NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

454 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant diseases, and the functional roles of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, this course will address introductory concepts, procedures, education, and licensing in alternative and complementary medicine. (28-0-2) PAO 5410—Pharmacology I Understanding the basis for pharmacologic intervention in patient care is the foundation for treatment of disease. This course is an in-depth study of the pharmacodynamics of drugs used in the autonomic nervous, renal, and cardiovascular systems. Mechanisms of drug action, clinical uses, side effects, contraindications and drug interactions, and pharmacokinetic considerations for special patient populations will also be discussed. (32-0-2) PAO 5412—Publication Skills and Medical Research This course deals with the emphasis and overview of the importance of data collection, research methods, and application of scientific thought to research findings. It is designed to enable participants to develop skill in reading and critically evaluating medical literature and research. The advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative research methods are compared and contrasted. The essential components of a well-writtenmedical or research paper are presented. The process by which these papers are transformed into publications is described, including the concepts of article preparation and revision and the steps required for submission to a physician assistant medical journal. This course is designed to adequately prepare students to complete the Graduate Project (PAO 6500), which results in a written medical or research paper. (22-28-2) PAO 5420—Pharmacology II Mechanisms of action, cl inical uses , side ef fects , contraindications, drug interactions, and pharmacokinetics of drugs used in the treatment of diseases of the major organ systems. Treatment of HIV, geriatric and neonatal pharmacology, the pharmacological principles of nutrition, over-the-counter agents, toxicology, drugs of abuse, prescription writing, and evaluation of drug literature. (64-0-4) PAO 5421—Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Health Care Overview of the methods in epidemiology and biostatistics commonly used in clinical research and practice. Addresses the evaluation of diagnostic procedures and the methodology for clinical description and trials and provides basic skills on critical reading of medical literature, based on these concepts. (30-0-2) PAO 5460—Life Support Procedures and Skills Introduction to the principles of advanced life support used in medical and surgical emergencies. Includes a review of the most common emergency situations encountered and diagnostic impression and diagnostic plan. Students are expected to continue to progress in recording information in written form and presenting the information orally to colleagues. (18-36-2) PAO 5320—Physical Diagnosis III Students will continue to systematically learn abnormalities in the physical examination and specialty examination techniques. 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 diagnostic impression and diagnostic plan. Students are expected to continue to progress in recording information in written form and presenting the information orally to colleagues. (34-42-4) PAO 5400—History Taking and Communications Skills This course prepares the student to perform a complete medical history, identifying appropriate communication skills needed for interaction with patients, families, and colleagues. (20-20-2) PAO 5404—Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Introduces the role that ethics and the law play in the practice of health care. Principles and concepts in determining correct actions, both legally and ethically, are reviewed. Topics include solving an ethical dilemma, ethical implications involved in genetic engineering, the impaired clinician, conflicts between providers, conflicts between clinician and patient, euthanasia, risk management, confidentiality, informed consent, patients’ directives, and documentation. (30-0-2) PAO 5406—Cultural Issues in Health Care Introduction to the skills and insights necessary in promoting health and dealing with illness in diverse populations. Issues discussed include the need for effective communication with an understanding of societal and cultural factors and how they impact on health care efforts and use of the health care system. (20-0-1) PAO 5407—Clinical Pharmacology This course will advance the clinical skills of the student as they relate to the pharmacologic treatment of the patient. Specific topics will include the indicatedmedications in the treatment of common illnesses; their adverse effects; and drug interactions, dosage, and monitoring. (30-0-2) PAO 5408—Complementary Medicine and Nutrition Survey of human nutrition in health care and the principles for maintaining good health through nutrition. Addresses health hazards associated with dietary deficiencies, obesity, fad dieting, food contamination, diet management of selected

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