Course Descriptions

Year One – Didactic Course Descriptions

Year Two – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Rotations

Year Two –Final Courses - Offered the Final Term of the Program

Year One – Didactic Course Descriptions

PAAN 501 Gross Anatomy5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to cover the study of the gross structure of the human body. The course will include dissection of cadavers supplemented by lecture and clinical applications. Delivery will include lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 510 General Medicine I5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, normal physiology and pathophysiology of disease, pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course may cover the following topics: Hematology, Dermatology, and EENT/Dental, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and/or Cardiovascular. Sequence of systems blocks subject to change. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 511 General Medicine II5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, normal physiology and pathophysiology of disease, pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course may cover the following topics: Hematology, Dermatology, and EENT/Dental, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and/or Cardiovascular. Sequence of systems blocks subject to change. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 510- General Medicine I

PAS 512 General Medicine III5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, normal physiology and pathophysiology of disease, pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course may cover the following topics: Hematology, Dermatology, and EENT/Dental, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and/or Cardiovascular. Sequence of systems blocks subject to change. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 511-General Medicine II

PAS 513 General Medicine IV4 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, normal physiology and pathophysiology of disease, pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course may cover the following topics: Hematology, Dermatology, and EENT/Dental, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and/or Cardiovascular. Sequence of systems blocks subject to change. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 512-General Medicine III

PAS 514 General Medicine V5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide the essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ system approach, clinical information presented includes the etiology of disease, presentation, normal physiology and pathophysiology of disease, pertinent laboratory and radiographic concerns, treatment options and patient education and follow up care. Treatment and care options presented include: preventive, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and palliative when applicable. This course may cover the following topics: Hematology, Dermatology, and EENT/Dental, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, and/or Cardiovascular. Sequence of systems blocks subject to change. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 513-General Medicine IV

PAS 520 Special Topics I3 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to cover specialized medicine topics. Topics covered this term include Emergency Medicine, Genetics, and Immunology. The course will be taught by experts in their individual fields. Lecture delivery. Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 521 Special Topics II3 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to cover specialized medicine topics. Topics covered this term include: treating patients across the lifespan related to pediatrics and geriatrics, social, cultural and behavioral issues affecting health and disease, public health, and health literacy. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 520 Special Topics I

PAS 530 Diagnostics I
(Laboratory Medicine)
2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to cover the basic concepts of laboratory testing in clinical medicine. The content includes common laboratory tests, when to use and how to interpret and effectively utilize the results. Skills will include common office-based lab techniques and interpretation of laboratory data and normal values taught in a case based format. Lecture and lab delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 531 Diagnostics II
(EKG and Imaging)
2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to cover the concepts of diagnostic testing in clinical medicine. The content includes the ordering and interpretation of the 12-lead electrocardiogram and imaging studies using multiple modalities. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 530 Diagnostics I (Laboratory Medicine)

PAS 543 History and Physical
Exam Skills
5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and affective attributes for needed to elicit a comprehensive medical history and perform a complete screening physical examination that is accurate and technically correct. Focus will be on identifying and describing normal human anatomy, recognizing normal vs. pathological clinical manifestations, verbally presenting findings, and recording findings as medical-legal documents. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, cultural sensitivity, professionalism and standardization of medical record documentation. Students will demonstrate acquisition of medical interviewing and physical examination skills during practical assessments. Delivery will include lecture, laboratory instruction and encounters with standardized patients in simulated experiences.
Prerequisite course requirement: admission to the PA Program

PAS 544 Patient Assessment5 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to develop clinical decision-making skills, utilizing problem-focused patient encounters. Focus will be on synthesizing patient data for appropriate differential diagnoses, collecting problem-specific history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests for a definitive diagnosis, and developing appropriate treatment plans. Emphasis is placed on effective communication skills, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and documentation in the medical record utilizing SOAP notes and the electronic medial record. Delivery will include lecture, case-based class discussions, group learning, and encounters with simulated patients.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 543 History and Physical Exam Skills

