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  • 1. Page 35 Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Dean, School of Science and Health: Matt Dane Baker, PA-C, D.H.Sc., bakerm@PhilaU.edu; 215.951.2870 Phone; 215.951.2615 FAX. Program Director: Michael Rackover, PA-C, M.S., 215.951.2908 Phone; 215.951.2526 FAX; rackoverm@PhilaU.edu. Campus Location: Main campus, Hayward Hall, Suite 224 Full-time, day program. Students admitted for entrance annually August 1 only. Degree Program M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Combined Degree B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies* M.B.A./M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Options • Five-Year Freshman Admission B.S./M.S. • Three-Year Transfer Student B.S./M.S. • Three-Year M.S./M.B.A. * See undergraduate catalog for curriculum information The Profession A physician assistant, or PA, is a qualified medical profes- sional who practices medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs provide a wide variety of medical services traditionally performed by physicians. The concept for the profession originated in the early to mid-1960s as a way to enhance the provision of medical care to people residing in medically underserved areas. The care of the underserved remains an ongoing goal of the profession. Physician assistants work in all 50 states, Guam and the District of Columbia in a range of medical settings including physicians’ offices, hospitals, clinics, emergency departments, military and Veterans Administration installa- tions, nursing homes, industrial health centers and correc- tional institutions. They always work in conjunction with a physician and can have an array of responsibilities including medical history taking, physical examination, ordering or per- forming lab and other diagnostic tests, synthesizing data to make a proper diagnosis, developing a treatment plan, moni- toring patient progress, providing health-related counseling and performing various procedures such as casting and suturing and assisting in surgery. PAs can prescribe medica- tions in all states. Program Description and Features The Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Studies pro- gram is part of the School of Science and Health. It is a comprehensive academic experience that stresses the prac- tical application of current medical theory. Most of the pro- . gram faculty are actively practicing health care providers 2008 - 2009 Graduate Catalog Philadelphia University
  • 2. Page 36 with a great depth of knowledge and experience. Students center fees and graduation fees. All of these costs are listed are exposed to the clinical environment throughout their elsewhere in the catalog. education with patient contact even during the classroom or Students should have access to a personal computer. didactic portion of the program. Students will be given an Internet account from the The Physician Assistant Studies program is fully accred- University and access to the University academic computing ited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education labs. for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). This program is available full-time, day only. The clinical or practical portion Prerequisite Course Requirements may involve some night and weekend hours. COURSES CREDITS Curriculum Science The program is 25 months of continuous study and includes Chemistry I 4 the didactic level consisting of three semesters of classroom Chemistry II or Organic Chemistry 4 and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science, Biology I 4 and the clinical level consisting of six rotations and four pre- Biology II or Genetics 4 ceptorships at a variety of clinical sites such as hospitals Anatomy and Physiology I or Anatomy 4 and medical offices. The first semester of the didactic level Anatomy and Physiology II or Physiology 4 begins in late July each year. Students must complete all Microbiology 3 or 4 didactic-level courses before they can enter the clinical level. Psychology Overview of Clinical Training Introduction to Psychology 3 Upon successful completion of the didactic-level courses, Writing the PA student proceeds into the clinical-education level of English Composition 3 the program. The PA student will spend approximately 14 months in clinical rotations and preceptorships. This is divid- Mathematics ed into 10 five or six-week blocks. One college-level math or statistics course 3 Clinical Rotations Other The required clinical rotations are five or six-week blocks in Three-month patient care or human service experience the areas of internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, psychia- Medical Terminology 1 try/mental health, women’s health and emergency medicine Note: Additional psychology and chemistry courses, and a genetics and are designed to expose the PA student to patient care in course are strongly advised and highly desirable. a variety of settings. The student is directly involved with the Due to changes in science and the importance of sci- evaluation and management of patients to the extent that ence prerequisites as a basis for the study of PA curriculum, the clinical preceptor or supervisor is comfortable with the all science courses should be no more than seven years old. level of knowledge and skills of the PA student. A waiver of this limit can be given to individuals who have Preceptorships worked in a scientific field on a regular basis, or who have These clinical education experiences are designed to completed several current higher-level science courses. enhance the PA student’s knowledge, technical skills, clini- Candidates must write a letter to the PA Program Admissions cal judgment and confidence in the evaluation and manage- Committee requesting this waiver of the seven-year limit. Core Curriculum ment of common medical problems. One of these must be completed as a 12-week (two six-week blocks) experience in an ambulatory, primary-care setting such as an outpatient YEAR ONE family practice office or center. Fall Semester The remaining preceptorship experiences include the PASF507GR Advanced Anatomy 5 Floating Medicine Block in a medically related specialty such PASF513GR Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology 3 as family, internal or geriatric medicine, and the clinical elec- PASF511GR Applied Behavioral Science 3 tive. During the elective, students can spend more time in one PASF517GR Medical History and Physical Diagnosis 5 of their rotation specialties or gain experience in other settings PASF510GR Medical and Professional Ethics 2 such as neonatology, HIV, correctional medicine, urology, PASF521GR Medical Genetics, Immunology orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and others. and Microbiology 2 Program Specific Costs CREDIT HOURS 20 The typical student in the Physician Assistant Studies pro- Spring Semester gram will spend approximately $3,000 on medical equip- PAS611 Clinical Medicine 8 ment, a personal digital assistant (PDA), books, malpractice PAS612 Clinical Reasoning 2 liability insurance and other program-related fees for both PAS613 Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics 4 professional phase years combined. This does not include PAS614 Emergency Medicine 3 tuition, housing, food, living expenses, travel costs, health PAS615 Laboratory Medicine 2 CREDIT HOURS 19 Philadelphia University 2008 - 2009 Graduate Catalog
