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Physician Assistant Master’s Degree in Medicine (MSM)

Trevecca’s physician assistant (PA) program equips graduates to serve their communities through professional clinical practice. Our program is the first and longest-tenured program in Tennessee, offering all new on-campus facilities and clinical experiences in diverse settings.

Program Mission

The mission of Trevecca’s PA program is to prepare professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry.

Value and Vision Statement

The Trevecca PA Program values experiential differences, service-mindedness, empathy and determination. Our foundation is built on leadership and service, and we hold professionalism, integrity, equanimity, humility and capacity for growth in the highest regard. Our vision is to provide a culture where our students are transformed through their PA educational experience, equipping them to intentionally impact the lives of their patients and community.

Program Benefits

  • History of Excellence 
    Graduate from Tennessee’s first and longest-tenured PA program, featuring a 99% PANCE first-time pass rate.
  • Collaborative Culture 
    Complete your degree with a supportive cohort of students who are working toward similar goals.
  • Accessible & Experienced Faculty
    Learn from faculty who possess the highest degrees in their fields and have relevant and valuable real-world experience.
  • State of the Art Facilities
    Develop hands-on expertise in our new facilities, complete with a dedicated 8-cadaver lab.
  • Career Connections
    Earn your degree in the nation’s healthcare capital.
  • International & Domestic Rotations
    Hone your skills while helping others through international, faith-based and underserved clinical rotation options 

New Facilities

To celebrate more than 45 years of training excellence, we’ve moved into a brand new facility: Trevecca’s recently completed Health Sciences Building, featured above.

This four-story addition to the Greathouse Science Building provides a state of the art environment for instruction and interaction. It features a dedicated eight-cadaver lab and adds 33,000 square feet of classroom, lab and other spaces to Trevecca's campus.

These new facilities give Trevecca Health Sciences room to nurture collaboration and innovation. Our new home is a place where future PA students can thrive as they welcome a new era, building on a legacy that revolves around our supportive, student-centric community.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Master of Science in Medicine (MSM) for physician assistants, you’ll be part of a highly respected PA program that’s been growing and succeeding for more than four decades. The superior quality of Trevecca’s PA program exists to help you succeed. Our graduates consistently pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) at rates above the national average. In the past five years, graduates from our program have an average first-time pass rate of 99 percent.

Before your program even begins, we offer optional, self-directed learning that covers important topics in science to prepare you to start strong. Once you are in the program, our curriculum prepares you to provide patient-centered healthcare in diverse populations and settings. You’ll be taught the ethical, legal and regulatory standards you need to be part of an interprofessional, collaborative team. You’ll also have the opportunity for in-lab learning with eight cadavers exclusively used by PA students.

The program is divided into two phases: didactic and clinical. During the didactic phase, you’ll spend 15 months in courses on medical science and clinical medicine. You’ll then move on to a 12-month period in which you’ll participate in nine clinical rotations in the following areas: Family Medicine I and II, Pediatrics, Behavioral and Mental Health, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Women's Health, Surgery and an elective area of your choosing.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca has been recognized nationally and locally for providing our students with the highest level of academic quality and rigor. Our PA program was the first in Tennessee, and remains the longest tenured program in the state.

We offer a holistic education focused on transforming the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual health of all the students in our diverse student body. As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith and healthcare intersect. Our PA program prioritizes compassion, integrity and a biblical worldview.

Throughout the program, you’ll participate in learning experiences at local organizations that reach Nashville’s medically underserved and homeless population. Our program also offers opportunities for clinical experiences at faith-based clinics in both urban and rural settings. If you are interested in medical missions, you’ll have opportunities to participate in foreign mission trips and clinical rotations in settings around the world. Students have served in a number of countries including Ghana, Zambia, Swaziland, Haiti and Peru.

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Information Session

Interested in learning more about this program from students and professors? Check out one of our upcoming Information Sessions.

  • March 19 at 1 p.m. | In-person
  • March 25 at 12 p.m. | Virtual

Included in these info sessions:

  • Greetings from the admissions team
  • Q/A time with student & faculty panels
  • Light refreshments
  • Informational presentation of the program
  • Tour of the program facilities

For questions, please contact Mason Mitchell at mcmitchell2@trevecca.edu.

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Class of 2025 Tuition

$700/Credit hour with fees 142 total credit hours $99,400
Semester 1 14 credit hours $14,200
Semester 2 26 credit hours $14,200
Semester 3 27 credit hours $14,200
Semester 4 26 credit hours $14,200
Semester 5 18 credit hours $14,200
Semester 6 18 credit hours $14,200
Semester 7 13 credit hours $14,200

Medical instruments, program scrubs and lab coats are additional costs to the above tuition package per student selection.

*Disclaimer: Tuition & costs are subject to change.

 

Class of 2026 Tuition

$823.98/Credit hour with fees 142 total credit hours $117,005
Semester 1 14 credit hours $16,715
Semester 2 26 credit hours $16,715
Semester 3 27 credit hours $16,715
Semester 4 26 credit hours $16,715
Semester 5 18 credit hours $16,715
Semester 6 18 credit hours $16,715
Semester 7 13 credit hours $16,715

Medical instruments, program scrubs and lab coats are additional costs to the above tuition package per student selection.

*Disclaimer: Tuition & costs are subject to change.

 

Trevecca Refund Policy

For students withdrawing from all classes or dropping a course, the following refund policy applies to tuition and fees:

Days 1-7 100% refund
Days 8-14 75% refund
Days 15-28 50% refund
Days 29 or more 0% refund

All refund periods are calculated on total calendar days from the start of the semester. After the 7th calendar day there will be no refund on fees.

 

Financial Payment Information

Trevecca Nazarene University requires all students to sign a Financial Commitment Form prior to enrollment and first semester registration. Academic registration for each semester is not complete until the student has completed all financial obligations. Academic Records can withhold grades and/or admittance to an upcoming semester if a student has an unpaid account. Students are expected to make all necessary arrangements with Trevecca’s Financial Services Office. The student is responsible for any outstanding balance on their account.

All charges are due and payable at the beginning of each semester. Late fees are charged at 1.5% per month on any outstanding balance. Through MyTrevecca, each student can access their student account, balance, activity, statements, and payment plans. Additional information can be found here.

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Admissions Requirements

The physician assistant program aims to develop graduates who can function as fully competent physician assistants and who are capable of fulfilling the Hippocratic duty “to benefit and do no harm.” As a result, it is important that individuals admitted to the program possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern and physical and emotional capacity necessary to practice medicine. The admissions process includes requirements in academics, patient care, PA shadowing, submission of references and completion of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application.

Due to continued restrictions related to COVID-19, the Admissions Committee at Trevecca's PA program has updated its admissions policy addendum as of May 2023. This updated policy supersede all previous COVID-19 policy addendums.

1. Academics

  • GPA requirement, cumulative undergraduate: 3.25 or greater
  • GPA requirement, cumulative science: 3.25 or greater on all coursework 
  • GRE will no longer be required beginning with the 2024-5 CASPA Cycle
  • While any undergraduate major is acceptable, it is recommended that applicants supplement any degree outside of biology or chemistry with additional upper-level science courses to present themselves most competitive. Accepted applicants average 3-4 additional upper-level science courses.

Due to a large number of applicants, not all students meeting the minimum requirements will receive an interview. Candidates should endeavor to obtain their most competitive application in regards to GPA, rigor and challenge. With any grade lower than a B, the applicant should retake the course in order to reflect mastery of the material and a capability to succeed within a rigorous program. Entering students of the last three years have significantly exceeded the minimum requirements. For example, the statistics for the cohort of 2025 include the following scores:

  • General GPA 3.8
  • Science GPA 3.79
  • BCP GPA (Bio/Chem/Physics) 3.76 
  • GRE combined score of 306
  • UL 3.75
Prerequisite courses

Applicants must successfully complete all of the following program prerequisites, regardless of the undergraduate degree or major. 

  • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with lab – 8 hours (see note under pre-requisite course substitutions)
  • General Chemistry I and II with lab – 8 hours
  • Microbiology with lab - 3 or 4 hours
  • General Psychology – 3 hours
  • Developmental Psychology (Growth and Development or Lifespan) – 3 hours
  • Medical Terminology – minimum 1 hour/certificate

No online or hybrid science prerequisites will be accepted. Science courses labeled as "survey" or "introductory" will not be accepted (for clarification, please contact us for approval). You may only use online course options to complete psychology requirements and/or medical terminology. (See COVID Policy Addendum for exceptions.)

Pre-Requisite Course Substitutions:

Abnormal psychology cannot be substituted for the developmental psychology prerequisite. Child development or lifespan psychology is considered a substitute for developmental psychology. It is important that normal psychological development across the lifespan be covered in the course. We do not accept immunology, genetics, or cellular & molecular biology for the microbiology prerequisite, although these classes are recommended as additional courses. Comparative Anatomy and Physiology are not considered acceptable substitutions for Human Anatomy or Human Physiology.

*For the upcoming CASPA cycle of 2024-5 only, we will be accepting Mammalian Anatomy as a substitute for Human Anatomy. 

Additional Upper-Level Science Courses:

Due to the competitiveness of the selection process, all applicants are encouraged to take as many additional upper-level science courses as possible. Not only do the courses provide information on academic performance, but they also assist in preparation for the rigorous program. The successful completion of these additional courses will assist in your competitiveness.

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular or Cellular Biology
  • Biochemistry

Expiration of science courses: Any science prerequisite class taken seven years prior to the month of May of your matriculate year will require a refresher course. A refresher course is qualified by repeating the full course or, in the case of a two-semester course, repeating at least one-half of the course. An applicant may only be exempt from taking a refresher course if they have consistently worked in an academic or commercial setting (as a chemist or biologist--see below), where the material covered in the course was utilized on a routine basis. A description of specific course exemptions is included below. When in question, repeating the course is recommended. Please contact the program for clarification on specific courses if needed.

Science prerequisites with their exemption criteria:

  • Chemistry: Academic or Commercial Chemist 
  • Anatomy/Physiology: Academic or Commercial Human Biologist
  • Microbiology: Academic or Commercial Biologist/Microbiologist

Pending courses: For an applicant to present themselves most competitively, it is mandatory that two or fewer required science courses be pending for the spring semester prior to matriculation. This allows the admissions committee the ability to accurately assess the applicant’s academic performance at the time of an interview.

2. Patient care

All applicants must log a minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care. Direct patient care hours must be logged at the time of submitting your application. This allows the admissions committee to process your application at first review and schedule earlier interviews. In the opinion of the PA program faculty, past medical experience provides a framework upon which students can build and facilitate the expansion of medical knowledge. We do not accept updates sent directly to the program.

Positions that qualify for direct patient care hours include: medical assistant, patient care technician, surgical technician, first assistant, scribe, CNA, LPN, RN, EMT/paramedic, OT/PT or OT asst./PT asst., AT-C, phlebotomist, RT, ER technician, lab technician (if phlebotomy or direct patient care is the majority of job description), certified pharmacy technician with hands-on patient care and clinical dietician.

