Wingate University
           Department of Physician Assistant Studies




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Contents
Contact Information ................................................................................................
STUDENTS’ EMPLOYMENT.................................................................................................. 24
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WINGATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES


Contact Information
Campus Box 5010
Wingate NC 28174
(704) ...
ACCREDITATION
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Wingate University is in the process of provisional accreditation ...
INTRODUCTION
Wingate University is operated on a nondiscriminatory basis. Wingate University abides by the
provisions of T...
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private, four-year liberal arts institution offering 37
unde...
•   Instill in students the core values of Wingate University: Faith – Knowledge – Service.
   •   Provide students with t...
ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Master Degree Prerequisites.
All applicants, if accepted, are required to have all of the followin...
Required Clinical Experience for Physician Assistant Applications
A minimum of 500 Hours of direct patient contact is requ...
accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual
basis, but a candidate must be ...
Medical Terminology
Students progress more rapidly and successfully during the first several semesters of studies if
they ...
Spring semester 2010 (17 weeks)
January 4           Classes begin – didactic year
                    1st rotation begins ...
The strategic planning process will include an annual faculty retreat in order to examine all
pertinent data such as outco...
MPAS REQUIRED CURRICULUM

First Semester (Fall – Didactic Year)
MPAS 520 Introduction to the Profession. Students review t...
to physical examination skills and clinical applications. Students will review materials and
lectures utilizing virtual ca...
MPAS 542 Pharmacology II. Students build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in MPAS
541 Pharmacology I. Combined lectu...
MPAS 543 Pharmacology III. Students build upon prior knowledge and skills. Combined lecture
and active learning exercises ...
MPAS 580 Research, Epidemiology and Statistics for the Physician Assistant. Students receive
instruction in research metho...
MPAS 603 Pediatrics. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in pediatric
medicine. Students engage ...
Fourth Semester (Fall – clinical year)
MPAS 620 Capstone Project Review. Students continue work initiated on the Capstone ...
Instructor     Dr. Uremovich
       Credit         2 semester hours
MPAS 710 Summative Evaluation. This course provides a ...
A student’s readiness to graduate will be determined by an overall GPA of 3.0, successful
completion of required courses, ...
PROJECTED TUITION
Tuition 2008-2009 Didactic Year*         $24,000                Applicants will be interviewed in March
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FACULTY
Rosalind V. Becker MS PA-C ........................... Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator
   • MS Educat...
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  1. 1. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Academic Catalog 2008-2010 Master of Physician Assistant Studies Page | 1
  2. 2. Contents Contact Information ..................................................................................................................... 4 Staff ............................................................................................................................................ 4 Faculty ........................................................................................................................................ 4 ACCREDITATION ...................................................................................................................... 5 Department of Physician Assistant Studies ............................................................................ 5 Wingate University ................................................................................................................... 5 INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................................... 6 ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY ....................................................................................................... 7 ABOUT THE MPAS PROGRAM .............................................................................................. 7 ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................. 9 Master Degree Prerequisites. ................................................................................................... 9 Prerequisite Science Courses ................................................................................................... 9 Prerequisite General Courses .................................................................................................. 9 Required Clinical Experience for Physician Assistant Applications ................................. 10 Letters of Recommendation ................................................................................................... 10 Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Technical Standards Requirements ...................................................................................... 10 Medical Terminology .............................................................................................................. 12 TENTATIVE ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2008-2010.............................................................. 12 ASSESSMENT OF THE MPAS PROGRAM .......................................................................... 13 MPAS REQUIRED CURRICULUM ....................................................................................... 15 First Semester (Fall – Didactic Year) .................................................................................... 15 Second semester (Spring – didactic year) ............................................................................. 16 Third Semester (Summer – didactic year)............................................................................ 17 CLINICAL ROTATION SITES ............................................................................................... 19 Fourth Semester (Fall – clinical year) ................................................................................... 21 Fifth Semester (Spring – clinical year).................................................................................. 21 Sixth Semester (Summer – clinical year) ............................................................................. 21 Seventh Semester (Fall – Final Semester) ............................................................................. 21 ACADEMIC POLICIES ............................................................................................................ 22 STUDENT PRIVACY AND INFORMED CONSENT ........................................................... 23 CODES OF PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONDUCT ............................................ 23 PROJECTED TUITION ............................................................................................................ 24 Page | 2
