Curriculum

Curriculum

Summer I (First Year)

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Human Anatomy

ANAT 6522

5

Human Physiology

PHYSIO 6523

4

Patient Evaluation

PYAS 6550

2

PA Professions

PYAS 6551

1

 

Total

12

Fall I (First Year)

Course Title Course Number Hours

Clinical Diagnostics

PYAS 6552

5

Physical Diagnosis

PYAS 6553

3

Pathology

PYAS 6554

3

Clinical Medicine I

PYAS 6555

4

 

Total

15

Spring I (First Year)

Course Title Course Number Hours

Clinical Medicine II

PYAS 6556

8

Pharmacology

PYAS 6557

6

Clinical Practice Issues

PYAS 6558

2

 

Total

16

Summer II (Second Year)

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6559

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6560

3

Research Methods I

PYAS 6562

1

Seminar

PYAS 6563

1

 

Total

8

Fall II (Second Year)

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6561

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6564

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6565

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6566

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6567

3

Seminar

PYAS 6569

2

Research Methods II

PYAS 6570

2

 

Total

19

Spring II (Second Year)

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6568

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6571

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6572

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6573

3

Clinical Externship*

PYAS 6574

3

Clinical Ethics

PYAS 6575

1

Seminar

PYAS 6576

2

Research Methods III

PYAS 6577

2

 

Total

20

Summer III (Third Year)

Course Title

Course Number

Hours

Masters Project

PYAS 6578

3

Preceptorship

PYAS 6579

6

 

Total

9

Total Hours for Degree: 99

*Clinical externships include rotations in Primary Care (Internal Medicine & Family Medicine, for a total of 4 rotations), Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery,  Psychiatry, Radiology, and 3 Electives, with experiences in ambulatory care, inpatient, emergency department and operating room settings.

 

Course Descriptions

Human Anatomy (5 credits)

Lecture/lab course covering cell, tissue, organ, and body systems structure, and dissection of human cadavers with emphasis on structure and function.

Human Physiology (4 credits)

Lecture based course covering physiology of the cell, tissue, organ and body systems with emphasis on physiological changes associated with selected pathological conditions.

Patient Evaluation (2 credits)

Lecture/lab course for in-depth instruction in medical history taking. Learners will practice soliciting, organizing, and interpreting the entire medical history from patients of all ages, cultures, socioeconomic levels, and disabilities.

PA Professions (1 credit)

An introduction to the Physician Assistant profession including the origin of the PA concept, PA profession and LSU PA program history, PA development, PA practice laws and future trends in the PA profession.

Pathology (3 credits)

Lecture based course that centers around the study of disease, its causes, mechanisms and effects on the body with emphasis on how disease manifests clinically.

Clinical Diagnostics (5 credits)

Lecture/lab course with three components: radiologic study ordering and interpretation, ECG ordering and interpretation, and laboratory study ordering, performance, and interpretation. This course provides skills in ordering and interpreting lab values from chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, virology, genetics, and mycology testing. Basic ECG and x-ray interpretation skills are introduced in preparation for clinical externships.

Physical Diagnosis (3 credits)

Lecture/lab course building on skills learned in Patient Evaluation and teaching physical examination and documentation on patients of any age, disability, culture, or socioeconomic level. Hands on patient learning will occur throughout the course.

Clinical Medicine I (4 credits)

Lecture/lab course (part 1 of 2) that covers the principles of evaluation and management of general medical conditions in a systems-based approach. Discussions incorporate prerequisite and co-requisite knowledge of pathophysiology, patient evaluation, and diagnostic medicine in order to reach appropriate patient assessments.

Clinical Medicine II (8 credits)

Lecture/lab course providing a continuation of Clinical Medicine I.

Pharmacology (6 credits)

Lecture based course that presents basic pharmacology principles with emphasis on drug classification, mechanism of action, utilization, medication selection, and side effects in the treatment of disease processes. Lectures focus on the clinical pharmacologic treatment of disease processes.

Clinical Practice Issues (2 credits)

Lecture based course that covers appropriate use of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding of patient encounters, obtaining hospital credentials and privileges, adherence to state and national laws and guidelines related to clinical practice, and professionalism.

Clinical Externship (3 credits)

3 credits each - 12 clinical rotations each 4 weeks in length. Externships consist of clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings. This practicum is designed to provide clinical reinforcement of the didactic curriculum content presented during year one of the student's education. Students are expected to integrate didactic knowledge and clinical experience in the development of clinical competencies that are expected of program graduates. Externships also provide the students with an opportunity to understand healthcare finance, medico-legal issues, professionalism, interpersonal communication, and other principles inherent in the patient-healthcare provider relationship. Students can expect clinical experience in the following disciplines: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Prenatal Care and Gynecology, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine. Students will also have the opportunity to choose three different elective rotations to explore subspecialty medicine and surgery.

Seminar (2 credits)

One seminar course is taken each semester of the clinical (second) year of PA school. This discussion-based course meets one day each month when students return from clinical externships. Students present clinical cases, reflect on clinical experiences, and prepare for the next clinical experience.

Ethics (1 credit)

This is an in-depth discussion-based course covering medical ethical principles and issues.

Research Methods I (1 credit)

This course is designed to increase student proficiency in searching and interpreting medical literature in preparation for the capstone project. Each learner will be assigned a mentor for the Research Methods course sequence to individually assist in research skill development.

Research Methods II (2 credits)

This course directs the topic selection, approval, and initial literature search for the Capstone project.

Research Methods III (2 credits)

In this course learners will continue their capstone project by analyzing literature and formulating conclusions and recommendations for evidence-based practice in the evaluation and management of the disease studied.

Master's Project (3 credits)

This course provides opportunity for completion of the capstone project that was initiated in Research Methods I and II. The conclusion of the project will evaluate the sum of the literature to make recommendations regarding the application and utility of the information in an evidence-based practice. The project must be presented to the class and faculty orally and must be submitted in a written form of publishable quality.

Preceptorship (6 credits)

A clinical externship intended to be completed in the practice setting of a prospective physician employer. The preceptorship may be fulfilled in a discipline of the student's choosing after approval by the program. Duties may include extended clinical care hours, emergency and hospital call, and community responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the supervising physician.

Academic Progression

Students enrolled in the academic programs in the School of Allied Health Professions must meet program specific criteria to matriculate through their curriculum.

The academic progression policy is outlined in the LSU Health Shreveport catalog and the SAHP Student Handbook. This policy should be reviewed each semester. Students are urged to read this section in detail and are responsible for their own academic situation.

PA students must maintain a PA Program cumulative 3.0 GPA with no more than 9 hours of C in order to maintain satisfactory academic status. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation should consult the financial aid office to determine how that affects their eligibility for financial aid.

Once a student is placed on academic probation and the student is informed in writing, they will have two semesters to increase their GPA to a minimum of 3.0 to be removed from academic probation. A student who has been on academic probation for two semesters, consecutive or non-consecutive, will be dismissed from the program if they meet the criteria for academic probation for a third semester.

The Program Director will contact the Registrar and the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to inform them of the student’s status. A student cannot graduate while he or she is on academic probation.

ALL COURSES OTHER THAN CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP/PRECEPTORSHIP - A student who fails (grade below a C) or withdraws from any course other than clinical externship or preceptorship will be dismissed from the program. The student may competitively reapply to the PA Program.

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP AND PRECEPTORSHIP – A student who fails or withdraws from a clinical externship or clinical preceptorship course may reenroll and repeat that course one time only. A student who fails or withdrawals from another clinical externship is subject to dismissal from the PA Program. See the Clinical Year Policy for more information.

There is no option for deceleration in the PA Program. During the didactic year, each course must be passed with a C or better to enroll in the next semester. During the clinical year, if a student fails Research I, Research II, or Research III, the student may be allowed to concurrently enroll in the subsequent research course with approval of the course coordinator and program director IF the student is otherwise in good standing in the program. Any deviation of program criteria to allow the student to progress will be made on a case-by-case basis with the program director working in conjunction with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for final approval. The PA program curriculum must be completed in 40 months.