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ROSALIND FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY

DIDACTIC CURRICULUM
MCBA 501 Clinical Anatomy, Lecture/Lab (10 qh)
An in-depth study of the structure of the human body utilizing both
lecture and cadaver dissection. Supplemental lectures correlate the
anatomical findings with clinical applications for the medical
practitioner.
HPAS 500 P.A. Professional Issues and Ethics (2 qh)
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the history and
traditions of the PA Profession. This is complemented by a focused
review of current philosophies, policies, and ethical issues in
contemporary health care targeted at the Health Care professional.
HPAS 508 Interviewing and Medical Documentation (2 qh)
This course will provide the PA student with the proper techniques for
obtaining a medical interview and for documenting the medical record.
Accurate and efficient data collection, proper responses to patients
emotions, and skills to educate and influence patients behaviors are
covered.
HPAS 537 Population Medicine (1 qh)
This course includes evaluation and discussion of the role of the
physician assistant in disease prevention and patient education.
Additionally, students will design and utilize patient education
materials in clinical scenarios.
HPAS 538 Introduction to Clinical Medicine (2 qh)
This course will provide basic concepts of general medicine, surgery,
infectious disease and pharmacy that will provide the foundational
knowledge necessary to understand the physician assistant clinical
medicine curriculum. The course will cover the history of medicine as

applied to current practice, the nature of disease and illness, clinical


decision-making, the basics of microbiology and clinical laboratory
medicine as applied to patient evaluation and management.
HPAS 539 Introduction to Pharmacotherapy (1 QH)
This course will provide the foundational knowledge necessary to
understand general pharmacotherapy principles and practice. The
course will cover pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, medication
safety, as well as the drug approval process used by the Federal Drug
Administration. This course will also cover clinical pharmacokinetics
and an overview of antibiotic therapy.
Fall Quarter
HPAS 501 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-I (9 qh)
The first in a series of three interprofessional General
Medicine/Infectious Disease courses; This course utilizes a systemsoriented approach in focusing on the etiology, pathophysiology,
diagnosis, imaging, treatment, and prognosis for a wide variety of
diseases, syndromes, and disorders. Relevant topics in infectious
disease and surgery for each system are also covered.
HPAS 502 Introduction to EKG (1 qh)
This course provides students with a systematic method of interpreting
rhythm strips and 12-lead EKGs.
HPAS 515 Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care (2 qh)
This course aims expand the awareness of the physician assistant to
psychological and sociological aspects potentially operational in the
relationship of patient and physician assistants. Students investigate
the contextual setting of medical practice, the patient as a person, and
the professional physician assistants psycho/social considerations
during patient assessment and treatment.
HPAS 528 Research & Statistics (2 qh)
This course will introduce students to the applications of research and
statistics in medicine. Use of computer for statistical analysis is

included, and students will have the opportunity to analyze data for
their Masters project.
HPAS 650 Complementary Medicine (1 qh)
This course will provide students with a broad perspective of the
characteristics and cultural/historical background of complementary
health therapies.
HMTD 515A Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care (1 qh)
Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care is an experiential
learning opportunity for students to interact in interprofessional health
care teams which extends through the fall and winter of the first year.
This interactive course is intended to help prepare the health care
professional student to provide effective patient-centered health care
through small group discussion and problem solving activities. Topics
include: team interaction, communication, service learning, information
literacy, quality improvement, healthcare professions, diversity in
society, the impact of culture, ethnicity and religion on communication
and the provision of services, disparities in the healthcare delivery
system, and awareness of the impact of a providers own wellness and
illness beliefs on the decisions he/she makes for patients.
Interprofessional teams of students develop and participate in
significant community based service learning projects.
HPAS 601 Pharmacotherapy I (4 qh)
This course is a study of the principles of drug therapy essential to the
practice of primary care medicine. The course is structured using a
systems-based educational approach correlating with topics in the
General Medicine & Infectious Disease course series. Essential
pharmacology concepts are incorporated within each drug class unit to
integrate clinical and basic science education. Pre-requisite: HPAS 538.
HPAS 532-YPHP716 Interprofessional Case Collaborations (1qh)
The purpose of this one credit course is to prepare students to work
together in collaborative interprofessional teams while understanding
the concepts of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic
techniques and medical management and treatments as they apply to
physician assistants and pharmacists. This course is a supplemental
case-based course to the General Medicine and Pharmacotherapy
courses. This course will also provide reinforcement of key concepts
relevant to patient care as students work interprofessionally to solve

case-based, patient-centered issues. Relevant interprofessional topics


will be addressed throughout the course.
Winter Quarter
HPAS 510 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-II (9 qh)
This course is the second in a series of three General
Medicine/Infectious Disease courses as described above.
HPAS 512 Clinical Decision Making I (2 qh)
Utilizing case studies, this course teaches the systematic approach to
the assessment and management of clinical problems, including
ordering appropriate diagnostic studies, developing a differential
diagnosis, formulating a treatment plan, and describing disease
prognosis.
HPAS 513 Physical Examination, Lecture/Lab (4 qh)
This course teaches the student to perform a comprehensive head-totoe physical examination of an adult, and the proper documentation of
physical findings in the medical record.
HPAS 525 Geriatrics (2 qh)
This course introduces the student to the principles of Geriatric
Medicine with an emphasis on the normal changes of aging, clinical
implications of the aging process, and recognizing, assessing and
treating medical problems common to the geriatric population.
HPAS 540 Pediatrics (2 qh)
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of pediatric
medicine, covering the neonate through adolescence, including
preventive care and diagnosis and management of common pediatric
disorders.
HMTD 515B Interprofessional Teams and Culture in Health Care (1 qh)
This course is a continuation of HMTD 515A. For more information, see
the above listing.

