Mississippi College

The first phase of the program, commonly referred to as the preclinical phase, consists of 75 credit hours in five continuous academic semesters. Beginning in May of the first year, these courses  take students through the preclinical phase with completion the following August. This portion of the curriculum utilizes classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that provide a thorough theoretical and practical background in the basic health sciences and in clinical medicine.

Anatomy (with lab) 8 credit hours

An organ systems approach to the introduction of gross anatomy using both lecture and lab format including the use of illustrations, models, radiology films and prosected human specimens.  The focus will be on the relationship between anatomical concepts and practical application to clinical practice. Physiology includes a  systems approach to normal function of the human body including relevant information on anatomy. Lectures and assigned readings take the student from cell physiology through the physiology of various organ systems. Focus is on how each contributes to the normal functioning of the body as a whole. The course develops a strong foundation for the study of pathophysiology and disease states. Cadaver prosections, anatomic models, lectures, and computer software are utilized in teaching this course.

Diagnostic Medicine I (with lab) 2 credit hours

This is the first of a multi-semester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. The initial semester emphasizes radiographic anatomy, the practical application of medical history-taking and the recording and presentation of clinical information. Teaching methods include lectures, learning team meetings and clinical assignments.

Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I 2 credit hours

An introduction to basic principles of pharmacokinetics, drug action, drug disposition, and drug toxicity, providing the foundation for the Pharmacotherapeutics courses taught in following semesters.  Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, and learning team exercises.

Fundamentals of Medical Science I 3 credit hours

An introduction to the basic facts, concepts, and principles which are essential in understanding the fundamental mechanisms of human physiology, immunology, pathology, genetics and microbiology, biochemistry and clinical nutrition. This course presents the basic methods of clinical problem solving and serves as a prerequisite to the clinical medicine course by emphasizing the underlying principles of the etiology, management, and prevention of disease processes. Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, and learning team exercises.

Professional Development I 2 credit hours

A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems.  Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning.  Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase.  Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included.  Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.

Behavioral and Community Medicine I 2 credit hours

This is the first of a multi-semester course. The initial semester emphasizes the study of the biopsychosocial model of health care and the study of the American health care system emphasizing the role of the PA on the health care team; patient education/preventive medicine/community health; medicolegal ethics.  Teaching methods include lecture, discussion, and learning team exercises.

Clinical Medicine I 6 credit hours

The essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ systems and life stages approach, clinical information is presented in conjunction with appropriate correlative lectures in emergent and preventive care. Patient cases are used in the small group setting to enhance readings and lectures, and students assess standardized patients in a controlled setting. This is a core course around which most other courses are organized.

Diagnostic Medicine II (with lab) 4 credit hours

This is the second of a multi-semester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. The second semester includes physical examination techniques and continues with basic principles of radiology (indications for, contraindications of, materials used, information obtained and complications), pathology, and the correlation between disease process and interpretation of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. Includes demonstration and practice of various physical examination and  laboratory methods including ECG theory and interpretation.Teaching methods include learning team meetings and clinical assignments to examine and/or interview patients in hospital, outpatient, or long-term care settings.

Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II 1 credit hours

This course builds on principles covered in previous Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses. Drug categories and specific drugs used in the treatment of common diseases are presented using an organ systems approach to therapeutic management.    Indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, appropriate drug dosing and monitoring are covered.  Additionally, pharmacologic management of pregnant/lactating females, pediatric and elderly patients are included.

Fundamentals of Medical Science II 1 credit hours

Concepts in Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Immunology and Clinical Microbiology are presented in correlation with Clinical Medicine Courses.  The Medical Genetics topics provide a foundation for understanding the role of genes and chromosomes in basic patterns of inheritance, genetic factors in disease, screening and testing for genetic abnormalities and ethical and legal considerations.  The Medical Microbiology topics cover pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention.  The Immunology topics introduce basic principles of human immunity, response of the body to injury and common immunologic disorders.

Professional Development II 1 credit hours

A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems.  Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning.  Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase.  Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included.  Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.

Evidence Based Medicine I 3 credit hours

A lecture and seminar course that provides a practical approach to making sound medical decisions on the basis of current evidence in the medical literature. Through a series of didactic presentations, group exercises, and reading, students will learn the basic principles of evidence-based medicine. Basic skills in using MEDLINE and other medical databases will be emphasized and practiced. Research principles, research ethics, and basic statistical review are introduced.

Cross-Cultural Medicine 2 credit hours

This course examines diverse ways in which societies throughout the globe view and manage human disease and the implications this has for health care and medicine. The focus of the course is on the development of attitudes and skills that will empower the learner to become an effective clinician in a variety of cultural settings. The course also explores changes in overall health care in the context of globalization and considers how an understanding of the influence of culture on health is crucial for the development of international public health policy and practice.

