PA DAO Course Descriptions

DIDACTIC COURSES

SAHP 626 Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking (3 cr) Fall

This course introduces ethical issues that Allied Health professionals can expect to encounter during their education and career. It covers such areas of concern as confidentiality, informed consent, responsible practice, professionalism, cultural differences, handling mistakes, difficult cases, and key legal aspects of these issues. To assist students in resolving issues, the course identifies and applies key principles of critical thinking. The course trains students in the use of these principles in ethics and professionalism. The course is designed to improve the ability of students to reason soundly in professional ethics, to be familiar with the health professional ethics literature, and to communicate clearly about ethical values, integrity, and judgment. At the same time, this course is intended to provide a broad context to the daily issues of professional life, and to present the historical richness of the debates over ethical issues.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructors: Huckabee and Dart

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks: Purtilo R., 2010. Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 5th Ed. Saunders. ISBN-13: 978-1437708967.
Pozgar, George D., 2012. Legal and Ethical Issues For Health Professionals, 3rd Ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1449672119.
Fletcher, John C., Lombardo, Paul A., Spencer, Edward M., 2005. Fletcher’s Introduction to Clinical Ethics, 3rd Ed. University Publishing Group. ISBN-13: 978-1555720278.


SAHP 631 Management in Health Care (3 cr) Spring

This course introduces allied health students and practitioners to the concepts of organizational theory and behavior as they apply to health care.  The topics to be covered include self identification, the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management and organizational culture and change. The course also includes the principles of financial management, risk management, and the processes of hiring, coaching, evaluating and dismissing employees.  The concepts of quality improvement will be applied in a quality improvement project along with literature reviews to support the project.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Tompkins

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


PHAS 680 Health Care Policy (3 cr) Summer

The purpose of the course of study in this area is to give the student an opportunity to focus his/her attention on how the health care system works.  Completion of the assignment is intended to review with the student the basic principles of health policy so that the student will have a clearer, more systematic way of thinking about health care in the United States, its problems, and the alternatives for managing these problems. Most of the principles also apply to the understanding of health care systems in other nations.

Prerequisites:  Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Dart

Textbook: Bodenheimer, TS and Grumbach K, 2012, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach; 6th ed.; McGraw-Hill Lange. ISBN-13: 978-0071770521.     


PHAS 681 Canadian Health Care Policy (3 cr) Summer

The purpose of the course of study in this area is to give the student an opportunity to focus his/her attention on how the Canadian health care system works.  Completion of the assignment is intended to review with the student the basic principles of health policy so that the student will have a clearer, more systematic way of thinking about health care in Canada, it problems, and the alternatives for managing these problems. Most of the principles also apply to the understanding of health care systems in other nations.

Prerequisites:  Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Dart

Textbooks: Change and Continuity in Canada’s Health Care System.  CHA Press, 2006.
Continuing the Care: The Issues and Challenges for Long Term Care.  CHA Press, 2002.
What Good is Healthcare? Reflections on the Canadian Experience.  CHA Press, 2005.


PHAS 682 Clinical Inquiry and Writing (3 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This course focuses on common concepts and methodology involved in clinical research. Students learn to critique published clinical research for application to clinical practice. Topics include evidence-based medicine, elements of credible research, applied statistical concepts, research article critiques, integrative literature and applications of clinical research. The skills required to develop an independent research review project are developed, preparing the student for the writing project required for the Masters of PA Studies degree.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks: Blessing JD & Forister JG, Introduction to Research and Medical Literature, 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett, 2013. ISBN 978-1449650353.
Lester JD, Writing Research Papers - A Complete Guide, 15th Edition, Longman Publishers, 2014.  ISBN 978-0321952950.


PHAS 790 Master's Capstone (4 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This course provides the student with a research review and writing experience that demonstrates excellent research interpretation, organization and communication skills in exploring a relevant, focused, clinical or professional topic related to high quality health care delivery. The submission of the Capstone Project in the form of a research paper is a requirement for obtaining the Master’s degree through the Degree Advancement Option (DAO) Program.

Prerequisites: PHAS 682

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: Resources from PHAS 682


CLINICAL TRACK COURSES

PHAS 785 Advanced Clinical Practice I (4 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This is the first semester of a five semester clinical experience under the supervision of a supervising physician designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of the practice of medicine unique to their specific practice setting.  The focus of this semester is Medical Knowledge.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructors: Brown and Dolphens

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


PHAS 786 Advanced Clinical Practice II (4 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This is the second semester of a five semester clinical experience under the supervision of a supervising physician designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of the practice of medicine unique to their specific practice setting.  The focus of this semester is Interpersonal and Communication Skills.