HPAS 610 Pharmacotherapy II

(3 qh)

This course is a study of the principles of drug therapy essential to the


practice of primary care medicine. The course is structured using a
systems-based educational approach correlating with topics in the
General Medicine & Infectious Disease course series. Essential
pharmacology concepts are incorporated within each drug class unit to
integrate clinical and basic science education. Pre-requisite: HPAS 601.
HPAS 533-YPHP716 Interprofessional Case Collaborations (1qh)
The purpose of this one credit course is to prepare students to work
together in collaborative interprofessional teams while understanding
the concepts of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic
techniques and medical management and treatments as they apply to
physician assistants and pharmacists. This course is a supplemental
case-based course to the General Medicine and Pharmacotherapy
courses. This course will also provide reinforcement of key concepts
relevant to patient care as students work interprofessionally to solve
case-based, patient-centered issues. Relevant interprofessional topics
will be addressed throughout the course.
Spring Quarter
HPAS 518 Emergency Medicine (2 qh)
This course introduces the PA student to the principles of Emergency
Medicine including the PAs role in triage, assessment, and emergency
management. A variety of neonatal, pediatric and adult emergencies
will be discussed. In addition, the student will be expected to
successfully complete an American Heart Association CPR course (level
C) as part of this class.
HPAS 519 Obstetrics and Gynecology (3 qh)
This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the student with
the principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It will cover a wide variety
of common problems, focusing on diagnosis and treatment.
HPAS 520 General Medicine & Infectious Disease-III (8 qh)
This course is the third in a series of three General Medicine/Infectious
Disease courses as described above.

HPAS 522 Clinical Decision-Making-II (2 qh)


This is the second of two clinical problem solving courses as described
above.
HPAS 523 Clinical Procedures, Lecture/Lab (3 qh)
This course covers the indications, contraindications, step-by-step
procedures, and potential complications of multiple hands-on skills that
are commonly performed by PAs in clinical practice. In addition,
students will be required to successfully complete an Advanced Cardiac
Life Support (A.C.L.S.) training course.
HMTD 551 Leadership in the Healthcare Environment (3 qh)
This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the
complex nature of health care facility problems and learn a systematic
approach to problem resolution through the group problem solving
process.
HPAS 620 Pharmacotherapy III

(3 qh)

This course is a study of the principles of drug therapy essential to the


practice of primary care medicine. The course is structured using a
systems-based educational approach correlating with topics in the
General Medicine & Infectious Disease course series. Essential
pharmacology concepts are incorporated within each drug class unit to
integrate clinical and basic science education. Pre-requisite: HPAS 610.
HPAS 646 Advanced Physical Examination Lecture/Lab (2 qh)
This course expands upon the HPAS 513 Physical Examination course.
Students will learn to perform focused physical examinations as well as
specialty exams that are typically performed by PAs in clinical practice.
HPAS 534-YPHP716 Interprofessional Case Collaborations (1qh)
The purpose of this one credit course is to prepare students to work
together in collaborative interprofessional teams while understanding
the concepts of pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic
techniques and medical management and treatments as they apply to
physician assistants and pharmacists. This course is a supplemental
case-based course to the General Medicine and Pharmacotherapy

courses. This course will also provide reinforcement of key concepts


relevant to patient care as students work interprofessionally to solve
case-based, patient-centered issues. Relevant interprofessional topics
will be addressed throughout the course.

CLINICAL CURRICULUM
Students will be expected to travel to several clerkships at locations
distant from the school. While many sites have housing available,
students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their own housing.
HPAS 550 Internal Medicine (6qh)
Six-week clerkship in an Internal Medicine setting.
HPAS 560 General Surgery (6qh)
Six-week clerkship in a General Surgery setting.
HPAS 565 Family Medicine (6qh)
Six-week clerkship in a Family Medicine setting.
HPAS 570 Women's Health (6qh)
Six-week clerkship in an Obstetrics-Gynecology setting.
HPAS 575 Pediatrics (6qh)
Six-week clerkship in a Pediatric setting.
HPAS 580 Emergency Medicine (6qh)
Six-week clerkship in an Emergency Medicine setting.
HPAS 591 and HPAS 592 Elective Rotation (6qh each)
Two, six-week clerkship in a medical or surgical subspecialty (subject to
approval by the Department).

Electives include: Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, General


Surgery, Family Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Emergency
Medicine, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Orthopaedics, Oncology,
Pediatrics/Neonatology, Trauma Surgery, Infectious Disease, Women's
Health, and Internal Medicine.
HPAS 690 Master's Project (8qh)
Students can choose from three research content tracks: Evidencebased Medicine, Educational or Clinical. Within the Educational and
Clinical tracks students may do library-based or experiential research,

while the Evidence-based Medicine track involves solely library-based


research.

MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY
First Professional Year:

TOTAL QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED:

77

SUMMER QUARTER
ANATD 0500
BIOCD 0551
BIOCD 0552
PASSD 0511
PASSD 0518
Total

Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology


Human Biochemistry
Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
Professional Seminar I
Clinical Medicine I

7
3
3
1
5
19

FALL QUARTER
ANATD 0565
CORED 1599
PASSD 0519
PASSD 0564
PHARD 0584
PHYSD 0510
Total

Human Neurosciences
Interprofessional Education I
Clinical Medicine II
Physical Diagnosis
Pharmacology I
Human Physiology I

4
1
5
3
3
3.5
19.5

WINTER QUARTER
MICRD 0576
PASSD 0503
PASSD 0529
PASSD 0541
PHARD 0585
PHYSD 0511
Total

Immunology
Clinical Medicine III
Research Seminar
Psychiatric Principles
Pharmacology II
Human Physiology II

2
6
3
2
3
3.5
19.5

SPRING QUARTER
BIOCD 0581
MICRD 0582
PASSD 0504
PASSD 0512
PASSD 0521
PASSD 0528
PHARD 0586
Total

Human Genetics
Infectious Diseases
Clinical Medicine IV
Professional Seminar II
Introduction to Capstone Project
Advanced Patient Assessment and Management
Pharmacology III

1
4
6
2
1
2
3
19

Second Professional Year:

TOTAL QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED:

56

SUMMER QUARTER
PASSD 06410648
PASSD 0681
Total

Core Clinical Rotations

12

Advanced Clinical Medicine I

3
15

FALL QUARTER
PASSD 06410648
PASSD 0671
Total

Core Clinical Rotations

12

Independent Study in Capstone Project I

0.5
12.5

WINTER QUARTER
PASSD 06410648
PASSD 0672
PASSD 0682
Total

Core Clinical Rotations

12

Independent Study in Capstone Project II


Advanced Clinical Medicine II

0.5
3
15.5

SPRING QUARTER
PASSD 06410648
PASSD 0674
Total

Core Clinical Rotations

12

Independent Study in Capstone Project III

1
13

Third Professional Year:

TOTAL QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED:

13

SUMMER QUARTER
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
Total

0749
0750
0775
0783

Elective I Rotation
Elective II Rotation
Independent Study in Capstone Project IV
Advanced Clinical Medicine III

4
4
1
4
13

REQUIRED CORE AND ELECTIVE CLINICAL ROTATIONS


PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
PASSD
Total

0641
0642
0643
0644
0645
0646
0647
0648
0749
0750

Internal Medicine Rotation


Behavioral Medicine Rotation
General Surgery Rotation
Emergency Medicine Rotation
Family Medicine Rotation
Geriatric Medicine Rotation
Womens Health Rotation
Pediatric Medicine Rotation
Elective I Rotation
Elective II Rotation

6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
4
4
56

ANATD 0565
Human Neurosciences
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This is an integrated, interdisciplinary course in which students learn to identify and describe the basic
structural components and corresponding functions of the human nervous system. Emphasis is given to
correlating underlying lesions involving these structures with neurologic deficits and dysfunctions likely to
be encountered in clinical practice. Integrated lectures are given by faculty in the Departments of Anatomy
and Physiology, and the Physician Assistant Program.
Credits: 4

ANATD 0500
Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology
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This course presents lectures and cadaver dissection laboratories emphasizing the normal structure of the
human body; the embryologic basis of adult anatomy; the relationship between structure and function;
and the use of human gross anatomy in physical diagnosis.
Credits: 7

BIOCD 0551
Human Biochemistry
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This course provides a foundation for basic science courses concerned with normal and pathologic human
physiology, biochemistry, cytology, histology, pharmacology, and nutrition. Topics include cellular energy
metabolism, signal transduction, neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation, cellular energetics,
foundations of molecular biology, nutrition, and metabolism in differentiated tissues and organs.
Credits: 3

BIOCD 0552
Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
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The objective of this course is to equip the physician assistant with the knowledge needed to apply
nutritional principles to preventive medicine and various common pathologies. Additional topics include
clinical problem solving skills, statistics in clinical decision making, blood clotting, the role of nutrition in
different anemias, diabetes mellitus, the hyperlipidemias, and factors affecting blood chemistries.
Credits: 3

BIOCD 0581

Human Genetics
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This course is devoted to introducing the foundations of human genetics. Topics include normal
transmission of dominant and recessive genetic traits, sex-linked/autosomal-linked inheritance, common
genetic defects and diseases, inheritance patterns and probabilities, genetic mapping, common risk factors
in inherited/acquired genetic diseases, family counseling, and family planning issues.
Credits: 1

CORED 1599
Interprofessional Education I
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Changes in our healthcare delivery system are creating a growing demand for health professionals with
skills in collaboration and teamwork. This course will describe the roles and responsibilities of the various
healthcare disciplines. It will also provide students, from different health professions, the opportunity to
interact with one another as well as simulated patients. This collaboration will promote communication
using a team-based approach to the maintenance of health and management of disease.
Credits: 1

