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 and PA Classes
- Preparatory science prerequisites for the later professional phase
Students fulfill all of the core requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree, and the following courses:
Evolution and Diversity with Laboratory (4 credits)
Organisms and Their Ecosystems with Laboratory (4 credits)
Cell and Molecular Biology with Laboratory (4 credits)
Microbiology with Laboratory (4 credits)
Immunology and Clinical Microbiology with Laboratory (4 Credits)
Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory (8 credits)
Biochemistry for Medical Studies with Laboratory (4 credits)
Topic In Biochemistry/Physiology/Genetics (3 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)
PA 100 Introduction to PA Essentials
This one credit course is designed to introduce students in the Five-Year BS/MSPAS Major to fundamental information about the PA profession. The course will discuss the role of the PA within the healthcare system in relation to other healthcare professionals. The course will require students to contemplate their own self-awareness and allow them to develop study skills which will assist in their personal and professional development. This course will also address topics of professionalism, communication and introduce students to scientific research.
PA 200 Fundamental PA Skills
This one credit course course builds upon the information and instruction from PA 100. It is designed for sophomore PA students to expand upon the role of a PA and the importance of communication and professionalism. The course will focus on patient care topics, in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. It will also introduce the student to medical skills that the student can apply as a future healthcare professional.
PA 201 PA Career Foundations
This one credit course continues to build upon PA 100 and PA 200, reinforcing the professionalism, communication and research required to be an effective PA. The course will discuss the concepts of grit and resiliency and help the student apply these concepts to be successful as a PA student and ultimately a practicing PA. Students will learn to develop their professional brand based on their strengths, character traits and professional goals. The course will advance critical thinking skills and introduce the concept of differential diagnosis.
**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 475C Medical Terminology (summer Self-Study included in grading for Basic Medical Sciences I)
PA 450 – Diagnostic Methods I (6 credits)
Physical Diagnosis lab
Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging
PA 554- Clinical Medicine I (3 credits)
Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (EENT)
PA 556 Clinical Medicine II (4 credits)
PA 475 - Basic Medical Sciences I (5 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology
Medical Terminology (summer self-study)
Medical Interviewing and Documentation
PA 455 Diagnostic Methods II (4 credits)
Physical Diagnosis Laboratory
PA 557 Clinical Medicine III (5 credits)
PA 558 Clinical Medicine IV (6 credits)
PA 476 Basic Medical Sciences II (3 credits)
Gross Anatomy Lab
PA 559 Clinical Medicine V (4 credits)
PA 510 - Research Methods (2 credits)
Health Care Policies/PA Practice
PROFESSIONAL (CLINICAL) PHASE (YEAR 5)
PA 515 Emergency Medicine (6 credits)
PA 520 Internal Medicine (6 credits)
PA 525 Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 credits)
PA 530 Pediatrics (6 credits)
PA 535 Psychiatry (6 credits)
PA 540 General Surgery (6 credits)
PA 545 Family Practice I (6 credits)
PA 550 Family Practice II (6 credits)
PA 555 Elective Rotation (6 credits)
PA 560 Capstone Course (4 credits)
The Clinical Phase of the Program provides clinical experiences for 6 weeks in the following areas:
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- General Surgery
- Students will complete 12 weeks in family medicine
As part of the Capstone Course students will complete a master’s project using up-to-date medical research. They must also pass a computer-based and practical summative examination.
100 total credits for the professional phase of the program
Requirements to Graduate:
- Pass all modules of the didactic portion of the program in sequence with an 80% or better, pass all pass/fail modules and maintain a minimum professional phase cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Exhibit consistent professional behavior
- Complete and pass the Capstone Course with a 3.0 or better
- Pass all components of summative evaluation (Summative OSCE and the computer based summative evaluation) with a 70% or better
- Pass all clinical rotations with a 3.0 or better
- Meet or exceed minimum requirements for clinical experiences and competencies as outlined in the clinical manual
If a student requires significant time off for any reason (greater than 5 school days), it may be inadvisable for him or her to continue given the nature and intensity of the program. The student may with draw from the program by written request to the Program DIrector. Any student considering withdrawal from the program should consult with his or her advisor and/or the Program Direcotr before initiating the withdrawal process. Matriculation back into the PA Program may occassionaly be possible and is not a guareentee. This will be addresseed on a case-by-case basis. Any cost as a resulty of withdrawal are the responsibility of the student. A student who can no longer fulfill the Technical Standards set by the program will not be allowed to matriculate in the program.
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 additional unannounced testing may be required as well. 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 and curriculum 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 under admissions at: http://www.kings.edu/academics/undergraduate_majors/physicianassistant/