Physician Assistant (PAS)

PAS 501  Clinical Medicine I  (4 credits)  

This four-credit course is the first part of three sequenced courses, which introduce physician assistant students to the study of medicine and disease processes. Emphasis has been placed on the integration of the essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. In PAS 501, the major content areas include hematology/oncology, dermatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology pulmonology, gastroenterology and introduction to cardiology.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.
PAS 505  Human Physiology  (3 credits)  

This course will cover the normal functioning of human tissue and organs as well as their integration into specific biological systems.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer.
PAS 506  Health History & Physical Diagnosis I  (2 credits)  

This is the first in a three-semester sequenced course focusing on the medical interview and physical examination techniques to foster development of adequate diagnostic skills. Students will be involved in direct patient encounters throughout the semester. Emphasis is placed on history taking, physical exam skills, note writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Rotation: NYC; Summer
PAS 510  Psychosocial Medicine  (2 credits)  

This course will study the diverse cultural, ethical, and psychosocial issues that affect the evolving clinician- patient relationship. We will examine the powerful influence of the patient's mind and his or her social context on the development and management of disease. Effective clinician-patient interactions are essential to delivering quality care. We will examine culture, family, stress, disabilities, and diversity and how these factors influence patient care. We will discuss strategies for delivering bad news, discuss death, dying, and bereavement, and examine the roles of both palliative care and hospice care in our health system. To this end, we will utilize role-playing, discussion boards, and small group interactions.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer.
PAS 511  Professionalism and Biomedical Ethics  (2 credits)  

This one semester, two-credit course critically examines the professional aspects of physician assistant practice and the role of the physician assistant as a member of the health care team. This course will also concentrate on ethical decision making strategies and ethical principles as they pertain to the physician assistant.

Course Rotation: NY; Summer
PAS 512  Gross Anatomy  (2 credits)  

This course will provide the students with a thorough understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body. Developmental and clinical considerations will be included. This course will include lecture and laboratory.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.
PAS 513  Gross Anatomy II  (2 credits)  

This course is a continuation of the PAS 512 course and will provide students with a thorough understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body. Developmental and clinical considerations will be included. This course will include lecture and laboratory prosection.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.
PAS 514  Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Medicine  (3 credits)  

Epidemiologic research methodology will be covered. Evidence-Based Medicine is a technique used to access the most current medical information and apply lessons learned to clinical care.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring
PAS 515  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention  (2-3 credits)  

This course is designed to teach the physician assistant student health promotion topics. This course will review the practice frameworks for health promotion including US Preventive Service Taskforce (USPSTF) recommendations and Healthy People 2020 leading health indicators. This course has two major themes. The first is that providing good preventive care is essential to the health of your patients and to the delivery of cost effective healthcare. The second is that in your role as a clinician in your community and as a public health advocate. One of your most important responsibilities is to communicate effectively with your patients.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer
PAS 534  Pathophysiology I  (2 credits)  

Pathophysiology is the study of disease and disease processes as a scientific basis for understanding health and disease in the study of clinical medicine. This course is designed to provide the basic pathophysiologic understanding of diseases and the resulting clinical manifestations, while placing less emphasis on diagnosis and treatment issues. This course provides the necessary linkage between the basic sciences and the clinical presentation of disease states. This is a two semester course.

PAS 535  Pathophysiology II  (2 credits)  

Pathophysiology is the study of disease and disease processes as a scientific basis for understanding health and disease in the study of clinical medicine. It is designed to provide the basic pathophysiologic understanding of diseases and the resulting clinical manifestations, while placing less emphasis on diagnosis and treatment issues. This course provides the necessary linkage between the basic sciences and the clinical presentation of disease states.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.
PAS 547  Medical Pharmacology I  (3 credits)  
Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAS 601  Clinical Medicine I  (5 credits)  

This is the first part of a three semester sequenced course focusing on the study of disease. Emphasis is on the integration of essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. Through lecture and case-based format, the student will acquire the skills to formulate diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, compose management plans, implement treatment and provide appropriate patient education.

Course Rotation: NY; Fall
PAS 602  Clinical Medicine II  (7 credits)  

This is the second of a 3-semester sequenced course focusing on the study of disease. Emphasis is on the integration of essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. Through lecture and case-based format, the student will acquire the skills to formulate diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, compose management plans, implement treatment and provide appropriate patient education.

Course Rotation: NY; Spring
PAS 603  Clinical Medicine III  (8-10 credits)  

: This is the third of a 3-semester sequenced course focusing on the study of disease. Emphasis is on the integration of essential anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to medical problems encountered in the primary care setting. Through lecture and case-based format, the student will acquire the skills to formulate diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, compose management plans, implement treatment and provide appropriate patient education.

Course Rotation: NYC: Summer I and II
PAS 604  Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Methods I  (4 credits)  

This course is the first part of a sequenced two-semester course designed to provide the student with an understanding of the use of the diagnostic studies as an aid to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease. The course focuses on basic diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests and procedures used to investigate clinical problems encountered in the hospital and outpatient settings.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall.
PAS 605  Laboratory Medicine & Diagnostic Methods II  (3 credits)  

This course is the second part of a sequenced two-semester course designed to provide the student with an understanding of the use of the diagnostic studies as an aid to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease. The course focuses on basic diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests and procedures used to investigate clinical problems encountered in the hospital and outpatient settings.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring
PAS 606  Health History and Physical Diagnosis II  (4 credits)  

This is the second in a three-semester sequenced course focusing on the medical interview and physical examination techniques to foster development of adequate diagnostic skills. Students will be involved in direct patient encounters throughout the semester. Emphasis is placed on history taking, physical exam skills, note writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAS 607  Health History & Physical Diagnosis III  (3-4 credits)  

This is the third in a three-semester sequenced course focusing on the medical interview and physical examination techniques to foster development of adequate diagnostic skills. Students will be involved in direct patient encounters throughout the semester. Emphasis is placed on history taking, physical exam skills, note writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.
PAS 609  Surgical and Technical Skills I  (2 credits)  

This is the first in a two semester sequenced course providing instruction in management of patients during the perioperative course as well as the indications, contraindications, equipment, technique and potential complications of surgical and technical procedures encountered in the practice of medicine and surgery. Emphasis is placed on common issues encountered in managing the care of surgical patients and on common procedures performed in the course of practicing medicine, as well as the theory and practice of these procedures.

Course Rotation: NYC; Spring
PAS 610  Surgical and Technical Skills II  (2 credits)  

This is the second in a two semester sequenced course providing instruction in management of patients during the perioperative course as well as the indications, contraindications, equipment, technique and potential complications of surgical and technical procedures encountered in the practice of medicine and surgery. Emphasis is placed on common issues encountered in managing the care of surgical patients and on common procedures performed in the course of practicing medicine, as well as the theory and practice of these procedures.

Course Rotation: NYC; Summer I and II
PAS 620  Research Methods/Master Project  (3 credits)  

An introduction to research methods used in medicine. This course will provide the students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to formulate research questions and hypothesis. Specific writing techniques will be addressed. The MSPAS is a non-thesis Master degree. Although the project is not a thesis, it is expected that the final paper will be thoroughly researched and well written. The final project will include writing a clinical review article suitable for publication in JAAPA.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall
PAS 621  Leadership and Theory in Healthcare  (3 credits)  

This course provides an introduction to leadership in organizations and helps PAs apply these principles to his or her practice. A historical review of leadership theory and research will be accompanied by current developments in understanding leadership. Students will assess their own leadership styles, using various questionnaires, structured feedback and self-analysis assignments. The course develops leadership skills and planning for each student’s on-going development as a leader in healthcare.

