Department of Physician Assistant Medicine
The Lynchburg College Physician Assistant Medicine program is a 27-month curriculum conferring the Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM) degree.
Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM)
The MPAM program is new within LC’s Graduate Health Sciences. The facilities located adjacent to campus are being renovated to include state-of-the-art space for classrooms and simulation training. The program will also utilize an anatomy lab that features flat screen monitors and twenty-one cadaver stations.
Physician Assistants are advanced medical practitioners who are able to obtain medical histories, perform examinations, diagnose illness and prescribe medications. Students who enroll in the Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM) will complete a curriculum of 101 credits over twenty-seven continuous months. Twelve months of the program will focus on didactic instruction. The MPAM coursework will include pharmacology, clinical medicine, physical examination techniques, research and health ethics. The clinical phase will offer students opportunities in most specialties of medicine. The final month will be a summative phase on campus. Students are projected to complete a total of ten to twelve clinical rotations of four to five weeks in duration. A given rotation requires the student to work the typical shift of his/her preceptor (for example 8 to 12 hour shifts).
The overarching goal for Lynchburg College is to build a strong program that attracts top-quality faculty and students who will serve local, regional and national needs for well-educated physician assistants. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to serve as generalists. Students will also be mentored in leadership to provide opportunities for professional growth within their careers, and foster advancement of the profession. There are currently no physician assistant degree programs in the Lynchburg region. The program will initially enroll a cohort of up to 25 students and future cohorts of up to 40 students. Applications are available online through the Central Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than average growth for most occupations.
The information provided here will be updated on a regular basis as the program is developed.
Lynchburg College has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2015, pending provisional accreditation in March 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that this provisional accreditation is not received. The program offering is contingent upon the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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