Prerequisites

 

Application and Admission Requirements

All Physician Assistant prospective students must apply through CASPA and Faulkner University. ($75 fee)

-Letter of introduction

-Academic transcript(s) including evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

-The following prerequisites are minimums and must be completed at a regionally

accredited institution in the United States within ten years of matriculation:

  • 8 semester hours of general biology for science majors (lab preferred)
  • 3-4 semester hours of microbiology (lab preferred)
  • 6-8 semester hours of vertebrate anatomy and physiology
  • 8 semester hours of general chemistry for science majors (lab preferred)
  • 3 semester hours of statistics
  • 6 semester hours of psychology (general; plus abnormal or developmental)

-Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

-Competitive GRE score – usually determined by the scores of the application cohort

-Three letters of recommendation;

-Technical ability to complete the program (See Physician Assistant Education Association

(PAEA) Competencies and “Technical [Performance] Standards”)

Accreditation

The College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2020, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the June 2020 ARC-PA meeting. 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.

 

Technical Standards

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills to allow the graduate to enter into a practice environment equipped to be an effective health care provider. In order to achieve this goal, students must possess and exhibit emotional, physical, and cognitive capabilities to complete this rigorous program. Faulkner University is committed to providing the necessary accommodations to prepare students from both didactic and clinical aspects. The faculty of the MS-PAS program has identified the following minimal technical standards that are required to complete the program:

Critical Thinking: Students must exhibit the mental capacity to assimilate, analyze, synthesize and integrate concepts and apply problem solving skills to formulate assessments and create treatment plans.

Communication Skills: Students must exhibit both oral and written abilities that allow for clear, concise and effective communication with patients and colleagues.

Sensory and Observational Skills: Students must possess visual, auditory, tactile and other sensory abilities sufficient to allow them to observe classroom demonstrations, participate in technical procedures and elicit accurate patient information to formulate correct diagnoses and treatment plans.

Motor Skills: Students must exhibit the gross and fine motor skills needed to execute the technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine and surgery. They must be able to calibrate and use equipment, maneuver in restricted spaces, and move and position patients.

Interpersonal Skills: Professionalism is a core competency for Physician Assistants, therefore students must possess a wide range of interpersonal skills. These include:

  • maintain the emotional health required to manage high stress situations while simultaneously displaying full intellectual abilities;
  • have an ability to exercise good judgement;
  • possess excellent time management skills (arrive on time, start and finish tasks on time);
  • exhibit a propensity to complete all assigned patient care responsibilities in a timely manner;
  • have the capacity to develop mature, compassionate and effective relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, patients and their families;
  • cultivate an ability to recognize and channel one’s own emotional states in a way that allows you to engage with others in a constructive way;
  • be a team player.