  3. 3. STUDENTS’ EMPLOYMENT.................................................................................................. 24 STUDENTS’ HOUSING ............................................................................................................ 24 ADDITIONAL EXPENSES FOR THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM ............... 24 Textbooks ..................................................................................................................................... 24 Medical Equipment, Attire ........................................................................................................ 24 Laptop .......................................................................................................................................... 24 LICENSING ................................................................................................................................ 25 FACULTY ................................................................................................................................... 26 Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Page | 3
  4. 4. WINGATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES Contact Information Campus Box 5010 Wingate NC 28174 (704) 233-8051 telephone pa@wingate.edu (866) 320-2726 fax pa.wingate.edu Staff Program Director .............................................................. Gary R. Uremovich DMin MPAS PA-C Medical Director ............................................................................................... Susan S. Lester MD Academic Coordinator ...................................................................... Rosalind V. Becker MS PA-C Clinical Coordinator..................................................................Michael B. Whitehead DHSc PA-C Administrative Assistant ......................................................................................Marie Cook Irving Faculty Rosalind V. Becker MS PA-C ........................................................................... Assistant Professor Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies John F. Hartness, Jr. MD ................................................................................... Assistant Professor Susan S. Lester MD ........................................................................................... Assistant Professor Laura L. Lupton MD .......................................................................................... Assistant Professor C. Brian Odom PhD .......................................................................................... Associate Professor Robert B. Supernaw PharmD ............................................................................................ Professor Gary R. Uremovich DMin MPAS PA-C ........................................................... Assistant Professor Michael B. Whitehead DHSc PA-C.................................................................... Assistant Professor Page | 4
  5. 5. ACCREDITATION Department of Physician Assistant Studies Wingate University is in the process of provisional accreditation through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to offer the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. The decision of ARC-PA concerning provisional accreditation will be confirmed in March 2008. The Department is also filing appropriate documentation (substantive change prospectus) with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Wingate University Wingate University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The last accreditation was completed in 2006 and is accredited to award the bachelor, master and professional degrees. Wingate University is currently applying for accreditation of a Doctorate of Education degree (EdD) and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS). The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and Latin America for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degrees (see www.sacscoc.org). Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Questions about the status of the University’s accreditation may be obtained from the Commission on Colleges by calling (404) 679-4500 or by writing the SACS home office at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033. Page | 5
  6. 6. INTRODUCTION Wingate University is operated on a nondiscriminatory basis. Wingate University abides by the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title XI of Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. Wingate University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service in its administration of education policies, programs, activities or services. Each student is responsible for knowing the policies, procedures, curricular requirements and codes of conduct for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the University. Each student is responsible for his/her progress towards degree completion. Neither the student’s advisor nor the faculty of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is responsible for insuring that the student meets degree requirements. The Department and/or the University may terminate enrollment of any student for professional, academic or financial reasons. It is important to recognize that there may be differences in the procedures described in the general University Student Handbook for non-PA students. These differences are intended and have been carefully crafted based on the graduate level of this professional program. In those cases where procedures are different, the procedures specific to the Department of Physician Assistant studies will take precedence. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Page | 6
