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Master of Medical Science
Physician Assistant Studies

Accreditation

The Physician Assistant Program has provisional accreditation from ARC-PA, 12000 Findley Rd, Suite 240, Johns Creek, Ga. 30097, Ph. 770-476-1224, WEB address: www.arc-pa.org.

Program Goals and Objectives

The PA profession defines the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes required and provide educational experiences as needed in order for physician assistants to acquire and demonstrate competencies in the following six areas: (the Program Handbook details specific learning outcomes for each competency area)

1.

Medical Knowledge 
Medical knowledge includes an understanding of pathophysiology, patient presentation, differential diagnosis, patient management, surgical principles, health promotion and disease prevention. Physician assistants must demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care in their area of practice. In addition, physician assistants are expected to demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
 

2.

Interpersonal and Communicative Skills
Interpersonal and communication skills encompass verbal, nonverbal and written exchange of information. Physician assistants must demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their patientsí families, physicians, professional associates, and the health care system.
 

3.

Patient Care
Patient care includes age-appropriate assessment, evaluation and management. Physician assistants must demonstrate care that is effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness.
 

4.

Professionalism
Professionalism is the expression of positive values and ideals as care is delivered. Foremost, it involves prioritizing the interests of those being served above oneís own. Physician assistants must know their professional and personal limitations. Professionalism also requires that PAs practice without impairment from substance abuse, cognitive deficiency or mental illness. Physician assistants must demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
 

5.

System-based Practice
System-based practice encompasses the societal, organizational and economic environments in which health care is delivered. Physician assistants must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that is of optimal value. PAs should work to improve the larger health care system of which their practices are a part.
 

6.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
Practice-Based learning and improvement includes the processes through which clinicians engage in critical analysis of their own practice experience, medical literature and other information resources for the purpose of self-improvement. Physician assistants must be able to assess, evaluate and improve their patient care Practice-based learning and improvement includes the processes through which clinicians engage in critical practices.

Admission Requirements

1.

Baccalaureate degree.

2.

Completion of all pre-requisite courses (as listed on the Program fact sheet).

3.

Graduate Record Examination, with a score of 4 or better on the writing exam.

4.

Recommended six (6) months of hands on clinical experience.

5.

Students must meet all technical standards in order to be enrolled in, and progress through, the PA Program (see PA Program Fact Sheet).

Curriculum Plan

Semester 1

Credit Hrs

Semester 2

Credit Hrs

PHAS 5726
History and Professional Issues

2

PHAS 5731
Pharmacotherapeutics I

3

PHAS 5727
Patient Assessment

4

PHAS 5750 Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Surgery I

5

PHAS 5740
Medical Anatomy  

6

PHAS 5751 Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Surgery II

5

PHAS 5742
Medical Physiology  

4

PHAS 5762 Psychosocial Dynamics in Healthcare

3

PHAS 5760
PA Ethics and Medical Law

1

 

 

Semester Credit Hours

17

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

Semester 3

Credit Hrs

Semester 4

Credit Hrs

PHAS 5732 Pharmacotherapeutics II

3

PHAS 5715 Research Methods and Biostatistics

4

PHAS 5752 Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Surgery III

5

PHAS 5728
Clinical Medicine Skills

5

PHAS 5753 Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Surgery IV

5

PHAS 5745
Radiology

2

PHAS 5755
Clinical Lab. Medicine

3

PHAS 5754 Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Surgery V

3

 

 

PHAS 5771-5780
(1) Clinical Rotation

4

Semester Credit Hours

16

Semester Credit Hours

18

 

 

 

 

Semester 5

Credit Hrs

Semester 6

Credit Hrs

PHAS 5771-5780
(3) Clinical Rotations

12

PHAS 5771-5780 
(4) Clinical Rotations

16

Semester Credit Hours

12

Semester Credit Hours

16

 

 

 

Semester 7

Credit Hrs

PHAS 5910
Masterís Project Seminar

3

PHAS 5925 PA Seminar

2

PHAS 5771-5780
(2) Clinical Rotations

8

Semester Credit Hours

13

Total credit hours for the Master of Medical Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, 108 credit hours.

Clinical Rotations are 4 credits/ rotation

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of all coursework and clinical rotations.
  2. Satisfactory grade on the summative examinations.
  3. Successful completion of the masterís project.
  4. Minimum overall average GPA of 3.0 in the Program courses.
  5. Progress and Promotion Committee approval.
  6. Resolution of all indebtedness to OLOLC, including the return of all materials borrowed from the College library.
  7. Submission of an Intent to Graduate Form to the office of the Registrar by the appropriate deadline.