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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

 

04/24/18

This is the first edition of R & B News (Rundio & Brooks News) or as we like to refer to it: “R & B (Rhythm & Blues) or R & B Rocks.”

The following are nursing highlights from the past month:

The most significant item to highlight is the excellent Collegiate Commission on Nursing (CCNE) accreditation site visit that we had from February 26th through February 28th, 2018. The CCNE will make their final board decision in early October 2018 regarding our reaccreditation of all nursing programs. So, we cannot state that we have been re-accredited. We can state that we had an accreditation site visit and that we met all four standards and elements with no recommendations.

I want to bring attention to the American Heart Association—a passion of mine for several years now. I became involved while supervisor of emergency services at Atlantic City Medical Center, City Division, now AtlantiCare. While serving as chair of the emergency cardiovascular care committee for New Jersey for three years, I led the way to regionalize this committee becoming the DE-NJ-PA ECC Regional Committee and creating more effective use of resources. A group of representatives from each state, not including me, took up the planning of how the committee would proceed. As a result, they requested that I chair the new regionalized committee. I have served two years thus far.

The committee has changed its focus from being, what I call “the CPR police” to getting CPR and AEDs out in the community and policy changes like mandating CPR and AEDs in schools. I would like to encourage everyone to join You’re the Cure—the American Heart Association’s health policy site. There you’ll be able to learn about significant initiatives by state, communicate with key legislators using sample letters provided, connect with advocates near you and stay up-to-date on the heart and stroke issues that matter most to you. This takes less than five minutes to do. As cardiac arrest happens to any one of us, our loved ones and colleagues, I am really passionate about AHA’s initiative.

If you feel the same as I do, please send me the information requested below and I will send it to AHA for you. Yes, I want to join You’re the Cure.

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In future issues, I will share more about my work with AHA. And, for anyone who really knows me well, there will certainly be some humorous things that have happened.

Congratulations to Suzan Blacher, PhD (c), MSN, RN, CARN on her appointment as chair of the ANCB (Addictions Nursing Certification Board) for the International Nurses Society on Addictions. Congratulations, Professor Blacher!!!

The next issue will focus more on the Health Professions. Please submit any item that you want published in this newsletter, and don’t forget, anyone, faculty, staff and students, can submit items to the Daily Dose.

Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, ARPN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Clinical Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean for Academic Nursing
Chief Academic Nursing Officer

Stephanie Brooks, PhD, LCSW, LMFT
Clinical Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Health Professions
Director of PMC Program

04/24/18

Faculty and Student Accolades

The American Academy of Nursing inducted 173 nurse leaders as Fellows in the Academy Three of those receiving one of nursing’s highest honors are CNHP professors. The inductees are: associate professor Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP; associate clinical professor Theresa Campo, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, FAANP, and associate clinical professor and department chair Kymberlee Montgomery, DrNP, CRNP-BC, CNE, FAANP.

Sue Smith, PT, PhD, CNHP associate professor and dean emerita, was elected a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice (FNAP). A Distinguished NAP Fellow is a very high honor that acknowledges outstanding achievements and recognition in promoting Interprofessional Practice and Education toward the goal of improving healthcare.

As part of its accreditation process, The Collegiate Commission on Nursing (CCNE) visited the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions on February 26, 27 and 28, 2018. The Commission reviewed all of the nursing programs against their very stringent guidelines. ALL of our nursing programs met compliance in all four standards and elements completely with NO recommendations.

Creative arts therapies Assistant Professor Girija Kaimal, EdD is on the #100WomenInScience list. Twice. A celebration of ground-breaking, trailblazing research led by women, this list of 100 articles from Taylor & Francis journals represents the most-downloaded research from the last five years in medicine, health, STEM and the social sciences, with a female lead author.

Anna Schlupp, a student in the graduate nutrition program, presented at the Annual Meeting for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in Seattle, WA on March 21, 2018. Her poster presentation is titled “Is RDS for YMSM? Successful enhancements to respondent driven sampling methods for recruiting 15-18 year old participants in Philadelphia.”

The College of Nursing and Health Professions received a top ranking from Community for Accredited Online Schools (CAOS) for 2017. Coming in at number two in the country, our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program scored a 99.07 out of 100. COAS cited CNHP offering a high student-teacher ratio and credit for experience.

Creative arts therapies Assistant Professor Girija Kaimal, EdD was named one of the #100WomenInScience. One of her studies, “Active-duty military service members’ visual representation of PTSD and TBI in masks” was downloaded more than 13K times and the other, “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making” saw close to 12K downloads.

Amber Amick, an MSN student in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program was selected to receive the Ralston Center’s Award for Excellence in Gerontology Nursing.

Nutrition science graduate student Kira Sy has been selected to receive the 2018 Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Diversity Scholarship Award.

