PA 538 Patient Assessment I, 4 credits

This course teaches foundational skills and techniques required to gather a complete medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. The course introduces the student to the practice of history taking and physical examinations of the skin, head and neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs and heart. During the course, integration of the student's knowledge of the structure and function of the human body is coupled with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper use of diagnostic equipment and techniques for performing a comprehensive physical examination.