Physician Assistant Program Moves to Six-Year Curriculum
The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) program will move to a six-year curriculum for students beginning in the fall of 2013.
The new six-year program of study will have the professional coursework begin in the spring semester of the senior year, rather than the spring semester of the junior year.
This will allow for:
- Strengthened science preparation, especially in chemistry
- Embedded coursework during the pre-professional phase so that students will be eligible to sit for licensure as emergency medical technicians (EMT). As a result, students would be able to gain valuable paid employment as an EMT and complete some of their clinical hours needed before beginning the professional PA coursework.
- A higher level math course
- Opportunities to more fully participate in co-curricular college life
- Guaranteed seats in the professional phase class and no second stage admission process for students who meet or exceed the program requirements.
The bachelor of science degree in health science/pre PA will still be awarded in May of the fourth year. The master of science degree is awarded at the conclusion of the PA coursework.
Springfield College will remain one of a select number of colleges in the country to guarantee accepted first-year (freshman) applicants a seat in the professional phase of the program, contingent upon successful completion of the prerequisite work.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.