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Physician Assistant Studies, M.S.

Welcome to the Middle Tennessee State University Developing Physician Assistant Program. We are housed in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. The MTSU PA Program proposes to have a 27 month long rigorous program with plans for an inaugural class in May of 2022. Applications are NOW OPEN in Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) in the 2021-2022 cycle.

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The degree awarded will be a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). This degree aligns with the institutional mission and will provide the necessary educational credential for licensure to practice in one of the fastest growing occupational sectors in Middle Tennessee. With a growth rate of 42 percent and one-third of all PA positions in Tennessee located in the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin area, this program will meet employer demand and societal need for access to health care.

ARC-PA Accreditation Status

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Middle Tennessee State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University.

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. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-middle-tennessee-state-university/.

About our Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the MTSU Physician Assistant Studies Program is to provide comprehensive innovative medical education of the highest quality to prepare a diverse community of Physician Assistants to thrive as compassionate and collaborative members of the healthcare team with a commitment to community service and increasing access to care.

Vision

The MTSU Physician Assistant Studies Program will be a leading educational program with national recognition for excellence in service-learning, quality and compassionate healthcare, and increasing access to care to diverse populations.

Goals

  1. Recruit, enroll, and retain highly qualified diverse applicants.
    1. Metrics & Benchmarks
      1. Applicant demographic and academic data (meeting/exceeding academic requirements & 30% of students meeting program defined diverse qualities)
      2. Attrition rate (at or lower than national average)
  2. Promote an environment that encourages a life-long commitment to community service.
    1. Metrics & Benchmarks
      1. Number of service-learning exposures and participation rate (component in each semester with 100% student involvement)
      2. Faculty/staff involvement (100% either with program and/or personal commitments)
  3. Prepare graduates to practice in areas of high need and increase access to care to diverse populations.
    1. Metrics & Benchmarks
      1. Clinical experiences in rural, underserved, and public health areas (100% of students will have a clinical opportunity in at least one of these areas)
  4. Provide quality medical education that prepares graduates to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to practice as an entry-level Physician Assistant.
    1. Metrics & Benchmarks
      1. PANCE pass-rates (90% or above first time PANCE pass rate, 100% ultimate PANCE pass rate at the 1-year mark)
      2. Summative Evaluation (Summative Evaluation pass-rate of 100%)

Upon completion of an entire cohort cycle, the program will provide documentation of outcomes and success in meeting these goals. A link to that documentation will be posted here and updated each year.

Compentencies

Medical Knowledge

  1. Apply established, fundamental scientific principles to patient care.
  2. Apply the clinical sciences to diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making.
  3. Apply an epidemiological approach to population health by understanding risk factors, disease prevention, and health promotion for various patients and populations.
  4. Analyze the impact of social-behavioral sciences on the delivery of healthcare to diverse patient populations.
  5. Use medical knowledge to distinguish normal/abnormal growth and development to guide investigatory approaches to patient evaluation.
  6. Gather and critically appraise evolving bio-medical knowledge to promote evidence-based clinical practice to contribute to the fund of new knowledge and literature.

Interpersonal Skills

  1. Create and sustain a meaningful and therapeutic relationship with patients and families through effective communication and exchange of information.
  2. Adapt communication style and messages to the cultural and socioeconomic context of the interaction.
  3. Apply emotional resilience and stability, adaptability, flexibility, and tolerance.
  4. Demonstrate compassion, sensitivity, and honesty within the context of difficult medical conversations.
  5. Communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and facilitate conflict resolution with physicians and other health care professionals as both a leader and member of a health care team to promote a climate of mutual respect and trust.

Clinical and Technical Skills

  1. Ellicit a history and perform an appropriate physical exam for ages across the lifespan, regardless of presentation or setting.
  2. Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures considered essential for entry into the clinical practice as a PA.
  3. Compose basic counseling and patient-centered education which is culturally focused.
  4. Demonstrate the use of clinical equipment for the diagnosis and management of disease.
  5. Accurately and adequately provide comprehensive documentation regarding care for medical, legal, quality, and financial purposes in a timely manner.
  6. Provide concise oral case presentations appropriate for the audience and context of the presentation.

Clinical Reasoning & Problem Solving

  1. Demonstrate investigative and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations.
  2. Compare and contrast normal and abnormal health states.
  3. Discern between acute, chronic, and emergent disease states.
  4. Apply advanced critical thinking skills to evaluate sources of information including discerning between important and extraneous information.
  5. Synthesize and prioritize therapeutic actions and clinical care decisions based on medical knowledge, available information, and the urgency of presentation.

Professional Behaviors

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that balances quality and cost, while maintaining the primacy of the individual by providing comprehensive and personalized healthcare in a system-based practice.
  2. Demonstrate professionalism through strict adherence to the standards of the PA profession and devotion to the medical, ethical, legal, and fiscal foundations of healthcare by:
    1. Maintaining professional relationships with patients, patient’s families, and all members of the healthcare team.
    2. Understand the role of the physician assistant in the delivery of healthcare, including demonstrating self-awareness and the recognition of personal/professional limitations and humility in the ability to seek help.
    3. Maintain a commitment to patient safety through prevention of medical errors, quality improvement, and risk management.
  3. Promote cross-cultural and socioeconomic sensitivity, confront prejudice, and support the development of effective medical practice in a diverse society.
  4. Engage in critical analysis of their own practice experience for the purposes of self- and practice-based learning and improvement.
  5. Exhibit attributes of engaged citizenship and community service through active involvement in community and population health.

