Instructions for Application for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Lenoir-Rhyne University accepts applications through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  Please go to www.caspaonline.org  to begin your application process.

The application cycle is now open for the January 2017 term.

The application cycle for the January 2017 cohort will remain open until October 1, 2016.  However, we suggest you complete your application by mid-September to be assured all documents are received by CASPA.

Application requirements can be found at http://pa.lr.edu/admissions.

What will I study?


Lenoir Rhyne University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is an intense 27 month, year-round program that includes a 15 month didactic phase and a 12 month clinical learning phase. The program provides a comprehensive competency and evidence-based approach to medical education at the professional graduate level with an ongoing commitment to academic excellence and provides a thorough foundation in patient-focused health care delivery emphasizing the values of compassionate, humanistic health care.

The 15 month didactic phase is designed to provide a solid foundation in patient assessment, clinical medicine, and basic medical, behavioral, and social sciences. The didactic phase includes instruction in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology, Genetics, Health Assessment and Physical Examination, Pharmacotherapeutics, Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Clinical Medicine, Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine,  Women’s Health/Obstetrics and Gynecology, Evidence-Based Medicine and  Clinical Case Management, Radiology, Clinical Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Physician Assistant History, Professional Practice Issues, Health Policy, Health Care Law and Ethics, Clinical Geriatrics, Surgery, Research Design and Methodology, and a Didactic Summative Evaluation.

The didactic phase includes a variety of learning strategies that combines formal lectures, problem-based learning, practical hands-on clinical laboratory classes, clinical simulation assessment, and objective structured clinical examinations with a focus on competency-based clinical skills, communication skills and advanced critical-thinking problem-solving clinical skills.

The 12 month clinical learning phase is divided into eight six-week clinical rotations ending with a comprehensive Summative Evaluation course prior to graduation. There are seven required clinical rotations that include: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Family Medicine/Geriatrics, Emergency Medicine, Women’s Health/OB-Gyn, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Health/Psychiatry. The eighth clinical learning rotation is an elective.

The Clinical Learning phase involves clinical practice experience in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings and specialties. Students return to campus for a two day period of educational and evaluation activities at the end of each six week clinical rotation that involves a written exam, written and verbal case presentations, clinical simulation assessment, and objective structured clinical examinations with a focus on competency-based clinical skills, communication skills and advanced critical-thinking problem-solving clinical skills.

There is a required Capstone Project that is to be completed prior to graduation.

The curriculum is aligned with national norms articulated by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in its Accreditation Standards for the Physician Assistant Education, 4th Edition. Graduates are required to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and are eligible, upon successful completion of the PANCE, to be licensed and practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.

What's my next step?


Dr. Richard Ball, Director

Email: richard.ball@lr.edu  

Phone: 828-328-7129

 

Instructions for Application for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Lenoir-Rhyne University accepts applications through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  Please go to www.caspaonline.org  to begin your application process.

The application cycle is now open for the January 2017 term.

The application cycle for the January 2017 cohort will remain open until October 1, 2016.  However, we suggest you complete your application by mid-September to be assured all documents are received by CASPA.

Application requirements can be found at http://pa.lr.edu/admissions.