MSPAS Courses
MSPA 500Principles of PA Practice I1This is the first in a series of four courses that will focus on the non-clinical aspects of PA practice. This course introduces PA students to the Physician Assistant profession and discusses topics such as: licensing, credentialing, patient safety, risk management, professional organizations pertinent to students, the impact of US health care delivery system, public health policy, and inter-professional healthcare teams. Students will develop communication skills and define professionalism as it applies to the health care field.
MSPA 501Principles of PA Practice II1This is the second in a series of four courses that will focus on the non-clinical aspects of PA practice. This course provides an overview of ethics and social issues in health care in a rapidly changing society. It teaches students to approach ethical dilemmas using theoretical frameworks and decision making processes. Instruction related to medical care and diversity prepares students to evaluate their own values and avoid stereotyping and assists students in becoming aware of differing health beliefs, values, and expectations of patients and other health care professionals. Includes a discussion of the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 502Principles of PA Practice III1This is the third in a series of four courses that will focus on the non-clinical aspects of PA practice. This course will continue to define the PA role in the healthcare system and apply knowledge learned in previous courses on ethics and social issues to case studies related to the body system being discussed in the clinical courses. Prereq: All spring term courses.
MSPA 503Principles of PA Practice IV1This is the final course in a series of four courses that will focus on the non-clinical aspects of PA practice. This course will continue to define the PA role in the healthcare system and apply knowledge learned in previous courses on inter-professional healthcare teams to scenario-based activities with students in other healthcare professions. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 505Foundations of Clinical Anatomy2Prepares the student for clinical practice with an understanding of functional and applied anatomy stressing the normal landmarks and common clinical findings. Coordination and sequencing with Applied Patient Care I will occur to integrate clinical anatomy with physical examination skills. Additionally, this course contains an overview of neuroanatomy in preparation for learning the anatomy of each body system in the clinical medicine courses.
MSPA 510Introduction to Pathophysiology2This lecture based course introduces students to the pathophysiology and etiology of human disease states through genetic, molecular, physiological, and histological changes. The cell physiology portion of the course will present the physiological fundamentals and processes at the human cellular and tissue level which is needed as a foundation to understand pathophysiology. The genetics portion of the course will present the basic concepts and principles of genetics as a foundation to build upon the role of genetics in disease risk, development, and prevention which will be presented throughout the curriculum where clinically relevant.
MSPA 515Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology1Develops an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as drug classifications, the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, adverse effects of drugs, the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy, and the rationale for therapeutic use of prescription and nonprescription medications. The course will also explore the drug discovery and regulation process through integrating the Lilly Making Medicine" module."
MSPA 520Applied Patient Care I2In the first of a four course series, this course will prepare students by developing skills in physical exams and documentation. In this lecture and laboratory based course, students will learn and practice the physical exam techniques necessary for patient care. Lectures will focus on the components of a comprehensive physical exam and laboratory sessions will focus on developing and practicing, towards a defined level of proficiency, the skills needed to complete a head to toe physical exam. Patient-centered communication skills will be incorporated throughout the course series.
MSPA 521Applied Patient Care II2In the second of a four course series, this course continues to prepare students to begin patient care through developing skills in history taking, physical exams, and documentation of a full history and physical exams. During the term, students will complete a comprehensive head to toe screening exam. Advanced physical exam and special tests will be included based upon the body systems covered in the clinical medicine courses during the semester. The focus will be on developing a differential diagnosis using problem-based small group cases. Patient-centered communication skills will be incorporated throughout the course activities. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 522Applied Patient Care III2In the third of a four course series, this course continues to prepare students to begin patient care through developing skills in history taking, physical exams, appropriate diagnostic test ordering, and documentation during chief complaint focused visits. Advanced physical exam and special tests will be included based upon the body systems covered in the clinical medicine courses during the semester. The focus will on refining the differential diagnosis using problem-based small group cases and standardized patients. Patient-centered communication skills will be incorporated throughout the course activities. Prereq: All spring term courses.
MSPA 523Applied Patient Care IV3In the final of a four course series, this course finishes preparing students to begin patient care through developing skills in history taking, physical exams, appropriate diagnostic test ordering, and documentation during chief complaint focused visits. Advanced physical exam and special tests will be included based upon the body systems covered in the clinical medicine courses during the semester. The focus will on refining the differential diagnosis using problem-based small group cases and standardized patients. Additionally, the clinical skills necessary for patient care will be covered including surgical prep, splinting/casting, suturing, and IV’s. Patient-centered communication skills will be incorporated throughout the course activities. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 530Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice1Introduces students to evidence-based medicine and provides an in-depth review of research methods used in clinical medicine. Emphasis is placed on clinical questions typically encountered in PA practice and the tools available to answer them. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 550Systems Pharmacology I2In the first of a three course series, this course examines major classes of pharmacological agents, with special attention to mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse effects, including molecular, cellular, physiological, psychological, and pathological phenomena. The focus of this course is the immune system, infectious disease, hematology, integumentary system, HEENT system, and pulmonary system covered in the clinical medicine courses. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 551Systems Pharmacology II2In the second of a three course series, this course examines major classes of pharmacological agents, with special attention to mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse effects, including molecular, cellular, physiological, psychological, and pathological phenomena. The focus of this course is the cardiovascular system, renal system, genitourinary system and musculoskeletal system covered in the clinical medicine courses. Prereq: All spring term courses.
