Program Requirements

Program Requirements

GRADUATE DIVISION

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading (33 credits)
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction (30 credits)

Excellence in Teaching: Certificate program or concentration area for M.Ed.

Graduate Certificate Program: Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL) (12 credits)

Graduate Certificate: Early-Childhood Program Director (ECD) (9 credits)

Professional Development Center

Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Administration (45 credits)

Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Administration (15 credits)

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration ( On-line ; 15 credits)

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) (98 credits)

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading (33 credits)

Graduate courses may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the degree program or they may be taken individually for personal or professional enrichment. Courses are offered during the evening in the fall and spring, in traditional 15-week semesters and certain accelerated sessions. Summer courses are offered in a variety of accelerated formats, both day and evening. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/graduate).

The Master of Education degree program in Reading offers a scholarship incentive program. All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all courses within the Reading program. For more information on the scholarship incentive program, see above under Financial Information.

1. Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Science or Arts and Teaching Certification
Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.) is required to enter the master's of education program if the applicant intends to seek reading certification. A photocopy of the certification must be submitted with the other application materials

2. Required Course Work (27 Credits)

  • Educ 510 - Developmental Nature of Reading (3 credits)
  • Educ 515 - Reading in the Content Area (3 credits)
  • Educ 517 - The Organization, Administration & Supervision of Reading Programs (3 credits)
  • Educ 520 - The Writing Process K-12 (3 credits)
  • Educ 523 - Children's & Adolescent Literature in Reading Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 516 - Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis & Prescription (3 credits)
  • Educ 550 - Reading Clinic Practicum (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 516)
  • Educ 500 - Educational Research for Teachers (3 credits)
  • Educ 575 - Reading Research Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 500)

3. Elective Course Work (6 credits)

  • Educ 503 - Educational Statistics (3 credits)
  • Educ 518 - Computer Applications for Reading Programs (3 credits)
  • Educ 519 - Reading Instruction for the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • Educ 521 - Alternative Assessment (3 credits)
  • Educ 522 - Curriculum Development K-12 (3 credits)
  • Educ 524 - Seminar in Topics of Reading (3 credits)
  • Educ 525 - Independent Study (3 credits)
  • Educ 527 - Special Topics in Education (3 credits)
  • Educ 605 - ESL Instructional Materials, Technologies and Their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 5804 - A Compliant ESL Program (3 credits)

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction (30 credits)

Graduate courses may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the degree program or they may be taken individually for personal or professional enrichment. Courses are offered during the evening in the fall and spring, in traditional 15-week semesters and certain accelerated sessions. Summer courses are offered in a variety of accelerated formats, both day and evening. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/graduate/).


The Master of Education degree program in Curriculum and Instruction offers a scholarship incentive program. All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all courses within the Curriculum and Instruction program. For more information, see above under Financial Information.


1. Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Science or Arts


2. Required Core Course Work (15 Credits)

  • Educ 580 - Curriculum Theory and Design (3 credits)
  • Educ 582 - Current Issues and Trends in Education (3 credits)
  • Educ 584 - Interactive Learning (3 credits)
  • Educ 586 - Inclusionary Classroom Practices (3 credits)
  • Educ 590 - Educational Research and Statistics (3 credits)



3. Concentration Area Course Work (15 credits)


PK-4 Elementary Education

  • Educ 510 - Developmental Nature of Reading (3 credits)
  • Educ 625 - Instructional Methods, Technologies and their Development in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
  • Educ 630 - Elementary Mathematics and Science Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 521 - Alternative Assessment (3 credits)
  • Educ 635 - Master's Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)


English as a Second Language

  • Educ 600 - Basics of English Grammar, First and Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Strategies for Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • Educ 605 - Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 610 - Assessment and Evaluation of Student, Program, Instruction, Family Involvement and Support Services (3 credits)
  • Educ 615 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversities, Approaches and Collaborative Methods for Developing Cultural Awareness (3 credits)
  • Educ 620 - Master's Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)


Mathematics Education

  • Educ 640 - Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 642 - Mathematics Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 644 - Advanced Studies in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Educ 647 - Assessment in Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Educ 650 - Master's Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

Science Education

  • Educ 660 - Science Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 662 - Science Instructional Materials, Technologies and their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 664 - Advanced Studies in Science (3 credits)
  • Educ 667 - Assessment in Science (3 credits)
  • Educ 670 - Master's Project (3 credits; prerequisite: Educ 590)

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Graduate Certificate Program: Excellence in Teaching

A new graduate certificate program in
Excellence in Teaching
Elective courses (15 credits)

Up to six (6) credits may be applied from approved PDC courses.
  • Educ 530 Standards Aligned System (SAS)
  • Educ 532 Assessment: Using Data to Drive Instruction
  • Educ 536 Literacy in the Content Area
  • Educ 537 Classroom Set-up and Management
  • Educ 538 Differentiating Instruction
  • Educ 539 Exceptional Learners: Gifted & Special Education
  • Educ 540 School Law for Today's Teacher
  • Educ 541 Developing Collaboration with Parents
  • Educ 542 ELL Learners
  • Educ 5xx Other courses, as offered

The Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction,
with a new concentration in
Excellence in Teaching

Core (15 credits)

  • Educ 580 Curriculum Theory and Design (3 cr.)
  • Educ 582 Current Issues and Trends in Education (3 cr.)
  • Educ 584 Interactive Learning (3 cr.)
  • Educ 586 Inclusionary Classroom Practices (3 cr.)
  • Educ 590 Educational Research and Statistics (3 cr.)

Area of Concentration: Excellence in Teaching (15 credits)
Electives courses (12 credits), as listed above

Up to six (6) credits may be applied from approved PDC courses

  • Educ 535 Master's Project (required course; 3 cr.; prerequisite: Educ 590)

Courses for Summer 2011

Educ 5888 - Differentiating Instruction and Flexible Grouping

Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., June 11-12 and June 25-26

This course, designed for educators in grades K-12, will address strategies to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. It will focus on classroom elements of content, process, products and learning environment to improve student achievement through differentiating instruction. The use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping will also be explored. The course may be used as an elective for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching, or as an elective for the new graduate certificate program It will be taught by Brooke Merring, M.S. Tuition for this course is $670.

Educ 582 (Educ 5800) - Current Issues and Trends in Education

Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., June 17-21

This course will focus on an examination of contemporary issues in education and their historical perspectives. The development of school organizations and higher education; instructional programs and curricula; and the delivery systems and functions of education will be examined in light of contemporary issues. The course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. It will be taught by David Tosh, Director of Secondary Schools, WVW School District. Tuition for this course is $900.

Educ 5890 (Educ 540) - School Law for Today's Teachers

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., June 27-30

This course will give teachers the information necessary to remain in compliance with federal and state law affecting educators in regular education, gifted education, and special education. Topics will include constitutional rights, curriculum law, social media, student records, disciplinary policies, and policy making. Inclusionary practices, the IEP process, teacher participation in the IEP process, and educational liability will also be discussed. This course will use a case-study approach to explore, debate and apply content to everyday workplace settings. It may be used as an elective for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching, or as an elective for the new graduate certificate program. It will be taught by Anthony P. Grieco, Assistant Executive Director, Luzerne Intermediate Unit (LIU 18), and Greg Koons, Director of Special Education, LIU 18. Tuition for this course is $670.

Educ 584 - Interactive Learning

Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., July 8-10 and July 22-24

This course is designed to help students understand different key learning theories and their effective use in the design of accessible learning activities. Students will focus on the identification, design and development of classroom materials and lessons that involve technology. Ways to incorporate multimedia design and appropriate software into instructional methodology for the classroom will also be explored. Students will apply learning theory principles to develop model lessons using emerging technologies. The course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. It will be taught by Sarah Pryor, M.S., Lake Lehman School District. Tuition for this course is $900.

Educ 586 - Inclusionary Classroom Practices

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., July 11-15

This course will address the development, implementation, and monitoring of individualized management, instructional, curricular, and environmental strategies and adaptations for all students within a heterogeneous classroom, based upon the curriculum of the school. Pedagogical recommendations and research-based effective instruction methodology is emphasized on a needs-based model incorporating the cognitive, language, attentional, affective, physical and sensory needs of children. The course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. It will be taught by Janet Talerico, M.S. Tuition for this course is $900.

Educ 5856 - Best Practices in the Classroom

Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., July 11-12 and July 14-15

This course will explore a broad range of effective actions that educators can pursue to make their classrooms the most dynamic learning environments possible. It will examine content expertise, building a supportive and cooperative classroom environment, the use of varied and appropriate teaching methodology and materials, the relation of instruction to students' interests, and research methods proven to maximize student achievement. The course may be used as an elective for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching, or as an elective for the new graduate certificate program. It will be taught by Bob Richards, M.S., King's College, and retired instructor, WVW Chester St. Gifted Prog. Tuition for this course is $670.


Courses for Fall 2011

(Additional elective courses will be announced in May 2011)

Educ 580 - Curriculum Theory and Design

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:45 p.m., August 30-December 7, taught by Marie Ernst *or* Thursdays, 6:00-8:45 p.m., September 1 December 9, taught by Dr. DeBorah Carr

This course is designed to explore the developmental nature of curriculum in the elementary, middle and secondary school settings. Distinct theories will be explored as they relate to public, charter, private, and magnet schools. The interrelated nature of curriculum is stressed. The course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. Tuition for this course is $900.

Educ 590 - Educational Research and Statistics

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:45 p.m., August 31-December 8, taught by Dr. Thomas Drazdowski

This course deals with understanding, developing, and utilizing data as applied to educational problems. Methodology and techniques of empirical educational research will be explored. Specific techniques of gathering and analyzing educational data will be explored. This course will include an overview of quantitative and qualitative educational research. Special emphasis will be placed upon the action research process. The course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. Tuition for this course is $900.

Educ 586 - Inclusionary Classroom Practices

Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 28-30

See course description above. This course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. It will be taught by Sarah Pryor, M.S., Lake Lehman. Tuition for this course is $900.

Educ 5883 (Educ 530) - SAS: What PDE Now Requires Every Teacher to Know

Blended format: Two in-class meetings (Saturday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), with on-line instruction between the meetings

This course will focus on the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System (SAS) curriculum alignment framework. Each of the six SAS circles will be examined: Clear Standards, Curriculum Framework, Fair Assessments, Interventions, Instruction, and Materials/Resources. Class participants will learn how the six circles of SAS relate to student achievement in their classrooms, interacting with the SAS website to realign curriculum, understand the impact and uses of the Classroom Diagnostic Tests, and the free interactive curriculum mapping tools embedded in the website. The course may be used as an elective for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching, or as an elective for the new graduate certificate. It will be taught by Anthony P. Grieco, Assistant Executive Director, LIU. Tuition for this course is $670.

Educ 582 - Current Issues and Trends in Education

Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Nov. 4-6 and Nov. 18-20

See course description above. This course is required for the new M.Ed. concentration in Excellence in Teaching. It will be taught by David Tosh, Director of Secondary Schools, WVW. Tuition for this course is $900.


Graduate Certificate Program: Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL) (12 credits)

The 12-credit (four course) ESL Program Specialist graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who:

  • are working as ESL teachers in public schools within the Commonwealth;
  • are working in public schools within the Commonwealth;
  • are seeking Act 48 credits or courses for personal and professional enrichment;
  • are graduate students seeking elective credits to transfer into their degree programs.

This program is approved by The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Upon successful completion, students will receive certification as a Pennsylvania Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL). Courses are offered on the campus of King's College in Wilkes-Barre through an accelerated weekend format. Each three-credit course runs for two consecutive weekends, with classes held at the following times:

  • Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m., and
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.;

Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/graduate).

The graduate certificate program in ESL offers a scholarship incentive program. All students enrolled in the program are automatically eligible for the incentive, and the scholarship incentive is applicable to all four courses wtihin the certificate program. For more information, see above under Financial Information.

1. Prerequisite: A Bachelor of Science or Arts and Teaching Certification
Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.) is required to enter the ESL certificate program if the applicant intends to seek certification as a Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL). A photocopy of the teaching certification must be submitted with the other application materials.

