College of Health Professions &
McAuley
School
of Nursing


Graduate Programs Office:

Office: Administration Building, Room 200
Outer Drive Campus
Dean: Suzanne Mellon
Telephone: (313) 993-6130
Fax: (313) 993-6175
Email: mellonsk@udmercy.edu
Website: http://www.udmercy.edu/healthprof/index.html


Programs Offered
— Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
— Health Systems Management (MSN)
— Health Services Administration (MS)
— Nurse Anesthesiology (MS)
— Physician Assistant (MS)

Applications, transcripts, and requests for information for these programs should be directed to the College of Health Professions, Graduate Programs Office (313) 993-6177.

 

The College of Health Professions, in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions, prepares professionals to lead individuals, families and communities to optimal health and well-being. It is through the integration of health professional knowledge, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning that the culturally competent health care professional will be educated.

In the managed care environment, health care professionals are challenged to work in interdisciplinary groups and must be able to plan strategies in a collaborative manner with a variety of other providers/managers in a wide array of settings. Through the course of studies, graduates of the College of Health Professions will be able to:

1. Care for the community’s health, appreciating the growing diversity of the population and health care needs in the context of different cultural values.
2. Provide evidenced-based clinical care, effectively deliver care based upon best practice and interact as productive members of interdisciplinary teams.
3. Analyze and appreciate the complexity of the health care system.
4. Manage information and use technology appropriately in the delivery of health care.
5. Form alliances across the continuum of health care to provide optimal health care in the most appropriate settings.
6. Critically analyze and use health care research.
7. Promote healthy life styles.
8. Participate in continuing learning to maintain professional competence throughout practice life.

The College’s vision is that it will be recognized as an urban center of academic excellence, distinguished by community partnerships and graduates who lead, serve and promote health and social justice.

The College offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing, Health Services Administration, Nurse Anesthesiology and Physician Assistant. Graduate students in the College of Health Professions take the following core courses which are offered in an interdisciplinary format:

HLH 570 — Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues
HLH 532 — Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
HLH 550 — Research Methods in Health Care
PYC 503 — Statistics

These core courses have been developed to address complex contemporary health care issues, prepare graduates to use research in their practice, foster interprofessional interactions and gain an understanding of the role of the community in health care.

 

Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Interim Assistant Dean and Chair of Graduate Programs: Janet Baiardi
Office: AD 423a
Outer Drive Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-6423
Fax: (313) 993-6175
E-mail: baiardjm@udmercy.edu

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) prepares the advanced practice nurse to provide primary health care services across the lifespan to individuals, families and aggregates in the community. Besides primary care services, critical foci include practice models which emphasize the family as unit, health promotion and disease prevention and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The mission of the McAuley School of Nursing (MSON) FNP program is to prepare highly skilled and culturally sensitive advanced practice nurses who are committed to providing quality and cost effective primary care services to individuals, families and communities. The program places special emphasis on providing services to the medically underserved.

The MSN degree with the FNP major requires 50 credit hours and approximately 750 clinical hours. The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full-time and part-time options for degree completion. Full-time study can be completed in two years with some courses offered during the summer semester. A program of part time study can be completed in three years. In addition, the MSON offers a post master’s certificate option for those individuals who already possess a master’s degree in nursing. The requirements of this option are individualized but generally require the advanced practice nursing core and family nurse practitioner clinical courses.

The master of science degree is conferred at the completion of the program requirements. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students are urged to contact the specific Board of Nursing in the state in which they anticipate practice in order to ensure they are in full compliance with the education, practice and certification requirements.

The graduate nursing programs have full accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Application deadline: February 15 and November 1; Application fee: $50.

Admissions Criteria

Admission criteria for the Master of Science degree in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) include:

1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
2. Submission of all official transcripts for college/university education.
3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude scores.
4. Two years full-time equivalent experience as a registered nurse.
5. A license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan.
6. Three letters of professional recommendation.
7. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives.
8. A personal interview with a graduate faculty.

