Keiser University Master of Science Physician Assistant program began in January 2010 with courses that provide essential medical knowledge and clinical skills. During the first 12 months of the program, the student can expect a challenging curriculum of lectures, practical lab sessions, interpretation of medical literature, case presentations, case-based learning and critical thinking labs.
The program will continue with a 12 month clinical training year. Intensive hands-on training will take place through clinical rotations in urban and rural health care facilities. Each clinical rotation will have an end of rotation exam with two days of supplemental lectures. All rotations will occur in clinical sites that are approved and scheduled by the Physician Assistant faculty. Each of the nine required rotations involves five weeks of full-time, a minimum of 40 hours per week, clinical practice with supervision from a designated preceptor.
As part of the graduate curriculum, each student will be required to complete a graduate project. The graduate project will allow the student to demonstrate his/her ability to research and compile information into an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The graduate project will require scholarly writing and allow the student to demonstrate knowledge learned in the program.
The program will prepare the student, both academically and clinically, to sit for the PANCE, a single national certification exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants