Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program

Master of Health Sciences (MHS): 45.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Master of Health Science (MHS) degree is awarded by the University through the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program. This program builds upon knowledge and skills learned in the PA professional training programs in areas of health policy, evidence-based practice, and leadership. The program is available totally online, and it may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program provides graduate education courses as a basis for personalized, professional development within the student’s selected area of study. The goal of the program is to enhance basic physician assistant skills and to mentor students in areas of study beyond what is offered by entry-level physician assistant programs. The individually selected study concentration is augmented by the expertise of seasoned faculty and the vast resources of the University.

Specifically, the Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program seeks to:

  • Broaden the base and depth of analytical thinking by providing a foundation for scholarly inquiry
  • Mentor physician assistants in personalized, professional development to enhance the P.A. profession, its members, and the communities they serve

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact the the Business Manager:

Denise Mielechowski
PA Post-Professional Master's Program
College of Nursing and Health Professions
dmm58@drexel.edu

For more details, visit Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's web page.

Degree Requirements 

All students in this program complete a total of 45.0 quarter credits for graduation. The program requires completion of 5 core courses (25.0 quarter credits). The cognate courses, 15.0 quarter credits, are courses in a student's area of interest, and 5.0 quarter credits for the capstone experience that deepens a student's understanding of chosen areas.

For the exceptional graduate student with significant professional credentials achieved as a physician assistant, preparation and presentation of the professional portfolio to a university-based multidisciplinary committee may substitute for all or portions of the credits required for the two graduate project courses.


Required Core Courses
PA 581Research Methods and Designs5.0
PA 582Principles of Evidence-Based Practice5.0
PA 583Clinical Application of Epidemiology5.0
PA 584Health Policy5.0
PA 585Leadership and Stewardship5.0
Study Concentration Courses
Cognate 1 *5.0
Cognate 2 *5.0
Cognate 3 *5.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0
Total Credits45.0

 

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Students may select Cognate courses related to their areas of interest from one of the Study Tracks listed below.

 

Study Tracks

Clinical Practice
PA 641Clinical Update5.0
PA 642Clinical Colloquium5.0
or PA 640 Clinical Practicum
PA 643Clinical Practice Project Research5.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

 

Health Promotion
PA 661Tenets of Health Promotion5.0
PA 662Health Promotion Materials5.0
PA 663Health Promotion Project Research5.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

 

Drexel e-Learning Certificate Options

Complementary and Integrative Therapies Certificate 12.0
PA 697Independent Study3.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

 

Leadership in Health Systems Management Certificate12.0
PA 697Independent Study3.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

 

Heathcare Informatics Certificate9.0
PA 697Independent Study6.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Certificate12.0
PA 697Independent Study3.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

Toxicology and Industrial Hygiene Certificate12.0
PA 697Independent Study3.0
PA 698Capstone Project5.0

Certificate of Study in Clinical Research *15.0

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PA 698 Capstone Project will be fulfilled with the completion of either CR 600S Designing the Clinical Trial or CR 609S Innovative Product Development.


Alternate Pathway
Cognate 15.0
Cognate 25.0
PA 695Portfolio Preparation1.0
PA 696Portfolio Review5.0-10.0
Total Credits16.0-21.0


Courses

PA 540 Clinical Anatomy 5.0 Credits

This five (5) credit lecture and laboratory course is tailored to the specific needs of physician assistant students. It reviews the fundamentals of gross anatomy, and discusses the relationships between structure and function in a regional anatomy approach and major clinical applications of anatomic relationships. Material is coordinated with the PA 544 Clinical Assessment course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 10 credits

PA 542 Patient Communication 2.0 Credits

This lecture and seminar course provides instruction in communication skills for the effective exchange of information with patients. Addressed in the course are patient-provider collaboration, health literacy, and communication techniques for patients across cultural and generational groups, and counseling techniques for patient education, treatment adherence, and health promotion.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 543 Ethical Issues in Physician Assistant Practice 2.0 Credits

This is a lecture and seminar course addressing ethical and professional issues in Physician Assistant practice. Topics include medical ethics, ethical decision-making, professional responsibility, and commitment to patients' welfare. The link between health as a human right and medical ethics is explored.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 544 Clinical Assessment 5.0 Credits

This course provides the PA student with the knowledge, demeanor, and motor skills required to professional and proficiently elicit thorough medical histories and perform precise physical examination techniques for each boy system. Accurate, organized recordings of clinical findings from patient encounters in the hospital setting are required.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Corequisites: PA 542, PA 543

PA 545 Physician Assistant Practice 1.0 Credit

Physician Assistant Practice is a one (1) credit lecture course that introduces the concept, history, and future directions of the PA profession, and discusses professional practice issues and theories of leadership applicable to PA practice. Stewardship and strategies for effecting change as a leader are discussed in the context of cases applicable to PA professional settings.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 2 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 546 Health Policy for Physician Assistant Practice 2.0 Credits

This course explores the UD health care system and health policy issues related to the coasts of health care, inequities in quality and access to care, and current US policies. The role of Physician Assistants in the health care system in examined along with issues related to malpractice, reimbursement, and quality assurance.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 547 Evidence Based Medicine for Physician Assistants 3.0 Credits

This is a three (3) quarter credit course designed to introduce PA students to epidemiologic principles, methodologies, and applications to primary care clinical practice. The course content includes an overview of epidemiologic and research concepts; ethics and the roles of politics and culture in research; quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs; and level of scientific evidence for clinical practice. Through evaluation of published research and national practice guidelines, the skills of evidence-based practice are introduced. The course is lecture-based and utilizes cooperative learning strategies to engage students in individual and group inquiry learning outside the classroom.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 548 Principles of Medical Science I 2.0 Credits

This course is the first of three courses which provide the physiologic foundation for clinical courses. Emphasizing the complex nature of bodily functions, the course reviews normal physiology and provides a bridge to the concepts of pathophysiology that underlie dysfunction and disease. Clinical applications enhance understanding and introduce the skill of clinical reasoning.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 540 [Min Grade: B]

PA 549 Principles of Medical Science II 2.0 Credits

This course is the second of three courses which provide the physiologic foundation for clinical courses. Emphasizing the complex nature of bodily functions, the course reviews normal physiology and provides a bridge to the concepts of pathophysiology that underlie dysfunction and disease. Clinical applications enhance understanding and introduce the skill of clinical reasoning.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 540 [Min Grade: B]

PA 550 Principles of Medical Science III 2.0 Credits

This course is the last of three courses which provide the physiologic foundation for clinical courses. Emphasizing the complex nature of bodily functions, the course reviews normal physiology and provides a bridge to the concepts of pathophysiology that underlie dysfunction and disease in geriatrics, women's health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and surgery while refining clinical reasoning skills.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 540 [Min Grade: B]
Corequisites: PA 553, PA 558, PA 561

PA 551 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I 3.0 Credits

This is the first in a series of three courses to provide Physician Assistant students with basic knowledge in pharmacology and therapeutics. Principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and clinical therapeutics are discussed for applications to primary care practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Corequisite: PA 548

PA 552 Pharmacology and Therapeutics II 2.0 Credits

This is the second in a series of three courses to provide Physician Assistant students with basic knowledge in pharmacology and therapeutics. Principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and clinical therapeutics are discussed for applications to primary care practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 551 [Min Grade: B]
Corequisite: PA 549

PA 553 Pharmacology and Therapeutics III 2.0 Credits

The third in a series of three courses, this course provides Physician Assistant students with basic knowledge in pharmacology and therapeutics for specific patient populations. Principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and clinical therapeutics across the lifespan are discussed for applications to primary care practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 551 [Min Grade: B]
Corequisite: PA 550

PA 554 Biopsychosocial Issues in Patient Care 5.0 Credits

This course introduces the PA student to the biopsychosocial model of patient care. Covering topics ranging from normal psychological development and human sexuality across the lifespan to responses to stress, injury, illness, and death, the course also introduces psychiatric disorders common to primary care practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 542 [Min Grade: C]

PA 556 Clinical Medicine I 5.0 Credits

This is the first of two courses designed to prepare the PA student with a body-system, problem-oriented approach to diseases encountered in primary care. Discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic studies for common disorders allows the PA student to problem solve through clinical reasoning.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 542 [Min Grade: B] and PA 544 [Min Grade: B]
Corequisite: PA 559

PA 557 Clinical Medicine II 5.0 Credits

This is the second of two courses designed to prepare the PA student with a body-system, problem-oriented approach to diseases encountered in primary care. Discussion of the etiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic studies for common disorders allows the PA student to problem solve through clinical reasoning.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 542 [Min Grade: B] and PA 544 [Min Grade: B]
Corequisite: PA 560

PA 558 Topics in Clinical Practice 5.0 Credits

The course prepares the PA student for clinical rotations though lecture and a problem-oriented approach to disorders in geriatrics, women's health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and surgery.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 10 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 550 [Min Grade: C], PA 553 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)PA 542 [Min Grade: C] and PA 544 [Min Grade: C] and PA 556 [Min Grade: C] and PA 557 [Min Grade: C] and PA 551 [Min Grade: C] and PA 559 [Min Grade: C] and PA 560 [Min Grade: C]
Corequisite: PA 561

PA 559 Clinical Skills I 2.0 Credits

This is the first of three courses designed to prepare the PA student with a problem-oriented, clinical approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of common primary care disorders. The course uses clinical reasoning and clinical skills application laboratories based on clinical scenarios to facilitate skill development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 548 [Min Grade: C], PA 551 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)PA 542 [Min Grade: C] and PA 544 [Min Grade: C]
Corequisite: PA 556

PA 560 Clinical Skills II 2.0 Credits

This is the second in a series of three courses designed to prepare the PA student with a problem-oriented, clinical approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of common primary care disorders. The course uses clinical reasoning and clinical skills application laboratories based on clinical scenarios to facilitate skill development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 542 [Min Grade: B] and PA 544 [Min Grade: B]
Corequisite: PA 557

PA 561 Clinical Skills III 4.0 Credits

This is the third in series of three courses designed to prepare the PA student with a problem oriented, clinical approach to the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of common primary care disorders. The course uses clinical reasoning and clinical skills laboratories based on clinical scenarios to facilitate skill development.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 550 [Min Grade: C], PA 553 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)PA 542 [Min Grade: C] and PA 544 [Min Grade: C] and PA 556 [Min Grade: C] and PA 557 [Min Grade: C]
Corequisite: PA 558

PA 570 Clinical Assessment Competency 1.0 Credit

Clinical Assessment Competency is a required course for any PA student who experiences an interruption in the usual sequence of didactic and clinical training. The course provides the forum for the student to demonstrate competencies in knowledge and skills germane to clinical assessment requisite to patient evaluation and clinical practice.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 3 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 544 [Min Grade: C]

PA 571 Competency for Clinical Training 1.0 Credit

Competency for Clinical Training is a required course for any PA student who experiences an interruption in the usual sequence of didactic and clinical training after the second quarter in the program. The course provides the forum for the student to demonstrate competencies requisite for continued didactic and/or clinical training.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 3 credits
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 544 [Min Grade: C] and PA 551 [Min Grade: C] and PA 556 [Min Grade: C] and PA 559 [Min Grade: C]

PA 581 Research Methods and Designs 5.0 Credits

The course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate published research for clinical practice. Topics in this web-based course are research concepts, hypotheses and questions; literature searches and reviews; ethics in research; qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs including sampling, data collection and interpretation; and levels of scientific evidence.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 582 Principles of Evidence-Based Practice 5.0 Credits

With an emphasis on developing skills for clinicians to critically appraise the validity of medial literature, this online course offers a critical analysis of several types of research studies for use in clinical practice. The course requires knowledge and application of basic research and statistical concepts, and online searching skills.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 581 [Min Grade: C]