  7. 7. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private, four-year liberal arts institution offering 37 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, music and sport sciences. Students also can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree or pursue pre-professional programs in pharmacy, veterinary science, medicine, law, ministry and more. The 435-acre main campus is located on the southeastern edge of the metropolitan Charlotte area in North Carolina. Wingate University was founded in 1896. In 2003, Wingate became the third University in the State of North Carolina to offer the PharmD degree. In August 2008, the University plans to enroll the inaugural class of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, the fifth such program in the State of North Carolina. Wingate University will be the only program in North Carolina to have both a Physician Assistant Program and PharmD program. The central mission of Wingate University is to prepare students to become enlightened, productive citizens by providing a high quality education in the Judeo-Christian heritage. Accordingly, Wingate University has three primary objections: • Maintain an environment where students broaden their knowledge of the world • Sustain a community where the bases of faith are explored and where there is a common search for truth and meaning • Promote a heritage of service to humanity and God through involvement and leadership Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies ABOUT THE MPAS PROGRAM The Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies will cover seven continuous semesters (27 months). The first year (3 semesters in 12 months) is didactic classes and the second year is clinical rotations throughout the region in various medical specialties. The mission of the Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to educate Physician Assistants to become competent, compassionate and comprehensive health care providers. Graduates will become leaders in the health care community, continuously striving for excellence in their professional endeavors while compassionately providing for the health care needs of those they serve. The goals of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are to • Identify for admission those individuals with the academic ability, clinical experience, interpersonal skills and maturity necessary to become outstanding Physician Assistants. • Provide a coordinated, comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum that will allow graduates to deliver the highest quality of health care services. • Promote a didactic and clinical educational environment that embraces the concepts of continuous communication, cooperation and compassion. • Promote an atmosphere of “learner-centered” education that empowers students to become self-directed learners. Page | 7
  8. 8. • Instill in students the core values of Wingate University: Faith – Knowledge – Service. • Provide students with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and caring attitude needed to practice as a Physician Assistant anywhere and within any type of clinical practice. • Promote continuously a comprehensive approach to health and disease by emphasizing health maintenance, disease prevention and life-long learning. • Develop in students an appreciation of the dignity of the individual and each individual’s right to a quality life. • Promote continued professional growth through life-long learning. • Encourage graduates to strive for excellence in clinical practice while employing professional ethics as a member of the health care team focused on service to others. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will prepare individuals to become valued members of the health care team licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Page | 8
  9. 9. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS Master Degree Prerequisites. All applicants, if accepted, are required to have all of the following requirements completed upon entering the PA Program. These requirements do not have to be completed at the time of application, unless otherwise noted. • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year regionally accredited college or university. • Satisfactory completion of the science prerequisite courses with an overall GPA of 3.2 or better. [Grades below C for any course will not be accepted.] • A recommended GPA of 3.0 or better on all college level work attempted. • Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS). Only the Red Cross course for Professional Rescuers or the American Heart Association course for Health Care Providers will be accepted. • A minimum of 500 hours clinical experience with direct patient contact. • No history of drug abuse or conviction of a felony (a background check will be performed) • No history of dismissal from another PA, medical or nursing school for academic or disciplinary reasons. • No Advanced Placement. The PA Program does not accept transfer credit from a student previously enrolled in another PA program, nor does it accept experiential credit. All students accepted in the PA program must satisfy all requirements of the didactic and clinical years of study. • All non-U.S. citizens or students who have English as a second language must submit Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies their college transcripts to the Word Education Services for translation and successfully complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language www.toefl.org). Graduates of Wingate University, who meet all admission requirements and have successful interviews, will be given preference in the application process. The following prerequisites are in effect for applicants interested in attending the inaugural class in August 2008: Prerequisite Science Courses • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 4 semester hours • Microbiology 4 semester hours • Other Biology Science 4 semester hours • General Chemistry with Lab 4 semester hours • Organic Chemistry with Lab 4 semester hours • Biochemistry 3 semester hours Prerequisite General Courses • College Algebra (or higher) 3 semester hours • Applied Statistics 3 semester hours • Psychology course 3 semester hours Page | 9
  10. 10. Required Clinical Experience for Physician Assistant Applications A minimum of 500 Hours of direct patient contact is required. Acceptable Experience: • Emergency Room Technician • Emergency Medicine Scribe • Military Medic, Clinical Specialist or Independent Corpsman • Surgical Technician • Radiological Technician • Emergency Medical Technician • Certified Nursing Assistant • Nursing • Orderly • Certified Laboratory Technician • Phlebotomy • Athletic Trainers (there may be an exception depending on the type of work experience) • Shadowing a Physician or Physician Assistant in their routine duties • Certified Physical Therapist Assistant • Certified Massage Therapist Unacceptable Experience: • Clerical duties for an organization • Veterinary work • Medical answering service • Ward Secretary Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies The major factor is direct patient contact or observation of direct patient contact. Consideration is given to applicants who are compensated for their contact hours since this implies a higher level of accountability. If there are questions about the acceptable form of clinical experience, please contact the Program Director. Letters of Recommendation Two letters of recommendation are required. One must be from a health care professional (MD, DO, PA, NP). Technical Standards Requirements The abilities and skills which candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training associated with Physician Assistant education are referred to as “Technical Standards.” These same abilities and skills are essential for clinical practice as a Physician Assistant. The Technical Standards listed below reflect five categorical areas: observation, communication, critical reasoning (intellectual), motor and sensory, and behavioral/social and represent minimum competence levels. Students must attest that they meet these Technical Standards prior to or at the time of matriculation to the Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Students found to be in violation of Technical Standards are at risk for dismissal from the program. Each standard is defined below and is followed by examples of indicators of minimum competence in that area. Reasonable Page | 10
