Program in Physician Assistant Studies South University

Program in Physician Assistant Studies South University

Tampa, FL
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A well-regarded school with several regional campuses

South University was founded in Savannah, Georgia, in 1899. From that original business-college campus South has grown to offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs at more than a dozen campuses in the midwestern and southern US, including Tampa, Florida.

"US News & World Report" has named South University one of its 2015 Best Regional Universities in the South, and included South's graduate physician assistant program among the Top 100 in the country. South has also earned the Military Friendly School designation from "GI Jobs" for 2015. South University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

A rigorous full-time physician assistant degree program

South University offers the Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree program at its main campus in Savannah and at its Tampa campus. The goals of the program are to train graduates to assess, diagnose, monitor, and counsel patients under a licensed physician's supervision, as well as to work well with care teams, communicate effectively with patients, and work with diverse patient populations.

Space in the program is limited and admission is selective. The 27-month, 176-credit program is available only as a full-time course of study, and transfer credit from other institutions is not accepted.

Undergraduate prerequisites for the physician assistant program

Program applicants must have bachelor's degrees from accredited schools and must have completed the following undergraduate courses with C grades or better in order to be considered for admission: "Human Anatomy," "Human Physiology," "General Biology," "General Chemistry," "Biochemistry" or "Organic Chemistry," and "Microbiology." Students who did not take these courses as part of their undergraduate studies must complete them before they can be admitted to the physician assistant program.

The classroom phase of the physician assistant program

The MS in Physician Assistant Studies degree program is divided into didactic and clinical phases. The details of the sequence vary slightly between the Savannah and Tampa campuses, but the overall program structure is the same. The didactic phase is comprised of five academic quarters' worth of classes.

First quarter classes are: "Medical Interviewing and Documentation," "Physical Assessment I," "Physical Assessment I Lab," "Medical Anatomy and Physiology I," "Medical Anatomy and Physiology I Lab," "Laboratory Diagnostics," and "Professional Seminar I."

In the second quarter, students move on to: "Physical Assessment II" and its associated lab, "Medical Anatomy and Physiology II" plus a lab, "Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics I", "Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics I Lab," "Issues in Contemporary Medicine," and "Applied Learning Experience I."

Third quarter students progress to the next sequence: "Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics II" and its lab, "Clinical Procedures," "Essentials of Behavioral Medicine," "Musculoskeletal Care," and "Applied Learning Experience II."

The fourth quarter includes the following classes: "Clinical Medicine and Pharmactherapeutics III" with a lab, "Fundamentals of Surgery," "Epidemiology and Biostatistics," "Diagnostic Methods," and "Applied Learning Experience III."

The fifth and final quarter of the didactic phase covers these topics: "Essentials of Clinical Geriatrics," "Clinical Medicine and Pharmacotherapeutics IV" and its lab, "Essentials of Emergency Medicine," "Medical Literature in Clinical Practice," "Professional Seminar II," and "Applied Learning Experience."

The clinical phase of the physician assistant program

The clinical phase includes eight clinical rotations, three special topics in clinical practice, and the physician assistant senior seminar. Taken together, these total 74 credits. Clinical work is done under faculty member supervision at local hospitals and clinics as well as in private medical practices and with public health agencies.

In the final 12 weeks of the clinical phase, students undergo a comprehensive summative evaluation, which tests skills, written knowledge, and professionalism. Students must pass the evaluation in order to graduate and sit the national certification exam.

Scholarship and financial aid options for graduate students

The non-profit Education Foundation has partnered with South University to increase the number of scholarships to students at all of the school's campuses. Scholarship availability varies by campus location and by degree program. Interested students should contact the office of student financial aid to get the latest information.

An easy-to-access alumni network

All graduates of South University programs are welcome to participate in the school's alumni group, which provides online services for networking, job hunting, employee recruiting, and more. There is no charge or membership fee for alumni to use the online portal.

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Program in Physician Assistant Studies

South University

4401 North Himes Avenue Suite 175
Tampa, FL 33614
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    • Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science (MS)
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