NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 433 Physician Assistant—Fort Lauderdale Course Descriptions Note: Listed at the end of each entry are lecture clock hours, laboratory clock hours, and semester hours. *Core competency course (Failure of a core competency course will result in automatic dismissal from the program. Students must successfully complete core competency courses prior to moving on to the next semester.) ANA 5420—Anatomy The study of structural and functional features of the human body addressed in both lecture and cadaver format. The student will have an anatomical basis for understanding and applying information presented in the basic science and clinical courses and for understanding clinical problems. Students will also learn integrated topographic and radiographic anatomy to stress the application and importance of clinical anatomy. (48-32-4) MIC 5400—Microbiology This course explores the relationship of microbes to human disease and the host-immune response. Characteristics and properties of clinically significant bacteria, viruses, fungi, and selected parasites as well as the prevention, control, and diagnostic laboratory tests of their associated specific infectious diseases. (50-0-3) PAC 5000—Physical Diagnosis I* The Physical Diagnosis I course is an introduction to clinical medicine. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills essential to obtain a comprehensive medical history and perform a complete, head-to-toe physical examination. Emphasis is placed on normal physical findings. The course emphasizes patient interviewing, acquiring a medical data base, and performing a comprehensive physical examination. A combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, and performance skills labs will be used to present and practice the necessary concepts and skills. Lab sessions are used to optimize teaching of concepts. The student will be required to demonstrate Competency-Based Learning during the performance of the required procedures and skills. Prerequisite for PAC 5100 (24-36-3) PAC 5001—Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession This course will be taught in a hybrid format. Hybrid learning has been defined as the thoughtful fusion of face-to-face and online learning experiences. This course will provide a historical perspective of the PA profession, as well as content related to current trends and the political and legal issues affecting PA practice, both within the state and on a national level. This course will also discuss the physician-PA team relationship and the team approach in medicine. During this course, we will explore and participate in PA professional organizations and the roles these organizations play in the profession. (28-0-2) PAC 5020—Fundamentals of Medical Imaging This course provides an introduction to medical imaging with emphasis on normal imaging of the human body systems. The course will enable the student to acquire the skills necessary to recognize normal findings on radiographs and other selective imaging modalities. (16-10-1) PAC 5010—Clinical Applications* This course serves as a cumulative evaluation of the student’s knowledge after completion of the initial 12 months of the didactic curriculum. Student competency will be evaluated by a comprehensive written examination and an OSCE practical examination. The course also reinforces concepts related to critical thinking and application of medical knowledge to clinical scenarios through the utilization of case studies and simulation exercises. (12-5-1) PAC 5100—Physical Diagnosis II* This course will build upon the skills learned in Physical Diagnosis I and will cover the essential skills for performing both complete and focused medical interviews and physical examinations. A combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, and performance skills labs will be used to present and practice the necessary concepts and skills. Lab sessions are used to optimize teaching of concepts. The student will be required to demonstrate competency-based learning during the performance of the required procedures and skills. Using the skills developed in Physical Diagnosis I, students learn to accurately integrate and record historical and physical findings in the correct written format. This course introduces the student to the concept of medical problem solving. Emphasis is on the correlation of historical information and physical findings to the process of formulating a differential diagnosis and treatment plan. Through case presentations and medical simulations, students will use knowledge acquired from previous and concurrent didactic courses to develop their problemsolving skills. Prerequisite for PAC 5200 (32-36-3) PAC 5110—Clinical Medicine and Surgery I Lectures, group discussions, case studies, evidence-based medicine, problem-based learning, online coursework, clinical simulation, web-based education, independent study, EKG, and diagnostic or radiological images interpretation are included in presentations. Medical and surgical entities of ophthalmology, dermatology, hematology, cardiovascular, and pulmonary disease, as well as disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and neck will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on symptoms and signs, diagnostic evaluation, and therapy. The focus will be on common diseases of medical and surgical nature that may be encountered in clinical practice. (128-6-9)

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