Mississippi College

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.

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