Ohio Dominican University structures its Physician Assistant program into two phases:
The first 15 months are spent in the classroom and the following 12 months are spent in various clinical sites using a medical apprenticeship model.
The Physician Assistant Studies program uses full-time clinically experienced PA faculty as well as adjuncts and guest lecturers from multiple disciplines across the region. Students will have access to clinically based equipment (e.g., EKG machine, suture kits, ultrasound) as well as a functional cadaver lab.
Near the end of the clinical phase, students will participate in an intensive board review course to better prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and clinical practice.
This program is academically rigorous and challenging. Students are strongly discouraged from working during the program. Employment during the program makes it extraordinarily difficult to maintain study and course work, as well as for social activities and much‐needed rest. Students may not apply compensated clinical experiences toward academic credit.
Students may not provide services within a preceptor’s practice apart from those rendered as part of the clinical phase of the program. Students are not permitted to have clerical or teaching activities within the program. Students may not receive compensation for work performed within a preceptor’s clinical site or practice.
Students may not waive any course within the PA program curriculum, nor does the program allow advance standing. Students who have been dismissed or withdrawn from the program and readmitted can be granted credit for courses they completed successfully. This is subject to review by the appropriate faculty committee.
The curriculum is subject to change in order to best meet the needs of the PA profession and the student.