Prerequisites: PHAS 785

Instructors: Brown and Dolphens

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


PHAS 787 Advanced Clinical Practice III (4 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This is the third semester of a five semester clinical experience under the supervision of a supervising physician designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of the practice of medicine unique to their specific practice setting.  The focus of this semester is Patient Care.

Prerequisites: PHAS 786

Instructors: Brown and Dolphens

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


PHAS 788 Advanced Clinical Practice IV (4 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This is the fourth semester of a five semester clinical experience under the supervision of a supervising physician designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of the practice of medicine unique to their specific practice setting.  The focus of this semester is Professionalism. 

Prerequisites: PHAS 787

Instructors: Brown and Dolphens

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


PHAS 789 Advanced Clinical Practice V (4 cr) Fall, Spring, Summer

This is the final semester of a five semester clinical experience under the supervision of a supervising physician designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of the practice of medicine unique to their specific practice setting.  The focus of this semester is Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, and Systems-Based Practice.

Prerequisites: PHAS 788

Instructors: Brown and Dolphens

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


EDUCATION TRACK COURSES

PHAS 765 Instructional Design in Higher Learning (4 cr) Fall

This course focuses on key instructional methods and teaching strategies appropriate to graduate level learners. The examples typically apply to education in professional clinical areas, but the principles apply to graduate level professional education. Students develop an instructional syllabus for a theoretical course including samples of teaching activities and outcome measures. Topics include adult learning theory, framing objectives, metacognition, learning behaviors and professionalism, teaching methods, formative and summative evaluations.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: Stahl, SM & Davis RL, Best Practices in Medical Teaching, Cambridge University Press, NY, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0521151764.


PHAS 766 Education Theory in Medicine (4 cr) (Currently offered under Special Topics) Summer

This course is a study of human learning and cognitive organization and process. The content will provide an overview of the development of learning theory and cognitive models since the beginning of the philosophical study of human learning. It is designed to expand on the clinician’s prior experiential and learned knowledge of the learning process as negotiated in various settings such as in patient care, in social contexts, and in the classroom. Participants will identify those theories and approaches which support a personal philosophy to apply to their own opportunities for teaching and learning.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks: Dornan T, Mann KV, Albert JJ, Scherpbier A & Spencer JA. Medical Education: Theory and Practice, Churchill Livingstone, 2010.  ISBN-13: 978-0702035227.
Weimer M. Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, 2nd ed, Jossey-Bass, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1118119280.


PHAS 767 Leadership in Clinical Education (4 cr) Spring

This course focuses on concepts and skills in leadership in the context of clinical education. Topics include calling, nature or nurture, visioning, team-building, power and influence, leader-follower dyads, and stewardship. Styles of leadership that are effective in clinical education are explored, such as transactional, situational, servant, transformational, and charismatic styles. Research evidence about models, theories and measures of leadership in education are highlighted throughout the course.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbooks: Wren, J. Thomas (Ed.), The Leader’s Companion, Simon & Schuster, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0028740911.
Yukl, Gary, Leadership in Organizations, 8th Edition, Pearson, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0132771863.


PHAS 768 Supervised Teaching Practice I (4 cr) (Currently offered under Special Topics) Fall, Spring Summer

This is the first semester of a two semester teaching experience under the supervision of an educator/mentor in a clinical or academic environment designed to integrate the student into an educational experience including the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of instruction associated with patient education, community health education, or formal academic instruction. The student’s experience should include curriculum design, course preparation, instructional delivery (one-on-one, practicums, experiential training, etc.) and evaluation analysis. Activities include student-mentor meetings, independent student activities (e.g., studying instructional content, development of instructional strategies, preparation of teaching materials), actual teaching, analysis of learning outcomes, and strategic planning.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO, and successful completion of PHAS 765 Instructional Design in Higher Learning and Education Theory in Medicine, or instructor's permission.

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.


PHAS 769 Supervised Teaching Practice II (4 cr) (Currently offered under Special Topics) Fall, Spring Summer

This is the second semester of a two semester teaching experience under the supervision of an educator/mentor in a clinical or academic environment designed to integrate the student into an educational experience including the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of instruction associated with patient education, community health education, or formal academic instruction. The student’s experience should include curriculum design, course preparation, instructional delivery (one-on-one, practicums, experiential training, etc.) and evaluation analysis. Activities include student-mentor meetings, independent student activities (e.g., studying instructional content, development of instructional strategies, preparation of teaching materials), actual teaching, analysis of learning outcomes, and strategic planning.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO, and successful completion of PHAS 765 Instructional Design in Higher Learning and Education Theory in Medicine, or instructor's permission.

Instructor: Huckabee

Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

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