• A dvanced standing is not granted in the graduate phase of the program. No credits are awarded for experiential learning.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS PHAS 100: First-Year Seminar: Applied Concepts in Health Care This course is a First Year Seminar in the Liberal Studies core curriculum. It is a discussion/ experience-based course intended to orient the new student to Gannon University, to introduce the Liberal Studies Core and LIFECORE, to assist in the transition from high school to university life, and to encourage the development of academic, personal and spiritual dimensions of the student’s life. This course will also provide an introduction to the field of health care including the principles of integrity that are essential to all health care professions as well as sources of information relating to the field of health care, how to search for these sources, and how to understand sources that are found. The course also investigates health care careers so that the student can plan his/her academic courses in a focused and analytical manner. 2 credits, Fall PHAS 121: Medical Terminology This course provides students with an introductory study of the medical language through prefix, suffix and root word forms. Anatomic and clinical terms pertaining to each body system are covered. Classroom activities emphasize pronunciation, interpretation and application of medical terms. Prerequisite: PA major 3 credits, Fall/Spring PHAS 215: Communication and Resources in the Patient Encounter This course is designed to introduce the students to communication skills in the patient encounter for the Physician Assistant, including boundaries of the interview, ethical professional behavior and establishing a provider/patient relationship. Emphasis will be placed on the interviewing process and communication techniques. This course will focus on communication skills with patients in various settings and exposure to resources available to assist in health care and special needs of patients to prepare the student for service-learning experiences. Prerequisite: PA major 1 credit, Spring PHAS 300: Leadership Seminar The Leadership Seminar introduces students to a three-dimensional model of leadership, including a repertoire of leadership skills and means of using those skills responsibly in the various communities to which they belong. In addition, the course helps students explore the relevance of leadership skills in the leadership process. Ethical reasoning and Catholic social justice teaching serve as the basis for students’ leadership development as reflected both in this course and in the co-requisite Theology or Philosophy Series III course. 1 credit Fall PHAS 312: Community Resources in Healthcare: A Service Learning Experience The goal of this course is to introduce the student to community service-learning through student/client experience in various health care/social service agencies within the Gannon and Erie community. Collectively each student’s experience will provide a model resource of agencies available to communities and how each agency assists in the care of the patient. Prerequisite: PA major 1 credit, Fall, Spring PHAS 363: Research Process The primary goal of this course is for students to be comfortable with all aspects of clinical research in the Health Science field. All practitioners need to have an understanding of the ethical design of studies and the ethical treatment of human subjects in clinical research. Therefore, part of the class is dedicated to the study of “Good Clinical Practices (GCP)” as defined by the US Food and Drug Administration. All students will be required to obtain NIH certification in this area. In addition, the course focuses on the theoretical and practical