Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

NEW Pre-PA/PA Combined Program

Recommended Posts

College of Saint Mary in Omaha, NE, will be starting a PA program, which combines a 5-year Bachelor of Science in Human Biology & Master of Science in Physician Assistant. Start in Pre-Physician Assistant classes leading to a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and begin PA classes in your 4th year of study. If accepted as a Pre-PA student and progression requirements are completed successfully, you will be enrolled in CSM’s PA program with no further application required!

 

College of Saint Mary …

• Offers small class sizes and one-to-one attention from caring and knowledgeable professors

• Has NEW, state-of-the-art simulation labs

• Prepares our graduates for PA certification through the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) leading to licensure and practice

 

High school seniors/college students:

Become a PA in 5 years instead of the traditional 6-7 years with the comfort of knowing you will be admitted into the program if you are accepted as a Pre-PA student and meet the progression requirements.

 

College graduates:

Take missing prerequisites by joining CSM in year 2 or 3 as a Pre-PA student and have the security of knowing you will be admitted into the program if you are accepted as a Pre-PA student and meet the progression requirements.

 

To learn more about CSM and our new PA program, please contact Shaun Grammer, PA-C, PA Program Director at sgrammer@csm.edu

 

The College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant (PA) Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  CSM anticipates matriculating its first PA class in Fall 2016, pending provisional accreditation in Spring 2016.   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.  Pre-PA students are currently being accepted and under all circumstances will be eligible to complete a degree in human biology.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kind of a bummer you only take women as I live in Omaha and am looking to knock out my last few pre-reqs and find a PA program.  UNMC is a solid program in Omaha, Union in Lincoln is way to expensive for me to seriously consider.  Oh well.

 

What about the health care experience part of becoming a PA?  I wonder how these fast track programs "deal with" that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some Pre-PA students transfer in years 2 and 3 with quite a bit of experience to finish prerequisites.  For those who need more healthcare experience, we help our Pre-PA students get experience through CNA, EMT, and volunteer work.  We do not require the Pre-PA students to do a specific experience, but instead, work with their interests and help find healthcare opportunities that best fit them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some Pre-PA students transfer in years 2 and 3 with quite a bit of experience to finish prerequisites.  For those who need more healthcare experience, we help our Pre-PA students get experience through CNA, EMT, and volunteer work.  We do not require the Pre-PA students to do a specific experience, but instead, work with their interests and help find healthcare opportunities that best fit them.

Sounds like yall have a good program shaping up.  I'm super bummed I cannot consider you do to my male-ness.  Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Discrimination against males. I am surprised if ARC-PA would certify them. It should not be allowed. Wow.

 

I have e-mailed my concern to the ARC-PA. Nothing personal, I just want to know what their thoughts are on this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
What about the health care experience part of becoming a PA?  I wonder how these fast track programs "deal with" that?

 

IMO, PA Program entrance requirements are becoming more like medical school, but not in a good way. I think this is especially true of these new fast track programs - focusing more on academics than anything else, and less on patient care experience. The PA Profession was originally formed on the concept of taking experienced healthcare professionals and building upon that, which is why it was acceptable to let them practice after only approx 2 years of formal training.

 

Now there are calls to extent PA training further, and I worry that it is in large part due to negating the fact that actual patient care experience before entering a PA Program means something. I have personally worked alongside PA students doing their clinical rotations in the ED, and talked afterwards with the Physicians who were precepting them. The differences between a student who had no healthcare experience before PA school, and one that had a couple years or more was very obvious.

 

It directly affects them when they get into practice too. A practicing PA on this board said that when he supervises recently hired PAs who had no prior experience before PA school, they need a lot more "babysitting" on the job.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By PA0315
      Hello! 
      I recently applied to Texas PA schools in June but I am looking for more ways to gain more shadowing hours for the next application cycle in case I don't get in! How have y'all approached shadowing during COVID? I'm just not sure that PAs would let me shadow them because the COVID risks and social distancing and everything. What experiences have you all had? I am from Texas by the way! COVID precautions are getting pretty relaxed here.
      I have an opportunity to shadow an orthopedic NP. Do you think that PA schools would see that as valuable? 
      Good luck to everyone applying this cycle! 🙂 
    • By hlmort11
      Hi All,
      I was wondering if there are any places taking students for rotations starting in Jan 2021? 
      I would love a rotation in San Diego sometime between January and April as my husband is mobilized there with the NH Army National Guard.
      Other areas of geographical interest are the Midwest, New England, Alaska and Hawaii for Jan 2021-Dec 2021. Specifically rotations located in the following places:
      Western SD, Cheyenne, WY, Casper, WY, Western Nebraska, Denver, CO area inc. the foothills, Sioux City, IA, Topeka, KS, Indianapolis, IN, Palmer, AK, Hawaii, Minnesota, NH, VT, ME, and/or MA
      Thank you in advance!!
    • By UgSOsM
      So I was thinking of taking 4 science classes this upcoming Fall semester and one GE class. I slacked off my first year and a half in college, and recently noticed how many interesting/ useful courses are taught at my university that seem to be beneficial for PA school, but I am already a senior. I am used to taking 3 science classes, but do not know if I should try for 4. Right now, I have biochemistry 1, evolution, genetics + lab, and microbiology + lab plus my GE class. Microbiology is fully online and the other 3 are remote due to Covid 19. The reason I am trying to push myself for four is because I want to take Anatomy in the spring which requires a lot of self studying, but also Immunology + Serology, which is the same way. Immunology + Serology is not required for me to graduate, but seems beneficial. Should I just take anatomy and microbiology Spring semester and not take immunology + serology at all? The reason I can't take some during the Fall is because of schedule conflicts or some courses aren't taught in the Fall.
      What are your thoughts? 
    • By WakadanPA
      When I graduated with my Master's degree over the summer I gifted myself a pair of morganite and diamond earrings to "celebrate" by success. With SARS-CoV-2 among us there wasn't much else to do to celebrate other than gifting myself something. I'm thinking when I gain acceptance to a PA program I am going to celebrate a bit more creatively with a tattoo cover-up I've been eyeing.
      Future PAs - what will you do to celebrate when you get that wonderful acceptance email or phone call? 
      PA-S and PA-C folks - how did you celebrate acceptance or graduation, for that matter?
    • By mccleen
      hello,
       i'm considering applying this cycle after completing my BSc in biology this past spring. i'm not sure if there is anyone here who has had an interview invite or being accepted with similar stats. your input is greatly appreciated.
      thanks
      cGPA:3.3
      sGPA: 2.97
      Volunteering 1500
      PCE 11280 hrs
      HCE: 4500
      shadow hours: 120
      LORs: 1 MD and 2 PAs
      no GRE score, no research hrs
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Forum! This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn More