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Course Descriptions

See other departmental listings in this catalog for descriptions of courses that do not begin with the prefix MPA.

Didactic Courses

MPA 5101 Professional Practice Issues I

1 semester hour

This course introduces the physician assistant profession, including local, state, and national professional organizations and roles. Current licensure, certification, and recertification requirements are described, as well as issues facing the PA profession. Introduction to the concepts of various health care teams and delivery systems is included, with particular emphasis on the physician-PA team relationship.

MPA 5102 Integration Skills I

1 semester hour

Small-group tutorials utilize case-based learning strategies to emphasize integration of material presented during the semester.

MPA 5103 Integration Skills II

1 semester hour

Small-group tutorials utilize case-based learning strategies to emphasize integration of material presented during the semester.

MPA 5130 Evidence-Based Medicine

1 semester hour

This course provides an overview of the research process and evidence-based health care research. Through course readings, lectures, discussions, and activities, students will obtain knowledge in writing clinical questions and appraising primary and secondary research. The class emphasizes the practical utilization and application of the evidence-based approach to the appraisal of discipline-specific literature, and quality improvement.

MPA 5204 Clinical Prevention and Population Health

2 semester hours

This course introduces the practice of disease prevention and population health. Through course readings, lectures, and discussions, the student is exposed to an evidence-based approach to disease screening and methods for promoting health behavior in diverse populations.

MPA 5208 Clinical Skills

2 semester hours

Instruction in clinical procedures is introduced, to include injections, IV line insertion, venipuncture, EKG interpretation, basic radiology, gowning and gloving in the operating room, sterile technique, casting, splinting, suturing, CPR and advanced cardiac life support.

MPA 5215 Pharmacology I

2 semester hours

This course offers an analytic and systems-based approach to pharmacologic agents, including classifications, therapeutic indications, mechanisms of action, adverse effects, contraindications, toxic effects, and monitoring of pharmacotherapeutic regimens, in addition to therapeutic rationale of prescription and non-prescription medications. This course will enhance the fundamental knowledge acquired in Clinical Medicine, upon which students will be able to appropriately prescribe medications in various clinical settings and be able to apply advanced principles of evidence-based pharmacotherapy to the clinical prevention and treatment of specific disease states. 

MPA 5216 Pharmacology II

2 semester hours

This course is an extension of Pharmacology I, with a continued emphasis on systems-based approach, and builds on the foundation of evidence-based pharmacotherapy focusing on pharmacologic management of disease processes and therapeutic modalities.

MPA 5231 Psychiatry

2 semester hours

This course offers an overview of human behavior and psychopathology, including clinical assessment of specific psychiatric disorders, to include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and dependency, personality disorders, psychosis and schizophrenia, human sexuality, and disorders of childhood and adolescence. Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy options to treat the various disorders are discussed.

MPA 5305 Patient Evaluation I

3 semester hours

This course provides didactic and practical teaching of the techniques utilized in obtaining a patient history, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, and performing a physical examination. The student will be exposed to two to three hours of didactic material each week, and two hours of practical application exercise each week.

MPA 5206 Patient Evaluation II

2 semester hours

This course is a continuation of MPA 5305 Patient Evaluation I. It provides didactic and practical teaching of techniques utilized in obtaining a patient history, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies, and performing a physical examination. The student will be exposed to two hours of didactic material each week, and two hours of practical application exercise each week. At the end of the semester, the students will demonstrate the ability to perform a full physical exam.

MPA 5307 Patient Evaluation III

3 semester hours

This course provides didactic and practical teaching extending the student’s knowledge and skill achievement in the areas of eliciting historical information, performing physical examinations, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, developing differential diagnoses, documenting clinical encounters, and orally presenting information gathered. Students will participate in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) requiring students to conduct, present, and document problem-focused clinical encounters, as well as order and interpret diagnostic tests.

MPA 5509 Clinical Medicine I

5 semester hours

This course presents a systematic study of the mechanisms, presentation, diagnosis and management of diseases involving the skin, head, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, heart and hematological systems.