  11. 11. accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. Observation. Candidates must have sufficient capacity to observe in the lecture hall, the laboratory, the outpatient setting and the patient’s bedside. Sensory skills to perform a physical examination are required. Functional vision, hearing and tactile sensation are required to properly observe a patient’s condition and to perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination such as inspection, auscultation and palpation. Communication. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in both academic and health care settings. Candidates must show evidence of effective written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must be able to communicate with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture and perceive nonverbal communications. Candidates must be capable of completing, in a thorough and timely manner, appropriate medical records and documents and plans according to protocol. Motor. The ability to participate in basic diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers and procedures (e.g., palpation, auscultation) is required. Candidates must have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required to properly care for all patients. Candidates must be able to move freely about patient care environments and must be able to move between settings such as clinics, classroom buildings, and hospitals. In addition, physical stamina sufficient to complete the rigorous course of didactic and clinical study is required. Long periods of sitting, standing or moving are required in classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Intellectual. Candidates must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem solving, one of the critical skills demanded of physician assistants, requires all of these intellectual abilities. Candidates must be able to read and understand medical literature. In order to complete the Physician Assistant Studies program, candidates must be able to demonstrate mastery of these skills and the ability to use them together in a timely fashion in medical problem-solving and patient care. Behavioral and Social Attributes. Candidates must possess the emotional health and stability required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities. The development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team is essential. The ability to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice, flexibility, compassion, integrity, motivation, interpersonal skills and concern for others, are all required. Candidates must be able to function effectively under stress and have the ability to accept constructive criticism and handle difficult interpersonal relationships during training. Candidates will be required to certify that they have read and understand the Technical Standards of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wingate University and attest that they have no condition – as noted above – that would interfere, inhibit, compromise or distract from their participation in the program. Page | 11
  12. 12. Medical Terminology Students progress more rapidly and successfully during the first several semesters of studies if they have a fair understanding of medical terminology. Students are advised to purchase Medical Terminology: A Systems Approach by Gylys and Wedding (latest edition). This is a self-instructional guide and can be purchased through the University bookstore or online. An examination will be administered based on this material early in the first semester. TENTATIVE ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2008-2010 Fall semester 2008 (16 weeks) August 13-15 Orientation August 18 Classes begin October 2-9 Mid-term exams October 13-14 Fall break October 15 Classes resume November 26-28 Thanksgiving break December 9-12 Final exams December 15 Winter break begins Spring semester 2009 (17 weeks) January 7 Classes begin January 19 Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday February 23-27 Mid-term exams Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies March 2-6 Spring break March 9 Classes resume April 29-May 6 Final exams Summer semester 2009 (11 weeks) May 18 Classes begin June 22-26 Mid-term exams July 3 Independence Day holiday July 27-31 Final exams Fall semester 2009 (17 weeks) August 19-21 Orientation for new students August 24 Classes begin – didactic year 1st rotation begins – clinical year September 28 2nd rotation begins – clinical year October 7-9 Mid-term exams - didactic year October 12-13 Fall break – didactic year November 2 3rd rotation begins – clinical year November 23-27 Thanksgiving break – clinical year November 25-27 Thanksgiving break – didactic year November 30 3rd rotation resumes – clinical year December 7-11 Final exams – didactic and clinical years Page | 12
  13. 13. Spring semester 2010 (17 weeks) January 4 Classes begin – didactic year 1st rotation begins – clinical year January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday – didactic year February 8 2nd rotation begins – clinical year February 23-26 Mid-term exams – didactic year March 1-5 Spring break – didactic and clinical years March 8 Classes resume – didactic year 2nd rotation resumes – clinical year March 22 3rd rotation begins – clinical year May 3-7 Final exams – didactic and clinical years Summer semester 2010 (11 weeks) May 17 Classes begin – didactic year May 21 1st rotation begins – clinical year May 22-25 Mid-term exams – didactic year June 21 2nd rotation begins – clinical year July 5 Independence Day holiday July 26-30 Final exams – didactic and clinical years Fall semester 2010 (17 weeks) August 11-13 Orientation for new students August 16 Classes begin – didactic year Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies 1st rotation begins – clinical year Rotation begins – final semester September 20 2nd rotation begins – clinical year October 4-8 Mid-term exams – didactic year October 11-12 Fall break – didactic year October 25 3rd rotation begins – clinical year November 22-26 Thanksgiving break – clinical year November 24-26 Thanksgiving break – didactic year and final semester November 29 3rd rotation resumes – clinical year December 6-10 Final exams – didactic and clinical years, final semester Graduation ASSESSMENT OF THE MPAS PROGRAM A comprehensive assessment process will examine outcome instruments and Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) scores and will tie directly to curriculum assessment. Quality assurance processes will be conducted throughout the year as documented in the program’s assessment plan. Student surveys of courses will be conducted every semester; results of these evaluations will be examined each semester to look for immediate weakness, and the results of course surveys are annually reviewed prior to implementing curriculum changes. Page | 13
