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  • The University of Findlay PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM Bachelor of Science Degree Class of 2009 INFORMATION BOOKLET 2006 – 2007 Intended for Class of 2009 (Matriculation Date June 2007) CASPA Application Deadline: November 1, 2006 CASPA application must be received by the PA Program no later than December 31, 2006
  • Printed August 13, 2010 NOT VALID FOR PREVIOUS OR SUBSEQUENT CLASSES! FINDLAY The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program Information Booklet Table of Contents Note to Prospective Physician Assistant Students............................................................................................4 Fast Facts!.........................................................................................................................................................5 Responsibilities of the Applicant......................................................................................................................6 Physician Assistant Program............................................................................................................................7 Mission Statement........................................................................................................................................7 Program Goals:.............................................................................................................................................7 Accreditation.................................................................................................................................................9 Summary of Application Process:..................................................................................................................11 Admission to the Physician Assistant Program..............................................................................................16 Admission Criteria..........................................................................................................................................17 Grade Point Average (GPA) >2.75 out of 4.00......................................................................................17 Previous Degree Students.......................................................................................................................17 Academic Prerequisites..........................................................................................................................17 Specific Coursework Criteria ................................................................................................................18 PA Program Prerequisites...................................................................................................................18 Clinical Experience Prerequisite.............................................................................................................19 Additional Admission Requirements......................................................................................................19 CPR and ACLS Requirements........................................................................................................19 Work and Outside Activities Policy...............................................................................................................20 Selection Of Applicants..........................................................................................................................22 If You Did Your Prerequisite Work at Another Institution:...........................................................................23 Previous Physician Assistant Course Work....................................................................................................24 Foreign Medical Graduates.............................................................................................................................25 Costs Associated with the PA Program..........................................................................................................27 Costs Of the Pre-Professional Program .................................................................................................27 Costs Of the Professional Program ........................................................................................................28 Tuition and Fees.....................................................................................................................................30 Estimated Program-Specific Costs.........................................................................................................30 Travel Expenses......................................................................................................................................30 Minimum Technical Standards for Continuation and Graduation.................................................................31 Equal Opportunity Statement.........................................................................................................................33 Program Of Study...........................................................................................................................................35 First Year....................................................................................................................................................35 Second Year................................................................................................................................................36 Summary of What You Really Need to Know to Apply to the Class of 2009!..............................................37 2
  • Section 1 Introduction
  • FINDLAY The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program Note to Prospective Physician Assistant Students Thank you for expressing interest in the Physician Assistant Program at The University of Findlay. At the time this booklet was printed, The University of Findlay was offering a “2 + 2” program of study leading to the granting of a Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis in Physician Assistant. There were two years of pre-professional education and two years of professional education. A Master’s Degree option is not currently available, but is in the planning stages. We are working diligently toward receiving approval to transition to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. Once we receive approval, we will update this booklet and our web page. Please check with the program office to determine if this option has become available after the printing of this booklet. Any student who is otherwise qualified for entry into The University of Findlay is eligible to declare themselves Pre-PA majors and take the prerequisite courses. As explained in this booklet, the student will then apply through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) for a position in the professional phase of the program on a competitive basis. All prerequisites do not have to be completed at the time of the CASPA application, but must be completed prior to matriculation into the PA Program. Graduates of our program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The Physician Assistant Program at The University of Findlay was granted initial full accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) in April of 2000. ARC-PA became independent in January of 2001. Continuing full accreditation was awarded in March 2003 with the next accreditation review scheduled for 2007. The class size is 18 for students entering the professional component of the PA Program. The program reserves the right to increase or decrease this number depending upon available resources. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this booklet, please be advised that The University of Findlay and the Physician Assistant Program reserve the right to make changes, corrections, or amendments as deemed appropriate and necessary without prior notice. If requirements change from year to year, students are subject to the requirements in effect at the time they enroll. It is the responsibility of the student to stay abreast of all requirements. Contact the Program Office at 419-434-4529 (or 1-800-472-9502, ext. 4529) if you have questions. We hope that the following guidelines will aid you in your quest to become a Physician Assistant and successfully enroll in our program. If you have any questions, the following phone numbers may be of use to you: 4
