Keiser University

Program Information

Course Sequence

Keiser University’s Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant is an intense study of patient care theory, science and practice, combining didactic, laboratory, and clinical study and experience. The first year is an intense study of basic sciences and clinically related didactic course work. The clinical year provides students with experience in emergency medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine, and two electives. Learner-centered activities will be used and include: independent and collaborative learning, experiential applications, case study analysis and problem-based instruction through simulations and model-based applications. Graduates are required to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and eligible, upon successful completion of the PANCE, to be licensed and practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.

Year 1, Semester 1

Course Number Course Title Semester Credit Hours
MPA500 Introduction to the PA Profession 1
MPA501 Medical Terminology 1
MPA513 Human Anatomy 5
MPA511 Human Physiology 4
MPA526 Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare 2
MPA537 Healthcare Policy 1
MPA521 Microbiology 3
MPA510 Physical Diagnosis I 3
MPA514 Applied Learning Experience 1
MPA536 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
TOTALS 23

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Semester Credit Hours
MPA525 Clinical Laboratory Medicine I 1
MPA535 Clinical Laboratory Medicine II 2
MPA524 Fund of Clinical Medicine and Surgery I 5
MPA534 Fund of Clinical Medicine and Surgery II 6
MPA512 Clinical Pathophysiology 3
MPA522 Ethical and Legal Medicine 3
MPA523 Clinical Pharmacology 2
MPA533 Pharmacotherapeutics I 4
MPA520 Physical Diagnosis II 3
TOTALS 29

Semester 3

Course Number Course Number Semester Credit Hours
MPA540 Clinical Psychiatry 3
MPA530 Physical Diagnosis III 3
MPA531 Principles of Life Support and Electrocardiography 5
MPA544 Fund of Clinical Med and Surgery III 8
MPA532 Clinical and Surgical Procedures 4
MPA538 Medical Genetics 1
MPA543 Pharmacotherapeutics II 3
MPA502 Fundamentals of Diagnostic Methods 3
TOTALS 30
YEAR 1 TOTALS 82

Year 2, Semester 4

Course Number Course Number Semester Credit Hours
MPA650 Family Medicine CR 5
MPA610 Internal Medicine CR 5
MPA600 Prenatal/Gynecology CR 5
MPA515 Introduction to Healthcare Research and Biostatistics 3
TOTALS 18

Semester 5

Course Number Course Number Semester Credit Hours
MPA620 Surgery CR 5
MPA630 Emergency Medicine CR 5
MPA640 Pediatrics CR 5
MPA691 Certification Examination Review 2
TOTALS 17

Semester 6

Course Number Course Number Semester Credit Hours
MPA660 Psychiatry CR 5
MPA670 Elective CR 1 5
MPA680 Elective CR 2 5
MPA690 Graduate Project 3
MPA692 Transition into PA Practice 1
MPA695 Summative Evaluation 2
TOTALS 21
YEAR 2 TOTALS 56
PROGRAM TOTALS 138

Academic Standards

Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue and/or graduate from the Keiser University Master of Science in Physician Assistant program.  Students are required to maintain a minimum grade of B (80%) in all courses.

Requirement for Successful Completion of the Didactic Phase:

  • Students must successfully complete all written, physical and combination examinations.
  • Students must demonstrate skills necessary for clinical practice as determined by the Physician Assistant Program.
  • Students must receive a satisfactory summative evaluation from their academic advisor by meeting all academic and professional standards.
  • Students must comply with the rules, regulations, and policies of Keiser University and the Physician Assistant program.
  • Students must comply with the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession established by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as found in the Student Academic Handbook.
  • Students must maintain a professional demeanor as a physician assistant student evidenced by attendance, active participation in all classes, lectures, seminars and clinical experiences as designated by the Physician Assistant program.
  • Students must satisfactorily participate in clinical competency exams (summative evaluations) either written, practical or both.
  • Students must undergo and submit documentation of a complete physical examination (to File MD) prior to starting the didactic phase of the program.
  • Student must complete the PACKRAT exam at the end of the didactic phase of the program.

Requirement for Successful Completion of the Clinical Phase:

  • Students must abide by all rules and regulations published by Keiser University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program.
  • Students must maintain a professional demeanor as a physician assistant student evidenced by attendance, active participation in all classes, lectures, seminars and clinical experiences as designated by the Physician Assistant program.
  • Students must satisfactory participate in clinical competency exams (summative evaluations) either written, practical or both.
  • Students must complete the PACKRAT at the end of the clinical phase of the program.
  • Student must satisfactorily complete the nine clinical rotations, including end of rotation exams and end of rotation evaluations with passing grades and submit all required documentation to Keiser University Physician Assistant Program.
  • Student must demonstrate required skills necessary for clinical practice and professional behaviors as determined by the Keiser University PA program.
  • Students must undergo and submit documentation of a complete physical examination (to File MD) prior to starting the clinical phase of the program.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete all courses in the program with a grade of 80% or better.
  • Earn a minimum of 138 graduate semester credit hours.
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Satisfactorily complete all clinical rotations.
  • Complete the PACKRAT in the clinical year of the program.
  • Comply with Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession established by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as found in the student academic and clinical year handbook.
  • Receive a satisfactory summative evaluation from their academic advisor by meeting all academic and professional standards.
  • Apply for the PANCE through NCCPA prior to graduation.
  • GRE required (no minimum score) – GRE code 6257 TOEFL is required for all foreign degree applicants (score of 500 or higher on a paper-based examination, an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher, a score of 225 on a computer-based examination or an iBT of 64.)

Accreditation

The ARC- PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Keiser University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2016.

The goals and objectives of Keiser University Masters of Science in Physician Assistant program are guided by the criteria set forth in the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant as established by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

These guidelines state that the physician assistant is academically and clinically prepared to provide health care services with the direction and supervision of a licensed physician. The role of the physician assistant demands intelligence, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, appropriate interpersonal skills, and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. An attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient’s welfare are essential attributes.

Technical Standards

In order to successfully complete the Master of Science in Physician Assistant at Keiser University all physician assistant students must possess the abilities and skills in the areas of sensation, communication , motor function, intellectual capability, and behavioral/social proficiency.The following skills are required:

OBSERVATION

The student must be able to demonstrate sufficient attention and accuracy in observation skills (visual, auditory and tactile) in lecture, laboratory, inpatient, and outpatient settings.  The student will be able to accurately observe a patient near and at a distance; recognizing non-verbal and verbal signs.

COMMUNICATION

The student must be able to communicate effectively, respectfully and efficiently in the written and verbal forms of English with supervising or consulting physicians, program professors, colleagues, instructors, patients, and other members of the health care team. The student must be able to communicate effectively, responsively and empathetically; and exhibit sensitivity with patients of all ages, gender, cultures, ethnicities, and personalities regardless of race or cultural differences.

MOTOR

The student must have sufficient motor skills to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. The student must be able to perform the typical physician assistant duties not limited to physical examination, treatment interventions and general patient care. The student must possess motor coordination to respond in emergent situations and provide medical care quickly.

INTELLECTUAL, CONCEPTUAL, INTEGRATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE

The student must possess intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities necessary for problem solving and diagnosis. The student must be able to integrate visual, auditory, sensory, tactile, and spatial information in clinical problem solving. The student must be able to demonstrate the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize information. The student must demonstrate the ability to acquire, retain and apply new and learned information.

BEHAVIORAL

The student must demonstrate ethical and professional attitudes reflected in appropriate behavior or conduct. The student must be able to function with integrity and in an ethical manner.  The student must possess attributes of dependability, flexibility, tolerance, respect, and empathy. The student must be able to adapt to a changing environment.  The student must be able to function under stress, accept supervision and apply feedback. The student must posses the emotional health for utilization of judgment and cognition.

Curricular Components

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.

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