Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

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* Please refer to the undergraduate Catalog for course options. ** Additional graduate courses are required as part of the DPT curriculum

Course Descriptions PT 100: Introduction to the Physical Therapy Profession This course will cover the history of the physical therapy profession. The role of the physical therapist as a health professional will be discussed. 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 various career paths available, types of practice settings and opportunities for “specialization” in physical therapy. They will participate in observation of physical therapists in the clinic and share their experiences with each other. Students will be introduced to the practice of physical therapy for conditions affecting the various 2 credits, Fall/Spring body systems. 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 1 credit therapists. 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 1 credit and reading professional journals.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT KIMBERLY CAVANAGH, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C., Chairperson FACULTY: Associate Professors: Heather Adams, Kimberly Cavanagh. Assistant Professors: Nicole Ackley, Kristen Grippe, Blake Hoppe, Caroline Palmer. Associate Teaching Professor: Jennifer Majewski. Assistant Teaching Professors: Natasha Camera, Adrienne Colabuno. Medical Director: John Jageman. Physician assistants (PA’s) are medical providers who are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine as a member of a team with other healthcare professionals. Their specific tasks vary widely due to differences among state laws and hospital policies. Generally, PAs are qualified to obtain patient histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic laboratory tests, develop 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 preoperative 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

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