Additional Program Info
Assignment of Clinical Rotations
Misericordia University has affiliation agreements in place with physicians and healthcare institutions allowing for a complete course of clinical rotations to be set up for each student by the program. No student will be required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.
Students will have an opportunity to review available clinical sites and preceptors and suggest preferences for the program to consider when scheduling rotations. The program will do it’s best to place students at their preferred clinical site. However, preferences are suggestions and not guarantees.
Students will be required to maintain housing within a 50-mile radius from campus for the entire duration of the program. Students will be required to travel or find housing if scheduled at a clinical site outside of the 50-mile radius from campus. Housing and travel expenses will be at the expense of the student.
The Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program satisfies the academic requirements for licensure and NCCPA certification credentials set forth by the State of Pennsylvania. Requirements for licensure and/or advanced practice certification/endorsement eligibility vary from one profession to another and from state to state. For students who wish to practice in a state other than Pennsylvania, please review the following national site that contains state board directories https://www.nccpa.net/state-licensing-boards/.
AAPA State licensing information link: https://www.aapa.org/advocacy-central/state-advocacy/state-licensing/ for additional licensing information including: List of Licensing Boards, Statutory and Regulatory Requirements for Initial Licensure and License Renewal, and State Laws and Regulations.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE); New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE); Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges-Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC); WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC)
Misericordia University has a 7,575 square foot, custom designed Physician Assistant educational facility within the Baloga Hall building on its main campus. The Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and PA program faculty have been directly involved in the design of the new educational area. Key features of this space include a dedicated Physician Assistant didactic year classroom, an open-floor-plan physical assessment and procedural skills lab with eleven examination areas, four private physical examination rooms which may be used for refining examination skills or objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), a PA student study area, and private offices for all PA program faculty and staff.
A high level, state-of-the-art, new cadaver lab is located in the new Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center, immediately adjacent to the Baloga Hall building. Our Anatomy professor, Anthony Serino, Ph.D., comes to our program with many years of experience in providing anatomy instruction within graduate medical education programs. The lab offers multiple full cadaver stations, allowing for direct participation by each PA student. The lab includes a virtual dissection table that supports expanded learning opportunities for Physician Assistant Students.