  • 3. Page 37 Summer 1 Semester Admission Requirements PAS621 Clinical Disciplines Overview 6 (Surgery, Pediatrics, OB/GYN) The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the PAS622 Pharmacotherapeutics Seminar 1 Physician Assistant—Accreditation Standards for Physician PAS623 Advanced Radiology/ECG Seminar 1 Assistant Education: “The role of the physician assistant PAS624 Biomedical Literature and Research 3 demands intelligence, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, appropriate interpersonal skills, and the capacity to react to Summer 2 Semester 1 Clinical Rotation 6 emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. An attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of CREDIT HOURS 17 privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, YEAR TWO and a commitment to the patient’s welfare are essential Fall, Spring, Summer 1, and Summer 2 Semesters attributes of the graduate PA.” 5 Clinical Rotations (6 credits each) 30 Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program is Primary Care Preceptorships IA and IB 12 competitive. Applicants are selected based on a committee’s Preceptorship IIA and IIB: Floating Medicine Block and Elective 12 assessment of their ability to successfully complete the PAS771 PA Master’s Project & Summary Competency training and competently function in the role of the profes- Evaluation ** 3 sion as defined by the ARC-PA as printed in the Accreditation CREDIT HOURS 57 Standards for Physician Assistant Education, the State of Pennsylvania as published in the Medical Practice Act and Clinical Rotations the program. Candidates must have the physical, emotional, PAS741 Internal Medicine Rotation and intellectual attributes necessary for success in this type PAS742 Pediatrics Rotation PAS743 Women’s Health Rotation of training. PAS744 Psychiatry/ Mental Health Rotation Selection Criteria PAS745 Surgery Rotation Students in the PA program will be selected from candidates PAS746 Emergency Medicine Rotation submitting complete applications with all required support- Clinical Preceptorships ing material to the Central Application Service of Physician PAS759 Preceptorship IA: Primary Care 1 Assistants (CASPA) at www.caspaonline.org. The Physician PAS760 Preceptorship IB: Primary Care 2 Assistant Admissions Committee uses a variety of criteria to PAS763 Preceptorship IIA: Floating Medicine Block make admission decisions. These can include: PAS764 Preceptorship IIB: Elective • Academic experience including: a) previous college cur- TOTAL GRADUATE CREDIT HOURS 113 CREDITS riculum difficulty, institution, cumulative grades, science ** Taken over entire clinical year course grades and graduate study; b) college entrance exam scores such as GRE or MAT; and c) academic patterns such Application Procedure as most recent academic performance, credit load, with- drawals and incomplete courses. Since the graduate school Philadelphia University is participating in the Centralized requires the maintenance of a 3.00 GPA, applicants with a Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). To apply for admission into the M.S. in Physician Assistant combined (all college grades) GPA below 3.00 rarely gain Studies program at Philadelphia University, please visit the admission into the program; CASPA web site at www.caspaonline.org. Application for • Health care or human service experience with considera- admission will only be accepted through the CASPA service. tion to type and duration. This can include both paid and vol- You must request that official copies of your transcripts unteer experience; be sent directly to CASPA by the institution(s) attended. • A personal essay that examines written communication Student copies of transcripts or copies sent to CASPA direct- skills, knowledge of the PA profession and motivation for the ly by the applicant are not acceptable. Letters of reference profession; should also be sent directly to CASPA from the person mak- • Three letters of reference on prescribed forms that exam- ing the reference. Your GRE scores, however, should be sent ine the applicant’s abilities, communication skills, motiva- directly to Philadelphia University Office of Graduate tion, interpersonal skills and emotional maturity from those Admissions by Educational Testing Services. Philadelphia familiar with your professional or academic abilities, such as University’s school reporting code is #2666. a professor or supervisor; Once admitted the student must provide Philadelphia • The amount of prerequisite coursework the applicant has University with an original transcript of their bachelor’s left to complete, along with the applicant’s plan for comple- degree education. This is necessary to grant the MS degree, tion. Students who have not completed all prerequisites as the CASPA service maintains the original transcripts. prior to application can be admitted on a “conditional basis”; • Personal interview. The most qualified applicants from the general applicant pool may be invited to come to the University for a personal interview. This interview attempts to 2008 - 2009 Graduate Catalog Philadelphia University
  • 4. Page 38 ascertain an applicant’s knowledge of the profession, moti- vation for pursuing a PA career, interpersonal and oral com- munication skills, compassion, problem-solving abilities, preparation for the educational experience and dedication to providing care to the underserved; • Diversity. The PA program believes that enrollment of stu- dents with a wide diversity of cultural, geographic, academic and occupational backgrounds enriches the learning experi- ence and helps in sensitizing PA students to unique charac- teristics of diverse patient populations with whom they will work as health care providers. Philadelphia University 2008 - 2009 Graduate Catalog

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