Curriculum

Spring Semester - Year One (Didactic)  
MPAS502Delivery of Care1
MPAS504Applied Human Anatomy4
MPAS506Medical Physiology3
MPAS508History and Physical Exam3
MPAS510Mechanisms of Disease3
MPAS512Clinical Pharmacology3
Total 17
Summer Semester - Year One (Didactic)  
MPAS540Physician Assistant Medicine I10
Behavior Science  
Hematology  
Infectious Disease  
Endocrinology  
Dermatology  
MPAS520Patient Centered Care I2
MPAS530Professional Development I1
MPAS580Operating Room and Minor Surgery3
Total16
Fall Semester - Year One (Didactic)  
MPAS550 Physician Assistant Medicine II 14 
EENT   
Pulmonary   
Cardiovascular   
Gastrointestinal   
MPAS522 Patient Centered Care II 
MPAS532 Professional Development II 
MPAS590Population Based Medicine2
Total  19
Spring II Semester - Year Two (Didactic)   
MPAS560 Physician Assistant Medicine III 11 
Genitourinary   
Women's Health
Musculoskeletal   
Neurology   
MPAS524 Patient Centered Care III 
MPAS534 Professional Development III 
MPAS570 Emergency Medicine 
MPAS599 Pre-Clinical Seminar 
Total  16
Didactic Curriculum Total  68 

 

Summer II Semester - Year Two (Clinical)  
MPAS640Professional Development Clinical I1
MPAS620Family Medicine (6 Weeks)6
MPAS624Pediatrics (3 Weeks)3
MPAS626Women's Health (3 Weeks)3
Total 13
Fall II Semester - Year Two (Clinical)  
MPAS642Professional Development Clinical II1
MPAS650Summative Evaluation/RAD I1
MPAS622Internal Medicine (6 Weeks)6
MPAS628Emergency Medicine (6 Weeks)6
MPAS632Mental Health (3 Weeks)3
MPAS652Summative Evaluation/RAD II1
Total 18
Spring III Semester - Year Three (Clinical)  
MPAS644Professional Development Clinical III1
MPAS630General Surgery (6 Weeks)6
MPAS638Elective (6 Weeks)6
MPAS636Underserved Population (3 Weeks)3
MPAS654Summative Evaluation/RAD III1
Total 17
Clinical Year Curriculum Total 48
   
Total Curriculum116

 

** Although all Clinical rotations must be completed, they will most likely NOT follow the example given.  The exact order of your rotations will depend upon site availability and schedule coordination. 

 

MPAS502 DELIVERY OF CARE

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 1 semester hour
Course Description

MPAS502 Delivery of Care is designed to assist the student with transition into the medical profession and serve as an introduction to professional practice issues.  Areas of discussion include the history of the physician assistant profession, professionalism, ethics, communication, evidence based medicine, patient centered care, and health information literacy.  The course establishes the groundwork for subsequent professional development and patient centered care courses.

 

MPAS504 APPLIED HUMAN ANATOMY

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 4 semester hours
Course Description

MPAS504 Applied Human Anatomy is a broad survey course with detailed examination of all structural aspects of the human body. Anatomy is presented by body regions to allow students to assimilate the regions in an organized and logical fashion. This course focuses on recognition of structural arrangements and relationships, correlation with radiographic images, and clinical applications of topographic, radiographic and gross anatomy to the day-to-day practice of medicine.  Emphasis is on knowledge of normal anatomic structures, common anatomic variations, and anatomic pathology as it applies to effective diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention. Course format is lecture, lab, computer-assisted technology, and team and problem based activity.

 

MPAS506 MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours
Course Description

MPAS506 Medical Physiology uses a systems based approach to cover fundamental physiologic principles that provides students with essential knowledge of human physiologic functions related to health and disease. Alterations of normal function will be highlighted throughout the course. To enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of physiology, the Anatomy course is taught concurrently so structure and function are learned concurrently.  Emphasis is on integration of physiology, anatomy, pathophysiology, microbiology and pharmacology relevant to medical problems encountered in a primary care setting. 

 

MPAS508 HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours
Course Description

MPAS508 History and Physical Examination provides instruction and practice in obtaining and recording a comprehensive and focused health history and performing a proper physical examination on patients of any age. Emphasis is placed on professionalism and sensitivity to gender, age and cultural background. The initial focus will be on establishing a foundation for the student to recognize normal physical exam findings followed by distinguishing common abnormal exam findings. The course utilizes lecture, demonstrations, team activities, hands on training and clinical reasoning and clinical skills applied to patient scenarios to facilitate skill development.  Students will have opportunities to work in pairs, alternating roles as patient or Physician Assistant provider and in small groups with faculty members to further advance their skills. Faculty members provide guidance regarding appropriate examination techniques, patient positioning, gowning and draping.   Students focus initially on mastery of individual body system skills followed by performance of complete history and physical examinations by the end of the course series. Structured student writing exercises for each session provide an opportunity to practice medical documentation. Assessment is conducted using written examinations and assignments and objective skills competency exams. History and physical exam skills specific to special populations including pediatrics and geriatrics population are introduced in this course and expanded on in other course modules.

MPAS510 MECHANISMS OF DISEASE

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours
Course Description

MPAS510 Mechanisms of Disease is designed for physician assistant students as an introduction to general pathology and covers the basic principles of cell biology, histology, embryology, immunology, molecular genetics, infectious processes, nutrition, and environmental effects on health. This essential foundation promotes an understanding of human disease processes and the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying disease development. The pathophysiology of diseases affecting specific body regions is presented in the individual organ system courses.

 

MPAS512 CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Semester: Spring I
Credit: 3 semester hours
Course Description

MPAS512 Clinical Pharmacology covers fundamental pharmacology principles for application to pharmacotherapeutics in the practice of patient-centered care. Topics include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, adverse drug reactions, autonomic nervous system pharmacology, analgesia, the drug development process and the introduction of complementary and alternative pharmacotherapy. Emphasis is placed on individualization of drug therapy. Pharmacotherapeutics for specific organ systems is presented in the individual organ system courses.

 

MPAS520 PATIENT CENTERED CARE I

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 2 semester hours 
Course Description

The patient-centered care (PCC) sequence of courses (MPAS520, MPAS522, and MPAS524) span the didactic component of the curriculum and are designed to challenge students to develop clinical reasoning skills and critical thinking, enhance interpersonal and communication skills, apply evidence-based resources, and problem-solve as clinicians and as members of an interdisciplinary health care team. This course expands on MPAS502 Delivery of Care and the concurrent MPAS540 Medicine I course. It introduces students to simulated cases and they will act as clinicians to evaluate standardized patients. Cases will focus on acute care and emphasis will be placed on the following: developing differential diagnoses, developing assessments and plans, the medical chart, medical documentation, informed consent, oral case presentation, and integration of preventive care and public health principles in the context of acute care.

 

MPAS522 PATIENT CENTERED CARE II

Semester: Fall I
Credit: 2 semester hours
Course Description

The patient-centered care (PCC) sequence of courses spans the didactic component of the curriculum and is designed to challenge students to develop clinical reasoning skills and critical thinking, enhance interpersonal and communication skills, apply evidence-based resources, and problem-solve as clinicians and as members of an interdisciplinary health care team. This course expands on MPAS502 Delivery of Care, MPAS520 Patient Centered Care I, MPAS540 PA Medicine I and the concurrent MPAS550 PA Medicine II course. It introduces students to simulated cases and they will act as clinicians to evaluate standardized patients Cases will be acute care in nature and emphasis will be placed on the following: comprehensive patient management, longitudinal management of established patients, admission orders, inpatient management, progress notes, discharge summaries, rehabilitative care, palliative care and end-of-life issues, and utilization of an electronic health record.

 

MPAS524 PATIENT CENTERED CARE III

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 2 semester hours 
Course Description

The patient-centered care (PCC) sequence of courses spans the didactic component of the curriculum and is designed to challenge students to develop clinical reasoning skills, think critically, enhance interpersonal and communication skills, apply evidence-based resources, and problem-solve as clinicians and as members of an interdisciplinary health care team. This course expands on MPAS502 Delivery of Care, MPAS520 Patient Centered Care I, MPAS522 Patient Centered Care II, MPAS540 PA Medicine I, MPAS550 PA Medicine II, and concurrent MPAS560 PA Medicine III course. This course prepares students to work in teams with students from other health professions on campus. Case-based scenarios and cases utilizing manikin simulators will facilitate a team approach to patient-centered care. Students will be challenged to rely on the strengths of students from other disciplines to solve complex medical cases. Emphasis will also be placed on further developing interpersonal and communication skills.

 

MPAS530 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 1 semester hour
Course Description

The Professional Development sequence of courses spans the entire PA program curriculum and is intended to introduce and integrate principles of professionalism, ethics, and the business of medicine with the practice of medicine. This course expands on MPAS502 Delivery of Care focusing on the health care provider’s roles and responsibilities in the area of public health and the practice of preventive medicine.

