The master of physician assistant (MPA) program prepares the student to assume the roles and duties of a physician assistant after they have successfully passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
The physician assistant program consists of acceptance as a graduate student at The University of Findlay, being accepted into the MPA program, and completion of all required professional-level courses and demonstration of specified competencies. The program begins in August of each year and continues for seven semesters, including summers.
The first four semesters involve classroom instruction using various instructional modalities including lecture, demonstration, small and large group activities, and seminar-type class work. Other clinically-related, out of the classroom activities are offered if and when they become available.
During the last three semesters, each student chooses and works on a research topic while training full-time at a clinical site. Each student is provided with the required clinical experiences in family practice, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, women's health, general surgery, emergency medicine, and psychiatry/mental health. During this phase of his or her educational experience, the student will be expected to travel to off-campus sites to complete the required clinical work. A clinical experience in an area of interest is also required.
Because of the close working relationship PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) in conjunction with the National Board or Medical Examiners (NBME).
Graduates of the MPA program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).
To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years.
Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.