Graduates of ODU's Physician Assistant Studies Program are highly trained and well prepared for their roles in the medical field.
Physician Assistant Studies students at ODU 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 week rotations in eight core areas of study: family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry/behavioral health, primary care, women’s health and pediatrics.
Additionally, Ohio Dominican PA students may participate in up to two 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.
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.
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."
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:
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 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.
Ohio Dominican University Physician Assistant Program will educate students to
become well-qualified, effective physician assistants practicing in physician
supervised primary care and specialty patient focused teams. The ODU PA Program embraces a holistic
approach to the pursuit of excellence in academics, research, clinical practice
and community service.
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
Ohio Dominican University’s Master’s program in Physician
Assistant Studies promotes the Roman Catholic moral teaching on the
transcendent and inherent dignity of the human person. The University’s faculty,
staff, and students work to guard that dignity through their respect for human
life from conception to natural death and by their assurance of the right to
freedom of conscience for each person involved in the Physician Assistant