  • Physician Assistant Program 419-434-4529 (or 1-800-472-9502, ext. 4529) Office of Admissions 419-434-4732 Financial Aid Office 419-434-4792 Fast Facts! 1. The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). This means that all applications to the program will be taken via this service. You can begin your application process by going to the following site on the World Wide Web or by contacting the PA Program Office and ordering a paper-and-pencil copy of the application and other forms. http://www.caspaonline.org/ The CASPA e-mail address for customer support is: apply@caspaonline.org US Mail Address: CASPA PO Box 9108 Watertown, MA 02471 Telephone: (617) 612-2080 Be sure you have your transcripts sent both to CASPA and The University of Findlay Office of Admissions, 1000 North Main Street, Findlay, Ohio, 45840. (Students of The University of Findlay only have to send their official transcripts to CASPA.) 2. Minimum grade point averages required overall for all colleges and universities attended and for all science courses is 2.75 out of 4.0. The average GPA of admitted students (for all classes to date): Overall GPA 3.41, Science GPA 3.36. 3. Health care experience is not specifically required. However, the amount and type of heath care experience will be used as part of the admission process. These may be paid or volunteer. 4. The start date for the Class of 2009 will be June 4, 2007. 5. Applicants will be required to submit a supplemental application to the PA Program once their CASPA application is complete. This supplemental application will be sent to all applicants who qualify and complete the CASPA application. Supplemental applications must be returned within ten (10) days of receipt along with a $35.00 processing fee. 6. Once accepted into the program, students will be responsible for showing proof of current certification in Basic Life Support (CPR) on the first day of class. 7. All students must have current certification in Basic Life Support (CPR) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) prior to clinical rotations. Students are responsible for the cost of CPR and ACLS training. 5
  • Responsibilities of the Applicant To help ensure your application process is successful we have created the following information as a guideline and reference. 1. Please make certain that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are on file with CASPA and either the University Registrar or the Office of Adult and Continuing Education. These materials must be available for review by PA Program officials at the time of application processing. 2. Application procedures for both The University of Findlay AND the Physician Assistant Program are important to follow. Significant delays can occur if the student fails to read and follow all application instructions. These instructions are available from the CASPA website (https://secure.caspaonline.org/). 3. Please notify and update The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program and CASPA of any change of address, including email address . 4. Applicants are expected to either maintain an active email account or notify The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program about the lack of access to email. No applicant will be penalized for not having access to email, but unless notified otherwise, the PA Program will use email as a primary means of communication with applicants. 5. Applicants in need of financial aid are encouraged to initiate the steps necessary to determine their eligibility as early as possible. The Physician Assistant Program cannot provide financial aid counseling, Applicants are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office at The University of Findlay upon making application to The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program. 6. Applicants are responsible for determining specific practice requirements for the state or territory in which they intend to practice after graduation. A degree from The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program and successful completion of the PA Program entitles the graduate to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination which results in Certification (PA-C), but this does not guarantee licensure or registration in all 50 states. 6
  • FINDLAY The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program Mission Statement The Physician Assistant Program at The University of Findlay is established within the University community to provide its students with the medical knowledge and technical skills necessary for them to become ethical, caring health care providers with an emphasis in delivering superior quality primary care to the surrounding community and to communities throughout the world in collaboration with their supporting physicians and as part of the health care team. Program Goals: (1) The Physician Assistant Program will educate well-qualified, ethical professionals who are able to integrate theoretical foundations with clinical reasoning skills and build upon their experiences in order to best serve their patients and communities in collaboration with their supervising physician and other members of the health care team. (2) The Physician Assistant Program will educate a generalist practitioner who has the ability to practice in a variety of settings, geographical locations, and roles. (3) The Physician Assistant Program will produce health care professionals who are dedicated to self- motivated, lifelong learning. To accomplish its Mission and goals, the Physician Assistant Program will: •Provide the optimal resources, environment and opportunities for learning. •Provide a progression of study that is carefully sequenced and balanced with core medical sciences, behavioral sciences, technical skills, clinical problem solving skills, and appropriate supervised clinical experiences. •Develop a program that promotes independent learning skills, requires a working knowledge of library, faculty, and community resources, and promotes the graduate's quest for continuing professional development and life-long learning. •Prepare the students to pass the NCCPA National Certifying Examination •Provide a course of instruction that develops interpersonal skills necessary for PA/patient relationships and interactions and enhances the ability of graduates to function effectively in the work environment and as members of the interdisciplinary health care system. •Establish a course of study which emphasizes the importance of participation in the professional physician assistant organizations and enables graduates to assume positions as members and leaders in professional and community organizations. •Prepare the students to meet the Ohio State licensing requirements for practicing PAs. The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program 7
  • The Edward and Joyce Brewer Center for Health Sciences houses The University of Findlay’s Physician Assistant Program and provides classrooms and laboratories for the Physical and Occupational therapy programs. In addition, Blanchard Valley Regional Health Care Center operates an outpatient clinic focused on physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine and pediatric rehabilitation services. The office for the Physician Assistant Program is located in Room 212. Entering freshmen can enter the “2 + 2” Bachelor’s Degree program. Once accepted into The University of Findlay, students wishing to become PAs will spend the first two years of academic study completing the required general education courses, competencies, and program- specific prerequisite courses. The student will then apply to the PA Program during or sometime after the sophomore year. Qualified applicants will be admitted into the professional component of the program in a competitive admission process. Applicants with previous higher educational experiences are required to fulfill the same requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree as all other applicants to the PA Program and must apply to The University of Findlay through the Office of Graduate and Special Programs. (http://www.findlay.edu/admission/graduate/) If the applicant will have all of the general education, competency, and program-specific requirements finished prior to the beginning of the next PA class, he or she will then make a separate application to The University of Findlay PA Program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) in equal competition will all other applicants. The professional component for the Bachelor’s Degree program consists of four 16-week semesters and three summer terms. It runs continuously from early June (usually the first Monday in the month) until early to mid-August. There are four semesters of didactic and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science, and three semesters of clinical experience. The clinical rotations consist of six 6-week experiences at a variety of clinical sites such as hospitals, clinics, and private offices during the fall and spring semesters of the second year of the program. The last summer semester is a 10 week clinical experience divided into one orthopedic rotation and 2 clinical clerkships. The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program The second year of the professional component of the program consists of clinical experiences. The students rotate through the six mandated clinical rotations – 2 Family Practice Rotations, General Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. Clinical experience will 8
  • be obtained by working in a variety of settings, such as hospital in-patient services, emergency departments, physician offices, ambulatory care centers, and other kinds of health care facilities. Successful completion of these six rotations is required. During the 3rd semester of the senior year, students will take the required orthopedic surgery rotation and be allowed to chose from a list of “selective” clinical clerkships – clinical experiences that can be different from the basic, or core rotations. Students are strongly encouraged to take two separate experiences. One of these clerkships should be in a primary care setting (family practice, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics). This is the time in the curriculum where the student can pursue his or her interest in the sub-specialties, such as orthopedic surgery, cardiology, dermatology, etc. Senior students participate in The University of Findlay May graduation ceremony. However, completion of the program occurs only after successfully completing the orthopedic and both selective rotations and passing a comprehensive written and practical examination. A separate Physician Assistant Program graduation ceremony is held in August after the completion of the last rotation of the summer semester. Accreditation The University of Findlay is accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents, The Higher Learning Commission (part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools), The Ohio State Board of Education, and The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and is authorized to offer A.A., B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., and M.B.A. programs by the Ohio Board of Regents. The Physician Assistant Program at The University of Findlay is fully accredited by The Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. and is a member of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs. Successful graduates of this program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination for state licensure (or registration). 9
  • Section 2 Application Process 10
  • Summary of Application Process: Applicants to the Physician Assistant Program should understand that many more applications are received than the entering class is able to accommodate. Admission is competitive, with preference given to individuals with demonstrated academic strength in the sciences, knowledge of the PA profession, and an interest in primary care. The following is a “step-by-step” description of how to apply to the PA Program professional component: 1. You must apply to, and be accepted into The University of Findlay. 2. You must complete all academic prerequisites no later than June 4, 2007. 3. You must demonstrate a grade point average of 2.75 out of 4.0 for overall GPA and in the sciences. 4. Apply to the PA Program through CASPA. 5. You must submit 3 letters of recommendation to CASPA. 6. Complete and return the Supplemental Application and $35.00 processing fee to the PA Program 7. Submit your application to CASPA no later than November 1, 2006. 8. The deadline for having you application materials sent from CASPA to The University of Findlay is December 31, 2006. 9. We encourage you to contact the PA Program if you still have questions. The Details: 1. You must apply to, and be accepted into The University of Findlay. Physician assistant applicants must meet requirements for admission to The University of Findlay and must fulfill all program-specific requirements as listed elsewhere in this Information Booklet. It is assumed that anyone applying to the PA Program understands the difference between applying to the PA Program and applying to the university. Anyone who will not have their prerequisite course work done by the deadline should not apply through CASPA. They should continue to work on their prerequisites as a pre-PA student instead. If all prerequisites will be completed by June 4, 2007, apply to the PA Program by the deadline. Applications to The University of Findlay are accepted through the Office of Graduate and Special Programs. The CASPA application will be accepted as the Findlay application and will be forwarded automatically to the Office of Graduate and Special Programs upon receipt. All applicants must submit either an application to The University of Findlay or a CASPA application (or both) in order to be accepted as a student at The University of Findlay. In addition to applying to The University of Findlay as noted above, you must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent to the Office of Graduate and Special Programs, The University of Findlay, 1000 North Main Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840. You are encouraged to have these sent as early in the process as possible. If you need more information, contact the Office of Graduate and Special Programs at 800-558-9060 or 419-434-4600 or E-mail: gradinfo@findlay.edu Web Address for Admissions with links to an online application is: http://www.findlay.edu/admission/undergraduate/applying/ . Being accepted into The University of Findlay is not the same as being accepted into the PA Program. It is just the first step. 11
  • Summary of Application Process (continued) If a prospective student is not currently enrolled at The University of Findlay, he or she must submit all appropriate materials in support for their admission to The University of Findlay Office of Graduate and Special Programs. Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog for more information concerning The University of Findlay admission requirements and procedures. Current University of Findlay students will not need to reapply to the University, but will need to send official copies of all transcripts to CASPA and apply to the Physician Assistant Program. Those applicants who are transferring to The University of Findlay in order to attend the PA program, or who are returning to The University of Findlay after having obtained a previous degree must follow the additional steps outlined in section of this Information Booklet. 2. You must complete all academic prerequisites no later than June 4, 2007. - University of Findlay general education required courses - University of Findlay competencies - Physician Assistant Program prerequisites A list of these courses are also on the World Wide Web at the following address: http://www.findlay.edu/academics/cohp/phas/admincriteria/prepa.html (See page 18 for current list of required Program-specific perquisite courses) 3. You must demonstrate a grade point average of 2.75 out of 4.0 for overall GPA and in the sciences. Applicants must present transcripts to The University of Findlay and CASPA reflecting a GPA of 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 - point scale) for all college work. It is strongly recommended that science courses more than five years old be re-taken prior to applying to the program. In general, science courses over five (5) years old will not be accepted for credit towards the program prerequisites. Determination of acceptance will be on a case-by-case basis. 4. Apply to the PA Program through CASPA. ALL applications to the Physician Assistant Program must be submitted through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA). Application materials are available from the CASPA website, through CASPA customer service, or from The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program office. (The CASPA e-mail address for customer support is: caspainfo@caspaonline.org or via phone at 617-612-2080.) When all of the requirements for admission have been met, OR when it is possible to have them all completed prior to matriculation, apply to the PA Program on the internet through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) at https://secure.caspaonline.org/. It is critical that you send all transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to CASPA as part of your application. This will require that non-University of Findlay students submit two sets of transcripts – one to CASPA and one to The University of Findlay. 12
  • Summary of Application Process (continued) 5. You must submit 3 letters of recommendation to CASPA. Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation using the procedure(s) specified by CASPA. These letters may be from anyone of the applicant’s choice, but preference will be for those from educators, practicing physician assistants, physicians, other health professionals, previous employers, or supervisors. 6. Complete and return the Supplemental Application to the PA Program. When the PA Program receives a complete CASPA application, the applicant will be sent a Supplemental Application if they meet all requirements, which must be returned by the deadline stated on that application along with a $35.00 check or money order made out to The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program A course completion plan, detailing how all prerequisites will be completed prior to the start of the PA professional level curriculum needs to be submitted directly to the Physician Assistant Program (not to CASPA) as part of the supplemental application. This plan must make it clear what courses are to be taken, where they are to be taken, and when they are to be taken. The supplemental application will be sent to all qualified applicants when their completed CASPA application is received. (CASPA does not send the program any application that is not complete and verified). 7. Submit your application to CASPA no later than November 1, 2006 Application review begins early. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their applications as soon as possible. After the CASPA application is received, the top candidates are invited for an interview. Qualified applicant interviews are scheduled in spring, typically middle February or March. 8. The deadline for having you application materials sent from CASPA to The University of Findlay is December 31, 2006. Applying through CASPA as early in the year as possible is recommended. The processing time for CASPA from April through September is approximately 2 – 3 weeks. After September, it can take 4 – 6 weeks for your application to be processed and delivered to our program. Rare exceptions are allowed to this policy is the applicant is working closely with both CASPA and the PA Program. All final admission decisions are made by the Physician Assistant Program Admissions committee. Candidates are notified in writing of the result of the application in a timely fashion following committee action. You are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible! Significant delays that could result in your application not being accepted could occur if you wait until November or December to begin the CASPA process. Summary of Application Process 9. We encourage you to contact the PA Program if you still have questions. 13
