Curriculum

Professional Program Total Credits:  78 credits

  • Fall Semester – Professional Year 1

    Course Number

    Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 5020 Applied General Pathology
    Fundamental principles and theories applied to general pathology with special emphasis on disease processes and mechanisms found in adult and pediatric pathology.
    3
    PAA 6560

    Human Histology & Clinical Correlations – Lecture & Lab
    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.

    4
    PAA 7060

    Human Anatomy & Physiology for Pathologists' Assistant – Lecture
    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.

    3
    PAA 7061 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Pathologists' Assistant – Laboratory
    Comprehensive examination of anatomical organs and organ systems through the use of human cadaveric prosections, 3D models, computer software applications, medical imaging, and clinical correlations as it pertains to the pathologists' assistant scope of practice.
    1
    PAA 7250 Clinical Academic Pathology I
    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.
    3
      Total Credits 14
  • Winter Semester – Professional Year 1
    Course Number Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 5050 Clinical Terminology & Methodology – Lecture 
    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.
    3
    PAA 5051 Clinical Terminology & Methodology – Laboratory
    Introduction to grossing methodologies, and procedural inking, sectioning, and sampling of human organ tissues in a simulation gross room laboratory environment.
    2
    PAA 5200 Medical Microbiology for Tech Professionals
    Infectious diseases affecting major organ systems of the body encountered by the pathologists' assistant. Clinical case study analysis with student presentations.
    3
    PAA 6060 Human Embryology & Pediatric Pathology
    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.
    3
    PAA 6420 Laboratory & Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology
    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).
    3
    PAA 7251

    Clinical Academic Pathology II
    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.

    3
      Total Credits 17
  • Spring/Summer Semester – Professional Year 1
    Course Number Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 5100 Medical Photography & Techniques
    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.
    2
    PAA 6150 Histochemistry for Pathologists' Assistant – Lecture & Lab
    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.  
    4
    PAA 7200 Introduction to Autopsy Techniques & Forensic Pathology – Lecture 
    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 decedents as it pertains to specific forensic pathology cases and presentations.
    3
    PAA 7210

    Introduction to Autopsy Techniques & Forensic Pathology – Laboratory
    The laboratory component of this course will focus on developing techniques for the external examination of adult and pediatric cadaveric specimens, toxicology retrieval, evisceration techniques, and appropriate block dissection methodology and procedures.

    1
    PAA 7252 Clinical Academic Pathology II
    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.
    3
    PAA 7420

    Future Trends in Pathology Practice & Education Methodology
    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.

    2
      Total Credits 15
  • Fall Semester – Professional Year 2
    Course Number Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 7650

    Clinical Surgical Pathology I 
    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.

    5
      Total Credits 5+
  • Winter Semester – Professional Year 2
    Course Number Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 7651 Clinical Surgical Pathology II
    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.  
    5
      Total Credits 5+
  • Spring/Summer Semester – Professional Year 2
    Course Number Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 7652 Clinical Surgical Pathology III
    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.  
    5
    PAA 7890 Seminar in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    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.
    2
      Total Credits 7+
  • *Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer Semesters – Professional Year 2
    Course Number Course Name and Description Credits
    PAA 7500 Clinical Autopsy Pathology
    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).    
    1
    PAA 7550 Clinical Histopathologic Techniques
    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.  
    2
    PAA 7600 Clinical Pediatric Pathology
    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.  
    3
    PAA 7700

    Clinical Forensic Pathology & Techniques
    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.  

    5
    PAA 7750

    Clinical Laboratory Management in Anatomic Pathology
    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).

    2
    PAA 7800

    Clinical & Forensic Photography
    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.

    2
      Total Credits 15

    *Enrollment in the second year courses will be based on the individual rotational schedule as assigned to the student for the clinical year of the program (professional year 2), and as such, registration in those courses indicated on the Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer table will depend on the students' assigned rotation(s).