2. Required Course Work (12 Credits)

  • Educ 600 - Basics of English Grammar, First and Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Strategies for Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • Educ 605 - Instructional Materials, Technologies and Their Development (3 credits)
  • Educ 610 - Assessment and Evaluation of Student, Program, Instruction, Family Involvement and Support Services (3 credits)
  • Educ 615 - Cultural and Linguistic Diversities, Approaches and Collaborative Methods for Developing Cultural Awareness (3 credits)

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Graduate Certificate: Early-Childhood Program Director (9 credits)

The 9-credit (three course) Early-Childhood graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who seek to be credentialed as a director of an early-childhood program in a child-care facility. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to apply to be credentialed as an Early-Childhood Program Director through the Pennsylvania Key (www.pakeys.org/profdev/CredentialPrograms.aspx).

The Early-Childhood graduate certificate program is offered through the Early Childhood Training Institute, in cooperation with the King's College Education Department and Graduate Division.

Course Schedules
Courses are offered on main campus during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/graduate).

Admission Requirements
To be admitted into the graduate certificate program, applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better. Applicants must submit an application form, an application fee of $35, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Required Course Work (9 Credits)

  • Educ 560 - Education of Young Children: Theories, Practices and Policies (3 credits)
  • Educ 564 - Leadership of Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • Educ 566 - Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

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Professional Development Center

Nicholas A. Holodick, Ed.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5901
e-mail: naholodi@kings.edu

King's College has created the Professional Development Center to give K-12 teachers opportunities for meaningful professional development, with convenient scheduling formats and affordable tuition. PDC classes are three-credit graduate-level courses offered by experienced instructors on the main campus of King's College (unless otherwise noted).

Regular tuition for the 2010-2011 academic year is $695 per course. Students who register two weeks or more before class start are eligible for a $25 discount.

The Professional Development Center is a collaborative effort with the Education Department and the Graduate Division at King's College, and teachers and administrators at schools within the Wyoming Valley. Instructors and course offerings are selected by members of an advisory board chaired by Dr. Nicholas Holodick, professor of education, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and director of the Professional Development Center.

Courses taken through the Professional Development Center may not normally be used for degree credit in the King's master's of education program. Courses may be used in transfer for degree credit at other institutions, at the discretion of the individual institution. Act 48 credit is automatically processed by King's for all students who complete graduate courses, including PDC courses.

Information about graduate course offerings is available from the King's College Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991, by e-mail at brigetford@kings.edu and on the King's College Graduate Division home page (www.kings.edu/graduate).

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Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Administration (45 credits)
Bernard J. Healey, Ph.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5683
e-mail: bjhealey@kings.edu

The Master of Science in Health Care Administration is designed to provide adult part-time students with the business and community-health administration skills they need to assume leadership positions in the field of health care. Graduate courses may be taken to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science degree program. They may also be taken individually for personal or professional enrichment.

Course Schedules
Courses are offered on main campus during the fall and spring both in the evening in traditional 15-week semesters and on Saturday mornings in an accelerated format. Summer courses are offered in an accelerated format, either in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Certain graduate courses are now available to be taken entirely on-line through Moodle. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/graduate ). See also the graduate program website at departments.kings.edu/hca/.

Alumni Association
The graduate program in Health Care Administration has a separate Alumni Association. The Association offers new students the opportunity to have a program graduate assigned to them as a mentor, to guide them through the program. The Association also offers graduates of the program the opportunity to network with each other. For more information, see the graduate program website at departments.kings.edu/hca/.

