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Curriculum

 

The PA Medicine Program at North Greenville University is a professional degree program intended to prepare students academically and professionally for responsibilities and services as a PA.

Due to the sequential nature of the didactic curriculum, students must successfully pass all didactic courses for a given semester before becoming eligible to take courses in the subsequent semester. Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstances. All students who are granted admission to the program must fulfill all program requirements.

Clerkship Rotations are designed to provide medical experience and patient exposure and are referred to as Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE). These experiences form the basis of the clinical and socialization processes for adaptation to the roles and functions of a PA.

 

Curriculum Sequence

This entry-level master’s degree program consists of 131 semester hours of graduate work divided into three phases that span 24 consecutive months. The Didactic Phase represents the preclinical year and spans 12 months. The Clinical Phase represents the clinical year and consists of 11 months of supervised clinical education and coursework. The Summative Phase is 1 month in duration and represents the final stage of training. 

All NGU DPAM curricular components are published online at pa-medicine-curriculum.php, the NGU DPAM Admissions Handbook that can be downloaded at pa-student-handbook.php, and the NGU DPAM Student Policy Handbook (which can be downloaded at pa-student-handbook.php). 

 

DIDACTIC PHASE

 

The Didactic Phase represents the preclinical year that spans 12 months.  As a general rule, this phase of training will occur between Monday and Friday, starting by 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.  Some Saturday instruction may also be required. The Didactic Phase will emphasize critical thinking skills through problem-based learning (PBL) to build a foundation of medical knowledge.  PBL is student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge.  Students will prepare for the Clinical Phase through hands-on experience in the program’s Clinical Skills and Simulation Lab.  Didactic phase (year 1) courses include:

+ Spring I-A Didactic

DPAM5100(1 SH) Fundamentals of the PA Profession

Prerequisites: Admission into the DPAM program.  This course is designed to aid the student in the transition into the medical profession and serves as an introduction to professional issues. 

 

DPAM5102 (1 SH) Health Care Policy

Prerequisites: Admission into the DPAM program.  This course is designed to help students understand policy governing PA practice and the practice of medicine. 

 

DPAM5104 (1 SH) Health Care Ethics

Prerequisites: Admission into the DPAM program.  This course is designed to provide the student with an appreciation of the basic knowledge and skills in ethical theory and reasoning, professional ethics, and approaches to healthcare decision-making.  It will focus on a four-step method of analyzing an ethical problem, which includes (1) medical indications, (2) patient preferences, (3) quality of life, and (4) contextual features meaning social, economic, legal, and administrative context in which the case appears.

 

DPAM5106 (1 SH) Research and Evidence Based Medicine

Prerequisites: Admission into the DPAM program.  This course is designed to cover the importance of evidence-based medicine and review basic statistics, research methods, and ethical standards in research. Emphasis is on developing the skills needed to validate medical literature used in answering clinical questions and patient treatment.

 

DPAM5108 (1 SH) Population Health

Prerequisites: Admission to the DPAM program.  This course is designed with an emphasis on social, cultural, emotional and psychological factors affecting patient care and human relationships including social determinants of health. 

 

DPAM5140 (1 SH) Introduction to Pharmacology

Prerequisites: Admission into the DPAM program.  This introductory course explores medication delivery, its impact on the body, and how it is eliminated.  Topics include mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, drug targets, pharmaceutical math, drug toxicity and drug interactions.  In addition, this course promotes a link between microbiology, disease processes and medication use.  

 

DPAM5109 (1 SH) Functional and Preventive Medicine

Prerequisites: Admission into the DPAM program. The functional and preventive medicine course focuses on the PA role in disease prevention (for individual and society) rather than treatment.  This course will introduce students to strategies that promote health and wellness to includes self-monitoring of health risk behavior, goal setting, and behavior changes.

+ Spring I-B Didactic

The series of progressive and synergistic courses cover (1) genetics, (2) infectious diseases (bacteria, mycobacteria, viral, fungal, parasitic), (3) hematology/immunology/oncology, (4) head, ears, eyes, nose, and throat, and (5) pulmonary.

 

DPAM5210 (2 SH) Human Anatomy I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series devoted to the study of human anatomy.  The course will cover topography, internal structures, and functions with correlations to body systems being covered in the medical practice courses.

 

DPAM5220 (2 SH) Pathophysiology I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series devoted to pathology and pathophysiology.

 

DPAM5430 (4 SH) Medical Practice I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon other courses this term to include (1) pharmacology, (2) physical diagnosis, (3) critical thinking, (4) clinical methods and procedures, (5) pediatric medicine, and (6) geriatric medicine.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to primary care practices, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans.   Medical practice is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5230 (2 SH) Physical Diagnosis I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series, which runs concurrent with the ‘Medical Practice’ and ‘Pharmacology.’  Emphasis is placed on appropriate history taking, physical examination techniques, patient counseling (to include education), and how to the document an encounter. In addition, verbal and written communication, cultural sensitivity, and professionalism are developed.  Physical diagnosis is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5160 (1 SH) Clinical Methods and Procedures I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series, which mirrors the ‘Medical Practice,’ ‘Physical Diagnosis,’ and ‘Pharmacology’ series of courses.   This course will utilize a problem list or differential diagnosis to identify and perform diagnostic procedures, laboratory studies, and minor surgical techniques that are indicated necessary for diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the course will address patient safety, quality improvement, prevention of medical errors, and risk management. Clinical methods and procedures is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5242 (2 SH) Pharmacotherapy Principles I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work to include DPAM5140. This is the first course in a three-part series, which provides the link between pharmacology, clinical practice, and prescribing medications. It runs concurrently with the ‘Medical Practice’ and ‘Physical Diagnosis’ courses.  This course sequence will present the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications of medication delivery.  Pharmacotherapy principles is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5250 (2 SH) Critical Thinking I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series, which mirrors the ‘Medical Practice,’ ‘Physical Diagnosis,’ and ‘Pharmacology’ series of courses.  The course advances critical thinking, ethics, and problem-based learning.  In addition, interprofessional experiences between NGU PA Students and VCOM DO students (related to body systems covered) will occur monthly at Bon Secours/Saint Francis campus in Greenville. 

 

DPAM5170 (1.5 SH) Pediatric Medicine I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon the medical practice curriculum.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to pediatric practice, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Pediatrics is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5180 (0.5 SH) Geriatric Medicine I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  This is the first course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon the medical practice curriculum.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to geriatric populations, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Geriatrics is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5260 (2 SH) Psychiatry/Mental Health

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work.  Instruction focused on the clinical psychiatry to include social and behavior science and basic counseling and patient education. Social and behavior topics include (1) detection and treatment of substance abuse, (2) human sexuality, (3) issues of death, dying, and loss, (4) response to illness, injury, and stress, (5) principles of violence identification and prevention, and psychiatric/behavior issues.  Psychiatric and behavior issues include (1) anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress), (2) attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, (3) autistic disorder, (4) eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and obesity), (5) mood disorders (adjustment, bipolar, depression, dysthymic), (6) personality disorders, (7) psychoses (delusional disorder and schizophrenia), (8) somatoform disorders, (9) substance use disorders (abuse, dependence, and withdrawal), and (10) other behavior and emotional disorders (acute reaction to stress, child/elder abuse, conduct disorders, domestic violence, grief reaction, and suicide).  In addition, basic counseling and patient education techniques will be explored in this course (patient centered, culturally sensitive and focused on helping patients cope will illness, injury and stress, and designed to modify patient behavior.

 

+ Summer I Didactic

Topics and body systems covered include cardiovascular, gastrointestinal/ nutrition, and endocrine.  Relevant topics and disease processes in each topic area will be developed.

 

DPAM5212 (2 SH) Human Anatomy II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5210.  This is the second course in a three-part series devoted to the study of human anatomy.  The course will cover topography, internal structures, and functions with correlations to body systems being covered in the medical practice courses.  Pertinent biochemical principles will be integrated into the course to cover cellular structures and processes, which impact health and disease.

