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MPAS 600. Orientation to Medical History & Physical Examination
This course orients students to the basic mechanics of the medical history, physical examination, and medical documentation of care. Students will learn the proper use of medical equipment, how to take vitals, how to conduct a medical interview, how to perform a comprehensive complete physical examination, and how to record information in a variety of clinical settings and situations, as well as interpersonal and communication skills, through a series of lectures, labs, and group activities. This course will amalgamate and continue into the system-based courses throughout the didactic phase of the program, as appropriate, to build on the basic skills learned in this course. (1 credit)

MPAS 601. Hematology & Oncology 
This course covers the physiology of the hematologic system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered blood and oncologic disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with blood dyscrasia symptomatology, coagulation disorders, disorders of platelets and vessel walls, red and white blood cell disorders, thrombosis, hemostasis, anemias, blood transfusions, sickle cell, thalassemia, malaria, hemochromatosis, myeloproliferative diseases, leukemia, multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and immunity. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (2 credits)

MPAS 602. Infectious Disease           
This course covers the physiology of the immune system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered infectious diseases through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as an approach to a patient with infectious disease symptomatology; bacterial, viral, parasitic, and helminthic diseases; as well as healthcare-associated infections, and bioterrorism. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (2 credits)

MPAS 603. Dermatology       
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered skin diseases through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as common skin infections, hair and nail disorders, scaling diseases, skin cancers, blistering and pigmentary disorders, acne, and drug eruptions. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (2 credits)

MPAS 604. Pulmonology       
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered lung diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with a pulmonary complaint, diseases of the pleurae, obstructive and restrictive lung diseases, pulmonary infections, pulmonary neoplasms, inflammatory diseases, vascular diseases, occupational lung diseases, and disorders of sleep. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (5 credits)

MPAS 605. Pharmacology I
This course introduces students to the science of pharmacology and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the management of hematologic, oncologic, infectious, dermatologic, and pulmonary diseases and disorders. Topics include items such as black box warnings, indications, contraindications, cautions, dosing, drug interactions, adverse reactions, safety, monitoring, drug classes, drug elimination, and mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed medications used in the treatment of these diseases and disorders. (2 credits)

MPAS 606. Genetics
This course covers the principles of genetics and molecular mechanisms of health and disease to include gene expression, mutation as the origin of normal variation and genetic disorders, polymorphism, family history, and genograms. Students learn about common genetic concerns related to pregnancy, the newborn, the emerging adult, and the family unit. The methods for analysis of human DNA and its associated role in evaluating a patient with suspected genetic disease, genetic counseling, and chromosomal, monogenic, and multifactorial genetic disorders are outlined and the basics of genetic screening, testing, and treatment are discussed. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (1 credit)

MPAS 607. Foundations of PA Practice I
This first course presents the basic concepts, facts, and principles that are essential in understanding the fundamental elements of the physician assistant profession. Utilizing the team-based learning approach, students will develop an appreciation of the unique contributions of various professionals in the community. Lectures, small group discussions, reflective paper, readings, and flipped classroom sessions are the teaching strategies for this course. Topics addressed during this semester will include the impact of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities on health care delivery; evaluation of personal values and stereotyping; differing health care beliefs, values, and expectations; health care delivery systems and policies; interprofessional competencies; research literacy; professional conduct; strategies on test taking; social media; library resources; the physician assistant profession, its historical development, and current trends; the physician/physician assistant team; political issues that affect physician assistant practice; and physician assistant professional organizations; as well as medical statistics, medical research, and education on searching, interpreting, and evaluating medical literature and how this applies to individualized patient care. Student self-assessment and reflection will occur during this course. Professionalism will be assessed. (1 credit)

MPAS 608. Gastroenterology & Nutrition
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered diseases and disorders of the esophagus, stomach, biliary tree, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught.  Topics include items such as approach to a patient with a gastrointestinal complaint and diseases, disorders, and neoplasia common to the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, nutritional assessment, nutritional requirements, nutritional counseling, nutritional disorders, enteral and parenteral nutritional, vitamin and nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte imbalance and management, and fluid regulation are discussed. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (4 credits)

MPAS 609. Cardiology & Vascular Disease
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered heart and vascular diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with a cardiac or vascular complaint, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, cardiac rhythm disorders, congenital heart disease, cardiac infections, pericardial disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (6 credits)

MPAS 610. Pharmacology II
This course is a continuation of Pharmacology I. It addresses the pharmacologic management of gastrointestinal, nutritional, cardiac, and vascular diseases and disorders. Topics include items such as black box warnings, indications, contraindications, cautions, dosing, drug interactions, adverse reactions, safety, monitoring, drug classes, drug elimination, and mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed medications used in the treatment of these diseases and disorders. (2 credits)