PAS 550 Skills and Procedures2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to introduce the knowledge, psychomotor skills, and affective behaviors in performing common clinical procedures and direct patient contact encounters. This knowledge is then applied in a laboratory or the clinical setting by performing the appropriate history & physical and clinical procedures as they correlate to routine care, identifying, and/or treating a particular diagnosis. The class is taught in traditional class time with scheduled practicum time and direct observation of skills utilizing an evaluation checklist. Students are also given direct patient contact experience through preceptor-supervised clinical experiences in preparation for the SPCE year. Lecture-based, lab-based, and clinic-based delivery. Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 560 Pharmacotherapeutics I2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic/therapeutic management of commonly occurring health problems of primary care patients. The student will develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy. Drug classifications as well as common examples in each category are discussed. For each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized as well as prescriptive concerns discussed. Pharmacotherapeutic topics will be coordinated with the systems taught in the General Medicine courses each term. Delivered in lecture and case-based class discussion format.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 561 Pharmacotherapeutics II2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic/therapeutic management of commonly occurring health problems of primary care patients. The student will develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy. Drug classifications as well as common examples in each category are discussed. For each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized as well as prescriptive concerns discussed. Pharmacotherapeutic topics will be coordinated with the systems taught in the General Medicine courses each term. Delivered in lecture and case-based class discussion format.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 560 Pharmacotherapeutics I

PAS 562 Pharmacotherapeutics III2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic/therapeutic management of commonly occurring health problems of primary care patients. The student will develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy. Drug classifications as well as common examples in each category are discussed. For each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized as well as prescriptive concerns discussed. Pharmacotherapeutic topics will be coordinated with the systems taught in the General Medicine courses each term. Delivered in lecture and case-based class discussion format.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 561 Pharmacotherapeutics II

PAS 570 The Physician Assistant
Profession
2 CREDIT HOURS

This course is designed to introduce the PA student to concepts related to the history and future of the PA profession as well as the professional, ethical, legal and business aspects of the practice of medicine. The course is taught in a lecture and case-based format with emphasis on current literature and case studies.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 572 Critical Appraisal2 CREDIT HOURS

This course is designed to cover concepts related to the critical appraisal of scientific research and medical literature. Topics include evidence-based medicine, study design, methodology, and statistical analysis with application to clinical practice-based decisions. Students will develop their Capstone Project topic and begin collecting articles to support as they search, review, and analyze the literature. Lecture delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: admission to the PA Program

PAS 580 Capstone I2 CREDIT HOURS

Course is designed to develop scholarly behaviors in students required for self-assessment and learning to improve clinical practice. Students will put into practice the investigator skills that PA students acquired in PAS 572, Critical Appraisal. Students will meet regularly with their advisors to complete and receive approval for a preliminary draft of the Capstone Project paper to be finalized and presented during Capstone II prior to graduation. Research-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirement: PAS 572 Critical Appraisal

Year Two – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience - Rotations

PAS 601 Family Medicine I   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

This supervised clinical practice experience/rotation is designed to introduce the student to the practice of primary care family medicine. This consists of providing comprehensive, continuing medical care to all members of the family. The entire person is considered within the realm of family, employment, society and recreation. The rotation will provide opportunities for the student to be responsible for patients of all ages, from the initial visit through possible hospitalization and follow-up. The student will have the opportunity to perform physical exams, develop a differential diagnosis, order and interpret appropriate diagnostics, propose a treatment plan, and provide patient education on diagnosis, prevention and health maintenance of disease processes. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 602 Family Medicine II   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

This rotation is a continuation of Family Medicine I (PAS 601). During this rotation students are further exposed to common disorders and procedures encountered in the Family Medicine setting. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 601 Family Medicine I

PAS 603 Internal Medicine I   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

