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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT 397 Course Descriptions: PT 110: Physical Therapy Seminar I This course will discuss the history of the physical therapy profession. Scope of practice, responsibilities, and relationships with other health professionals will be reviewed. The professional organization for physical therapists will be introduced to the students. The students will meet with clinicians who will discuss the many opportunities available to physical therapists. 1 credit PT 210: Physical Therapy Seminar II This course is the second in the series of seminar classes to introduce the student to the physical therapy profession. It will allow the students additional observation of physical therapists in the clinic and to share their experiences with each other. It also enables the students to begin to develop their professional communication style including introduction to medical terminology and reading professional journals. 1 credit PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MICHELE KAUFFMAN, J.D., MPAS, PA-C., Chairperson KIMBERLY CAVANAGH, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, Associate Director FACULTY: Professor: Michele Kauffman. Associate Professor: Kimberly Cavanagh. Assistant Professors: Heather Adams, Jennifer Freer, Carolyn Knox. Medical Director: John Jageman. Physician Assistants (PA) are skilled, dependent health practitioners who are academically and clinically prepared to provide patient care services under the supervision of a physician. Their specific tasks vary widely due to differences among state laws, hospital policies and utilization preferences of supervising physicians. Generally, PAs are qualified to obtain patient histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic laboratory tests, prepare a diagnosis, implement a treatment plan for common illnesses, deliver patient education and counseling, perform certain surgical procedures, and provide emergency care. PAs may assist in surgery and deliver pre-operative and post-operative care. Physician Assistants may deliver patient care in any setting in which the physician works. The Physician Assistant Department offers a Master of Physician Assistant Science degree following five years of increasingly specialized study. The curriculum is predominantly clinical during the fifth year. During the fifth year, clinical faculty, in conjunction with various health care institutions, introduce the students to professional physician assistant training. The program is offered primarily in clinical sites in northwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio and western New York, as well as some locations farther afield. Students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from clinical sites. The PA program curricula of Gannon University’s Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. Applicants must meet the technical standards for admission to the program. For further details, contact the Admissions office. Technical Standards A candidate for admission to the PA Program must have the use of certain sensory and motor functions to permit them to carry out the activities described in the sections that follow. Graduation from the program signifies that the individual is prepared for entry into clinical practice or into postgraduate training programs. Therefore, it follows that graduates must

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