Course Description: Phase 2

Phase II (16 Weeks)

Medical Microbiology & Immunology

This course includes the application, evaluation and correlation of laboratory data used in the diagnosis and treatment of common infectious disease states.  Upon completion, students will be able to correlate clinical, epidemiological and clinical laboratory findings associated with infectious disease, including bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology. The goal of this course is to help students achieve an integrated and correlated understanding of the principles of infectious diseases involving bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral pathogens including current knowledge regarding the epidemiology, virulence mechanisms, clinical symptoms and pathology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of specific infectious agents. This course is divided into three sections: (1) microbial structure, function, physiology, genetics and molecular biology; (2) bacterial and fungal pathogens; and (3) parasitic and viral agents of human disease.

3 Credit Hours



The primary goal of this course is to provide physician assistant with basic pharmacologic information and to impart an understanding of the actions of drugs in humans so that they can apply this knowledge to the judicious use of drugs in practice as a physician assistant. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic aspects of various classes of drugs will be emphasized.
To achieve these goals, the following broad topics are covered:
1. General principles of pharmacokinetics (effects of the body on the drug), pharmacodynamics (effects of the drug on the body), drug-drug interactions, definition of common terms used in pharmacology, and identification of sources of pharmacological information.
2. Systems pharmacology: drug actions on various biochemical pathways and physiological systems and functions of the body, including the central and autonomic nervous systems, the cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems, and metabolic functions.
3. Chemotherapy: major emphasis on drugs for antimicrobial use, with lesser coverage of certain antineoplastic, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral agents.
4. Toxicology: definition, important principles, modern requirements for toxicology testing, mechanism of action of selective toxicants, and methods for treating.

5 Credit Hours


Clinical Laboratory Medicine

This course will provide the Physician Assistant student with an overview of commonly utilized laboratory tests, the appropriate application of these tests in a clinical setting, and the interpretation of selected clinical laboratory data. The course will include basic laboratory techniques such as urinalysis, as well as application of CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) regulations, quality control and other quality measures.


2 Credit Hours


Clinical Skills I

PA students will be instructed in performing physical examination techniques, Instruction will include, lectures, live demonstration, team oriented learning, and usage of Patient Simulators.

2 Credit Hours


Patient Communication Skills I

This course is designed to provide students the skills necessary to become proficient in communication – including verbal communication, non-verbal communication, and medical writing skills. Communication is recognized as a core component in the practice of medicine. Communication bridges the gap between evidence-based medicine and the patient. Research has shown that good communication between provider and patient results in improved patient outcomes by more accurate diagnosis, increased patient adherence, increased provider job satisfaction, and decreased malpractice claims.


2 Credit Hours


Adult Clinical Medicine I

The first of a two series course which address the etiology, epidemiology, clinical signs and symptoms, physical exam findings, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for Dermatology, Endocrinology, Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat, OB/GYN, Neurology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Urology in the adult population.

6 Credit Hours


Pediatric Clinical Medicine I

This course is an introduction to normal child growth and development as well as the diagnosis and management of common childhood diseases and infections.  Behavioral disorders, psychiatric disorders, psychological issues, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, dermatology, endocrinology and neurology in the pediatric patient will also be explored

3 Credit Hours



The Geriatrics course focuses on an interprofessional team approach to complex issues related to aging. Instruction will span the basic sciences, clinical acumen, and profound socioeconomic issues for our society. The course is intended to help the PA student understand the critical issues of aging, and the importance of team-based health care for geriatric patients in various settings.

2 Credit Hours


Physical Examination Skills I

This sequenced course involves instruction in the art and science of performing a comprehensive and focused physical examination.  Physical examination techniques and developing an orderly approach to performing a complete physical examination.  Differentiation between a screening and indications for more focused physical examination will be taught.  Instruction on the use of medical instruments including a stethoscope, reflex hammer, oto-ophthalmoscope, and tuning fork will be conducted. Students will be instructed and required to adequately document the physical examination as part of the medical record. Didactic lecture, small-group practice and discussion, and team-based learning approaches will be utilized.

2 Credit Hours