Wayne State University

Course Description - Master of Science in Pathologists’ Assistant

PAA 5020 - Applied General Pathology: Cr. 3
Prereq: Admission to the Pathologists' Assistant Program; Coreq: PAA 7250
Graduate level students will be required in addition to taking the regular examinations, to answer essay type questions on the same materials. This will distinguish a deeper, more advanced knowledge of the materials presented in lectures. (F)

PAA 5050 - Clinical Terminology & Methodology Lec & Lab: Cr 4
Clinical and medical terminology specific to the pathologists' assistant along with associated methodologies used in surgical and autopsy pathology in the second year of the program. Introduction to laboratory human organ system grossing methodologies. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes. (W)

PAA 5100 - Medical Photography & Techniques: Cr 2
Theory of the behavior of light and selection of appropriate lenses; principles of exposure, color, and filters; macro- and microphotography. Adjustment of clinical photographs and student photographs corrected by Adobe Photoshop Professional resulting in a student Eportfolio. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes. (S)

PAA 5200 - Medical Microbiology for Tech Professionals: Cr 3
Infectious diseases affecting major organ systems of the body encountered by the pathologists' assistant. Clinical case study analysis with student presentations. (W)

PAA 6061 - Human Embryology & Pediatric Pathology: Cr 3
Prereq: PAA 7060
Embryological basis of pediatric and childhood diseases along with adult presentations. Human embryological correlations to clinical settings: case study analysis specific to the pathologists' assistant; clinical evaluation of pediatric pathology. Recognition of anatomical presentations with embryological development in normal and diseased states. (W)

PAA 6150 - Histochemistry for Pathologists' Assistant Lec & Lab: Cr 4
Prereq: PAA 6560
Study of techniques specific to the Pathologists' Assistant involved in the preparation of tissues prior to microscopic examination and processing inclusive of embedding, sectioning, preparing frozen sections and performing routine and special stain on a variety of tissues. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes. (S)

PAA 6420 - Laboratory Management & Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology: Cr 3
Interpersonal and technical management techniques for the clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory settings. Quality management techniques, policies, protocols and best practices for the pathologists' assistant. Safety mandates and protocols as applied to anatomic and surgical pathology. Discussion and analysis of governmental mandates covering laboratory improvement (CLIA). (W)

PAA 6560 - Human Histology & Clinical Correlations Lec & Lab: Cr. 4
Prereq: Admission to the Pathologists' Assistant Program
Characteristics and identification of human tissue microanatomy. Functional interpretation of human microstructure. Examine and study prepared, strained tissue sections prepared from a variety of organ sections both normal and abnormal allowing for clinical correlations in patient case presentations. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes. (F)

PAA 7060 - Human Anatomy & Physiology for Pathologists' Assistant Lec & Lab: Cr. 4
Prereq: Admission to the Pathologists' Assistant Program
Detailed comprehensive review of human anatomy and physiology as it pertains to the pathologists' assistant practice. Laboratory is innovative and includes zones of learning associated with high definition models, virtual reality software and prosected human specimen and organ blocks. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes. (F)

PAA 7200 - Introduction to Autopsy Techniques Lec & Lab: Cr 4
Prereq: PAA 7060
Comprehensive review of general and specialized techniques for performing postmortem examinations in both the hospital and medical examiner settings, with emphasis on the external examination, evisceration, and block dissection of the adult, perinatal, and pediatric decedent. The laboratory component of this course will focus on developing evisceration techniques on cadavers, and address pertinent medical findings while applying thorough block dissection skills. This course bridges to PAA 7600 and PAA7500 in the second year. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes. (S)

PAA 7250 - Clinical Academic Pathology I: Cr. 3
Coreq: PAA 5020
Systemic pathologies affecting the following organ and organ systems: red blood cells and bleeding disorders, the skin, the blood vessels and heart, and the bones, joints and soft tissue tumors. Concepts of molecular diagnostics are integrated when appropriate. (F)

PAA 7251 - Clinical Academic Pathology II: Cr 3
Prereq: PAA 5020, PAA 7250
Systemic pathologies affecting the following organ and organ systems: peripheral nerve and skeletal muscles, CNS, the lung, head, and neck, the gastrointestinal tract, liver and gallbladder. Concepts of molecular diagnostics are integrated when appropriate. (W)