Joseph Stanzione, PhD student in Nutrition Sciences, has been selected for a 2017 to 2018 Teck-Kah Lim Graduate Student Travel Award. This award provides a travel subsidy to encourage graduate student participation in prestigious academic meetings and conferences nationwide. Stanzione will present at the American Society for Nutrition in Boston in June 2018. The title of his abstract is “Evaluation of Lean Body Mass as a Predictor of Dietary Protein Intake."

Publications

Paek MS, Nightingale C, Tooze JA, Milliron BJ, Weaver K, Sterba K. Contextual and stress process factors associated with head and neck cancer caregivers’ physical and psychological well-being. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2018; [EPub ahead of print].

Ayers P, Boullata J, Sacks G. Parenteral nutrition safety: the story continues. Nutr Clin Pract. 2018;33:46-52.

Sarah Wenger, Jason Drott, Rebecca Fillipo, Alyssa Findlay, Amanda Genung, Jessica Heiden, Joke Bradt; Reducing Opioid Use for Patients With Chronic Pain: An Evidence-Based Perspective, Physical Therapy, Volume 98, Issue 5, 1 May 2018, Pages 424–433

Research by Layla Booshehri, PhD, assistant research professor, and collaborator Jerome Dugan, PhD, assistant professor, both of health systems and sciences research department, has been published. The paper, in collaboration with Sandy Bloom, MD, associate professor, and Mariana Chilton, PhD from Dornsife School of Public Health, appeared in the Journal of Child and Family Studies—Booshehri is the first author and Dugan, the second.

An article by Laura Gitlin, PhD, Dean and Distinguished University Professor, and others titled "Targeting Behavioral Symptoms and Functional Decline in Dementia: A Randomized Clinical Trial" was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The goal was to determine whether a home-based activity program (Tailored Activity Program; TAP-VA) would reduce behavioral symptoms and functional dependence of veterans with dementia and caregiver burden.

Dean and Distinguished University Professor Laura N Gitlin, PhD co-authored a paper titled “African-American caregivers’ perspectives on aggressive behaviors in dementia”in Dementia.

The purpose of the research was to determine why African-American dementia caregivers report less upset and more confidence managing aggressive behaviors. After interviewing 13 African-American family caregivers, the researchers determined it was due to two common themes: “It’s the disease, not the person,” and “You’ve got to pick your battles.”

Presentations

Nancy Gerber, PhD, director, PhD program in creative arts therapies, presented at the European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Leuven, Belgium in February 2018. Her presentation, entitled "Mixed Methods Research and Arts-Based Research: A Creative Synthesis," represents a collaboration between Gerber and University of Adelaide's Mandy Archibald, PhD, who co-authored a forthcoming article entitled "Arts and Mixed Methods Research: An Innovative Methodological Merger."

Stephen F. Gambescia, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, was a presenter for delegation of health education and government professionals representing 12 of China’s provinces. Gambescia’s presentation “Health Education Specialists as Keystones to the Health Enhancement Team” showed how to plan, organize and implement mass public health screening programs.

Director of Music Therapy Flossie Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC, Director of Field Education Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC, and Assistant Clinical Professor Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, appeared as presenters at the "Trauma: A Paradigm Shift" Symposium on Saturday, February 17. The symposium covered a number of trauma-related topics including mindfulness and self-care for the therapist, cultural trauma and the experiences of counselors of color, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, and the uses of the creative arts in trauma stewardship and self-care.

Assistant Clinical Professor Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC and Creative Arts Therapies doctoral candidate Marisol Norris, MA, MT-BC, presented at the "Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies: A Public Conversation" on March 13, 2018 at New York University.

Nancy Gerber, PhD and doctoral candidates Jacelyn Biondo and Ming Yuan Low participated as workshop presenters at symposium entitled "Arts-Based Research: Getting Messy and Asking Critical Questions." The symposium was held on March 10, 2018 and sponsored by the music therapy department of the State University of New York.

Glenn N. Williams, PT, PhD, ATC, associate professor and department chair of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, presented “Next Generation Rehabilitation: Better Outcomes, Lower Costs, Happier Clients” at the BAYADA Speaker Series on March 22, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Lisa B. Aiello, RN, MSN, AOCNS, APRN, assistant clinical professor, presented a poster titled “Assessment Of Genomic Knowledge Among Nurses In An Online RN To BSN Completion Program” at Maimonides Medical Center Fifth Annual Nursing Research Conference and a podium presentation at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), titled “Assessment Of Genomic Knowledge Among Nurses In An Online RN To BSN Completion Program.” In addition, Aiello recently published a manuscript in Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing titled "Genomics education: Knowledge of nurses across the profession and integration into practice."