  • The number one reason why candidates are rejected or have to withdraw their application is because they fail to fulfill a program- or University of Findlay-specific requirements. Materials You Need to Send to CASPA Materials You Need to Send to UF  All official college & university  All official college & university transcripts transcripts  Letters of recommendation  Official High School transcripts  Application fee Materials You Need to Send to PA Program  Any other materials requested by  Supplemental application and $35.00 CASPA processing fee, check or money order made out to The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program  Course completion plan 14
  • Section 3 Admission to the Physician Assistant Program FINDLAY The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program 15
  • Admission to the Physician Assistant Program “The role of the physician assistant demands intelligence, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, the ability to relate to people and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. An attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient’s welfare are essential attributes.” (The Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant, page 4) Admission to the Physician Assistant Program is competitive. Applicants are selected based on a committee’s assessment of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the training, and competently function in their professional role as defined by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. as printed in the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant, the State of Ohio, and the Program. Candidates must have the physical, emotional and intellectual attributes necessary for success in this type of training. To successfully complete the program a candidate should: • Have the academic ability to learn a large volume of technically detailed information and be able to synthesize and use this data to solve complex clinical problems. This information must be acquired in a short and intense period of study which requires well-developed study skills and a high level of motivation. • Possess the emotional maturity and stability to approach highly stressful human situations in a calm and rational manner. • Be able to communicate effectively with patients and other health-care professionals from a wide diversity of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in an empathetic and sensitive fashion. • Have well-developed oral and written communication skills. The specific criteria used for admission decisions are as follows: 1. Grade Point Averages – Overall and Science 2. Completion of specific prerequisite coursework 3. Clinical experience – amount and type 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. Performance on interview with those candidates meeting minimum admission requirements 6. The overall impression of the candidate as determined by the Admissions Committee 16
  • Admission Criteria Grade Point Average (GPA) >2.75 out of 4.00 For acceptance into the PA Program the minimum overall grade point average from all colleges and universities attended is 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, each applicant must have a GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or better in either the CASPA-computed science. Courses with a grade below a “C” will not count toward fulfillment of academic requirements, but will be included in the overall grade point average. Previous Degree Students Students wishing to enter the Physician Program who already have advanced degrees in other fields will be required to comply with all published admission criteria of The University of Findlay and the PA Program. Academic Prerequisites There are requirements for specific general education courses as well as proof of certain competencies that are listed as prerequisites for the PA Program. Students must have all of these courses or requirements completed prior to matriculation into the professional component of the PA Program. They may not be taken during or after the professional component of the program. Some students may be able to receive credit for certain prerequisites based upon professional experiences and/or placement tests. Acceptance into the program will be contingent upon successful completion of all prerequisite courses before the start of the professional component of the program. Some prerequisites may be in process at the time of application. Most traditional students are not able to complete their prerequisites before submitting their application. The only requirement is that all prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term preceding the summer term in which one anticipates matriculation in the Physician Assistant Program. For example, all prerequisites must be completed prior to 4 June 2007 for entry into the class of 2009. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all prerequisites have been successfully completed. Students with prerequisite courses “in process” at the time of selection will be admitted contingent upon successful completion of these prerequisite courses. This requirement will be listed in an applicant’s acceptance letter. “Successful” completion is defined as earning a “C” or better in these courses. In addition, the applicant must maintain an overall grade point average that meets minimum admission standards. Failure to meet either of these two standards will result in denial of admission to the class. No prerequisite coursework can be pending as of the start of the 1st summer term. 17
  • Specific Coursework Criteria Each entering student must have completed the following prerequisite courses or have been given credit/ advanced standing/waiver prior to entering the professional component of the program. PA Program Prerequisites TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS REQUIRED – 59 or 60 hrs1 General Education Requirements Not Filled by Major – 11 or 12 hrs Fine Arts 3 hrs Humanities 3 hrs Music, Art, Communications or 3 hrs Fulfilled by Health Care Theater Ethics Mathematics 6–7 Natural Science hrs MATH123 – Statistics 3 hrs Fulfilled by Major Requirements MATH132 or higher 3 – 4 hrs Social Science 3 hrs Wellness 2 hrs Fulfilled by Psychology HPE 100 2 University Competency Requirements – 6 hrs ENGL 106 College Writing II 3 hrs Computer or Communication 3 hrs Competency Major Requirements – 41 hrs Natural Science -- Biology 12 Semester hours BIOL322 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hrs BIOL323 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hrs BIOL412 Microbiology 4 hrs Natural Science – Chemistry 12 Semester hours CHEM 130 General Chemistry I with Lab 4 hrs CHEM 131 General Chemistry II with Lab 4 hrs CHEM 325 Basic Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry 4 hrs Natural Science 4 Semester hours HEPR 220 Medical Terminology 3 hrs Humanities 3 Semester hours PHIL 221 Health Care Ethics 3 hrs Natural Science – Physics 4 Semester hours PHYS 250 General Physics with Lab 4 hrs Social Science – Psychology 3 Semester hours PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 hrs Courses Recommended (Will be required in 2008 admission cycle) Genetics (lab is not required) 3 hrs Hours required depend upon which mathematics course is taken to fulfill the general education requirement – either 3 or 4 hours. 1 18
  • Admission Criteria (Continued) Clinical Experience Prerequisite All entering students are encouraged to document either paid or voluntary health care experience. There is no specific minimum amount of experience required for entry into the PA Program, the admissions committee will take the amount and type of health care experience into account as part of the decision making process. Both the amount and type of health care experience will be taken into consideration. Information about hours of health care experience will be collected as part of the CASPA application. Submission of health care experiences and hours is a part of the CASPA application. See the application form or visit the CASPA website for more details http://www.caspaonline.org/). Additional Admission Requirements The Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education require that the program document that all entering students are free from health conditions that could endanger the health and well being of other students or patients. Therefore, all students who are accepted into the Physician Assistant Program will be required to have a physical examination performed by a physician or other health care provider prior to start of classes. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon completion of this examination. Students will be required to have a follow-up examination prior to entry into the second year of the program. The following information is required as part of the physical examination: 1. Written evidence from your physician of either a negative TB skin test within the past three (3) months or if there is a history of a positive TB skin test then provide written evidence of a negative chest x-ray in the past year. 2. Date of last TB skin test and result 3. If born on or after January 1, 1957, provide written documentation of two (2) live measles (rubeola) vaccines given no less than one month apart, after the first birthday; or written documentation of a measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine since 1989, or written documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity to rubeola; date and result; or written documentation of physician diagnosed rubeola infection: 4. Written documentation of varicella (chicken pox) titer drawn from a reputable laboratory; date and result. 5. Written documentation of completed series of three (3) Hepatitis-B vaccine, or proof that the immunization series has begun, or documentation of informed refusal of the vaccine. 6. Written documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity to rubella (German measles), date and result within the last five (5) years. This titer is not necessary if you received MMR or Rubella vaccine since 1989. 7. It is recommended that you have a tetanus/diphtheria booster if ten (10) years have elapsed since last booster. CPR and ACLS Requirements Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) also known as basic life support (BLS) is a requirement for admission into the Physician Assistant Program. 19
  • Once a student has been admitted into the PA Program, he or she will need to either obtain initial certification in BLS or renew an expired certification. The student is responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certification. In order to enter the second year of the program (the clinical year) all students must have current certificates in BLS and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Each student is responsible for presenting valid, current BLS and ACLS credentials during the orientation session held prior to entering the clinical year. The student is responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certification. Work and Outside Activities Policy Physician Assistant students are required to master a large body of information in a very short period of time. Most of a student’s day and much of his or her evenings can be expected to be devoted to their studies. Employment and extra-curricular activities such as college athletics are not specifically prohibited by policy, but each student must be aware of the difficulty of their academic program. The policy of the program is that outside activities and work are strongly discouraged. Each student must realize that there may come a time when he or she will have to choose between their academic responsibilities and their outside commitments. How you decide is a personal matter. We ask that you be prepared to make that choice! The clinical experiences, including the clinical clerkships in the summer, are so time and energy intensive that outside work is simply not appropriate for the typical student. 20
  • DEADLINES Applicants are encouraged to begin their CASPA application as early in the spring or fall as permitted by CASPA. Each applicant is also encouraged to follow the progress of his or her application. The CASPA website has an “Application Status Check” tool to allow applicants to find out the status of their application. You must remember your username and password to be able to use this function. https://portal.caspaonline.org/ Applicant Deadlines and Timeline Application to The University of Findlay No later than December 31, 20062 Begin CASPA Process Spring or Summer 2006 Transcripts to CASPA & Findlay As Soon As Possible! CASPA Application Deadline November 1, 20063 Findlay PA Program Receives CASPA App December 31, 2006 Applicant Interviews February through March 2007 Applicants Notified of Final Status On or About April 15, 20074 Applicants will be notified in writing of their status in a timely fashion following committee action. Applicants can anticipate being notified on or about April 15, 2007 – no earlier. The program reserves the right to delay notification due to circumstances beyond their control. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required materials. Physician Assistant Program applications should be submitted to CASPA Questions or concerns should be referred to the CASPA and/or the PA Program Office, as appropriate 2 The CASPA application will be accepted as an official University of Findlay application. However, official transcripts are still required. 3 CASPA will take no further applications after this date. 4 Except for those applicants offered an “Early Admission” option, all candidates will be notified by US Mail. Only one mailing will be made except under unusual circumstances. 21
  • Selection Of Applicants Students in the Physician Assistant Program will be selected from candidates submitting complete applications with all required supporting material to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) and to The University of Findlay. A variety of criteria are used by the Physician Assistant Admissions Committee in making admission decisions. All candidates in any given year are treated equally. However the PA Program reserves the right to modify the admissions criteria from year to year as deemed appropriate. Applicants considered suitable for admission will be invited to visit the University to interview with at least two PA Program faculty members, PA alumni, PA students, or other members of the admissions committee. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain more fully the applicant’s emotional and intellectual maturity, ability to communicate, and potential to achieve career satisfaction within the physician assistant role. A number of factors are considered during the selection process for each Physician Assistant class. Criteria such as grades, personal interview, program preparation, writing ability, recommendations, goals, employment experience, community and professional involvement are considered. Factors used in the selection process include but may not be limited to: • Academic experience a) previous college: cumulative grades, science course grades, and graduate studies; b) academic patterns such as most recent academic performance, credit load, withdrawals, and incomplete courses. • Health care experience with consideration to type and duration. This can include both paid and volunteer experience. • Letters of recommendation on prescribed forms which examine the applicant’s abilities, communication skills, motivation, interpersonal skills, and emotional maturity. • The amount of prerequisite course work the applicant has left to complete along with the applicant’s plan for completion of these. • The background and life experiences of our applicants. The members of the admissions committee believe that enrollment of students with diverse cultural, geographic, academic, and occupational backgrounds enriches the learning experience and helps in sensitizing PA students to the unique characteristics of the diverse patient populations they will work with as health care providers. • Interpersonal skills Students who are alumni of or who are currently enrolled in The University of Findlay are given special consideration in the application process. 22
