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Undergraduate Catalog

2014-15 first edition, July 2014

Physician Assistant Studies Courses

Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) courses

  • PAS 717 Medical Human Anatomy and Radiology

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies or permission.

    Regional study of the human body. Course will include lecture and laboratory activities including cadaver dissection, study of anatomic models, computer images, X-ray, CAT scan, and MRI and ultrasound imaging. Identical with BMS 717. Cannot receive credit for both PAS 717 and BMS 717. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    6
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    11

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 753 Molecular Pathophysiology

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Introduction to the genetic, immunologic, and microbiologic mechanisms of health and disease.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 765 Clinical Assessment I

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    The first of a 2-semester course sequence. Introduction to effective communication and interviewing skills, techniques of physical examination utilizing a systematic anatomical approach and the recording and presentation of clinical information. Format will include lecture, hands-on laboratory exercises, small group presentations, limited patient contact and written and practical examinations.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 766 Clinical Assessment II

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    A continuation of Clinical Assessment I. Emphasis will be on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the recording and presenting of patient evaluation data. In addition, students will learn advanced assessment techniques and perform written and practical skills examinations that incorporate the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE).

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 769 Behavioral Medicine

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    A biopsychosocial systems approach to the individual, family and community within the health care delivery system that includes issues germane to public health and rural medicine. A variety of topics such as growth and development, human sexuality, health promotion and disease prevention, health education, patient compliance, cultural diversity, substance abuse, family violence, child abuse and rural health issues are examined.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 770 Professional Issues Seminar

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Seminar format for discussion of professional and legal issues relevant to the physician assistant profession. Includes topics such as the history of the profession, health care systems, professional organizations, national certification, Missouri licensure, prescriptive privileges, and clinical ethics.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 775 Principles of Clinical Problem Solving

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies or permission.

    Introduction to critical thinking skills and problem solving techniques. Incorporates problem based learning format where small groups of students under the supervision of a group leader explore the various facets of "real-life" clinical case scenarios.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 776 Clinical Problem Solving Seminar

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Advanced exercises in clinical problem solving in a small group format. Commonly presenting clinical problems are utilized as a means to refine students' ability to choose appropriate steps to determine a definitive diagnosis/outcome.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 777 Introduction to Research and Clinical Epidemiology

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Foundations of quantitative and qualitative research methodology related to the study of disease in populations. Includes issues related to study design, data collection, and methods of statistical analysis with a focus on application of these principles in the clinical setting. Will serve as the foundation for development of the clinical year research project.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 780 Pharmacotherapeutics I

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    The first in a two-course sequence to introduce the principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Emphasis will be placed on the pharmacological, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of drugs and drug classes used in medical practice.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 781 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

    Prerequisite: completion of PAS 780, or RN, or permission.

    In-depth analysis of pharmacotherapeutics and the application of drugs for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Emphasis will be placed on the rational use of drugs in the care and treatment of pediatric, adult and geriatric patients in primary care settings. Will include discussion of treatment guidelines, indications, contraindications, prescription writing, drug law, drug information resources and case studies. Identical with NUR 761. Cannot receive credit for both PAS 781 and NUR 761.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 783 Clinical Practicum I

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies and successful completion of didactic course work.

    A two week clinical experience with a minimum of 64 hours patient care under the supervision of a physician preceptor. Emphasis will be on refining interviewing, physical examination, recording and written/oral presentation skills. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 784 Clinical Practicum II

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Preparative course for the clinical year which promotes professional communication skills and an understanding of pertinent clinical practice topics and issues including interprofessional disciplines, medical practice organization, health literacy, chronic care, hospice care, and financial aspects of medical practice including billing and coding.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 785 Clinical Medicine I

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    The first in a two-semester course sequence. Introduction to clinical medicine through an organs systems approach that examines the pertinent anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, patient education, and prevention strategies for the various disease entities. Emphasis will be on problems frequently encountered in primary care settings. Includes lecture and discussion.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    4
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 786 Clinical Medicine II

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    A continuation of Clinical Medicine I that emphasizes the organs systems approach to examine the pertinent anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, patient education, and prevention strategies for the various disease entities. Emphasis will be on problems frequently encountered in primary care settings. Includes lecture and discussion. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    6
    Lecture contact hours:
    6
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 787 Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Procedures

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    "Hands-on" laboratory format class that introduces the student to skills needed to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as performing/interpreting basic laboratory tests, phlebotomy, casting and splinting, knot tying, suturing, intravenous line insertion, aseptic technique, catheterization, and other clinical skills. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 788 EKG and ACLS

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    A study of the principles and practical applications of electro-cardiography for the physician assistant, followed by an Advanced Cardiac Life Support course. Lecture, lab, interactive CD, and "mock code" skills training.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    4

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 790 Clinical Preceptorship

    Prerequisite: admission to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies and promotion from the didactic year.

    Consists of a six-week structured clinical experience under the supervision of a qualified preceptor that will introduce the student to the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, patient education, and referral of patients for the various clinical presentations within a specific discipline. The emphasis will be on problems encountered in primary care settings. Specific cognitive, skill, and attitudinal objectives are defined for each core clinical area, including family practice/primary care, general surgery, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, women's health, and pediatrics. May be repeated.

    Credit hours:
    4-5
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    40

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 797 Clinical Practice Issues Seminar

    Prerequisite: clinical year standing in the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    Provides a forum for topics germane to the clinical practice setting and transition to professional practice. Topics of interest will cover areas such as managed health care, ethical decision-making, pharmacological management, resume preparation, job negotiation skills, the national certification examination, etc. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PAS 798 Research Project

    Prerequisite: clinical year standing in the MS in Physician Assistant Studies.

    In-depth study of a clinical problem of interest that culminates in a scholarly paper and formal presentation. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings