Physician Assistant Studies Courses

Physician Assistant Studies

PAS 310: Pharmacology I (2)

This course is designed in sequence with the topics presented in Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I and focuses on practical pharmacotherapeutics. Mechanisms of drug action, therapeutic uses, specific effects and toxicity, effects on organ systems, contraindications and drug interactions will be presented. Emphasis is placed on the most commonly used categories of drugs. Prerequisites: PAS 301, 302, 303, 312, and 314; Corequisites: PAS 304, 306, and 313. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

PAS 510: Advanced Human Anatomy I (2)

Functional and applied human anatomy presented on a systemic basis. The course is divided into sections - general anatomical concepts, thorax, abdomen, perineum, and pelvis. This advanced course will go beyond basic anatomical concepts and emphasize in both lecture and laboratory sessions the functional anatomical relationship to pathological conditions commonly encountered in the primary care setting. The relationship between embryology and the study of pediatrics will be taught. Laboratory sessions will be organized using models and prosection cadavers. Small group interactions will be used to demonstrate problem-solving abilities related to clinical findings and physical examination. Prerequisites: Three year program acceptance; Corequisites:PAS 510L, 511, 512, 513 and 514. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 510L: Advanced Human Anatomy Laboratory (0)

Laboratory techniques for Advanced Human Anatomy I. Corequisite: PAS 510. (GR)

PAS 511: Clinical Microbiology/Immunology (3)

This course focuses on the anatomy, physiology, and relationships of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, and rickettsiae and helminths. Included are the systemic diseases caused by these organisms, control of microorganisms, the host-parasite relationship, and the establishment of disease. The immune system will be discussed in detail including resistance to disease, immunity and serology, and immune disorders. Corequisites: PAS 510, 512, 513 and 514. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 512: Medical Informatics (2)

The course covers the practical terminology needed for the medical interview, problem oriented medical record, anatomical structures, and physical examination. Students are introduced to the practice of medicine as a Physician Assistant with an emphasis on the profession's history, philosophy, and enabling legislation. Prerequisite: Three year program acceptance; Corequisites: PAS 510, 511, 513 and 514. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 513: Clinical Laboratory Medicine (2)

This course focuses on basic laboratory procedures and physiology used to investigate clinical problems encountered in the primary care setting. In addition to office procedures, laboratory tests conducted in the hospital setting useful in making a diagnosis and evaluating treatment effectiveness will be emphasized. Tests relevant to hematology, chemistry, bacteriology, urinalysis, and immunology will be discussed, demonstrated, and performed. In addition to the laboratory experience, students will be exposed to interpreting case studies and laboratory reports. Prerequisite: Three year program acceptance; Corequisites: PAS 511, 512, 513 and 514. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 514: Pathophysiology (3)

General concepts of disease are covered including degeneration and necrosis, inflammation and repair, fluid and coagulation disturbances, and general aspects of neoplasia. Disease entities in each organ system are studied with regard to causation, evaluation, and morphology of pathological changes. Prerequisite: Three year program acceptance; Corequisites: PAS 510, 511, 512 and 513. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 515: Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I (5)

This course provides an introduction to the study of the disease process. Emphasis has been placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. The differential diagnosis of symptoms and physical findings along with interpretation of laboratory and radiographic tests appropriate to each system is discussed. Topics to include problems of the respiratory tract, cardiology, hematology, endocrinology, nephrology, urology, and gastroenterology. The course will use both lecture and seminar formats. The student learns the general principles of diagnostic imaging and electrocardiography. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in PAS 510, 511, 512, 513 and 514; Corequisites: PAS 517, 518 and 531. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 516: Advanced Human Anatomy II (2)

This course is a continuation of PAS 510, Advanced Human Anatomy. Functional and applied human anatomy presented on a systemic basis. The course is divided into sections: head and neck, back, extremities, and neuroanatomy. This advanced course will go beyond basic anatomical concepts and emphasize in both lecture and laboratory sessions the functional anatomical relationship to pathological conditions commonly encountered in the primary care setting. The relationship between embryology and the study of pediatrics will be taught. Laboratory sessions will be organized using models and prosection cadavers. Small group interactions will be used to demonstrate problem-solving abilities related to clinical findings and physical examination. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514; Corequisites: PAS 515, 516L, 517 and 518. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 516L: Advanced Human Anatomy II Lab (0)

Laboratory techniques for Advanced Human Anatomy II. Corequisite: PAS 516. (GR)

PAS 517: Physical Diagnosis I (4)

Emphasis will be placed on properly conducting a medical interview for problem definition and performing a complete physical examination. Both lecture presentations and laboratory instruction will be utilized to teach history taking and physical examination maneuvers. The laboratory portion includes practical hands-on sessions supervised by faculty in small group settings. Students develop the skills needed to obtain a thorough history and perform a total physical examination. Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C in PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514; Corequisites: PAS 515, 517L and 518. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 517L: Physical Diagnosis I Laboratory (0)

Laboratory techniques for Physical Diagnosis I. Corequisite: PAS 517. (GR)

PAS 518: Pharmacology I (2)

This course is designed in sequence with the topics presented in Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine I and focuses on practical pharmacotherapeutics. Mechanisms of drug action, therapeutic uses, specific effects and toxicity, effects on organ systems, contraindications and drug interactions will be presented. Emphasis is placed on the most commonly used categories of drugs. Prerequisites: PAS 510, 511, 512, 513 and 514; Corequisites: PAS 515, 517 and 531. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 520: Physical Diagnosis II (4)

This is a continuation of PAS 517, Physical Diagnosis II. The lecture course introduces the student to the concepts and techniques of medical interviewing, of obtaining an accurate history, and of performing a complete and thorough physical examination. The proper written recording of clinical data as well as the oral presentation of clinical findings will be stressed. Clinical bedside teaching experiences will be scheduled using individual and small group formats. Prerequisites: Successful completion of PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518 and 531; Corequisites: PAS 519, 520L and 521. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 520L: Physical Diagnosis II Laboratory (0)

Laboratory techniques for Physical Diagnosis II. Corequisite: PAS 520. (GR)

PAS 521: Pharmacology II (2)

This course is a continuation of PAS 518, Pharmacology I and designed in sequence with Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine II. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 510, 511,512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518 and 531; Corequisites: PAS 519, 520. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 522: The Cultural and Psychosocial Dynamics of Medicine (3)

Topic areas will include clinical decision-making and problem solving, domestic violence, rape, death and dying, sexuality issues, substance abuse, HIV and other special topics. A critical review of selected readings will be required for seminar discussions. Students are introduced to concepts in health psychology and behavioral medicine which identify the cultural and psychosocial factors contributing to health, physical and emotional well being. Defenses and adaptations are discussed as related to the types of patients the students will work with. Other psychological responses to acute and chronic illness, disability, and death and dying, are discussed as they relate to the patient and the medical practitioner. Students are introduced to the techniques of modeling and role-playing and are required to participate in the roles of health care practitioner, patient and family member. Emphasis is placed on establishing a relationship, and understanding the effects of culture and personality types. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518 and 531. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 523: Medical Professional Issues (3)

This seminar course is designed specifically for the PA student covering the following topic areas: the PA role and legal standing in US health care, federal programs and initiatives in health care delivery, payment mechanisms and reimbursement policies, rural health care, public health care, community resources, and risk management and quality assurance. A critical review of selected readings will be required for seminar discussions. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 510, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 518 adn 531. Offered Each Year (Fall). (GR)

PAS 524: Clinical Pediatrics (2)

This course is an introduction to the study of pediatric medicine. It is designed to provide the PA student with a functional understanding of the pediatric exam, growth, development, and disease processes as they relate to the infant and child. Through integration of the basic and clinical sciences, the PA student will become acquainted with neonatology, as well as pediatric cardiology, hematology, nephrology, urology, orthopedics, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, surgery, and psychiatry. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 519, 520, 521, 522 and 523. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 525: Clinical Problem Solving (3)

This course consolidates all the topics of medicine by developing a logical methodology of assessment of disease processes or syndromes, and subsequent intervention. Students will master the ability to generate a differential diagnosis specific to the patients' presenting complaints, signs and symptoms and laboratory data. A case study format is used. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 519, 520, 521, 522 and 523. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 526: Surgery and Orthopedics (3)

This course encompasses general principles related to the management and care of patients with surgical conditions. Wound healing and surgical techniques, pre- and post-operative management are studied. Surgical diseases of the head and neck, gastrointestinal, endocrine, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and urogenital system are covered. Basic procedures will be presented, including basic suturing technique, wound care, casting, splinting, aseptic technique, gowning and gloving, and other procedures necessary to function in the surgical setting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 519, 520, 521, 522 and 523. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 527: Geriatrics (2)

This course deals with aging and long term care and continues building on the student's awareness of the social context in which health care is provided to the elderly and chronically ill. The course emphasizes the development of communication skills necessary to enhance the humanistic practice of geriatric medicine. Students are required to interview chronic and acute geriatric patients in nursing home and acute care hospital settings. Through required readings, lectures, field experience and group discussions, the students will learn the fundamentals of geriatric medicine and the multi-dimensional aspects of long term care. Prerequisite: Successful completion of PAS 519, 520, 521, 522 and 523. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 528: Emergency Medicine (3)

Initial, life-saving procedures on the critically ill and seriously injured are considered. Shock, trauma, burns, gastrointestinal, obstetrical, gynecologic, pulmonary, and cardiovascular emergencies are covered. Students are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Students learn the principles of sterile technique and universal precautions. There are hands-on skill sessions. Prerequisites: Successful completion of PAS 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, and BLS CPR certification. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 529: Research Methodology (3)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy. Together with PAS 612 and PAS 613, combination of all three courses meet Research & Presentation requirement. Engaging in the process of clinical research design, students will develop skills that are necessary for reviewing objective data as a component of clinical practice. Students will identify a research question relevant to the practice of medicine and critically review the relevant clinical and scientific literature. Prerequisites: Successful completion of PAS 519, 520, 521, 522 and 523. Corequisite: PAS 530. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 530: Preliminary Writing for Research (1)

Writing Intensive. This course is a Corequisite to PAS 529. (GR)

PAS 531: Preventive Medicine (2)

This course has been designed to provide the PA student with a functional understanding of prevention strategies employed in the primary care setting. Emphasis has been placed on applying appropriate interventions and services that have been proven effective in preventing disease and improving the human condition as it relates to the quality of life and longevity. In addition, nutrition will be a major focus In this course. Students will review the epidemiological distribution of disease and its sociologic implications. Prerequisites: PAS 510, 511, 512, 513 and 514. Offered Each Year (Spring). (GR)

PAS 601: Clerkship I (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 602: Clerkship II (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 603: Clerkship III (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 604: Clerkship IV (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 605: Clerkship V (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 606: Clerkship VI (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 607: Clerkship VII (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 608: Clerkship VIII (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 609: Clerkship IX (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 610: Clerkship X (3)

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated 40 week clinical schedule, each four (4) week full-time clinical clerkship is designed to offer the PA student supervised clinical experiences in one or more of the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, medical specialties, pediatric and adolescent medicine, prenatal care, gynecology, surgery, surgical specialties, emergency medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, and geriatrics. (GR)

PAS 612: Research I (1)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. Together with PAS-529 and PAS-613, combination of all three courses meet Research & Presentation requirement. During the summer semester of the clinical year the student will apply concepts reviewed in PAS 529 Research Methodology and develop an evidence-based clinical practice project. Prerequisite: PAS 529. Offered Each Summer. (GR)

PAS 613: Research II (1)

Fulfills core competency: Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. Together with PAS-529 and PAS-612, combination of all three courses meet Research & Presentation requirement. During the spring semester of the clinical year the student will apply concepts reviewed in PAS 529 Research Methodology and complete an evidence-based clinical practice project. Prerequisite: PAS 612. Offered Each Summer (GR)

PAS 614: Clinical Seminar I (2)

As a supplement to the experience and knowledge gained through the completion of approximately 2000 hours of clinical clerkship, students enrolled in the final year of the Daemen College PA Program prepare for clinical practice and the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) through the use of computer tutorials, group "call back day," lectures, case presentations, and on-site faculty evaluation/mentoring. All students assigned to clinical clerkships will register for a two-credit seminar each semester. Offered Summer, Fall, and Spring. (GR)

PAS 615: Clinical Seminar II (2)

As a supplement to the experience and knowledge gained through the completion of approximately 2000 hours of clinical clerkship, students enrolled in the final year of the Daemen College PA Program prepare for clinical practice and the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) through the use of computer tutorials, group "call back day," lectures, case presentations, and on-site faculty evaluation/mentoring. All students assigned to clinical clerkships will register for a two-credit seminar each semester. Offered Summer, Fall, and Spring. (GR)

PAS 616: Clinical Seminar III (2)

As a supplement to the experience and knowledge gained through the completion of approximately 2000 hours of clinical clerkship, students enrolled in the final year of the Daemen College PA Program prepare for clinical practice and the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) through the use of computer tutorials, group "call back day," lectures, case presentations, and on-site faculty evaluation/mentoring. All students assigned to clinical clerkships will register for a two-credit seminar each semester. Offered Summer, Fall, and Spring. (GR)