Positions that do not qualify are personal care assistant, clerical pharmacy technician, unit clerk, camp counselor, counselor and social worker. Clinical hours obtained while working towards a prior degree are not to be submitted in the application as direct patient care. Direct patient care hours should be obtained while an employee in one of the above accepted clinical positions. In addition, we will accept hours accrued under “volunteer” status in any of the above, accepted position titles.

3. Shadowing

Shadowing of physician assistants is required for admission. Applicants must have logged a minimum of 10 hours at the time of application. This provides sufficient insight as to the role and duties of practicing physician assistants and is believed to be an accurate indicator of an individual’s desire and commitment to the profession. Shadowing may be logged from multiple physician assistants. All hours logged should be obtained via direct clinical observation and not on the basis of a personal relationship. Mission field shadowing may be utilized as long as you were working alongside a PA in a medical setting. Please do not duplicate shadowing hours as direct patient care hours. The program will not accept hour updates via email.

4. References

A total of three recommendations is required. One recommendation must be from a PA, MD, DO or NP. This medical professional should be one whom the applicant has worked alongside in a clinical setting through observation, shadowing or prior work experience.

5. Background statement

Through the CASPA portal, an applicant must self-report any misdemeanor, felony, and/or dismissals. If at a later time an incident is discovered that was not reported, the applicant is subject to possible revoking of an offer or acceptance into Trevecca’s PA program. A certified background check will also be performed prior to matriculation and any positive report is also cause for the revoking of an offer or acceptance.

How to apply

The PA program utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Students who wish to apply to the physician assistant program must submit the application and documentation to CASPA.

  • Early applicants should apply as early as possible upon opening of the application cycle in April. Remember that all shadowing and direct patient care hours must be logged at the time of submitting your application.
  • Applications must have a completed status in CASPA by October 1 and must include the following documentation. If you have questions as to status determination per CASPA, please notify its help desk for clarification.
    1. Official transcripts from all schools attended. DO NOT send transcripts to the program during the application process.
    2. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. One recommendation must be completed by a PA, MD, DO or NP.
    3. Applicants must submit all transcripts and scores directly to CASPA. If you are offered a seat in the program an official transcript will be requested in the spring prior to matriculation.
  • No advanced placement is given to any student regardless of academic background.
  • No transfers of PA students are considered.
  • Questions? Contact the PA Admissions office at (615) 248-1303 or tvines@trevecca.edu to reach Teresa Vines, PA admissions coordinator.
  • For questions concerning the CASPA application process, please contact CASPA directly at 240-497-1985 or e-mail apply@caspaonline.org.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take an examination of their English language ability. The test required is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See International students section below for score requirements.

International students

Trevecca welcomes international students to apply to our program. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take an examination of their English language ability. The test required is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and a minimum score of 550 is required on the paper-based test and 213 on the computer-based test. On the computer-based TOEFL, we require a total score of 80 with 20 on each section (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

You are also required to submit your foreign coursework to a US-based evaluation service for a course-by-course US equivalency report. This report should then be sent directly to CASPA from the evaluation service. We recommend you contact a foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. Services can take several weeks to process your transcript(s) once received. The following are foreign evaluation vendors our applicants have used in the past. This list is not all-inclusive and we do not recommend or endorse any particular vendor or service. 

All regular admission requirements must be completed. Fifteen (15) semester hours must be completed in a United States accredited institution. Nine of the 15 hours must be prerequisite science courses. Trevecca’s Certification of Financial Support must be on file at the time an I-20 form is issued. International students will have the same financial policy applied to them as any other student does. Only international students with a valid immigration student status of F-1 will be permitted to register.

 

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Technical Standards (Admission and Retention Requirements)

Physician Assistant education is a comprehensive process requiring the acquisition of general knowledge in all fields of medicine and basic skills requisite for the practice of medicine. The education of a PA (Physician Assistant) also requires the development of judgment through patient care experiences that prepare individuals for appropriate decision-making in clinical practice.

It is the intent and practice of the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program to select applicants who have the capacity to become highly competent PAs (Physician Assistant). Trevecca adheres to the “Standards” promulgated by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). Within these guidelines, Trevecca’s PA Program has the freedom and ultimate responsibility for the selection of students; the design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum; the evaluation of students; and the determination of who should be awarded a degree. Admission and retention decisions are based not only on meeting required academic achievements but also on non-academic factors such as, but not limited to, character, integrity, altruism, grit, and perseverance, which indicate alignment with the mission of the Trevecca PA Program.

The PA Program has the responsibility to the public to assure that its graduates are fully competent PAs capable of fulfilling the Hippocratic duty “to benefit and do no harm.” Thus, it is important that persons admitted to the PA Program possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern, and physical and emotional capacity necessary to practice medicine. 

As a private Christian university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Trevecca is open to any qualified student without regard of race, color, sex, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability. Trevecca Nazarene University complies with all statutory and regulatory nondiscrimination requirements applicable to this institution in the administration of its educational policies and programs, scholarships and loan programs, equal opportunity employment practices, and athletic and other school-administered programs.  

Applicants to the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program must meet the academic and technical standards outlined by the program and the university. We recognize that degrees of ability vary between students. Prospective students who are otherwise qualified but require reasonable accommodation should contact Trevecca Nazarene University Disability Services. All Technical standards must be met with or without accommodation. 

Technical standards and educational objectives are established to align with the program curriculum. Accepted students must possess cognitive, physical, and behavioral skills that ensure they can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective care as a physician assistant. The Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program welcomes all who meet minimal admissions requirements to apply. The program follows all admissions requirements and technical standards when making their admissions decisions. 

