NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

446 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant Physician assistants (PAs) serve as an essential component of a medical system that continues to strive to provide quality, affordable health care for all individuals. 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, performmedical/surgical procedures, assist in surgery, and can write prescriptions in all states. PAs work in most medical specialties and in all types of communities. Many practice in primary care settings, 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—Orlando offers a modern program that lasts 27 months. Upon successful completion of study, the student is awarded a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant. The curriculum includes rigorous instructions in basic science subjects, followed by clinical medicine, physical diagnosis, clinical laboratory medicine, clinical pathophysiology, clinical procedures, surgical skills, electrocardiography, radiology, and psychiatry. The student also takes courses in the Master of Medical Science program including health care law and ethics, epidemiology and biostatistics, research methodology, cultural issues in health care, publication skills, and medical research, as well as a graduate project. During the clinical year of study, the student participates in clinical rotations predominantly in Central Florida. Required six-week rotations include family medicine, internal medicine, behavioral health, pediatrics, gynecology and prenatal care, emergency medicine, general surgery, and one selective of six weeks fromone of the following areas: dermatology, geriatrics, otorhinolaryngology, cardiology, neurology, or orthopedics. The clinical year contains one four-week elective rotation. With a sound foundation in medical training, NSU graduates are prepared to work in many clinical areas, both in primary care and specialty medicine. Accreditation The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation— Continued status to the Nova Southeastern University— Orlando Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Nova SoutheasternUniversity—Orlando. 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 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. Mission Statement • to provide a high-quality training program designed for, and dedicated to producing, culturally competent physician assistants who will provide quality health care in rural, urban, underserved, and culturally diverse communities • to provide an exemplary educational experience, which emphasizes primary medical care, yet will enable graduates to manifest competency and skill in a variety of clinical environments • to inspire graduates to pursue lifelong learning • to foster leadership qualities, which will enable graduates to improve access to quality, affordable health care • to heighten the stature of the physician assistant profession by training quality graduates Program Goals • P roduce competent graduates to provide primary health care. • Increase accessibility of quality health care in the primary care setting. • Develop student skills necessary for lifelong learning and leadership roles and promotion of the physician assistant profession. Physician Assistant Program—Orlando