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Physician Assistant Agreement

Students entering Christian Brothers University who wish to pursue a career in a health related area may be interested in the opportunity to apply for entry into the MSPAS program after the conclusion of their third year of undergraduate studies. To be eligible to apply, certain courses must be completed. The paradigm below shows a normal three year schedule for taking these courses. This paradigm is similar to the paradigms for Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Chemistry or Natural Science majors, and a degree in any of these majors can be pursued if early entry into the MSPAS program is not obtained. Upon successful completion of the MSPAS program, the student earns a joint B.S. in Natural Science and an MSPAS degree. Students wishing to pursue the joint B.S. in Natural Sciences/MSPAS degree must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of first three years of Natural Sciences pre-PA pathway curriculum.
  2. Minimum of 3.5 GPA on four-point scale.
  3. Average of 3.25 or greater on all science courses attempted.
  4. Meets prescribed Technical Standards for Admission.

Prior to admission into the remainder of the PA pathway the student must successfully complete an interview designed to determine the suitability of the candidate to continue to pursue the joint degree. Upon recommendation by the Admissions Committee, students will enter the summer term of the pre-PA pathway curriculum which consists of a six hour course entitled PAS 400, Introductory Clerkship I. This course consists of practical experience precepted by a certified Physician Assistant in a clinical setting. It includes shadowing experiences, specific assignments and weekly meetings with a PA faculty advisor. The purpose of the meetings would be to assess prior week’s activities and assignments, basic clinical observatory skills, critical thinking skills and level of maturity. Upon successful completion of PAS 400, the student would formally apply to the MSPAS Program and be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The student would not be required to take the GRE as part of the application process but would do so for data analysis for the program. In addition they will complete a personal statement, interview and background check. If denied admission into the fourth year of the joint B.S./MAPAS curriculum, students would return to the Natural Sciences curricular paradigm for completion of the baccalaureate degree. The first four years of the joint B.S./MSPAS curriculum consists of the following:

Biol 111 & 111L  
Prin. of Biology I & lab   
4 Biol 112 & 112L  
Prin. of Biology II & lab  
Chem 113 & 113L
Prin. of Chem I & lab   
4 Chem 114 & 114L
Prin. of Chem II & lab   
Eng 111 
English Composition I               
3 Eng 112 
English Composition II               
Math 117 PreCalc or Math 131
Calc I       
3 Math 131
Calc I or Math 201 Applied Stats 
Orin 100 
TOTAL                                                14
TOTAL                                                 14
Biol 217 & 217L
Anatomy & Physiology I & lab      
4 Biol 218 & 218L
Anatomy & Physiology II & lab     
Chem 211 & 211L 
Organic Chem I & Lab  
4 Chem 212 & 212L 
Organic Chem II & Lab 
Phys 201 & 201L
Intro to Physics I & Lab 
4 Phys 202 & 202L
Intro to Physics II & Lab 
Literature Elective                                   3 Elective or Math 201
Applied Stats           
15 TOTAL                                                 15 
Biol 311 & 311L
Genetics & Lab                
4 Biol 362
Biology Seminar                               
Chem 315 & 315L
Biochem I & Lab        
4 Biol 321 & 321L
Microbiology & Lab      
Psyc 105
General Psychology                  
3 Chem 316
Biochem II                           
Religious Studies (200 level)                    3 Religious Studies
(300 level)                   
Spanish 101                                           3 Spanish 102                                            3
TOTAL 17  TOTAL                                                 14 
PAS 400 **
Introductory Clerkship I       
PAS 401 ***
Introductory Clerkship II    
PAS 402 **** 
Introduction to Health Professions                                    
Biol 213 *****
Medical & Scientific Terminology                                 
Moral Values and Ethics Elective               3
Social Science Elective                            3
TOTAL                                                   15


*Upon successful completion of the spring semester of the MSPAS curriculum, the students will have attained a total of 127 credit hours and meet the requirements for the baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences.
**In Clinical Clerkship I students will be assigned to shadow a practicing PA to develop greater insight into the role and practice of the Physician Assistant. Students will have set assignments that would be evaluated for the development of critical thinking skills required for education and practice.
***Introductory Clerkship II: A continuation of PAS the previous course wherein students will be assigned to shadow a practicing PA to develop greater insight into the role and practice of a Physician Assistant. They will continue to have set assignments that would be presented to the Course Instructor and evaluated for the development of critical thinking skills necessary for that of a PA. (6 semester hours)
****Health Professions Introduction: This will be a course that will introduce the undergraduate PA student to a variety of health and allied health professions and particularly how each inter-relates. It will build upon the exposure the student has experienced in the Introducotyr Clerkship I. (2 semester hours)
*****If course not available during fall term, PAS 403 Medical Terminology for the Physician Assistant will be developed.

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