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  • Maximize students’ prior college-level course work and military experiences. Home Lab Kits to mirror residential lab experiences.
  • Developed a program that incorporated both military training and prior educational course work to apply toward the degree requirements.
  • 128 credit degree program Academic plans are individualized for each student and up to 90 credits of prior coursework can be applied to the degree. Courses in red are the pre-requisite courses for eligibility into PA programs. By completing the BSHS program, students would be eligible to apply to the Online PA program.
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Physician assistant programs must obtain accreditation from ARC-PA. All accredited PA programs must adhere to the national standards developed by the ARC-PA. New programs must obtain provisional accreditation from the ARC-PA prior to the matriculation of students. National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants NCCPA is the only credentialing organization for physician assistants in the United States. Graduates from physician assistant programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors are eligible to seek NCCPA certification by taking the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) . The multiple-choice test comprises 360 questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge
  • Accreditation Standards Govern Programs: Administration, Curriculum (Didactic and Clinical), Evaluation (Program and Student), Student Services, Accreditation (Provisional and Maintenance) Clearly define the minimum requirements of a program. Growing acceptance of international experiences/education.
  • Admission criteria developed through researching the top PA programs in the country and specifically the targeted student population for this unique program. Distance Learning Readiness Assessment READI- online tool that will be utilized as a student self assessment and an course planning tool for content presentation. The system compares personal attributes, learning styles, reading rate and recall, technical competency, as well as typing speed and accuracy against research standards and provides a diagnostic report to the student as well as the system administrator.  The system also provides remedial information for students to brush up on skills needed to succeed in online learning.  Encourage individuals to complete the online assessment to aid in continued program development. Flyer for this with specific information.
  • Class size of 20-25.
  • Program length- mean 26.8 months, full time residential programs Special Topics- Allows for the program to offer specialized educational content. Currently this course will provide the curriculum for student to become a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS). Clinical Practice Skills- Year 3 will be completed at the Naval medical facilities that the IDC is stationed through academic/clinical affiliations.
  • Primary care- inpatient and out patient Psyc- inpatient and out patient Surgery- pre-op, post-op, operating room Womens health- Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Twenty-third Annual Report on Physician Assistant Educational Programs in the United States 2006-2007 , published annually by the Physician Assistant Education Association.
  • Distance Education for Military Personnel

    1. 1. Distance Education for Military Personnel Dr. Melissa Kagarise, Program Director, SFU/CERMUSA Physician Assistant Program Megan Gallagher, SFU Office of Advising and Retention June 15, 2009
    2. 2. Bachelor of Science Health Science <ul><li>Distance Based Degree Completion Program </li></ul><ul><li>Credit for Military Training with Flexible Credit Transfer </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Core Health Professional Preparatory Science Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Utilization of Home Laboratory Kits </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Physician Assistant Pre-Requisite Coursework </li></ul>1 st Bachelor’s 2 nd Bachelor’s Pre-requisites
    3. 3. BSHS Admission Criteria <ul><li>Complete the online application including essay </li></ul><ul><li>Submit a letter of recommendation from Director, Department Head or Commanding Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Submit official transcripts from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Navy Medicine registrar (A and C schooling) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. SMART transcript including the summary form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Other academic institutions attended </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have a cumulative QPA/GPA from all course work equivalent to 2.0 or 72.5% </li></ul>
    4. 4. BIOL 111 Biology I (lab) BIOL 205 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (lab) BIOL 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (lab) BIOL 214 Clinical Microbiology (lab) CHEM 103 Human Chemistry I (lab) CHEM 104 Human Chemistry II (lab) CPSC 101 Introduction to Computer Systems PSYC 209 Developmental Psychology NYRS 311 Human Nutrition PHYA 110 Medical Terminology PHYA 111 Introduction to Medicine I PHYA 112 Introduction to Medicine II PHYA 210 Introduction to Medicine III PHYA 211 Introduction to Medicine IV PHYA 503 Research Methodology PHIL 312 Health Care Ethics PHED 303 Wellness and Fitness PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology ENGL 103 Writing for a Discipline ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature FNAR course HIST 101 Europe and the World or HIST 103 The United States HIST 102 Europe and the World or HIST 104The United States LANG 102 or higher STAT 101 Statistics RLST 205 Faith and Franciscanism RLST Elective PHIL 205 Reasoning and Responsibility SPCH 103 Speech Fundamentals and Public Speaking (2) Social Science Courses Health Science Requirements (53) General Education Requirements (42) Free Electives (33 )