 

DPAM5222 (2 SH) Pathophysiology II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5220.  This is the second course in a three-part series devoted to pathology and pathophysiology.

 

DPAM5432 (4 SH) Medical Practice II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5430.  This is the second course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon other courses this term to include (1) pharmacology, (2) physical diagnosis, (3) critical thinking, (4) clinical methods and procedures, (5) pediatric medicine, and (6) geriatric medicine.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to primary care practices, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans.  Medical practice is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5232 (2 SH) Physical Diagnosis II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5230. This is the second course in a three-part series, which runs concurrent with the ‘Medical Practice’ and ‘Pharmacology.’ Emphasis is placed on appropriate history taking, physical examination techniques, patient counseling (to include education), and how to the document an encounter. In addition, verbal and written communication, cultural sensitivity, and professionalism are developed. Physical diagnosis is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5162 (1 SH) Clinical Methods and Procedures II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include 5160.  This is the second course in a three-part series, which mirrors the ‘Medical Practice,’ ‘Physical Diagnosis,’ and ‘Pharmacology’ series of courses.   This course will utilize a problem list or differential diagnosis to identify and perform diagnostic procedures, laboratory studies, and minor surgical techniques that are indicated necessary for diagnosis and treatment.  In addition, the course will address patient safety, quality improvement, prevention of medical errors, and risk management. Clinical methods and procedures is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5244 (2 SH) Pharmacotherapy Principles II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work to include DPAM5142. This is the second course in a three-part series, which provides the link between pharmacology, clinical practice, and prescribing medications. It runs concurrently with the ‘Medical Practice’ and ‘Physical Diagnosis’ courses.  This course sequence will present the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications of medication delivery. Pharmacotherapy principles is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5252 (2 SH) Critical Thinking II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5250.  This is the second course in a three-part series, which mirrors the ‘Medical Practice,’ ‘Physical Diagnosis,’ and ‘Pharmacology’ series of courses.  The course advances critical thinking, ethics, and problem-based learning.  In addition, interprofessional experiences between NGU PA Students and VCOM DO students (related to body systems covered) will occur monthly at Bon Secours/Saint Francis campus in Greenville. 

 

DPAM5172 (1.5 SH) Pediatric Medicine II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5170.  This is the second course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon the medical practice curriculum.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to pediatric practice, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Pediatrics is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5182 (0.5 SH) Geriatric Medicine II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5180.  This is the second course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon the medical practice curriculum.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to geriatric populations, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Geriatrics is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

+ Fall I-A Didactic

Topics and body systems covered include dermatology, neurology, musculoskeletal, and genitourinary/reproductive.  Relevant topics and disease processes in each topic area will be developed.

DPAM5214 (2 SH) Human Anatomy III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5212.  This is the third course in a three-part series devoted to the study of human anatomy.  The course will cover topography, internal structures, and functions with correlations to body systems being covered in the medical practice courses.  Pertinent biochemical principles will be integrated into the course to cover cellular structures and processes, which impact health and disease.

 

DPAM5224 (2 SH) Pathophysiology III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5222.  This is the third course in a three-part series devoted to pathology and pathophysiology.

 

DPAM5434 (4 SH) Medical Practice III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5432.  This is the third course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon other courses this term to include (1) pharmacology, (2) physical diagnosis, (3) critical thinking, (4) clinical methods and procedures, (5) pediatric medicine, and (6) geriatric medicine.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to primary care practices, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Medical practice is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5234 (2 SH) Physical Diagnosis III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5232. This is the third course in a three-part series, which runs concurrent with the ‘Medical Practice’ and ‘Pharmacology.’ Emphasis is placed on appropriate history taking, physical examination techniques, patient counseling (to include education), and how to the document an encounter. In addition, verbal and written communication, cultural sensitivity, and professionalism are developed. Physical diagnosis is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises. 

