• About PHysician Assistant Studies

    To help meet the escalating need for well-educated and professionally trained health care professionals, Ohio Dominican University has developed a clinical Master of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies.   

    Physician Assistant Studies students will receive an in-depth study of anatomy (including cadaver dissection in the PA Program building), genetics, pathophysiology, microbiology and clinical medicine including, but not limited to, internal medicine, physical diagnosis, family practice, surgery, emergency medicine, women’s health and pediatrics. Classroom instruction is reinforced through clinical experiences in various institutions and practices in the Columbus area, beginning the first semester. 

    Following the successful completion of the 15-month didactic phase of the program, students enter the clinical rotation part of their training. Students will participate in 4 to 8 week rotations in seven core areas of study: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry/behavioral health, women’s health and pediatrics.  

    Additionally, Ohio Dominican PA students may participate in up to three 4-week elective rotations the program provides. In keeping with Ohio Dominican University’s commitment to service, PA students will engage in clinical experiences in area free or low-cost clinics, also beginning in the first semester of study. The didactic phase concludes with a series of core competency examinations. The student must successfully pass these in order to advance to the clinical phase. The clinical year concludes with a comprehensive written examination and may include a comprehensive practical or problem-oriented practical examination. Students must successfully pass these in order to graduate. As the only program in the Columbus area, Ohio Dominican’s Physician Assistant graduates are well-placed and well-prepared to meet the growing need for healthcare practitioners in an ever-changing environment.  Further, the PA program is committed to supplying practitioners for underserved populations in the region. 

    Service-Oriented Atmosphere

    Partnerships are developing with organizations in the Columbus, Ohio area in order to allow our students to serve in free and low-cost medical clinics.  Further, all students will perform a service-component during the appropriate course(s) in the didactic phase.  Our belief is a challenging atmosphere of learning, combined with a supportive atmosphere of care brings out the best in students who primarily state their desire at interview time to "help others."

    Program Goals & Objectives

    To maintain program standards with nationally recognized governances, the overall goals and objectives for the Physician Assistant Studies program are based upon the ODU PA Program's Mission Statement, current and future healthcare needs of an ever-changing world and the dynamic requirements of the PA profession.  It is further based upon Curricular Guidelines and Competencies for the PA Profession as well as the Code of Conduct for Certified and Certifying PAs (www.nccpa.net/LBProfessionalism.aspx) as ascribed by the following organizations:  The Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA), The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).  These goals and objectives ensure that students in the PA program meet nationally recognized standards and attain knowledge, skills, and assessments in order to be successful upon completion of the program.  Specific, measurable objectives are described in each curricular component within course syllabi.

    It is expected that the physician assistant student graduating from the ODU PA program will be able to demonstrate the following general goals inherent in the practice of medicine:

    1. Successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE)

    2. Provide evidence of critical thinking and application of clinical and didactic concepts

    3. Demonstrate an ability for effective communication with patients and their families, physicians, and other members of the professional and healthcare team

    4. Show entry-level proficiencies necessary to provide high quality primary care in a rapidly changing health care system.

    5. Demonstrate attitudes and skills showing a commitment to professional behavior along with respect for self and others.

    *The PA webpage is updated frequently.  The information herein supersedes any other published materials.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies at Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is to provide quality education and clinical skills to produce effective, well-qualified physician assistants to serve in a variety of medical specialty areas and settings.  The Physician Assistant program grounds itself in high-level critical thinking and problem-based scenarios to provide the most reliable simulation to primary care experiences.  The ODU PA program believes that the primary goal of medical training is service to humanity and, as such, holistically embraces the principle throughout the program.  In keeping with the Dominican tradition, "educational experience ... provide for the development and responsible use of human skills and talents in professional and social service. (Ohio Dominican University Mission).  The ODU PA program will provide students with the capability to:

    1. Provide quality, compassionate ethical healthcare services

    2. Continue to develop as professionals through the Dominican motto: contemplare et contemplate aliis tradere (to contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation)

    3. Be sensitive to individuals no matter the circumstance or background

    4. Work collaboratively with other health care professionals

    5. Become Leaders through continued knowledge, growth, research, publication and professional activity



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