UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS
(PRE-PA CONCENTRATION)

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WHY MAJOR IN MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS 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 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.

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS PRE-PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT CURRICULUM:

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 120 credits and meet specific requirements, as outlined in the University of Delaware Catalog. In addition, students may qualify for a minor in Biological Sciences provided the stated criteria are met. The following plan is only one example; not every student will take every course in the same order.

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL

BISC 207 Introductory Biology I

CHEM 103 or 107 General Chemistry

Mathematics

UNIV 101 First Year Experience

Breadth requirement

SPRING

BISC 208 Introductory Biology II

CHEM 104 or 108 General Chemistry

ENGL 110 Seminar in Composition

MMSC 100 Intro. to Medical Laboratory Science

MMSC 200 The Language of Medicine

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL

CHEM 213/215 Organic Chem Lecture/Lab OR CHEM 321/325 Organic Chemistry Lecture/Lab

KAAP 309 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

NTDT 200 Nutrition Concepts

PSYC 100 General Psychology

 

SPRING

BISC 300 Introduction to Microbiology

CHEM 214/216 Elem.Biochem Lecture/Lab OR CHEM 322/326 Organic Chemistry Lecture/Lab

KAAP 310 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Breadth Requirement

 

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL

CHEM 214 Elementary Biochemistry*

MMSC 360 Clinical Immunology and Medical Virology

MMSC 402 Body Fluid Analysis

STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice OR 408 Statistical Research Methods

Second writing course (after completion of 45 credits)

Breadth requirement

SPRING

HLTH 241 Ethical Aspects of Healthcare

MMSC 407 Clinical Physiological Chemistry I

MMSC 409 Immunohematology I  

MMSC 423 Hematology I

MMSC 428 Medical Microbiology

Breadth Requirement

*only needed if CHEM 321/325 and CHEM 322/326 sequence is taken in sophomore year

SENIOR YEAR

FALL

MMSC 420 Immunohematology II

MMSC 433 Hematology II

MMSC 436 Clinical Physiological Chemistry II

MMSC 438 Diagnostic Bacteriology and Medical Mycology

MMSC 490 Clin. &  Molecular Cell Bio OR BISC401 Molecular Biology of the Cell**

Breadth requirement

SPRING

MEDT 491 Human Molecular Genetics OR BISC403 Genetics **

MMSC 462 Interdis. Healthcare Perspectives

HLTH 241 Ethical Aspects of Healthcare

English (at 200+ level)

 

**Students can take MEDT 490 and 491 or BISC 401 and 403

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