1. Required Course Work (36 credits)

  • HCA 500 - Introduction to Health Services Systems (3 credits)
  • HCA 501 - Health Policy (3 credits)
  • HCA 502 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • HCA 504 - Health Care Economics (3 credits)
  • HCA 505 - Epidemiology for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
  • HCA 507 - Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)
  • HCA 511 - Quantitative Business Methods for Health Care (3 credits)
  • HCA 531 - Understanding Organizational Ethics (3 credits)
  • HCA 541 - Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 571 - Health Care Marketing (3 credits)
  • HCA 572 - Health Law (3 credits)
  • HCA 576 - Operations Management in Health Care (3 credits)

2. Elective Course Work (6 credits)

  • HCA 521 - Community Health Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 570 - Topics in Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 573 - Health Care Management and Information Systems (3 credits)
  • HCA 575 - Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • HCA 591 - Directed Study in Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
  • HCA 599 - Health Care Administration Internship (3 or 6 credits)

3. Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • HCA 596 - Leadership for Quality Management in Health (3 credits)

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Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Administration (15 credits)
Bernard J. Healey, Ph.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5683
e-mail: bjhealey@kings.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership in Health Care Administration is designed to provide adults who may already have a master's degree or who may not wish to complete a degree program with basic business and management skills in the field of health care.

Course Schedules
Courses are offered on main campus during the fall and spring both in the evening in traditional 15-week semesters and on Saturday mornings in an accelerated format. Summer courses are offered in an accelerated format, either in the evening or on Saturday mornings. Certain graduate courses are now available to be taken entirely on-line through Moodle. Information about graduate course offerings is available from the Graduate Division Office at (570) 208-5991 and on the King's College Graduate Division website (www.kings.edu/graduate).

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the graduate certificate program, students must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Arts with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better. Applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation. A meeting with the program director is also required.

Students who complete the graduate certificate program and then choose to enter the master's program may transfer the certificate courses into the degree program.

Required Course Work (15 credits)

  • HCA 501 - Health Policy (3 credits)
  • HCA 507 - Health Care Financial Management (3 credits)
  • HCA 571 - Health Care Marketing (3 credits)
  • HCA 572 - Health Law (3 credits)
  • HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)

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Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration (On-line; 15 credits)
Bernard J. Healey, Ph.D., Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5683
e-mail: bjhealey@kings.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Administration is designed for anyone working in the field of Public Health Administration. The entire program is offered on-line through Moodle and may be taken at the student's convenience.

King's College has been certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to offer a course in principles of epidemiology that presents concepts, principles, and methods generally used in the surveillance and investigation of health-related events. After completing HCA 505 Epidemiology for Health Care Managers, student will receive a certificate in Principles of Epidemiology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the graduate certificate program, students must have completed a Bachelor of Science or Arts with an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better. Applicants must submit an application form, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, and two letters of recommendation.

Students who complete the graduate certificate program and then choose to enter the master's program may transfer the certificate courses into the degree program.

Required Course Work (15 credits)

  • HCA 500 - Introduction to Health Services Systems (3 credits)
  • HCA 505 - Epidemiology for Health Care Managers (3 credits)
  • HCA 521 - Community Health Administration (3 credits)
  • HCA 575 - Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • HCA 595 - Leadership and Executive Skills for Health Care Managers (3 credits)

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) (98 credits)

Contact:

Frances A. Feudale, D.O., FACEP, Program Director
(570) 208-5900, ext. 5768
e-mail: francesfeudale@kings.edu

The King's College Department of Physician Assistant Studies is designed to provide sophisticated didactic and clinical training in all areas of general medicine. The goal is to provide basic knowledge and competencies upon which the PA can depend and build in the future. After completion of the program, physician assistants are trained to:

  • obtain a patient's medical history
  • perform a comprehensive physical exam
  • order routine diagnostic tests
  • establish preliminary diagnoses
  • implement treatment plans for common illnesses
  • prescribe medications
  • respond to life threatening emergencies
  • provide patient education and proper referral
  • perform minor surgical procedures
  • assist in surgery

The Degree Program
Unlike the other King's College graduate programs, the M.S.P.A.S. program offers classes during the day and is a full-time program. There are two ways to enter the King's College Department of Physician Assistant Studies: (1) as a freshman, into the five-year accelerated B.S./M.S.P.A.S. degree program, or (2) as a graduate student, into the two-year master's (M.S.P.A.S.) degree program. Admission to the five-year program is done through the undergraduate admissions office at King's College. Applicants who already have a bachelor's (or higher) degree must apply to the two-year master's program through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA). For information, contact:

CASPA
P.O. Box 70958
Chevy Chase, MD 20813-0958
(270) 497-1895
www.caspaonline.org

For more information, see the Program's website (www.kings.edu/paprog) or call the King's College Physician Assistant Program Office at (570) 208-5853.

