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Master of Medical Science
Physician Assistant Studies

Accreditation

The Physician Assistant Program has gained provisional accreditation from ARC-PA, 12000 Findley Rd, Suite 150, 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 patients’ 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 one’s 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

Admission to the Physician Assistant (PA) program is competitive. Successful applicants will generally exceed the minimum criteria required.

1.

Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited, U.S. college or university;

2.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed within the previous five years

3.

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

4.

Recommended shadowing of at least three (3) professional physician assistants, with documentation.

5.

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

6. Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses with a grade of "C" better or the equivalents by August 15 from a regionally accredited, U.S. college or university:
a.
 Anatomy & Physiology I (course and lab) or (1 Anatomy course and lab)
b.
Anatomy & Physiology II (course and lab) or (1 Human Physiology course and lab)
c. Microbiology
d. Organic Chemistry I
e. Biochemistry (3000 level or higher) or Organic Chemistry II
 f. Psychology
g. Statistics
h. Genetics
 i. Medical Terminology

The following list of items will receive consideration during the PA application process:
1. Years in healthcare
2. PA shadowing
3. Certified/military healthcare worker
4. Licensed healthcare worker
5. Previous military experience
6. OLOL graduate
7. Previous OLOL PA program applicant
8. Early applications: application is completed and all supporting documents are received prior to June 30.

An exception to the August 15th. provision may be made at the discretion of the PA Admissions Sub-Committee.

All prerequiste courses and requirements must be completed prior to August 15. An exception to the August 15th deadline may be considered by the PA admission subcommittee for good cause, at their discretion. The PA admissions subcommittee may waive a course or substitute an equivalent at their discretion. A request to the PA admissions subcommittee must be made in writing prior to submission of the application.

Transfer Credit

Credit hours from another Physician Assistant program will not transfer from other institutions towards this degree. All credits for the Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies must be earned at OLOLC.


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 5755 Clinical Lab. Medicine

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 5762 Psychosocial Dynamics in Healthcare

3

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 5715 Research Methods and Biostatistics

4

PHAS 5754 Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Surgery V

3

Semester Credit Hours

17

Semester Credit Hours

13

 

 

 

 

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 Master’s Project Seminar

3

PHAS 5925 PA Seminar

2

PHAS 5771-5780 (3) Clinical Rotations

12

Semester Credit Hours

17

The total semester credit hours for the Master of Medical Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies is108 semester credit hours.

Table of Educational Blocks for Foundation Courses I-V

PHAS 5750 Foundations I

PHAS 5751 Foundations II

PHAS 5752 Foundations III

Ophthalmology

Nephrology

Orthopedics

Otolaryngology

Urology

Rheumatology

Genetics

Neurology/Neuroscience

Cardiology

Dermatology

Endocrinology

Pulmonology

Infectious Disease

 

 

PHAS 5753 Foundations IV

PHAS 5754 Foundations V

 

Hematology

Emergency Medicine

Oncology

OB/GYN

GI

Pediatrics

Clinical rotations are 4 semester credit hour/ rotation

PHAS 5771 General Clinical Medicine I

PHAS 5776 General Surgery

PHAS 5772 General Clinical Medicine II

PHAS 5777 Musculoskeletal Medicine

PHAS 5773 General Clinical Medicine III

PHAS 5778 Pediatrics

PHAS 5774 General Clinical Medicine IV

PHAS 5779 Emergency Medicine

PHAS 5775 General Clinical Medicine V

PHAS 5780 Focused Topics in Medicine

Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of all coursework and clinical rotations.
  2. Satisfactory grade on the summative examinations.
  3. Successful completion of the master’s 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.