NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 427 Physician assistants (PAs) serve as essential components of a medical system that continues to struggle to provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Their roles in the systemwill continue to grow as changes in health care indicate. Today, more than 100,000 individuals are in practice as PAs in the United States. PAs provide care that would otherwise be provided by physicians. PAs take medical histories, perform physical examinations, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, perform medical /surgical procedures, assist in surgery, and can write prescriptions in all states. PAs work in most medical specialities and in all types of communities. Many PAs practice family and internal medicine, and more than one-third are in towns with fewer than 50,000 residents. The PA profession is one of the fastest growing health care professions. According to the Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS) U.S. Department of Labor, as published in the 2016–2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of PAs is expected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024. It is the obligation of each physician/PA team to ensure that the PA’s scope of practice is identified; that delegation of medical tasks is appropriate to the PA’s level of competence; that the relationship of, and access to, the supervisory physician is defined; and that a process of performance evaluation is established. Adequate responsible supervision of the PA contributes to both high-quality patient care and professional growth. The Department of Physician Assistant offers an innovative program that lasts 27 months. Upon successful completion of study, students will be awarded the master of medical science degree in physician assistant. The curriculum includes rigorous instruction in basic science subjects, followed by clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, clinical laboratory medicine, clinical pathophysiology, clinical procedures and surgical skills, electrocardiography, pharmacology, and others. The clinical year is devoted to 12 months of training in nine required rotations. Students are required to complete sixweek rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, and internal medicine. Students are also required to complete three-week rotations in women’s health and behavioral medicine. In addition, students have three elective rotations in any area of medicine they wish to pursue. Two of the elective rotations are six weeks in length. The remaining elective rotation is four weeks in length. Accreditation The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation— Continued status to the Nova Southeastern University—Fort Lauderdale Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Nova Southeastern University—Fort Lauderdale. Accreditation— Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the programby the ARC-PAwill be March 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. Mission Statement To provide a primary care training program designed for, and dedicated to, producing competent, caring physician assistants who will provide quality health care in rural, urban, underserved, and culturally diverse communities; to increase the accessibility of quality health care, mainly in the primary care setting, as well as in specialty care areas, to prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership roles; and to promote the physician assistant profession. Admissions Requirements Prospective students are selected on a rolling admissions basis. The Committee on Admissions (COA) considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include interpersonal skills, personal motivation, knowledge and understanding of the PA profession, academic performance and level of achievement, life experiences, quality and length of prior health care experience, and recommendations/ evaluations. Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, integrity, altruistic attitude, and commitment to a PA career. 1. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale at the time of application. Physician Assistant Program—Fort Lauderdale Department of Physician Assistant