MSPA 552Systems Pharmacology III2In the final of a three course series, this course examines major classes of pharmacological agents, with special attention to mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse effects, including molecular, cellular, physiological, psychological, and pathological phenomena. The focus of this course is the gastrointestinal system, endocrine system, nervous system, behavioral and mental health, gynecological, obstetrics, and pediatrics covered in the clinical medicine courses. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 560Clinical Hematology and Infect. Disease4Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the hematology and infectious disease across the lifespan. This course will include modules on the structure of the immune system and a review of the microbiology of organisms. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests as related to the disease states presented will be included. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care II course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 561Clinical HEENT2.5Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the HEENT system across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests as related to the disease states presented will be included. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care II course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 562Clinical Dermatology1.5Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the integumentary system across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests as related to the disease states presented will be included. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care II course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 563Clinical Pulmonology4Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the pulmonary system across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests including chest x-ray and chest CT as related to the disease states presented will be included. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care II course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All winter term courses.
MSPA 570Clinical Cardiology5Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the cardiovascular system across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests including ECG, cardiac markers, radiographic imaging, and stress testing will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care III course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All spring term courses.
MSPA 571Clinical Nephrology and Urology3Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the renal and urinary systems across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests including urinalysis, ultrasound, and CT scan as related to the disease states presented will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care III course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All spring term courses.
MSPA 572Clinical Orthopedics and Rheumatology4Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the orthopedics and rheumatic systems across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests including x-ray, MRI, joint fluid analysis, and laboratory markers as related to the disease states presented will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care III course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All spring term courses.
MSPA 580Clinical Gastroenterology3Systems-based module addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the gastroenterology across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests including abdominal x-ray, CT scan, endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver function tests, and other laboratory markers as related to the disease states presented will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care IV course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 581Clinical Endocrinology2Systems-based module addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the endocrine system across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests as related to the disease states presented will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care IV course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 582Clinical Behavioral Med and Neurology4Systems-based module addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing involving the behavioral medicine and neurology systems across the lifespan. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests as related to the disease states presented will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care IV course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this organ system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 583Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics3Systems-based course addressing anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and diagnostic testing in gynecology and obstetrics. Appropriate ordering and interpretation of diagnostic tests as related to gynecology and prenatal screening will be covered. In conjunction with the Applied Patient Care IV course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this system along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning sessions. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 584Clinical Pediatrics3Systems-based course addressing development, clinical medicine, pathophysiology, and diagnostic testing in the pediatric population. The course builds upon the knowledge attained in previous clinical medicine courses and applies it to the recognition, evaluation, treatment and management, including referral of common clinical conditions and diseases seen in the pediatric population. In conjunction with Applied Patient Care IV course, students will be provided the opportunity to apply their newly learned medical knowledge regarding conditions and disease states in this population along with evidence based medicine approaches and health promotion and disease prevention concepts to the ongoing development of their history taking and physical examination and critical thinking skills in case based learning dynamics. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 590Research Methods2Introduces students to research methods and application in the clinical setting. Covers basic concepts of epidemiology and statistics related to medical practice. Prepares students to complete capstone Community Engagement Project. Prereq: All summer term courses.
MSPA 630Bridge to Clinical Practice I1Provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their clinical experiences and to share best practices related to being a practicing physician assistant. Focuses on students’ work in collaborative, inter-professional, patient-centered teams, and the development of problem solving and medical decision-making skills. Students will present evidence-based medicine cases in a grand rounds format. Prereq: All didactic year courses.
MSPA 631Bridge to Clinical Practice II1Provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their clinical experiences and to share best practices related to being a practicing physician assistant. Focuses on students’ work in collaborative, inter-professional, patient-centered teams, and the development of problem solving and medical decision-making skills. Students will present evidence-based medicine cases in a grand rounds format. Prereq: All didactic year courses.
MSPA 632Bridge to Clinical Practice III1Provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their clinical experiences and to share best practices related to being a practicing physician assistant. Focuses on students’ work in collaborative, inter-professional, patient-centered teams, and the development of problem solving and medical decision-making skills. Students will present evidence-based medicine cases in a grand rounds format. Prereq: All didactic year courses.
MSPA 633Bridge to Clinical Practice IV4Assists students with the transition of becoming a clinically practicing physician assistant. Provides information on how to prepare for the new career, including obtaining certification, licensure, malpractice insurance, laws and regulations, and other essential items needed before beginning practice. Students will also spend significant time preparing for the PANCE exam. Prereq: All didactic year courses.
MSPA 650Surgery Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for a second-year PA student which focuses on the role of the physician assistant in general surgery. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of a surgery clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain experience focusing on the care of the surgical patient and the role of the physician assistant in the surgical patient management team to include the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care and management. In addition, students will work toward expanding their knowledge of surgical care as well as their surgical skills through active participation and engagement as part of the surgical team both within the hospital and operating room settings. For the Surgery Clinical Course, the program-
MSPA 651Internal Medicine Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for a second-year PA student which focuses on the role of the physician assistant in internal medicine. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of an internal medicine clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain experience in the diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases in the hospital/ inpatient setting which will allow the student to focus on the management of more complex patients requiring hospitalized care. For the Internal Medicine Clinical Course, the program-determined preceptor will be a physician who is board certified in internal medicine or a PA that is supervised by a board certified internal medicine physician. The student will actively engage in applying medical knowledge gained durin
MSPA 652Emergency Medicine Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for second year PA students which focus on the role of the physician assistant in the emergency department setting. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of an emergency medicine clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain knowledge and experience in the rapid and methodical assessment, evaluation, stabilization and treatment of acutely ill, traumatic, urgent, life threatening and/or emergent pediatric, adult and geriatrics patient patients and work as a member of the emergency department team. For the Emergency Medicine Clinical Course, the program-determined preceptor will be a physician who is board certified in emergency medicine or a PA that is supervised by a board-certified emergency medicine
MSPA 653Family Medicine Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for a second-year PA student which focuses on the role of the physician assistant in family medicine. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of a family medicine clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain experience in the evaluation, treatment, and management including referral of common diseases and conditions encountered in an outpatient family medicine setting emphasizing adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. Students will perform history and physical exams, obtain/interpret diagnostic testing and develop differential diagnosis/treatment plans. Students may perform clinical procedures at the discretion of the preceptor. For the Family Medicine Clinical Course, the program-determined prec
MSPA 654Women's Health Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for a second-year PA student which focuses on the role of the physician assistant in women’s health. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of a women’s health clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain experience in the evaluation, treatment, and management of common diseases and conditions encountered in gynecology and obstetrics care. Students will perform history and physical exams, obtain/interpret diagnostic testing and develop differential diagnosis/treatment plans. Students may perform clinical procedures at the discretion of the preceptor. For the Women’s Health Clinical Course, the program-determined preceptor will be a physician who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology or a P
MSPA 655Pediatrics Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for a second-year PA student which focuses on the role of the physician assistant in pediatrics. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of a pediatrics clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain experience in the evaluation, treatment, and management including referral of common diseases and conditions encountered in an outpatient pediatric setting emphasizing infants, children, or adolescent patients. Students will perform history and physical exams, obtain/interpret diagnostic testing and develop differential diagnosis/treatment plans. Students may perform clinical procedures at the discretion of the preceptor. For the Pediatrics Clinical Course, the program-determined preceptor will be a physic
MSPA 656Behavioral Medicine Clinical Course4This is a five-week required clinical rotation for a second-year PA student which focuses on the role of the physician assistant in behavioral medicine. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice. Under the supervision of a behavioral medicine clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain knowledge and experience toward the refinement of skills needed for the unique medical, physiological, behavioral and psychosocial components and issues common to the practice of psychiatry, behavioral and mental health. Students will work to adapt the standard medical history, physical examination, diagnostic and treatment plans to the psychiatric patient. For the Behavioral Medicine Clinical Course, the program-determined preceptor will be a physician who is board certified in psychiatry
MSPA 657Elective Clinical Course4Each student is granted to opportunity to complete two five week elective rotations designed to facilitate the student's ability to evaluate health-related problems encountered in an area of medical interest. It can include the choice to obtain additional experience in one or two of the core rotation disciplines or other medical specialties. Under the supervision of a clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain knowledge and experience in the evaluation, treatment, and management including referral of common diseases and conditions encountered in the chosen discipline or medical specialty. During one of the elective rotation blocks the student will have a rotation deliverable, which will be an inter-professionalism project. The student will actively engage in applying medical knowledge gained during the didactic year and demonstrate continued development of interpersonal, clinical and technical skills, professional behaviors, clinical reasoning and prob
MSPA 658Elective Clinical Course4Each student is granted to opportunity to complete two five week elective rotations designed to facilitate the student's ability to evaluate health-related problems encountered in an area of medical interest. It can include the choice to obtain additional experience in one or two of the core rotation disciplines or other medical specialties. Under the supervision of a clinical preceptor designated by the PA program, the student will gain knowledge and experience in the evaluation, treatment, and management including referral of common diseases and conditions encountered in the chosen discipline or medical specialty. During one of the elective rotation blocks the student will have a rotation deliverable, which will be an inter-professionalism project. The student will actively engage in applying medical knowledge gained during the didactic year and demonstrate continued development of interpersonal, clinical and technical skills, professional behaviors, clinical reasoning and prob
MSPA 665Community Engagement2Students will select a health promotion/disease prevention topic of interest and design and create a methodology and curriculum for an educational presentation. Students will collect and analyze data and present results to faculty, staff, community partners, and fellow students. Prereq: All didactic year courses.