MICRD 0582
Infectious Diseases
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This didactic course covers infectious diseases, their etiologic agents, differential diagnoses and disease
management. Through the use of diagnostic algorithms and integrative self-studies, students learn
problem-solving skills. The course includes hands-on experiential laboratory sessions which augment
didactic material and provide insight into clinical microbiological laboratory procedures and an evidencebased approach to diagnoses in the infectious diseases context.
Credits: 4

MICRD 0576
Immunology
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This didactic course introduces students to the fundamental principles of immunology and host defense
mechanisms and considers them in relation to defense against common viral, bacterial, fungal, and
parasitic agents of disease, immunologic abnormalities, immune-deficiency disorders, immunoprophylaxis,
and therapy.
Credits: 2

PASSD 0518

Clinical Medicine I
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Medical interviewing skills will be introduced through formal lectures and developed through standardized
patient interviews. The skills, knowledge, and sensitivity needed to communicate and intervene effectively
in a variety of psychosocial situations are presented. Communication and improving patient rapport will
also be discussed in relationship to the various life cycles.
Credits: 5

PASSD 0519
Clinical Medicine II
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A systems-oriented approach will introduce common diseases and syndromes, their underlying
pathophysiology (including signs and symptoms), patient evaluation (historical, physical examination, and
diagnostic studies), differential diagnosis, and basic therapeutic concepts. Acute exacerbations of chronic
diseases and emergency care will be integrated as appropriate. Formal lectures and problem-based
learning techniques will be utilized.
Credits: 5

PASSD 0503
Clinical Medicine III
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A systems-oriented approach will introduce common diseases and syndromes, their underlying
pathophysiology (including signs and symptoms), patient evaluation (history, physical examination, and
diagnostic studies), differential diagnosis, and basic therapeutic concepts. Acute exacerbations of chronic
diseases and emergency care will be integrated as appropriate. Formal lectures, case group discussions,
and problem-based learning techniques will all be utilized.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0504
Clinical Medicine IV
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A systems-oriented approach will introduce common diseases and syndromes, their underlying
pathophysiology (including signs and symptoms), patient evaluation (history, physical examination, and
diagnostic studies), differential diagnosis, and basic therapeutic concepts. Acute exacerbations of chronic
diseases and emergency care will be integrated as appropriate. Formal lectures, case group discussions,
and problem-based learning techniques will all be utilized.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0511
Professional Seminar I
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This course presents and discusses the clinical practice, role, and responsibilities of physician assistants.
Professional behavior, cultural and social awareness, and the future of the physician assistant profession
will be discussed. The interaction of healthcare providers within various clinical settings will also be
examined.
Credits: 1

PASSD 0512
Professional Seminar II
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This course traces the evolution of medical concepts, the professional role of the physician assistant, and
basic concepts for quality healthcare delivery. Bioethical issues that arise during the provision of
healthcare services will also be discussed. In addition, medicolegal aspects of healthcare and preparation
for clinical practice will be reviewed.
Credits: 2

PASSD 0521
Introduction to Capstone Project
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This course is designed to help the student create the conceptual framework and medical literature review
that will lead to the development of the Capstone Project. Students will research a medical topic of
interest to them and complete a comprehensive literature review. This literature review will serve as the
foundation for the completion of the other components of the Capstone Project which include evidencebased medicine projects, a patient education project and the design and implementation of a Power Point
of the entire Capstone portfolio.
Credits: 1

PASSD 0529
Research Seminar
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This course is designed to provide an overview of the scientific method including quantitative and
conceptual analyses, research techniques and research design methods. Elementary statistical techniques
will be reviewed including an introduction to probability, measurement theory, correlation, regression
analysis, sampling, significance tests and statistical inference. Both research design and statistical topics
will be presented in the context of effective review of the medical literature for the purpose of application
to patient populations and medical problems.

Credits: 3

PASSD 0528
Advanced Patient Assessment and Management
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This course is designed to allow the physician assistant student to obtain the knowledge and skills required
to physically assess a patient's medical and health status as part of the focused adult history and problemoriented physical examination. In addition, students will develop patient-management skills by ordering
and interpreting laboratory and diagnostic studies and appropriate therapeutics. The course is designed to
build upon the medical history knowledge gained in Clinical Medicine I and the screening adult physical
exam skills learned in Physical Diagnosis.
Credits: 2

PASSD 0541
Psychiatric Principles
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This course presents the concepts and practices related to a review of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis and
management of psychiatric syndromes and disorders across the lifespan.
Credits: 2

PASSD 0564
Physical Diagnosis
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Physical examination techniques will be introduced during formal lectures and practiced during partnerpaired laboratory sessions in this course. Normal physical findings and examination techniques will be
emphasized. Common normal variants and classic physical abnormalities will be introduced and discussed.
Lectures, laboratory sessions, and problem-based learning will be employed.
Credits: 3

PASSD 0641
Internal Medicine Rotation
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Six-week clinical rotation in an Internal Medicine setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0642

