Medical Science Major

College of Health Sciences and Education

Degree BS, Medical Science

Department Chair Jack A. Goble, Jr, MHA


Jennifer L. Arnold, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, BS Hahnemann University; BS Arcadia University; MHS Drexel University

Darci L. Brown, Assistant Professor, BS Buffalo State College, MSPAS Arcadia University

Stanley J. Dudrick, Professor, BS Franklin and Marshall College, MD University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Jack A. Goble, Jr., Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, BS University of Maryland; MHA The Pennsylvania State University

Lindsey Vigilante, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, BS, MS Marywood University

Program Goals and Outcomes

The following are program goals for the Medical Science major, in which students will:

  1. Develop a basic scientific foundation for learning to organize, integrate, interpret, and present clinical data.
  2. Develop critical thinking and evaluation skills.
  3. Develop a basic scientific approach to normal human health and development.
  4. Develop effective communication and teamwork skills.
  5. Promote cross-cultural and socioeconomic sensitivity and emphasize the fundamental importance of ethical behavior in basic scientific and medical practice.
  6. Develop introductory knowledge of the Physician Assistant profession.
  7. Develop knowledge of basic scientific concepts to facilitate understanding of the medical sciences.
  8. Develop a basic scientific foundation for learning to perform a complete human physical examination.
  9. Upon graduation, be prepared to enter an accredited graduate-level Physician Assistant program.

The Medical Science major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize the pathology of human disease by system and specialty.
  2. Present orally and in writing a medical history for assigned human patients.
  3. Perform a physical examination on an assigned adult patient.
  4. Present orally and in writing physical examination findings about assigned human patients.
  5. Demonstrate pharmacologic and therapeutic skills appropriate to introductory level Physician Assistant studies.
  6. Display a working knowledge of major anatomical regions and structures of the human body.
  7. With regard to human physiology and pathophysiology, explain interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and systemic levels.
  8. Recognize the role of genetic factors in health and disease.
  9. Analyze the socio-behavioral aspects of medical practice.
  10. Examine ethical concepts as they relate to practical decision-making and problem-solving in medical practice.