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Capstones

The Capstone curriculum consists of a total of five credits delivered over seven courses beginning at the end of the didactic phase of the program and continue during the clinical phase through to graduation. The Capstone curriculum is designed to enhance learners’ didactic and clinical experiences by ensuring they meet all program learning outcomes and graduate competencies as they progress through the MAS-PAS program of study. The curriculum also includes coursework focused on the completion of a peer-reviewed scholarly project and engage in prescribed PANCE preparation in both synchronous and asynchronous delivery formats.

Curricular Phase

Credits

Didactic 1
Clinical 4

Total

5

Courses

Credits

PAE 290 Didactic Capstone 1
PAE 491 Clinical Capstone I 0.5
PAE 492 Clinical Capstone II 0.5
PAE 493 Clinical Capstone III 0.5
PAE 494 Clinical Capstone IV 0.5
PAE 495 Program to Practice 1
PAE 496 Comprehensive Review 1

Total Capstone Curriculum

5

Course Descriptions

PAE 290

Didactic Capstone

This 40-hour seminar course evaluates the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors acquired by learners during the didactic phase. The Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Tool (PACKRAT™️) will assess medical knowledge, and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination will assess skills.

PAE 491

Clinical Capstone I

This is the first in a series of four one-week seminars designed to augment supervised clinical practice experiences by providing opportunities for learners to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired throughout the MAS-PAS program of study.

PAE 492

Clinical Capstone II

This is the second in a series of four one-week seminars designed to augment supervised clinical practice experiences by providing opportunities for learners to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired throughout the MAS-PAS program of study.

PAE 493

Clinical Capstone III

This is the third in a series of four one-week seminars designed to augment supervised clinical practice experiences by providing opportunities for learners to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired throughout the MAS-PAS program of study.

PAE 494

Clinical Capstone IV

This is the fourth in a series of four one-week seminars designed to augment supervised clinical practice experiences by providing opportunities for learners to apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired throughout the MAS-PAS program of study.

PAE 495

Program to Practice

This seminar course examines topics to the transition from the role the physician assistant learner to professional practice, including career development, contract negotiation, financial literacy, debt management, medical liability, risk management, licensing and credentialing process, and post graduate education opportunities.

PAE 496

Comprehensive Review

This seminar course offers the physician assistant learner a seminar designed to synthesize didactic and clinical education and training as it applies to preparation for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). Test-taking skills and high-yield preparation strategies are discussed.