Observation 

Observation includes the use of the sense of vision, both near and far, as well as other senses and modalities (smell, hearing, etc.) to facilitate knowledge. The candidate must be able to observe content including, but not limited to, demonstrations, illustrations, microscopic studies, and patient physical condition. These skills are necessary to accurately diagnose and develop treatment plans.

Communication  

Communication involves the ability to speak clearly, interpret, and observe patients. Effective communication includes speaking fluently and effectively with sensitivity and compassion toward patients. Additional required communication skills include comprehension and composition of written documentation, allowing candidates to work effectively and efficiently as part of a medical care team.  

Motor 

Motor functions are an integral part of the diagnostic process. Candidates should be able to perform maneuvers such as palpation, auscultation, and percussion. Additionally, candidates should be able to perform diagnostic procedures (e.g., lumbar puncture, skin biopsy) and emergency treatments (e.g., suturing, splinting, incision and drainage) which require gross and fine motor skills to ensure the highest level of patient care.

Cognitive/Conceptualization

The ability to synthesize, retain, and apply a wide breadth of complex information indicates that candidates must be alert and attentive. Candidates will experience their curriculum through a variety of modalities. It is important that they can integrate knowledge presented in diverse ways. This includes the ability to comprehend spatial relationships and three-dimensional models. 

Behavioral/Social 

The practice of medicine includes many legal and ethical aspects. Candidates must be able to relate to their patients and families in a way that shows dignity, respect, and compassion. The well-being of the patient should be primary. Candidates should be able to complete multiple tasks and functions under stress. They should be able to adapt to the needs of their patients and exhibit empathy and integrity throughout their education and their medical career. 

The above technical standards identify the Trevecca University PA Program requirements for admission and retention of applicants and students, respectively.

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Master of Science in Medicine (MSM)

The program is divided between two phases:

Didactic phase: Consists of 15 months of basic medical science and clinical medicine courses.

Clinical Phase: Consists of nine clinical experiences completed in a 12-month period. Required rotations are Family Medicine I and II, Pediatrics, Behavioral and Mental Health, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Women's Health, and Surgery. Each student will complete a ninth rotation in an elective clinical experience. It is expected that students accepting admission to the PA Program will accept rotation assignments where and when they are available. Reliable transportation is required. All expenses related to travel, meals, and lodging during rotations are the responsibility of the student. Financial planning in this area is important.

Students are discouraged from employment while in the PA program. Working often interferes with learning opportunities. Requesting time off or adjustments to the PA program schedule demonstrates a lack of motivation and interest and may jeopardize the quality of your educational experience.

At the completion of all curriculum requirements, the Master of Science in Medicine (MSM) degree will be awarded.

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Trevecca physician assistant students consistently score above the national average on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). View the TNU PA Program Performance Summary Report (5 year) here.

Here is more information about our exam results: 

  • Congratulations to the class of 2023 for their 100% first-time taker pass rate. 
  • Classes of 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022 and 2023 each achieved a first-time taker pass rate of 100%.

Pass rates of first-time test takers

5-year national average:
93%

5-year average for Trevecca graduates:
99%

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Graduated Classes

Current Classes

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Class of 2024

Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)

50

50

50

50

50

50

Entering class size

51

54

45

50

51

50

Graduates

46

53

44

47

51 

 

*Attrition rate

0.098

0.018

0.022

0.060

0.0

0.02

**Graduation rate

0.902

0.981

0.977

0.94

TBD

TBD

 

Footnotes:
*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

Comments:

  • Class of 2019 entering class size includes 48 new students and 3 reentering students from the class of 2018
  • Class of 2020 entering class size includes 50 new students and 4 reentering students from the class of 2019
  • Class of 2021 entering class size includes 45 new students
  • Class of 2022 entering class size includes 50 new students
  • Class of 2023 entering class size includes 50 new students and 1 reentering student from the class of 2022
  • Class of 2024 entering class includes 50 new students.

Class of 2024 attrition rate are as of 1/22/23.

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Program Goals

1. Attract and admit diverse, qualified learners.

Our admissions process involves a holistic review of our applicants. We matriculate those that meet or exceed our program admissions requirements.1 Moreover, our program places high importance on personal character that aligns with our mission and values. Our admissions selection process also demonstrates our value for experiential differences. Out of respect for individual backgrounds, we seek to provide opportunities for applicants who represent medically underserved communities, economic disadvantages, first-generation college students, military, and those with the gift of expanded connection due to proficiency in a second language. In this way, we hope to enrich our program and the PA profession

2. Cultivate graduates who recognize the value of service in communities. 

Fundamental to our program’s mission and values is our intention to prepare our graduates to employ their knowledge, skills, and resources in compassionate service. We do so by providing program-sponsored opportunities for our students to serve communities through Nashville-area nonprofits and to participate in clinical rotations that care for medically underserved populations, both in the U.S. and internationally. We also encourage our students to reflect on the value of these experiences and to personally commit to supporting future community service/missions after graduation.

3. Provide a comprehensive educational experience that enables students to acquire the essential knowledge and skills for entry-level practice as a PA.

Our program-defined competencies required of all graduating students encompass knowledge for practice, interpersonal and communication skills, patient-centered care, professionalism, and practice-based learning and improvement. We have designed a curriculum of sufficient depth and breadth in both the didactic and clinical phases to address these competencies and allow us to be confident that all of our graduates are ready for entry-level PA practice.

