Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2005

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

The University of Kentucky Division of Physician Assistant Studies offers a Plan B, non-thesis, physician assistant master's degree program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) program is designed for 1) students who wish to become PAs and hold a baccalaureate or will have earned a baccalaureate degree by the time they enter the program and for 2) PAs who already hold a baccalaureate degree in Physician Assistant Studies from an accredited Physician Assistant program. The M.S.P.A.S. program is offered at the Lexington campus and at the campus of Morehead State University.

The goal of the M.S.P.A.S. program is to develop well-educated and highly skilled primary care physician assistants who will extend the physician's effectiveness and improve access to health care. The physician assistant functions under the supervision and responsibility of a licensed physician and is competent to elicit a comprehensive health history, perform a physical examination, interpret and evaluate diagnostic data, establish basic treatment plans, counsel and educate, and respond appropriately to commonly encountered emergency care situations.

The M.S.P.A.S. program prepares highly qualified graduates with enhanced clinical competencies in evidenced-based medicine, geriatrics, health services management, clinical nutrition, pharmacology and applied research to meet the emerging health care needs of the 21st century, especially the increasing aging population and medically underserved communities. Physician assistants may serve in a variety of health care settings, such as primary care practices, geriatric long-term care facilities, hospitals, correctional institutions and community-based clinics. The M.S.P.A.S. program also prepares graduates to be competitive for positions in clinical research, health care administration and higher education. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. After successful completion of the exam, they are eligible for state certification/licensure to practice as certified physician assistants.

Admission to the M.S.P.A.S. program is annual with a new class beginning each January. Qualified applicants simultaneously must apply to both the University of Kentucky Graduate School and to the M.S.P.A.S. program. Applicants interested in attending the Morehead campus apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School and the M.S.P.A.S. program by the same process as Lexington campus applicants.

Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants to the M.S.P.A.S. program must have achieved a combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years of application to the program. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (or will have earned a baccalaureate degree by the time of entry into the program) with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and a C grade or better earned in the following prerequisite courses:

PREREQUISITE COURSES

General Chemistry with laboratory 1 semester

Organic Chemistry with laboratory
(Pre-med or Chemistry major level) 1 semester

General Psychology 1 semester

Developmental Psychology 1 semester

Microbiology with laboratory 1 semester

Biology/Zoology with laboratory 1 semester

Human Physiology 1 semester

Human Anatomy 1 semester

Sociology/Anthropology 1 semester

Medical Terminology 1 semester

In addition, three (3) letters of recommendation from people acquainted with the applicant for at least one year and familiar with his/her professional goals must be submitted to CASPA along with an admission essay of graduate quality that reflects the applicant's commitment to primary care. The applicant must be certified in Basic Life Support by the American Heart Association, and be in compliance with the Technical Standards established by the College of Health Sciences. Competetive applicants will be granted an interview.

Application is made to the M.S.P.A.S. program through the University of Kentucky Graduate School at <www.rgs.uky.edu/gs/gradhome.html> and through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at <www.caspaonline.org>. Applicants must instruct the appropriate testing agencies to send copies of relevant score reports to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Prior health care experience is not required but is deemed beneficial to students entering the M.S.P.A.S. program.

For more information, contact CASPA:

Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Association of Physician Assistant Programs

950 N. Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314-1552

(703) 548-5538

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS JUNE 1

Admission to the M.S.P.A.S. program is selective. Competitive applicants will be granted an interview. In the interview, the applicant must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the role and responsibilities of a PA. The applicant also must comply with Technical Standards of the Physician Assistant Studies Program as established by the College of Health Sciences. Proof of current certification in Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association must be provided at the time of the interview and certification must be maintained throughout the program.

M.S.P.A.S. PROGRAM CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

All students enrolled in the program will take the following courses:

ANA 811 Human Anatomy For Allied Health Students (5)

PAS 853 Introduction to Human Diseases (3)

PGY 412G Human Physiology (4)

PAS 857 Clinical Laboratory Procedures (3)

PAS 851 Introduction to PA Profession (2)

CNU 800 Applied Nutrition (1)

PAS 655 Psychosocial Factors in Primary Care (3)

PAS 850 Clinical Methods (3)

PAS 680 Seminar in PA Studies I (2)

STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis (4)

PAS 672 Pharmacology I (3)

PAS 654 Clinical Lecture Series (4)

PAS 856 Patient Evaluation and Management (3)

PAS673 Pharmacology II (3)

HSM 601 Overview of The Health Care Delivery System (3)

PAS 610 Research Methods and Epidemiology (3)

PAS 658 Clinical Lecture Series II (4)