Students from two nursing programs, Dionisia Echevarria (RN-BSN) and Marc Summy (NACE) presented posters at the New Jersey Emergency Nurses' Association's 40th Annual Emergency Care Conference on March 21, 2018 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Echevarria's poster was titled "Secondary Traumatic Stress and Emergency Nursing"and Summy's poster was titled "Analyzing Patient Handoff from Emergency Medical Services to Emergency Department Personnel to Ensure Efficient, Accurate, and Optimal Care."

Angela Colsitra, PhD, assistant clinical professor and opioid researcher, participated in a panel discussion on April 18 at the University of the Sciences presented by APHA - ASP titled "A Crisis in Pain: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic."

Dance/movement therapist and assistant clinical professor Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC presented her experience working with a group of adolescent boys in special education in a TED-style talk for American Dance Therapy Association.

Sponsored Research and Major Gifts

Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPH, principal investigator and assistant professor in the Departments of Health Systems and Sciences Research and Graduate Nursing has been awarded a research grant in the amount of $34,904 from the Russell Sage Foundation for a two-year investigation of the inter-relationship between race and skin color on the pregnancy outcomes of black women called “Shades of Color: The Impact of Skin Tone on African American Women and Their Birth Outcomes.”

Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and principal investigator, has been awarded a $25,000 grant to develop nutrition-related programming for cancer caregivers and survivors by the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. The project, entitled "Optimizing Healthful Nutrition of Cancer Caregivers and Survivors," will identify nutrition-related beliefs and behaviors, and post-treatment nutrition-related challenges, from the perspectives of cancer caregivers and survivors, a critical first step in development of nutrition interventions.

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC, an associate professor in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies and principal investigator, and collaborators have been awarded a $1,270,000 grant by National Institute of Nursing Research (R01NR016681) for their study "Mechanisms of Music Therapy to Palliate Pain in Patients with Advanced Cancer." Chronic pain is one of the most feared symptoms in people with cancer. Insufficient relief from pharmacological treatments and the fear of side effects are important reasons for the growing use of complementary pain management approaches in cancer care. The purpose of this three-year multi-site randomized controlled trial is to examine the underlying mechanisms of interactive music therapy for chronic pain management in people with advanced cancer. The study will recruit outpatients with advanced cancer and bone metastases pain at Hahnemann University Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

The Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association contributed $100,000. Funds will be used to enhance the association’s endowed scholarship fund benefiting undergraduate nursing students.

04/23/18

Joyce Welliver, RN, MSN, CRNP (CERT, Nursing,`98) will be spotlighted in an upcoming issue of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare published by the International Nurses Association.
 
Carol Hammal (MA, Art Therapy & Counseling, `15) was interviewed by Second Lady Karen Pence, wife of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, for the White House's website. Ms. Hammal, an art therapy consultant at Egypt's renowned Behman Hospital, is recognized as the only art therapist in Egypt and has been a pioneer in bringing art therapy academic programming to her country. She has also given a TEDx talk in 2015.
 
Nina Multak, PhD, MPAS, PA-C (PA `88), associate clinical professor in the Physician Assistant Department at Drexel, joined the board of directors of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) as an at-large member. 
 
DeAnna Harris-McKoy (MFT `09), couple and family therapist and assistant professor at Texas A&M University Central Texas, joined the YWCA Greater Austin board of directors as a member-at-large.
 
Kim F. Simmons (PMC, Nursing,`17) joined the urology department at Guthrie Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania with a special interest in inpatient urology.
 
Rosemary Dunn, RN, DrNP(c) (MSN `95; DrNP `11) will be retiring as chief nursing officer of Hahnemann University Hospital on April 1.
 
Terraca Holmes (MSN `15) became chief nursing officer at Tenet Healthcare, according to a LinkedIn update. She is also the director of nursing at Tenet Healthcare.
 
Kimberly Talley (ASN `90, BSN `96, MSN `03), vice president of Patient Care Services at Christiana Care Health System, was part of the first cohort of Penn's Fels Institute of Government board governance program.
 
Dwayne Richardson, RT(R), CRA, RN (MSN `07) joined Carroll Hospital in Westminster, Maryland as senior vice president of operations. Mr. Richardson most recently served as COO at Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia, California. He previously served as radiology director at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and cardiopulmonary services director at University Medical Center at Princeton.
 
Karen Lambert, DPT (MPT `00, DPT `14) gave a presentation called "Aging in Place" at a "Tuesday Talk" event at New Hanover Library in New Hanover, North Carolina.
 
Karen Snyder (PMC Nursing `18) joined St. Luke's University Health Network's Pennsburg Family Practice in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania as a nurse practitioner.
 
Joanne McGovern (MSN `15) has been promoted to senior vice president of patient care services at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. She also serves as chief nursing officer.
 
Kelly Ann Milligan, ACNP (MSN `99) will be featured in The International Nurses Association upcoming publication of the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Ms. Milligan is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and is a distinguished member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
 
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