Clinical Medicine II 6 credit hours

The essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ systems and life stages approach, clinical information is presented in conjunction with appropriate correlative lectures in emergent and preventive care. Patient cases are used in the small group setting to enhance readings and lectures, and students assess standardized patients in a controlled setting. This is a core course around which most other courses are organized.

Diagnostic Medicine III (with lab) 4 credit hours

This is the third of a multi-semester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. The semester includes physical examination techniques and continues with basic principles of radiology (indications for, contraindications of, materials used, information obtained and complications), pathology, and the correlation between disease process and interpretation of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. Includes demonstration and practice of various physical examination and  laboratory methods including ECG theory and interpretation.Teaching methods include learning team meetings and clinical assignments to examine and/or interview patients in hospital, outpatient, or long-term care settings.

Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics III 1 credit hours

This course builds on principles covered in previous Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. Drug categories and specific drugs used in the treatment of common diseases are presented using an organ systems approach to therapeutic management.    Indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, appropriate drug dosing and monitoring are covered.  Additionally, pharmacologic management of pregnant/lactating females, pediatric and elderly patients are included.

Fundamentals of Medical Science III 1 credit hours

Concepts in Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Immunology and Clinical Microbiology are presented in correlation with Clinical Medicine Courses.  The Medical Genetics topics provide a foundation for understanding the role of genes and chromosomes in basic patterns of inheritance, genetic factors in disease, screening and testing for genetic abnormalities and ethical and legal considerations.  The Medical Microbiology topics cover pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention.  The Immunology topics introduce basic principles of human immunity, response of the body to injury and common immunologic disorders.

Professional Development III 1 credit hours

A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems.  Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning.  Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase.  Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included.  Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.

Behavioral and Community Medicine II 2 credit hours

An introduction to the basic concepts of health promotion and disease prevention and the development of strategies to affect healthy lifestyle changes in the individual and community. An investigation of community resources will also be included. Students will be required to develop and implement an individual health prescription or community service/education project. An introduction to the structure and administrative principles in use in health care organizations, and professional issues review. Includes A lecture series taught by an interdisciplinary faculty and by community experts in health care organization. Topics include the patient as consumer, third-party payment, public policy trends, organizational behavior, legal and ethical problems, and the unique place of PAs in the health care system.

Fundamentals of Surgery 3 credit hours

The course focuses on basic surgical concepts needed for the PA to function in primary care settings as well as major surgical areas. The course emphasizes pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care of the surgical patient, surgical concepts, topics and surgical technique. A substantial part of this course consists of essential hands-on laboratory exercises emphasizing surgical skills in a primary care setting.

Clinical Medicine III 3 credit hours

The essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ systems and life stages approach, clinical information is presented in conjunction with appropriate correlative lectures in emergent and preventive care. Patient cases are used in the small group setting to enhance readings and lectures, and students assess standardized patients in a controlled setting. This is a core course around which most other courses are organized.

Diagnostic Medicine IV (with lab) 2 credit hours

This is the fouth of a multi-semester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. The semester includes physical examination techniques and continues with basic principles of radiology (indications for, contraindications of, materials used, information obtained and complications), pathology, and the correlation between disease process and interpretation of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. Includes demonstration and practice of various physical examination and  laboratory methods including ECG theory and interpretation.Teaching methods include learning team meetings and clinical assignments to examine and/or interview patients in hospital, outpatient, or long-term care settings.

Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics IV 1 credit hours

This course builds on principles covered in previous Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. Drug categories and specific drugs used in the treatment of common diseases are presented using an organ systems approach to therapeutic management.    Indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, appropriate drug dosing and monitoring are covered.  Additionally, pharmacologic management of pregnant/lactating females, pediatric and elderly patients are included.

Fundamentals of Medical Science IV 1 credit hours

Concepts in Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Immunology and Clinical Microbiology are presented in correlation with Clinical Medicine Courses.  The Medical Genetics topics provide a foundation for understanding the role of genes and chromosomes in basic patterns of inheritance, genetic factors in disease, screening and testing for genetic abnormalities and ethical and legal considerations.  The Medical Microbiology topics cover pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention.  The Immunology topics introduce basic principles of human immunity, response of the body to injury and common immunologic disorders.

Professional Development IV 1 credit hours

A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems.  Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning.  Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase.  Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included.  Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.