4. Foster a highly supportive educational community dedicated to student retention and success. 

Our program endeavors to challenge our students to excel and achieve their fullest potential within a strongly supportive learning community. We are committed to the success of each student admitted to our program; thus, we strive to maintain a high graduation rate. Additionally, we seek to develop encouraging, mentoring relationships between faculty/staff and students that promote ongoing holistic growth and excellence, as well as close-knit student-peer relationships that encourage camaraderie and teamwork. Methods by which this is accomplished include strong academic advising support; formative educational experiences with intentional one-on-one or small group faculty-student coaching; student learning activities that facilitate interpersonal student interaction and teamwork; class officer appointments that model leadership and service to one’s cohort; and the intentional design of facility spaces to allow for small group learning.

Effectiveness of Meeting Program Goals (PDF)

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Program Competencies

Trevecca PA Program competencies are foundational to a comprehensive educational experience. They define the necessary professional knowledge, skills and attitudes required of our new graduates to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. Our curriculum is designed to help students reach competency-based learning outcomes in a supportive educational community and ultimately prepare them for entry-level PA practice.

Our competencies are informed by the mission, values and goals of the Trevecca PA Program and modeled after PAEA’s Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates, and the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession by the four national PA organizations.

Knowledge for Practice (KP) 

Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and their application to patient care.

KP1. Relate the foundational principles of basic and clinical science to the practice of medicine.
KP2. Apply principles of epidemiology to identify health problems, risk factors, and disease prevention strategies for individuals and populations.
KP3. Identify signs and symptoms associated with commonly presenting disorders.
KP4. Formulate differential diagnoses based on presenting signs, symptoms, and patient-specific data.
KP5. Select and interpret appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests based on the clinical situation.
KP6. Appropriately utilize evidence-based clinical and therapeutic interventions.
KP7. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities in acute, chronic, and emergent clinical situations across the lifespan.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills (IPCS) 

Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and health professionals. 

IPCS1. Demonstrate effective communication skills to elicit information from and provide information to diverse patient populations, patient families, and other members of the healthcare team.
IPCS2. Appropriately organize and accurately document medical information.
IPCS3. Accurately articulate one's role and responsibilities to patients, families, and other health professionals.
IPCS4. Recognize when referrals are needed and make them to the appropriate health care provider.

Patient-Centered Care (PCC) 

Provide patient-centered care that includes patient and setting specific assessment, evaluation, and management and healthcare that is evidence-based, supports patient safety and advances health equity. 

PCC1. Develop therapeutic relationships with patients and their families.
PCC2. Collect essential information about patients by taking a problem-focused or comprehensive history.
PCC3. Perform an accurate physical examination for both problem-focused and comprehensive patient visits.
PCC4. Construct patient-centered management plans and appropriately incorporate disease prevention and health promotion.
PCC5. Perform common clinical skills and procedures appropriate for entry into clinical practice.
PCC6. Counsel and educate patients effectively. 

Professionalism (PF) 

Demonstrate a commitment to practicing medicine in ethically and legally appropriate ways and emphasizing professionalism and accountability for delivering safe and quality care to patients and populations. 

PF1. Adhere to appropriate professional behaviors in interactions with others.
PF2. Demonstrate consideration for the dignity of patients and the diversity of patient populations.
PF3. Collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to optimize clinical care while maintaining a climate of mutual respect.
PF4. Demonstrate understanding of and adherence to ethical principles, laws, policies, and regulations pertaining to PA medical practice.
PF5. Commit to servant leadership principles and practices.
PF6. Support advocacy for the PA profession. 

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PLI) 

Develop skills to evaluate, assess, and analyze one’s own practice experience, the medical literature, and other information resources for the purpose of self-evaluation, lifelong learning, and practice improvement.

PLI1. Evaluate current clinical guidelines and evidence from the medical literature for patient management and the delivery of safe, quality care. 
PLI2. Develop self-awareness by identifying strengths, addressing deficiencies and personal biases, and recognizing limits in knowledge and expertise. 
PLI3. Utilize performance feedback to develop professional knowledge, skills, or attitudes. 

At its March 2023 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Trevecca Nazarene University on Accreditation Probation status until its next review in March 2025. Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

https://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-trevecca-nazarene-university/

Accreditation FAQs

Is a program on probation still accredited?
Yes. Accreditation-Probation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years.

How will the Accreditation-Probation status affect future entering classes?
The program will continue to admit students during its regular admissions cycle. The program may admit future cohorts under the current Accreditation-Probation status.

How will the Accreditation-Probation status affect the current staff and faculty support for newly admitted students, current students, and alumni?
The program will continue to provide the resources necessary to our students, past and present.

How does the program’s Accreditation-Probation status affect my degree from Trevecca?
There is no effect on your degree. You will still earn a MSM degree once you meet the degree requirements and will be awarded your degree as scheduled.

If the program is on probation, can I take the PANCE?
Yes. The program is fully accredited, which allows all program graduates to take the PANCE.

Can I apply for licensure if the program I graduated from is on Accreditation-Probation status?
Yes. The primary requirements for licensure are graduation from an accredited program and NCCPA certification. The program remains fully accredited.

The program I am considering is on probation. If I enter that program, will I be graduating from an accredited program?
Probation is an active accreditation status and those entering a program that is on probation are entering a program that is fully accredited. In order to be eligible to take the PANCE, students must successfully complete a program that was accredited at the time the student matriculated. It is best to check with the NCCPA concerning exam eligibility criteria.

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Preceptors

Trevecca partners with medical professionals who can offer hands-on training to PA students. Licensed physician assistants, nurse practitioners, doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathic medicine are invited to apply to serve as clinical preceptors.

Why be a preceptor?

