Physician Assistant Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
P A 501 Clinical Correlations I

This course will include presentations and discussions by guest lecturers on end-of-life care, cultural diversity, HIPAA, ICD-10 coding/billing, dealing with the stress of illness/injury, counseling families, and legal issues. Case studies, readings, and group discussions will be used to focus on issues of concern to physician assistants. Community clinical experiences will be assigned in conjunction with the course.

2
P A 502 Clinical Correlations II

This course will include presentations and discussions by guest lecturers on end-of-life care, cultural diversity, HIPAA, ICD-10 coding/billing, dealing with the stress of illness/injury, counseling families, and legal issues. Case studies, readings, and group discussions will be used to focus on issues of concern to physician assistants. Community clinical experiences will be assigned in conjunction with the course.

2
P A 503 Culturally Competent Medicine and Underserved Populations

This course will begin with an examination of the concepts and principles of epidemiology, the medical science that focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in populations. This course will discuss cultural competence and examine disparities in health among protected populations and identify the potential impact on clinical decision making. Students will develop an understanding of principles and practice of medical ethics in research, to include the Professional Code of Ethics. Students will also learn about changes that are associated with the elderly and geriatric population. Emphasis will be placed on the normal changes associated with aging, so that the student may appreciate abnormal findings and develop appropriate treatment and management plans. Lastly, this course will analyze the impact of racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic health disparities in health care delivery and management.

2
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 will enable the student to become more proficient in the technique of history-taking and physical examination findings.

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 assessment skills will continue to be developed. 

3
P A 512 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis III

This course is a continuation of the detailed instruction of history-taking and physical examination techniques, as well as the formulation of differential diagnoses. The student will further integrate interviewing skills and examination techniques, through patient simulation and case studies.

2
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

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 522 Medical Anatomy and Physiology I

Course delivered at The Commonwealth Medical College
Medical Anatomy and Physiology is an intense ten-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 asactive learning with full cadaver dissection experiences in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory. Students will also learn how to “read” and interpret normal medical images and locate important geographic landmarks within the body.

4
P A 530 Clinical Medicine I

This course includes instruction in disease processes as they relate to specific organ systems. Signs and symptoms of various diseases, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic measures used in treating diseases will be covered. Instruction will be received in common disorders of the skeletal system.

3
P A 531 Clinical Medicine II

This course includes instruction in disease processes as they relate to specific organ systems. Signs and symptoms of various diseases, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic measures used in treating diseases will be covered. Instruction will be received in common disorders of the skeletal system.

2
P A 533 Clinical Medicine III

This course is a continuation of Clinical Medicine I and II. The purpose of the Clinical Medicine III course is to introduce the student to clinical conditions commonly encountered in practicing medicine to people across the lifespan. Lectures will emphasize the epidemiology, pathophysiology, presentation, disease course, diagnostic methods, treatment modalities, and prognosis of each medical topic. This course teaches all listed diseases by system and specialty. Topics for the course will include the following: gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurology, and urology/nephrology.

3
P A 540 Diagnostic Methods I

Medical microbiology will review the basics of bacteriology and virology. This course will instruct the student in common infectious agents in each of the systems of the human body. There will be a review of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). 

1
P A 542 Laboratory Medicine I

Developing an understanding of various laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of disease including disturbances of the hematologic system, the coagulation system, immunohematology, and medical microbiology.

1
P A 543 EKG Interpretation

Interpretation of 12 lead EKG including electro-physiology, axis, rate and rhythm, as well as differential diagnosis of arrhythmias.

1
P A 544 Radiology

Introduction to diagnostic imaging with radiographic studies, CT scan, and MRI. Recognition of normal and abnormal findings and rationale for ordering appropriate studies.

1
P A 545 Laboratory Medicine II

This is a continuation of PA 542. Developing an understanding of various
laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of disease including disturbances of the
hematologic system, the coagulation system, immunohematology, and medical
microbiology.

1
P A 547 Critical Care Medicine

Covers acute and critical care medicine, emphasizing cardiac and pulmonary disease processes, treatment and management in the ICU setting.

1
P A 550 Pharmacology I

Pharmacology I includes pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action, therapeutic use, adverse effects of major drug classes and prescription rationale.

1
P A 551 Pharmacology II

Pharmacology II will continue to instruct students in therapeutic regimens related to drugs classes.

3
P A 552 Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine covers recognition of emergent conditions, complaints, signs and symptoms, examination findings, diagnostic modalities, differentials, treatment, and management plans. The Surgery course will cover commonly encountered surgical protocols of common diseases with an emphasis on surgical anatomy, pre-, intra-, and post-operative care, surgical approaches, and considerations.

1
P A 553 General Surgery

The Surgery course will cover commonly encountered surgical protocols of common diseases with an emphasis on surgical anatomy, pre-, intra-, and post-operative care, surgical approaches and considerations.

1
P A 554 Medical Nutrition

Medical nutrition includes basics of nutrition, needs and issues throughout the lifespan, and caloric and nutritional needs of the ill.

1
P A 562 Psychiatry

The Psychiatry component covers the recognition, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, referral, and education of patients with behavioral and mental disorders encountered in a primary care setting.

1
P A 563 Professional Practice

This course will explore the contemporary problems in medicine, trends, and the history of the PA profession. It will also assist the student in examining all facets of the current issues in medicine, organization, administration, and function of health care systems and the health care team. In addition, students will explore ethical issues in the context of human values and conduct as they relate to the health sciences and allied health fields. 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.

2
P A 571 Pediatrics I

Pediatrics I will review systems, history, and examination techniques, disease processes, diagnosis, differentials, and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents.

1
P A 573 Pediatrics II

Pediatrics II will continue to instruct the students on pediatric development, disease presentation and processes, diagnosis, treatment, referral, prognosis, and education.

1
P A 574 Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ob/GYN will introduce lifestyle changes, pregnancy, delivery, gynecological disorders, diagnosis, treatment, and education.

1
P A 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, 609 Clinical Roations 1 - 10

Rotations are clinical courses that provide the PA student with experience in inpatient and/or outpatient medicine in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Women’s Health, Psychiatry, and an elective. The student will be assigned to the department or facility and work directly with the supervision of the preceptor. The student medically evaluates patients and follows their progress; thereby developing the ability to elicit historical and physical findings, correlate those findings along with the patients' physiologic and biochemical data and emotional state, in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan for patient management. The ability to analyze, synthesize, and make decisions is one of the primary objectives of these clinical experiences. The student is given opportunities to develop skills and demonstrate competency in performing and interpreting certain medical procedures and tasks.