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The University of South Alabama offers a Master of Health Science degree that provides entry into the profession.

Degree Earned    Master of Health Science   
Length of Program    27 months   
Number of students accepted    40   
Matriculation Date    Annually in mid-May   
Class Type    On site, no online classes   
Curriculum    121 Credit Hours   
Class Schedule    Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   

Advanced Placement and Deceleration

The program does not offer advanced placement or deceleration.

The Didactic Component

The pre-clinical portion of the program consists of four semesters (15 consecutive months) beginning with the basic medical sciences in the first semester. These include gross anatomy lab with prosection and dissection, physiology, introduction to infectious diseases, and introduction to physical examination skills.  In semesters 2 through 4 students actively participate in learning the clinical medical sciences and physical examination skills through lectures given by the core faculty and guest lecturers from a variety of specialization areas. Other pedagogical methods are employed to facilitate student learning and mastery. These include case-based, problem-based and team-based learning strategies. Additionally, simulation lab, standardized patient clinic and direct patient experiences are used throughout the 15 months. Additionally, simulation lab, standardized patient clinic, direct patient experiences, service-learning and community outreach projects are also employed to enhance the student’s learning.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are mostly in Mobile, with other locations in Pensacola and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. All rotations within a 70-mile radius (one-way) are considered commutable. Elective rotations may be considered in other locations. Rural rotations for Primary Care and Pediatrics are required. Click here for the Clinical Rotation Manual. The 2014-2015 manual will be available 08-18-2014.

The University of South Alabama Physician Assistant program participates with the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) of Alabama for clinical clerkships.  Students may be assigned to rural rotations in Primary Care and other disciplines at AHEC facilities.

Employment

Program policies strictly prohibit the program and all its academic and clinical affiliates and preceptors from employing any PA students, or utilizing them in lieu of office or clinical staff, while attending the program.

PA students are also strongly discouraged from accepting any other employment while attending the program as this will interfere with their education.

Remediation

Mandatory remediation will be required of any clinical or didactic student who meets the grounds for remediation. The student's progress will be subsequently monitored and future remediation will be arranged as needed. Successful completion of remediation is defined for the didactic and clinical student per policy.  See Student Progress Committee Policies and Procedures.

Student Handbook

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Student Progress Committee Policies and Procedures

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USA's The LowDown Student Handbook

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