  • Invest in the next generation of healthcare providers
  • Become eligible as a regular preceptor to receive a precepting stipend
  • Evaluate possible future employees
  • Add an educational component to your CV
  • Serve in a guest lecturing role in the classroom
  • Earn CME credits
  • Add energy and enthusiasm to your practice through student participants

What are the responsibilities?

  • “See one. Do one. Teach one.” Introduce students to new skills and procedures
  • Offer training to master’s-level PA students for a clinical rotation
  • Provide feedback on student performance
  • Share opportunities and knowledge gained during practice
  • Be an example of professionalism
  • Grow a student’s communication skills
  • Connect students with professionals in other areas
  • Set the student’s schedule based on the provider’s schedule

What sets Trevecca’s PA program apart?

Trevecca is home to the first and longest-running Physician Assistant Master of Science in Medicine degree in Tennessee. Since 1976, the University has graduated more than 1,300 students who’ve gone on to serve successfully in a variety of healthcare careers. Our program emphasizes both academic excellence and a mindset of compassion and integrity.

Throughout the last five years, the average first-time PANCE pass rate for Trevecca students has been 99 percent. In recent years our graduates have scored above the national average on every organ system section of the exam.

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Pre-PA Pathway

Trevecca offers a Pre-PA Pathway that allows students to tailor their undergraduate academic experience in order to prepare a competitive PA school application and maximize success in Trevecca’s PA program. Program coursework meets the prerequisites for the University’s PA program and provides additional coursework to promote success. This pathway consists of the courses required for a major in biology with a minor in chemistry, along with defined upper-level electives focused on building a solid foundation for PA education.

If you are interested in applying or have additional questions, please email Teresa Vines, PA program admissions coordinator, at tvines@trevecca.edu.

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Student Policies

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Career Opportunities

The demand for the occupation of physician assistant is projected to increase 28 percent by 2031. As a graduate of our PA program, you’ll be ready to advance your career and tap into higher earning potential. Your degree will position you to serve as a PA in any medical setting, including:

  • Outpatient, inpatient, surgical and emergency/acute care
  • International and compassionate medical ministry
  • General practice or specialty care, serving patients of any age
  • Leadership, advocacy, education and research

I could not be more grateful for my experience at Trevecca. The program not only provided me with the medical skills and knowledge to become a competent PA, but it expanded my ability to face challenges, deepened my faith, gave me lifelong friendships and ultimately helped me become a better version of myself.”

Jocelyn Benton Trevecca PA graduate

Our Faculty

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    Tasha Adams

    Interim Director, Physician Assistant Program

    Tasha grew up in rural southern Georgia and earned her B.S in sports medicine from Valdosta State University. She received her M.S. in health education from Middle Tennessee State University while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. ...

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    Deirdre Demana

    Admissions Assistant, Physician Assistant Program

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    Katrina Gill

    Admissions Director & External Relations Liaison, Physician Assistant Program

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    Courtney Harris

    Professor of Pharmacotherapeutics

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    Laura Kigweba

    Assistant Professor

    Laura was born and raised in Augusta, Ga,, and received her B.S. from the University of Georgia. After working in counseling and sales, she realized her calling was to serve others through medicine and pursued her Master of Science in medicine as ...

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    Rachel Marklin

    Assistant Professor, Didactic

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    Erin Martinez

    Associate Professor

    Erin grew up in rural western Pennsylvania and earned her B.S. in molecular biology from Grove City College. She moved to Nashville to complete her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular pathology from Vanderbilt University, studying the molecular ...

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    Julie O'Meara

    Didactic Faculty

    Jules joined Trevecca as an assistant professor of anatomy in the P.A. program. Previously, she worked as an adjunct professor teaching anatomy at NYU and Thomas Jefferson University. Jules earned a BMedSci degree in paramedical studies from the ...

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    Mega Purino

    Instructor

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    Shelli Russell

    Clinical Administrative Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program

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    Mary Smith

    Assistant Professor

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    LaQuita Smith

    Program Administrative Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program

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    Joy Twillie

    Academic Director, Physician Assistant Program

    Joy received her Doctor of Medicine from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She went on to complete her internship in internal medicine and psychiatry and then her residency in psychiatry at Hopkins. ...
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    Karen Ulmet

    Didactic Administrative Coordinator.

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    Teresa Vines

    Admissions Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.


Research Methods and Designs in Medicine
PAS 5025

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of clinical study design and the application of statistical methods in medical research. Students learn to critically analyze clinical data and evaluate medical literature based on the principles of evidence based medicine.

Applied Anatomy
PAS 5070

This advanced course in human anatomy is designed to relate anatomical structures to function and clinical application. Clinical case studies and 3-D virtual anatomy online resources correlate with each anatomical region studied.  Students gain practical skills and in-depth spatial knowledge in small group cadaver dissection labs.

Patient Health Assessment Skills 1
PAS 5101
This longitudinal course is designed to teach techniques of effective medical interviewing, proper performance of physical examinations, and documentation of clinical information. Patient assessment will be taught across the lifespan covering pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Students will develop interpersonal communication skills to facilitate patient education, case presentation, and interprofessional collaboration. Classroom instruction, skills labs, standardized patient encounters, and simulation are incorporated into the learning experience. (Course is correlated with PAS 5102, 5103, and 5104.)
Physician Assistant Medical Practice I
PAS 5301
This course series teaches the history of the profession and introduces the physician assistant professional organizations. Foundational knowledge of healthcare delivery systems, public health, and interprofessional practice are discussed. The ethical, regulatory and political factors impacting the physician assistant profession are explored. Emphasis is placed on developing a commitment to ethical principles, professionalism, interprofessional collaboration and economic stewardship in daily clinical practice and clinical decision making. Focus is placed on fostering cultural humility by working with diverse and vulnerable populations in the local community. (Course is correlated with PAS 5302, 5303, and 5304.)
Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology I
PAS 5310

This course series in advanced human physiology and pathophysiology is designed to promote the understanding of the complex medical sciences necessary for application to clinical practice. Normal functioning and alterations in disease states will be discussed for each organ system on the genetic, molecular, cellular, organ, and system levels.