 

MPAS532 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT II

Semester: Fall I
Credit: 1 semester hour
Course Description

The Professional Development sequence of courses spans the entire PA program curriculum and is intended to introduce and integrate principles of professionalism, ethics, and the business of medicine with the practice of medicine. This course expands on MPAS502 Delivery of Care and MPAS530 Professional Development I and focuses on health care disparities, provider sensitivity to cultural diversity, socioeconomic differences, and the impact of these factors on health and wellness.  Alternative, integrative and preventive approaches to health care are examined.

 

MPAS534 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT III

Semester: Spring II
Credit: 1 semester hour
Course Description

The MPAS534 Professional Development sequence of courses spans the entire PA program curriculum and is intended to introduce and integrate principles of professionalism, ethics, and the business of medicine with the practice of medicine. This course expands on MPAS502 Delivery of Care, MPAS530 Professional Development I, and MPAS532 Professional Development II and focuses on preparation for clinical practice and many legal and practice-related issues including: electronic data management, coding, billing, reimbursement, rules and regulations, confidentiality, certification and licensure, and safety.

 

MPAS540 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEDICINE I

Semester: Summer I
Credit: 10 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS540 Physician Assistant Medicine I is one in a series of courses using an organ systems approach for study of the clinical sciences. This approach builds on the principles presented in the first semester that established a foundation in human physiology, pathological conditions, relevant pharmacology, and an introduction to organ systems. During this course, the commonly encountered medical problems in Behavior Science, Hematology and Oncology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, and Dermatology are examined. The clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathology, patient assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, management, and clinical course of these conditions will be explored. Emphasis will also be on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the recording and presenting of patient evaluation data.  Development of clinical skills is facilitated by observation of videos and simulations and students will perform written and practical skills examinations that incorporate the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). During an OSCE, students are observed and evaluated as they go through a series of stations in which they interview, examine and treat standardized patients who present with some type of medical problem.

 

MPAS550 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEDICINE II

Semester: Fall I

Credit: 14 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS550 Physician Assistant Medicine II is one in a series of courses using an organ systems approach for study of the clinical sciences. This approach builds on the principles presented in earlier courses that established a foundation in human physiology, pathological conditions, relevant pharmacology, and organ systems. During this course, the commonly encountered medical problems affecting the eyes, ears, nose and throat (EENT), pulmonary, cardiac (including EKG interpretation), and gastrointestinal systems are examined. The clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathology, patient assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, management, and clinical course of these conditions will be explored. Emphasis is on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the recording and presenting of patient evaluation data.  Development of clinical skills is facilitated by observation of videos and simulations and students will perform written and practical skills examinations that incorporate the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). During an OSCE, students are observed and evaluated as they go through a series of stations in which they interview, examine and treat standardized patients who present with some type of medical problem.

 

MPAS560 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEDICINE III

Semester: Spring II

Credit: 11 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS560 Physician Assistant Medicine III is one in a series of courses using an organ systems approach for study of the clinical sciences. This approach builds on the principles presented in earlier courses that established a foundation in human physiology, pathological conditions, relevant pharmacology, and organ systems. During this course, the commonly encountered medical problems affecting the Genitourinary, Reproductive, Musculoskeletal, and Neurology systems are examined. The clinical presentation, epidemiology, pathology, patient assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, management, and clinical course of these conditions will be explored. Emphasis is on continued development of interviewing and physical examination skills, recognizing and interpreting abnormal physical findings, developing problem lists and differential diagnoses, and refining the recording and presenting of patient evaluation data.  Development of clinical skills is facilitated by observation of videos and simulations and students will perform written and practical skills examinations that incorporate the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). During an OSCE, students are observed and evaluated as they go through a series of stations in which they interview, examine and treat standardized patients who present with some type of medical problem.

 

MPAS570 POPULATION BASED MEDICINE

Semester: Spring II

Credit: 2 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS570 Population Based Medicine is designed to address issues unique to Pediatric and Geriatric populations building on previous courses including topics in anatomy, pathophysiology, genetics and medicine. Module One (pediatrics) explores principles of pediatric care in the primary care setting including assessment of the child patient, preventive health, immunizations, screening, health promotion, psychosocial fundamentals of normal growth and development, common conditions and illnesses specific to the pediatric population, and patient education and counseling for pediatric patients and family members. Communication skills and sensitivity to the needs of children and parents are emphasized. Specific topics related to the newborn and child are presented in other courses and include perinatal care, congenital disorders, pediatric pharmacotherapy, and pediatric infectious disease.  Module Two (geriatrics) examines physical and psychosocial changes that occur with aging and health problems commonly seen in the older patient population. Topics include the impact of aging on a patient’s quality of life, limitations in mobility and communication, access to health care, therapeutic interventions, and issues related to death and dying.

