Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Studies Atlanta
Our Master of Physician Assistant Studies is designed to prepare you for physician assistant (PA) practice in just 27 months. In the first 15 months, you’ll build a solid foundation in patient assessment, clinical medicine, and the medical, behavioral, and social sciences. In addition to attending lectures, you’ll complete problem-based learning, practical hands-on clinical labs, clinical simulation assessments, and more. Along the way, you’ll also develop strong patient communication skills and advanced critical-thinking and problem-solving clinical skills. In the last 12 months, you’ll complete 8 clinical learning rotations divided into 6-week blocks, providing you with experience in a variety of in- and out-patient settings and specialties. You’ll also complete a clinical review course and a clinical research capstone project, helping equip you for your future as a healthcare provider. A Physician Assistant or (PA) works with a physician in a variety of clinical settings. Physician Assistants are trained to assess healthcare issues, to perform physical exams, provide preventative care, to counsel behavioral health issues and to diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses and injuries. There are over 100,000 practicing Physician Assistants serving in private practice, in the military and federal government, in clinics and hospitals, community and rural clinics and hospitals and overseas. A favorable national climate, support from government policy makers and the medical establishment, plus creative planning on the part of early leaders were all key factors in the successful introduction and the growth of the Physician Assistant concept. Program offered at the following locations Asheville Atlanta Knoxville Nashville Physician Assistants improve access to medical care by expanding a physician’s practice base, which is especially important in medically underserved areas. The majority of PAs are employed in primary care specialties, such as family practice, pediatrics, and general medicine. PA practice settings are varied and are influenced by many forces in the medical marketplace, including but not limited to: The availability of positions formerly held by foreign medical graduates; The substantial economic advantages of physician assistant health manpower; The ability of Physician Assistants to adapt to a variety of clinical settings; The increasing need for primary care especially in rural and urban settings; The decrease in certain graduate medical education programs; The limitations on the number of hours that post graduate physicians are permitted to work; The legacy of Physician Assistants in providing cost-effective, efficient health care; The documented focus of Physician Assistants on patient satisfaction; The increasing demand for assistance with innovative medical technology; The use of Physician Assistants globally.
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- Evidence-based patient care
- Interpersonal interaction and communication
- Professional behavior
- Clinical and technical competencies
- Clinical reasoning and problem-solving
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You May Enjoy This Line of Study If You…
Want to improve lives through healthcare
Commit to evidence-based and patient-centered practice
Establish good relationships with patients and co-workers
Have strong clinical reasoning, problem solving, and communication skills
Act in a professional, caring, ethical, and culturally competent manner
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- Withdrawal Policy
- Refund of Tuition
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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the South College Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program sponsored by South College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. The South College Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program is a single program with two campuses; one in Knoxville, Tennessee and an extension campus in Atlanta, Georgia.
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As an institution of higher education, South College recognizes its responsibility to society and supports both institutional and individual commitments to service. South College encourages its administration, faculty, and staff to invest their knowledge, experience, and expertise in community, professional, and institutional service. South College’s core values of excellence, responsibility, and integrity serve as the foundation for assessing the quality of institutional, school/departmental, and individual performance in achieving this mission. South College is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our military and their families. We are happy to provide the South College Military Grant to support our military – past and present – in the pursuit of their education and skill development. The South College Application Fee is waived for all active-duty military members, veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children who receive this Grant.More Info