Distance Education for Military PersonnelPresentation Transcript
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
Bachelor of Science Health Science
Distance Based Degree Completion Program
Credit for Military Training with Flexible Credit Transfer
Solid Core Health Professional Preparatory Science Curriculum
Utilization of Home Laboratory Kits
Includes Physician Assistant Pre-Requisite Coursework
1 st Bachelor’s 2 nd Bachelor’s Pre-requisites
BSHS Admission Criteria
Complete the online application including essay
Submit a letter of recommendation from Director, Department Head or Commanding Officer
Submit official transcripts from:
1. Navy Medicine registrar (A and C schooling)
2. SMART transcript including the summary form
3. Other academic institutions attended
Have a cumulative QPA/GPA from all course work equivalent to 2.0 or 72.5%
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 )
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
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
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
Master of Physician Assistant Sciences
Military Distance Based Program
142 accredited entry level programs,
Certificate only- 5
Associate (AA/AS) - 3
Baccalaureate (BA/BS) - 21
Masters (professional or graduate school) - 113
No distance based physician assistant programs in the country.
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
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
Be military personnel within a health-related field, stationed within the continental United States.
Have a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) (must have lab)
Chemistry (8 credits) (must have lab)
Microbiology (4 credits) (must have lab)
Statistics (3 credits)
Psychology (3 credits)
Medical Terminology (1-3 credits)
Have an overall GPA of 2.8 and a cumulative GPA for all prerequisite coursework of a 3.0.
Have four years of direct (“hands-on”) patient care experience in either a military or civilian healthcare setting.
Submit three letters of recommendation.
Must complete distance learning readiness assessment.
MPAS Admission Criteria
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
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
Synchronous and Asynchronous
Virtual Classroom Software (Voice over IP)
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)
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
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