 

MPAS580 OR and Minor Surgery

Semester: Summer I

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS580 OR and Minor Surgery course covers concepts of surgical assessment, basic surgical skills and procedures, surgical complications and management of surgical patients. It builds on the foundation of the previous medicine courses and expands on etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, and diagnosis, and appropriate management of selected surgical conditions including care of acute and chronic patients. The role of the Physician Assistant and general surgical concepts needed for the PA to function in surgical settings are presented. Emphasis is on students developing competency in the principles and practices involved in aseptic and basic surgical techniques, emergency and minor surgical procedures, surgical risk assessment, wound management, anesthesia, and preoperative, perioperative and postoperative evaluation and management. Selected common co-morbidities warranting surgical evaluation and perioperative management will be discussed. The laboratory section of the course instructs the student in the performance of skills such as suturing, casting and splinting, aseptic surgical technique, vascular line placement, local anesthesia, and control of bleeding.  

 

MPAS590 EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Semester: Fall I
Credit: 2 semester hours

 

Course Description

MPAS590 Emergency Medicine is designed to prepare students to recognize, rapidly assess, and effectively manage an emergent situation, illness, or injury.  Problem-based case studies and team-based activities are utilized in this course to encourage the development of teamwork, collaboration, and interdisciplinary value.  Completion of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training and certification are a requirement of this course.

 

MPAS599 Pre-Clinical Seminar

Semester: Spring (end of term)
Credit: 0-semester hours

 

Course Description

This mandatory seminar is required before starting the supervised clinical practice experiential (SCPE) portion of the physician assistant program. Students MUST satisfactorily demonstrate a comprehensive basic medical and clinical sciences knowledge base and essential technical skills before they can proceed into clinical practice rotations. The pre-clinical seminar includes Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) testing, clinical skills assessments, and a written examination. During the weeklong seminar, Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) expectations and behavior will be discussed.  The purpose of this class is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students’ knowledge, skills, and attitude, and (3) identify the student’s level of preparedness for the SCPE rotations.  Students must pass each of the three testing areas prior to the start of SCPE rotations.

 

SUPERVISED CLINICAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE  

Credit: Rotation Specific (3 SH to 6 SH each)

 

Course/s Description

The supervised clinical practice experience (SCPE) rotations provide the PA student an opportunity to apply the principles of general medicine learned in the preclinical curriculum. During each rotation students work with a practicing clinician (referred to as the preceptor) and are actively participating in the health care system as part of the health care team. Students are assigned to a preceptor, and through supervised, ongoing patient contact, they are exposed to patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic medical problems. Emphasis is placed on data gathering, differential diagnosis, patient management, maintenance of medical records, performance of diagnostic and therapeutic skills, follow-up care and the provision of health education and counseling. Students must successfully complete all nine rotations.  These rotations include MPAS620 Family Medicine, MPAS622 Internal Medicine, MPAS624 Pediatrics, MPAS626 Obstetrics and Gynecology, MPAS628 Emergency Medicine, MPAS630 General Surgery, MPAS632 Psychiatric Medicine, MPAS636 Underserved Populations or Areas, and MPAS638 an Elective. 

 

MPAS620 Family Medicine SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of Family Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student learning in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions, in the outpatient setting, in patients of all ages.

 

MPAS622 Internal Medicine SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of Internal Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student learning in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions, in the outpatient, inpatient, and mixed setting for adult patients.

 

MPAS624 Pediatric Medicine SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of Pediatric Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student learning in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions in the pediatric age group.

 

MPAS626 Women’s Health SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of OB/Gyn Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student learning in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions, including prenatal care and preventative gynecologic care, through exposure to a varied patient population to gain skills in general obstetrics and gynecology.  

 

MPAS628 Emergency Medicine SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of Emergency Medicine. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in triage, procedures, and recognition, evaluation and management of commonly encountered emergent conditions in patients of all ages.


MPAS630 General Surgery SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles of General Surgery. This SCPE rotation advances student learning in assisting at the operating table, and preoperative and postoperative evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions in patients of all ages.

 

MPAS632 Mental Health SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of Mental Health. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions, with inpatient, outpatient, or mixed experiences.

 

MPAS636 Underserved Population/Area SCPE

Credit: 3 semester hours

 

Rotation (Course) Description

This three-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in the principles and practice of medicine in Underserved Populations and Areas. This SCPE rotation exposes students to the diversity of health care needs and issues impacting general medical health in medically underserved populations and advances their knowledge about resources required to meet these needs. 

