PAS-545: Clinical Assessment and Technical Skills III

Credits 3.0
Academic Level

This course is a continuation of Clinical Assessment and Technical Skills I and II.  Students will learn additional components of the physical examination, recognize abnormal and normal findings, and communicate the information in oral and written formats. Students will examine assigned lab partners and simulated patients to gain the skills and knowledge to perform a thorough history and physical examination. This course is taught in lecture, small group and laboratory formats.  Students will have an opportunity to practice procedural skills during laboratory sessions.   

Students will receive instruction in insertion of nasogastric and urinary catheters, interpretation of images obtained by x-ray, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, examination of the neurologic system, special orthopedic examination techniques, joint injection/aspiration, and interpretation of cardiac rhythm strips and 12-lead electrocardiographs. Students will have an opportunity to practice learned skills during laboratory sessions. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to practice previously learned skills of airway management, venipuncture, and peripheral venous access during open laboratory sessions. Students will build on their clinical assessment and documentation skills learned in PAS 520 and PAS 521, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) skills through OSCEs and 3-D mannequin simulations.  

Prerequisite(s): PAS 500, 505, 510, 515, 516, 520, 521, 535, 550, 560, and 575