  • If You Did Your Prerequisite Work at Another Institution: For those students entering the University from other institutions, or returning to the University after having received a degree from another institution, the following procedures should be applied: (Note: these procedures are for entering The University of Findlay, not application to the PA Program) 1. Apply to The University of Findlay through the Office of Graduate and Special if you are coming to Findlay to finish your prerequisite courses. There is no fee for this application. If you are only planning to attend the professional component of the PA Program, a completed CASPA application will be accepted as an application to The University of Findlay, but transcripts will still need to be supplied. 2. In support of this application, students must have official transcripts from all colleges, universities, and high schools previously attended sent to the Office of Graduate and Special Programs. There may be a fee for this service, depending upon the policies of the transferring institution. You are encouraged to do this as early in the application process as possible! a. The Office of the Registrar will complete a Transcript Evaluation of prior course work to determine which course(s) will be accepted for credit toward prerequisites, competencies, and electives, and which courses remain to be taken. b. If an applicant indicates on his or her application that they are interested in applying to the PA Program, the Program Director will be sent a copy of this transcript evaluation. 3. If all prerequisite course work has been completed or can be completed prior to the start date of the PA Program class being applied to, the applicant should then submit an application with all supporting materials to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA). 4. If all prerequisite course work has not been completed, the applicant should begin to complete them. It is strongly recommended that all potential applicants who are completing their prerequisites at other institutions consult with The University of Findlay’s Registrar’s Office to ensure that courses will be acceptable in transfer. Students attending The University of Findlay full time to obtain their prerequisite course work will receive special consideration in the application process. 5. Prerequisites may be taken at an institution other than The University of Findlay. Students are encouraged to obtain prior written confirmation that the course will transfer. The process is as follows: a. Write a letter to the Office of the Registrar. This letter should include: 1. Student’s name, address, phone number, and the student’s University of Findlay identification number; 2. Name of the course to be evaluated for transfer; 3. Name of the institution where the course will be taken; 4. Copy of the course description from that institution’s catalog. b. Mail or fax this letter to: The University of Findlay Office of the Registrar 1000 North Main Street Findlay, Ohio 45840 Fax: (419) 434-4822 6. Apply to the Physician Assistant Program by the deadline. Advanced Placement And Transfer Admissions Advanced placement and credit for previous work done as part of an applicant’s pre-professional curriculum shall be governed by University policy for advanced placement as defined in the University 23
  • catalog: “Advanced Placement Examination of the college Entrance Examination Board are not required for admission, but it is possible to receive advanced standing and/or college credit by submitting the results of the Advanced Placement Examination. Credit and/or waiver may be given for grades of three or better upon evaluation by the appropriate College Dean.”5 An evaluation of the number of credits and courses accepted for transfer will follow the letter of acceptance. Transfer credit is normally granted when courses taken at an institution accredited by an approved agency are completed with a grade of “C” or better and are not developmental in nature as defined by The University of Findlay. The final decision regarding the acceptance of credit rests with the Office of the Registrar. Any candidate requesting transfer into The University of Findlay’s PA program must complete the standard admission process to the University and the Physician Assistant Program; and must be eligible to return to the institution from which he or she is transferring. Students under academic suspension or dismissal from another institution will not be admitted to The University of Findlay until eligible to return to the former institution. The holder of an associate degree from an accredited two-year institution can transfer a maximum of 62 semester hours credit to The University of Findlay and, in most cases, receive junior class status. Previous Physician Assistant Course Work It is the policy of The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program not to grant academic credit towards completion of the PA Program for courses taken as part of another PA Program. Students wishing to earn their degree as a Physician Assistant from The University of Findlay will be required to meet all university requirements for the granting of a baccalaureate degree and enter the first semester of the professional phase of the program and take the entire sequence of courses in the Physician Assistant Program curriculum. No credit or advanced standing will be awarded for any PHAS- designated courses6. All accredited Physician Assistant Programs are reviewed by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. and are granted accreditation only after they have demonstrated that they are in compliance with the published Standards. However, the method by which each program meets the Standards is different. There are different course sequences and there are often different teaching methods. For this reason, it is extremely difficult for a student to move from one PA program to another without the risk of not being taught portions of the curriculum. Any applicant currently attending a PA Program at another institution desiring to matriculate into The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program must meet all published admission requirements for the PA Program as well as The University of Findlay and will be required to follow all admission procedures and submit an application through CASPA. 5 Findlay Undergraduate Catalog, Effective Fall 2003, p. 10. 6 All courses in the professional phase of the PA Program are designated “PHASXXX” 24
  • Foreign Medical Graduates Graduates of foreign medical schools will have to meet all applicable university requirements for the degree being sought. No credit or advanced standing will be given for professional-level courses (PHAS-designated courses). Medical school courses cannot be accepted as substitutes for any PHAS-designated course. All applicants submitting transcripts from academic institutions outside the United States must submit those transcripts to The University of Findlay Office of International Academic Advising and Services. This office will evaluate official copies of transcripts from all non-US colleges, universities, and medical schools. All courses taken as part of his or her previous medical training will be evaluated to determine whether they meet the program prerequisites and a grade point average will be determined. Work done in foreign institutions can only be accepted as satisfying PA Program prerequisites if and only if deemed appropriate by the Office of International Academic Advising and Services and the Registrar’s Office. All graduates from The University of Findlay who earn a Bachelor’s Degree must fulfill competency and general education requirements, as well as any program-specific requirements. If an applicant has a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution, the general education requirements are satisfied, but not university competency requirements. Therefore, there is no certainty that holding a medical degree from a foreign medical school will satisfy any or all of these requirements. Decisions concerning general education and competency requirements are made exclusively by the Office of the Registrar. The PA Program has no authority to grant or deny credit, waive, or make substitutions in these two areas. 25
  • Section 3 Program Costs Technical Standards Equal Opportunity Statement 26
  • Costs Associated with the PA Program To earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in The Physician Assistant Program the student must successfully complete two components – the pre-professional phase and the professional phase. Any student who meets the admission requirements of The University of Findlay and is accepted into the University may enroll in the pre-professional phase of the degree program. Admission into The University of Findlay does not constitute admission into the professional phase of the Physician Assistant Program. Once a student has been accepted into the professional component of the Physician Assistant Program there is a different fee schedule for tuition as well as additional costs necessitated by the nature of the education provided. The following information is provided to allow a prospective student to arrive at an estimate of how much money will be needed in order to complete his or her degree. Please refer to the current Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Financial Aid Office for information regarding the costs associated with the pre-professional phase. The current University undergraduate states: “The current operating cost of higher education is supported primarily by three areas of income: tuition and fees; endowments; and gifts from alumni, businesses, parents, and friends. The University of Findlay is conscious of the ever-increasing cost of a college education and makes every effort to provide a quality education for the lowest possible cost. All University fees must be paid or proper financial arrangements made with The University of Findlay Business Office prior to the first day of classes. A finance charge may be applied to unpaid accounts. The Board of Trustees reserve the right at any time to amend or add to the regulations of the University, including those concerning fees and methods of payment. The amendments and/or additions apply to students currently enrolled as well as to new students.” Costs Of the Pre-Professional Program Students who anticipate entering the Physician Assistant Program need to accurately determine their need for financial assistance in meeting their goal of becoming a PA. The Financial Aid Office at The University of Findlay encourages all prospective students to contact them as soon as possible so that all avenues for financial assistance may be pursued in a timely manner. The Financial Aid Office may be reached at 419-434-4792 (1-800-558-9060, extension 4792). The following tuition costs are based upon the fee schedule available at the time of printing of this Information Booklet which was published in the spring of 2006. Prospective students must take into account cost-of-living increases as well as inflation in determining their extent of financial need. Fees listed are based upon charges approved by the Board of Trustees and are, as far as can be ascertained, effective as of the publication date of this document. As noted above they are subject to change by the Board of Trustees of The University. 27
  • Costs Of the Pre-professional Program (Continued) Students who attend The University of Findlay full time to take their prerequisite course work are charged at the same rate as other, non-professional, non-graduate program students. At the time this document was prepared for publication, the following fees were provided as accurate by the business office at The University of Findlay. The University’s web page: (http://www.findlay.edu/offices/business/general/fees.html) is periodically updated to reflect the current charges and fees and should be consulted prior to making any final decisions about financial needs and obligations. Each applicant should consult with the Financial Aid Office at The University of Findlay to obtain information about what forms and amounts of aid are available. The University of Findlay Pre-Professional Phase Estimated Charges and Fees for 2006-20077 Full-Time Charges And Fees Tuition $10,918.00 Board $1,943.00 Room (double occupancy, except Haven, Special Interest and apartments) $1,953.00 Student Activity Fee (non-refundable) $75.00 Health and Accident Insurance (per year) $215.00 Room Deposit (refundable) $150.00 Technology Fee (non-refundable) $265.00 General Service Fee (non-refundable) $140.00 Total per semester $15,659.00 Total per year $31,318.00 Costs Of the Professional Program The following cost estimates are to be used to calculate the cost of the professional phase of the Physician Assistant Program and are not to be used to determine cost of obtaining the necessary prerequisite courses prior to entering the professional component. Tuition for the Physician Assistant Program will be charged on a per hour basis. The current estimate of the per-hour charge is $534 per semester hour. This is the rate officially to be charged beginning in the summer session of 2006. However, the exact amount to be charged will depend upon the factors that cannot be accurately predicted – inflation, cost-of-living adjustments, actions by the Board of Trustees, etc. The Physician Assistant Program believes that the quoted figure will suffice for planning purposes. 7 Tuition and fees subject to change by the Board of Trustees without notice. 28
  • Costs Of the Professional Program (Continued) Once a student has been accepted into the Physician Assistant Program, he or she will be charged differently than students not accepted into the program. Students will be billed a per-semester-hour charge. At the time of preparation of this document, the current rate per semester hour was $534 per semester hour. Each applicant and student is strongly advised to consult with the Financial Aide Office on the campus of The University of Findlay to determine what forms of financial assistance, if any, are available to them. It is the current policy of The University of Findlay that students entering into the University desiring to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree as part of the PA Program, a 4 year bachelor program, will be charged as follows: a. The first 2 years the students will be charged full time tuition. b. The second 2 years the students will be charged by the credit hour rate at a rate set by the business office. c. The students will be only eligible for the following academic financial aid. 50% of the hourly rate for the Val-Sal grant and 50% of academic merit aid. d. Other aid such as state, federal, tuition waiver, athletic, band, theater, etc. maybe applied over merit aid. e. This policy will stay in place until the program changes to a master-entry level. The following table represents an estimate of the costs for tuition, room, and board for students enrolled at The University of Findlay in the professional component of the Physician Assistant Program. As part of the effort to continuously improve the academic program, the Physician Assistant Program reserves the right to increase the number of hours in the course of study which could result in higher costs than are listed here. All such changes are made in accordance with The University of Findlay’s academic policies and procedures. While it is the intent to provide the most accurate information available, it is a certainty that these costs will become higher as the student progresses within the program because these numbers represent the costs as of May 2006. These figures are provided so that a potential student may make financial plans based upon the best available data. 29
  • Tuition and Fees These costs are estimates only. You are encouraged to contact the Business Office or the Financial Aid Office at The University of Findlay for the latest cost figures before finalizing any plans. Estimated Program-Specific Costs In addition to tuition and various fees listed above, the PA student can anticipate several additional expenditures in order to successfully complete his or her course of study. Because prices are subject to change without notice, and individual needs vary, an exact cost cannot be stated. However, the figures presented may be used for planning purposes. There are program-specific costs associated with Physician Assistant education such as books, supplies, housing, and travel. The exact amount will differ according to an individual’s circumstances. The table below is based upon surveys made of current PA students and is provided as an estimate of anticipated costs for the average student. For some it could be much more, for some it could be less. Estimated Program-Specific Costs Total Books $1,600 Computer (Laptop) $1,700 CPR (BLS) and ACLS $300 Medical Equipment $800 Physical Examinations $100 Immunizations $130 Travel Expenses $1200 Application Expenses $100 Travel Expenses Whenever possible, clinical sites will be within 100 to 150 miles of Findlay, Ohio. Most clinical sites will not have housing available for students. Because of this, it is imperative that each student have their own reliable transportation available throughout their training as well as being prepared for additional housing expenses. Transportation adds an unpredictable expense to each student’s financial burden, and therefore this must also be taken into account when making your financial plans. The University of Findlay PA Program makes use of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Housing is available at this site on a first-come, first-serve basis at no additional cost. All students should plan on spending 6 weeks in Dayton during their senior year. 30
  • Minimum Technical Standards for Continuation and Graduation In its Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education, ARC-PA, Inc., states on page 11: “A5.16: Admission of students, including advanced placement, must be made in accordance with clearly defined and published practices of the institution and the program. A5.17: At a minimum, the following information must clearly be defined, published, and readily available to prospective students: a. Requirements for prior education or work experience b. Policies regarding advanced placement, transfer of credit, and credit for experiential learning c. Specific academic and technical standards.” Technical standards refer to the technical “skills”, or attributes of a person that are felt necessary to accomplish the desired task. In the case of medical education in general, and Physician Assistant Education training specifically, there are several areas of particular interest. Many technical standards may be met with the use of reasonable accommodations, but some may not. In the practice of medicine, the following areas are essential:  The use of motor skills for diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers;  The use of sensory skills to obtain basic science skills, evaluate laboratory tests and experiments, the taking of medical histories and observing the course of a patient’s health related event;  Communication skills, with patients and other health care providers;  Intellectual-conceptual abilities necessary for problem solving and diagnosis;  Meeting the physical demands which have a behavioral and/or social context, including typical daily workloads, working in an environment which may change rapidly without warning, and/or in unpredictable ways, and meeting professional responsibilities to patients. 31