Student Attrition Information

  Graduated Classes
Class of 2024 Class of 2025 Class of 2026
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) # # #
Entering class size # # #
Graduates # # #
*Attrition rate # # #
**Graduation rate # # #

 

**The inaugural cohort is proposed to begin in May of 2022 and graduate in August of 2024 with 30 students pending accreditation-provisional status with ARC-PA (see accreditation statement for more information).

NCCPA PANCE Exam Summary Report

The MTSU PA Studies program intends to publish and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students general program information, including the most current annual NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary report no later than April 1st each year. As the planned inaugural cohort will not be eligible for PANCE until late 2024, no data is currently available. 


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What We're Doing

Sohil Patel

1st student in inaugural class knew MTSU was where he wanted to begin PA journey 

Sohil Patel, a student in the inaugural Physician Assistant Studies program at MTSU, said it was the program’s mission statement that captured his eye and led him to the university. “They promote the highest quality of medical education to prepare a diverse community of Physician Assistants eager to provide medical care in underserved areas of the state,” he said. Patel, who grew up in what he described as a “highly underserved rural town,” said he is fully aware of its demand and necessity. As a student in MTSU’s inaugural PA Studies class, Patel said he knew during the interview process with Program Director Dr. Marie Patterson, and Director of Didactic Education Dr. Jason Huddleston, that MTSU was the place for him. “They were so welcoming and friendly, which made the often-stressful interview environment ever so simple and delightful. I knew from that moment that MTSU is where I want to begin my journey of becoming an outstanding future PA-C.” Patel plans to become a surgical PA while providing care at local urgent/primary care simultaneously. “I strongly believe that having the skill set to treat patients in primary care serves as the foundation of all aspects of medicine,” he said.

The Middle Tennessee State University Physician Assistant Study Program will prepare students for a rewarding career in numerous medical and surgical specialties, including, but not limited to:

  • Allery and Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

If granted accreditation-provisional status, the degree awarded will be a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.). This degree aligns with the institutional mission and will provide the necessary educational credential for licensure to practice in one of the fastest growing occupational sectors in Middle Tennessee. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure 

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has applied for provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Students should be aware that, to obtain a Physician Assistant license in any state, an individual must graduate from a US PA program and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Only graduates of ARC-PA accredited programs are eligible to take the NCCPA exam.

Licensing authorities for each state set and enforce their own requirements and standards and those requirements and standards are subject to change. States may have other eligibility requirements that must be satisfied to obtain professional licensure. Students in the MTSU MSPAS program should consult the PhysicianAssistantEdu website at https://www.physicianassistantedu.org/ or this state-by-state list of licensing boards for the most current information about licensure in the state in which they plan to practice and discuss their plans with a faculty member.

Physician Assistant Studies, M.S.

Marie Patterson, Program Director
(615) 494-7791
Marie.Patterson@mtsu.edu

Offered by the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.) degree is designed to provide students with the didactic education, clinical training, and educational credentials necessary to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and obtain licensure to practice as Physician Assistant (PA).

Admission Requirements

The following information applies to the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 

Bachelor's Degree

  • The degree must be from a U.S. institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • A bachelor's degree equivalent from another country may also be accepted. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from outside of the U.S. must send their transcripts to one of the member organizations associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org/members) for translation. Results must be uploaded into the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
  • Students may apply while their degree is in progress; however, proof of degree completion will be required before matriculation in the program.

NOTE: Students beginning the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies who complete their bachelor's degree in the same month they graduate will need to provide documentation of their undergraduate degree before beginning their coursework at MTSU. Documentation must be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU. Students should either provide a final transcript reflecting the degree conferral or a letter from their undergraduate institution's records office stating that the student has completed all requirements required for graduation, date by which the degree will be conferred, and confirmation that a final transcript has been ordered and will be sent to MTSU once the degree has been conferred. Students will then be considered as fully admitted to the university. If a student receives financial aid for the program but is later discovered not to have been conferred a bachelor's degree, that student must pay MTSU back for all dispersed loan amounts.

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Overall GPA: 3.0
  • Prerequisite Course GPA: 3.0
  • Science Course GPA: 3.0
  • Graduate Course GPA (if applicable): 3.0 

Direct Patient Care (DPC) Experience

  • No minimum number of hours required for an interview, but the focus will remain on the quality of experience.
  • Hours logged to satisfy the direct patient care requirement will only be considered if the experience involves direct responsibility for some aspect of patient care, either by administering, influencing, or providing care in a "hands-on" capacity. It is recommended that students acquire direct patient care hours in various medical settings to obtain strong, diverse direct patient care experiences.  

Community Service or Mission Work

  • No minimum number of hours required for an interview, but the focus will remain on the quality of experience. 

Physician Assistant Shadowing 

  • A minimum number of 40 hours is recommended so that the applicant will have an adequate understanding of the PA profession.
  • Applicants must identify and initiate all PA shadowing experiences. The program cannot suggest nor arrange shadowing opportunities for prospective students. 

Letters of Recommendation

  • At least three strong letters of recommendation detailing the potential of the applicant to be a PA are required.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a PA is highly recommended. 
  • Letters from friends or family will not be accepted. 

Personal Statement

  • A personal statement should be crafted to detail the applicant's desire to become a PA, communicating ideas appropriately and effectively. Well-written personal statements should be free of grammatical and spelling errors. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • The GRE requirement is waived for this cycle due to COVID 19 restrictions. 

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must not have a history of dismissal from another Physician Assistant program for academic or disciplinary reasons.
  • The MTSU Physician Assistant Studies Program does not accept transfers from other programs.
  • Applicants must not have a history of current drug abuse or conviction of a felony. All students will be required to submit to criminal background checks and drug screens before matriculation and during enrollment in the program.
  • All applicants must be able to meet the program's technical standards. Please refer to the technical standards section found at mtsu.edu/programs/physician-assistant-studies-ms/info.

Prerequisite Courses

Course WorkSemester Credit Hours
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab8
General Chemistry with Lab8
General Biology with Lab8
Microbiology3
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with Lab4
Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development*3
Medical Terminology*1

*Not subject to the six-year time limit

  • All applicants must successfully complete prerequisite requirements with a grade of "C" or higher within the bachelor's degree or through coursework at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Prerequisite science courses are to be completed within six years prior to the date of admission. Exceeding the six-year time limit for chemistry and general biology coursework, which are completed as prerequisites for other requirements, is acceptable with a waiver. A waiver of either the six-year requirement or grade requirement for a prerequisite course may be requested by the applicant if any of the following conditions occur:
    • There is a continuous employment history that would demonstrate knowledge of the course content, or 
    • The applicant has a "B" grade or better within the last six years in a more advanced course in the same subject.
  • Waivers and completion instructions are available in the MTSU PA Studies program section of the CASPA portal. The waiver must be approved by the program director and shall not negate or supersede the minimum GPA requirements for prerequisite courses. Knowledge-based testing does not satisfy prerequisites.

Advanced Placement

The MTSU PA Studies program does not award or grant transfer credits or advanced placement to any matriculating student. Prerequisite and graduate coursework from other institutions, which may correspond to courses in the program, will not be considered as substitutions for programmatic curriculum.

International Student Policy

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: iBT score of 80, PBT score of 550, or CBT score of 214
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0.

International applicants with degrees from outside the United States must have a degree equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree as verified by an acceptable evaluation service. Transcripts must be provided in the original language and with an English translation. In addition, all applicants must successfully complete prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education. All required items must be sent to CASPA for verification and official application to the program. No exceptions will be made.

International applicants must also comply with the International Graduate Admissions policies within the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Admissions Practices

The admissions process is highly selective. Applicants who meet the criteria as outlined above will have their files forwarded to the program for faculty review. The program faculty will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's CASPA application and make recommendations for interviews. It is anticipated that the MTSU Physician Assistant Studies Program will receive a large number of applications for a class of 30 students. Competitive applicants will likely have more than the required minimums; thus, applicants meeting the required minimums are not guaranteed an interview.

The MTSU PA Studies Program endeavors to recruit and retain a diverse community of Physician Assistant students whose qualifications align with programmatic mission and goals. As such, the program has admissions and enrollment practices that advantage specific individuals or groups. Applicants demonstrating any of the following attributes will receive incremental weighting within various sections of the admission's rubric.

Capacity for Academic Success

  • GPAs that exceed minimum requirements.

Commitment and Motivation

  • Continual medical/science employment (≥ 1 year)
  • Extracurricular commitment (≥ 1 year)
  • Volunteer commitment (≥ 100 hours)
  • Healthcare/science research (until project completion or graduation)
  • Achievement of a graduate degree

Mission-Aligned Attributes

  • Second-career applicants
  • Military Service with honorable discharge
  • First generation college student
  • Collegiate athlete
  • Applicants from a medically underserved area

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply to the program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) to be considered for admission. Students must submit the appropriate CASPA and MTSU applications fees to be considered. If selected for an interview, students may be asked to complete an additional, abbreviated application form through the College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies requires completion of a minimum of 108 semester hours comprising both didactic and clinical education. Candidates will be required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to complete the program and graduate. The following grading scale is used in the Physician Assistant Studies program:

Grading Scale
A90-100%
B80-89%
C70-79%
F69% or below

No D grades will be assigned.

Curriculum: Physician Assistant Studies

Semester One (Summer) - Didactic Phase (20 hours)

  • PA 6010 - Regional Anatomy  4 credit hours  

    PA 6010 - Regional Anatomy

    4credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. As the cornerstone of medicine, the study of gross anatomy will provide students with a strong foundation for building a healthcare career. Through a clinically relevant approach, exploring both the structure and function of the human body's major systems will be accomplished primarily through lectures and examination of cadaveric specimens, augmented with virtual learning tools and models. The emphasis will remain on the practical application of anatomical knowledge to the clinical practice of medicine.

  • PA 6110 - Scientific Basis of Medicine I

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. A thorough understanding of the scientific basis of medicine is required to diagnose and treat disease. As such, this course will encompass both integrative human physiology and the pathophysiology of disease. The complex interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and systemic levels will be explored, as well as the genetic basis of disease. As the first in this series of courses, the focus will be on the scientific basis of nutrition, hematology, dermatology, and HEENT, emphasizing homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease.

  • PA 6210 - Diagnostic Tests I  2 credit hours  

    PA 6210 - Diagnostic Tests I

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program. Serves as a comprehensive overview relating to the use of diagnostic modalities, particularly as it relates to concepts in laboratory medicine. Emphasis will remain on a thorough understanding of the laboratory evaluations of various diseases across the spectrum of major body systems. The survey including indications, techniques, and interpretation of results. Furthermore, students will learn how working and differential diagnoses are shaped and refined through the use of diagnostic studies. Through integrated lab, students will also get to apply various classroom principles through active case-based formats.

  • PA 6310 - Clinical Pharmacology I

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. As a clinical science, the study of pharmacology combines the principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to safely prescribe and monitor medications to treat disease in patients of all ages with varying levels of comorbidities. As the first course in the series, students will be introduced to basic principles of pharmacotherapy, pharmacologic treatment of hematologic and dermatologic disorder, and chemotherapeutic drugs.

  • PA 6410 - Clinical Medicine I

    4credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Introduces the essentials of diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention. Surveying medicine in the capacity will be pathology-based, arranged by body system and specialty. The fundamental elements of clinical medicine, such as epidemiology, precipitating factors, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and manifestations, red flags, diagnostics, clinical intervention, management of diseases and disorders, clinical pearls, and differential diagnoses, will be thoroughly explored. Focusing on nutrition, hematology, dermatology, and HEENT, the students will have the opportunity to study acute and chronic care plans. Content will additionally include preventive treatments, patient education, and referrals when necessary.

  • PA 6510 - History and Physical Exam I

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Serves as the foundational journey into the medical interview, physical exam, and subsequent patient encounter documentation.  With a focus on developing interpersonal communication skills and professionalism, students will learn the art of taking medical history while simultaneously learning to document findings, prepare oral presentations, and effectively exchange information with the patients and other members of the healthcare team. Introduces the student to the physical exam covering vitals, integumentary, and HEENT exams. Content will be reinforced through practical application.

  • PA 6610 - Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving I

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program. Opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in other classes to the assessment and care of patients across the lifespan. A team-based learning approach will allow the student to organically develop the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate patients and provide quality patient care effectively. Diagnosis and management decisions related to disorders and diseases of hematologic, dermatologic, and HEENT systems are explored. This course series also offers opportunities to participate and learn collaboratively in interprofessional teams.

Semester Two (Fall) - Didactic Phase (18 hours)

  • PA 6120 - Scientific Basis of Medicine II

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; PA 6110. Building upon the foundational knowledge from PA 6110, the student will continue to amass a foundational understanding of physiologic and pathophysiologic principles relating to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and male genitourinary systems. Emphasis is placed upon the relationships of the major systems involving the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.

  • PA 6220 - Diagnostic Tests II

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6210. Building upon the medical knowledge gained in PA 6210, this course shifts focus toward the study of radiology as a diagnostic and therapeutic modality of modern medicine. Emphasis will be placed on methodology, indications, and interpretation of various types of imaging studies. Case-based integrated learning in lab will continue to help students apply these principles to practice.

  • PA 6250 - Introduction to the Medical Profession and Ethical Practice

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. For the future physician assistant, it is critical to understand the historical perspectives of the profession, as well as the legal and ethical implications of practice. After surveying the history of the profession, students will begin the transition into contemporary medical practice intricacies. Students will study risk management strategies, quality improvement initiatives, patient safety, and prevention of medical errors in addition to a vast array of medico-legal ramifications of contemporary practice. Explores moral concepts related to practical medical decision-making and problem solving to allow students to form a strong foundation for ethical medical practice.

  • PA 6320 - Clinical Pharmacology II

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6310. Building on the principles learned in PA 6310, students will continue to enhance their knowledge regarding the pharmacology of autonomic drugs and various classes of medications used in treating cardiovascular, renal, and gastrointestinal disease. Students will be additionally exposed to other classes of medications affecting smooth muscle. Further emphasis will be placed on additional special topics in pharmacotherapy.

  • PA 6420 - Clinical Medicine II

    4credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6410. Moving into a comprehensive survey of cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, and urology, Clinical Medicine II will continue the exploration of the epidemiology, precipitating factors, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and manifestations, red flags, diagnostics, clinical intervention, management of diseases and disorders, clinical pearls, and differential diagnoses of the applicable systems. In addition to acute and chronic care plans, the prevention of illness will additionally be highlighted. Discussions regarding patient education and referral will also be considered as parts of the treatment plan.

  • PA 6520 - History and Physical Exam II

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6510. Continues a pragmatic approach to the examination of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis. The intricacies of cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary portions of the physical exam will thoroughly be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. The written medical record, oral presentation, and interpersonal/ professionalism skill sets will be continually reinforced.

  • PA 6620 - Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving II

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6610. Continues to horizontally integrate the materials in other classes into a comprehensive team-based approach to learning.  Encompasses the cardiovascular, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and renal/genitourinary systems. The principles of working collaboratively in effective healthcare teams will be integrated and practiced in these the learning modules.

Semester Three (Spring) - Didactic Phase (19 hours)

  • PA 6130 - Scientific Basis of Medicine III

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6110 and PA 6120. As the culmination of the Scientific Basis of Medicine series, students will develop a working knowledge of the physiology/pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal, neurological, and endocrine systems. The human immune system will also be highlighted regarding its protagonist function in defense of infectious disease and its antagonistic role in inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.

  • PA 6230 - Diagnostic Tests III

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6210 and PA 6220. In the last of the three-part series on diagnostic testing, the student will learn to perform and interpret a 12-lead EKG to evaluate cardiac symptoms and disease. The course also surveys noncardiac conditions that will produce various EKG changes. Students will gain foundational knowledge that is reinforced through practical application of skill.

     

  • PA 6330 - Clinical Pharmacology III

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6310 and PA 6320. Advancing understanding of pharmacotherapeutics, students will move on to become increasingly proficient at the pharmacologic treatment of disease. This installment will focus on pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics related to orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology, and endocrinology. Also involves a broad survey of toxicology and a systematic approach to the poisoned patient. Additional emphasis will be on the intricacies of prescribing medication to specialized populations.

     

  • PA 6430 - Clinical Medicine III

    4credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6410 and PA 6420. In the last of the Clinical Medicine series, students will continue to expand the breadth of medical knowledge required to practice medicine through a problem-oriented approach. An in-depth examination of orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology, endocrinology, and infectious disease will promote further understanding of the epidemiology, precipitating factors, etiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, clinical presentation and manifestations, red flags, diagnostics, clinical intervention, management of diseases and disorders, clinical pearls, and differential diagnoses relevant to these specialties. As with previous courses, acute/chronic care plans, preventive measures, appropriate patient education, and referrals will be seamlessly integrated into the curriculum as an integral part of holistic healthcare.

  • PA 6530 - History and Physical Exam III

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6510 and PA 6520. Continues to focus on relevant history and physical examination skills needed to assess the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems. Additionally, students will have a comprehensive survey regarding clinical assessment nuances for special patient populations, including pediatric (infants, children, and adolescents) and geriatric age groups. Allows students to coalesce regional and population-specific history and physical exam techniques into a comprehensive history and physical required for preventive, well-person encounters. Underlying emphasis will also be placed on the development of non-cognitive interpersonal and professionalism skills.

  • PA 6630 - Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving III

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program; successful completion of PA 6610 and PA 6620. Continues to hone the student's critical thinking skills to support a successful transition to a healthcare provider. Using similar pedagogies and principles as PA 6610 and PA 6620, the course explores clinical manifestations commonly encountered in orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurology, endocrinology, and infectious disease. Additionally, the course supports collaborative interprofessional team-based practice through classroom study and clinical application.

  • PA 6740 - Survey of Surgery  3 credit hours  

    PA 6740 - Survey of Surgery

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Principles of pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care, providing in-depth instruction across the continuum of surgical care. The core curriculum will survey pre-operative assessment of surgical risk and planning, surgical techniques for first assistants, operative treatment of disease, and common principles relating to post-operative care.

     

     

Semester Four (Summer) - Didactic Phase (20 hours)

  • PA 6260 - Population Health  2 credit hours  

    PA 6260 - Population Health

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Aspiring healthcare providers must develop a solid understanding of the principles of disease prevention, surveillance, reporting, and intervention. Thus, students will be introduced to core public health concepts to inform clinical practice and benefit both community and society as a whole. The core focus will be on the frameworks underpinning public health systems, patient advocacy, and population health maintenance. Explores the interrelated facets of social and behavioral sciences to understand the social determinants of health more fully.

     

  • PA 6470 - Clinical Procedures

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Provides students with the fundamental concepts and skills required to perform common clinical procedures based on current practice standards. Students will receive knowledge of key indications, contraindications, risks, and benefits of procedural skills often performed in various practice settings. A basic review of the appropriate anatomy and physiology will be included. The laboratory environment will provide students an opportunity to perform and practice these procedures.

  • PA 6670 - Issues in Practice  2 credit hours  

    PA 6670 - Issues in Practice

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Leads students to investigate the current trends and issues facing contemporary PA practice. Professional development topics, such as interprofessional team-based approaches to healthcare; palliative and end-of-life care; patient education and counseling; and the business aspects of healthcare are foundational issues in practice and will be considered accordingly. Students will also delve into various elements of personal and professional wellness, including impairment and burnout. Lastly, the knowledge to provide medical care to a diverse patient population will be secondarily underpinned by understanding patient backgrounds, disabilities, and other social determinants of health. Course content will culminate with the retrospective analysis of previous non-cognitive skill development over the didactic year through previous service-based learning opportunities.

     

  • PA 6680 - Critical Appraisal of Medical Literature and Evidence-Based Medicine

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program. Students will learn to seamlessly coalesce the most up-to-date scientific literature with clinician experience and patient values to provide true evidence-based medical care. Emphasis on formulating research questions, interpreting biostatistical methods, and distinguishing types of sampling methods. Uses various medical databases and recognizes medical research limits through critical appraisal. Aids students in preparing to apply evidence-based medicine to their clinical practices.

  • PA 6710 - Survey of Psychiatry

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Students program. Introduces psychiatry and behavioral health as encountered in various medical settings through an integrative approach. Recognition of mental illness will be taught through history and physical exam. In contrast, treatment will be primarily explored through a problem-based approach, emphasizing health promotion and counseling.

  • PA 6720 - Survey of Women's Health

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program. Explores the female patient's reproductive and gynecological health. Gender-specific history and physical exam techniques are presented as foundational principles of women's health. Students will learn the intricacies of prenatal care and the complexities of normal/abnormal obstetrical presentations. Both routine, preventive care, and diagnosis/treatment of common gynecologic conditions will round out the course content to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and perspective. Encompasses the patient education and counseling unique to women's health.

  • PA 6730 - Survey of Pediatrics

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant Studies program. Approaches the care of infants, children, and adolescents through a population-based module focusing on pediatric issues. Addresses the etiology, epidemiology, genetics considerations, clinical signs and symptoms, physical exam findings, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for significant pediatric population problems. Emphasis will also be upon the evaluation of human growth and development through the recognition of milestones. Anticipatory guidance, preventive care, and vaccinations will be thoroughly discussed as integral components of pediatric healthcare. Clinical reasoning and problem solving will be reinforced through case-based study.

