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									                 WINGATE UNIVERSITY
    DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES
  PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM ACADEMIC CATALOG
                      2010-2012

           Information and Course Descriptions for the
           Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree
Wingate University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a
disability is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to
discrimination in university programs or activities due to his or her disability. The
university is fully committed to complying with all requirements of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
(section 504) and to providing equal educational opportunities to otherwise qualified
students with disabilities.




                                    Campus Box 5010
                                    Wingate NC 28174
                                 (704) 233-8051 telephone
                                     pa@wingate.edu
                                    (866) 320-2726 fax
                                      pa.wingate.edu




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                            TABLE OF CONTENTS
                       PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM
                        ACADEMIC CATALOG 2010-2012

             Core Faculty………………………………………………………. 3
             Wingate University History………………………………………. 3
             Formation of the PA Program and Accreditation …………….. 4
             Introduction……………………………………………………….. 4
             About the PA Program ………………………………………….                5
             Educational Philosophy………………………………………….               5
             Admissions Requirements ……………………………….…….. 6
             Academic Calendar ……………………………………….…….. 7
             Preparation for Coursework……………………………………… 7
             Assessment of the PA Program ………………………….…….. 8
             Academic Policies …………………………………….………… 8
             MPAS Required Curriculum ……………………………….…… 9
             Clinical Rotation Sites …………………………………………… 11
             Student Privacy, Informed Consent ……………………….…… 13
             Codes of Professional and Academic Conduct ………….…… 14
             Tuition and Costs ………………………………………………… 14
             Laptop Computer ……………………………………………….… 14
             Housing, Employment and Transportation ………………….…. 14
             Licensing …………………………………………………………… 14
             Disability Statement ………………………………………………. 15
             Faculty ……………………………………………………………..… 16




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CORE FACULTY
Program Director .............................................................................. Gary R. Uremovich DMin MPAS PA-C
Medical Director .................................................................................................................Roy C. Blank MD
Assistant Program Director .............................................................................. David A. Compton MD MPH
Academic Coordinator .................................................................................... Rosalind V. Becker MS PA-C
Clinical Coordinator ............................................................................... Michael B. Whitehead DHSc PA-C


WINGATE UNIVERSITY HISTORY
Wingate was established in 1896 by the Baptist Associations of Union County in North Carolina and
Chesterfield County in South Carolina. The trustees named the new school for a successful president of
Wake Forest University, Washington Manley Wingate, and chose an outstanding graduate of that
institution and Union County native for its first principal, Marcus B. Dry.

In 1923, Wingate expanded its educational vision, offering the first two years of baccalaureate education.
The national crisis of the economic crash and depression drove Wingate to the edge of extinction and, in
1932, the administration building burned to the ground. The administration building was replaced,
memorializing President C.C. Burris, who guided the institution from 1937 to 1953.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted membership and accreditation to Wingate in
1952. Budd and Ethel Smith assumed leadership of the college.

In 1955, Dr. Smith interested Mr. Charles A. Cannon of Kannapolis in the school. Mr. Cannon saw
Wingate as a place where the children of textile workers and others in the middle class might receive
opportunities in higher education.

In 1977, under the leadership of Dr. Thomas E. Corts, Wingate added upper-level college courses and
majors and granted its first baccalaureate degrees in 1979.

In 1995, during the school’s Centennial, the Board of Trustees voted to formally acknowledge Wingate’s
continued growth by changing its status to University.

In 2003, Wingate became the third university in the state of North Carolina to offer the PharmD degree
when it opened the School of Pharmacy.

In 2007, the School of Graduate and Adult Education was named to include graduate programs in
business and education and the bachelor degree completion program at the Metro Campus in Matthews.

Wingate University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS). The last accreditation was completed in 2006. Wingate University is accredited to
award the bachelor, master and professional degrees.

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the
recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia,
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and
Latin America for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, masters or doctoral
degrees (see www.sacscoc.org).




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FORMATION OF THE PA PROGRAM AND ACCREDITATION
In 2002 the President and Trustees initially started considering a PharmD program based on their
perception of a need for pharmacists in the greater-Charlotte area and the incredible growth in the
population in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. The PharmD program, begun in 2003, continues to be
successful. The Trustees directed university administration to explore other allied health programs.
The Physician Assistant Program appeared to be a great addition to the Wingate’s vision of being
involved in Allied Health. In April, 2006 the Trustees funded the PA Program initiative. In April 2007, 100
physicians and 100 physician assistants in the region surrounding Wingate University were surveyed to
determine their perceptions of a need for a physician assistant educational program and the degree they
may support this endeavor. The evaluation of the data supported the development of a PA Program at
Wingate. A majority of physician and physician assistant respondents expressed an interest in assisting
the program and felt that there was a need for a PA Program in the Charlotte, NC area.

