This online Physician Assistant master's degree program enables practicing PAs to earn an advanced degree without putting their practice on hold. Qualified candidates work with an adviser to develop a plan of study that tailors the student’s clinical and educational background with their professional goals.
The online master of Physician Assistant Studies degree advancement option is a post-professional education program that provides the practicing PA with additional knowledge and skills beyond the baccalaureate-level physician assistant program, transitioning students to the master’s level.
The program utilizes distance learning as its method and requires no physical presence or resident time on the UNMC campus. It is, therefore, neither a residency program nor an entry-level program. Consequently, it is not accredited by, or being considered for accreditation by the ARC-PA since the ARC-PA does not currently consider "transition" programs under their purview.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Graduate from an accredited PA program and possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Current or prior certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
In order to complete the program in five semesters, students must complete one didactic course each semester combined with one course from the clinical track or one course from the education track. The courses required to complete the program are listed below:
|Health Care Ethics & Critical Thinking||3|
Course Number: CAHP 626
This course introduces ethical issues that Allied Health professionals can expect to encounter during their education and career. It covers such areas of concern as confidentiality, informed consent, responsible practice, professionalism, cultural differences, handling mistakes, difficult cases, and key legal aspects of these issues. To assist students in resolving issues, the course identifies and applies key principles of critical thinking. The course trains students in the use of these principles in ethics and professionalism. The course is designed to improve the ability of students to reason soundly in professional ethics, to be familiar with the health professional ethics literature, and to communicate clearly about ethical values, integrity, and judgment. At the same time, this course is intended to provide a broad context to the daily issues of professional life, and to present the historical richness of the debates over ethical issues. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.
|Health Care Management||3|
Course Number: CAHP 631
This course introduces allied health students and practitioners to the concepts of organizational theory and behavior as they apply to health care. The topics to be covered include self identification, the principles of motivation, team building, leadership, management and organizational culture and change. The course also includes the principles of financial management, risk management, and the processes of hiring, coaching, evaluating and dismissing employees. The concepts of quality improvement will be applied in a quality improvement project along with literature reviews to support the project. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.
|Health Care Policy||3|
Course Number: PHAS 680
The purpose of the course of study in this area is to give the student an opportunity to focus his/her attention on how the health care system works. Completion of the assignment is intended to review with the student the basic principles of health policy so that the student will have a clearer, more systematic way of thinking about health care in the United States, its problems, and the alternatives for managing these problems. Most of the principles also apply to the understanding of health care systems in other nations. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.
|Clinical Inquiry and Writing||3|
Course Number: PHAS 682
This course focuses on common concepts and methodology involved in clinical research. Students learn to critique published clinical research for application to clinical practice. Topics include evidence-based medicine, elements of credible research, applied statistical concepts, research article critiques, integrative literature and applications of clinical research. The skills required to develop an independent research review project are developed, preparing the student for the writing project required for the Masters of PA Studies degree. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the MPAS DAO.
Course Number: PHAS 790
This course provides the student with a research review and writing experience that demonstrates excellent research interpretation, organization and communication skills in exploring a relevant, focused, clinical or professional topic related to high quality health care delivery. The submission of the Capstone Project in the form of a research paper is a requirement for obtaining the Master’s degree through the Degree Advancement Option (DAO) Program. Prerequisites: PHAS 682
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.