Julia Senestraro '21 PA '25 wants to ensure that language barriers break down in her work as a physician assistant. Pacific's involvement in the AHEC Scholars program is helping her prepare to meet that goal.
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program is designed to provide a comprehensive primary care training program that combines didactic coursework with clinical experiences to enable the graduate to work in a variety of practice settings.
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The PA program is offered over seven consecutive semesters, taking 27 months to complete. The physician assistant program emphasizes problem-based, team-based learning, small group sessions, diversity awareness, evidence-based healthcare, interprofessional activities, integration of simulation technology and the use of standardized patients in the educational process. A graduate project provides an opportunity to integrate evidence-based medicine with a literature review and research process, preparing the PA program graduate to be a critically thinking clinician who can effectively respond to the ever-changing demands of the healthcare system.
In addition, PA program students participate in community service projects during their didactic phase. Clinical sites are located throughout the United States, and students have the option of selecting an international community medicine rotation in many countries of the world.
A group of 40+ students from Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Associates Studies and Audiology came together to provide medical coverage for the 2023 Youth Games which was held at the Nike campus in Beaverton. During this event the team provided care for over 500 Special Olympic athletes.
The Pacific Doctor of Science (DHSc/DMSc) program is accepting applications for its January 2024 cohort. The program is fully online and offers two innovative clinical doctoral degree programs — the Doctor of Healthcare Science (DHSc) and the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc).