Clinical Phase

Fourteen months which includes the Capstone Project and required supervised clinical experiences taught by physicians, PA's and other qualified health care providers. This phase of the program is designed to provide instruction in the clinical setting needed to prepare for clinical practice. Though students provide input in arranging the Clinical Phase, program faculty make the clinical site assignments. This phase also includes Clinical Phase Seminars for testing and discussion of professional and clinical issues and completion of the master's degree project.

This 14 months includes rotations in:

Family Medicine I - PASP 660 (6 credit hours)
This six-week preceptorship at the beginning of the clinical year provides the physician assistant student with a primary care experience during which students refine their skills in performing a history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and developing treatment plans for patients. The physician assistant student participates in and develops proficiencies in the broad spectrum of primary care by developing skills in acute and long-term management.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Family Medicine II - PASP 661 (4 credit hours)
This four-week preceptorship at the end of the clinical phase provides students with a second primary care experience during which students and preceptors can evaluate and refine the student’s skills in performing the history and physical exam, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests and developing treatment plans for patients. The physician assistant student participates in and develops proficiencies in the broad spectrum of primary care by developing skills in acute and long-term management.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

 Internal Medicine - PASP 650 (5 credit hours)
This five-week internal medicine rotation provides the physician assistant student with the experience of caring for adult and geriatric patients in an internal medicine practice setting. Students will perform patient history and physical examinations, obtain diagnostic testing and present their data to their precepting physician along with proposed differential diagnoses and treatment plans.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program, successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

General Surgery - PASP 651 (5 credit hours)
This five-week general surgery rotation is designed to prepare the physician assistant student with the ability to function as an assistant to the surgeon and to care for surgical disease in the primary care setting as well as learning to make appropriate referrals.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Prenatal Care/Gynecology - PASP 652 (5 credit hours)
This five-week prenatal/gynecology rotation is designed to provide the physician assistant student with an opportunity to develop proficiency in the unique medical history, physical examination and treatment of the prenatal/gynecology patient. The student will also become familiar with tests and procedures unique to this patient population.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Pediatrics - PASP 653 (5 credit hours)
This five-week pediatric rotation is designed to provide the physician assistant student with an intense exposure of primary care pediatric problems with the objectives of developing skills in well-child preventive care, the care of common pediatric illnesses and the care of the newborn and children in the hospital setting.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Emergency Medicine - PASP 654 (5 credit hours)
This five-week emergency medicine rotation is designed to provide the physician assistant student with exposure to and development of skills in managing patients in the emergency room setting. Learned skills will include those necessary for appropriate triage, stabilization, diagnosis and management of patients with traumatic injuries and illnesses as well as the management of less life-threatening problems that present to the emergency room. Physician assistant students will develop skills in working with the pre-hospital emergency medical team and secondary referral systems.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Orthopedics - PASP 655 (5 credit hours)
This five-week orthopedic rotation is designed to provide the physician assistant student with an orthopedic experience of caring for and treating orthopedic problems and conditions. The student will also become familiar with general orthopedic procedures, recognize pathology effectively and to make timely referrals to the orthopedic specialist.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine - PASP 657 (5 credit hours)
This five-week psychiatric rotation is designed to provide the physician assistant student with a behavioral medicine experience in caring for ambulatory and hospitalized patients with psychiatric disorders. The student will be able to perform basic psychiatric evaluations, to monitor medications, and to support the clinical management plan for patients after psychiatric evaluation and treatments. The student will also be able to refer to psychiatrists and psychiatric facilities, as needed.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Elective Rotation - PASP 658 (8 credit hours)
Two (2) four-week clinical rotation(s) are designed to provide the physician assistant student with an elective opportunity in any of the following disciplines: dermatology, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, cardiology, radiology, ENT, urology, gerontology, pulmonology, ophthalmology and oncology or another area of interest to the student or to extend any of the required rotations. The student will be able to recognize conditions treatable by these specialties, so that they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a supportive role for such specialists.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Professional Issues II - PASP 616 (2 credit hours)
This course provides the student with an introduction to medical ethics, coding and billing, cultural issues, PA certification, licensure, malpractice and risk management, financial planning, and PA organizations as they pertain to the supervised practice of clinical medicine.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.

Clinical Phase Seminar and Capstone Project - PASP 690 (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide an ongoing assessment process that is used to help the students further analyze, synthesize and evaluate their role as future health care providers. This course provides the student and the program with avenues of summative evaluation in the development of future physician assistants and the PA Program. The Capstone project will provide the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of research methods.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the Physician Assistant Program.