Course Description: Phase 1

Phase I (16 Weeks)

Structures of the Human Body

Structures of the Human Body is a course that teaches the gross structure and developmental sequences of the human body. Clinical correlations are made through periodic demonstrations and / or didactic lectures by clinicians.  Didactic and clinically oriented lectures are supplemented by augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) learning platforms.

9 Credit Hours 


Medical Physiology

Students will be introduced to fundamental principles of physiology. The course covers cell physiology, neurophysiology, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive physiology. Clinical correlations are made through case presentations and didactic lectures and exercises.

5 Credit Hours 



This course involves the study of the underlying biochemical, cellular, and physiological changes occurring in human disease with an emphasis on those most commonly encountered. The integration of laboratory medicine with general pathology serves to prepare the students for their clinical medicine course.

5 Credit Hours


Medical Terminology

This is a self-study course to introduce the Physician Assistant student to the medical vocabulary used in the healthcare profession. This course will help the student understand the “language” of medicine which can be extremely confusing and incomprehensible for those new to healthcare. It is very important to have a basic knowledge of medical terminology to better succeed in future courses throughout the PA program. This course focuses on the Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes and word roots from which many medical words are derived.

1 Credit Hour