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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Physician Assistant Studies (MPA)

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Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
CIP Code: 51.0912
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC5
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Adrienne Kinsella
Phone: 813-974-8926
Email: paprogram@health.usf.edu

Website: http://health.usf.edu/medicine/pa/


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List


Major Information

The goal of the USF P.A. Major is to prepare its graduates to deliver high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered health care. This is accomplished through a robust, systems-based curriculum. The major (delivered over 24 continuous months) begins with a rigorous 12-month phase in basic and medical sciences. Educational methodologies include traditional lecture, clinical simulation, team-based problem solving, and hands-on laboratory learning experiences often delivered with students from other USF health students. The 12-month clinical phase follows and students engage in approximately 2300 hours of supervised clinical practice experiences. Students will participate in the following five week, core clinical clerkships: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Women's Health, Behavioral and Mental Health, and two elective clerkships. Upon successful completion of the two-year curriculum, the student is awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. The graduate is then eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Accreditation
USF Morsani College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Program anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2017, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2016 ARC-PA meeting. "Accreditation - Provisional" is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation - Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. If the USF MCOM PA Program is not granted provisional accreditation by the ARC-PA the university will not accept or review any applications nor will it enroll students in the program.

Accreditation Information:

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the programs ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. Editorial note - accreditation information updated Oct 2016 to reflect the change in status.

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: ---
Spring: April (Contact Program)
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

All applicants to the USF MCOM PA program must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Degree, GPA and GRE

  • Baccalaureate Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited College or University. (Baccalaureate degrees must be completed by the Fall semester prior to matriculation.)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 and Science GPA of 3.0; Minimum Upper Division Grade Point Average of 3.0
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test is required official scores are required and must be from tests taken within the past five years. The Admissions Committee will evaluate your most recent set of GRE scores.
  • Applicants MUST meet a minimum GRE score at or above the 50th percentile in all components of the examination to be considered eligible for an interview. 
  • GRE Scores are to be sent directly by ETS to CASPA code 8854.
  • Degree and prerequisite coursework taken outside of the U.S. is not accepted (regardless if made equivalent by a U.S. institution).
  • Transfer credit or Admission with Advanced Standing from another PA program is not accepted. All curriculum requirements for the program are required for graduation and must be completed at the USF PA program.

Prerequisites

Experience in Healthcare Setting

  • A minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience in a health care setting must be completed prior to application. Examples of direct patient care experiences may include but not limited to: EMT, Paramedic, Medical Assistant, Nurse, Surgical Technician, Athletic Trainer, and Physical Therapy Aide.
  • Shadowing experiences are not accepted as direct patient care.
  • Applicants will submit verifiable information regarding their health care experiences on CASPA.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Letters should be from Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Research Mentors, Professors, Volunteer Coordinators/Supervisors who had direct interaction with the applicant and can attest to his/her qualities, strengthens and suitability for a career as a Physician Assistant.
    • One letter of a recommendation must be from someone who supervised the applicant in a clinical setting.
    • Letters should not be from a peer or family member.

Residency

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
    • Permanent Resident Alien must possess a valid Green Card at the time of application. Documentation will be required.
  • In State or Out of State for tuition purposes

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total minimum hours required: (if doctoral, are these post-bacc or post-masters)

Curriculum for Year 1

Summer 18 Credits


Course Name

Credits

Anatomy I

2

Pathophysiological Basis of Disease I

3

Clinical Medicine I

5

Clinical Pharmacology I

3

Physical Diagnosis I

2

Role of the Physician Assistant in American Healthcare

1

Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics I

2

Fall 18 Credits


Anatomy II

2

Pathophysiological Basis of Disease II

3

Clinical Medicine II

5

Clinical Pharmacology II

3

Physical Diagnosis II

2

Biostatistics and Epidemiology: An Introduction to Clinical Research

1

Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostics II

1

Basic Medical Genetics

1

Spring 17 Credits


Clinical Medicine III

8

Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics

3

Clinical Skills and Procedures

2

Evidence-Based Medicine

1

Behavioral Medicine

2

Cultural Issues in Healthcare

1

Curriculum for Year 2


Course Name

Length of Clerkship Weeks

Credits

Capstone Research Project

 

1

Internal Medicine

5

4

Surgery

5

4

Pediatrics

5

4

Family Medicine

5

4

Women's Health

5

4

Emergency Medicine

5

4

Behavioral and Mental Health

5

4

Elective

10

8

Core Course Requirements
All courses above.

Electives
Students chose clinical electives in year two of the major.

Comprehensive Exam
Capstone Research Project
The major culminates in a required capstone research project. The goal of the capstone research project is to develop competency in the critical appraisal of research and the application of the best evidence to patient care, health policy, and advocacy; ultimately resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Internship

Other
Upon graduation, the MPAS graduate will be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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