NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

464 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant performance skills labs will be used to present and practice the necessary concepts and skills. Lab sessions are used to optimize teaching of concepts. Prerequisite for PAJ 5310 and 5320 (42-26-4) PAJ 5310—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. 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 fromprevious and concurrent didactic courses to develop their problem-solving skills. Prerequisite for PAJ 5320 (26-22-3) PAJ 5320—Physical Diagnosis III 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. 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 fromprevious and concurrent didactic courses to develop their problem-solving skills. (40-25-4) PAJ 5401—Medical Terminology This course provides students with knowledge of appropriate medical terms—including prefixes, suffixes, and root words—to promote accurate communication in the health care setting. (0-50-2) PAJ 5410—Pharmacology I This course, focusing on the basis for pharmacologic intervention in patient care, is the foundation for treatment of disease. It begins an in-depth study of pharmacodynamics of drugs used in the dermatology, autonomic nervous, ophthalmic, ENT, cardiovascular, respiratory, and hematology/ oncology systems. Each system will discuss and include mechanisms of drug action, clinical indications, adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, pharmacokinetic considerations for special patient populations, and important patient education and clinical points for the medications covered. Successful completion is a prerequisite for taking PAJ 5507. Prerequisite for PAJ 5507 (26-0-2) PAJ 5420—Pharmacology II This course focuses on principles simi lar to PAJ 5410 on the basis for pharmacologic intervention in pharmacotherapeutic management. It begins an in-depth study of pharmacodynamics of drugs used in infectious disease, GI disorders, renal and adrenal disease, GU disorders, musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, pain management, inflammatory and rheumatoid disorders, headache, central nervous system conditions, diabetes mellitus, hormone disorders, obstetrics, HIV, immunizations, substance abuse, toxicology, and behavioral medicine. Each systemwill discuss and include mechanisms of drug action, clinical indications, adverse effects, contraindications, drug interactions, pharmacokinetic considerations for special patient populations, and important patient education and clinical points for the medications covered. Successful completion is a prerequisite for taking PAJ 5507. Prerequisite for PAJ 5507 (54-0-4) PAJ 5500—Clinical Medicine and Surgery I This course will emphasize the etiology, clinical manifestations, appropriate diagnostic evaluation, and management of diseases of certain anatomical systems. (112-0-8) PAJ 5504—Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care This course introduces the role of ethics and law in the practice of health care. Legal issues and ethical principles, as they pertain to health care, will be discussed. This is an online course. (27-0-2) PAJ 5506—Cultural Issues in Health Care This course offers an introduction to the skills and insights necessary in promoting health and how to cope with illness in diverse populations. Issues discussed include effective communication. Additionally, there will be an emphasis on the understanding of societal and cultural factors and how these factors impact health care. (14-0-1) PAJ 5507—Clinical Pharmacology This course focuses on appropriately prescribingmedications in various clinical settings by advancing on the systems approach andprinciples of PAJ 5410and 5420. Preparation for appropriate prescribing and administration of medicines is accomplished by studying drug classifications, pharmacodynamic actions, and the clinical and practical rationales 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 in specific conditions, dosing schedules, concerns with patient compliance, medication interactions, the specific legal and prescribing aspects of controlled or scheduled substances, and the relative cost of commonly and specialty prescribed medications. Common errors involving prescription writing will be discussed and practical exercises will require students to accurately write prescriptions and treatment orders. (40-0-3)

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