 

MPAS638 Elective SCPE

Credit: 6 semester hours

Rotation (Course) Description

This six-week clinical practice rotation provides an opportunity to enhance learning and gain supervised experience in one or more disciplines of interest to the student. This SCPE rotation advances student knowledge and skills in evaluation and management of commonly encountered conditions, in the outpatient and/or inpatient setting, in patients of all ages. Rotations may include but are not limited to surgical sub-specialties (orthopedics, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, etc.) otolaryngology, dermatology, urology, wound care, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, cardiology, and others.  Every attempt will be made to establish an elective rotation in one of the student’s rotation of choice.  If unable to meet this criterion, however, the Director of Clinical Education will meet with the student to discuss available options.

 

MPAS640 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CLINICAL I

Semester: Summer II
Credit: 1 semester hours

 

Course Description

The professional development – clinical sequence follows the didactic professional development courses.  The clinical phase spans the entire clinical curriculum and integrates topics such as professionalism, ethics, and business with the delivery of medical care. The first of three courses promotes lifelong learning, self-improvement, health policy and delivery impact, and awareness of current medical trends.  There is a continued emphasis on the display and development of professionalism as it applies to clinical practice.

 

MPAS642 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CLINICAL II

Semester: Fall II
Credit: 1-semester hour

 

Course Description

The professional development – clinical sequence follows the didactic professional development courses.  The clinical phase spans the entire clinical curriculum and integrates topics such as professionalism, ethics, and business with the delivery of medical care. The second of three courses focuses on healthcare delivery (evolution of healthcare, social, legal and economic factors, ownership, organizations, funding, regulations, and the PA role); patient safety, quality improvement, and risk management; and medical liability.  There is a continued emphasis on the display and development of professionalism as it applies to clinical practice.

 

MPAS644 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – CLINICAL III

Semester: Spring III
Credit: 1-semester hour

 

Course Description

The professional development – clinical sequence follows the didactic professional development courses.  The clinical phase spans the entire clinical curriculum and integrates topics such as professionalism, ethics, and business with the delivery of medical care. The third of three courses focuses on career development, credentialing, privileges, employment contracts, and networking.  There is a continued emphasis on the display and development of professionalism as it applies to clinical practice.

 

MPAS650 Summative Evaluation/Rotation Assessment Days I        

Semester: Fall II (early in term)
Credit: 1-semester hours

 

Course Description

Students return to campus once each semester during the clinical year for Rotation Assessment Days (RAD).  These campus visits include the following assessment activities:  (1) objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing, (2) independent project presentations, (3) case presentations, and (4) time with the student advisor.  The purpose of RAD is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students' knowledge, skills, and attitude, and (3) identify the student's level of preparedness for the physician assistant national certifying examination (PANCE).  During each of the RADs, the goal is to provide ongoing evaluation of each student's progress with opportunities for early identification and correction of any deficits in a timely manner.


MPAS652 Summative Evaluation/Rotation Assessment Days II

Semester: Fall II (end of term)
Credit: 1-semester hours

 

Course Description

Students return to campus once each semester during the clinical year for Rotation Assessment Days (RAD).  These campus visits include the following assessment activities:  (1) objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing, (2) independent project presentations, (3) case presentations, and (4) time with the student advisor.  The purpose of RAD is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students' knowledge, skills, and attitude, and (3) identify the student's level of preparedness for the physician assistant national certifying examination (PANCE).  During each of the RADs, the goal is to provide ongoing evaluation of each student's progress with opportunities for early identification and correction of any deficits in a timely manner.


 

MPAS654 Summative Evaluation/Rotation Assessment Days III

Semester: Spring (end of term)
Credit: 1-semester hours

 

Course Description

Students return to campus once each semester during the clinical year for Rotation Assessment Days (RAD).  These campus visits include the following assessment activities:  (1) objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) testing, (2) independent project presentations, (3) case presentations, and (4) time with the student advisor.  The purpose of RAD is to: (1) provide the student with a time of self-assessment, (2) evaluate the students' knowledge, skills, and attitude, and (3) identify the student's level of preparedness for the physician assistant national certifying examination (PANCE).  

 

The third and final RAD will occur early in the last didactic semester to perform a final Summative Evaluation.  As mandated by the Physician Assistant program accrediting body, this assessment of the student is conducted by the program to ensure that the student has the requisite knowledge, interpersonal skills, patient care skills and professionalism for entry into the profession.  The final Summative Evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that encompasses the activities and evaluations from Rotation Assessment Days I and II.  The aim of the final Summative Evaluation is to assess each student's ability to adequately meet all program criteria for completion of the program and to provide an opportunity for early identification and correction of any deficits in a timely manner.