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The 15-month didactic phase includes robust instruction in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics, clinical laboratory and diagnostic studies, clinical assessment, clinical medicine, behavioral medicine, community medicine, clinical research design, medical writing, evidence based medicine, legal and ethical issues in medicine, and cultural and social issues in medicine. Instruction in leadership, professionalism, patient safety, advocacy and community engagement are interwoven throughout the curriculum. The program provides instruction on collaborative leadership and the four (4) core competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice:

  1. Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice,
  2. Roles/Responsibilities,
  3. Interprofessional Communication, and
  4. Teams and Teamwork – through creative and innovative active learning strategies such as interdisciplinary team based and simulation learning. Learners participate in interprofessional experiences alongside other Ithaca College health professions learners.

Semester I Fall

Course Number Course Name Credits
PASG 60000 Medical Interviewing, Documentation and Counseling 3
PASG 60100 Foundations of Medical Sciences: Genetics/Microbiology & ID 3
PASG 60200 Foundations of Medical Sciences: Physiology 3
PASG 60300 Diagnostic Imaging 2
PASG 60400 Human and Radiographic Anatomy and Lab 6
PASG 60500 Physician Assistant Professional Practice 1
Total Credits   18

Semester II Spring

Course Number Course Name Credits
PASG 60610 Clinical Assessment I 4
PASG 60710 Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics I 2
PASG 60810 Clinical Medicine I 6
PASG 60910 Evidenced Based Medicine I 2
PASG 61010 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I 2
PASG 61100 Leadership and Advocacy 1
PASG 61210 Inter-Professional Education I 0
PASG 61310 Pathophysiology I 2
Total Credits   19

Semester III Summer

Course Number Course Name Credits
PASG 60620 Clinical Assessment II 4
PASG 60720 Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics II 2
PASG 60820 Clinical Medicine II 6
PASG 60920 Evidenced Based Medicine II 2
PASG 61020 Pharmacology and Therapeutics II 2
PASG 61220 Inter-Professional Education II 0
PASG 61320 Pathophysiology II 2
Total Credits   18

Semester IV Fall

Course Number Course Name Credits
PASG 61400 Behavioral and Mental Health Care 3
PASG 60830 Clinical Medicine III 6
PASG 61500 Clinical Skills and Procedures 4
PASG 61600 Ethics, Law, and Social Justice in Healthcare 1
PASG 60930 Evidenced Based Medicine III 2
PASG 61700 Population and Community Health  2
Total Credits   18

Total Didactic Credits= 73

Course Descriptions- Semester I Fall

PASG 60000 Medical Interviewing, Documentation and Counseling

3 Credits

Equip the learner with the fundamentals of patient-centered communication skills, patient education and basic counseling techniques as well as the components of the medical interview. Develop competency in behavioral change counseling strategies such as motivational interviewing. Reinforce these concepts through the introduction to medical documentation.

PASG 60100 Foundations of Medical Sciences: Genetics, Microbiology & Infectious Disease

3 Credits

Introduces topics in Genetics, Microbiology, and Infectious Disease in the context of clinical practice. Genetics has a clinical focus based on understanding different disease processes, the role of genetic counseling, the ethical and legal issues related to genetic screening and genetic testing. Microbiology and Infectious Disease covers mechanisms of transmission, principles of aseptic practice, and the role of the human body’s normal microflora and the mechanisms by which pathogens cause disease in the human body.

PASG 60200 Foundations of Medical Sciences: Physiology

3 Credits

Describes the normal physiologic function of the cell and organ systems from a clinical perspective. Describes and explains selected disease states in preparation for Clinical Medicine lecture series, Pathophysiology I and Pathophysiology II.

PASG 60300 Diagnostic Imaging

2 Credits

Describe and explain typical radiographic findings versus abnormal findings. Recognize how to determine the most appropriate imaging study to order for screening and diagnosis to manage the patient’s signs and symptoms. Practice verbal and written communication with healthcare professionals in the radiology department based on the patient’s signs and symptoms. Practice verbal communication about the radiological findings with patients.

