NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 457 Physician Assistant Program—Jacksonville 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 specialties 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 with, 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 Physician Assistant Program 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, radiology, and others. Students also take courses that include health care law and ethics, epidemiology and biostatistics, research methodology, and cultural issues in health care. During the clinical year of study, the student participates in clinical rotations. These rotations include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and prenatal care, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, and surgery, all complemented by two elective rotations. NSU graduates are prepared to work in many clinical areas, both in primary care and specialty medicine. Accreditation At its September 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Nova Southeastern University— Jacksonville Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Nova Southeastern University on Accreditation—Probation status until its next review in September 2022. Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress towardmeeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation—Provisional or Accreditation—Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn. Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the program director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-nova -se-university-jacksonville/. Vision Statement Our vision is to be recognized as a preeminent PA education program, which offers student-centered education that produces compassionate and competent health care providers. Mission Statement To prepare physician assistant students to provide high-quality, patient-centered care Core Values: DICE Diversity Integrity Community Excellence Admissions Requirements Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include interpersonal

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