Behavioral Medicine Rotation


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Six-week clinical rotation in a Behavioral Medicine setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0643
General Surgery Rotation
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Six-week clinical rotation in a General Surgery setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0644
Emergency Medicine Rotation
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Six-week clinical rotation in an Emergency Medicine setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0645
Family Medicine Rotation
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Six-week clinical rotation in a Family Medicine setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0646
Geriatric Medicine Rotation
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Six-week clinical rotation in a Geriatric Medicine setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0647
Womens Health Rotation

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Six-week clinical rotation in an Obstetrics/Gynecology setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0648
Pediatric Medicine Rotation
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Six-week clinical rotation in a Pediatric Medicine setting.
Credits: 6

PASSD 0671
Independent Study in Capstone Project I
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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the
culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry
into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective
patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials
collected.
Credits: 0.5

PASSD 0672
Independent Study in Capstone Project II
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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the
culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry
into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective
patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials
collected.
Credits: 0.5

PASSD 0674
Independent Study in Capstone Project III
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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the
culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry
into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective

patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials
collected.
Credits: 1

PASSD 0681
Advanced Clinical Medicine I
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This course is designed to build upon the student's foundation of clinical medicine knowledge and to
prepare him or her to begin clinical year rotations. Lectures will provide advanced information and
instruction covering a range of medical topics including interpretation of electrocardiograms, basic life
support for healthcare providers and advance cardiovascular life support, and other topics that will
facilitate the student's continuing development of knowledge and therapeutic skills in patient assessment,
medical decision-making, and clinical management.
Credits: 3

PASSD 0682
Advanced Clinical Medicine II
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This course is designed to build upon the student's foundation of clinical medicine knowledge and to
continue to develop critical thinking and medical decision making skills. Lectures will provide advanced
information and instruction covering a range of medical topics.
Credits: 3

PASSD 0749
Elective I Rotation
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Four-week clinical rotation in a discipline of the student's choosing (subject to approval by the Program).
Credits: 4

PASSD 0750
Elective II Rotation
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Four-week clinical rotation in a discipline of the student's choosing (subject to approval by the Program).
Credits: 4

PASSD 0775
Independent Study in Capstone Project IV
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This course is designed to facilitate the completion of an independent medical research project as the
culmination of the master's degree for the physician assistant student. The project entails scholarly inquiry
into a clinical medicine topic, application of evidence-based medicine techniques, creation of effective
patient and community education materials, and a final presentation/dissemination of the materials
collected.
Credits: 1

PASSD 0783
Advanced Clinical Medicine III
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This course is designed to build upon the student's foundation of clinical medicine knowledge. Guest
lecturers with clinical expertise in a variety of fields will provide advanced information and instruction. In
addition, students will receive updates on clinical practice issues. During the course, students will receive
an intensive week of lecture topics to help them prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying
Examination (PANCE). Students will also focus on professional issues in preparation for graduation and
clinical practice.
Credits: 4

PHARD 0584, 0585, 0586


Pharmacology I, II, III
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This course sequence introduces students to the general principles of drug action and the therapeutic uses
and toxicities of drugs commonly used in humans. A drug's action is considered on an organ-system basis.
Specific topics include drugs acting on the: autonomic and central nervous systems, cardiovascular and
renal systems, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. In addition, discussions on chemotherapy of
microbial and parasitic organisms, chemotherapy of neoplastic diseases, drugs acting on blood-forming
organs, and hormones are presented. The course also includes discussions of environmental toxic agents
and antidotes.
Credits: Each course 3

PHYSD 0510, 0511


Human Physiology I, II
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Students are introduced to the physiological principles and regulatory processes that underlie the normal
function of the human body, and develop an understanding of the physiologic responses to perturbations

of homeostasis and of pathophysiologic alterations that occur in disease. Didactic lectures are
supplemented with workshops that focus on application of physiological concepts. Topics include the
properties of excitable cells and the function of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal,
digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Credits: Each course 3.5