  • PA 6750 - Survey of Emergency Medicine

    2credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. Focuses on shifting the student's attention toward the recognition and treatment of trauma and acute/emergent medical disorders commonly presenting to the emergency department. Emphasis is on the priority of stabilizing patients with life-threatening trauma or illness and selecting appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Focuses on various clinical and technical skills required to treat patients in the emergency department, including BLS, ACLS, and PALS. Unique challenges in treating patients in this setting will also be discussed.

Semester Five (Fall) - Clinical Phase (12 hours)

  • PA 6910 - Capstone I  2 credit hours  

    PA 6910 - Capstone I

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; completion of the didactic phase of the PA program and admission to the clinical phase. Capstone I project will be based on a developed research proposal that is selected from a menu of potential approaches, such as a traditional quasi-experimental study, an evidence-based medicine question, a case report, and a comprehensive literature review. The student will formally present the findings to the University community during the Capstone II course. This course takes place during the clinical phase and involves students meeting with the course coordinator and advisor periodically throughout the phase.

  • PA 6950 - PANCE Preparation Seminar I

    1credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; completion of the didactic phase of the PA program and admission to the clinical phase. This is the first in a series in which preparation occurs for successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for entering medical practice. Strategies for successful study and successful completion of board-style examinations, as well as an intense overview of medical knowledge to help prepare for the PANCE. Covers the cardiovascular system; dermatologic system; endocrine system; eyes; ears, nose, and throat systems. A review of history taking and physical examination while incorporating diagnostic and laboratory studies to formulate the most likely diagnosis will also occur. Pass/Fail.

  • Clinical Rotations I-III (PA 6820-6890) 9 credit hours*

Semester Six (Spring) - Clinical Phase (10 hours)

  • PA 6960 - PANCE Preparation Seminar II

    1credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; completion of the didactic phase of the PA program and admission to the clinical phase; passing mark in PA 6950. This is the second in the series in which preparation occurs for successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for entering medical practice. Strategies for successful study and successful completion of board-style examinations, as well as an intense overview of medical knowledge to help prepare for the PANCE. Covers gastrointestinal system/nutrition, genitourinary system (both male and female), renal system, hematologic system, and infectious diseases. It will also further review the management of patients, health maintenance, patient education, and preventative measures. Pass/Fail.

  • Clinical Rotations IV-VI (PA 6820-6890) 9 credit hours*

Semester Seven (Summer) - Clinical Phase (9 hours)

  • PA 6920 - Capstone II  2 credit hours  

    PA 6920 - Capstone II

    2credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; completion of the didactic phase of the PA program and admission to the clinical phase; PA 6910. Each student will present the results of individual projects submitted in Capstone I to demonstrate an understanding of the program and profession's principles in mastering evidence-based medicine and medical research abilities. This capstone project will need to be clearly presented, organized, and succinctly defended.

  • PA 6970 - PANCE Preparation Seminar III

    1credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program; completion of the didactic phase of the PA program and admission to the clinical phase; passing mark in PA 6960. This is the conclusion of the series in which preparation occurs for successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for entering medical practice. Strategies for successful study and successful completion of board-style examinations, as well as an intense overview of medical knowledge to help prepare for the PANCE. Covers musculoskeletal system, neurologic system, psychiatric/behavioral science, pulmonary system, and reproductive system. It will further review clinical intervention, pharmaceutical therapies, and the application of basic scientific concepts while in clinical practice. Pass/Fail.

  • Clinical Rotations VII-VIII (PA 6820-6890) 6 credit hours*

*NOTE:

REQUIRED clinical rotation disciplines include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Women's Health, and Psychiatry/Behavioral Health. Additionally, each student will also complete an elective clinical rotation in a medical or surgical specialty/subspecialty of their choice.

Academic Credit

Total academic credit offered by the program is reflected in the chart below:

 Semester Credit Hours
Didactic Courses77 hours
Clinical Courses31 hours
Total108 hours

 

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Admissions in CASPA for the 2021-2022 cycle is now open and will close on Jan. 15, 2022. All applicants must have the CASPA designation of "verified" by that date in order to be considered for an interview. 

 

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Admission Requirements

The following information applies to the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 

Bachelor's Degree

  • The degree must be from a U.S. institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • A bachelor's degree equivalent from another country may also be accepted. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from outside of the U.S. must send their transcripts to one of the member organizations associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org/members) for translation. Results must be uploaded into the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
  • Students may apply while their degree is in progress; however, proof of degree completion will be required before matriculation in the program. 

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Overall GPA: 3.0
  • Prerequisite Course GPA: 3.0
  • Science Course GPA: 3.0
  • Graduate Course GPA (if applicable): 3.0 

Direct Patient Care (DPC) Experience

  • No minimum number of hours required for an interview, but the focus will remain on the quality of experience.
  • Hours logged to satisfy the direct patient care requirement will only be considered if the experience involves direct responsibility for some aspect of patient care, either by administering, influencing, or providing care in a "hands-on" capacity. It is recommended that students acquire direct patient care hours in various medical settings to obtain strong, diverse direct patient care experiences.  

Community Service or Mission Work

  • No minimum number of hours required for an interview, but the focus will remain on the quality of experience. 

Physician Assistant Shadowing 

  • A minimum number of 40 hours is recommended so that the applicant will have an adequate understanding of the PA profession.
  • Applicants must identify and initiate all PA shadowing experiences. The program cannot suggest nor arrange shadowing opportunities for prospective students. 

Letters of Recommendation

  • At least three strong letters of recommendation detailing the potential of the applicant to be a PA are required.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a PA is highly recommended. 
  • Letters from friends or family will not be accepted. 

