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Medical Diagnostics-Pre Physician Assistant

Medical Diagnostics Pre-Physicians Assistants students conduct research

Why Major in MD Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration?

Access to quality healthcare for all is one of the most significant grand challenges of the 21st century. The demand for physician assistants has grown tremendously in the past ten years, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 38 percent increase in positions between 2012 and 2022. This is a much greater than average rate of increase, with the nation’s aging population expected to require a greater number of primary healthcare providers in the future. Physician assistants will be among those filling this role. Medical Diagnostics is a clinical-oriented science program that incorporates the basic science courses required for admission to physician assistant programs with medical-related courses that impact the diagnosis and therapy of disease. Students learn the pathophysiology of diseases in five major areas of study: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology,

Immunology and Medical Microbiology. Students study detailed information about laboratory analysis and how laboratory data correlates to human disease.

Uniqueness of Our Program

The Medical Diagnostics Pre-PA major studies a wide range of disease processes and patient diagnostic patterns, and applies this information to patient case studies in order to evaluate hematological, microbiological and biochemical disease states. The program is enhanced by excellent faculty working at the frontiers of their field. Faculty are noted researchers who are making fundamental contributions to their respective fields including cancer, diabetes, nanomedicine, immunology and infectious disease. Students often participate in faculty research through independent study.

Capstone experience includes opportunities to interact with healthcare providers in areas such as mental health, emergency medicine, pediatrics and others.

Areas of Study

  • Clinical Chemistry 
  • Hematology
  • Hemostasis/Coagulation
    Medical Microbiology 
  • Diagnostic Bacteriology
  • Immunohematology
    (Transfusion Medicine)

 

What’s special about this program?

The Medical Diagnostics Pre-PA curriculum is designed to meet the prerequisite requirements for physician assistant studies. Medical Diagnostics Pre-PA students take most of the Medical Laboratory Science lecture courses but do not take the accompanying laboratory courses; this schedule allows students to pursue minors that capture their interest. Eligibility for admission to the junior year of the Medical Diagnostics major is determined by academic achievement of an approximate 3.0 GPA in the required courses for the first 4 semesters as a Medical Laboratory and Diagnostics Interest major. Completion of the concentration does not guarantee entry into a physician assistant program. Students should familiarize themselves with the requirements of physician assistant programs to which they will apply.

Sample curriculum

FALL   SPRING  
       

BISC207

 

Introductory Biology I with Lab BISC208

Introductory Biology II with Lab

 

CHEM103 OR 107 

 

General Chemistry I with Lab

 

 

CHEM104 or 108

 

 

General Chemistry II with Lab

MATH

 

Mathematics course

MMSC200

Language of Medicine 

UNIV101

First Year Experience

 

ENG110 Seminar in Composition
 

Breadth Requirement

 

MMSC100 Intro to Medical Laboratory Science
FALL   SPRING  
       
CHEM213/215 OR   Elementary Organic Chemistry   with Lab OR  KAAP 310  Human Anatomy &   Physiology II

 

CHEM321/325

 

 Organic Chemistry I with Lab

 

BISC300

 

 Introduction to Microbiology

 

NTDT200

 

 Nutrition Concepts

 

CHEM214/216 OR

 

 Elementary Biochemistry   with Lab OR

 

KAAP309

 

 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

 

 

CHEM322/326

 

 Organic Chemistry II with   Lab

 

PSYC100

 

 General Psychology

 

 

 

 Breadth Requirement

FALL   SPRING  
       
CHEM214 Elementary Biochemistry ** BISC403    Genetics **

 

MMSC360 

 

Clinical Immunology and Medical Virology

 

MMSC407

 

  Clinical Physiological

  Chemistry I

 

MMSC400

 

Body Fluid Analysis

 

MMSC433

 

  Hematology I

 

STAT200

 

Basic Statistical Practice OR

 

MMSC428

 

  Medical Microbiology

 

STAT408

 

Statistical Research Methods I

 

MMSC409

 

  Immunohematology I

 

 

Second Writing Course (after 45 credits)

 

 

  Breadth Requirements

 

 

Breadth Requirement

   

 

 

 

**Only needed if CHEM321/325

and CHEM 322/326 sequence is

taken in sophomore year  

 

   
FALL   SPRING  
       
MMSC436

 Clinical Physiological Chemistry II

 

BISC401

 Molecular Biology of the Cell

 OR

MMSC433

 Hematology II

 

MMSC491  Human Molecular Genetics
MMSC420

 Immunohematology II

 

MMSC462

 Interdisciplinary Healthcare

 Perspectives

 

MMSC438

 

 Diagnostic Bacteriology & Medical

 Mycology

 

 

HLTH241

 

Ethical Aspects of

Healthcare

   Breadth Requirements    English (at 200+ level)

 

MMSC490

 

 Clinical and Molecular Cell Bio **

   
 

 

** Students can take MEDT490 and 491 OR

 BISC401 and 403

   

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