This rotation is designed to expose the Physician Assistant student to a wide range of chronic and acute medical conditions encountered with the internal medicine population. This will provide the student with direct experience in applying medical skills and knowledge toward evaluation, treatment and management of complex cases, which may occur in inpatient or out-patient settings. Clinic-based delivery. Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 604 Internal Medicine II   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

This rotation is a continuation of Internal Medicine I and will allow the student in depth experience providing care for the Internal Medicine patient. Students are exposed to common disorders and procedures that will take place in the outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital setting, and/or intensive care unit and will provide opportunities for interacting with adult and geriatric patients from the initial visit through possible hospitalization and follow up. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: PAS 603 Internal Medicine I

PAS 605 General Surgery   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

The emphasis of this rotation is on common procedures and disorders encountered in the General Surgery setting. Students will learn pre- and post-operative care of the surgical patient. The student will also obtain experience in the operation room through active participation in surgical cases. The student will perform minor surgical procedures and become educated in the management and overall care of the surgical patient. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 606 Emergency Medicine
(4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

This rotation will provide clinical training experience in emergency medicine. The student will be educated in the approach to common emergency department health problems. The student will be able to develop skills in emergency treatment and actions to sustain life, and management of a variety of acute, life threatening medical, surgical, and psychiatric problems specific to emergency medicine. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 607 Pediatrics   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

In this rotation, the student will learn the aspects of caring for the pediatric patient from birth through adolescence. The focus will be on recognizing and managing common childhood illnesses, assessment of growth and development, immunizations, nutrition, psycho-social issues and preventive health care. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year.

PAS 608 Women’s Health   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

In this rotation, students will be provided the opportunity to acquire skills to approach common issues of women’s health including obstetrical and gynecological services. Students will participate in providing basic health care for the female patient including family planning, cancer detection, pre-natal care, and nutrition. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 609 Behavioral Medicine
(4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

In this rotation, students will be exposed to common psychosocial and substance abuse conditions encountered in the primary care setting. Focus will be on recognizing and understanding the development and presentation of these behaviors and how to provide interventions and treatment. Development of clinical counseling skills is emphasized. Students may participate in field assignments by attending various group meetings, i.e., AA, weight watchers, hospice, or other support groups. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 610 Elective Rotation I   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Elective rotations are designed to provide students the opportunity to delve further into areas of particular interest or specialization, such as orthopedics, dermatology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, geriatrics, oncology, hospitalist, and primary care, plastic & reconstructive surgery. Elective rotation selections must be reviewed and approved by the Clinical Coordinator. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

PAS 611 Elective Rotation II   (4 weeks)4 CREDIT HOURS

Elective rotations are designed to provide students the opportunity to delve further into areas of particular interest or specialization, such as orthopedics, dermatology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurology, geriatrics, oncology, hospitalist, and primary care, plastic & reconstructive surgery. Elective rotation selections must be reviewed and approved by the Clinical Coordinator. Clinic-based delivery.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year and PAS 610 Elective Rotation I

Year Two – Final Courses- Offered the Final Term of the Program

PAS 620 Summative Evaluation4 CREDIT HOURS

This is the final course in the PA program and will be offered annually prior to graduation. It is conducted on campus daily during the last four weeks of the final academic term. The purpose of this course is to assure the student’s achievement of entry-level competencies by measuring medical knowledge base, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, and professionalism for entry into the profession. It consists of lectures, examinations, and labs utilizing standardized patients in clinical simulation settings.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year and all rotations

PAS 621 Capstone II1 CREDIT HOURS

This is a course designed to allow students to integrate aspects of the profession into a master’s level project that was initiated in PAS 580 Capstone I during Year 1 of the program. Students will complete and present their final project based on independent work conducted throughout the course of the program.
Prerequisite course requirements: Successful completion of the didactic year

 

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Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program

66 North Pauline, Ste. 116
Memphis TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-8000

Program Director
Matthew Allman, MPAS, PA-C