PAS-546: Clinical Assessment and Technical Skills IV

Credits 3.0
Academic Level

This course is a continuation of Clinical Assessment and Technical Skills I, II, and III.  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 several skills including gowning, gloving, surgical scrubbing, sterile technique, wound closure, surgical knot tying, surgical instrument recognition, review of protective personal equipment, skin lesion biopsy techniques, spinal immobilization techniques, orthopedic splinting, ultrasound techniques, chest tube thoracostomy and needle decompression, interpretation of images obtained by x-ray, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound, interpretation of cardiac rhythm strips and 12-lead electrocardiographs, and billing and coding. Students will have the opportunity to practice learned skills during laboratory session. Additionally, students have an opportunity to practice previously learned skills of airway management, venipuncture, peripheral venous access, joint injections, lumbar puncture, and endotracheal intubation 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), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) skills through OSCEs and 3-D mannequin simulations.  

Prerequisite(s): PAS 500, 505, 510, 515, 516, 517, 520, 521, 535, 536, 545, 550, 551, 560, and 575