Behavioral Medicine (SPA 510)

Introduces concepts of health psychology and behavioral medicine. Topics include: effective interpersonal communication skills, basic counseling skills, normal growth and development, normative responses to stress, emotional problems of daily living, psychosomatic manifestations of illness and injury, sexuality, responses to death and dying, and multicultural issues related to delivery of patient care. Emphasis is on self-awareness and establishing a working alliance with patients. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Medical Ethics (SPA 515)

Introduces the concept of medical ethics as a system of moral principles dealing with values as they relate to human conduct. Professional ethics of the physician assistant are also explored. Summer. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Pathophysiology I (SPA 520)

A study of the complex nature of homeostatic imbalances leading to disease. Topics include: acid-base balance; medical genetics; disorders of immunity and inflammation; blood disorders. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Pathophysiology II (SPA 521)

Continuation of SPA520. Topics include disorders of the pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal including hepatobiliary and exocrine pancreatic function, and genitourinary systems. Prerequisite: SPA520. Summer. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Pathophysiology III (SPA 522)

Continuation of SPA521. Topics include disorders of the endocrine and nervous systems. Prerequisite: SPA521. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Human Gross Anatomy I (SPA 540)

Designed to present an in-depth consideration of the gross anatomy of the human body using both systemic and regional approaches. Lecture material supplemented by dissections of human cadavers to enhance the understanding of the complexity of human anatomy. Includes lecture and laboratory supplemented with clinical scenarios. Topics introduction to the systems, head, neck, back, throax, abdomen, and limbs. Spring semester. 4 credits. Fee.

4 Credits.

Human Gross Anatomy II (SPA 541)

Designed to present an in-depth consideration of the gross anatomy of the human body using both systemic and regional approaches. Lecture material supplemented by dissections of human cadavers to enhance the understanding of the complexity of human anatomy. Includes lecture and laboratory supplemented with clinical scenarios. This course is the second part of a two-semester series. Topics: the posterior body wall, pelvic cavity, perineum, central nervous system, and endocrine system. Prerequisite: SPA540. Fall semester. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

History & Physical I (SPA 550)

Physical examination portions include general survey, skin, HEENT, lymphatics, neck, lungs, heart, abdomen, peripheral vascular, musculoskeletal, and neurological. Introduces cultural diversity and its impact on individual healthcare. Corequisite: SPA551. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

History & Physical I Lab (SPA 551)

Gives students practice in the history-taking and physical examination skills presented in SPA550. Corequisite: SPA550. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

History & Physical II (SPA 552)

Continuation of SPA550. Includes instruction in physical examination of the genitourinary and reproductive systems and techniques and physical examination modifications needed for the geriatric patient, pediatric patient, and pregnant woman. Problem-oriented exams are presented in small-group learning format. Prerequisite: SPA550. Corequisite: SPA553. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

History & Physical II Lab (SPA 553)

Gives students practice in the physical examination skills presented in SPA552. Prerequisites: SPA550 and SPA551. Corequisite: SPA552. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine (SPA 600)

A comprehensive introduction to diagnostic laboratory medicine. The course covers urinalysis, microbiology, hematology, serology, blood chemistry, and special diagnostic laboratory testing, serving as a foundation for understanding disease processes and diagnostic methods offered later in the curriculum. Spring semester. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Procedures & Diagnostics I (SPA 610)

This course is designed to provide instruction in the interpretation of basic radiologic studies. Topics include types of radiologic studies, indications for ordering and interpretation of chest, abdominal, and skeletal films. Summer. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Procedures & Diagnostics II (SPA 611)

This course is designed to provide instruction in diagnostic procedure performance. Topics covered will include asepsis and sterility, sterile gloving, venipuncture, injections, urinary catheterization, intervenous catheter placement, and nasogastic tube insertion. Prerequisite: SPA610. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Pharmacology I (SPA 620)

Presents principles of clinical pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics appropriate for common medical problems seen in clinical practice, instruction in counseling patients regarding compliance, and proper technique for writing prescriptions. Topics include the pharmacotherapy of dermatological, HEENT, and musculoskeletal conditions. Summer. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Pharmacology II (SPA 621)

Continuation of SPA620. Topics include antiinfective agents, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and psychiatric medications. Prerequisite: SPA620. Fall semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Pharmacology III (SPA 622)

Continuation of SPA621. Topics include the pharmacotherapy of nephrological, urological, endocrine, reproductive, neurological, and gastroenterologic conditions. Review of common medications in clinical practice from SPA620 and SPA621. Prerequisite: SPA621. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Primary Care Modules I (SPA 640)

Introduces the history of the physician assistant profession and information on professional organizations, certification, and licensure. Other topics include documentation, coding procedures, billing, health promotion, and wellness. Summer. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Primary Care Modules II (SPA 641)

Introduces specialty areas of electrocardiography interpretation and psychiatry. Fall semester. Prerequisite: SPA640. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Primary Care Modules III (SPA 642)

Continues instruction in professional practice topics, interviewing, and resume writing, and introduces the specialty area of emergency medicine. Spring semester. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Special Populations (SPA 643)

A comprehensive study of fundamental principles and practices of women's health, pediatrics, and geriatric. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Clinical Medicine I (SPA 650)

A comprehensive study of diseases with emphasis on etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic measures involved in treating medical problems. This course focuses on dermatology and HEENT. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Clinical Medicine II (SPA 651)

Continuation of SPA650. This course focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Topics include rheumatology and orthopedics. Prerequisite: SPA650. Summer. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

Clinical Medicine III (SPA 652)

Continuation of SPA651. This course focuses on hematology, oncology, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and neurology systems. Prerequisite: SPA651. Fall semester. 5 credits.