PASG 60400 Human and Radiographic Anatomy and Lab

6 Credits

Conduct a complete dissection of the human body to understand the structure and function, and aid in the performance of physical examination and clinical procedures.

PASG 60500 Physician Assistant Professional Practice

1 Credit

Provide learners with the history of the Physician Assistant profession, social, regulatory, economic and political aspects of becoming a Physician Assistant. Discuss the professional organizations that represent Physician Assistants. Utilize the knowledge gained to advocate for Physician Assistant profession. Engage with other health professionals to advance clinical practice to meet the needs of patients. Recognize and consider ethical responsibilities in patient care. Identify and assess risk of stress and burnout has a healthcare professional.

Course Descriptions- Semester II Spring

PASG 60610 Clinical Assessment I

4 credits

Develop patient-centered communication skills through history taking and interviewing. Use medical diagnostic equipment in conjunction with patient-centered history taking and interview to develop skills for performing a complete and focused physical examination from head-to-toe. Examine lab partners and standardized patients to gain the skills and knowledge to perform a thorough history and physical examination. Prerequisite: PASG 60000 Medical Interviewing, Documentation and Counseling

PASG 60710 Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics I

2 credits

Select, utilize and interpret clinical laboratory, imaging and other diagnostic test to evaluate each system’s principal functions. The topics are synchronized with and correlate to topics in Clinical Medicine I, Pathophysiology of Disease I, Clinical Assessment I and Pharmacology and Therapeutics I. The first of a two-part series, where the learner receives instruction in medical laboratory and radiographic studies used in the diagnosis and management of common disorders of the major body systems. Prerequisites: PASG 60100 - Foundations of Medical Sciences, Genetics/Microbiology/ID and PASG 60200 - Foundations of Medical Sciences, Physiology

PASG 60810 Clinical Medicine I

6 credits

Integrates epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prognosis, prevention measures, patient education, referral and follow up of disorders encountered in a primary care setting across the lifespan. Applies a system approach delivered through a combination of traditional lecture and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. The topics synchronized with and correlative to topics in Pathophysiology of Disease I, Pharmacology & Therapeutics I, Clinical Assessment I and Clinical Laboratory Medicine I. Organ systems covered in Clinical Medicine I include: Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Cardiology, Electrocardiography (ECG), Pulmonary Medicine and Hematology/Oncology (Liquid Malignancies). Prerequisite: PASG 60100 - Foundations of Medical Sciences: Genetics, Microbiology, ID; PASG 60200 – Foundations of Medical Sciences: Physiology; PASG 60400 – Human Radiographic Anatomy and Lab

PASG 60910 Evidenced Based Medicine I

2 credits

Describe the foundational principles and terms related to evidenced-based medicine and practice. Identify typical research design models and methodology. Explain basic statistical principles. Learn methods to appraise the quality of clinical research. Explain how to use evidenced-based medicine to communicate with and inform patients about clinical practice. First in a series of three courses.

PASG 61010 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I

2 credits

Describe and explain the general principles of the effects of drugs on different organ systems and disease processes. Describe and explain the mechanism by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects, and the factors influencing their absorption, distribution and biological actions. Topics are synchronized with and correlative to topics in Clinical Medicine I, Pathophysiology of Disease I, Clinical Assessment I and Clinical Laboratory Medicine I. The first in a series of two. Prerequisites: PASG 60100 - Foundations in Medical Sciences in Genetics, Microbiology, Infectious Disease & PASG 60200 - Foundations in Medical Sciences in Physiology

PASG 61100 Leadership and Advocacy

1 credit

Define and describe the attributes of a leader. Explain the roles of Physician Assistant leaders. Prepare Physician Assistant learners to take a leadership role in the delivery of patient-centered care. Recognize and appropriately address gaps in medical knowledge, physical and mental limitations n self and others. Advocate for patients through involvement in quality improvement initiatives. Advocate for the PA profession by developing leadership skills and an understanding of the importance of quality improvement in patient safety. Commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development. Prerequisite PASG 60500: Physician Assistant Professional Practice