  • Minimum Technical Standards for Continuation and Graduation Students are advised that these technical standards encompass most activities Physician Assistants will be required to perform. In order for a student to continue with the Physician Assistant Program and graduate, all students: 1. Must be able to obtain, process, and learn information presented in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences, including but not limited to lectures, simulated and real treatment situations. 2. Must be able to acquire information from a variety of sources, including but not limited to texts, journals, written documentation, videotapes, films, slides, and/or electronic media. 3. Must have the mental capacity to, in a timed situation, assimilate, learn, and communicate large volumes of complex, technically detailed information, to perform clinical problem-solving, and synthesize and apply concepts and information from different disciplines to formulate therapeutic judgments. 4. Must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, and synthesize, and evaluate information. 5. Must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships of structures. 6. Must be able to process information and solve clinical problems in a timed situation. 7. Must be able to observe simulated and real patients accurately close at hand and at a distance. 8. Must be able to assess verbal and nonverbal communication from others. 9. Must be able to demonstrate effective, efficient, and sensitive verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills with faculty, peers, patients, and other members of the health care team from different cultural and social backgrounds. 10. Must be able to tolerate long periods of sitting as well as long periods of the physical activities normally associated with class work and patient care (in emergency and non-emergency situations). 11. Must be able to manipulate parts of, or whole bodies of simulated and real patients. 12. Must be able to tolerate close, physical contact with patients and manipulation of their own body by students and/or faculty for instructional purposes. 13. Must be able to accept physical contact of peers in conjunction with instructional sessions involving peer examination and assessment exercises. 14. Must possess the maturity necessary for the full use of intellectual abilities, the exercise of sound judgment, and the effective completion of all responsibilities attendant to educational expectations, assessment and treatment of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, family members, colleagues, and others. 15. Must be able to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads typical to a medical practice. 16. Must be able to function effectively under stress. 17. Must possess adequate sensory function with or without the use of adaptive equipment, to participate in activities commonly required for the practice of medicine. 32
  • Equal Opportunity Statement The University of Findlay does not engage in discrimination in its programs, activities, and policies against students, prospective students, employees, or prospective employees, in violation of state and federal laws. Questions concerns, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be forwarded to the ADA Compliance Coordinator in the Office of Disabilities Services, (419) 434-5532 (voice) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication in programs and services of The University of Findlay are invited to make their needs and preferences known to the ADA Compliance Coordinator. This statement is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Any student admitted to The University of Findlay who has documentation identifying a disability has the right to request and to receive modifications in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 33
  • Section 5 Physician Assistant Program Curriculum Program of Study Please refer to the most current edition of The University of Findlay undergraduate catalog for the course description of each of the following listed courses. 34
  • Program Of Study Summer Fall Spring Summer 1 2 PHAS301 PA Professional Issues 1 PHAS320 Human Anatomy for PAs 5 PHAS319 Physiology 3 9 PHAS380 Patient Assessment I 4 PHAS314 Dermatology 2 PHAS327 Pharmacology & Therapeutics I 3 PHAS374 Adult Medicine I & Pathophysiology 5 PHAS340 Clinical Diagnostic Studies 3 PHAS342 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention I 2 PHAS 390 Clinical Skills and Procedures I 2 21 PHAS376 Adult Medicine II & Pathophysiology 5 PHAS329 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 3 PHAS344 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention II 2 PHAS315 Women’s Health 2 PHAS381 Patient Assessment II 4 PHAS312 Clinical Decision Making 2 PHAS360 Behavioral Medicine 3 PHAS395 Clinical Skills and Procedures II 2 23 PHAS311 Emergency Medicine 2 PHAS316 Geriatrics 2 PHAS305 Interpretation & Use of Med. Literature 1 PHAS332 Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics 1 PHAS373 Children’s Health Care 3 PHAS335 Medical Ethics and Health Care Delivery 2 Systems 11 First Year Semester Hours by Term Didactic Year Semester Hours 1st Summer Term 9 Fall Semester 21 Spring Semester 23 2nd Summer Term 11 63 35
  • Program Of Study Second Year The second year consists of 3 semesters, fall, spring, and summer. No student will take exactly the same sequence of courses. There are six (6) “core” rotations that are taken during the fall and spring. During the summer, the student will take orthopedics and two (2) “selective” rotations. Below is a typical schedule for the senior year: Fall Spring Summer PHAS420 Family Practice Clinical Rotation I 4 PHAS421 Family Practice Clinical Rotation II 4 PHAS422 General Internal Medicine Clinical Rotation 4 PHAS413 Senior Seminar I 1 13 PHAS424 Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinical Rotation 4 PHAS425 General Surgery Clinical Rotation 4 PHAS426 Emergency Medicine Clinical Rotation 4 PHAS414 Senior Seminar II 1 PHAS412 Professional Development 1 14 PHAS415 Senior Seminar III 1 PHAS427 Orthopedic Clinical Rotation 1 PHAS431 Clinical Clerkship I 2.5 PHAS432 Clinical Clerkship II 2.5 7 Clinical Year Semester Hours Fall Semester 13 Spring Semester 14 3rd Summer Term 7 34 36
  • Summary of What You Really Need to Know to Apply to the Class of 2009! Everything in this Information Booklet! Honest. This is what the program uses as its rules and regulations. This page is an attempt to simplify. In a dispute situation, the booklet rules! To become a UF PA student, you must do the following: 1. If you are not a University of Findlay student  become one! ⇒ Successfully becoming a U of F student does not mean that you are a PA student! 2. Get all of your prerequisites taken. ⇒ It doesn’t matter where you take them, but there is a competitive edge given to full time U of F students ⇒ Make sure your courses will transfer to U of F! (Check with the Registrar at The University of Findlay) 3. All of your prerequisite course work must be done by June 4th of 2006 ⇒ This includes university competencies and general education requirements. 4. When you are ready, make an application to the PA program by the deadline ⇒ Begin filling out your application online or as a paper form NOW! ⇒ Application materials are available online at the CASPA website (http://www.caspaonline.org/) ⇒ Order all transcripts be sent to U of F AND CASPA ⇒ Be sure to complete all required sections on the application  Follow instructions exactly!!!!!! ⇒ The application fee is payable to CASPA ⇒ 3 letters of recommendation are sent to CASPA ⇒ Information about health care experience is collected by CASPA ⇒ Supplemental application sent to PA Program by the deadline  The supplemental application will be sent to qualified applicants when we receive your CASPA application  Submit $35.00 processing fee, check or money order to The University of Findlay PA Program.  These need to be sent to the Physician Assistant Program Office 5. Submit everything to the appropriate office or website by the deadline (November 1, 2006 for the CASPA application) Materials You Need to Send to CASPA Materials You Need to Send to UF  All official college & university transcripts  All official college & university transcripts  Letters of recommendation  Official High School transcripts  Application fee Materials You Need to Send to PA Program  Any other materials requested by CASPA  Supplemental application containing:  Health care experience completion plan  Course completion plan  Prerequisite course verification $35.00 Processing fee in a form of a check or money order made out to The University of Findlay Physician Assistant Program 37
  • Physician Assistant Program Mailing Address: Physician Assistant Program The University of Findlay 1000 N. Main Street Findlay, Ohio 45840 419-434-4529 38