Course Rotation: NY: Summer 1
PAS 648  Medical Pharmacology II  (3 credits)  

This is the second part of a sequenced two-semester course, which introduces physician assistant students to the study of pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on the integration of clinical applications of various medications as well as basic principles and biochemical properties.

Course Rotation: : NY:Spring
PAS 701  Clerkship in Internal Medicine  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course provides students an opportunity to participate in the care of patients with acute and chronic medical conditions in a hospital setting. This clerkship offers exposure to patients with various medical conditions and is designed to provide students supervised internal medicine clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 702  Clerkship in Pediatrics  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course provides students an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of pediatric patients with acute, chronic and preventative conditions. This clerkship offers exposure to patients with medical, child development and growth circumstances within the family unit and is designed to provide students supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 703  Clerkship in Women's Health  (3 credits)  

: This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with obstetric or gynecological complaints. The student will become proficient in accurate assessment of the obstetric patient with emphasis on pre- and post- natal care. The student will also become involved with the practice of “preventive” obstetrics and gynecology as well as common gynecologic disorders.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 704  Clerkship in Behavioral Medicine  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course provides students an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with acute and chronic psychological disorders. This clerkship offers exposure to patients with mental health and behavioral medicine conditions and is designed to provide students supervised behavioral medicine clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 705  Clerkship in Family Medicine  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with acute and chronic medical problems, as well as patients seeking preventive medical care, in the outpatient setting. This clerkship provides exposure to patients seeking medical care across the life span.The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 706  Clerkship In Emergency Medicine  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with emergent and acute medical problems in the emergency department setting. This clerkship provides exposure to patients with medical and surgical emergencies as well as trauma. The rotation is designed to provide students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for entry-level clinical PA practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 707  Clerkship in Surgery  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in the care of a variety of patients with emergent, acute and chronic medical problems in the inpatient and operating room setting. The student will work as a member of the surgical team treating patients seeking care for conditions requiring surgical management, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. The rotation is designed to provide the students with supervised medical and clinical practice experiences enabling them to meet program expectations (outcomes) and acquire the competencies needed for an entry level clinical PA practice.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 708  Clerkship in Selected Elective  (3 credits)  

This supervised course, selected by the student, is available in a variety of clinical areas of medicine and surgical settings. Experiences can range from private practice to inpatient and from general areas to subspecialties, in both local and/or global settings.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 709  Clerkship Selected by Program  (3 credits)  

This supervised clinical course, selected by the program, is available in a variety of clinical areas of medicine and settings. Experiences can range from private practice to inpatient and from general to subspecialties. The student may elect to complete their elective rotation in any combination of internal medicine, intensive medicine, cardiology/CT surgery as space allows. They may also opt to fulfill this course requirement with a clerkship in international hospital medicine or another inpatient subspecialty (i.e., renal medicine, hematology/oncology, ECT.)

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer
PAS 709A  Elective II Clerkship  (2 credits)  

The elective clerkship will provide the student with opportunities to see a variety of patients with medical/surgical complaints or concerns specific to the elective area, under the direction of the site preceptor. The elective clerkship will utilize, reline, and build on the goals and objectives achieved in the junior didactic and clinical training. The student is expected to develop basic diagnostic and therapeutic skills related to preventive, chronic, acute and emergent problems.

Course Rotation: Fall
PAS 799C  Clinical Year Capstone  (3 credits)  

This four unit capstone course is designed to enhance the physician assistant student’s clinical education by providing opportunities to use critical clinical thinking skills through case simulation in the Clinical Education Labs using Human Patient Simulators and Standardized Patients, problem- based learning and group discussion. This module will increase the student’s appreciation for the medical and behavioral management of their patients and improve their ability to apply their didactic education to a clinical setting. The focus will be on developing independent clinical reasoning skills with an emphasis on correlation of history taking, physical exam findings and pertinent laboratory results to formulate a diagnosis and initiate a plan.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, and Summer 2.