MPA 5510 Clinical Medicine II

5 semester hours

This course is an extension of Clinical Medicine I and presents a systematic study of the mechanisms of disease involving the following systems: gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics/rheumatology, endocrinology, and nephrology/urology.

MPA 5511 Clinical Medicine III

5 semester hours

This course is an extension of Clinical Medicine I and II that presents a systematic study of the mechanisms of disease involving the following subspecialty areas: obstetrics/gynecology, surgery/emergency medicine, and pediatrics.

Clinical Courses

MPA 5350 Professional Practice II

3 semester hours

This course occurs near the end of the clinical phase of the Program to provide students an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that specifically enhance success as a practicing PA. Topics include accountability, proper coding and reimbursement issues, scope of practice, state laws for licensure and certification, credentialing, professional liability, and other systems-based practice issues.

MPA 5422 Women’s Health

4 semester hours

This four-week rotation integrates both inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. The student has an opportunity to become familiar with the management of labor and delivery, outpatient gynecology, family planning, and outpatient prenatal and postpartum care.

MPA 5423 Pediatrics

4 semester hours

This four-week outpatient rotation in general pediatrics includes both well- and sick-child care encountered in ambulatory care settings. The student is expected to acquire proficiency in normal child development and anticipatory guidance.

MPA 5428 Clinical Elective

4 semester hours

This four-week rotation may be completed in any field of medicine chosen by the student.

MPA 5430 Psychiatry

4 semester hours

This is a four-week course offering a combination of experiences caring for psychiatric patients. This course is designed to allow the student to obtain practical experience and assume patient care responsibilities in the continuing care of patients in a psychiatric setting. While on this course, students will learn the diagnostic criteria for common psychiatric disorders as outlined in the DSM-5.

MPA 5432 Emergency Medicine

4 semester hours

This is a four-week course designed to educate students on the diagnosis and management of medical and surgical emergencies. The student will work a minimum of 10 shifts while on this course. Shift work will cover weekdays and weekends (day and night shifts). The assigned site will determine specific schedules.

MPA 5433 Surgery

4 semester hours

This four-week rotation educates students on aseptic, sterile, and operative techniques by observing and participating in surgical procedures. Students will learn pre-operative evaluation and post-operative management of patients by participating in outpatient clinics and daily ward rounds, writing daily progress notes, and formulating treatment plans for their assigned patients.

MPA 5450 Directed Study

4 semester hours

This four-week period allows students to prepare, complete and submit their final project manuscripts required for graduation. Students demonstrate appropriate depth of knowledge in the field of study through completion of a graduate project. Four available tracks include: Evidence-based medicine (EBM), Quality Improvement (QI) and Embedding Quality into Practice (EQUIP), Original Research, and Clinical (case reports).

MPA 5451 Infectious Disease

4 semester hours

This four-week rotation offers the student the opportunity to experience the evaluation and treatment of patients with infectious diseases. The student is directly involved in the multidisciplinary approach and management of patients diagnosed with infectious diseases in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

MPA 5830 Internal Medicine

8 semester hours

During this eight-week inpatient rotation, students become integral members of the medical team providing patient care in an inpatient setting. Each student is expected to acquire proficiency in gathering medical data and making tentative assessments and plans while participating in the management of hospitalized patients.

MPA 5831 Family Medicine

8 semester hours

This eight-week rotation is designed to provide a practical patient-care experience in an outpatient primary care setting. Students are provided the opportunity to deliver acute and continuing care and to address health maintenance issues in keeping with the primary care philosophy and under the supervision of a family practitioner. During the course of this rotation, students should demonstrate the skills to practice evidence-based medicine and complete an evidence-based critical analysis project.

MPA 5832 Primary Care Preceptorship

8 semester hours

This eight-week outpatient rotation is completed in a primary care-focused discipline (general/family medicine, general pediatrics, general internal medicine, women’s health, or geriatrics). The preceptorship integrates clinical experience with a focus on additional competencies in professionalism, leadership, social determinants of health and quality improvement.