PA 583 Clinical Application of Epidemiology 5.0 Credits

This online course introduces basic terminology and concepts in epidemiology and develops knowledge for application of evidence-based health promotion strategies to clinical practice. The leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States are discussed in conjunction with recommendations for health promotion across the lifespan and population groups.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 584 Health Policy 5.0 Credits

This web-based course explores health policy issues relating to the cost of health care and disparities in access and quality of care, and strategies to address the deficiencies in the US health care system. Each student critiques a health policy imperative and proposes solutions to remedy the issues identified in the critique.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 585 Leadership and Stewardship 5.0 Credits

Key concepts of leadership with a focus on servant and visionary leadership are discussed in this online course. Stewardship and strategies for effecting change as a leader are explored through cases applicable to professional settings. Synthesis of course content is evidenced in the compilation of a professional leadership portfolio.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.

PA 629 Medicine Rotation 5.0 Credits

The Medicine Rotation is a clinical course that provides the PA student with adult patient care experience under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the didactic year to patient evaluation, and begin to apply patient management strategies to patients in an assigned clinical setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 545 [Min Grade: C] and PA 546 [Min Grade: C] and PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 550 [Min Grade: C] and PA 553 [Min Grade: C] and PA 554 [Min Grade: C] and PA 558 [Min Grade: C] and PA 561 [Min Grade: C]

PA 630 Pediatrics Rotation 5.0 Credits

The Pediatrics Rotation is a clinical course that provides the PA student with pediatric patient care experience under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the didactic year to patient evaluation, and begin to apply patient management strategies to patients in an assigned clinical setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 545 [Min Grade: C] and PA 546 [Min Grade: C] and PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 550 [Min Grade: C] and PA 553 [Min Grade: C] and PA 554 [Min Grade: C] and PA 558 [Min Grade: C] and PA 561 [Min Grade: C]

PA 631 Obstetrics and Gynecology Rotation 5.0 Credits

The OB/Gyn Rotation is a clinical course that provides the PA student with prenatal and gynecologic patient care experience under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the didactic year to patient evaluation, and begin to apply patient management strategies to patients n an assigned clinical setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 545 [Min Grade: C] and PA 546 [Min Grade: C] and PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 550 [Min Grade: C] and PA 553 [Min Grade: C] and PA 554 [Min Grade: C] and PA 558 [Min Grade: C] and PA 561 [Min Grade: C]

PA 632 Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Rotation 5.0 Credits

The Psychiatry/Behavioral Health Rotation is a clinical course that provides the PA student with psychiatric/behavioral health patient care experience under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the didactic year to patient evaluation, and begin to apply patient management strategies to patients in an assigned clinical setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 545 [Min Grade: C] and PA 546 [Min Grade: C] and PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 550 [Min Grade: C] and PA 553 [Min Grade: C] and PA 554 [Min Grade: C] and PA 558 [Min Grade: C] and PA 561 [Min Grade: C]

PA 633 Surgery Rotation 5.0 Credits

The Surgery Rotation is a clinical course that provides the PA student with surgical patient care experience under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the didactic year to patient evaluation, and begin to apply patient management strategies to patients in an assigned clinical setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 545 [Min Grade: C] and PA 546 [Min Grade: C] and PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 550 [Min Grade: C] and PA 553 [Min Grade: C] and PA 554 [Min Grade: C] and PA 558 [Min Grade: C] and PA 561 [Min Grade: C]

PA 634 Emergency Medicine Rotation 5.0 Credits

The Emergency Medicine Rotation is a clinical course that provides the PA student with patient care experience in an emergency department setting under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students apply knowledge and skills learned in the didactic year to patient evaluation, and begin to apply patient management strategies to patients in an assigned clinical setting.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 545 [Min Grade: C] and PA 546 [Min Grade: C] and PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 550 [Min Grade: C] and PA 553 [Min Grade: C] and PA 554 [Min Grade: C] and PA 558 [Min Grade: C] and PA 561 [Min Grade: C]

