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Entry-Level Master's Physician Assistant


As medical providers, physician assistants perform physical examinations, order laboratory and diagnostic testing, make diagnoses and prescribe medicines to treat various diseases with the supervision of a physician.

The mission of the Quinnipiac University entry-level master's physician assistant program is to begin the education and preparation of masters-level physician assistants who practice with physicians and other members of the health care team. The program has been designed to benefit from faculty expertise in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions as well as practitioners from a variety of clinical specialties. These collaborative strategies are intended to prepare graduates to enter the physician assistant profession and ultimately become outstanding health care providers.

The program offers the qualified pre-physician assistant student the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in the physician assistant program at Quinnipiac. The program is divided into a four-year pre-professional component and a 27-month professional component. To progress to the professional phase, all ELMPA courses must be completed within four years. Following successful completion of the pre-professional component, students receive a BS in health science studies.

This program is not available to undergraduate transfer students.

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Curriculum + Requirements

The program offers the qualified pre-physician assistant student the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in the physician assistant program at Quinnipiac. The program is divided into a four-year pre-professional component and a 27-month professional component. Following successful completion of the pre-professional component, students receive a BS in health science studies.

The pre-professional component provides students with a well-rounded education and a strong focus in biological and health science studies. This very structured and organized undergraduate program not only prepares students for the rigors of the professional component of the program, but also introduces students to the role and responsibilities of physician assistants. The program addresses the need for medical experience by providing students with emergency medical technician (EMT) training as well as extensive time shadowing and mentoring with practicing physician assistants. EMT ride time and shadowing experiences take place at off-campus sites, generally within 50 miles of the Mount Carmel Campus. Students are responsible for transportation to and from all off-campus sites. In addition, students must meet specific program health requirements for participation in the shadowing experiences.

Initial evaluation of the pre-physician assistant student by the Review and Evaluation Committee takes place at the end of the spring semester of the second year. To continue in the program, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.0. Following the initial evaluation, students are evaluated after completion of each semester. Failure to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.0 results in dismissal from the program. In addition, a minimum GPA (both cumulative and science) is required for participation in preclinical affiliations.

By the fourth year, students are required to have accumulated at least 1,000 hours of documented direct patient contact through summer paid and/or volunteer experiences (e.g., certified nurse’s aide, phlebotomy technician, emergency room technician). While patient contact hours must be pre-approved by program faculty, students are responsible for making their own arrangements to obtain these clinical hours.

Admission to the Program
Candidates applying for admission to the entry-level master’s physician assistant program are required to have: a minimum of three years of high school mathematics including geometry, algebra and precalculus; one year of biology; one year of chemistry and one year of physics. In addition, advanced electives in the biological sciences are recommended. Related health care experience is highly desirable.

Prospective candidates must also satisfy the admission requirements of Quinnipiac. Transfer students are not admitted to the entry-level master’s physician assistant program. Admission into the pre-professional component of the program does not guarantee admission into the professional component of the program. Please see the physician assistant program curriculum in the Graduate Studies section of the catalog for information relative to the professional component of the program. Applicants to the program must be able to meet the technical standards set forth by the graduate physician assistant program.

Fall Semester, First Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 101 General Biology I (UC) 4
EN 101 Elements of Composition I (UC) 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable (UC) 3
CHE 110 General Chemistry I 4
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
Total 17

Spring Semester, First Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 102 General Biology II (UC) 4
EN 102 Elements of Composition II (UC) 3
UC Fine Arts, Humanities or Social Science 3
CHE 111 General Chemistry II 4
PY 104 PA Seminar I 1
Total 15

Summer I -- Patient Contact Hours

Fall Semester, Second Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 110 General Physics 4
PY 388 Clinical Training I (EMT)* 3
Total 15

Spring Semester, Second Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
PY 397 Pre-Health Clinical Affiliation 3
PY 389 Clinical Training II (EMT)* 3
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3
Total 17

Summer II -- Patient Contact Hours

Fall Semester, Third Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO/BMS Core science elective 3-4
BMS 318 Pathophysiology 3
BMS 370 General Microbiology 4
UC Fine Arts, Humanities or Social Science 3
UC Fine Arts, Humanities or Social Science 3
Total 16-17

Spring Semester, Third Year

Course

Title

Credits

BMS 203 Introduction to Medical Terminology 2
BMS 304 or CHE 315/L Biological Chemistry 3-4
BIO/BMS Core science elective 3-4
PY 400 Pre-Physician Assistant Clerkship 3
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community 3
Total 14-16

Summer III -- Patient Contact Hours

Fall Semester, Fourth Year

Course

Title

Credits

BIO/BMS Science elective 3-4
BIO/BMS Core science elective 3-4
PY 401 Introduction to Clinical Problem Solving 3
BMS 200 UC Elective (Biology of Aging) 3
UC Fine Arts, Humanities or Social Science  3
Total 15-17

Spring Semester, Fourth Year

Course

Title

Credits

PY 204 PA Seminar II 1
BMS 332 Histology 4
BIO/BMS Science elective 3-4
UC UC elective 3
UC Fine Arts, Humanities or Social Science 3
Total 14-15

Total number of credits required for completion of the preprofessional component: 122
* If student has current EMT licensure on admission to the program, two additional science electives are taken in place of PY 388 and PY 389.

Students who have earned advanced placement credit or other college credit in an introductory-level science course are encouraged to still take BIO 101/102 and CHE 110/111 at Quinnipiac. Students opting out of those courses are required to take the equivalent number of hours at a higher level in the same area of course work. Students with AP credits in non-science courses may elect to take only 14 credits in the fall semester of the first year.

Acceptable Core Science Electives (must take at least three of the following):
BIO 350 Cardiovascular Physiology -- 3 credits
BMS 310 Neuroanatomy -- 3 credits
BMS 320 Pharmacology -- 3 credits
BMS 325 Toxicology -- 3 credits
BMS 330 Endocrine Physiology -- 3 credits
BMS 372 Pathogenic Microbiology -- 3 credits
BMS 375 or HSC 375 Immunology -- 3-4 credits

Additional Science Electives - take two courses (can choose from core science electives or from this list):
BIO 282 or BIO 471 Genetics -- 3-4 credits
BIO 298 Research Methods in Biology -- 2 credits
BIO 328 Human Clinical Parasitology -- 4 credits
BIO 329 Neurobiology -- 3 credits
BIO 346 Cell Physiology -- 4 credits
BMS 378 Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases -- 3 credits
BMS 473 Infections of Leisure or BMS 474 Power of Plagues -- 3 credits
BMS 482 Independent Study (with permission) -- 2-4 credits
BMS 595 Transplantation Immunology (with permission) -- 3 credits

Acceptable UC/Social Sciences
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology -- 3 credits
PS 232 The Concept of Personality and Its Development -- 3 credits
PS 261 Social Psychology -- 3 credits
PS 262 Psychology of Women -- 3 credits
PS 272 Abnormal Psychology -- 3 credits
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology -- 3 credits
SO 280 Illness and Disability -- 3 credits

Acceptable UC elective Outside Major
BMS 200 Biology of Aging -- 3 credits

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Information Session for graduate PA program June 17

An information session for the graduate physician assistant program will be held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, on the North Haven Campus, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Faculty members and graduate admissions staff will be present to answer questions.

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PA students hear first-hand accounts of life after war and related health concerns

A group of physician assistant students recently heard first-hand from veterans about their experiences in war and the resulting health consequences.

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