    5. 5. Bachelor of Science in Health Science
    6. 6. Laboratory Experiences BIOL 111 General Biology with Lab CHEM 103 & 104 Human Chemistry with Lab BIOL 205 & 206 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab BIOL 214 Clinical Microbiology with Lab
    7. 7. BSHS Program; Rolling Admissions Application Deadlines: August 1, 2009 for Fall 2009 enrollment November 15, 2009 for Spring 2010 enrollment www.francis.edu/BSHS.htm
    8. 8. <ul><li>Master of Physician Assistant Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Military Distance Based Program </li></ul><ul><li>142 accredited entry level programs, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificate only- 5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associate (AA/AS) - 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baccalaureate (BA/BS) - 21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masters (professional or graduate school) - 113 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No distance based physician assistant programs in the country. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Physician Assistants (PAs) are academically and clinically prepared to practice medicine with the direction and responsible supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy. ARC-PA NCCPA
    10. 10. Accredits qualified PA programs offered by, or located within institutions chartered by and physically located within the US, and where students are geographically located within the US for their education. Program Accreditation Process
    11. 11. <ul><li>Be military personnel within a health-related field, stationed within the continental United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) (must have lab) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry (8 credits) (must have lab) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microbiology (4 credits) (must have lab) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics (3 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology (3 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Terminology (1-3 credits) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have an overall GPA of 2.8 and a cumulative GPA for all prerequisite coursework of a 3.0. </li></ul><ul><li>Have four years of direct (“hands-on”) patient care experience in either a military or civilian healthcare setting. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit three letters of recommendation. </li></ul><ul><li>Must complete distance learning readiness assessment. </li></ul>MPAS Admission Criteria
    12. 12. New PA Class Begins Application Timeline Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Application Open Interview of Candidates Revolving Internal Evaluations Determination
    13. 13. SFU/CERMUSA Physician Assistant Program Paradigm Fall (August- December) Spring (January- May) Summer (May- August) Year 1 Year 3 Year 2 Healthcare System (2) Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3) Introduction to Pharmacology (1) Evidence Based Medicine and Research Methodology (3) Anatomy and Physiology (3) History and Physical Examination I (3) Clinical Medicine I (3 ) Diversity in Healthcare (3) Clinical and Surgical Procedures (2) Special Topics (1) History and Physical Examination II (2) Clinical Medicine II (3) Emergency Medicine (1 ) Pediatrics and Geriatrics (3) Patient Education (2) Clinical Practice Skills (1) Primary Care I (8 ) Primary Care II (4) Medical Specialties I (4) Medical Specialties II (4) Masters Capstone Experience (4) Summative Evaluation (0) P/F
    14. 14. <ul><li>Didactic Coursework </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Modalities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronous and Asynchronous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Classroom Software (Voice over IP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live video </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Saint Francis University Military Affairs Office http://www.francis.edu/militaryaffairs.htm Proposed Tuition Schedule SFU Option A Full Graduate Tuition (10-13) SFU Option B 20% Tuition Discount/ Scholarship (10-13) SFU Residential PA Program (08-09) Annual Report Mean Annual Report Range Tuition for Program $57,158 $54,206 $78,761 $52,225 (nonresident) $18,300-$99,942 (nonresident)
    16. 17. Dates to Remember December 10-11, 2009, ARC-PA on-site accreditation visit March 2010, ARC-PA determination of status March 2010, PA program application opens August 2010, First class of students begin program
    17. 18. Resources Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant www.arc-pa.org American Academy of Physician Assistants www.aapa.org National Commission on the Certification for Physician Assistants www.nccpa.net Physician Assistant Education Association www.paeaonline.org