 

DPAM5164 (1 SH) Clinical Methods and Procedures III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5162.  This is the third course in a three-part series, which mirrors the ‘Medical Practice,’ ‘Physical Diagnosis,’ and ‘Pharmacology’ series of courses.   This course will utilize a problem list or differential diagnosis to identify and perform diagnostic procedures, laboratory studies, and minor surgical techniques that are indicated necessary for diagnosis and treatment.  In addition, the course will address patient safety, quality improvement, prevention of medical errors, and risk management. Clinical methods and procedures is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5246 (2 SH) Pharmacotherapy Principles III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work to include DPAM5144. This is the third course in a three-part series, which provides the link between pharmacology, clinical practice, and prescribing medications. It runs concurrently with the ‘Medical Practice’ and ‘Physical Diagnosis’ courses.  This course sequence will present the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications of medication delivery. Pharmacotherapy principles is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5254 (2 SH) Critical Thinking III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include 5252. This is the third course in a three-part series, which mirrors the ‘Medical Practice,’ ‘Physical Diagnosis,’ and ‘Pharmacology’ series of courses.  The course advances critical thinking, ethics, and problem-based learning.  In addition, interprofessional experiences between NGU PA Students and VCOM DO students (related to body systems covered) will occur monthly at Bon Secours/Saint Francis campus in Greenville. 

 

DPAM5174 (1.5 SH) Pediatric Medicine III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5172.  This is the third course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon the medical practice curriculum.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to pediatric practice, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Pediatrics is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

DPAM5184 (0.5 SH) Geriatric Medicine III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work to include DPAM5182.  This is the third course in a three-part series, which focuses on human diseases and disorders in the areas of clinical medicine.  This course runs concurrently with and builds upon the medical practice curriculum.   Emphasis will be on disease processes common to geriatric populations, development of a differential diagnosis, interpreting diagnostic tests, and treatment plans. Geriatrics is covered using platform instruction and small group problem based learning exercises.

 

+ Fall I-B Didactic

DPAM5169 (1 SH) Special Populations

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work. This course seeks to diminish barriers of care to (1) social identity groups (racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity), (2) visual, hearing, and language impaired, and (3) and patients with religious barriers.
 

DPAM5396 (3 SH) Global Health

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The PA Service course discusses service opportunities at local, state, national, and international level to include:

  • Global Burden of Disease
  • Disaster Medical Operations/Improvised Medicine
  • Basic Needs When Providing Care in Extreme Environment
  • Water and Food Borne Disease (hydration and nutrition)
  • Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV/Aids/Tropical Diseases
  • Patient Assessment in Extreme Environments
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Free clinic work
  • Search and rescue membership


Discussions will help students understand each concept and promote a life long commitment to service in their local and not so local communities.

DPAM5376 (3 SH) Foundations of Emergency Medicine

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  This course prepares students to recognize, rapidly assess, and effectively manage emergent situation, illness, or injury.  Problem-based case studies and team-based activities are used to encourage the development of teamwork, collaboration, and interdisciplinary value.  Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support training is part of this course. 

 

DPAM5178 (1 SH) Foundations of Surgery

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  This course covers concepts of surgical assessment, basic surgical skills and procedures, surgical complications, and management of surgical patients. It builds on the foundation of the previous medicine courses and expands on etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, and diagnosis, and appropriate management of selected surgical conditions including care of acute and chronic patients. Emphasis is on students developing competency in the principles and practices involved in aseptic and basic surgical techniques, surgical risk assessment, wound management, anesthesia, and preoperative, perioperative and postoperative evaluation and management. 

 

+ Fall I-C Didactic

DPAM5198 (1 SH) Transition to Clerkships

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The purpose of this course is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students’ knowledge, skills, and attitude, (3) identify the student’s level of preparedness for clinical rotations, and (4) promote interprofessional relationships.  The course will evaluate student preparedness using Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) testing, clinical skills assessments, and a written examination. Students must pass each of the three testing areas prior to the start of SCPE rotations. Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) expectations and behavior will be discussed.