Personal Statement

  • A personal statement should be crafted to detail the applicant's desire to become a PA, communicating ideas appropriately and effectively. Well-written personal statements should be free of grammatical and spelling errors. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • The GRE requirement is waived for this cycle due to COVID 19 restrictions. 

Other Requirements

  • Applicants must not have a history of dismissal from another Physician Assistant program for academic or disciplinary reasons.
  • The MTSU Physician Assistant Studies Program does not accept transfers from other programs.
  • Applicants must not have a history of current drug abuse or conviction of a felony. All students will be required to submit to criminal background checks and drug screens before matriculation and during enrollment in the program.
  • All applicants must be able to meet the program's technical standards. Please refer to the technical standards section found at mtsu.edu/programs/physician-assistant-studies-ms/info.

Prerequisite Courses

Course Work Semester Credit Hours
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab 8
General Chemistry with Lab 8
General Biology with Lab 8
Microbiology 3
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with Lab 4
Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development* 3
Medical Terminology* 1

*Not subject to the six-year time limit

  • All applicants must successfully complete prerequisite requirements with a grade of "C" or higher within the bachelor's degree or through coursework at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education.
  • Prerequisite science courses are to be completed within six years prior to the date of admission. Exceeding the six-year time limit for chemistry and general biology coursework, which are completed as prerequisites for other requirements, is acceptable with a waiver. A waiver of either the six-year requirement or grade requirement for a prerequisite course may be requested by the applicant if any of the following conditions occur:
    • There is a continuous employment history that would demonstrate knowledge of the course content, or 
    • The applicant has a "B" grade or better within the last six years in a more advanced course in the same subject.
  • Waivers and completion instructions are available in the MTSU PA Studies program section of the CASPA portal. The waiver must be approved by the program director and shall not negate or supersede the minimum GPA requirements for prerequisite courses. Knowledge-based testing does not satisfy prerequisites.

Advanced Placement

The MTSU PA Studies program does not award or grant transfer credits or advanced placement to any matriculating student. Prerequisite and graduate coursework from other institutions, which may correspond to courses in the program, will not be considered as substitutions for programmatic curriculum.

International Student Policy

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: iBT score of 80, PBT score of 550, or CBT score of 214
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0.

International applicants with degrees from outside the United States must have a degree equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree as verified by an acceptable evaluation service. Transcripts must be provided in the original language and with an English translation. In addition, all applicants must successfully complete prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education. All required items must be sent to CASPA for verification and official application to the program. No exceptions will be made.

International applicants must also comply with the International Graduate Admissions policies within the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.

Admissions Practices

The admissions process is highly selective. Applicants who meet the criteria as outlined above will have their files forwarded to the program for faculty review. The program faculty will conduct a holistic review of the applicant's CASPA application and make recommendations for interviews. It is anticipated that the MTSU Physician Assistant Studies Program will receive a large number of applications for a class of 30 students. Competitive applicants will likely have more than the required minimums; thus, applicants meeting the required minimums are not guaranteed an interview.

The MTSU PA Studies Program endeavors to recruit and retain a diverse community of Physician Assistant students whose qualifications align with programmatic mission and goals. As such, the program has admissions and enrollment practices that advantage specific individuals or groups. Applicants demonstrating any of the following attributes will receive incremental weighting within various sections of the admission's rubric.

Capacity for Academic Success

  • GPAs that exceed minimum requirements.

Commitment and Motivation

  • Continual medical/science employment (≥ 1 year)
  • Extracurricular commitment (≥ 1 year)
  • Volunteer commitment (≥ 100 hours)
  • Healthcare/science research (until project completion or graduation)
  • Achievement of a graduate degree

Mission-Aligned Attributes

  • Second-career applicants
  • Military Service with honorable discharge
  • First generation college student
  • Collegiate athlete
  • Applicants from a medically underserved area

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply to the program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) to be considered for admission. Students must submit the appropriate CASPA and MTSU applications fees to be considered. If selected for an interview, students may be asked to complete an additional, abbreviated application form through the College of Graduate Studies.

Physician Assistant Student Technical Standards

Professional healthcare clinicians are challenged in environments that demand certain abilities, behaviors, and skills. The Physician Assistant must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Students must be able to integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, consistently, quickly, and accurately, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data. A student for the Physician Assistant profession must have abilities and skills including observation, communication, intellectual, motor, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative, and behavioral and social. To be eligible to enroll in the program, the student must be able to perform these skills and behaviors successfully either unassisted, with dependable use of reasonable assistive devices, or by employing another reasonable accommodation. The following descriptions define the capabilities expected from an individual to successfully complete the Middle Tennessee State University Physician Assistant Studies Program.

General Abilities

The PA student must possess the skills related to critical thinking, communication, gross motor dexterity, fine motor coordination, interpersonal skills, observational abilities, and social skills in an individual, group, classroom, laboratory, or other educational setting. The student is expected to possess functional use of the senses of vision, touch, hearing, taste, and smell. All data received by the senses must be integrated, analyzed, and synthesized in a consistent and accurate manner. In addition, the student is expected to possess the ability to perceive pain, pressure, temperature, position, equilibrium, and movement. The student must be able to effectively perform and function in settings that are solitary, small group, large groups, social environments, public space, or even very large classroom settings without disruption of other students, patients, faculty, or staff. The student must be able to function and remain calm within stressful situations while maintaining a calm temperament. The student must be able to attend classes and laboratory sessions, travel to and be present for all supervised clinical practice experiences (which may include overnight call) and be present for examination and testing.

