Curriculum

MS Degree Plan

Students will complete the program with their cohort in the following sequence:

 

Semester 1
PAS 5102 Introduction to PA Practice 1 Unit
PAS 5103 Bioethics 1 Unit
PAS 5104 Medical Communications 1 Unit
PAS 5205 Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine 2 Units
PAS 5106 Introduction to Pharmacology 1 Unit
PAS 5500 Human Anatomy with Lab (3:4) 5 Units
PAS 5401 Medical Physiology with Lab (3:2) 4 Units
Semester 2
PAS 5510 Clinical Medicine I 5 Units
PAS 5311 Physical Examination I with Lab (2:4) 3 Units
PAS 5212 Clinical Skills and Procedures I 2 Units
PAS 5314 Pharmacology I 3 Units
PAS 5117 Introduction to Pediatrics 1 Units
PAS 5118 Introduction to Surgery 1 Unit
Semester 3
PAS 5520 Clinical Medicine II 5 Units
PAS 5321 Physical Examination II with Lab (2:4) 3 Units
PAS 5222 Clinical Skills and Procedures II 2 Units
PAS 5324 Pharmacology II 3 Units
PAS 5127 Introduction to Emergency Medicine 1 Units
PAS 5128 Geriatric Medicine 1 Unit
  Semester 4
PAS 5530 Clinical Medicine III 5 Units
PAS 5331 Physical Examination III with Lab (2:4) 3 Units
PAS 5232 Clinical Skills and Procedures III 2 Units
PAS 5334 Pharmacology III 3 Units
PAS 5235 Research Methods 2 Units
  Semester 5,6,7 (Clinical Rotations)
PAS 6310 Elective 3 Units
PAS 6308 Women’s Health 3 Units
PAS 6309 Behavioral and Mental Health 3 Units
PAS 6601 Pediatrics 6 Units
PAS 6602 Family Medicine 6 Units
PAS 6603 Internal Medicine 6 Units
PAS 6604 General Surgery 6 Units
PAS 6605 Emergency Medicine 6 Units
PAS 6606 Urgent Care 6 Units
  Total 105 Units

 

Course Descriptions:

PAS 5102 Introduction to PA Practice (1 Unit)

This course will provide the student with an introduction to the profession of Physician Assistant, including its history and development and possible future directions. The role of the PA across all aspects of medicine will be discussed with an emphasis on primary care. This course will also address how the PA fits into the healthcare team and explore various practice settings. Important issues, such as licensing, credentialing, insurance, and legal and legislative, will also be explored.

PAS 5103 Bioethics (1 Unit)

This course examines both Christian and secular principles and approaches to bioethical issues faced by the physician assistant.  Students will, using case based scenarios, discuss and debate multiple ethical issues including provider-patient relationships, beginning of life, end of life, and foregoing medical care.  Students will also consider established bioethical codes as they begin to form and develop a personal bioethical code.

PAS 5104 Medical Communications (1 Unit)

This course is designed to introduce students to the art of medical history-taking and offers practical strategies for effective, patient-centered interpersonal communication. Learners will be instructed in the appropriate formats for documentation of patient history as well as techniques to enhance the effectiveness of both history-taking and patient education.

PAS 5205 Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine (2 Units)

This course is designed to access, and critically interpret, medical literature. As lifelong learners, Pas must be able to locate, understand and apply concepts derived from the medical literature as they relate to the treatment of their patients. The students should learn to differentiate between statistical and clinical significance as they focus on an evidence-based approach to interpreting medical literature.  This course will evaluate basic biostatistical methods and formulae.

PAS 5106 Introduction to Pharmacology (1 Unit)

This course introduces the pharmacologic principles and concepts which are essential for making sound pharmacotherapeutic decisions. This course covers pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, and pharmacogenetics, as well as an introduction of the general classification of medications.

PAS 5500 Human Anatomy with Lab (5 Units)

This is a systems-based course that will emphasize the application of anatomical knowledge to clinical practice.  This course covers gross anatomy while demonstrating the design inherent in the human body and how alterations from the norm can affect function. Structure-function relationships will be explored at multiple levels of organization, specifically, cell, tissue, organ, and systems.

PAS 5401 Medical Physiology with Lab (4 Units)

This is a systems-based course that will emphasize the application of knowledge of human physiology to clinical practice.  This course covers system structure and function while demonstrating the design inherent within cells and systems and how alterations from the norm can affect function.

PAS 5510 Clinical Medicine I (5 Units)

This course is the first in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students clinical medicine in an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. The course will be primarily lecture based and supplemented by case discussions. Information will be presented in organ system-based sequences that will include the mechanism, clinical presentation, and approach to diagnosis of disease as well as health promotion.

PAS 5311 Physical Examination I with Lab (3 Units)

This course is the first in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students the techniques to obtain a pertinent history and perform an appropriate physical examination in complement to the information learned in the clinical medicine course.

PAS 5212 Clinical Skills and Procedures I (2 Units)

This course is the first in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students foundational knowledge in clinical diagnostic skills that prepare the student for required responsibilities in patient care. Course content includes clinical, laboratory, and basic surgical techniques required in primary care. Students learn best practice approaches to caring for patients and guidelines for preventive care and disease screening.

PAS 5314 Pharmacology I (3 Units)

This course is the first in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students appropriate pharmacotherapeutics in an organ systems-based approach that complements the sequencing in the clinical medicine course.

