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South University, Savannah Physician Assistant Programs

Accreditation for Physician Assistant Studies

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program on the Savannah campus is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant Programs (ARC-PA, 12000 Findley Road, Ste. 240, Johns Creek, GA 30097, Telephone: 770.476.1224, Fax: 770.476.1738). This accreditation status qualifies graduating students to take the national certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

The Physician Assistant program is a member of the Association of Physician Assistants Programs, the national organization representing Physician Assistant education programs.

The Physician Assistant Studies program offered at South University - Tampa is provisionally accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant Programs (ARC-PA, 12000 Findley Road, Ste. 240, Johns Creek, GA 30097, Telephone: 770.476.1224, Fax: 770.476.1738).

Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program Technical Standards

In order to ensure that patients receive the best medical care possible, the faculty of the South University Physician Assistant program has identified certain skills and professional behaviors that are essential for successful progression of physician assistant students in the program. A student must possess skills and behaviors at a level of capability to perform a variety of duties required of a physician assistant as a health care professional.

Students with disabilities who can perform these skills and successfully execute professional behavior either unassisted, with dependable use of assistive devices, or by employing other reasonable accommodations are eligible to apply for enrollment in the program. Minimum performance standards include critical thinking, communication skills, observation skills, motor skills, and interpersonal abilities. Interested parties may contact the Physician Assistant Studies Program office for additional information about South University performance standards. These skills and behaviors include, but are not limited to; those outlined in the document

Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Education Program for the Physician Assistant (2001) as established by the Accreditation Review Commission of Physician Assistant Programs (ARCPA).

  • Critical Thinking: All students must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. The ability to solve problems, a skill that is critical to the practice of medicine, requires the intellectual abilities of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Candidates for the program must be able to perform demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
  • Communication Skills: A candidate should also be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and to perceive nonverbal communications. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms.
  • Observation Skills: Candidates must be able to observe a patient accurately, both at a distance and close at hand. This ability requires the functional use of vision and somatic sensation.
  • Motor Skills: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic techniques. A candidate should be able to execute movements reasonably required to move from area to area, maneuver in small places, calibrate and use large and small equipment, position and move patients, and provide patients with general care and emergency treatment.
  • Interpersonal Abilities: A candidate for the Physician Assistant Program must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities required for the diagnosis and care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, families and colleagues.

An applicant to the South University Physician Assistant Studies Program who may require special accommodation(s) on the basis of a disability will be requested to provide pertinent information for review by the Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee and the Dean of Student Affairs. A candidate for admissions must request such information when applying for the program. The admission decision with respect to accommodation will be made by the committee on an individual candidate basis after thorough consideration is given to all relevant factors.

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