Observational Skill

The PA student is expected to participate in and observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic and health sciences including but not limited to physiologic and pharmacological demonstrations in animals, microbiological cultures, microscopic study of organisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states, human cadaver dissection, and medical procedures. The student is expected to observe the patient accurately at a distance and close at hand and accurately assess health/illness alteration. Inherent in this observation process is the use of the visual, auditory, tactile, and olfactory sensations and sufficient motor capability to carry out the necessary assessment activities. These skills including the ability to inspect, palpate, percuss, and auscultate accurately during the physical examination.

Communication Skills

The PA student must be able to effectively hear, understand, speak, and observe patients to elicit history and other information necessary to interact with patients, students, faculty, and staff.  The student must be able to perceive nonverbal communication and cues, describe patient mood or changes, describe posture and appearance, and to interpret and describe patient activity and behavior.  The student must be able to communicate in verbal, written, typed, and electronic manner that is effective, efficient, and sensitive and in the English language. The student must be able to receive and give communication effectively to others in a professional manner. The student is expected to give oral presentations in small and large group settings. The student must be able to interact, communicate, and understand other students, clinicians, faculty, patients, and their families to respond appropriately and in a timely fashion.

Intellectual Capabilities 

The PA student must possess and demonstrate the physical, emotional, intellectual, compassionate, and ethical capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum at normal pace with an on-time completion. The student must be able to learn, retain, and recall information and make a reasoned decision in a timely fashion. The student must be able to achieve a competent level of critical thinking and reasoning required to function in an entry level PA position.  To achieve this level, the student must be able to perform in areas of reasoning, measurement, analysis, interpretation, synthesis, calculation, and deduction. In addition, the student should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. These skills must be evident in dealing with other students, faculty, staff, patients, patient families, and other health care professionals. Critical thinking and problem solving, while in stressful situations, are necessary to complete the program.

Interpersonal Abilities and Social Interactions

The PA student must be able to establish and maintain appropriate relationships in a professional manner with other students, faculty, staff, health care professionals, patients, as well as patient families.  This will encompass possessing the maturity and emotional health necessary to function within the healthcare and educational environments while achieving full utilization of his or her abilities, intellectual function, sound judgement, sensory input, critical thinking, and promptness. The student must be able to demonstrate compassion, empathy, responsibility and tolerance towards patients, families, faculty, staff, other students, and colleagues. This includes the ability to remain calm and function at this level within stressful situations and with competing demands for the student’s time and energies. 

Fine and Gross Motor Skills and Strength

The interaction with patients and the demands of the health care and educational environments while in training and practice require strength, coordination, and endurance of sufficient nature.  The PA student should have sufficient fine and gross motor coordination to function within the patient care and educational environments that may include clutter, equipment, tables, family members, stairs, textbooks, supplies, and distractions.  This includes the ability to ambulate, stand for long periods, concentrate, balance, interact, assist in movement, use of medical instruments, use of electronic devices, positioning of patients, and lifting of heavy objects.  In general, the student should be able to safely lift 50+ pounds without any assistance or injury. The student is expected to be able to perform gross and fine motor movements required to perform a complete physical examination (including male and female genital examination on patients). Interaction within the environment may include classrooms, treatment rooms, laboratory space, patient rooms, waiting rooms, operating rooms, public spaces, stairwells, outdoor movement and any other space generally necessary to interact with and treat patients or interact in the educational environment. This interaction may require standing or sitting for very long periods of time without disruption or change in position. This interaction may require altering lighting including bright or fluorescent lights or low light conditions. The student is expected to be able to maintain consciousness and equilibrium, and stamina to perform satisfactorily in didactic and clinical experiences. The student must be able to travel to all required MTSU PA Program educational settings.

 

In addition to the abilities and skills set forth above, the student must possess the general physical health necessary for performing the duties of a Physician Assistant student without endangering the lives of patients and/or colleagues with whom the student might have contact. Students whose performance is impaired by abuse of alcohol or other substances are not suitable for admission, continuation, promotion, or graduation.

Tuition/Fees

  • Regional Out-of-state explanation (regional scholars’ program)
    • All amounts shown are estimates and subject to change
  • Cost of attendance (explains average cost of living expenses)
    • All amounts shown are estimates and subject to change
  • Estimated Tuition and Fees
    • All amounts shown are estimates and subject to change
  • Other Common Expenses** for the PA Studies Student:

    Expense Didactic Phase Clinical Phase Total
    Textbooks $3,500 $500 $4,000
    Computer, software, etc. $2,100 NA $2,100
    Medical Equipment $840 NA $840
    Optional Conference Fees $500 $500 $1,000
    Health Insurance (Needlestick care will vary based on exposure risk and health insurance coverage.) $3,000 $2,400 $5,400
    Background Checks $25 $75 $100
    Health Services (Drug screens, physical exam, immunizations, etc.) $228 $228 $456
    BLS/ACLS $180 NA $180
    Housing $18,000 $14,400*** $32,400
    Travel Expenses $2,000 $7,200 $9,200
    Internet Connection $1,000 $800 $1,800
    Personal/Miscellaneous $4,500 $3,600 $8,100
    Total     $65,576

     

    *Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    **These are an estimate of common expenses related to attendance over the duration of the program. They may fluctuate year to year and are subject to change. 

    *** Some clinical rotations may require students to temporarily reside outside of the Murfreesboro area. While reasonable efforts will be made to provide housing, ultimately, students are responsible for the supplemental costs that may incur with housing and transportation at all clinical training sites.

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