  14. 14. The strategic planning process will include an annual faculty retreat in order to examine all pertinent data such as outcomes, quality assurance, maintenance items (such as the PANCE Blueprint) and alignment of the program’s mission and vision statement with the institutional strategic plan and vision. The program competencies will be tied to the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Standards, which will allow a cyclic process of examining formative, summative and outcome instruments that are closely correlated with the graduate competencies. The conceptual framework of the ongoing assessment system represents a continuous process of improvement. Integral to the self-study will be a semi-annual (or more frequent) meeting of the Advisory Council. The Council is composed of interested members within the local medical and health care community. Their feedback to the results of our assessments and evaluation of outcomes will be essential to our strategic goals and program improvement initiatives. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Page | 14
  15. 15. MPAS REQUIRED CURRICULUM First Semester (Fall – Didactic Year) MPAS 520 Introduction to the Profession. Students review the history, development, current trends and issues of the physician assistant profession. The importance of biomedical ethics and professional responsibilities is stressed in the context of the PA’s role as a health care provider. Content relating to physician assistant professional organizations, program accreditation, graduate certification and recertification, employment considerations and professional liability are included. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 1 semester hour MPAS 530 Clinical Medicine I. This is the first of three courses reviewing medical diagnosis and treatment. Students learn the pathology of disease by system and specialty, including modules reviewing medical terminology, nutrition, clinical laboratory medicine, ophthalmology and otolaryngology (EENT), dermatology, clinical psychiatry, pulmonology and cardiology (electrophysiology/EKG). Relevant pathology and radiology will be incorporated. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Dr. Whitehead Credit 6 semester hours Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies MPAS 538 Patient Assessment I. Students learn foundational skills and techniques required to gather a complete medical history and perform a comprehensive physical examination. The student’s knowledge of the structure and function of the human body will be coupled with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper use of diagnostic equipment and techniques. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Ms. Becker Credit 4 semester hours MPAS 541 Pharmacology I. Students are introduced to pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic and pharmacotherapeutic principles which provide a foundation for the study of pharmacology and therapeutics. Combined lecture and active learning exercises are designed to develop the pharmacologic and therapeutic skills that a physician assistant will need to enhance patient care in clinical practice focusing on the following areas: autonomic pharmacology, pulmonary and psychiatric diseases. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Dr. Supernaw or School of Pharmacy instructor Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 544 Clinical Anatomy. Students obtain a working knowledge of the major anatomical regions and structures of the body. Emphasis will be placed upon the relationships of components within a specific region as well as topographical and functional anatomy as it relates Page | 15
  16. 16. to physical examination skills and clinical applications. Students will review materials and lectures utilizing virtual cadaver software. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Dr. Lester Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 546 Physiology and Pathophysiology I. Students learn integrative human physiology and pathophysiology involving the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and musculoskeletal systems with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease. The interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue level, organ and systemic level will provide a foundation for clinical medicine courses. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Dr. Lupton Credit 2 semester hours Second semester (Spring – didactic year) MPAS 527 Health Care Issues I. Students develop a greater appreciation and comprehension of the socio-behavioral aspects of medical practice. Students learn effective counseling and preventive education strategies for improving treatment compliance, promoting positive health patterns and enhancing positive response to illness. Students develop a higher level of sensitivity to the subjective world of patients to reinforce positive treatment compliance and outcome. Prerequisite Admission to MPAS program Instructor Dr. Uremovich Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 531 Clinical Medicine II. Students build on their knowledge of the pathology of disease presented in Clinical Medicine I and continues with the presentation of the following systems: cardiology (incorporating EKGs), gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, orthopedic rheumatology and endocrinology. Disorders are presented by system and specialty, augmented with clinical therapeutics. Prerequisite MPAS 530 Clinical Medicine I Instructor Dr. Whitehead Credit 6 semester hours MPAS 539 Patient Assessment II. Students build on the knowledge, foundational skills and techniques learned in MPAS 538 Patient Assessment I in the performance of a thorough physical examination and medical history. Students will integrate the knowledge obtained in MPAS 530 Clinical Medicine I with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper use of diagnostic equipment and proper technique for performing a comprehensive physical examination. The semester will include the cardiovascular/peripheral vascular, gastroenterological, neurological and musculoskeletal systems, as well as exam techniques specific to endocrinological disorders. Prerequisite MPAS 538 Patient Assessment I Instructor Ms. Becker Credit 4 semester hours Page | 16