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CARBONDALE


Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies (90 credit hours, 26 months)
Requirements for Physician Assistant Studies Program
(Professional Program - 90 credit hours, 7 semesters)
First Year Sequence (Phase I)..54 hours
Physician Assistant 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 511,
512, 513, 514, 515, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 531, 532, 533, 534,
535, 536, 547, 550, 599
Second Year (Phase II and Phase III)...36 hours
Physician Assistant 545, 551, 580, 581, 582, 583, 596, 599
Total..90 hours
Physician Assistant Curriculum Guide:
PHASE I
Semester 1 Summer
(Unit 1) 10 credit hours
PA 500-1
Introduction to the Profession
PA 501-3
PBL, Unit 1
PA 511-1
Pharmacology
PA 521-2
Clinical Anatomy and Integrated Science
PA 531-2
Patient Evaluation
PA 547-1
Research Methods
Semester 2 Fall
(Units 2 & 3) 22 credit hours
PA 502-3; PA 503-3
PBL, Units 2 and 3
PA 506-1
Patient Education/Behavioral Science
PA 507-1
Diversity in Medical Practice
PA 512-1; PA 513-1
Pharmacology II, III
PA 522-2; PA 523-2
Clinical Anatomy and Integrated Sciences II, III
PA 532-2; PA 533-2
Patient Evaluation II, III
PA 550-2
Clinical Mentoring - Phase I
PA 599-2
Masters Seminar
Semester 3 Spring
(Units 4 & 5) 22 credit hours
PA 504-3; PA 505-3
PBL, Units 4 and 5
PA 506-1
Patient Education/Behavioral Science
PA 514-1; PA 515-1
Pharmacology IV, V
PA 524-2; PA 525-2
Clinical Anatomy and Integrated Sciences IV, V
PA 534-2
Clinical/Procedural Skills
PA 535-2
ACLS/EKG
PA 536-1
Introduction to the Surgical Setting
PA 550-2
Clinical Mentoring Phase I
PA 599-2
Masters Seminar
PHASE II
Semester 4 Summer
6 credit hours
PA 551-1
Clinical Mentoring Phase II
PA 580-1
PBL Tutor Group Phase II
PA 581-3
Clinical Rotations I
PA 599-1
Masters Seminar
Semester 5 Fall
12 credit hours
PA 551-2
Clinical Mentoring Phase II
PA 580-2
PBL Tutor Group Phase II
PA 582-6
Clinical Rotations II
PA 599-2
Masters Seminar

Semester 6 Spring
12 credit hours
PA 551-2
Clinical Mentoring Phase II
PA 580-2
PBL Tutor Group Phase II
PA 583-6
Clinical Rotations III
PA 599-2
Masters Seminar
Students in Phase I will register for section 1 of PA 599.
Those in Phase II will register for section 2.
PHASE III
Semester 7 Summer
6 credit hours
PA 545-3
Health Care Systems
PA 596-3
Preceptorship
A limited number of Electives are also available to PA students.
PA Elective Courses (for credit hours, see Graduate Catalog)
PA 508
Holistic Medicine
PA 585
Independent Study
PA 601
Continuing Enrollment (this class is available to PA
Program students who have completed all Program requirements, but need to complete the Masters Project.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Didactic
Year

June
September

October
January

February
May

Patient
Assessment I

Patient Assessment
II

Patient
Assessment III

Behavioral
Medicine I

Behavioral Medicine
II

Behavioral
Medicine III

Pharmacotherap
eutics I

Pharmacotherapeuti
cs II

Pharmacotherape
utics III

Clinical Lab
Medicine I

Clinical Lab
Medicine II

Clinical Lab
Medicine III

Basic Science I

Clinical
Year

Basic Science II

Clinical Medicine
I

Clinical Medicine II

Preparing Future
PAs

Evidenc
eBased
Medicin
e

Bioethi
cs

Basic Science III

Clinical
Medici
ne III

PreClinic
al
Year
Prep

Medical Spanish

The Clinical Rotation Year includes 11 one-month


rotations, including four elective rotations. Required
clinical rotations: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine,
Womens Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery,
Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Medicine Capstone Project

Courses
Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Contac

PA 400

Patient Assessment I

30 + 30

PA 401

Patient Assessment II

30 + 30

PA 402

Patient Assessment III

30 + 30

PA 410

Behavioral/Preventive Medicine I

15

PA 411

Behavioral/Preventive Medicine II

15

PA 412

Behavioral/preventive Medicine III

15

PA 420

Basic Science I

30 + 15

PA 421

Basic Science II

30 + 15

PA 422

Basic Science III

30 + 15

PA 430

Clinical Laboratory Medicine I

30

PA 431

Clinical Laboratory Medicine II

30

PA 432

Clinical Laboratory Medicine III

30

PA 440

Clinical Medicine I

105

PA 441

Clinical Medicine II

105

PA 442

Clinical Medicine III

75

PA 450

Pharmacotherapeutics I

45

PA 451

Pharmacotherapeutics II

45

PA 452

Pharmacotherapeutics III

45

PA 460

Pre-Clinical Year Prep Course

30

PA 470

Mastering Medical Information

30

PA 480

Preparing Future PAs

30

PA 490

Medical Spanish

30

PA 485

Bioethics

30

Total

60

PA 400 Patient Assessment I (3 credits)


This is the first in a series of courses designed to develop the
knowledge and skills required to obtain and record the complete
medical history, use of appropriate equipment, proper techniques, and
accurate medical terminology to document findings; course will provide
an overview of the medical record as well as development of writing
and organizational skills for medical record keeping and oral
presentation skills. Skills will be developed through structured
laboratory exercises.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 401 Patient Assessment II (3 credits)


This is the second in a series of courses designed to develop the
knowledge and skills required to obtain and record the complete
medical history, use of appropriate equipment, proper techniques, and
accurate medical terminology to document findings; course will provide
an overview of the medical record as well as development of writing
and organizational skills for medical record keeping and oral
presentation skills. Skills will be developed through structured
laboratory exercises.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 402 Patient Assessment III (3 credits)


This is the third in a series of courses designed to develop the
knowledge and skills required to obtain and record the complete
medical history, use of appropriate equipment, proper techniques, and
accurate medical terminology to document findings; course will provide
an overview of the medical record as well as development of writing
and organizational skills for medical record keeping and oral
presentation skills. Skills will be developed through structured
laboratory exercises.