PAA 7252 - Clinical Academic Pathology III: Cr 3
Prereq: PAA 7250, 7251
Systemic pathologies affecting the following organ and organ systems: White blood cells, lymph nodes, spleen and thymus, the kidney, the lower urinary tract and male genital system, the female genital tract, the breast, the endocrine system, the pancreas, and the eye. Concepts of molecular diagnostics are integrated when appropriate. (S)

PAA 7420 - Future Trends in Pathology Practice & Education Methodology: Cr 2
Group discussion of trends associated with healthcare, patient care, technology, legal issues, education methodology, licensure and accreditation issues; medical ethics, safety, medicolegal, and quality management in anatomic, surgical and autopsy pathology are covered. Presentations lead to recommendations for future best practices in a variety of pathology settings. Students present research findings via PowerPoint and in a seminar format. (S)

PAA 7500 - Clinical Autopsy Pathology: Cr 2
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Clinical autopsy procedures, including data retention, dissection techniques, selection of tissue for microscopic examination, and methods of body restoration prior to release in clinical facilities. Course addresses NAACLS competency levels for medical autopsy techniques (adult) and medical autopsy techniques (pediatric).

PAA 7550 - Clinical Histopathologic Techniques: Cr 3
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Continuation of PAA 6560 and PAA 6150. Organization of a histology laboratory, instrumentation and safety; advanced staining techniques including immunohistochemistry; frozen sections, tumor triage and proper handling of specimens for processing and assessment of clinical cases. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes.

PAA 7600 - Clinical Pediatric Pathology: Cr 3
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Embryological basis of pediatric and childhood diseases along with adult presentations. Human embryological correlations to clinical settings: case study analysis specific to the pathologists' assistant; clinical evaluation of pediatric pathology. Recognition of anatomical presentations with embryological development in normal and diseased states.

PAA 7650 - Clinical Surgical Pathology I: Cr 6
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Application of principles, theories, and clinical practices related to grossing (simple) surgical dissections. Addresses NAACLS competency levels associated with adult and pediatric surgical pathology techniques. (F)

PAA 7651 - Clinical Surgical Pathology II: Cr 6
Prereq: PAA 7650
Application of principles, theories, and clinical practices related to gross (simple and complex) surgical dissections. Addresses NAACLS competency levels associated with adult and pediatric surgical pathology techniques. (W)

PAA 7652 - Clinical Surgical Pathology III: Cr 6
Prereq: PAA 7651
Application of principles, theories, and clinical practices related to gross (simple and complex) surgical dissections. Addresses NAACLS competency levels associated with adult and pediatric surgical pathology techniques. (S)

PAA 7660 - Clinical Diagnostic Technologies & Techniques: Cr 1
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Application of principles, intraoperative diagnostic techniques, and technologies in the triage of surgical specimens. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes.

PAA 7700 - Forensic Autopsy Pathology & Techniques: Cr 6
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Forensic autopsy techniques specific to the Pathologists' Assistant and compliant with NAACLS competency levels associated with adult and pediatric cases; forensic toxicology specimen collection and processing; forensic techniques associated with determining cause manner and mechanism of death; techniques of photographic record keeping and body release. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes.

PAA 7750 - Clinical Laboratory Management in Anatomic Pathology: Cr 2
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
The clinical application of interpersonal and technical management techniques for the clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory settings. Quality management techniques, policies, protocols and best practices for the pathologists' assistant. Safety mandates and protocols as applied to anatomic and surgical pathology. Discussion and analysis of governmental mandates covering laboratory improvement (CLIA).

PAA 7800 - Clinical & Forensic Photography: Cr 3
Prereq: Completion of the first year of the program
Techniques required to photographically record gross and microscopic specimens as presented from surgery and in surgical grossing, as well as from the forensic setting resulting in a PA student E-portfolio. Material fees as indicated in the schedule of classes.
PAA 7890 - Seminar in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology: Cr. 2
Coreq: PAA 7652 and Prereq: PAA 7650, 7651
Clinically based capstone seminar course. Invited clinical specialists in anatomic and surgical pathology address contemporary issues in pathology allowing dialogue between pathologists' assistant students and pathologists. (S)

Professional Program Total Credits: 86

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