Physician Assistant Courses
Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.
Medical Terminology (SBL 141)
An introductory study of medical terminology presented as background for work in the health professions. Course format is online self-instruction. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.
Microbiology (SBL 218)
A survey course exploring such topics as microbial cell biology, microbial genetics, the interaction of microbes and hosts in symbiotic and pathogenic relationships, the role of microbes and the environment, microbial diversity, microbial evolution, and applied microbiology (including antibiotic resistance, bioremediation, and food microbiology). Primarily for majors in biology and nutrition and dietetics. Prerequisites: SCH100, SCH110, or one semester of college-level chemistry; and SBL160, SBL162, or SHL214. Corequisite: SBL219. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Microbiology Laboratory (SBL 219)
A survey course of the laboratory methods for studying microbes. Students explore the physiology, ecology, evolution, and diversity of microbes from both general and human-related standpoints. Students identify one unknown bacterial strain and maintain a laboratory notebook. Emphasis on skill development of techniques used by microbiologists. Primarily intended for majors in biology and nutrition and dietetics. Prerequisites: SCH101 or SCH111; and SBL161 or SBL163 or SHL 215. Corequisite: SBL218. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Medical Microbiology (SBL 222)
Study of the basic concepts of microbiology from a human health and disease perspective. Topics include: basic microbial cell biology and genetics, immunology, virology, pathogenicity, antimicrobial therapeutics, epidemiology and public health, and disease transmission. Primarily for students interested in health sciences. Prerequisites: SCH100, SCH110, or one semester of college-level chemistry; and SBL160, SBL162, or SHL214. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Medical Microbiology Laboratory (SBL 223)
This laboratory course introduces students to the study of clinically relevant microbes. Particular emphasis is placed on the practice and development of skills needed by those working in medical microbiology settings. Students identify one unknown bacterial strain, present a written scientific communication on the identification process and results, and maintain a clinical laboratory notebook. Primarily for students interested in health sciences. Prerequisites: SCH101, SCH111, or one semester equivalent of college-level chemistry; and SBL161, SBL163, or SHL215. Corequisite: SBL222. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Chemical Principles Laboratory (SCH 101)
Experiments conducted in the laboratory course complement the concepts discussed in the lecture. This course focuses on important chemical principles, safe laboratory techniques, and correct calculations. With SCH100 or SCH106, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Corequisite: SCH100 or SCH106. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Foundations of Chemistry (SCH 106)
A study of the basic concepts of chemistry, designed for students in the physician assistant program. The course includes a review of matter and measurements, atomic theory and stoichiometry, with an in-depth focus on topics such as the periodic table, ionic and molecular bonding and structure, kinetics, equilibrium, gases, solutions, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry. With SCH101, satisfies the Science requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Organic Chemistry Principles Lab (SCH 121)
Experiments conducted in the laboratory course complement the concepts discussed in the lecture. Common laboratory techniques involved in organic synthesis, purification, and isolation of natural products are emphasized. Prerequisites: SCH100 and SCH101 or the equivalent. Corequisite: SCH120 or SCH122. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Foundations of Organic Chemistry (SCH 122)
A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds for physician assistant majors. A systematic examination of the molecular structures, structure-property relationships, and chemical reactivities of the compounds of carbon including reaction mechanisms and multistep syntheses. Examples of biological and medical relevance are given. Prerequisite: SCH106. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Biochemical Principles (SCH 202)
An introduction to the chemistry of living systems with an emphasis on the basic relationships of molecular structure to biological function. Analysis of proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and major metabolic pathways. Designed for allied health students. Prerequisites: SCH120 or SCH122, or the equivalent. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Human Anatomy & Physiology I (SHL 214)
A detailed study of the structure and function of the human body. Anatomical studies include gross, histological, and cytological perspectives and are correlated with physiology. Functional studies emphasize homeostatic, regulatory, and integrative mechanisms. Pathophysiological processes are compared with normal anatomy and physiology. Course is designed to meet the requirements for clinical laboratory science, dietetics, exercise science, health science, and physician assistant. Prerequisite: at least one semester of college chemistry or one year of high school chemistry. Fall semester. 3 credits.
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (SHL 215)
Designed to reinforce concepts learned in SHL214. Topics include: histology and the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Lab activities include dissections of animal specimens with anatomy comparable to humans and computer simulated physiology experiments. Corequisite: SHL214. Fall semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Human Anatomy & Physiology II (SHL 216)
Continuation of topics begun in SHL214. Prerequisite: SHL214. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (SHL 217)
Continuation of topics begun in SHL214, reinforcing topics covered in SHL216. Topics include the endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Lab activities include dissections of animal specimens with anatomy comparable to humans and computer simulated physiology experiments. Prerequisite: SHL215. Corequisite: SHL216. Spring semester. 1 credit. Fee.
Physician Assistant Seminar (SPA 201)
This seminar is offered in each year of the undergraduate portion of the BSMS track of the physician assistant program. Students meet in sections by year. This course is required for all BSMS physician assistant majors and must be taken three times. Freshman students enroll in the course in the spring semester. Sophomores and juniors register for the course in the fall semester. Two hours every other week. Fall and spring semesters. 0 credits. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable.
Lifespan Development (SPY 223)
An introductory study of the biological, cognitive, and social dimensions of development from conception to death. Designed especially for students in the physician assistant program or pursuing careers in health care. For non-majors and minors only. Spring semester. 3 credits.
Abnormal Psychology (SPY 280)
Examines causes, symptoms, assessments, and treatment of abnormality from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Includes an introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), its historical origins, and contemporary critiques. Prerequisite: SPY110. Spring semester, and ADP session 1 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.
Introductory Statistics (SSS 250)
Designed to develop quantitative literacy, enabling students to produce, understand, and communicate statistical information. Prepares students to conduct research. Explores descriptive and inferential statistics that include parametric (Z, t, F) and non-parametric (chi-square) probability distributions. Ability to make recommendations based upon interpretation of statistical software output is emphasized. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 3, and 4. 3 credits.