990

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA


coursework or program permission.

PA 410 Behavioral/Preventive Medicine I (2 credits)


This is the first in a series of courses designed to develop skills in the
area of patient communication, patient counseling, patient education,
and cultural diversity, and how they influence all aspects of medical
practice. Instruction is focused on the detection and application of
preventive measures and treatment of health risk behaviors including
stress, abuse and violence, substance abuse, sexuality, end-of-life
issues, and reaction to illness.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 411 Behavioral/Preventive Medicine II (2 credits)


This is the second in a series of courses designed to develop skills in
the area of patient communication, patient counseling, patient
education, and cultural diversity and how they influence all aspects of
medical practice. Instruction is focused on the detection and
application of preventive measures and treatment of health risk
behaviors including stress, abuse and violence, substance abuse,
sexuality, end of life issues, and reaction to illness.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 412 Behavioral Medicine/Preventive Medicine III (2 credits)


This is the third in a series of courses designed to develop skills in the
area of patient communication, patient counseling, patient education,
and cultural diversity and how they influence all aspects of medical
practice. Instruction is focused on the detection and application of
preventive measures and treatment of health risk behaviors including
stress, abuse and violence, substance abuse, sexuality, end of life
issues, and reaction to illness.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 420 Basic Science I (3 credits)


This is the first in a series of courses designed to develop an
understanding of normal physiology, genetics, pathologic and
pathophysiologic concepts of diseases per organ system, and clinical
anatomy with an emphasis on important anatomical landmarks
required in physical evaluation of patient, anatomical relationships of
structures to each other, and anatomical components of body
systems.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 421 Basic Science II (3 credits)


This is the second in a series of courses designed to develop an
understanding of normal physiology, genetics, pathologic and
pathophysiologic concepts of diseases per organ system, and clinical
anatomy with an emphasis on important anatomical landmarks
required in physical evaluation of patient, anatomical relationships of
structures to each other, and anatomical components of body
systems.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 422 Basic Science III (3 credits)


This is the third in a series of courses designed to develop an
understanding of normal physiology, genetics, pathologic and
pathophysiologic concepts of diseases per organ system, and clinical
anatomy with an emphasis on important anatomical landmarks
required in physical evaluation of patient, anatomical relationships of
structures to each other, and anatomical components of body
systems.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 430 Clinical Laboratory Medicine I (2 credits)


This is the first in a series of courses designed to develop a functional
understanding of the appropriate uses and interpretations of clinical
diagnostic testing, including radiographic and EKG testing. Students

will learn to select, interpret and evaluate clinical laboratory, imaging


and other diagnostic tests used for diagnosing, treating, and managing
patient needs.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 431 Clinical Laboratory Medicine II (2 credits)


This is the second in a series of courses designed to develop a
functional understanding of the appropriate uses and interpretations of
clinical diagnostic testing, including radiographic testing. Students will
learn to select, interpret and evaluate clinical laboratory, imaging and
other diagnostic tests used for diagnosing, treating, and managing
patient needs.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 432 Clinical Laboratory Medicine III (1 credit)


This is the second in a series of courses designed to develop a
functional understanding of the appropriate uses and interpretations of
clinical diagnostic testing, including radiographic and EKG testing.
Students will learn to select, interpret and evaluate clinical laboratory,
imaging and other diagnostic tests used for diagnosing, treating, and
managing patient needs.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 440 Clinical Medicine I (5 credits)


This is the first in a series of courses designed to provide an intensive
study of human diseases and disorders, using a lifespan approach from
pediatrics to geriatrics, in the areas of clinical medicine including
epidemiology, etiology, historical data, clinical manifestations,
progression, therapeutic management, prevention, laboratory
medicine, and prognosis. Emphasis will be on disease processes
common to primary care practices, and the development of differential
diagnoses and plan based upon the patient's clinical presentation.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 441 Clinical Medicine II (5 credits)


This is the second in a series of courses designed to provide an
intensive study of human diseases and disorders, using a lifespan
approach from pediatrics to geriatrics, in the areas of clinical medicine
including epidemiology, etiology, historical data, clinical
manifestations, progression, therapeutic management, prevention,
laboratory medicine, and prognosis. Emphasis will be on disease
processes common to primary care practices, and the development of
differential diagnoses and plan based upon the patient's clinical
presentation.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 442 Clinical Medicine III (4 credits)


This is the third in a series of courses designed to provide an intensive
study of human diseases and disorders, using a lifespan approach from
pediatrics to geriatrics, in the areas of clinical medicine including
epidemiology, etiology, historical data, clinical manifestations,
progression, therapeutic management, prevention, laboratory
medicine, and prognosis. Emphasis will be on disease processes
common to primary care practices, and the development of differential
diagnoses and plan based upon the patient's clinical presentation.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 450 Pharmacotherapeutics I (3 credits)


This is the first in a series of courses designed to develop skills related
to the principles of pharmacology as they pertain to therapeutic
agents, prescription and non-prescription. Discussion will include the
principal mechanisms of action of the major classes of therapeutic
agents, understanding of pharmacodynamics, uses, side effects, and
toxicities.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 451 Pharmacotherapeutics II (3 credits)

This is the second in a series of courses designed to develop skills


related to the principles of pharmacology as they pertain to
therapeutic agents, prescription and non-prescription. Discussion will
include the principal mechanisms of action of the major classes of
therapeutic agents, understanding of pharmacodynamics, uses, side
effects, and toxicities.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 452 Pharmacotherapeutics III (3 credits)


This is the third in a series of courses designed to develop skills related
to the principles of pharmacology as they pertain to therapeutic
agents, prescription and non-prescription. Discussion will include the
principal mechanisms of action of the major classes of therapeutic
agents, understanding of pharmacodynamics, uses, side effects, and
toxicities.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA
coursework or program permission.