MPAS 611. Foundations of PA Practice II
This second course continues to build on the basic concepts, facts, and principles that are essential in understanding the fundamental elements of the physician assistant profession. Utilizing the team-based learning approach, students will develop an appreciation of the unique contributions of various professionals in the community. Lectures, small group discussions, reflective paper, readings, and field experiences are the teaching strategies for this course. Topics addressed during this semester will include diversity issues related to civil rights, evidence-based medicine, HIPPA, critical thinking and reasoning, problem-solving and medical decision-making skills, clinical judgement, electronic medical records, medical ethics, infection control, and blood borne pathogens. Students will become certified in BLS. Student self-assessment and reflection will occur during this course. Professionalism will be assessed. (1 credit)

MPAS 612. Nephrology, Urology & Men's Health
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the genitourinary system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered renal diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. This course also covers the anatomy, physiology, physical examination, medical history, medical documentation, and diseases and disorders specific to the male patient. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with urinary complaint or a man with a genital complaint, renal failure, chronic kidney disease, glomerulopathies, non-glomerular disease, genitourinary infections and neoplasia, urinary obstruction, dialysis, and penile disorders. This course also provides an in-depth instruction in fluid, acid-base, and electrolyte disorders. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (4 credits)

MPAS 613. Neurology
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the neurological system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered central and peripheral nervous systems diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with a neurologic complaint, traumatic brain injuries, coma, spinal cord injuries, demyelinating diseases, neuromuscular diseases, epilepsy and seizure disorders, peripheral neuropathies, headaches, cerebrovascular disease, central nervous system infections, tremors, and movement disorders. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (4 credits)

MPAS 614. Otorhinolaryngology & Ophthalmology
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the head, ear, nose, paranasal sinuses, throat, and eyes and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered diseases and disorders related to Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with a hearing, nasal, sinus, oropharynx, or vision complaint; and associated diseases and disorders. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (3 credits)

MPAS 615. Endocrinology
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine organs and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered endocrine gland diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with endocrine-related symptomatology, diabetes mellitus, and disorders of the hypopituitary-pituitary axis, thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (3 credits)

MPAS 616. Pharmacology III
This course is a continuation of Pharmacology II. It addresses the pharmacologic management of renal, urinary, genitalia, neurologic, ear, eyes, nose, throat, sinuses, and endocrine diseases and disorders. Topics include items such as black box warnings, indications, contraindications, cautions, dosing, drug interactions, adverse reactions, safety, monitoring, drug classes, drug elimination, and mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed medications used in the treatment of these diseases and disorders. (2 credits)

MPAS 617. Foundations of PA Practice III
This third course continues to build on the basic concepts, facts, and principles that are essential in understanding the fundamental elements of the physician assistant profession. Utilizing the team-based learning approach, students will develop an appreciation of the unique contributions of various professionals in the community. Lectures, small group discussions, reflective paper, readings, and field experiences are the teaching strategies for this course. Topics addressed during this semester will include interpersonal and communication skills, effective exchange of medical information, collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals, and basic counseling and patient education skills; as well as alternative medicine, community disaster preparedness, public health as it relates to the role of the practicing physician assistant, coding, billing, and reimbursement. Student self-assessment and reflection will occur during this course. Professionalism will be assessed. (1 credit)

MPAS 618. Orthopedics & Rheumatology
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system and the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered orthopedic diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics include items such as approach to a patient with a musculoskeletal complaint, muscular dystrophies, fibromyalgia, radiculopathies, disorders of the spine, disorders of the upper extremity, disorders of the lower extremity, fractures, osteoporosis, common arthridites, focal nerve entrapments, crystal-induced arthridites, musculoskeletal infectious processes, sports physicals, sports injuries, and clearance for sports participation. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (4 credits)

MPAS 619. Women's Health
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of diseases and disorders specific to the female patient to include the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered female diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches of the female patient. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics will include an overview of women's health, contraception, pregnancy, cervical, and breast disease, the Bethesda System, breast health, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as disorders of the vagina, ovaries, and uterus. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (2 credits)

MPAS 620. Behavioral Health
This course covers the physiology of disorders specific to the behavioral health to include the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered psychiatric disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these disorders. Management of patients with these disorders across the life span from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics will include approach to the psychiatric patient, taking the psychiatric history, conducting a targeted physical examination on a psychiatric patient, an overview of psychological disorders commonly encountered in clinical practice, psychiatric and behavioral assessment tools, addictions, anxiety and dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, chronic pain, psychosexual disorders, personality disorders (including psychotic disorders), and mood disorders. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (3 credits)

