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Didactic

The physician associate studies program offers an amazing didactic experience, using modular learning concentration built around organ systems, which is offered within our new state-of-the-art clinical health science and wellness building.

Academic Schedule

Semester 1

Course Credit Hours
PAS 601 Introduction to Healthcare Professions (Physician Associate) 1
PAS 602 Patient Engagement and Documentation 2
PAS 603 Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Research 3
PAS 611 Pharmacology 2
PAS 612 Introduction to the Human Body and Pathophysiology of Disease 4
PAS 616 Human Body and Pathophysiology of Disease Lab 3
PAS 613 Preventative Medicine and Nutrition 2
PAS 622 Dermatology (CMM) 2
PAS 623 Immunology and Infectious Disease (CMM) 3
Total Credit Hours 22

Semester 2

Course Credit Hours
PAS 604 Clinical Bioethics and Professional Conduct 1
PAS 614 Introduction to Clinical Point of Care Ultrasound 2
PAS 624 Hematology and Oncology (CMM) 3
PAS 625 Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and Dentition (CMM) 3
PAS 626 Cardiovascular Medicine (CMM) 9
PAS 627 Endocrinology (CMM) 3
Total Credit Hours 21

Semester 3

Course Credit Hours
PAS 628 Genitourinary/Nephrology (CMM) 3
PAS 629 Pulmonology (CMM) 4
PAS 631 Gastroenterology (CMM) 5
PAS 632 Musculoskeletal System and Rheumatologic Disease (CMM) 6
PAS 633 Neurology (CMM) 4
Total Credit Hours 22

Semester 4

Course Credit Hours
PAS 621 Behavioral Health 3
PAS 641 Women’s Health 3
PAS 642 Medical Emergencies and Trauma 4
PAS 643 Pediatrics 3
PAS 644 General Surgical Management 1
PAS 645 Geriatric Patients 1
PAS 651 Integrated Healthcare Systems: Law, Policy, And The Professional 2
Total Credit Hours 17

Semester 5

Course Credit Hours
PAS 652 Professional Development I 1
PAS 682 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Structured General Medicine 1
PAS 681 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Family Practice 3
PAS 683 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Internal Medicine 3
PAS 685 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Emergency Medicine 3
Total Credit Hours 11

Semester 6

Course Credit Hours
PAS 662 Professional Development Seminar II 1
PAS 686 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Structured Emergency Medicine 1
PAS 687 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Obstetrics & Gynecology 3
PAS 688 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Pediatrics 3
PAS 693 Elective Clinical Medicine Rotation 1
Total Credit Hours 9

Semester 7

Course Credit Hours
PAS 672 Professional Development Seminar III 1
PAS 673 Clinical Point of Care Ultrasound II 1
PAS 695 Capstone Graduate Project 1
PAS 689 Clinical Medicine Rotation: General Surgery 3
PAS 691 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Behavioral Health 3
PAS 692 Clinical Medicine Rotation: Orthopedics 3
Summative Phase
Total Credit Hours 12
Program Academic Calendar

The Physician Associate M.MSc. program at Miami University follows a distinct academic calendar that diverges from the university's standard schedule. Variances are observed in the coverage of holidays, with not all being included in these programs' calendars. Additionally, the programs feature unique fall, spring, and winter breaks that differ from the regular university calendar. Procedures related to course enrollment adjustments, such as drop, add, and refunding course fees, also exhibit variations in comparison to the university's general policies. For more detailed information, individuals are encouraged to contact the respective department through email at pastudies@MiamiOH.edu.

  • Summer semester 1: May 15 - Aug 18 2023
  • Fall semester 2: Aug 28 - Dec 15 2023
  • Spring Semester 3: Jan 8 - May 3 2024
  • Summer semester 4: May 13 - Aug 16 2024
  • Fall semester 5: Aug 26 - Dec 13 2024
  • Spring semester 6: Jan 6 - May 2 2025
  • Summer semester 7: May 12 - Aug 15 2025
Total Program Credit Hours (A3.12e): 114

*The following courses are structured electives. Students will integrate themselves into medical practice rotations that complement understanding in the prospective fields. Please note that students are prohibited from contacting and making any contractual/training arrangements for their own clinical placements. It is the responsibility of Miami University PA Program to identify and schedule sites used for the Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences. (A3.03)

 

 

 

 

  

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Elements Beyond Academics

Technical standards are those standards that refer to the holistic physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities required for satisfactory completion of the curriculum. These will differ from those identified as exclusively academic, possessing components that are considered: physical (motor/sensory), communicative, intellectual, behavioral, and social.

 

Such technical standards are considered within the program, in each course, preparing students for student learning outcomes, framed within the professional competencies (A.3.13g).

Students must be able to acquire information in all didactic and clinical settings through a variety of sources to include, but not limited to oral presentation, written material, visual media, and live presentations/demonstrations.

Students must possess the function of visual, tactile, auditory senses in order to perform necessary skills for physical examination.

  • Full range of motion including capabilities, including: patient movement, manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination. (Ex. Perform fine and gross motor skills with both hands, including CPR)
  • Frequent, prolonged patient interactions and essential activities that include: standing and walking for prolonged periods (ex. surgical services, inpatient medicine)
  • Classrooms and laboratory experiences may require prolonged sitting - Corrected or normal visual and/or hearing acuity
  • Working effectively in physically and mentally stressful situations, within long and irregular hours

Students MUST be able to communicate, professionally and effectively. While various methods of communication (written and verbal) are required by the clinician to accomplish this, the fundamental expectations of courtesy and effectiveness are applied equally.

While nuances exist within healthcare, graduate-level work requires the use of proper terminology, language, and vocabulary as well as appropriate spelling.

Proper communication is essential to communicate patient evaluations, findings, and conclusions. Additionally, students must communicate in a professional manner to all patients and their families, peers, and other members of a healthcare team.

Students must be able to think critically, with sound judgment, in order to understand, assess and solve clinical problems. This includes the ability to collect, organize, prioritize, reason, analyze, integrate, learn, and retain information, often in a limited time frame. Students must also be able to comprehend two and three-dimensional structures and understand spatial relationships of structures.
Students must possess the necessary motor skills to perform a physical examination, maneuver instruments or diagnostic tools appropriately to reach essential conclusions, and perform medical procedures. As noted in observation/sensation, students must also have the physical capabilities, strength and stamina to sit, stand, and move within the classroom, laboratory and clinical areas including, though not limited to, examination rooms, treatment rooms/trauma bays, surgical suites, critical care and inpatient floors.

Students must demonstrate psychological and emotional stability at a level necessary to deliver sound patient care in all settings and to interact with the interdisciplinary healthcare teams. The students must be able to tolerate physical, emotional, and intellectual stress during the educational period while responding appropriately and professionally and tolerate the physically taxing workloads commensurate with clinical work.

*Students should also expect that they will perform physical examinations on each other during the program. Additionally, they are expected to perform sensitive male and female genital exams on guided learners during the didactic year and assess patients of all ages, sex, gender during their clinical rotation experiences (Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences, i.e. SCPE's).

Physician Associate Studies

Miami University’s Physician Associate Studies program is designed to develop generalist, family medicine clinicians who can provide service to predominantly rural, underserved communities. It is housed in the brand-new, state-of-the-art Clinical Health Science and Wellness Center on the Oxford campus.

Contact Us

Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness Building
2101 Leadership Suite
421 S. Campus Avenue

Oxford, OH 45056
513-529-1231
pastudies@MiamiOH.edu

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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Miami University, Master of Medical Science in Physician Associate Studies Program sponsored by Miami University - Oxford.