Behavioral and Community Medicine III 1 credit hours

A study of the concepts and practices related to evaluation and management of psychiatric diseases and conditions as well as behavioral issues that impact upon the health and well-being of patients. Substance abuse and addictive behaviors are covered.  Topics in psychopathology including depression, anxiety, psychosis, obesity and other eating disorders, personality disorders, and psychiatric emergencies with an emphasis on clinical diagnosis and management are also presented.  Concepts of development and behavior in relation to mental health will also be discussed.

Critical Care Medicine I 1 credit hours

This course covers the fundamentals of management of critically ill patients, utilizing mechanical ventilators, interpreting hemodynamic data in the acute care setting, and appropriate use of subspecialty consultation in the intensive care setting. Topics include Respiratory Failure, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Managing Acute Intoxications, Support of Multi-organ System Failure, Basic Nutritional Support, Basic and Advanced cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Ethical Decision Making.

 

Orthopedics 1 credit hours

This course introduces students to proper orthopedic examination procedures and tests for disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, pelvis, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand knee, ankle and foot.  It also presents an organized system for approaching musculoskeletal disorders and introduces students to the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders.

Clinical Medicine IV 3 credit hours

The essentials of diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. Using an organ systems and life stages approach, clinical information is presented in conjunction with appropriate correlative lectures in emergent and preventive care. Patient cases are used in the small group setting to enhance readings and lectures, and students assess standardized patients in a controlled setting. This is a core course around which most other courses are organized.

Diagnostic Medicine V (with lab) 2 credit hours

This is the fifth of a multisemester course covering medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, radiology, imaging, clinical laboratory tests, electrocardiography (ECG), and other diagnostic methods. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures.  The semester includes physical examination techniques and continues with basic principles of radiology (indications for, contraindications of, materials used, information obtained and complications), pathology, and the correlation between disease process and interpretation of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. Includes demonstration and practice of various physical examination and  laboratory methods including ECG theory and interpretation.Teaching methods include learning team meetings and clinical assignments to examine and/or interview patients in hospital, outpatient, or long-term care settings.

Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics V 1 credit hours

This course builds on principles covered in previous Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics courses. Information is presented in conjunction with appropriate clinical medicine lectures. Drug categories and specific drugs used in the treatment of common diseases are presented using an organ systems approach to therapeutic management. Indications, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, appropriate drug dosing and monitoring are covered.  Additionally, the use of sedatives and paralytics in the ICU is included.

Fundamentals of Medical Science V 1 credit hours

Concepts in Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Immunology and Clinical Microbiology are presented in correlation with Clinical Medicine Courses.  The Medical Genetics topics provide a foundation for understanding the role of genes and chromosomes in basic patterns of inheritance, genetic factors in disease, screening and testing for genetic abnormalities and ethical and legal considerations.  The Medical Microbiology topics cover pathogenic bacteria, fungi, viruses and animal parasites in relation to human disease with an emphasis on pathogenesis, mechanisms of virulence, epidemiology, therapy and prevention.  The Immunology topics introduce basic principles of human immunity, response of the body to injury and common immunologic disorders.

Professional Development V 1 credit hours

A course series taught throughout the preclinical phase, topics covered include the history of the PA profession, medical ethics, licensure and certification, PAs roles in health care, coding, reimbursement and health delivery systems.  Focus on patient and professional communication, various professional practice issues and lifelong learning.  Will include hands-on practice of various clinical skills, i.e. surgical gowning, suturing, in preparation for the clinical phase.  Discussions on current clinical issues and student presentations on patient casework included.  Meetings may also reinforce principles and practices taught in concurrent courses. Students will be assigned to teams with a faculty mentor, and this course will consist of regular team meetings and team based learning activities.

Critical Care Medicine II 1 credit hours

This course covers the fundamentals of management of critically ill patients, utilizing mechanical ventilators, interpreting hemodynamic data in the acute care setting, and appropriate use of subspecialty consultation in the intensive care setting. Topics include Respiratory Failure, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Managing Acute Intoxications, Support of Multi-organ System Failure, Basic Nutritional Support, Basic and Advanced cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Ethical Decision Making.

Emergency Medicine 1 credit hours

The course presents a systematic approach to the evaluation, recognition and management of medical and surgical emergencies which might be frequently encountered by the primary care physician assistant. Using a formal lecture/discussion format, the course focuses on etiology, evaluation, emergency treatment and stabilization of more common emergency injuries and disease presentations. The focus of the course is in providing students the necessary skill set to function in rural, underserved areas where the physician assistant might be responsible for identification of significant life threats, emergency treatment, and stabilization for evacuation to a higher level of care. Curriculum includes instruction and certification in the American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course. Advanced training is provided in trauma assessment and stabilization which includes instruction and practical performance laboratory for critical skills identified in the American College of Surgeon's Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.

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