 

Spring II, Summer II, and Fall II Clinical Year

 

The Clinical Phase represents the clinical year and consists of 11 months of supervised clinical education and coursework. Clinical Rotations are designed to provide medical experience and patient exposure and are referred to as Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE). These experiences form the basis of the clinical and socialization processes for adaptation to the roles and functions of a PA. The NGU PA Medicine program has signed affiliation agreements with regional health care facilities that support the rotation process. These agreements will enable our students to gain clinical experience through hospitals, clinics and other practices throughout the region. The program is also intently engaged in developing opportunities for international rotations through existing relationships with North Greenville University.


During the second year of training, students will build upon the knowledge and skills learned during didactic through experiential learning in eight Supervised Clinical Practice Experience setting. Settings include (1) family medicine, (2) internal medicine, (3) pediatrics, (4) obstetrics and gynecology, (5) emergency medicine, (6) surgery, (7) psychiatry/mental health, and (8) an elective of choice. At least one of the clerkships will occur in an underserved population. PAEA ‘end of rotation’ exams and two ‘rotation assessment days’ (students return to campus for presentations and testing) will be used throughout the year. Minimum benchmark goals – related to patient exposure and procedures, during the clinical year – have been established and are outlined in each syllabus. These goals and clerkship timelines are based on an average of four unique patient contacts per day over the course of an SCPE rotation. Contact categories are based on pre-­‐‑clinical work, ARC-­‐‑PA B3 standards and graduate competencies and outcomes. As part of this, realistic numbers related to the (1) type of encounter, (2) patient age, (3) women’s health, and (4) practice setting were established. These goals will be used to help evaluate the value and validity of each clerkship site and determine if adequate exposure/training has occurred. In addition, when available, the PAEA end of rotation exams will be used as an evaluation tool to assess student’s understanding of disease presentation and management across the continuum of patient exposures.
 

 

+ Spring II, Summer II, and Fall II Clerkships

DPAM6514a (5 SH) FAMILY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP I

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Family Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to chronic and preventive medical need associated with patients across the life span to include pediatrics, adults, elderly, women’s health, and mental health conditions.  Occurs in a Family Practice setting.

 

DPAM6514b (5 SH) FAMILY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP II

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Family Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute care associated with patients across the life span to include pediatrics, adults, elderly, women’s health, and mental health conditions.  Occurs in an Urgent Care or similar setting. 

 

DPAM6514c (5 SH) FAMILY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP III

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work. The 4-week long Family Medicine III Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care in remote inner city clinics and isolated areas in the U.S. and beyond.  The clerkship will expose students to patients across the life span to include pediatrics, adults, elderly, women’s health, and mental health conditions. This course is broken into three sections:

One week of didactics on ethics, cultures, religions, poverty, and behavior on developing countries, severely underserved inner city clinics, and isolated areas in the U.S.

One week in a developing county villiage OR inner inner city free clinic (seeing severely underserved patients). For those going to a developing country:

  • They will travel as a group of 6 to 10 (maximum is 15)
  • They will be accompanied by a physician and one to two PA faculty o Patient care will be student led, meaning students see patients and report findings and treatment options to physician or PA (patient also seen by physician or PA)
  • Students will need to cover the cost of the trip which is above standard tuition ($1,500 to $2,000)
  • Fund raising to bring “give away” items is highly recommended
Two weeks of student presentations on their experience (on campus)

 

 

DPAM6506 (5 SH) Internal Medicine Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Internal Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical need associated with the adult and elderly population.

 

 

DPAM6510 (5 SH) Pediatrics Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Pediatric Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical need associated with the infant, child, and adolescent population.

 

 

DPAM6508 (5 SH) Prenatal and Gynecology Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Obstetrics and Gynecology Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical need associated with women’s health to include prenatal and gynecological care.

 

DPAM6500 (5 SH) Behavior Medicine Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Behavior Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical need associated with behavior and mental health conditions.

 

DPAM6502 (5 SH) Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Emergency Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and emergent medical need associated with patients across the life span to include pediatrics, adults, elderly, women’s health, and mental health conditions.

 

DPAM6504 (5 SH) General Surgery Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long General Surgery Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical need associated with pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative surgical management.