PA 635 Primary Care Practicum I 10.0 Credits

The Primary Care Practicum I is a clinical course that provides the PA student with patient care experience in an ambulatory medicine setting under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. Students refine clinical skills learned in preparation for practice and increase knowledge of disease mechanisms and patient management for common primary care disorders.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 629 [Min Grade: C] and PA 630 [Min Grade: C] and PA 631 [Min Grade: C] and PA 632 [Min Grade: C] and PA 633 [Min Grade: C] and PA 634 [Min Grade: C]

PA 636 Graduate Project I 3.0-6.0 Credits

Graduate Project I is a variable credit course, 3-6 quarter credits, intended to prepare the PA student for the development of a project related to the candidate's research interests. The Graduate Project I course provides the PA student an opportunity to creatively address a proven deficiency in the realms of clinical medicine such as patient or medical provider educational material.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 547 [Min Grade: C] (Can be taken Concurrently)

PA 637 Primary Care Practicum II 10.0 Credits

The Primary Care Practicum II is a clinical course in which PA students continue to progress to higher levels of clinical responsibility for patient evaluation and management as clinical skills, medical knowledge, and professional confidence coalesce under the supervision of licensed medical providers. This course is the final clinical experience in the PA professional training program.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 635 [Min Grade: C] and PA 629 [Min Grade: C] and PA 630 [Min Grade: C] and PA 631 [Min Grade: C] and PA 632 [Min Grade: C] and PA 633 [Min Grade: C] and PA 634 [Min Grade: C]

PA 638 Graduate Project II 3.0-6.0 Credits

Graduate Project II is a supervised independent study course of variable credit, 3-6 quarter credits, in which the PA student further develops, implements, and evaluates the project proposed in the Graduate Project I course. Continued review and critique of the literature related to the project are required. The PA student works with an assigned faculty advisor for guidance and feedback.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 547 [Min Grade: C] and PA 636 [Min Grade: C]

PA 640 Clinical Practicum 5.0-10.0 Credits

Clinical Practicum is an elective clinical course that provides a forum for a PA student to acquire knowledge and clinical experience in a clinical specialty after completion of the required entry-level Physician Assistant Program curriculum. Through supervised clinical practice and review of current related literature, the PA student will develop foundational clinical skills and knowledge in the subspecialty studied.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 20 credits
Prerequisites: PA 637 [Min Grade: C] and PA 638 [Min Grade: C]

PA 641 Clinical Update 5.0 Credits

This web-based course explores recent advances in clinical knowledge and recommendations for clinical practice, and develops the student's lifelong learning skills. The student undertakes a broad review of clinical medicine and identifies areas for enhancement of clinical knowledge and skills through the use of reputable electronic information sources.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 582 [Min Grade: C]

PA 642 Clinical Colloquium 5.0 Credits

In this online didactic course the student explores a clinical specialty through use of current, reputable information sources. The student identifies a clinical topics for in-depth study, and with faculty guidance uses critical appraisal of current literature for enhancement of knowledge in the topic, and application to the capstone project.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 641 [Min Grade: C]

PA 643 Clinical Practice Project Research 5.0 Credits

Working with an assigned advisor, the student reviews and catalogues the published literature related to the clinical practice project topic. The student composes a literature review and gap analysis, and critically appraises articles as the foundation for the design and outline of the capstone project proposal within this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 642 [Min Grade: C]

PA 661 Tenets of Health Promotion 5.0 Credits

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 583 [Min Grade: C]

PA 662 Health Promotion Materials 5.0 Credits

In this online course, knowledge from the Health Promotion course is applied to the review of national health promotion campaigns, and the design of a theory-driven, audience-centered health promotion proposal. Topics essential to the design of effective health promotion campaigns such as health literacy, cultural competency, and the challenges presented by special population groups are explored.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 661 [Min Grade: C]

PA 663 Health Promotion Project Research 5.0 Credits

Working with an assigned advisor, the student reviews and catalogues the published literature related to the health promotion project topic. The student composes a literature review and gap analysis, and critically appraises articles as the foundation for the design and outline of the capstone project proposal within this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 582 [Min Grade: C] and PA 662 [Min Grade: C]