PASG 61210 Inter-Professional Education I

0 credits

Identify and implement the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Apply the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations (IPEC Competency 2). Define collaboration more effectively and creatively across health care disciplines to optimize health care and improve population outcomes. The first of two courses. Prerequisite: PASG 60500 - PA Professional Practice

PASG 61310 Pathophysiology I

2 credits

Apply knowledge from the basic medical sciences to clinical medicine. Expand on the overview of medical physiology and introduce underlying pathological basis for specific disease processes common to primary care. Explore congenital and acquired diseases with an emphasis on providing understanding of pathologic physiology in conjunction with information regarding medical history and laboratory data to solve case based clinical problems during small group discussions. Examine how pathophysiology translates into patient signs, symptoms and laboratory test results. Identify the thought processes leading to development of differential diagnoses. The first of a two-semester series. Synchronized with appropriate and correlative lectures in Clinical Assessment I, Clinical Medicine I, Clinical Laboratory Medicine I and Pharmacology & Therapeutics I. Prerequisite: PASG 60200 -Foundations of Medical Sciences: Physiology

Course Descriptions- Semester III Summer

PASG 60620 Clinical Assessment II

4 credits

Develop proficiency in patient-centered communication skills through comprehensive population specific and focused history taking and interviewing. Use medical diagnostic equipment to refine skills for performing comprehensive population specific and focused physical examinations. Examine peers and standardized patients to advance the skills and knowledge to perform focused history and physical examinations. Prerequisite: PASG 60610 - Clinical Assessment I

PASG 60720 Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics II

2 credits

Select, utilize and interpret clinical laboratory, imaging and other diagnostic test to evaluate each system’s principal functions. The topics are synchronized with and correlate to topics in Clinical Medicine II, Pathophysiology of Disease II, Clinical Assessment II and Pharmacology and Therapeutics II. The second of a two-part series, where the learner receives instruction in medical laboratory and radiographic studies used in the diagnosis and management of common disorders of the major body systems. Prerequisite: PASG 60710 – Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics I

PASG 60820 Clinical Medicine II

6 credits

Integrates the epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prognosis, prevention measures, patient education, referral, and follow up of disorders encountered in a primary care setting across the lifespan. Applies a system approach delivered through a combination of traditional lecture and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. The topics synchronized with and correlative to topics in Pathophysiology of Disease II, Pharmacology & Therapeutics II, Clinical Assessment II and Clinical Laboratory Medicine II. Organ systems covered in Clinical Medicine II include: Gastroenterology, Nephrology/Urology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Neurology, and Oncology. PASG 60810 - Clinical Medicine I, PASG 60610 - Clinical Assessment I, PASG 60710 - Clinical Laboratory & Diagnostic I, PASG 61010 - Pharmacology & Therapeutics I, PASG 61310 - Pathophysiology of Diseases I.

PASG 60920 Evidenced Based Medicine II

2 credits

Apply the principles of Evidenced-Based Medicine and Practice (EBM and EBP) to an answerable clinical question. Create a literature review plan based on a clinical research question using appropriate search terms, database, and information sources. Analyze and appraise the medical literature and pharmaceutical materials. Create literature review. The second in a series of three courses. Prerequisite PASG 60910 - Evidenced-Based Medicine I

PASG 61020 Pharmacology and Therapeutics II

2 credits

Describe and explain the general principles of the effects of drugs on different organ systems and disease processes. Describe and explain the mechanism by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects, and the factors influencing their absorption, distribution and biological actions. Topics are synchronized with and correlative to topics in Clinical Medicine II, Pathophysiology of Disease II, Clinical Assessment II and Clinical Laboratory Medicine II. The second in a series of two. Prerequisite: PASG 61010 - Pharmacology and Therapeutics I

PASG 61220 Inter-Professional Education II

0 credits

Expand on identification and implementation of the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Communicate with patients, families, communities, professionals in health and other fields to promote and maintain health and prevention of disease (IPEC Competency 3). Develop communication skills to collaborate more effectively and creatively across health care disciplines to optimize health care and improve population outcomes. Builds on IPE I. Prerequisites: PASG 60500 – Physician Assistant Professional Practice, PASG 61210 - IPE I; and PASG 61100 -Leadership & Advocacy