 

 

DPAM6512 (5 SH) Elective Clerkship

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  The 4-week long Elective (orthopedics, endocrinology, dermatology, disaster medicine, wilderness survival, international, etc.) Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE) will enable students to meet program expectations and acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. SCPE encounters will include patient care related to acute, chronic, and preventive medical need.  International rotations are available to students after successfully completing three non-international SCPE.  To be eligible for an international rotation, students must: (1) be in good academic and professional standing, (2) prove preparedness for an international rotation through a vetting interview (by the Academic Progress Committee), and (3) be approved by the PA Medicine Program Director and Director of Clinical Education.  Note:  students who elect to perform an international SCPE rotation are responsible for additional costs, which could be up to $3,000 or more.

     

    DPAM5390 (3 SH) TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATED FOR INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior DPAM course work. This hybrid course provides the foundation for beginning health professions students to understand the complexities of the health care system and the role of interprofessional collaboration to improve the system. The curriculum prepares students to work collaboratively in inter professional patient centered teams. The Core Curriculum course will provide instruction in:

    • Team structure and effective team dynamics
    • Communication
    • Leading teams
    • Situation monitoring
    • Mutual support

     

    DPAM6216 (2 SH) Rotation Assessment Days I

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  During the last week of Spring II (end of April), students will return to campus for mentor meetings, discussions, and testing.  The goals of the rotation assessment days are: 

    • Provide the student with a time of self-assessment
    • Evaluate the students' knowledge, skills, and attitude
    • Identify the student's level of preparedness for the PA national certifying examination (PANCE).  
    • Prepare the student for employment with topics on resume writing, contract negotiation, financial management and choosing the right practice. Potential employers will occasionally be invited to speak with students regarding employment opportunities.

    During the course an ongoing evaluation of each student's progress will take place via:

    • Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing
    • Independent project presentations
    • Case presentations


    DPAM6218 (2 SH) Rotation Assessment Days II

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior semester of PA course work.  During the first week of Fall II (beginning of August), students will return to campus for mentor meetings, discussions, and testing.  The goals of the rotation assessment days are:

    • Provide the student with a time of self-assessment
    • Evaluate the students' knowledge, skills, and attitude
    • Identify the student's level of preparedness for the PA national certifying examination (PANCE).  
    • Prepare the student for employment with topics on resume writing, contract negotiation, financial management and choosing the right practice. Potential employers will occasionally be invited to speak with students regarding employment opportunities.

    During the course an ongoing evaluation of each student's progress will take place via:

    • Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing
    • Independent project presentations
    • Case presentations
     

    Summative Phase

     

    The summative evaluation measures mastery in the NGU DPAM graduate competencies and outcomes and associated ARC-PA Standards and NCCPA Blueprint  items.  

    + Fall II Summative

    DPAM6520 (5 SH) Summative Evaluation

    The Summative Phase is 1 month in duration and represents the final stage of the program and includes the following ‘summative’ evaluations:

    • Written examination covering the knowledge base content associated with all the basic medical and clinical sciences and its application to the practice of medicine
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which is used to evaluate direct patient care skills including obtaining the medical history, physical examination skills, communication, and professionalism
    • Skill Specific Testing, which is used to assess the student’s ability to perform and/or interpret the diagnostic and therapeutic skills, listed in this SCPE core syllabus


    Additional instruction will include:

    • A review of patient safety, quality improvement, prevention of medical errors, and risk management
    • Instruction about PA licensure, credentialing, and laws and regulations regarding professional practice
    • In addition, the program curriculum will include instruction in the PA profession and current trends to include:
        • Physician-PA team relationship
        • Political issues that affect PA practice
        • PA professional organizations
        • Finally, students will also engage in preparation for the PANCE exam, Curriculum Vitae creation, and preparation for job interviews.

      NGU DPAM CURRICULUM MAP

       

       

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    NGU DPAM Admissions Handbook

     

    The NGU DPAM Admissions Handbook can be downloaded here

     

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