Mission || Objectives || Academic Flexibility || Program Overview || The Pre-Professional Phase || The Professional Phase || Clinical Concentration || Degree Conferral and Certification || Accreditation & Memberships || Didactic Phase || Clinical Phase
Director: Karen E. Arscott, D.O., M.Sc., A.O.B.N.M.M.
The Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University is committed to providing students with an exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment. This professional education will include the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings.
This program is committed to preparing the student to deal with the changing health care environment while promoting the physician assistant profession. Marywood's Physician Assistant Program will emphasize the importance of sharing their knowledge with future Physician Assistant students while providing leadership in the community.
We acknowledge that a patient is more than his/her physical body and so the program is dedicated to teaching the students the appreciation of the patient's spirit as well as caring for the body.
The Marywood Physician Assistant Program has an awareness of the need for quality health care, both regionally and globally: and this program will assist our students in carrying out Marywood's goal for all students — learning to live/practice responsibly in a interdependent world.
Multiple Points of Entry:
Clinical Diversity: Students may choose to focus their studies and clinical experience in any one of the following areas of concentration:
Dual Degree Program: M.S./M.H.S.A. available.
The five-year program consists of two distinct phases: The Pre-Professional Phase (years 1-3), and the Professional Phase (years 4 -5). The curriculum for the Professional phase is further divided into a Didactic and Clinical period.
During this phase of the program students undertake a period of study to meet the liberal arts core requirements and the science requirements to prepare for admittance to the Professional phase of the program. A description of this program can be seen in the undergraduate catalog.
This consists of 27 months of continuous study in the clinical sciences. The first 12 months are didactic and include classroom and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science. The final 15 months are clinical and include six 6-week rotations and two 3-month preceptorships. These are performed at local, regional, and national clinical sites such as hospitals and medical offices, providing experiences in the areas of pediatrics, surgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, and emergency room medicine. During this phase students will be required to complete a Professional Contribution paper/project, or Thesis.
In the fifth year of the program eligible students will be able to apply for specialty tracks to focus their graduate education and clinical acumen. These tracks are General PA Studies (Primary Care), Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Hospitalist, Pediatrics, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. Students will have to petition to enter the Specialty tracks and the enrollment will be limited to 3-4 students per track. The Preceptorship and Thesis and/or Professional Contribution will likewise be defined by the track the student has chosen. The tracks serve to allow students an opportunity to refine their clinical abilities within an area of specialization. These tracks do not make a student a specialist. No certification is conferred beyond that of the M.S. in PA Studies.
The successful completion of the Pre-Professional Phase at Marywood University or a bachelor's degree from another college or university.
Those students entering the program as undergraduates will be awarded the B.S. in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies upon successful completion of the PA curriculum through year four. Students successfully completing the Professional Phase (years four and five) of the PA Program are awarded the Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies and are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Once a candidate passes the examination, he/she is certified to perform a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services under the supervision of a licensed physician.
Marywood University’s Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARCPA). We are institutional members of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP) and The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the only national organization that represents physician assistants in all specialties and all employment settings.
|PA 510||Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I|
|PA 522||Medical Anatomy and Physiology I (at the Commonwealth Medical College)|
|PA 540||Diagnostic Methods I|
|PA 570||Developmental Medicine I|
|PA 580||Epidemiology/Research Methods|
|PA 511||Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis II|
|PA 520A||Pathophysiology I|
|PA 530||Clinical Medicine I|
|PA 541||Diagnostic Methods II|
|PA 550||Basic Medical Science I|
|PA 571||Developmental Medicine II|
|PA 581||Research Methods II|
|PA 590||Seminar I|
|PA 531||Clinical Medicine II|
|PA 551||Basic Medical Science II|
|PA 560||Behavioral Sciences|
|PA 572||Developmental Medicine III|
|PA 591||Seminar II|
|GER 510||Concepts and Issues in Gerontology|
|PA 610||Clerkship I|
|PA 611||Clerkship II|
|PA 612||Clerkship III|
|PA 613||Clerkship IV|
|PA 614||Clerkship V|
|PA 615||Clerkship VI|
|PA 640||Preceptorship I|
|PA 650||Preceptorship II|