The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree at Misericordia University is an intensive 24-month, year-round program designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and meet other entrance requirements or are enrolled in the BSMS 3+2 program.
Misericordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (BSMS) 3+2 program provides students with nationally-normed science prerequisites for pursuing physician assistant education. The program engages students in a sequence of specialized, medically-based courses that provides strong preparation for work in a physician assistant studies program at the graduate level. Freshman students are accepted to the BSMS program each fall in cohorts of 20. To receive the BSMS, students complete a curriculum of 125-131 semester hours.
Progression from the third year of Misericordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Science
to the didactic year of the proposed program is open to matriculants of the undergraduate curriculum who have met, or will have met, by the end June prior to fall semester didactic year coursework and the pre-requisites listed.
The first (or didactic) year, is comprised of basic medical and clinical sciences that prepare students to enter the clinical, or second, year. In the clinical year, students perform nine five-week clinical clerkships in a variety of professional settings and geographic locations throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states, to ensure that they amass a wide range of learning experiences.
Working directly with patients under professional supervision, students learn to evaluate and treat medical problems in ambulatory medicine, long-term care, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, women ’s health, and emergency medicine. In a classroom setting, students also prepare for entering the PA profession, including successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and successful completion of an objective standardized clinical examination (OSCE) in order to demonstrate competency in interpersonal skills, comprehensive physical examination skills and professional bearing.
Delivered in on-campus laboratories as well as off-campus supervised clinical settings, the new curriculum is coordinated with relevant practice to provide students an integrated learning experience. The curriculum is aligned with national norms articulated by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), in its Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education, 4th edition.
Note: All full time PA faculty offices are located in the Hafey-McCormick Science building.
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