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. Lecture topics include critical literature evaluation, research theory, measurement, design, statistical analysis, and interpretation. Class sessions emphasize practical application of research concepts and foster graduate project development. The class emphasizes the practical utilization and application of the evidence-based approach to the appraisal of discipline-specific literature, quality improvement and patient safety.

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, discussions, and panel presentations, 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

Techniques in basic radiology and clinical procedures are introduced to include injections, EKG interpretation, gowning and gloving in the operating room, sterile technique, venipuncture, casting, CPR, and suturing.

MPA 5215 Pharmacology I

2 semester hours

This course offers an analytic and systems-based approach to pharmacologic agents, including classifications, indications, contraindications, actions, toxic effects, and monitoring of pharmacotherapeutic regimens.

MPA 5216 Pharmacology II

2 semester hours

This course is an extension of Pharmacology I with added emphasis on the systems approach to 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 evaluation and neurological assessment of patients, human sexuality, organic mental disorders, substance abuse and dependency, mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorders. Psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy options to treat the various disorders are discussed.

MPA 5305 Patient Evaluation I

3 semester hours

Instruction is given in the elicitation and presentation of patient histories and the performance of a complete physical examination.

MPA 5206 Patient Evaluation II

2 semester hours

This course is an extension of MPA 5305 Patient Evaluation I.

MPA 5307 Patient Evaluation III

3 semester hours

This course is an extension of Patient Evaluation I and II. In weekly small-group tutorials, students concentrate on the critical-thinking skills relevant to developing and defending differential diagnoses and treatment plans on hospitalized patients following the elicitation of a complete history and physical examination, providing verbal and written feedback to faculty. Students also perform focused, objective-structured clinical exams to assess ability to perform problem-focused assessment. Developing differential diagnoses and cost-effective treatment plans are emphasized.

MPA 5509 Clinical Medicine I

5 semester hours

This course offers a systematic study of the epidemiology, presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and management of disease processes based on the most current test blueprint disease lists for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.

MPA 5510 Clinical Medicine II

5 semester hours

This course is an extension of Clinical Medicine I.

MPA 5511 Clinical Medicine III

5 semester hours

This course is an extension of Clinical Medicine I and II.

Clinical Courses

MPA 5350 Professional Practice II

3 semester hours

This two-week course occurs near the end of the clinical phase of the Program. Students are provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills specifically to enhance clinical practice knowledge, including elements of accountability, proper diagnostic coding and reimbursement issues, scope of practice, state law for licensure and certification, credentialing, professional liability, and the commitment to lifelong learning.

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 four-week rotation consists of either a two-week experience in a psychiatry emergency room and in inpatient facilities or a four-week experience at the clinic at the Dallas County Jail. Students are offered opportunities to obtain practical experience and assume patient-care responsibilities in the continuing care of patients in a psychiatric setting. Students study the basics of DSM-V diagnostic criteria and psychiatric nosology, and the clinical presentation and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

MPA 5432 Emergency Medicine

4 semester hours

This four-week rotation emphasizes the roles and functions of the emergency department. The student has the opportunity to gain experience in trauma evaluation and management, and learn the medical and surgical aspects of emergency intervention. The student also has the opportunity to experience management and treatment of patients triaged to urgent care and fast tracks for health care delivery.

MPA 5433 Surgery

4 semester hours

This four-week rotation explores practical experience with general surgical problems. The student participates in the management of hospitalized patients, including assisting in surgery, preoperative and postoperative care, and daily rounds. This rotation also requires attendance at structured teaching conferences and tutorials.

MPA 5450 Directed Study

4 semester hours

This four-week period is intended to provide enrolled students adequate time for the final preparation and submission of the graduate project manuscript as required for program graduation. Projects include evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, systematic reviews or others with approval.

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 research 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) chosen by the student. The preceptorship integrates clinical experience with a focus on competencies in leadership, communication, quality improvement, patient safety, and management skills.