PAS 645 Master's Project I (1)

PAS 640 Survey of Geriatric Medicine (3)

PROGRAM CLERKSHIP REQUIREMENTS

All students will complete the following clerkship requirements:

PAS 660 Family Medicine Clerkship (6)

PAS 661 Pediatrics Clerkship (6)

PAS 862 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship (3)

PAS 663 Surgery Clerkship (6)

PAS 864 Geriatrics Clerkship (3)

PAS 669 Internal Medicine Clerkship (6)

PAS 870 Emergency Medicine Clerkship (3)

PAS 871 Psychiatry Clerkship (3)

PAS 842 Elective Clerkship (3)

PAS 680 Seminar In PA Studies II (2)

PAS 646 Master's Project II (2-6)

After successfully completing the course work and clerkship requirements, students who receive a passing score on a written finall examination will be awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) degree. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. After successful completion of the exam, they are eligible for state certification/licensure to practice as certified physician assistants.

M.S.P.A.S. for Graduates of Programs in Physician Assistant Studies

PAs applying to the M.S.P.A.S. program, who already hold a baccalaureate degree in Physician Assistant Studies from an accredited Physician Assistant program, must have maintained a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate work and achieved a combined score of 800 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE taken within the last five years of application to the program. To satisfy the M.S.P.A.S. curriculum, these students are required to complete a 24 credit hour core of M.S.P.A.S. courses and a minimum of 9 credit hours in an academic concentration of their choosing for a total of 33 credit hours.

M.S.P.A.S. PROGRAM CORE COURSES

STA 570 Basic Statistical Analysis (4)

PAS 610 Research Methods and Epidemiology (3)

HSM 601 Overview of the Health Care Delivery System (3)

PAS 673 Pharmacology II (3)

PAS 640 Survey Of Geriatric Medicine (3)

PAS 680 Seminar in PA Studies II (2)

PAS 646 Master's Project II (2-6)

PAS 690 Physician Assistant Clerkship (3-6)

A minimum of nine credit hours of elective courses will be completed with a concentration in gerontology, health care administration, or clinical nutrition.

ELECTIVE COURSES IN AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

Gerontology Concentration

GRN 643 Biomedical Aspects of Aging (3)

BIO/GRN 612 Biology of Aging (3)

BSC 770 Psychosocial Issues of Aging and
Health (3)

BSC 772 Women, Health and Aging (3)

NUR 510 Older Women and Their Health (3)

BSC 779 Behavioral Factors in Death and Dying (3)

HSM 510 Organization of Long Term Care
Sector (3)

NFS680 Nutrition and Aging (3)

GRN 513 Geriatric Pharmacy (3)

Health Care Administration Concentration

HSM 602 Strategic Planning and Management of Health Care Organizations (3)

HA 636 Health Economics (3)

HA 637 Health Finance (3)

HSM 603 Legal Aspects of Health
Administration (3)

HSM 642 Management of Public Health
Organizations (3)

Clinical Nutrition Concentration

CNU 601 Clinical Nutrition (4)

CNU701 Advanced Clinical Nutrition (4)

CNU 602 Current Topics in Clinical Nutrition (1)

CNU 605 Wellness and Sports Nutrition (3)

KHP 624 Exercise and Heart Disease (3)

CNU 782 Independent Study (1)

For more information contact the M.S.P.A.S. Program:

www.mc.uky.edu/pa/

Or write:

Director of Graduate Studies
Division of Physician Assistant Studies
College of Health Sciences Building
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200
PA-Studies@lsv.uky.edu
Phone: (859) 323-1100

GRADUATE COURSES

PAS 610 RESEARCH METHODS AND EPIDEMIOLOGY (3)

PAS 640 SURVEY OF GERIATRIC MEDICINE (3)

PAS 645 MASTER'S PROJECT I (1)

PAS 646 MASTER'S PROJECT II (2-6)

PAS 654 CLINICAL LECTURE SERIES (4)

PAS 655 PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS IN PRIMARY CARE (3)

PAS 658 CLINICAL LECTURE SERIES II (4)

PAS 660 FAMILY MEDICINE CLERKSHIP (6)

PAS 661 PEDIATRICS CLERKSHIP (6)

PAS 663 SURGERY CLERKSHIP (6)

PAS 669 INTERNAL MEDICINE CLERKSHIP (6)

PAS 672 PHARMACOLOGY I (3)

PAS 673 PHARMACOLOGY II (3)

PAS 680 SEMINAR IN PA STUDIES II (2)

PAS 690 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT CLERKSHIP (3-6)

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