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Proposed Curriculum

 The Master of Science-Physician Assistant Studies is a 24 month, 90-credit, full-time program designed to prepare students for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination and for a successful career as a physician assistant.  The program consists of three phases: didactic phase, clinical phase, and capping phase. Students will learn about and experience healthcare in a variety of settings and across the lifespan.  In addition, the ethical responsibilities of the profession, behavioral aspects of health, roles and responsibilities of the physician assistant, and global aspects of health are covered.  The program is designed to graduate highly trained, ethical and problem-solving healthcare providers.

 

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Session I - 19 credits

PA 601    Human Anatomy  - 4 credits

The gross anatomy segment consists of lectures, demonstrations, and cadaver dissection to identify and explore the interrelationships of gross structures of the body. Also includes small group training in radiographic anatomy.

PA 602    Human Physiology - 3 credits

This course focuses on the mechanisms of body function from cells to systems and is organized around the central theme of homeostasis--how the body meets changing demands while maintaining the internal constancy necessary for all cells and organs to function.

PA 603    Clinical Medicine I - 4 credits

This is one of a series of three courses in the study of medicine that will be taught in a modular format utilizing a combination of lecture and interactive techniques. It is designed to explore the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult medicine. This will include: clinical presentation, acute care, etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, genetic involvement, diagnostic work-up, lab interpretation, appropriate referral, and management of disorders pertaining to the following modules: laboratory medicine, infectious disease, HEENT, dermatology, pulmonology, allergy and immunology, genetics, gastroenterology, and tropical/wilderness medicine. Students will develop a deeper curiosity about the art and science of clinical medicine, a passion about the field of medicine, and learn the skills of self-directed learning.

PA 604    Physical Diagnostics - 3 credits

This course will introduce the organization and techniques for performing a medical history, physical examination: including use of equipment, report writing and oral presentation of the patients’ medical history. Special techniques and maneuvers are covered as part of the focused physical examination. Using a systems-based approach, lab sessions provide students with practical experience performing the complete physical examination on the adult patient.


PA 605    Physical Diagnostics Lab - 2 credits

This course will introduce the student to the exam room where they will hone the procedures and techniques discussed in lecture.


PA 606    Ethics in Health Care Delivery - 2 credits

This course addresses the professional development of the student with specific reference to issues of bioethics and legal considerations of professional clinical practice. Students will engage in small group and individual assignments designed to inform their future interactions with patients.


PA 607    PA History, Policy and Regulation - 1 credit

This course continues the professional development of the student through discussion regarding the history, development, and socioeconomic aspects of the delivery of health care. Issues of professionalism and the status of physician assistants in the U.S. and around the world are explored.

Session II - 19 credits

PA 608    Clinical Pharmacology - 4 credits

This course covers chemical concepts fundamental to understanding how pharmacotherapeutic agents exert their effects, to include physiologic and pharmacologic receptors, dose-response relationships and the pharmacokinetics of drug absorption, distribution, biotransformation and excretion. Further discussion is on the pharmacology of drugs commonly used for the treatment and management of disease states.

PA 609    Clinical Medicine II - 4 credits

The student will build upon the knowledge and skills attained in Clinical Medicine I to study the presentation in the following modules: cardiology, hematology, oncology, neurology, psychology, geriatrics, alternative medicine, rehabilitation, chronic care, occupational medicine, and palliative or end of life care. This is part two of a series of three courses in the study of medicine that will be taught in a modular format utilizing a combination of lecture and interactive techniques. It is designed to explore the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult medicine. This will include: clinical presentation, acute care, etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, genetic involvement, diagnostic work-up, lab interpretation, appropriate referral, and management of disorders pertaining to the listed modules.


PA 610    Clinical Diagnosis - 3 credits

Clinical laboratory medicine is examined with emphasis on indications for tests, normal values, interpretation of results and correlation with clinical conditions.


PA 611    Clinical Diagnosis Lab - 2 credits

This course will introduce the student to performing basic laboratory tests as discussed in lecture.


PA 612    Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases - 3 credits

This course will present the microorganisms and the diseases they cause in humans. An organ system approach is used to examine the fundamentals of pathogenicity, host response, epidemiological aspects of infectious diseases, as well as clinical diagnosis and treatment of infections.


PA 613    Clinical Pathology - 3 credits

This course will present the etiology, pathogenesis and disease symptoms in an integrated morphological, biochemical, pathophysiological, molecular and functional perspective.  Diagnostics of disease through laboratory examinations within clinical pathology, clinical chemistry, clinical physiology, clinical genetics and clinical immunology will be presented from a multi-dimensional perspective.


Session III - 19 credits

PA 614    Imaging Diagnostics - 3 credits

In this course, students will be introduced to radiology where medical imaging is presented from a clinical perspective. Students are introduced to the various sub-specialties within the field of radiology; the fundamental theory, clinical utility, and limitations of each imaging modality; and the most recent scientific advances in and future applications of medical imaging.


PA 615    Behavioral Medicine - 3 credits

This course provides an overview of commonly seen mental health problems as well as various treatment modalities.


PA 616    Clinical Medicine III - 4 credits

The student will build upon the knowledge and skills attained in Clinical medicine II to study the following modules: endocrine, nutritional disorders, nephrology, urology, men’s health, women’s health, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, rheumatology, and orthopedics. This is part three of a series of three courses in the study of medicine that will be taught in a modular format utilizing a combination of lecture and interactive techniques. It is designed to explore the common medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult medicine. This will include: clinical presentation, acute care, etiology, pathophysiology, prevention, genetic involvement, diagnostic work-up, lab interpretation, appropriate referral, and management of disorders pertaining to the listed modules. Students will develop a deeper curiosity about the art and science of clinical medicine, a passion about the field of medicine, and perfect the skills of self- directed learning.


PA 617    Epidemiology and Biostatistics - 3 credits

This course will introduce the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of classical statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Topics include the dynamic behavior of disease; usage of rates, ratios and proportions; methods of direct and indirect adjustment, and clinical life table which measures and describes the extent of disease problems.


PA 618    Emergency Medicine - 3 credits

This course will present the principles of directed medical history and physical examination, triage, managing episodic illness, performing lifesaving techniques, and handling emergency equipment. Emphasis is on providing the student with practical clinical experience in the management of acute medical and surgical emergencies. The course includes advanced cardiac life support as well as suturing, casting, splinting and phlebotomy.


PA 619    Global Health and Tropical Diseases - 3 credits

This course will explore the factors that explain the unequal distribution of health and disease in the world. The course will introduce the language of global health: the burden of disease, epidemiology, cost-effectiveness, and health systems. It will then analyze the rationale for and modes of intervention to improve global health by exploring a number of high-profile topics, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic, access to pharmaceuticals, human resources for health, and maternal and child health.

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Session IV (12 month cycle) - 30 credits

PA 701    Clinical Residency I - Family Medicine - 3 credits

The Family Medicine rotation is spent with a physician, physician assistant, and/or nurse practitioner preceptor in a primary care setting. Strong attention is given to utilizing preceptors who currently employ or have previously worked with physician assistants. Through supervised exposure to patients in a family practice environment. During this phase, the student masters the technique of directed data collection through exposure to ambulatory medical patients. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and management of primary care medical problems. Patient education and counseling are stressed, and the student is familiarized with the role of the physician assistant in a general practice setting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 702    Clinical Residency II - Internal Medicine - 3 credits

The Internal Medicine rotation takes place in a hospital and/or out-patient setting. The purpose of the Internal Medicine rotation is to provide the student with practical clinical experience in working with the hospitalized or ambulatory patient who presents with acute or chronic diseases that are routinely seen by internists. Students may be required to attend conferences, lectures, and take call. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 703    Clinical Residency III - General Surgery - 3 credits

The General Surgery rotation provides the student with the opportunity to apply basic principles of surgery. The student is provided with practical experience in data collection, and evaluation and management of surgical problems. An opportunity is afforded for development of manual skills and for exposure to basic operating room procedures and techniques. Longitudinal care is encouraged in order to provide the student with an opportunity to follow patients from admission through the post-operative process. Students may be required to attend conferences, lectures, and take call. Prerequisite: successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 704    Clinical Residency IV - Pediatrics - 3 credits

This four-(4) week rotation takes place in an outpatient and /or inpatient setting. Through supervised exposure to patients in a pediatric practice setting, the student is given the opportunity to become familiar with the parameters of normal growth and development, proper assessment of the newborn, immunizations schedules, nutritional requirements, the evaluation and management of common pediatric problems, and acute illness in the pediatric population. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 705    Clinical Residency V - OB/GYN - 3 credits

This rotation will take place in a hospital, clinic or private practice setting. The purpose of the OB/GYN rotation is to provide the student with practical clinical experience in the differential diagnosis, evaluation, and management of normal and abnormal conditions within obstetrics and gynecology. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 706    Clinical Residency VI - Behavioral and Mental Health - 3 credits

The Behavioral and Mental Health rotation is a rotation that takes place in a long-term care and/or behavioral health setting. The purpose of the long-term care rotation is to provide students with practical clinical experience in managing patients who require palliative or end-of-life care and/or require assistance with their activities of daily living. The purpose of the psychiatry rotation is to provide students with practical clinical experience in identifying, evaluating, and referring patients presenting with common and/or emergent psychiatric problems. Emphasis is placed on the care provided to patients in a long-term care facility, and/or the acute and on-going care of the psychiatric patient. Competency in both long-term care and psychiatry is assessed during the end of rotation examination. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 707    Clinical Residency VII - Emergency Medicine - 3 credits

The Emergency Medicine rotation takes place in an Emergency Department within a hospital or clinical setting and provides the students with exposure to urgent care and acute problems.  Through supervised patient contact, the student will gain experience in performing the directed history and physical examination, triage, managing episodic illness, performing lifesaving techniques, and handling emergency equipment. Emphasis is on providing the student with practical clinical experience in the management of acute medical and surgical emergencies.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 708    Clinical Residency VIII - Geriatrics - 3 credits

The focus of this rotation is on in-depth evaluation and ongoing treatment of geriatric patients with complex problems and/or chronic illness. Students learn the skills necessary to evaluate and manage the effects of chronic disease on multiple body systems and to perform or assist in procedures commonly used in providing care to the geriatric population. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 709    Clinical Residency IX - Elective - 3 credits

Students will select one elective clinical rotation with consultation with their academic advisor and approval of the program director. Examples of such electives are but not limited to the following: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmology or Radiology.  Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic year of the PA program.


PA 620    Medical Literature/Seminar - 3 credits

Students participate in intensive online group discussions focused on the critical analysis of medical research papers from a wide range of fields. Papers are discussed in terms of their background, significance, hypothesis, experimental methods, data quality, and interpretation of results.                                    

Session V - 3 credits

PA 710    Capping/Exit Exam - 3 credits

This course will require students to successfully pass a rigorous comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the didactic and clinical years of the PA program.


Total 90 credits

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Accreditation Status
Marist College has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Marist College anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2016, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2015 ARC-PA meeting.  Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
 
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