NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 453 Physician Assistant—Orlando Course Descriptions tests, and community resources are identified with each health issue presented. The clinical correlation of these topics, in addition to the knowledge and clinical skills taught during the academic year, will be reiterated and re-enforced. (8-20-1) PAO 5009—PA and Health Care Dynamics This course focuses on the current status and issues regarding the physician assistant profession within the context of the U.S. medical system and today’s health care workforce. The course discusses the structures and administrative principles in health care organizations; the role of the practicing PA in unique environments, with an emphasis on rural and underserved medicine; reimbursement for services rendered; quality assurance; federal health care programs; and other issues involving patient care. (20-0-1) PAO 5100—Physiology Clinically relevant physiologic principles of the major organ systems covered in Clinical Anatomy. Normal physiologic processes of all major organ systems are emphasized in this course. (48-0-3) PAO 5104—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 acute and chronic diseased state with its resultant clinical signs and symptoms. (46-0-3) PAO 5200—Microbiology Relationship of microbes to human disease and the hostimmune 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. (42-0-3) PAO 5300—Physical Diagnosis I Principles and skills required to perform a complete medical history and physical examination. Emphasizes normal physical findings. (22-44-3) PAO 5310—Physical Diagnosis II Students will build upon skills learned in Physical Diagnosis I. The student will have supervised practice of skills using simulated patient encounters. Integrating previously learned interviewing skills with principles from the clinical sciences, students elicit a comprehensive medical history, perform a complete physical examination, and formulate an initial Note: Listed at the end of each entry are lecture clock hours, laboratory clock hours, and semester hours. PAO 5000—Anatomy Gross structures of the human body. Integrates topographic and radiographic anatomy to stress the application and importance of clinical anatomy. Develops the knowledge of the human anatomy necessary for the practice of the profession. (48-32-4) PAO 5001—Pharmacodynamics This course will provide the student with a thorough understanding of the basic pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles. Emphasis will be on basic terminology, receptor theory, pathways, absorption, distribution, elimination, and pharmacological effects. (16-0-1) PAO 5002—Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession Introduces key concepts regarding the PA profession including an overview of the profession, the history of the development of the profession, the current status of the profession, physician assistant education, and current and future roles of the physician assistant. (16-0-1) PAO 5003—Fundamentals of Medical Imaging Introduces key concepts for the understanding of normal medical diagnostic imaging. Emphasis is placed on images of normal human body structures and organs. (28-0-2) PAO 5005—Genetics This course will introduce principles of medical genetics applied to the clinical practice of medicine within the scope of practice of Physician Assistants. Discussions will include the role of genetics inmedicine, the basic structure and behavior of genes, genetic basics of human disease, the human genome, and application of genetic science to cancer, genetics in clinical medicine for diagnosis, treatment, and ethical considerations. (20-30-2) PAO 5006—Electrocardiography Provides the basics for learning to interpret normal ECG tracings and applying those principles to interpret the ECG tracings of common cardiac disease. (30-0-2) PAO 5008—Health Promotion and Clinical Correlations Focus on wellness through preventive interventions and services. Emphasizes responsibility for one’s own health, the community’s efforts to protect against disease, and environmental hazards. Epidemiology, risk factors, screening

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