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Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program (MHS)

Program

The Master of Health Science (MHS) degree is awarded by the University through the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program. This program builds upon knowledge and skills learned in the PA professional training programs in areas of health policy, evidence-based practice, and leadership. The program is available totally online, and it may be completed on a part-time basis.

The Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program provides graduate education courses as a basis for personalized, professional development within the student's selected area of study. The goal of the program is to enhance basic physician assistant skills and to mentor students in areas of study beyond what is offered by entry-level physician assistant programs. The individually selected study concentration is augmented by the expertise of seasoned faculty and the vast resources of the University.

Specifically, the Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's program seeks to:

  • Broaden the base and depth of analytical thinking by providing a foundation for scholarly inquiry
  • Mentor physician assistants in personalized, professional development to enhance the P.A. profession, its members, and the communities they serve

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Graduation from an ARC-PA approved PA Program by the time of acceptance into the program

Required Documents
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online MHS in Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program tuition page.

Accreditation

Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools: Drexel University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education representing the highest level of recognition awarded to colleges and universities.

Outcomes

The goals of the Physician Assistant Post-Professional Master's Program are to:

  • Broaden the base and depth of analytical thinking by providing a foundation for scholarly inquiry
  • Mentor physician assistants in personalized professional development to enhance the PA profession, its members and the communities they serve.

The program’s outcomes are to:
Develop a working knowledge in basic epidemiologic terminology and concepts for clinical practice and research

  • Evaluate the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US
  • Apply theories of epidemiology to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the US
  • Analyze national health promotion recommendations across the lifespan and population groups
  • Synthesize epidemiologic information with evidence-based findings to summarize national health promotion recommendations for one of the nation’s health priority areas

Develop skills for application of research findings to clinical practice and research

  • Evaluate cultural, political, and ethical issues in research
  • Define and differentiate qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs 
  • Critically appraise original research studies’ sampling, methodology, and results for validity and applicability to clinical practice
  • Evaluate systematic reviews/meta-analyses, and critique clinical practice guidelines
  • Develop clinical questions for evidence-based practice
  • Synthesize knowledge of research designs and apply Sackett’s levels of evidence to research studies

Evaluate the health care system and its policies relating to costs, disparities in access and quality

  • Develop working knowledge of major US health policies
  • Assess factors contributing to health expenditures
  • Analyze issues related to disparities in health care access and quality
  • Critique US health policies and their influence on health services delivery
  • Evaluate means for improving access to and quality of care and decreasing health services expenditures

Evaluate professional leadership and stewardship characteristics

  • Compare and differentiate concepts of leadership and stewardship
  • Assess strategies for effecting change as a leader
  • Compile professional leadership portfolio and plan

  Build lifelong learning skills for continuous professional growth and development

Research and evaluate a clinical or professional topic in depth for capstone project

Advance the dissemination of medical knowledge and improve quality of care

  • Apply principles of scholarly inquiry and analysis to the capstone project
  • Conduct online literature searches and catalogue materials
  • Compose a literature review and gap analysis
  • Compile an annotated bibliography
  • Conduct mixed methods evaluation survey for efficacy of project developed and implemented

News & Events

 

01/16/18

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has clinical services in four established Philadelphia-based sites in addition to a new Community Wellness HUB established this year in the Dornsife Center. Services are provided by faculty working in conjunction with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students, as well as orthopedic physical therapy residents.  The ultimate goal of the CNHP clinical services programming is to have an educational environment where students working alongside the more than 30 CNHP faculty, provide patient care in an interdisciplinary setting, including referrals between active clinical practice and research activities. CNHP’s clinical services and associated student education has continued to grow in scope and volume over the years. A broad overview of each practice is below.

The CNHP clinical services are located in Philadelphia at the following sites:

  • Stephen & Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center  
  • 3020 Market Street (3020 Market)
  • Drexel Recreation Center (REC)
  • Parkway Health & Wellness (PHW)
  • Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife (The HUB)
Discipline/Sites                      3020 Market REC Center Parkway Health and Wellness The Community Wellness HUB
 Nurse Practitioner     

 Counseling and Family Therapy
 

 Creative Arts Therapies    
 
 Nutrition Scrience  

 
 Physician Assistant    

 Physical Therapy  

 

CNHP faculty are providing services in most disciplines across all Philadelphia sites.

Discipline CNHP Faculty Practicing at Clinical Sites
Nurse Practitioner Barbara Posmontier,  Kimberly McClellan, Barbara Osborne, Ann McQueen
Counseling and Family Therapy
Christian Jordal, Erica Wilkins 
Creative Arts Therapies
Yasmine Awais, Scott Horowitz, Dawn Morningstar, Michele Rattigan, Ellen Schelly-Hill 
Nutrition Scrience
Whitney Butler, Robin Danowski, Nyree Dardarian, Abigail Duffine-Gilman, Andrea Grasso-Irvine, Beth Leonberg, Angela Luciani, Vicki Schwartz, Elizabeth Smith, Amy Stankiewicz 
Physician Assistant
Patrick Auth, Juanita Gardner 
Physical Therapy
Lisa Chiarello, Kevin Gard, Noel Goodstadt, Robert Maschi, Christopher McKenzie, Kathryn Mitchell, Sara Tomaszewski, Sarah Wenger, Annette Willgens 

Round-up 

The clinical services are overseen by an interdisciplinary advisory board comprised of the director of CNHP clinical services and clinical coordinators representing each involved academic department and the research enterprise. This advisory board meets regularly to provide oversight and direction for the clinical practices in the areas of operations, productivity review, marketing, program development, and the promotion of collaborative interdisciplinary programming, including collaborations and referrals between clinical services and research projects.

Read the entire round-up including descriptions of each site and the services offered here.

01/15/18

I hope that everyone’s holidays were healthy, safe and restful.

I wish the best for 2018.  It always amazes me how fast the holiday season comes and goes. My mom always told me that the older one gets the faster the time flies by–boy, was she ever correct!!!

The following are highlights from the past month:

Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, RN, CTN, CSN has been elected secretary of the Transcultural Nursing Society and a member of the board of directors. Her two-year term begins this month. She has also been chosen to be a Drexel Liberty Scholars Mentor.

Congratulations, Dr. Chiatti!!!

Theresa M. Campo, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP, FAAN has been appointed to the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians’ board of directors representing the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. She is the only nurse to have been appointed to an emergency physician organizational board of directors.

This appointment ties very nicely with our initiatives in the graduate program as well. The new post-master’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner program begins in the 2018 winter quarter using the curriculum she created. Campo was the first nurse practitioner in New Jersey to be certified as an emergency nurse practitioner.

In addition, a text book titled Medical Imaging, of which Campo was the lead author, has won first place in the American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book Award in the category of Adult Primary Care.

Congratulations, Dr. Campo!!!

The leadership team has been working on the upcoming CCNE accreditation site visit scheduled for February 26, 27 and 28, 2018. You will be hearing more about the site visit this and next month.

Please refer to the information posted below:

Collegiate Commission on Nursing Accreditation (CCNE)

This is to advise you that the CCNE, our major accrediting body in nursing, will be conducting an accreditation site visit on February 26, 27 and 28, 2018. All of the nursing programs will be reviewed during this site visit. 

We have been working on our self-study document that is required to be submitted by early January. We will be updating you in the next couple of months at faculty meetings and other venues on how the site visit will be conducted.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dear Students, Alumni and Faculty:

As part of its accreditation process, The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) plans to visit the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions on February 26 to February 28, 2018.  

The Commission seeks to review all of the nursing programs including: the undergraduate nursing programs, the graduate nursing programs inclusive of the Advanced Role programs and the Nurse Practitioner programs, the Post-Master¹s Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PM-APRN-NP) program, the Nurse Anesthesia Program, the Post-Master's Nurse Anesthesia Certificate (PM-APRN-NA) program, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

In accordance with CCNE procedure, constituents (students, alumni and faculty) of these programs are invited to submit comments related to the quality of the programs under review to CCNE. Your comments are considered third party and any specific third party, signed comments concerning the accreditation process need to be received by February 5, 2018.  Please direct your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

or thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org          

 

Thank you for your consideration of participation in this process.

Last but not least, Stephanie Brooks, PhD, associate dean for academic health professions, and I have been collaborating and we have decided to highlight both of our areas of responsibility monthly.
 
Thus, the “Rundiogram” will change its name to: “R & B Notes.”  Most of you will think of R & B as Rhythm & Blues, but this will stand for Rundio & Brooks. Dr. Brooks will present first and I second and then vice-versa as we highlight what everyone does at CNHP.
 
I hope that your New Year is the BEST ever. Thank you for all that you do for CNHP.
 
Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, ARPN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Academic Nursing Officer 

01/11/18

The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services is a unique nurse-led center serving a broad communityThe Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services (the Center) is a comprehensive, nurse-managed health center run by Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions in collaboration with the Family Practice and Counseling Network. Its mission is to decrease health disparities by providing integrative services and health programs in partnership with the local community. By integrating primary care, behavioral health, mind-body, and other health promotion programs, the Center develops a comprehensive treatment plan to address the biological, psychological, and social needs of the patient all at one site. This system ensures communication and collaboration among patients and staff as they manage current illnesses and prevent future health problems. The Center's roots date back to 1996, when the College of Nursing at MCP/Hahnemann University entered into an agreement with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to address the health issues of 11th Street Corridor residents. The first services offered at the Center focused on health promotion and disease prevention.

The Center's Community Advisory Board, composed of neighborhood residents, later arranged for the Center to use a temporary space for primary care health services at the Harrison Plaza Community Center. As a result of consistent growth and program development, the Center outgrew the original building that had opened in 2002. In June 2015, the 17,000 sq. ft. expansion opened and doubled the Center's size, providing space not only to see more patients but also to improve and expand services.

Over the past 19 years, the Center has become a hub for health-related activity in the community. In addition to the regular services provided at the Center, the staff expanded their reach through public art making, community fitness, food distribution, and partnering with local organizations to promote health care access and healthy living. The Center's goals include strengthening its trauma-informed care to provide a strong foundation for care across the lifespan. In addition, the Center is developing partnerships with schools, faith-based groups, and other organizations to create a shared value of health and promote a healthier community.

News at 11

  • Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Center offers an integrated health care model with many resources available to the community. Though the surrounding community lacks fresh fruits and vegetables, 11th Street strived to fill in the gaps by partnering with two urban farms, Greensgrow and Greener Partners, to host on-site low-cost produce stands twice per week for the summer & fall seasons. Affordable food was available through subsidized programs such as Farms to Families (supported by the St. Christopher’s Foundations) and the Philly Food Bucks Farmers’ Market Vouchers. The center also provides nutrition education for groups and individuals, hosting diabetes prevention and cooking classes throughout the year.
  • Center staff and Community Advisory Committee members pulled together to raise funding for the additional dinner basket items
    This year, with the continued turkey donation from Drexel’s Alumni Association, and the support of The Fresh Grocer at Progress Plaza, Sheller 11th Street Family Health was able to provide turkey dinner baskets to 160 families. Center staff and Community Advisory Committee members pulled together to raise funding for the additional dinner basket items. Half of the donation went to patients who were nominated by center staff. The other half were donated to local organizations, senior housing center, and community groups to be given to families for whom they knew the baskets could bring holiday cheer. There was such a great response, planning has already begun for next year and donation are being accepted a this link.
  • Music therapy with infant at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services11th Street is the recipient of two grants from Independence Blue Cross (IBX) totaling $175,000. The award of Targeted Funding Blue Safety Net Grant is for funds to provide continuity of access to high quality behavioral healthcare through Creative Arts Therapies (CATs) modalities—art therapy, dance/movement therapy, and music therapy—for child and adult clients most affected by early childhood trauma and abuse. 11th Street patients have come to rely on CATs as a means to address trauma symptoms, and garner adaptive coping skills, through increasing awareness of psychological, somatic, behavioral and spiritual patterns. A number of studies have shown that individuals who are the victims of adverse childhood experiences who participate in creative arts therapies (CAT) programs subsequently experience a reduction in anxiety, dissociation, flashbacks, relationship struggles, isolation and depressive symptoms and an increase in self-efficacy, self-esteem, body awareness/attunement, parenting efficacy, sleep, healthy eating, exercise, and recreational activities, all of which result in better-functioning adults.* (*Cruz RF, Sabers DS. (1998). Dance movement therapy is more effective than previously reported. The Arts in Psychotherapy 25(2):101-104)

The IBX Core Support Blue Safety Net Grant will increase capacity and sustainability of the Center by implementing components of the 3.0 transformation to achieve the following: target key stages in the life course (adolescent populations and older adults transitioning to Medicare); develop a cohort of patient advocates; and strengthen the No Wrong Door concept to support individuals' access to needed services and health promotion programs.

Yoga class at The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health ServicesThe 3.0 Transformation Framework (3.0) posited by Neal Halfon and colleagues optimizes the health of the population through primary prevention, health promotion and community-integrated health delivery systems that continuously seek to improve quality through a learning health system—a system striving to promote wellness and achieve optimal lifelong health. 3.0 emphasizes not only activated patients but also engaged communities and motivated populations focused on creating local conditions that support health over the life course. Individuals therefore become designers and co-producers of their lifelong health development.

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