PA 460 Pre-Clinical Prep Course (3 credits)


This course will prepare the student for the upcoming clinical year. The
focus will be on procedures, such as bedside and surgical procedures
including aseptic technique, air and blood-borne pathogen
transmission prevention, phlebotomy, IV placement, foley catheter
insertion, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, thoracocentesis, injections,
surgical techniques and casting; and on the emergency management
of a wide variety of diseases and disorders.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 470 Mastering Medical Information (2 credits)


This course will cover the importance of evidence-based medicine and
review basic statistical, research methods, and ethical standards in
research. It will also cover the interpretation and application of various
types of clinical articles to answering a clinical question and prepare
the student for the project to be completed during the clinical year.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

PA 480 Preparing Future PAs (1 credit)


This course is designed to aid the student in the transition into the
medical profession and serves as an introduction to professional
practice issues. Areas of discussion include history of the physician
assistant profession, the PA-Physician team, professional organizations,
licensing and credentialing, malpractice, professionalism, health care
delivery, reimbursement issues including Medicaid and Medicare,
biomedical ethics, health literacy, diversity issues, domestic violence,
and end of life issues.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program
PA 485 Bioethics (1 credit)
This course is designed to aid the student in the transition into the
medical profession and serves as an introduction to bioethics. Areas of
discussion include confidentiality, truth telling, competency, making
informed decisions, and other ethical issues.
Prerequisites: Admission in the physician assistant program

PA 490 Medical Spanish (1 credit)


This course is designed to prepare the student to communicate with
Spanish speaking patients as they conduct a medical history and
physical examination. Basic medical vocabulary and comfort with the
spoken language is the focus of this course.
Prerequisites: Admission to the physician assistant program

Clinical Year
PA 501 Internal Medicine (4 credits)
This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience
in internal medicine. The student will gain in-depth knowledge of a
variety of medical problems and learn the skills necessary for providing
patient care in an in-patient or outpatient setting.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 502 Family Practice (4 credits)


This four-week clincial course provides the PA student with experience
in outpatient evaluation of pediatric and adult patients, including
preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 503 Psychiatry (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with a
behavioral medicine experience in caring for ambulatory and/or
hospitalized patients with psychiatric disorders. The student will
perform basic psychiatric evaluations, monitor medications, and
support the clinical management plan for patients after psychiatric
evaluation and treatment.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 504 Pediatrics (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with
experience in outpatient and/or in-patient management of pediatric
patients. The student will have the opportunity to perform well child
exams, problem oriented exams, evaluate common pediatric illnesses,
and the care of the newborn and children.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 505 General Surgery (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course will provide the PA student with
experience in the operating room as well as pre- and postoperative
assessment and outpatient follow-up. Student will be expected to
become able to first-assist a surgeon in a surgical setting.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 506 Womens Health (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience
in managing common gynecologic disorders. Obstetric experience will
include labor and delivery plus routine prenatal and postpartum care.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 507 Emergency Medicine (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course provides the PA student with experience
in triage, evaluation, and management of patients in the emergency
room setting. The student will have the opportunity to learn skills
needed for the appropriate triage, stabilization, diagnosis and
management of patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses as well as
the management of less life-threatening
problems.Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the
physician assistant program or program permission.

PA 510 Elective I (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course is chosen from a variety of surgical,
family medicine, or internal medicine specialties or subspecialties. The
student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these
specialties, so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a
supportive role for such specialists.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 520 Elective II (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course is chosen from a variety of surgical,
family medicine, or internal medicine specialties or subspecialties. The
student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these
specialties, so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a
supportive role for such specialists.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 530 Elective III (4 credits)


This four-week clinical course is chosen from a variety of surgical,
family medicine, or internal medicine specialties or subspecialties. The
student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these
specialties, so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a
supportive role for such specialists.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 508 Masters Project (2 credits)


This course is a continuation of the first year course (Evidence-based
Medicine) and is designed to allow the PA student to complete a
master's degree project under the guidance of a faculty or community
advisor. Students will identify an evidence-based medicine questions,
conduct appropriate literature search, analysis selected articles, and
develop a paper of publishable quality. The student will prepare and
present an oral presentation on their topic at the conclusion of the
year.
Prerequisites: Completion of the preclinical year of the physician
assistant program or program permission.

PA 550 Special Clinical Topics (2-8 credits)


This course examines selected topics in clinical medicine. Topics
considered will vary from semester to semester.
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the physician assistant program or
program permission.