Application to the Two-Year Master's Program in Physician Assistant Studies

In order to apply to the 2-year Master's degree (MSPAS) program, all applicants must submit applications through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA at www.caspaonline.org) and meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree or higher (or be completing a Bachelor's degree or higher by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the program in August).
  • Candidates must complete all of the following prerequisite science courses, preferably with labs, by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of the program in August:
  • Anatomy and physiology (8 credits)
  • General biology (8 credits)
  • Chemistry (8 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • No grade less than a 1.75 ("C-") will be accepted for any prerequisite science courses.
  • Candidates cannot have more than two outstanding prerequisite science courses in the spring semester prior to the start of the program in August.
  • Candidates cannot have any outstanding courses in the summer prior to the start of the program in August.
  • For admission in fall 2011 and 2012, candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative science GPA of 3.0.
  • For admission beginning fall 2013, candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative science GPA of 3.2.
  • Candidates must complete all 500 clinical hours of health care experience by the end of May prior to the start of the program in August. The hours may be voluntary or paid, but the majority must be direct hands-on experience.
  • Candidates must have all coursework completed at an academic institution outside the U.S. evaluated by an accredited agency.
  • Candidates whose native language is not English must prove competency in the English language by taking and passing the TOEFL exam with a 90% or better. The passing score on the TOEFL will vary depending on the type of exam you take (internet-based, computer-based, or paper-based).* If you have a degree from an English-speaking college or university, you do not need to take the TOEFL exam.

*Minimum TOEFL Scores needed to apply:
Internet-based Test minimum of 108/120
Computer-based Test minimum of 270/300 and a 5.5 on the essay

Paper-based Test minimum of 610/677

We do not require GRE, MCAT, or USMLE scores

For more information on application procedures, see above under Admissions Procedures.

The Curriculum
This master's program is 24 months in duration, beginning with 10.5 months of didactic instruction in all areas of general medicine. Direct patient encounters begin early and are greatly expanded during the final 13.5 months of clinical rotations. Full-time program faculty members, along with clinical preceptors, including physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health care professionals, present the curriculum and coordinate and monitor the clinical experiences.

The master's program does not allow exemption from any courses, clinical skills, laboratories or clinical education,laboratories or clinical education, regardless of prior experience, degree or credential. Students must matriculate through all aspects of the two-year curriculum and must successfully complete all program requirements in order to graduate.

Summer Semester Prior to Admission
Medical Terminology is a required self-study module that must be passed prior to entrance into the Professional Phase of the program. The grade from this module is incorporated into a course grade in the fall semester.

  • PA 451C Medical Terminology

Year One

Fall Semester

  • PA 451 - Physical Diagnosis I (3 credits)
  • PA 553 - Clinical Medicine I (4 credits)
  • PA 473 - Diagnostic Methods I (4 credits)
  • PA 475 - Behavioral Sciences I (2 credits)
  • PA 581 - Basic Medical Science I (5 credits)

Spring Semester

  • PA 454 - Clinical Medicine II (5 credits)
  • PA 564 - Specialty Medicine I (5 credits)
  • PA 474 - Diagnostic Methods II (5 credits)
  • PA 582 - Basic Medical Science II (3 credits)

Intersession Semester

  • PA 500 - Specialty Medicine II (4 credits)
  • PA 510 - Research Methods (2 credits)

Summer Semester

  • PA 511 Clinical Rotation I (6 credits)
  • PA 515 Clinical Rotation II (6 credits)

Year Two

Fall Semester

  • PA 520 Clinical Rotation III (7 credits)
  • PA 525 Clinical Rotation IV (7 credits)

Spring Semester

  • PA 530 Clinical Rotation V (7 credits)
  • PA 535 Clinical Rotation VI (7 credits)

Spring/Summer Semester

  • PA 540 Clinical Rotation VII (4 credits)
  • PA 545 Primary Care Preceptorship (8 credits)
  • PA 554 Master's Research Project (4 credits)

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