MPAS 621. Pediatrics
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of diseases and disorders specific to the pediatric patient to include the epidemiology, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, complications, and differential diagnoses of commonly encountered newborn, infant, toddler, child, and adolescent diseases and disorders through symptoms-based and systems-based approaches of the pediatric patient, as well as nutrition specific to the pediatric patient. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders. Management of patients with these diseases and disorders during childhood from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics will include the approach to pediatric patient and pediatric illnesses, pediatric growth and development, evaluation of the newborn, pediatric screening, acute pediatric problems, adolescent medicine, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and problems specific to pediatrics. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (2 credits)

MPAS 622. Geriatrics
This course covers the diseases and disorders as each pertains specifically to the geriatric patient to include diseases and disorders related to neurology, psychiatry, the cardiovascular system, pulmonology, nephrology, gastroenterology, oncology, hematology, endocrinology, metabolism, mobility, rheumatology, and infectious disease, as well as nutrition specific to the geriatric patient. Epidemiology, risk factors, and complications will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on interviewing and eliciting a medical history, performing a focused physical examination, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies to evaluate these diseases and disorders of a geriatric patient. Management of the geriatric patient from initial presentation through follow-up for acute, chronic, and emergent cases will be covered, as will referral when necessary, preventive medicine, and patient education. Associated medical documentation and clinical skills, as appropriate, will be taught. Topics will include approach to the geriatric patient, principles of gerontology, principles of geriatrics, geriatric syndromes, and principles of palliative medicine and ethics to include the unique changes in human physiology that occur in advancing age, the physical changes which occur in normal aging, hospice, palliative care, end-of-life issues, death and dying. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. (2 credits)

MPAS 623. Principles of Surgery & Emergent Management
This course covers the principles of surgery and emergent management. There will be a focus on the evaluation and management of emergent conditions of the neurologic, cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems, as well as on psychiatric, dental, optic, dermatologic, and wound emergencies. Topics will range from primary and secondary surveys in an emergency room to deadly animal bites, hypothermia, burns, and altered mental status. Many emergency topics will be covered in this course. Then, students will also learn about pre- and postoperative care, intraoperative care, post-operative care, and common surgical complications. Students will learn through an integrated curriculum to include computer-based, lecture-based, and collaborative instructional modalities that will include classroom, laboratory, simulation, group, community, and clinical experiences. Students will become recertified in BLS and certified in ACLS. (2 credits)

MPAS 624. Pharmacology IV
This course is a continuation of Pharmacology III. It addresses the pharmacologic management of musculoskeletal diseases, disorders, and injuries and behavioral health diseases and disorders. Topics include items such as black box warnings, indications, contraindications, cautions, dosing, drug interactions, adverse reactions, safety, monitoring, drug classes, drug elimination, and mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed medications used in the treatment of these diseases, disorders, and injuries. In addition, pharmacologic management specific to women, newborns, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and geriatric populations will be discussed. (2 credits)

MPAS 625. Foundations of PA Practice IV
This final course continues to build on the basic concepts, facts, and principles that are essential in understanding the fundamental elements of the physician assistant profession. Utilizing the team-based learning approach, students will develop an appreciation of the unique contributions of various professionals in the community. Lectures, small group discussions, reflective paper, readings, and field experiences are the teaching strategies for this course. Topics addressed during this semester will include diversity issues related to sexuality, domestic violence and abuse, medical error prevention, patient safety, quality improvement, risk management, physician assistant licensure and credentialing, the laws and regulations regarding professional practice, and contract negotiations. Student self-assessment and reflection will occur during this course. Professionalism will be assessed. (1 credit)

MPAS 626. Didactic Comprehensive Evaluation
This pass/fail course is the culminating evaluation for students nearing completion of their didactic phase. It is comprised of a comprehensive written examination, a multi-station observed clinical skills evaluation, a comprehensive patient care assessment, and a professionalism assessment. Students must pass all four of the components in order to move to the clinical phase of the program. (0 credits)

MPAS 701. Family Medicine Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum is an outpatient-based medical experience that introduces students to the clinical aspects of family practice/primary care. Students will build on the skills of history taking, performing physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, designing prevention and treatment plans, and documenting common medical conditions learned throughout the didactic phase of the program and apply these skills in the family practice setting. Students will participate in a variety of primary care procedures. Emphasis will be placed on caring for the entire family ranging from the newborn to the geriatric patient. (5 credits)

