King's College - Physician Assistant

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PHASE (YEARS 1-3)

Admission and course requirements may be subject to change at the discretion of  King's College.

The pre-professional phase Courses consist of:

  • Liberal arts
  • Preparatory science prerequisites for the later professional phase

Students fulfill all of the core requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree, including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • 23 Additional assigned, sequenced Biology credits (23 credits)
  • General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory (8 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory (4 credits)
  • Neuroscience I (3 credits)
  • Drugs and Behavior (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (3 credits)

**All courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the junior year, and documentation must be forwarded by the end of May.

Students must also complete all Core requirements by the end of the spring semester of their junior year before entering the professional phase of the program.
  
PROFESSIONAL (DIDACTIC) PHASE (YEAR 4)
PA 451C Medical Terminology (summer Self-Study)
Fall Semester
PA 451 - Physical Diagnosis I (3 credits)
PA 553 - Clinical Medicine I (6 credits)
PA 473 - Diagnostic Methods I (4 credits)
PA 581 - Basic Medical Science I (5 credits)
Spring Semester
PA 454 - Clinical Medicine II (6 credits)
PA 564 - Specialty Medicine I (5 credits)
PA 474 - Diagnostic Methods II (4 credits)
PA 582 - Basic Medical Science II (3 credits)
Intersession Semester
PA 500 - Specialty Medicine II (4 credits)
PA 510 - Research Methods (2 credits)

PROFESSIONAL (CLINICAL) PHASE (YEAR 5)
Summer Semester
PA 511 Clinical Rotation I (6 credits)

Fall Semester

PA 515 Clinical Rotation II (6 credits)
PA 520 Clinical Rotation III (6 credits)
PA 525 Clinical Rotation IV (6 credits)
Spring Semester
PA 530 Clinical Rotation V (6 credits)
PA 535 Clinical Rotation VI (6 credits)

PA 540 Clinical Rotation VII (6 credits)

Spring/Summer Semester
PA 547 Clinical Rotation VIII (6 credits)

PA 549 Clinical Rotation IX (6 credits)
PA 554 Capstone (4 credits)

The Clinical Phase of the Program consists of seven 6-week rotations in the following areas:
" Emergency Medicine
" Internal Medicine
" Women's Health
" Pediatrics
" Psychiatry
" General Surgery
" Elective
Toward the end of the clinical training (rotations VI and VII or Rotations VIII and IX) students will complete a 12 week preceptorship in family medicine.

Background Checks and Child Abuse Security Clearance Policy for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

All PA students are required to have a federal background check prior to starting the program.  All Physician Assistant students must be fingerprinted for FBI Background Clearance prior to the first day of classes. This Federal Criminal History Record Check (FCHR) must be completed annually at an approved Cogent site. 

Students must complete and submit a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form prior to starting the program. The program will supply the student with this form which must be filed and cleared with the Childline and Abuse Registry, Department of Public Welfare, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Students are required to have a PA state background check to be completed by the Program. Social Security numbers must be submitted to the Program Secretary in the main PA Program Office prior to the start of rotations for this to be completed.

A student who does not have a clear check may be denied access to hospitals and/ or clinical rotations. This may affect their ability to complete the Program. A check which is not clear may also affect one's ability to sit for the PANCE exam, obtain professional licenses or institutional privileges. The Federal Criminal History Record Check (FCHR), PA state background check and The Child Abuse History Clearance Form check must be maintained on an annual basis.  In an attempt to schedule clinical rotations, any information found on these checks will be disclosed to clinical facilities and preceptors. Background checks which reveal a felony offense may result in denial of admission and/ or dismissal from the Program. 

All costs incurred in complying with these checks are the responsibility of the student.

King's College Physician Assistant Drug and Alcohol Policy

The King's College Department of Physician Assistant Studies follows the policies outlined in the King's College Student Handbook.  The use of drugs or alcohol prior to or during any activities pertaining to the program is strictly prohibited.  If there is reasonable suspicion of impairment, the student will be removed from that activity/class/rotation immediately.  An institution, clinical site or the PA Program may request or require drug and/or alcohol testing, and/or referral for counseling and treatment. Prior to the start of the professional phase of the program, students will be required to undergo a 10 panel urine drug and/or alcohol test performed at a licensed laboratory. Students are required to have this testing done annually and in some cases, testing will be done randomly upon request. Students will sign a consent form with a waiver of liability releasing this information to the Program and any Clinical Site that may require the reported results. The student is responsible for all associated costs incurred.  If the student refuses they may be unable to complete the requirements of the program.  Specific disciplinary actions and/or dismissals will be handled on an individual basis.

Immunization Policy for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies during the Professional Phase*

The King's College Department of Physician Assistant Studies requires that all students maintain immunizations as recommended by the CDC for healthcare providers (http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2017.pdf). Therefore, all King's College PA students must have proof of immunization to the following vaccine preventable illnesses on record at the campus' student health center prior to admission to the professional phase of the program and yearly thereafter.

> Though not an immunization, students must have annual Tuberculosis (TB) surveillance. Documentation of negative Mantoux (PPD) testing OR a negative chest X-ray must be supplied to the student health center.

> Although the Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine is not required by the PA Program, IT IS required by The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for students living in college-owned and operated residence halls. Therefore, students must either provide written documentation of meningitis immunization or sign a waiver to indicate they have been informed about this disease and vaccine and have chosen not to be immunized if they are living on campus. This form is provided by student health. Otherwise, the Meningococcal vaccine is only for those that are routinely exposed to isolates of N. Meningitidis.

Facilities and hospitals often require additional immunizations and titers which students must obtain prior to starting rotations at those sites.  Information regarding these additional requirements will be given to students prior to starting rotations. 

Failure to comply with the Immunization Policy for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies or any additional immunizations and titers for clinical rotations will result in the inability to enter, continue with or complete the program.

All costs incurred in complying with this policy are the responsibility of the student.
           
*Policy subject to change at any time in order to comply with Program and clinical site policies.  The King's College Department of PA Studies will make every attempt to notify its students of these changes in a timely matter.

Students are also required to submit an annual physical exam documenting that they have met the technical standards and immunizations required for the Program. For more information on the technical standards visit the Program website at: http://www.kings.edu/academics/undergraduate_majors/physicianassistant/

 

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