PHAS 5326 Patient Encounter I

This course is the first in a two-course series. It provides students with an introduction to medical history-taking and physical examination. Emphasis is placed on the normal adult patient. A patient-centered philosophy of health communication is used as a framework for obtaining the medical history. Physical examination of the patient is approached using a systematic model. Basic principles of documentation and presentation of subjective and objective findings in professional healthcare settings is introduced. The laboratory setting employs clinical scenarios, case studies, simulated patients, and role-play situations as opportunities to practice the application of skills and techniques. Incremental course content builds a foundation for the development of clinical reasoning skills necessary to formulate differential diagnoses. Students are assessed using written, verbal, and practical exercises.




Admission into the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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Grading Basis

Standard Letter (A-F)

Administrative Unit

Dept of Physician Assistant