PASG 61320 Pathophysiology II

2 credits

Apply knowledge from the basic medical sciences to clinical medicine. Expand on the overview of medical physiology and introduce underlying pathological basis for specific disease processes common to primary care. Explore congenital and acquired diseases with an emphasis on providing understanding of pathologic physiology in conjunction with information regarding medical history and laboratory data to solve case based clinical problems during small group discussions. Examine how pathophysiology translates into patient signs, symptoms and laboratory test results. Identify the thought processes leading to development of differential diagnoses. The second of a two-semester series. Synchronized with appropriate and correlative lectures in Clinical Assessment II, Clinical Medicine II, Clinical Laboratory Medicine II and Pharmacology & Therapeutics II. Prerequisite: PASG 61310 - Pathophysiology I

Course Descriptions- Semester IV Fall

PASG 61400 Behavioral and Mental Health Care

3 credits

Integrates the epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prevention measures, prognosis, patient education and follow-up of emergent and non-emergent disorders encountered across the lifespan in primary care related to Behavioral and Mental Health. Utilizes a systems approach and is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. Prerequisites: PASG 60820 - Clinical Medicine II, PASG 61020 - Pharmacology & Therapeutics II and PASG 61320 - Pathophysiology of Diseases II 

PASG 60830 Clinical Medicine III

6 Credits

Integrates the epidemiology, risk factors (including genetics, as applicable), pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, history and physical findings, laboratory and diagnostic tests, differential diagnosis, therapeutic management, possible complications, prevention measures, prognosis, patient education, referral, and follow-up of emergent and non-emergent disorders encountered across the lifespan in primary care. Apply knowledge obtained in Clinical Medicine I and II to specific populations and clinical situations. It is delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and Team Based Learning (TBL) sessions. Topics covered in Clinical Medicine III: Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Women’s Health. Throughout each module, learners will engage in critical thinking and integration of clinical concepts exercises through TBL. Prerequisites: PASG 60810 - Clinical Medicine I, PASG 60820 - Clinical Medicine II, PASG 60720 - Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic II, PASG 60620 - Clinical Assessment II, PASG 61020 - Pharmacology & Therapeutics II and PASG 61320 - Pathophysiology of Disease II

PASG 61500 Clinical Skills and Procedures

4 Credits

Introduce learners to essential procedures and skills necessary for primary care practice such as venipuncture; injection techniques; casting and splinting; suturing and more. Participate in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification training. Prerequisites: PASG 60620 – Clinical Assessment II and PASG 60820 – Clinical Medicine II

PASG 61600 Ethics, Law and Social Justice in Healthcare

1 Credit

Describe and define principles of ethics and laws in healthcare. Apply understanding of principles of healthcare ethics and the laws to cases that illustrate where social determinants of health (i.e. access to justice), ethics and the law intersect. Explore roles and responsibilities as healthcare providers and discover how interdisciplinary collaboration is key for effective advocacy and changes in health policy that address health disparities and social injustice. Prerequisite: PASG 61100 – Leadership and Advocacy

PASG 60930 Evidenced Based Medicine III

2 Credits

Apply the principles of Evidenced-Based Medicine and Practice (EBM and EBP) to Community-Based Participatory Research. Create an answerable clinical question or examine a process in clinical practice for improvement to deliver safe, efficient, timely, quality patient care. Analyze and appraise the quality improvement medical literature. Practice summarizing findings in a scholarly format appropriate for publication. The third in a series of three courses. Prerequisite: PASG 60920 – Evidence-Based Medicine II

PASG 61700 Population and Community Health 

2 Credits

Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population-centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable (IPEC Competency 4). Expand on identification and implementation of the principles of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in the communities served. Enhance communication skills with patients, families, communities, professionals in health and other fields to promote and maintain health and prevention of disease. Collaborate more effectively and creatively across health care disciplines to optimize health care and improve population outcomes. Consider effective leadership skills needed to advocate for patients and quality improvement in patient safety. Prerequisites: PASG 61220 - Inter-Professional Education II & PASG 61100 - Leadership & Advocacy