144 PA 6458 Professional Practice Preparation 4 credits The course will include an extensive didactic review of medical topics in a system based approach. Preparation for employment through structured activities and workshops will be undertaken. Application for licensure procedures and board-certification will be emphasized. Goals: The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to: 1) exhibit their clinical skills and review didactic knowledge learning throughout the curriculum; 2) prepare for successful completion of the national certification examination through lectures, assignments, and self-learning; 3) recognize the importance of national certification, state licensure maintenance, and continuing medical education requirements; and 4) prepare for employment. PA 6362 Capstone 3 credits This course is designed to be a capstone course in the physician assistant curriculum. It is designed to review and evaluate knowledge and skills deemed essential for successful completion of the program and entry into the PA profession. Evaluations will be conducted to assess knowledge, skills, critical thinking, problem solving, communication with patients, and professionalism. Students will present research findings of project started in first didactic year. Goals: The student will be given the opportunity to 1) Assimilate research from previous twelve months for presentation and critique. 2) Disseminate knowledge to peers gained through course of program study, and 3) Demonstrate application of skills and knowledge gained throughout PA program. PA 6264 Health Policy, Billing, & Coding 2 credits This course is designed to be an overview of health policy including public and private programs for patient access to care as well as pay systems. New guidelines for appropriate coding of care delivered and testing ordered for best patient and employer outcomes will be detailed. Penalties for inappropriate billing will be reviewed and honesty/fair-patient dealings stressed. Goals: The student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to: 1) appropriately code and bill for a patient encounter, 2) comprehend the various systems in place for reimbursement of services, 3) exhibit an awareness of health policy and changing patterns over time, and 4) identify resources for further study on the topic in the future.