Clinical Medicine I
PAS 5080
This comprehensive course series uses an organ-based systems approach to teach students foundational knowledge of the etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, laboratory findings, differential diagnoses, management, and prevention of medical diseases. Students will learn the appropriate use of clinical laboratory studies based on patient presentation, interpretation of laboratory studies, and the pathological basis of abnormal results. Patient care in the primary care setting is emphasized.
Introduction to Psychiatry
PAS 5090

This course introduces students to the etiology, clinical presentation and treatment of major psychiatric disorders with an emphasis on systematic approach to psychiatric evaluation.  Normal and abnormal psychosocial development across the lifespan are examined as they relate to psychiatric conditions.  Students develop psychiatric interview skills by performing mental status examinations.

Patient Health Assessment Skills II
PAS 5102
This longitudinal course is designed to teach techniques of effective medical interviewing, proper performance of physical examinations, and documentation of clinical information. Patient assessment will be taught across the lifespan covering pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Students will develop interpersonal communication skills to facilitate patient education, case presentation, and interprofessional collaboration. Classroom instruction, skills labs, standardized patient encounters, and simulation are incorporated into the learning experience. (Course is correlated with PAS 5101, 5103, and 5104.)
Medical Diagnostics and Procedures I
PAS 5201
This course series develops skills in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, interpreting electrocardiography, and the fundamentals of clinical radiology. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, indications, contraindications, risks and side effects of procedures. A systematic-analytical approach to interpretation of diagnostic studies will prepare students to discriminate between normal, variations of normal, and abnormal electrocardiography or radiologic imaging. (Course is correlated with PAS 5202 and 5203.)
Physician Assistant Medical Practice II
PAS 5302
This course series teaches the history of the profession and introduces the physician assistant professional organizations. Foundational knowledge of healthcare delivery systems, public health, and interprofessional practice are discussed. The ethical, regulatory and political factors impacting the physician assistant profession are explored. Emphasis is placed on developing a commitment to ethical principles, professionalism, interprofessional collaboration and economic stewardship in daily clinical practice and clinical decision making. Focus is placed on fostering cultural humility by working with diverse and vulnerable populations in the local community. (Course is correlated with PAS 5301, 5303, and 5304.)
Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology II
PAS 5315

This course series in advanced human physiology and pathophysiology is designed to promote the understanding of the complex medical sciences necessary for application to clinical practice. Normal functioning and alterations in disease states will be discussed for each organ system on the genetic, molecular, cellular, organ, and system levels.

Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics I
PAS 5340

This course series teaches students the proper management of general medical and surgical conditions utilizing pharmacologic treatments. Students will learn to formulate individualized treatment plans based upon current evidence-based guidelines, pharmacology, and unique patient information and preferences.

Patient Health Assessment Skills III
PAS 5103
This longitudinal course is designed to teach techniques of effective medical interviewing, proper performance of physical examinations, and documentation of clinical information. Patient assessment will be taught across the lifespan covering pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Students will develop interpersonal communication skills to facilitate patient education, case presentation, and interprofessional collaboration. Classroom instruction, skills labs, standardized patient encounters, and simulation are incorporated into the learning experience. (Course is correlated with PAS 5101, 5102, and 5104.)
Clinical Medicine II
PAS 5140

This comprehensive course series uses an organ-based systems approach to teach students foundational knowledge of the etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, laboratory findings, differential diagnoses, management, and prevention of medical diseases. Students will learn the appropriate use of clinical laboratory studies based on patient presentation, interpretation of laboratory studies, and the pathological basis of abnormal results. Patient care in the primary care setting is emphasized.

Introduction to Surgery
PAS 5170

This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and manage surgical diseases.  Emphasis is placed on differentiating between surgical and non-surgical conditions.  The laboratory component of this course introduces students to performing biopsies, suture techniques, basic surgical instruments, surgical drain placement, and preparing a sterile field for minor procedures.

Medical Diagnostics and Procedures II
PAS 5202
This course series develops skills in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, interpreting electrocardiography, and the fundamentals of clinical radiology. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, indications, contraindications, risks and side effects of procedures. A systematic-analytical approach to interpretation of diagnostic studies will prepare students to discriminate between normal, variations of normal, and abnormal electrocardiography or radiologic imaging. (Course is correlated with PAS 5201 and 5203.)
Clinical Integration Skills I
PAS 5290

In this course series, students integrate and apply knowledge from didactic courses to patient cases via team-based learning.  Clinical reasoning skills and decision making, interpersonal communication, and effective collaboration are developed by student teams progressing through clinical cases with faculty facilitation.

Physician Assistant Medical Practice III
PAS 5303
This course series teaches the history of the profession and introduces the physician assistant professional organizations. Foundational knowledge of healthcare delivery systems, public health, and interprofessional practice are discussed. The ethical, regulatory and political factors impacting the physician assistant profession are explored. Emphasis is placed on developing a commitment to ethical principles, professionalism, interprofessional collaboration and economic stewardship in daily clinical practice and clinical decision making. Focus is placed on fostering cultural humility by working with diverse and vulnerable populations in the local community. (Course is correlated with PAS 5301, 5302, and 5304.)
Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology III
PAS 5320

This course series in advanced human physiology and pathophysiology is designed to promote the understanding of the complex medical sciences necessary for application to clinical practice. Normal functioning and alterations in disease states will be discussed for each organ system on the genetic, molecular, cellular, organ, and system levels.

Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics II
PAS 5345

This course series teaches students the proper management of general medical and surgical conditions utilizing pharmacologic treatments. Students will learn to formulate individualized treatment plans based upon current evidence-based guidelines, pharmacology, and unique patient information and preferences.

Medical Diagnostics and Procedures III
PAS 5203
This course series develops skills in performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, interpreting electrocardiography, and the fundamentals of clinical radiology. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency, indications, contraindications, risks and side effects of procedures. A systematic-analytical approach to interpretation of diagnostic studies will prepare students to discriminate between normal, variations of normal, and abnormal electrocardiography or radiologic imaging. (Course is correlated with PAS 5201 and 5202.)
Patient Health Assessment Skills IV
PAS 5104
This longitudinal course is designed to teach techniques of effective medical interviewing, proper performance of physical examinations, and documentation of clinical information. Patient assessment will be taught across the lifespan covering pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Students will develop interpersonal communication skills to facilitate patient education, case presentation, and interprofessional collaboration. Classroom instruction, skills labs, standardized patient encounters, and simulation are incorporated into the learning experience. (Course is correlated with PAS 5101, 5102, and 5103.)
Introduction to Pediatrics
PAS 5200

Prepares the physician assistant student to recognize and manage common clinical problems associated with the pediatric patient.

Introduction to Obstetrics and Gynecology
PAS 5230

This course provides comprehensive instruction on all aspects of women’s health including prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. Students are instructed on disorders unique to the female reproductive system across the lifespan and commonly encountered in primary care practice.

Clinical Medicine III
PAS 5240
This comprehensive course series uses an organ-based systems approach to teach students foundational knowledge of the etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, laboratory findings, differential diagnoses, management, and prevention of medical diseases. Students will learn the appropriate use of clinical laboratory studies based on patient presentation, interpretation of laboratory studies, and the pathological basis of abnormal results. Patient care in the primary care setting is emphasized.
Introduction to Emergency Medicine
PAS 5250

This course prepares students to diagnose and manage medical and surgical emergencies due to illness or trauma as encountered in the emergency department.

Clinical Integration Skills II
PAS 5291

In this course series, students integrate and apply knowledge from didactic courses to patient cases via team-based learning.  Clinical reasoning skills and decision making, interpersonal communication, and effective collaboration are developed by student teams progressing through clinical cases with faculty facilitation.

Physician Assistant Medical Practice IV
PAS 5304
This course series teaches the history of the profession and introduces the physician assistant professional organizations. Foundational knowledge of healthcare delivery systems, public health, and interprofessional practice are discussed. The ethical, regulatory and political factors impacting the physician assistant profession are explored. Emphasis is placed on developing a commitment to ethical principles, professionalism, interprofessional collaboration and economic stewardship in daily clinical practice and clinical decision making. Focus is placed on fostering cultural humility by working with diverse and vulnerable populations in the local community. (Course is correlated with PAS 5301, 5302, and 5303.)
Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics III
PAS 5350

This course series teaches students the proper management of general medical and surgical conditions utilizing pharmacologic treatments. Students will learn to formulate individualized treatment plans based upon current evidence-based guidelines, pharmacology, and unique patient information and preferences.

Seminar: Research Methods and Design
PAS 5280

This course is designed to help physician assistant students develop their ability to formulate relevant clinical questions and to use the medical literature to elucidate answers to those questions. Students will improve their skill in making decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on evaluation of scientific evidence. Students will reflect upon conclusions from clinical studies and appropriately discuss their application to patient care.

Program Exit Summative Evaluation Experience
PAS 6100
Preparing professionally competent physician assistants is a key component of the mission of the Trevecca University Physician Assistant Program. To ensure the accomplishment of this mission and to comply with current accreditation standards set forth by ARC-PA, our program must conduct and document a summative evaluation of each student within the final four months of the program to verify that each student has acquired the program competencies required to enter clinical practice.
Family Medicine I
PAS 6010

This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Family Medicine.

Family Medicine II
PAS 6020

This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Family Medicine. 

Emergency Medicine
PAS 6030

This clinical rotation practicum within an Emergency Department setting is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Emergency Medicine. 

Internal Medicine
PAS 6050

This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Internal Medicine. 

Pediatrics
PAS 6070

This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Pediatrics.

Surgery
PAS 6090

This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Surgery, including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care.

Behavioral and Mental Health
PAS 6110

This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Behavioral and Mental Health.

Women’s Health
PAS 6040
This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in Women’s Health, including prenatal and gynecologic care.
Elective Rotation
PAS 6060
This clinical rotation practicum is designed to provide PA students with supervised patient care and learning opportunities that foster the development of medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical/technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities essential to entry-level PA practice in the context of the Elective Rotation specialty.
PA Clinical Practice
PAS 6080
Preparing professionally competent physician assistants is a key component of the mission of the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program. To ensure the accomplishment of this mission, this course will include formative assessments/assignments directed at the continued development of the core knowledge and skills required for successful completion of the Exit Summative Evaluation Experience and for entrance into clinical practice. Students will be assessed through the completion of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and through written or oral questions and assessments to evaluate their clinical and technical skills, clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities, interpersonal skills, medical knowledge and decision-making skills, and professional behaviors.

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.

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