5 Credits.

Clinical Medicine IV (SPA 653)

Continuation of SPA652. This course focuses on infectious diseases, endocrinology, nephrology, genitourinary, and gastroenterology. Prerequisite: SPA652. Spring semester. 5 credits.

5 Credits.

General Surgery (SPA 660)

Prepares students for clinical rotation. Topics include: pre-, intra-, and post-operative care; fluid/electrolyte balance; perioperative nutrition; surgical bleeding/blood replacement; shock; wound healing; soft tissue problems; infections; abdominal disorders; special procedures; trauma; transplants; and malignancies. Spring semester. Corequisite: SPA661. 2 credits.

2 Credits.

General Surgery Laboratory (SPA 661)

Topics include proper scrub techniques, maintenance of sterile fields, surgical documentation, techniques of suturing, tying surgical knots and stapling, and instrument identification. Students learn surgical skills needed for the operating room as well as bedside procedures. Off-campus activities may be included. Corequisite: SPA660. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Clinical Decision Making (SPA 680)

Students work through actual patient problems and data to practice clinical reasoning skills, differential diagnoses formulation, and development of treatment plans. Students monitor, critique, and direct the development of their reasoning skills. Spring semester. 2 credits. Pass/Fail only.

2 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 1 (SPA 720)

Course focuses on primary care settings, general surgery, and emergency medicine. Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 4 credits. Summer. Fee.

4 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 2 (SPA 725)

Course focuses on primary care settings, general surgery, and emergency medicine. Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 4 credits. Summer. Fee.

4 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 3 (SPA 730)

Course focuses on primary care settings, general surgery, and emergency medicine. Students spend full-time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 4 credits. Fall semester. Fee.

4 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 4 (SPA 735)

Course focuses on primary care settings, general surgery, and emergency medicine. Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 4 credits. Fall semester. Fee.

4 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 5 (SPA 740)

Coourse focuses on pediatrics, psychiarty, women's health, or an elective. Six week rotation may be split into 2 three-week rotations, Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 2 credits. Fall semester. Fee.

2 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 6 (SPA 745)

Course focuses on primary care settings, general surgery, and emergency medicine. Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 4 credits. Spring semester. Fee.

4 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 7 (SPA 750)

Course focuses on pediatrics, psychiatry, women's health, or an elective. Six week rotation my be split into 2 three-week rotations. Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learned during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have portential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems, 2 credits. Spring semester. Fee.

2 Credits.

Clinical Rotation 8 (SPA 755)

Course focuses on pediatrics psychiatry, women's health, or an elective. Six week rotation may be split into 2 three-week rotations. Students spend full time at off-campus clinical settings where they can expect to use skills learning during the didactic year. During these rotations, students have potential exposure to patients of any age group, from infancy through geriatrics, and are exposed to a wide range of medical problems. 4 credits. Spring semester. Fee.

4 Credits.

Intro to Evidence Based Principles (SPA 919)

Assists students in maintaining a critical, current and operational knowledge of new medical findings required for the prevention and treatment of disease. Students learn how to appropriately search, interpret, and evaluate the medical literature with a focus on applying new information to individualized patient care. Topics include formulating searchable questions, interpretation of basic biostatistical methods frequently used in the literature. 1 credit. Spring semester.

1 Credit.

Grand Rounds I (SPA 930)

Students utilize what they learned in SPA919 by completing research to answer questions based upon valid evidence. Individual case presentations, group topic presentations, and panel discussions with emphasis on the rotations that occur during the semester (internal medicine, pediatrics, and family practice). The course meets on campus at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: SPA919. Summer. Pass/Fail only. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Grand Rounds II (SPA 931)

Students utilize what they learned in SPA919 by completing research to answer questions based upon valid evidence. Individual case presentations, group topic presentations, and panel discussions with emphasis on the rotations that occur during the semester (emergency medicine, general surgery, and woman's health). The course meets on campus at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: SPA930. Fall semester. Pass/Fail only. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Grand Rounds III (SPA 932)

Students utilize what they learned in SPA919 by completing research to answer questions based upon vaid evidence. Individual case presentations, group topic presentations, and panel discussions with emphasis on the rotations that occur during the semester (psychiatry, geriatrics, and various elective specialties). The course meets on campus at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: SPA931. Spring semester. Pass/Fail only. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

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