2012-2013 CCBC College Catalog

Physician Assistant

PAST 212 – 2 Credits
Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Presents the dynamics of health and disease in human populations and introduces services and facilities for the maintenance of health and prevention of illness. Explores concepts of demography, epidemiology, environmental health, provision of medical services, preventive medicine and infectious disease; addresses basic principles of health policy making. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

PAST 214 – 2 Credits
Psychosocial Issues in Medicine I

Covers psychological processes underlying human behavior in medical settings. Emphasizes the dynamics of the patient-health provider relationship, including communication skills, approaches to patients, working with special populations, cross-cultural communication, stress and disease, chronic illness, adherence, domestic violence, human sexuality issues, and death and dying. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (summer).

PAST 216 – 2 Credits
Psychosocial Issues in Medicine II

Covers psychological process underlying human behavior and psychiatric disorders. Emphasizes psychiatric principles in primary care; examines concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of the major classes of psychiatric disorders; psychiatric emergencies in primary care; special issues in geriatric mental health; and prevention, recognition and intervention of child abuse and sexual assault. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

PAST 230 – 2 Credits
Diagnostic Studies I

Provides proficiency in performing, ordering and interpreting diagnostic studies. Covers ordering and interpretation of radiographs, imaging studies, and electrocardiograms; gives students opportunity to perform 12 lead EKG studies. The first of three courses. Lab fee: $100.00 NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

PAST 231 – 2 Credits
Diagnostic Studies II

Prepares students to perform and interpret basic diagnostic and laboratory tests; emphasizes those tests necessary to assess complaints common to the ambulatory, hospitalized, and emergency medicine patient. Lab fee: $100.00 NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

PAST 232 – 2 Credits
Diagnostic Studies III

Prepares students to perform and interpret basic diagnostic and laboratory tests; emphasizes those tests necessary to assess complaints common to the ambulatory, hospitalized, and emergency medicine patient. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

PAST 250 – 4 Credits
Introduction to Clinical Practice

Develops basic clinical skills presented in PAST 213, focusing on the diagnostic process and elements of clinical management. Assigns students to the clinical setting for one or two 8-hour days per week and small groups with faculty members for 2 hours each week. Emphasizes eliciting the patient history, physical assessment, recording patient data and case presentation, diagnosis and basic management plans, and performing basic clinical skills with actual patients in the clinical setting. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring).

PAST 251 – 6 Credits
Clinical Practicum I

Gives the first of four clinical practical which provide a total of ten clinical rotations in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, community medicine, psychiatry, and two general elective areas in primary care and general medicine. During this 10-week course, each student is assigned to two 5-week rotations. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring). Lab Fee: $350.00

PAST 252 – 12 Credits
Clinical Practicum II

Continues the sequence of clinical practica which provide a total of ten clinical rotations in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, community medicine, psychiatry, a general elective and a primary care elective. During this 15-week course, the student is assigned to three 5-week rotations. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring). Lab Fee: $350.00

PAST 253 – 3 Credits
Clinical Practicum III

Continues the sequence of four courses which provide supervised clinical experiences in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry, community medicine, and an additional rotation of the student's choice. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring). Lab Fee: $350.00

PAST 254 – 11 Credits
Clinical Practicum IV

Concludes the sequence of four clinical courses which provide supervised clinical experiences in internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry, community medicine, and an additional rotation of the student's choice. NOTE: Courses offered once a year (fall or spring). Lab Fee: $350.00

PAST 255 – 5 Credits
Clinical Practicum V

The Primary Care Preceptorship, the final clinical experience, provides the student with an opportunity to apply principles of the practice of medicine covered throughout the program in a primary care or rural/underserved location. The student will function as a full member of the medical team and be responsible for patient care from presentation through follow-up including diagnostic evaluation and patient management. Lab Fee: $350.00