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Curriculum

The educational objectives of the program are based on the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant  Education (2006) as established by the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The standards concentrate on the patient management skills of evaluation, monitoring, diagnosis, therapeutics, counseling and referral.  

The curriculum for the PA program is divided into 2 phases, the Didactic phase and Clinical phase. The Didactic phase lasts for 15 months and consists of 59 semester hours conducted on ECU's College of Allied Health Science campus. The clinical phase makes up 40 semester hours over a 12 month period.    

Didactic  

The didactic curriculum is oriented toward primary care infused with content related to unique problems and issues of healthcare delivery in remote settings.

Fall 1

PADP 6030 Clinical Gross Anatomy 5,0
PADP 6040 Human Physiology 5

PADP 6050

Introduction to Clinical Medicine 3
PADP 6200 History and Physical Exam I 2
PADP 6000 Role of Physician Assistant and the History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Medical Practice 1
    16


Spring

PADP 6500 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics 4
PADP 6210 History and Physical Examination II 3
PADP 6150 Clinical Medicine I 5
PADP 6010 Diagnostic Methods I 3
    15



Summer

PADP 6020 Diagnostic Methods II 3
PADP 6250 Clinical Medicine II 4
PADP 6850 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention 2
PADP 6220 History and the Physical Examination III 3
    12



Fall II

PADP 6690 Introduction to Clinical Practice 6
PADP 6800 Behavioral Medicine and the Psychosocial Issues in Health Care 2
PADP 6650 Surgery and Emergency Medicine Skills 4
PADP 6640 Evidence Based Medicine 2
PADP 6810 Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

2

    16


 

Clinical  

The twelve month clinical phase consists of more than 1900 patient contact hours. Eight clinical rotations are conducted at a variety of clinical sites located in eastern North Carolina.  

Spring II, Summer II and Fall III

Number Course Title Weeks Credit Hours
PADP 6310 Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 4
PADP 6320 Internal Medicine Clinical Practicum 8 weeks 6
PADP 6330 Family Medicine Clinical Practicum 8 weeks 6
PADP 6340 General Surgery Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 4
PADP 6350 Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 4
PADP 6360 Pediatrics Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 4
PADP 6370 Women's Health and Prenatal Care Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 4
PADP 6380 Geriatrics Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 4
PADP 6390 International Medical Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 2
PADP 6395 Physician Assistant Studies Clinical Practicum 4 weeks 2
  Total Sch   40
  Total Weeks 48  
 

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