PA 680 Summative Remediation 1.0 Credit

Summative Remediation is one credit course which provides an intensive review of major topics covered in the didactic and clinical phases of the PA program for any PA student who has not achieved minimum passing grades on two administrations of the Summative Examination /OSCE.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 637 [Min Grade: C]

PA 695 Portfolio Preparation 1.0 Credit

Working with an assigned advisor, this course assists the student document significant professional experience as a clinician, researcher, leader, and/or advocate in the preparation of a professional portfolio. Approval of the Program Director is required for course registration.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 581 [Min Grade: C] and PA 582 [Min Grade: C] and PA 583 [Min Grade: C] and PA 584 [Min Grade: C] and PA 585 [Min Grade: C]
Corequisite: PA 696

PA 696 Portfolio Review 5.0-10.0 Credits

The Portfolio Review is conducted by a multi-disciplinary Portfolio Review Committee to award 5-10 academic credits for learning substantiated in the professional portfolio and matched to the educational competencies and outcomes of the Program. The portfolio must demonstrate analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of the professional experiential learning and be substantiated by documentation.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Corequisite: PA 695

PA 697 Independent Study 3.0-6.0 Credits

Independent Study is a variable (3-6) credit course in which the student works with in assigned advisor to review and catalogue the published literature related to the cognate topic of interest. The student composes a literature review and gap analysis, and critically appraises articles as the basis for the design and outline of the capstone project proposal within this course.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 582 [Min Grade: C]

PA 698 Capstone Project 5.0 Credits

Working with an assigned advisor, the student develops, implements, and evaluates the literature-based capstone project designed within the cognate courses. Continued critical analysis of the literature related to the project is required to fulfill the goals of the project to advance dissemination of medical knowledge and quality of care.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if major is PA.
Prerequisites: PA 643 [Min Grade: C] or PA 663 [Min Grade: C] or PA 697 [Min Grade: C]

Physician Assistant Faculty

Patrick C. Auth, PhD, PA-C (Drexel University) Department Chair, Physician Assistant Department. Clinical Professor. Clinical reasoning of physician assistant students.
Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C (Arcadia University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Dermatology, family practice, and evidence based medicine.
Jose E. Barcega, MHS, PA-C (Drexel University) Director of Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Preparing PA students for long-term care exposure.
Geraldine A. Buck, DrPH, MHS, PA-C (Drexel University) Director, Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program. Associate Teaching Professor. Public health.
M. Rebecca Buckley, MHS, PA-C (Drexel University) Associate Director of Clinical Education. Assistant Clinical Professor. Psychiatry.
Rosalie Coppola, MHS, PA-C (Drexel University). Associate Clinical Professor. Standardized patients, simulation, clinical assessment and pharmacology.
G. John DiGregorio, MD, PhD (Hahnemann University) Medical Director of the Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program. Professor. Pharmacology.
Ellen D. Feld, MD, FACP (University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine). Associate Clinical Professor. Clinical medicine and ethical issues.
Gretchen L. Fox, MMSc, PA-C (St. Francis College) Associate Program Director. Associate Clinical Professor. Internal medicine/family practice.
Juanita Gardner, MPH, PA-C (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Primary care and global health.
Julie Kinzel, MEd, PA-C (Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Long term care experiences, geriatrics, gastroenterology and liver disease.
Daniela C. Livingston, PA-C, MD (Medical School, Bucharest, Romania; University of Washington, Seattle). Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatrics, primary care and working with underserved populations, with a special emphasis on preventative pediatrics.
Ann McDonough Madden, MHS, BS, PA-C (Drexel University). Clinical Instructor. Healthcare disparities, urban health.
Nina Multak, MPAS, PA-C (University of Nebraska). Associate Clinical Professor. Human patient simulators, standardized patients and healthcare informatics.
Diana D. Smith, MHS, PA-C (Drexel University). Clinical Instructor. Primary care and international health care; distance education.
Charles Stream, MPH, PA-C (George Washington University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical assessment and skills.
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