The Physician Assistant Program at Wingate University received provisional accreditation through the
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) on March 10,
2008. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) granted approval on January 10, 2008,
for Wingate University to offer the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

In May 2007, a search committee for a PA Program Director was formed. Gary R. Uremovich was hired
as the program director July 2007. Over the course of the next two months, other staff and faculty were
hired.

In August 2008, the inaugural class for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree was admitted.
PA program classroom, lab and administrative offices are located in Hayes Building, named after Miriam
Cannon Hayes and completed in Fall 2006. The three-story Hayes Building has wireless or “smart”
classrooms and also houses the offices of the School of Education, College of Arts and Sciences and
labs for the School of Pharmacy.

The Physician Assistant Program at Wingate University received provisional accreditation through the
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) on March 10,
2008. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) granted approval on January 10, 2008
for Wingate University to offer the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS).

INTRODUCTION
Wingate University is operated on a nondiscriminatory basis. Wingate University abides by the provisions
of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title XI of Educational Amendments of 1972 and the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. Wingate University does not discriminate on the basis of race,
sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or military service in its administration of
education policies, programs, activities or services.

Each student is responsible for knowing the policies, procedures, curricular requirements and codes of
conduct for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the University.

Each student is responsible for his/her progress towards degree completion. Neither the student’s advisor
nor the faculty of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is responsible for insuring that the
student meets degree requirements. The Department and/or the University may terminate enrollment of
any student for professional, academic or financial reasons.

This PA Program Academic Catalog is intended as a supplement to the Wingate University Academic
Catalog and has been structured to recognize the graduate level of this professional course of study. The
University catalog contains important information concerning the history, goals, facilities and operations of
Wingate University and all applicants are encouraged to review the catalog.




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ABOUT THE PA PROGRAM
The Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies will cover seven continuous semesters
(27 months). The first year (3 semesters in 12 months) is didactic classes and the second year is clinical
rotations throughout the region in various medical specialties.

The mission of the Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to educate physician
assistants to become competent, compassionate and comprehensive health care providers.

Graduates will become leaders in the health care community, continuously striving for excellence in their
professional endeavors while compassionately providing for the health care needs of those they serve.

The goals of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are to
   • Identify for admission those individuals with the academic ability, clinical experience,
       interpersonal skills and maturity necessary to become outstanding physician assistants.
   • Provide a coordinated, comprehensive didactic and clinical curriculum that will allow graduates to
       deliver the highest quality of health care services.
   • Promote a didactic and clinical educational environment that embraces the concepts of
       continuous communication, cooperation and compassion.
   • Promote an atmosphere of “learner-centered” education that empowers students to become self-
       directed learners.
   • Instill in students the core values of Wingate University: Faith – Knowledge – Service.
   • Provide students with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and caring attitude needed to practice
       as a physician assistant anywhere and within any type of clinical practice.
   • Promote continuously a comprehensive approach to health and disease by emphasizing health
       maintenance, disease prevention and life-long learning.
   • Develop in students an appreciation of the dignity of the individual and each individual’s right to a
       quality life.
   • Promote continued professional growth through life-long learning.
   • Encourage graduates to strive for excellence in clinical practice while employing professional
       ethics as a member of the health care team focused on service to others.

The PA program will prepare individuals to become valued members of the health care team licensed to
practice medicine with physician supervision.

To apply to the Wingate University PA program for the class beginning August 2010, applicants must file
an online application for admission through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician
Assistants). The online application process for Wingate University begins April 15, 2009, and ends
January 15, 2010.

The CASPA link is https://portal.caspaonline.org

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
TEAM-BASED LEARNING, RELATIONSHIP-CENTERED CARE
Wingate University and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are committed to providing a
learner-centered educational experience valuing active-learning. This approach requires students to
accept responsibility for being actively involved in the learning process by placing the student at the
center of education. The process begins by understanding the individual student’s background, needs
and aptitudes. The instructor is responsible for facilitating the student’s education. It continues as the
instructor evaluates the progress toward learning objectives. By helping the student to develop basic
learning skills suited to his individual needs, the habit of lifelong learning is instilled.

Each student in the PA program will be assigned to a team for the duration of the program. The group
assignment will be determined by the Myers-Briggs Temperament Inventory test administered during
orientation. Group study can provide a forum for discussion and debate as well as exposing deficiencies
in knowledge; simple verbalization among peers often makes a difference in retention of facts.


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The PA program is also based on the concept of Relationship-Centered Care. The four domains of
relationship have been highlighted as the cornerstones of relationship-centered health care:

    •   clinician-patient relationships
    •   clinician-colleague relationships
    •   clinician-community relationships
    •   clinician’s relationship to self

Relationship-centered health care denotes an approach that recognizes the importance and uniqueness
of each health care participant’s relationship with every other, and considers these relationships to be
central in supporting high-quality care, a high-quality work environment, and superior organizational
performance.

The PA program incorporates these concepts, recognizing that relationships among core faculty, staff,
students, preceptors and instructors are the essential ingredients to the success of the mission, vision
and goals of the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Earn a bachelor degree from a four-year regionally accredited college or university.
Complete and submit an online application through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician
Assistants) between April 15, 2009, and January 15, 2010. https://portal.caspaonline.org

Complete eight of the following 9 prerequisites before the application deadline:
   1. Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Labs (8 semester hours) OR Human Anatomy and
       Human Physiology (4 semester hours each course)
   2. General Biology with Lab (4 semester hours)
   3. General Chemistry with Lab (4 semester hours)
   4. Organic Chemistry with Lab (4 semester hours)
   5. Microbiology with Lab (4 semester hours)
   6. Biochemistry (3 semester hours)
   7. College Algebra or higher (3 semester hours)
   8. Applied Statistics (3 semester hours)
   9. General Psychology (3 semester hours)

“Testing out” of a prerequisite is not accepted nor is the grade designation of Pass/Fail.

Minimum GPA for the 6 science courses of 3.2.

Minimum GPA for all 9 prerequisite courses of 3.0.

One of the three required references must be from an MD, a PA, a DO or an NP.

If applicable, have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as First Language) score of 570 (paper based) or
230 (computer based) or minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of 6.0.

Have begun acquiring the minimum 500 hours of direct patient contact.

Wingate University PA Program does not require the GRE (Graduate Review Examination).

Within 30 days of the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted concerning his/her status in
the admissions process and will be advised if he/she has been selected for an interview. Original
transcripts of each applicant’s coursework must be submitted to Wingate University prior to the interview
date.

Before July 31, 2010, each admitted applicant must:


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Complete the 9th prerequisite course and submit an official transcript to Wingate University.

Complete or maintain current the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for health care
providers or the American Red Cross’s Adult/Child CPR/AED course.

Complete the minimum 500 hours of direct patient contact.

Tentative Academic Calendar 2010-2012
              Fall semester 2010 (17 weeks)
              August 18-20 Orientation of new students
              August 23 Classes begin
              October 11-12 Fall break
              November 24-26 Thanksgiving break
              December 6-8 Final exams

                Spring semester 2011 (16 weeks)
                January 3 Classes begin
                January 17 Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday
                March 7-11 Spring break
                April 22-25 Easter Break
                April 26-28 Final exams

                Summer semester 2011 (11 weeks)
                May 9 Classes begin
                May 30 Memorial Day holiday
                July 4 Independence Day holiday
                July 25-27 Final exams

                Fall semester 2011 (16 weeks)
                August 17-19 Orientation for new students
                August 22 Classes begin
                November 22-26 Thanksgiving break
                December 12-14 Final exams

                Spring semester 2012 (16 weeks)
                January 3 Classes begin
                January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday
                March 5-8 Spring break
                April 6-8 Easter Break
                April 23-26 Final exams

                Summer semester 2012 (11 weeks)
                May 7 Classes begin
                May 28 Memorial Day holiday
                July 4 Independence Day holiday
                July 23-25 Final exams

                Fall semester 2012 (16 weeks)
                August 15-17 Orientation for new students
                August 20 Classes begin
                November 21-25 Thanksgiving break
                December 10-12 Final exams

PREPARATION FOR COURSEWORK
Following admission into the PA program, accepted students will be advised to purchase two review texts
in preparation for beginning the didactic year of study.

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        Medical Terminology by Peggy S. Stanfield (3rd edition Jones and Bartlett)
        Barron’s Anatomy and Physiology: The Easy Way (2nd edition Barron’s Series)

During orientation prior to the beginning of classes, students will be tested on the contents of each text. In
order to pass the exams, students must achieve a grade of 80% or better. Opportunities to retake the
exams for those students scoring less than 80% will be available throughout the first semester. All
students must pass the exam to progress to the second semester.

ASSESSMENT OF THE PA PROGRAM
A comprehensive assessment process will examine outcome instruments and Physician Assistant
National Certification Examination (PANCE) scores and will tie directly to curriculum assessment. Quality
assurance processes will be conducted throughout the year as documented in the program’s assessment
plan. Student surveys of courses will be conducted every semester; results of these evaluations will be
examined each semester to look for immediate weakness, and the results of course surveys are annually
reviewed prior to implementing curriculum changes.

The strategic planning process will include an annual faculty retreat in order to examine all pertinent data
such as outcomes, quality assurance, maintenance items (such as the PANCE Blueprint) and alignment
of the program’s mission and vision statement with the institutional strategic plan and vision.

The program competencies will be tied to the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician
Assistant (ARC-PA) Standards, which will allow a cyclic process of examining formative, summative and
outcome instruments that are closely correlated with the graduate competencies. The conceptual
framework of the ongoing assessment system represents a continuous process of improvement.

Integral to the self-study will be a semi-annual (or more frequent) meeting of the Advisory Council. The
Council is composed of interested members within the local medical and health care community. Their
feedback to the results of our assessments and evaluation of outcomes will be essential to our strategic
goals and program improvement initiatives.

ACADEMIC POLICIES
Students will be provided a copy of program goals and competencies at orientation. Each course and
clinical rotation syllabus has course descriptions and objectives required that guide student learning and
list competencies that students achieve during each course.

Students who are enrolled in the program must earn grades of C (2.0) or better in all courses and
maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing in the program. Students are
expected to understand and adhere to the codes and standards of the profession and generic abilities in
professional behavior.

Students are required to be in good academic standing to enter the clinical year. Students who receive
less than a C in a didactic course or who have less than a 3.0 GPA will be required to repeat the
course(s) and earn at least a C and an overall 3.0 GPA prior to entering clinical rotations. Specific
learning objectives are distributed to students for each clinical rotation. Grades are based on mid-point
and final evaluations by clinical preceptors, end-of-rotation exams, professional seminar attendance and
student presentations. If a student fails to obtain a minimum grade of C in a clinical rotation, he or she is
placed on academic probation and the rotation must be repeated. Students who fail to obtain a minimum
grade of C in two clinical rotations will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Any didactic course or clinical rotation that is required to be repeated will also incur additional tuition
charges. Such repetitions will lengthen the program beyond 27 months.

A student’s readiness to graduate will be determined by an overall GPA of 3.0, successful completion of
required courses, clinical rotations, demonstration of written and oral proficiencies, successful completion
of required objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), completion of the required total semester


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hours for the program and completion of a Capstone project. Students who complete the program in good
academic and financial standing by the end of the fall semester final exam period graduate in December.

MPAS REQUIRED CURRICULUM
First Semester (Fall – Didactic Year)
PA 520 Introduction to the Profession (1 Semester Hour). This course will provide an historical
perspective of the physician assistant profession, as well as current trends and issues. The course will
stress the importance of biomedical ethics and professional responsibilities in relation to the PAs role as
health care providers. Content relating to physician assistant professional organizations, program
accreditation, graduate certification and re-certification, employment considerations and professional
liability are to be included.

PA 530 Clinical Medicine I (6 Semester Hours). This is the first of three classes reviewing medical
diagnosis and treatment. This course teaches the pathology of disease by system and specialty. This
semester will include nutrition, clinical laboratory medicine, ophthalmology and otolaryngology, (EENT),
dermatology, pulmonary, cardiology (including ECG) and hematology. Also incorporated into these topics
are correlated reviews of relevant pathology and radiology.

PA 538 Patient Assessment I (4 Semester Hours). This course teaches foundational skills and techniques
required to gather a complete medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. This course
introduces the student to the art of history taking and physical exams of the skin, head and neck,
lymphatics, lungs, heart and abdomen. During this course, the integration of the student’s knowledge of
the structure and function of the human body will be coupled with laboratory sessions emphasizing the
proper use of diagnostic equipment and techniques for performing a comprehensive physical
examination.

PA 541 Pharmacology I (2 Semester Hours). This is the first class in a three-part series. Students will be
introduced to pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic and pharmacotherapeutic principles that provide a
foundation for the study of pharmacology and therapeutics. Combined lecture and active learning
exercises are designed to develop the skills that a physician assistant will need to enhance patient care in
clinical practice focusing on antibiotics, pulmonary and cardiac drugs, anemia and leukemia.

PA 544 Clinical Anatomy (2 Semester Hours). This course is designed to provide physician assistant
students with a working knowledge of the major anatomical regions and structures of the body. Emphasis
will be placed upon the relationships of components within a specific region as well as topographical and
functional anatomy as it relates to physical examination skills and clinical applications.

PA 546 Pathophysiology I (2 Semester Hours). Students will learn integrative human physiology and
pathophysiology involving concepts of cell biology, the integumentary, cardiovascular, pulmonary and
hematologic systems with an emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and etiologies of disease.
Students will learn the interrelationships of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, tissue,
organ and systemic levels.

PA 560 Clinical Genetics (1 Semester Hour). The successful practice of modern medicine includes the
recognition of the role of genetic factors in health and disease; students must understand the genetic
basis of disease. Students learn to obtain an accurate genetic pedigree and convey information to
patients. Knowledge will be used to develop a more effective approach to health maintenance, disease
prevention, disease diagnosis and treatment based on patients’ genetic predisposition.

Second semester (Spring – didactic year)
PA 527 Health Care Issues I (2 Semester Hours). PA students will develop a greater appreciation and
comprehension of the socio-behavioral aspects of medical practice. Students will learn effective
counseling and preventive education strategies for enhancing treatment compliance, promoting positive
health patterns and enhancing positive response to illness.



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PA 531 Clinical Medicine II (6 Semester Hours). This course builds on pathology of disease presented in
PA 530 Clinical Medicine I and continues with the presentation of the following systems:
gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, orthopedics/rheumatology and endocrinology. Disorders
are presented by system and specialty, augmented with clinical therapeutics.

PA 539 Patient Assessment II (4 Semester Hours). The student will build on the knowledge and
foundational skills and techniques learned in PA 5538 Patient Assessment I in the performance of a
thorough physical examination and medical history. Students will integrate the knowledge obtained in PA
530 Clinical Medicine I with laboratory sessions emphasizing the proper use of diagnostic equipment and
technique for performing a comprehensive physical examination. The semester will include the
musculoskeletal, neurological, male and female systems.

PA 542 Pharmacology II (3 Semester Hours). This is the second class in a three-part series. Students will
build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in PA 541 Pharmacology I. Combined lecture and active
learning exercises are designed to develop the pharmacologic and therapeutic skills that a physician
assistant will need to enhance patient care in clinical practice focusing on inflammatory conditions,
infectious diseases, gastrointestinal, neurological and endocrine diseases. Students will be expected to
utilize the clinical literature and to evaluate patient cases as they related to pharmacology.

PA 547 Pathophysiology II (2 Semester Hours). Students will learn integrative human physiology and
pathophysiology involving the neurological, gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive systems with an
emphasis upon homeostatic mechanisms and the etiologies of disease states. Students will understand
the interrelationship of function and dysfunction at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and systemic
levels.

PA 580 Research, Epidemiology and Statistics for the Physician Assistant (2 Semester Hours). Students
receive instruction in research methods and application in the clinical setting. Students gain
understanding of the basic concepts of epidemiology as it relates to medical practice. Students are
prepared to critically read published reports of clinical research and identify strengths and weaknesses.
Students will be prepared to complete a community-based project as their capstone for the PA program.

Third Semester (Summer – didactic year)
PA 528 Health Care Issues II (1 Semester Hour). Students build upon concepts in patient care discussed
in PA 527 Health Care Issues I. After completion of this course, students will understand and express
ethical concepts as they relate to practical decision-making and problem-solving. Students will
comprehend risk management strategies and the legal definitions of, and their responsibilities toward,
informed consent and confidentiality. Students will gain an appreciation for health care policy, nationally
and locally, as it impacts health care delivery, the practice of medicine as a PA and the socioeconomic
factors pertaining to relevant health care decision making.

PA 532 Clinical Medicine III (3 Semester Hours). The student will build upon the knowledge and skills
attained in the two prior Clinical Medicine courses. The student will study the disorders and diseases of
the following: genitourinary system (GU), psychiatric disorders, preventive medicine and complementary
and alternative medicine. Disorders are presented by system and specialty-augmented with clinical
therapeutics.

PA 543 Pharmacology III (2 Semester Hours). This is the third class in a three-part series. Combined
lecture and active learning exercises are designed to develop the pharmacologic and therapeutic skills
that a physician assistant will need to enhance patient care in clinical practice focusing on renal disease,
genitourinary and psychiatric disorders and alternative/complimentary medicines and dietary
supplements. Students will be expected to utilize the clinical literature and to evaluate patient cases as
they related to pharmacology.

PA 550 Emergency Medicine (2 Semester Hours). In this advanced clinical course, students learn
treatment of trauma and medical disorders commonly presenting to the emergency department. Taught in
a case-based format, the emphasis is on the priority of stabilizing patients with life-threatening trauma or

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illness and selecting appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures. Students will be required to
become ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified or recertified for clinical rotations.

PA 552 Medical Procedures (2 Semester Hours). Students build on the knowledge, skills and techniques
learned in PA 539 Patient Assessment II to evaluate the surgical patient. Taught using a combination of
lectures and laboratory exercises, students learn to perform procedures such as suturing, splinting,
wound care, intravenous insertions, nasogastric intubations and Foley catheter insertion. Students learn
principles of surgery, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care, and minor surgical
procedures.

PA 554 Special Populations (5 Semester Hours). Students must understand the special needs of patients
within the primary care subspecialties: women’s health, pediatrics and geriatrics. This class is taught in a
modular format using a variety of learning methods, including traditional lectures and interactive
techniques.

CLINICAL ROTATION SITES
MPAS degree curriculum will be delivered both on and off the main campus of Wingate University.
Didactic courses will be held on the main campus while clinical rotation curriculum will be delivered in
affiliated sites such as hospitals, medical practices and long-term care facilities. The Department of
Physician Assistant Studies will attempt to place students in locations that are mutually agreed upon but
reserves the right to place students in suitable locations when necessary. Transportation for all off-
campus clinical rotations is the responsibility of the student.

Students during the clinical year will serve in three rotations during the fall semester, three in the spring
semester, two in the summer semester and two in the final semester. Each student will complete each
rotation described below. Didactic year’s curriculum must be completed successfully in order for student
to progress to the clinical year.

PA 600 Ambulatory Medicine (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical experience in
general primary care through outpatient medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care,
including history, physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient
and family education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized.

PA 610 Ambulatory Medicine II (5 Semester Hours). This course will provide the second clinical
experience in general outpatient medicine. Sites may include a family medicine clinic or outpatient
internal medicine clinic. Students will engage in all aspects of patient care for patients from history and
physical exam to treatment plan design and evaluation, including procedures when indicated. Patient and
family education will be stressed as they apply both to treatment plans and preventive issues. The goal of
PA 610 is to provide extended practical experience and exposure to students in the field of primary care
medicine which will merge with the knowledge gained in the didactic year for patients in the clinical
setting. It will complement previous clinical rotations including PA 600.

PA 602 Internal Medicine (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical clinical
experience in internal medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical
exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to
treatment and preventive measures is emphasized.

PA 603 Pediatrics (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in
pediatric medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam,
treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment
and preventive measures is emphasized.

PA 604 Psychiatry (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience in
psychiatric medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam,
treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment
and preventive measures is emphasized.

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PA 605 General Surgery (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience
in general surgery. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam,
treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment
and preventive measures is emphasized.

PA 606 Women’s Health (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical clinical experience
in women’s health. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history, physical exam,
treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family education to treatment
and preventive measures is emphasized.

PA 607 Emergency Medicine (5 Semester Hours). The five-week rotation provides practical clinical
experience in emergency medicine. Students engage in all aspects of patient care, including history,
physical exam, treatment plan design and evaluation. Students’ application of patient and family
education to treatment and preventive measures is emphasized.

PA 608 Elective Clinical Rotation I (5 Semester Hours). This is the first of two required elective clinical
rotations. This course will provide clinical experience in medical or surgical specialty of the student’s
choice. All clinical rotations will be offered throughout the last 4 semesters of the MPAS Program. Each
clinical rotation will last for five weeks with a total of 3 different clinical rotations per semester. During the
last semester only 2 clinical rotations will be available. Students will engage in all aspects of patient care
from history and physical exam to treatment plan design and evaluation. Patient and family education will
be stressed as they apply both to treatment plans and preventative issues. The purpose of this rotation is
to allow students to explore more completely an area of interest in clinical medicine or surgery. Students
will engage in all aspects of patient care for patients within that specialty’s patient population from history
and physical exam to treatment plan design and evaluation. Patient and family education will be stressed
as they apply both to treatment plans and preventative issues.

PA 609 Elective Clinical Rotation II (5 Semester Hours). This is the second of two required elective
clinical rotations. This course will provide clinical experience in medical or surgical specialty of the
student’s choice. All clinical rotations will be offered throughout the last 4 semesters of the MPAS
Program. Each clinical rotation will last for five weeks with a total of 3 different clinical rotations per
semester. During the last semester only 2 clinical rotations will be available. Students will engage in all
aspects of patient care from history and physical exam to treatment plan design and evaluation. Patient
and family education will be stressed as they apply both to treatment plans and preventative issues. The
purpose of this rotation is to allow students to explore more completely an area of interest in clinical
medicine or surgery. Students will engage in all aspects of patient care for patients within that specialty’s
patient population from history and physical exam to treatment plan design and evaluation. Patient and
family education will be stressed as they apply both to treatment plans and preventative issues.

Fourth Semester (Fall – clinical year)
PA 621 Introduction to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (1 Semester Hour). This is a continuation
of work initiated on PA 580 Research, Epidemiology, and Statistics. This course will allow the student to
gain competency in quality improvement strategies necessary for completion of their Capstone Project.
Students will develop skills and knowledge in practice-based learning, development of a variety of
improvement strategies, and an introduction to systems-based practice. This course coincides with the
PA student’s initial contact with clinical rotations and will serve as a guide in assessing patient safety and
process improvement. Furthermore, it will help develop strategies for completing the Quality Improvement
Capstone Project required for graduation. The capstone experience is student-directed, meaning that
students take responsibility for identifying and defining a problem to work on, working within a
multidisciplinary team, facilitating the approach and methods needed to address a problem, and
presenting findings in both oral and written forms.

Three Five-Week Clinical Rotations (15 Semester hours). Courses described above.

Fifth Semester (Spring – clinical year)

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PA 623 Professional Development (1 Semester Hour). The instructor will teach through an interactive
discussion format. Topics include resume development, employment strategies, completion of state
applications for practice, medical malpractice, reimbursement issues and financial planning.

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Sixth Semester (Summer – clinical year)
PA 624 PANCE Preparation I (2 Semester Hours). The first of two courses to prepare students for
successful completion of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for
entering medical practice. Students learn strategies for successful study and successful completion of
board-style exams. Students are prepared to take a systems approach, integrating all aspects of
medicine, including medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult and pediatric medicine.
Topics also include typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, lab
interpretation and management of disorders.

Two Five-Week Clinical Rotations (10 Semester hours). Courses described above.

Seventh Semester (Fall – Final Semester)
PA 625 PANCE Preparation II (2 Semester Hours). In this second course, students are prepared to
successfully complete the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), necessary for
entering medical practice. Students learn strategies for successful study and successful completion of
board-style exams. Students are prepared to take a systems approach, integrating all aspects of
medicine, including medical and surgical disorders encountered in general adult and pediatric medicine.
Topics also include typical clinical presentation, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnostic work-up, lab
interpretation and management of disorders.

PA 710 Summative Evaluation (1 Semester Hour). This course provides a summative evaluation tool to
measure cognitive, motor and effective domains at a point near the students’ completion of the program.
Students perform an objective standardized clinical examination (OSCE) in order to demonstrate
competency in interpersonal skills, comprehensive physical examination skills and professional bearing.
Students complete an end-of-course written examination providing proof of medical knowledge and
clinical competence.

PA 720 Capstone Project Completion (4 Semester Hours). This is a continuation of the Capstone Project
first defined and discussed in PA580 Research, Epidemiology, and Statistics, and PA 621 Introduction to
Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. This course will allow the student to complete work on their
Capstone project and formally present the student’s findings to their peers and instructors. This project is
required for graduation from the MPAS Program.

Two Five-Week Clinical Rotations (10 Semester hours). Courses described above.

STUDENT PRIVACY AND INFORMED CONSENT
Students in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are granted privacy through the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) enacted to protect the privacy associated with
educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records and
to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal
hearings.

In compliance with FERPA, the Wingate University Department of Physician Assistant Studies requires its
students’ informed consent to the sharing of personal information with its educational partners (clinical
rotation sites) strictly on a need-to-know basis. This personal information may include, but is not limited
to, social security numbers, immunization records, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, results of health
care tests, results of credit checks and criminal records known to Wingate University. Notice is hereby
given that random drug screenings or additional criminal background checks may be requested of the
students at any time during the didactic or clinical years as well as for placement in certain clinical rotation


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sites as standard operating procedure. The student may be responsible for the cost of drug screenings or
additional criminal background checks.

CODES OF PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC CONDUCT
Each student in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies will be given the Student Handbook
pertinent to the guidelines of acceptable and unacceptable conduct. Included in this Handbook are
guidelines for professional appearance and conduct during the didactic and clinical years.

TUITION AND COSTS
Tuition for each of the seven semesters of education is estimated at $8,400 per semester for a total
estimated tuition of $58,800 plus expenses estimated at $2,500 for textbooks, medical equipment,
malpractice and health insurance, and miscellaneous supplies and training fees. Students are also
required to have a laptop computer using a Windows operating system.

Laptop Computer - Students are required to have a laptop computer for use in the PA Program.
       • Processor speed ranging from 1.3 Ghz to 2.15 Ghz
       • RAM - (Random Access Memory) - 512MB or more
       • Hard Drive - minimum 60GB
       • Wireless standard 802.11b/g
       • CD/DVD or DVD/CD Burner drive
       • CD-ROM drive
       • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (Professional) or Windows VistaTM (No Macintosh)
       • Microsoft Office Suite Student and Teacher Edition
       • Antivirus Software
       • Service Plan

Upon notification of acceptance into the program, each applicant must pay a $1,500 tuition deposit within
10 days of receipt of a certified letter of acceptance to confirm and secure the applicant’s place in the
class. The deposit will be applied to the first year’s tuition if the student continues in the program. Failure
to pay the $1,500 in a timely manner will forfeit applicant’s place in the program.

The $1,500 deposit is nonrefundable if the applicant chooses not to enroll in the Physician Assistant
program after paying the deposit. If the applicant is dismissed by the Wingate University PA program prior
to enrollment but after payment of the $1,500 for reasons including, but not limited to, discovery of history
of drug abuse, felony conviction or fraudulent application statements, Wingate University will refund in full
applicant’s deposit of $1,500.

HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSPORTATION
There is limited housing on campus for graduate students. Employment is strongly discouraged since the
PA curriculum requires full days of class work and independent study after class. All teaching is delivered
on the main campus of Wingate University from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students are
responsible for all living expenses and transportation.

LICENSING
Following graduation with the MPAS degree, students may apply to sit for the Physician Assistant
National Certification Examination (PANCE). After passing the PANCE, students may apply for licensing
in any state or territory of the United States.

        North Carolina Medical Board
        1203 Front Street
        Raleigh, NC 27609-7533
        PO Box 20007
        Raleigh, NC 27619-0007
        Telephone (919) 326-1100, (919) 326-1109
        Fax (919) 326-0036
        info@ncmedboard.org

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DISABILITY STATEMENT
Wingate University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is
excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in university programs
or activities due to his or her disability. The university is fully committed to complying with all requirements
of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments and the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 (Section 504) and to providing equal educational opportunities to otherwise qualified students with
disabilities. Disability support services are available to otherwise qualified students with disabilities to
ensure equal access to the university’s programs and services. Services may include making academic
and/or non-academic accommodations for students. The university’s Office of Disability Services is the
only designated department authorized to coordinate disability related services. Students should contact
the Office of Disability Services when seeking academic and/or non-academic accommodations.




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FACULTY

Rosalind V. Becker MS PA-C
Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator
   • MS Education and Leadership, Arizona School of Health Sciences (2005)
   • BS Health Professions, Kettering College of Medical Arts (2000)
   • AS Physician Assistant, Kettering College of Medical Arts (1995)
   • AS Medical Lab Technology, Orange County Community College (1974)

Sharon Berenfeld MD
Instructor
    • MD University of Florida College of Medicine (1987)
    • BS Microbiology, University of South Florida (1982)

Roy C. Blank MD
Associate Professor and Medical Director
   • MD Medicine, University of Maryland (1972)
   • BS Biology, Wake Forest University (1968)

David A. Compton MD MPH
Associate Professor and Assistant Program Director
   • MPH Johns Hopkins University (1986)
   • MD Medical College of Virginia (1984)
   • MS Biology and Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University (1979)
   • BS Biology Virginia Commonwealth University (1977)

Rebecca B. Boeschel MSHS PA-C
Instructor
    • MSHS George Washington University Medical Center (2003)
    • PA Certification Wake Forest University Medical Center (1979)
    • BA University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (1975)

Gary R. Uremovich DMin MPAS PA-C
Assistant Professor and Program Director
   • DMin Church Administration, Trinity College and Theological Seminary (2007)
   • MPAS Emergency Medicine, University of Nebraska (1997)
   • MS Educational Counseling, Vanderbilt University, Peabody School for Teachers (1981)
   • BS Psychology Magna cum laude, University of Maryland (1979)
   • BS Allied Health/Physician Assistant honor graduate University of Nebraska (1976)

Michael B. Whitehead DHSc PA-C
Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator
   • DHSc, Nova Southeastern University (2005)
   • MPAS, University of Nebraska (2000)
   • BS Applied Science (Physician Assistant), Creighton University
   • Bachelor General Studies, Chaminade University of Honolulu (1986)
   • Physician Assistant Program, U.S. Army Academy of Health Science (1984)




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