NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 449 Applicants should have specific plans for financing 27 months of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may avail themselves of the hospitalization insurance plan obtainable through the university. Due to the demands of the PA curriculum, the program discourages any outside employment. The program does not allow working for NSU or any of the associated clinical training sites. Requirements for Graduation In order to be eligible to graduate from the Physician Assistant Program, students must • s uccessfully complete all academic and clinical courses and degree requirements • have satisfactorily met all financial and library obligations • attend, in person, the commencement program, at which time the degree is conferred Academic Dismissal in the Physician Assistant Program See the suspension/dismissal section of the student handbooks. Remediation Policy The Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program—Orlando is an intense academic experience. Students will encounter both written and performance-based examinations. In specific courses, (Physical Exam/diagnosis, Clinical Medicine, and Surgery, etc.) all blocks of instruction must be successfully passed by the student in order to pass the entire course. All students are aware of their performance at the end of every test. If a student fails to demonstrate the required competencies for a specific exam or block of instruction, he or she will be notified and certain actions shall be taken. Students will receive email notification of failed grades from the academic coordinator. The student will meet with his or her academic adviser and/or the course director/instructor in order to discuss the academic situation and develop a plan of action for improving his or her academic deficiencies. The student will review the plan of action for improvement and grade sheets and sign them. Students will coordinate a retesting date with the course director and that will be within seven calendar days of the test failure or a mutually agreed upon date. The student must be proactive in coordinating additional study/tutoring time before the retest. If the student successfully passes the retest, the student will receive a maximum score of 75 percent. If the student fails to demonstrate mastery of the course objectives by failing the retest, the student’s case will be forwarded to the Committee on Student Progress for further review and possible academic and administrative action. Recommendations will be referred to the department chair for final disposition. Course of Study The Physician Assistant Program curriculum is completed following an acceptable bachelor’s degree. The comprehensive PA curriculum, completed in a consecutive manner, is oriented to primary care and prepares the student to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings. The first 15 months of study consist of basic sciences and clinically related didactic courses. All courses are required and must be successfully completed before advancing to the next semester or the clinical year. During this time frame, students may be in class fromMonday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., additionally, there may be occasional weekend hours. Because of its highly integrated and compact curriculum, the PA department requires matriculants to complete the entire curriculum at NSU. Therefore, no requests for advanced placement, transfer of credit, and credit for experiential learning will be considered. The clinical year is devoted to 12 months of clinical training with required six-week clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, behavioral health, pediatrics, prenatal care/gynecology, general surgery, as well as a selective rotation in orthopedics, dermatology, geriatrics, cardiology, neurology, or otorhinolaryngology and a four-week elective. The rotations are as follows: • Emergency Medicine (six weeks) • Family Medicine (six weeks) • Internal Medicine (six weeks) • Pediatrics (six weeks) • Prenatal Care and Gynecology (six weeks) • General Surgery (six weeks) • Selective (six weeks in one of the following courses) Geriatrics Orthopedics Dermatology Otorhinolaryngology Cardiology Neurology Gastroenterology Endocrinology Pulmonology