  17. 17. MPAS 542 Pharmacology II. Students build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in MPAS 541 Pharmacology I. Combined lecture and active learning exercises are designed to develop the pharmacologic and therapeutic skills that a physician assistant will need to enhance patient care in clinical practice focusing on inflammatory, infectious and malignant diseases. Students are expected to utilize clinical literature and evaluate patient cases as they relate to pharmacology. Prerequisite MPAS 541 Pharmacology I Instructor Dr. Supernaw or School of Pharmacy instructor Credit 3 semester hours MPAS 547 Physiology and Pathophysiology II. Students learn integrative human physiology and pathophysiology involving the neurological, gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive systems with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and the etiologies of disease states. Recognition of the interrelationship of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels, as well as the organ and systemic levels, provides the student with the necessary foundation for clinical medicine courses. Prerequisite MPAS 546 Physiology and Pathophysiology I Instructor Dr. Lupton Credit 2 semester hours Third Semester (Summer – didactic year) MPAS 528 Health Care Issues II. Students build upon concepts in patient care discussed in MPAS 527 Health Care Issues I. After completion of this course, students will understand and express ethical concepts as they relate to practical decision-making and problem-solving. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Students will comprehend risk management strategies and the legal definitions of, and their responsibilities toward, informed consent and confidentiality. Students will gain an appreciation for health care policy, nationally and locally, as it impacts health care delivery, the practice of medicine as a PA and the socioeconomic factors pertaining to relevant health care decision making. Prerequisite MPAS 527 Health Care Issues I Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 1 semester hour MPAS 532 Clinical Medicine III. Students build upon the knowledge and skills attained in the two prior Clinical Medicine courses. Students will study the disorders and diseases of the following systems: genitourinary (GU), hematology/oncology, preventive medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. Disorders are presented by system and specialty, augmented with clinical therapeutics. Prerequisite MPAS 531 Clinical Medicine II Instructor Ms. Becker Credit 3 semester hours Page | 17
  18. 18. MPAS 543 Pharmacology III. Students build upon prior knowledge and skills. Combined lecture and active learning exercises will be designed to develop the pharmacologic and therapeutic skills that a physician assistant needs to enhance patient care in clinical practice focusing on the following areas: cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and neurology. Prerequisite MPAS 542 Pharmacology II Instructor Dr. Supernaw or School of Pharmacy instructor Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 550 Emergency Medicine. In this advanced clinical course, students learn treatment of trauma and medical disorders commonly presenting to the emergency department. Taught in a case-based format, the emphasis is on the priority of stabilizing patients with life-threatening trauma or illness and selecting appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Students will be required to become ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified or recertified for clinical rotations. Prerequisite Continued progress in MPAS program Instructor Dr. Hartness Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 552 Medical Procedures and Surgery. Students build on the knowledge, skills and techniques learned in MPAS 539 Patient Assessment II to evaluate the surgical patient. Taught using a combination of lectures and laboratory exercises, students learn to perform procedures such as suturing, splinting, wound care, intravenous insertions, nasogastric intubations and Foley catheter insertion. Students learn principles of surgery, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care, and minor surgical procedures. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Prerequisite MPAS 539 Patient Assessment II Instructor Ms. Becker Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 554 Special Populations. Students must understand the special needs of patients within the primary care subspecialties: women’s health, pediatrics and geriatrics. This class is taught in a modular format using a variety of learning methods, including traditional lectures and interactive techniques. Student experiences will include simulated patient encounters that teach examination skills of adult male and female genitalia. Prerequisite Continued progress in MPAS program. Instructor Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 560 Clinical Genetics. The successful practice of modern medicine includes the recognition of the role of genetic factors in health and disease; students must understand the genetic basis of disease. Students learn to obtain an accurate genetic pedigree and convey information to patients. Knowledge will be used to develop a more effective approach to health maintenance, disease prevention, disease diagnosis and treatment based on patients’ genetic predisposition. Prerequisite Continued progress in MPAS program. Instructor Dr. Odom Credit 1 semester hour Page | 18
  19. 19. MPAS 580 Research, Epidemiology and Statistics for the Physician Assistant. Students receive instruction in research methods and application in the clinical setting. Students gain understanding of the basic concepts of epidemiology as it relates to medical practice. Students are prepared to critically read published reports of clinical research and identify strengths and weaknesses. Students will be prepared to complete a community-based project as their capstone for the MPAS program. Prerequisite Continued progress in MPAS program. Instructor TBA Credit 2 semester hours CLINICAL ROTATION SITES MPAS degree curriculum will be delivered both on and off the main campus of Wingate University. Didactic courses will be held on the main campus while clinical rotation curriculum will be delivered in affiliated sites such as hospitals, medical practices and long-term care facilities. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will attempt to place students in locations that are mutually agreed upon but reserves the right to place students in suitable locations when necessary. Transportation for all off-campus clinical rotations is the responsibility of the student, as are living arrangements and living expenses. Students during the clinical year will serve in three rotations during the fall semester, three in the spring semester, two in the summer semester and one in the final semester. Each student will complete each rotation described below. Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies MPAS 600 Ambulatory Medicine. The five-week rotation provides practical experience in general primary care through outpatient medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 601 Long-Term Care. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in long-term care facilities. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 602 Internal Medicine. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in internal medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours Page | 19
