NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

434 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant PAC 5130—Clinical Laboratory Medicine I Students will learn how to appropriately order and accurately interpret laboratory tests. These skills will help them diagnose common diseases related to major organ systems. (14-0-1) PAC 5131—Clinical Laboratory Medicine II Continuation of Clinical Laboratory Medicine I. Students will learn how to appropriately order and accurately interpret laboratory tests. These skills will help them diagnose common diseases related to major organ systems. (34-0-2) PAC 5200—Physical Diagnosis III* A combined lecture and laboratory format will be used to present the concepts and skills required to elicit a medical history and perform a physical examination for specific patient complaints. Small group and laboratory presentations will be used to refine the medical history concepts and physical examination skills acquired in Physical Diagnosis I and II. Instructional methods, including supervised clinical experience and patient simulations, will facilitate the students’ integration of clinical information in order to diagnose disease and record historical and physical findings in written format. The course will expand on the skills essential for performing a thorough medical interview and physical examination and will enhance medical documentation skills. This course also continues to develop medical problem-solving skills. The student will be taught the concepts and skills necessary to develop a differential diagnosis and management plan for medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. Emphasis is on correlation of historical information, physical findings, and pertinent laboratory results to formulate a diagnosis. Through case presentations and medical simulations, the student will also utilize knowledge acquired from previous and concurrent didactic courses to develop these skills. (32-38-3) PAC 5210—Clinical Medicine and Surgery II This course covers common disease entities of major organ systems and primary care aspects of disease evaluation and treatments. Medical and surgical entities of gastroenterology, orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology, the reproductive system, endocrinology, and geriatrics will be presented. The focus will be on common diseases of medical and surgical nature that may be encountered in clinical practice. (120-0-8) PAC 5219—Health Promotion and Disease Prevention This course will focus on wellness through preventative interventions and services. Students will learn methods of promoting health and wellness initiatives in multiple settings including health care organizations and team-based practices. The course focuses on the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own health, the community’s efforts to protect against disease, and environmental hazards, as well as barriers to health promotion. Emphasis is placed on public health initiatives and resources available within the community. (48-0-3) PAC 5229—Electrocardiography Provides the foundation for learning to interpret 12-lead ECG tracings and applying those principles to evaluate the ECG tracings of common cardiac diseases, including the recognition of more subtle ECG abnormalities (36-2-3) PAC 5310—Clinical Medicine and Surgery III Clinical Medicine and Surgery III will be presented with pediatrics, nephrology/urology, emergency medicine, and surgery. 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. (112-0-8) PAC 5311—Clinical Behavioral Medicine Common psychosocial problems and disorders encountered by health care professionals. The course emphasizes the diagnosis and understanding of development of these behaviors, including the patient-clinician relationship, varieties of psychotherapy, communication skills, and appropriate interventions and treatment regimens, including relevant medications. (45-0-3) PAC 5400—Clinical Pathophysiology This course introduces the student to pathophysiologic concepts that form the biologic basis of disease. It builds on the knowledge gained in Human Anatomy and Physiology courses. However, physiologic concepts will be reviewed and emphasized in order for the student to fully appreciate the progression from the normal physiologic state to the diseased state with its resultant clinical signs and symptoms. The course begins with discussions of general biologic and pathologic processes such as immunity, inflammation, wound healing, pain, and neoplasia. The remainder of the course addresses disease-producing perturbations in the physiology, regulatory mechanisms, and anatomy within organ systems. (46-0-3) PAC 5404—Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care This course is designed to introduce the students to the more important influences of the law and ethics on health care and the practice of medicine. (32-0-2) PAC 5407—Clinical Pharmacology At the completion of this course, students will be able to appropriately prescribe medications in various clinical settings. Preparation for appropriate prescribing and administration of medicines is accomplished by studying drug classifications, pharmacodynamic actions, and the rationale for therapeutic use of prescription and nonprescription medications. In addition, students will be able to describe the potential advantages and disadvantages of specific therapeutic regimens, universal indications and contraindications for usage, dosing schedules, and the relative cost of commonly prescribed medications. Common errors involving prescription writing will be discussed and practical exercises will require students to accurately write

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