PAS 5117 Introduction to Pediatrics (1 Units)

This course is designed to introduce students to pediatric care by providing an overview of specific illnesses, diagnostic tests, terminology and treatment in this special population while emphasizing the role of the PA in a general pediatric practice. The course will explore normal growth and development and immunization recommendations and, also, provide an overview of the similarities and differences between pediatric and adult populations.

PAS 5118 Introduction to Surgery (1 Unit)

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of surgery and studies major and minor surgical conditions with an emphasis on indications for surgical intervention. Management of patients through the pre-, intra-, and post-operative stages in both ambulatory and inpatient settings will be discussed.

PAS 5520 Clinical Medicine II (5 Units)

This course is the second in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students clinical medicine in an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. The course will be primarily lecture based and supplemented by case discussions. Information will be presented in organ system-based sequences that will include the mechanism, clinical presentation, and approach to diagnosis of disease as well as health promotion.

PAS 5321 Physical Examination II with Lab (3 Units)

This course is the second in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students the techniques to obtain a pertinent history and perform an appropriate physical examination in complement to the information learned in the clinical medicine course.

PAS 5222 Clinical Skills and Procedures II (2 Units)

This course is the second in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students foundational knowledge in clinical diagnostic skills that prepare the student for required responsibilities in patient care. Course content includes clinical, laboratory, and basic surgical techniques required in primary care. Students learn best practice approaches to caring for patients and guidelines for preventive care and disease screening.

PAS 5324 Pharmacology II (3 Units)

This course is the second in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students appropriate pharmacotherapeutics in an organ systems-based approach that complements the sequencing in the clinical medicine course.

PAS 5127 Introduction to Emergency Medicine (1 Units)

This course explores various types of urgent and emergent conditions across the lifespan that present in an emergency medicine setting. Students are prepared to triage, stabilize, evaluate, treat, and monitor such conditions. Disposition of patients, including admission criteria, referrals, and specialty consultations, will also be discussed.

PAS 5128 Geriatric Medicine (1 Unit)

This course will focus on issues specific to geriatrics, examining the similarities and, primarily, the differences inherent to this population. The process of death and dying and end of life issues will be discussed.

PAS 5530 Clinical Medicine III (5 Units)

This course is the third in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students clinical medicine in an integrated and multidisciplinary approach. The course will be primarily lecture based and supplemented by case discussions. Information will be presented in organ system-based sequences that will include the mechanism, clinical presentation, and approach to diagnosis of disease as well as health promotion.

PAS 5331 Physical Examination III with Lab (3 Units)

This course is the third in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students the techniques to obtain a pertinent history and perform an appropriate physical examination in complement to the information learned in the clinical medicine course.

PAS 5232 Clinical Skills and Procedures III (2 Units)

This course is the third in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students foundational knowledge in clinical diagnostic skills that prepare the student for required responsibilities in patient care. Course content includes clinical, laboratory, and basic surgical techniques required in primary care. Students learn best practice approaches to caring for patients and guidelines for preventive care and disease screening.

PAS 5334 Pharmacology III (3 Units)

This course is the third in a three course sequence that is designed to teach students appropriate pharmacotherapeutics in an organ systems-based approach that complements the sequencing in the clinical medicine course.

PAS 5235 Research Methods (2 Units)

This course is designed to introduce students to methods, and areas need, in research to improve delivery of care and/or patient outcomes and to foster an interest in promoting Physician Assistant scholarship.

PAS 6310 Elective (3 Units)

This course is a three week supervised clinical practice experience designed to allow students to explore new areas of PA practice or reinforce and strengthen areas of perceived deficits. Students may also choose to utilize the elective rotation to evaluate, and be evaluated by, a potential employer.

PAS 6308 Women’s Health (3 Units)

This course is a three week supervised clinical practice experience in women’s health including prenatal and gynecologic care in various clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

PAS 6309 Behavioral and Mental Health (3 Units)

This course is a three week supervised clinical practice experience in behavioral and mental health in varied clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

 

PAS 6601 Pediatrics (6 Units)

This course is a six week supervised clinical practice experience in general pediatric care providing exposure to patients across the lifespan of infant, children, and adolescents. Education may occur in varied clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

 

PAS 6602 Family Medicine (6 Units)

This course is a six week supervised clinical practice experience in family medicine and is designed to provide exposures to patients across the lifespan of infant, children, adolescents, adults, and elderly. Education may occur in varied clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

PAS 6603 Internal Medicine (6 Units)

This course is a six week supervised clinical practice experience in internal medicine and is designed to provide exposures to patients across the lifespan of adults and elderly. Education may occur in varied clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

PAS 6604 General Surgery (6 Units)

This course is a six week supervised clinical practice experience in general surgery and is designed to provide exposures to patients across the lifespan and include management of pre-, intra-, and post-operative issues. Education may occur in varied clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

PAS 6605 Emergency Medicine (6 Units)

This course is a six week supervised clinical practice experience in emergency medicine and is designed to provide exposures to patients across the lifespan and include management of urgent and emergent issues. Unique opportunities to be an integral part of a multidisciplinary team are expected. Education may occur in varied clinical settings and is designed to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.

PAS 6606 Urgent Care (6 Units)

This course is a six week supervised clinical practice experience in an urgent care setting and is designed to provide exposures to patients across the lifespan and to provide encounters necessary to acquire the requisite competencies of a practicing physician assistant.