  20. 20. MPAS 603 Pediatrics. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in pediatric medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 604 Psychiatry. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in psychiatric medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 605 General Surgery. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in general surgery. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies MPAS 606 Women’s Health. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in women’s health. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 607 Emergency Medicine. The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in emergency medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours MPAS 609 Elective. This five-week rotation will provide practical experience in the medical or surgical specialty of the student’s choice. This rotation will allow students to explore more completely an area of interest in clinical medicine or surgery. Prerequisite Successful completion of didactic year courses Instructor Preceptor at clinical rotation site and Dr. Whitehead Credit 5 semester hours Page | 20
  21. 21. Fourth Semester (Fall – clinical year) MPAS 620 Capstone Project Review. Students continue work initiated on the Capstone Project defined and discussed in MPAS 580 Research, Epidemiology and Statistics for the Physician Assistant. This course will allow the student to further define the project and make necessary preparations in fulfilling the Capstone Project. Prerequisite MPAS 580 Research, Epidemiology and Statistics for the Physician Assistant Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 1 semester hour Three Five-Week Clinical Rotations. 15 semester hours Fifth Semester (Spring – clinical year) MPAS 623 Professional Development. The instructor will teach through an interactive discussion format. Topics include resume development, employment strategies, completion of state applications for practice, medical malpractice, reimbursement issues and financial planning. Prerequisite Continued progress in MPAS program. Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 1 semester hour Three Five-Week Clinical Rotations. 15 semester hours Sixth Semester (Summer – clinical year) Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies MPAS 624 PANCE Preparation I. The first of two courses to prepare students for successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for entering medical practice. Students learn strategies for successful study and successful completion of board-style exams. Students are prepared to take a systems approach, integrating all aspects of medicine, including medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult and pediatric medicine. Topics also include typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, lab interpretation and management of disorders. Prerequisite Continued progress in MPAS Program. Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 2 semester hours Two Five-Week Clinical Rotations. 10 semester hours Seventh Semester (Fall – Final Semester) MPAS 625 PANCE Preparation II. In this second course, students are prepared to successfully complete the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for entering medical practice. Students learn strategies for successful study and successful completion of board-style exams. Students are prepared to take a systems approach, integrating all aspects of medicine, including medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult and pediatric medicine. Topics also include typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, lab interpretation and management of disorders. Prerequisite MPAS 624 PANCE Preparation II Page | 21
  22. 22. Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 2 semester hours MPAS 710 Summative Evaluation. This course provides a summative evaluation tool to measure cognitive, motor and effective domains at a point near the students’ completion of the program. Students perform an objective standardized clinical examination (OSCE) in order to demonstrate competency in interpersonal skills, comprehensive physical examination skills and professional bearing. Students complete an end-of-course written examination providing proof of medical knowledge and clinical competence. Prerequisite Successful completion of preceding courses in MPAS Program Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 1 semester hour MPAS 720 Capstone Project Completion. Students complete the Capstone Project first defined and discussed in MPAS 580 Research, Epidemiology, and Statistics, and MPAS 620 Capstone Project Review. Students formally present the findings to peers and instructors. Prerequisite MPAS 620 Capstone Project Review Instructor Dr. Uremovich Credit 4 semester hours One Five-Week Clinical Rotation. 5 semester hours Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies ACADEMIC POLICIES Students will be provided a copy of program goals and competencies at orientation. Each course and clinical rotation syllabus has course descriptions and objectives required that guide student learning and list competencies that students achieve during each course. Students who are enrolled in the program must earn grades of C (2.0) or better in all courses and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing in the program. Students are expected to understand and adhere to the codes and standards of the profession and generic abilities in professional behavior. Students are required to be in good academic standing to enter the clinical year. Students who receive less than a C in a didactic course or who have less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to repeat the course(s) and earn at least a C and an overall 3.0 GPA prior to entering clinical rotations. Specific learning objectives are distributed to students for each clinical rotation. Grades are based on mid-point and final evaluations by clinical preceptors, end-of-rotation exams, professional seminar attendance and student presentations. If a student fails to obtain a minimum grade of C in a clinical rotation, he or she is placed on academic probation and the rotation must be repeated. Students who fail to obtain a minimum grade of C in two clinical rotations will be subject to dismissal from the program. Any didactic course or clinical rotation that is required to be repeated will also incur additional tuition charges of $667 per semester hour. Such repetitions will lengthen the program beyond 27 months. Page | 22
  23. 23. A student’s readiness to graduate will be determined by an overall GPA of 3.0, successful completion of required courses, clinical rotations, demonstration of written and oral proficiencies, successful completion of required objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), completion of the required total semester hours for the program and completion of a Capstone project. Students who complete the program in good academic and financial standing by the end of the fall semester final exam period graduate in December. Wingate University is operated on a nondiscriminatory basis. Wingate University abides by the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title XI of Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. STUDENT PRIVACY AND INFORMED CONSENT Students in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are granted privacy through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) enacted to protect the privacy associated with educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. In compliance with FERPA, the Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies requires its students’ informed consent to the sharing of personal information with its educational partners (clinical rotation sites) strictly on a need-to-know basis. This personal information may Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies include, but is not limited to, social security numbers, immunization records, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, results of health care tests, results of credit checks and criminal records known to Wingate University. Notice is hereby given that random drug screenings or additional criminal background checks may be requested of the students at any time during the didactic or clinical years as well as for placement in certain clinical rotation sites as standard operating procedure. The student may be responsible for the cost of drug screenings or additional criminal background checks. CODES OF PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONDUCT Each student in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies will be given the Student Handbook pertinent to the guidelines of acceptable and unacceptable conduct. Included in this Handbook are guidelines for professional appearance and conduct during the didactic and clinical years. Page | 23
  24. 24. PROJECTED TUITION Tuition 2008-2009 Didactic Year* $24,000 Applicants will be interviewed in March or April 2008 for admission into the class Fall Spring Summer beginning August 2008. Upon notification of acceptance into the $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 program, each applicant must pay a Tuition 2009-2010 Clinical Year* $24,000 $1,500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within 10 days to confirm and secure the Fall Spring Summer applicant’s place in the inaugural class. The deposit will be applied to the first $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 year’s tuition if the student continues in Tuition Fall 2010* $8,000 the program. TOTAL COST* $56,000 * These figures are subject to change, and the 2009-2010 costs have not been determined. STUDENTS’ EMPLOYMENT Students in the PA program may not work full-time due to the demands of both didactic and clinical years. Part-time work is strongly discouraged as well. Financial assistance for tuition and living expenses is available through student loans and will be coordinated through the Financial Planning office at Wingate University. STUDENTS’ HOUSING Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Graduate students are not eligible to live in on-campus housing. ADDITIONAL EXPENSES FOR THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM Textbooks Additional costs for the PA program will include the purchase of medical textbooks (for both the didactic and clinical years). Medical Equipment, Attire Students are required to purchase VH dissection software, medical equipment (such as a quality stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope, sphygmomanometer, lab coats, patches and name tags, etc.). These additional costs will be in the range of $2,000. Laptop Students are required to have a laptop computer for use in the PA Program. • Processor speed ranging from 1.3 Ghz to 2.15 Ghz • RAM - (Random Access Memory) - 512MB or more • Hard Drive - minimum 60GB Page | 24
  25. 25. • Wireless standard 802.11b/g • CD/DVD or DVD/CD Burner drive • CD-ROM drive • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (Professional) (No VistaTM or Macintosh) • Microsoft Office Suite Student and Teacher Edition • Antivirus Software • Service Plan LICENSING Graduates of Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies will be eligible to apply for licensing in any state or territory of the United States. North Carolina Medical Board 1203 Front Street Raleigh, NC 27609-7533 PO Box 20007 Raleigh, NC 27619-0007 Telephone (919) 326-1100, (919) 326-1109 Fax (919) 326-0036 info@ncmedboard.org Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Page | 25
  26. 26. FACULTY Rosalind V. Becker MS PA-C ........................... Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator • MS Education and Leadership, Arizona School of Health Sciences (2005) • BS Health Professions, Kettering College of Medical Arts (2000) • AS Physician Assistant, Kettering College of Medical Arts (1995) • AS Medical Lab Technology, Orange County Community College (1974) John F. Hartness, Jr., MD .............................................................................. Assistant Professor • MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine (1970) • BS, Davidson College (1966) Susan S. Lester MD..................................................... Assistant Professor and Medical Director • MD, University of Virginia, School of Medicine (1997) • BS Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois (1993) Laura L. Lupton MD ....................................................................................... Assistant Professor • MHSA St. Joseph's College of Maine (2005) • MD St. Matthew's University School of Medicine (2001) • MS Biology University of North Carolina Charlotte (1995) • BFA Drama Western Carolina University Summa Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi (1989) C. Brian Odom PhD ........................................................................................ Associate Professor Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies • PhD Biology, University of South Carolina (1990) • MS Biology, Georgia Southern College (1985) • BS Biology, Wofford College (1983) Robert B. Supernaw PharmD ................................. Professor and Dean of School of Pharmacy • PharmD, University of the Pacific (1972) • AA, Long Beach City College (1967) Gary R. Uremovich DMin MPAS PA-C .................. Assistant Professor and Program Director • DMin Church Administration, Trinity College and Theological Seminary (2007) • MPAS Emergency Medicine, University of Nebraska (1997) • MS Educational Counseling, Vanderbilt University, Peabody School for Teachers (1997) • BS Psychology Magna cum laude, University of Maryland (1979) • BS Allied Health/Physician Assistant honor graduate University of Nebraska (1976) Michael B. Whitehead DHSc PA-C ..................... Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator • DHSc, Nova Southeastern University (2005) • MPAS, University of Nebraska (2000) • BS Applied Science (Physician Assistant), Creighton University • Bachelor General Studies, Chaminade University of Honolulu (1986) • Physician Assistant Program, U.S. Army Academy of Health Science (1984) Page | 26

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