Message from the Program Director
Thank you for your interest in our Masters of Health Science Physician Assistant Studies Program within the School of Physician Assistant Studies at South College, Nashville Campus. We strive for educational excellence, to engage a dedicated, experienced faculty, offer excellent academic facilities, and provide a challenging didactic and clinical educational experience.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the South College – Nashville Physician Assistant Program sponsored by South College – Nashville.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
While accreditation is considered a voluntary process, it is essential for practice in the United States, to be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and for obtaining a state license.
The Mission of the Masters of Health Science Physician Assistant Studies Program is to educate highly qualified physician assistants, preparing them to become competent, compassionate, and comprehensive health care providers for clinical practice in rural and urban areas, , who will mature into leaders within the medical community. Our Physician Assistant program emphasizes early “hands on” medical education during the didactic professional year. Core faculty offer a personalized approach and have many years of experience in providing health care as Physician Assistants. Adjunct faculty (local Physicians, Physician Assistants, and other mid-level providers) are committed, professional leaders in the local health care community and have a “people care” approach to health care delivery. You will benefit daily from these health care professionals who will continuously act as mentors during your didactic and clinical medical education.
The program provides a thorough foundation in health care delivery focusing on the values of compassionate, humanistic health care and includes a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to medical education at the professional graduate level. This unique program provides students with the ability to positively affect the lives of their patients, their families, their employers, and the global health care community. We expect our students to become lifelong learners, preparing them for the many new challenges of caring for the entire patient, young or old, from the emergency room to the operating room, from rural areas of our country to urban regions of our rapidly growing cities, and even to remote areas of the world. Graduates of our PA program will be prepared to take an active role in caring for their patients.
We hope that you will carefully consider your future as a Physician Assistant and the medical education needed to put you on that future path. The profession is an exciting, rapidly growing one that offers the flexibility of working in any and all areas of medicine. We provide you with a broad-based medical education and clinical skills that will define you as a generalist providing you with the confidence and continued ability to be a lifelong learner.
George F. (Rick) Hillegas EdD, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA
Program Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies
South College, Nashville Campus