MPAS 702. Orthopedics Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students to clinical experience in orthopedics. Students will build on the skills of history taking, performing physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, designing prevention and treatment plans, and documenting common medical conditions learned throughout the didactic phase of the program and apply these skills in the orthopedic practice setting. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills to care for patients with orthopedic problems in the in- and out-patient settings and to participate in pre-, intra-, and postoperative care. (5 credits)

MPAS 703. Internal Medicine Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students to the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic medical conditions of the adult population. Students will build on the skills of history taking, performing physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, designing prevention and treatment plans, and documenting common medical conditions learned throughout the didactic phase of the program and apply these skills in the internal medicine practice setting. Students will participate in a variety of primary care procedures. If hospital-based, students will have opportunities to assist with consults and admissions, manage patients from admission to discharge, order and interpret diagnostic tests commonly utilized in inpatient medical care, perform clinical hospital procedures, and become involved inpatient hospital documentation to include the admission summary, history and physical examination, daily progress note, consultation note, and discharge summary. (5 credits)

MPAS 704. Behavioral Medicine Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students to a variety of behavioral medicine problems in inpatient- and/or outpatient-based settings. Students will build on the skills of history taking, performing physical examinations, developing differential diagnoses, formulating diagnoses, designing prevention and treatment plans, and documenting common medical conditions learned throughout the didactic phase of the program and apply these skills in the psychiatric setting. Students will be exposed to psychiatric interviews, perform physical examinations, assist with individual and group psychological counseling, assist with psychological testing, and participate in the development of management strategies for the psychiatric patient. This practicum is designed to train students to recognize psychiatric medical conditions through clinical presentation and the psychiatric interview. (5 credits)

MPAS 705. Surgery Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students to the clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients in the surgical setting. Students will be trained in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative patient care settings, as well as operating room protocol and techniques. Students will be exposed to emergent, non-emergent, and elective surgical cases. Students will learn common surgical procedures and the description, indications, contraindications, and complications of each. Additionally, students will gain experience in interpreting diagnostic tests utilized in the surgical environment and become more adept at documenting surgical notes and procedures. Students will spend three weeks in general surgery and an additional three weeks in either general surgery or a specialty surgery. (5 credits)

MPAS 706. Emergency Medicine Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students to the clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients in the emergency setting. Students will learn to evaluate and treat a wide variety of urgent, emergent, and life-threatening conditions. The student will learn to triage patients, interact with patient's families, and become more proficient at taking rapid, accurate histories, performing targeted physical examinations, ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, and formulating treatment plans. Clinical procedures performed during this rotation may include suturing, starting IVs, phlebotomy, endotracheal intubation, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. (5 credits)

MPAS 707. Pediatrics Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students introduces students to the clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and management of pediatric patients. Students will be learn how to care for children ranging from neonates to adolescents through well-child and sick-child office visits. This practicum will reinforce the knowledge and clinical application for drug dosing, immunizations, growth and developmental milestones, common pediatric diagnostic procedures, and nutritional assessment, as well as documentation and communication with parents and pediatric patients. (5 credits)

MPAS 708. Prenatal & Gynecologic Care Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum introduces students to prenatal and gynecologic care. Students will learn how to obtain and document an obstetrical and gynecological history and physical examination, screening techniques, diagnostic procedures, management plans, and contraceptive counseling and management. The practicum will enable students to strengthen their knowledge of pre-natal care, menstrual abnormalities, infertility, menopause, and sexually transmitted diseases. (5 credits)

MPAS 709. Elective Practicum
This six-week clinical practicum allows the student to select an area or areas of medicine in which s/he desires to gain additional clinical experience. Students may return to a prior clinical setting or select a new specialty. Students will also prepare and give a formal case presentation. (5 credits)

MPAS 710. Summative Assessment
This pass/fail course is the final evaluation of the program. It is comprised of a comprehensive written examination, a multi-station observed clinical skills evaluation, a comprehensive patient care assessment, and a professionalism assessment. Students must pass all four of the components in order to graduate and qualify to take to PANCE. (0 credits)

MPAS 711. Orientation to Practice-Based Learning & Improvement
This is a capstone course to help orient the student to practice-based learning and improvement. Assignments will occur throughout the clinical phase. Students will use information learned throughout the didactic phase of the program in the Foundations of PA Practice courses in preparation of clinical practice. In addition, students will prepare a paper or article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal or prepare and present a poster. The format may consist of a case study, clinical review, or other format acceptable for journal publication or poster presentation. (1 credit)