered in P ED 400. Offered spring semester. 1
P ED 410 Therapeutic Exercise Acquaints student with general concepts, techniques, and application of exercises used in rehabilitation. Prerequisites: P ED 221, 311. Must also enroll in P ED 411. Offered fall semester. 3
P ED 411 Therapeutic Exercise Lab Provides an opportunity for the student to apply evaluation techniques learned in P ED 410. Offered fall semester. 1
P ED 415 Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers Describes the role and function of commonly used prescription and non-prescription pharmacological agents in various sport and exercise settings. Offered every other fall semester. 2
P ED 418 General Medical Conditions Emphasis on the knowledge and evaluative techniques involved with general medical conditions and issues. Offered every other fall semester. 1
P ED 421 Coaching Concentrates on coaching techniques and strategies, responsibilities of a coach, standards for conducting a sports program, and basic psychology of coaching. Offered fall semester. 2
P ED 424 Organization and Administration of Physical Education This course will help prepare students for entry into the athletic training, physical activity, or education professional fields. This course will address administration responsibilities, professional and ethical practices, job seeking, and interview skills. Prerequisite: senior class status within one semester of graduation.Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 455A, 455B,455C Clinical Experiences in Athletic Training Affords the student the opportunity to work directly with a certified athletic trainer in a variety of sports medicine settings. Opportunity will be provided for experience in additional medical settings. Students sign up for six semesters. Prerequisite: formal acceptance to professional phase of the ATEP. 1 each
P ED 460 Senior Seminar This course will discuss skills, strategies, and tactics specific to the athletic trainer. Prerequisite: Senior class status, within one semester of graduation. Offered spring semester. 1
P ED 470 Pathology of Athletic Injuries The athletic training student will learn the nature and causes of disease and how disease affects the athlete. The effects of disease on the functions of tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, and on athletic performance will be presented. Prerequisite: permission of ATEP Program Director and junior or senior class standing. Prerequisites: P ED 311, 313, 400, 410. Offered spring semester. 3
P ED 480 A,B Physical Activity Practicum On-site experience in a setting dealing with student's special interest area. 3 credits each
P ED 499 Independent Study Offered for students who desire to do research and study on an individual basis. Approval of the department chairperson and dean is required. variable credit