Academic Policies and Requirements

To remain in good academic standing and to graduate from the program, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0. Core FNP clinical courses must be passed with a B- or better.

The performance record of each student is reviewed at the end of each semester. Any student who fails to maintain these standards may not be permitted to progress in the program.

Curriculum Plan

Program Prerequisites
— Medical Ethics
— Undergraduate Nursing Research

 Fall Semester

 

NUR 510 Primary Care of the Family I

3cr  

NUR 511 Advanced Health Assessment

2 cr.

BCS 594 Advanced Pathophysiology

3 cr.

NUR 502 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3 cr.

 

________

 

Total: 11 credits

Winter Semester

 

NUR 520 Primary Care of the Family II

6 cr.

BCS 530 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics I

2 cr.

PYC 503 Statistics

3 cr.

 

________

 

Total: 11 credits

Summer Semester

 

BCS 531 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics II .

2 cr.

HLH 532 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

3 cr.

HLH 550 Research Methods in Health Care

3 cr.

 

________

 

Total: 8 credits

Fall Semester

 

NUR 610 Primary Care of the Family III

6 cr.

HLH 570 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues

3 cr.

NUR 597, 598, or 599 Research Project

1 cr.

 

________

 

Total: 10 credits

Winter Semester

 

NUR 620 Primary Care of the Family IV

6 cr.

NUR 630 Leadership/Management/ Role

3 cr.

NUR 597, 598, or 599 Research Project

1 cr.

 

________

 

Total: 10 credits

 

Health Systems Management

Interim Assistant Dean and Chair of Graduate Programs: Janet Baiardi
Office: AD 423a
Outer Drive Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-6423
Fax: (313) 993-6175
E-mail: baiardjm@udmercy.edu

Program Description

The Health Systems Management (HSM) MSN program is designed to respond to the emerging health care marketplace. The evolution of the health care industry is moving toward patient-centered care that will earlier identify and closely manage complex clinical problems with attention to delivering care across the health continuum. Future trends also signal a move to population-focused health and wellness management. Managed care, as the primary financial payor in many market areas, has been the impetus to design and implement innovative health systems that are cost-effective and emphasize preventive health measures. This has increased the demand for evolving new roles in health care systems and organizations with attention to case/care management, disease-state management, and population health management systems. The curriculum is designed to teach the skills necessary to plan, design, manage, and evaluate health care programs, interventions, and resources within a variety of health care settings.

The program consists of 38 credits of graduate study. Four credits of practicum experience allow each student to integrate course work into an actual work setting. Each student practices with approved clinical preceptors and adjunct faculty throughout the community. Practicum sites may include health plans, health care systems, integrated delivery systems, employers/payors, health insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, clinics, nurse-manage clinics, or physician offices. A research project relevant to the practicum experiences is also required.

The MSON is committed to flexibility in the program and therefore offers both full-time and part-time options for degree completion. In addition, the MSON offers a post-master’s certificate option for those individuals who already possess a master’s degree in nursing. The requirement for this option are individualized.

Admission Criteria

Students are admitted to the HSM program in the winter and fall semesters. Both full-time and part-time options are available. Application deadlines for the two terms are February 15 and November 1.

Admission criteria for the Master of Science degree in Health Systems Management include:

1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
2. Submission of all official transcripts for college/university education.
3. A license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Michigan.
4. Two years of practice experience as a registered nurse.
5. Applicants should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
6. Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the last five years.
7. Three letters of professional recommendation.
8. A personal interview with a graduate faculty member.

UDM is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the HSM program has been reviewed and is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, bureau of Health Professions.

Curriculum

Major Courses:

 

NUR 502 Nursing Theory

3 cr.

HSA 511 Financial Management

3 cr.

NUR 512 Quality Planning and Management

3 cr.

NUR 514 Strategic Leadership in Health Systems Management .

3 cr.

NUR 530 Health Systems/Nursing Informatics

2 cr.

NUR 540 Health Systems Management I

4 cr.

NUR 560 Health Systems Management II

4 cr.

NUR 590 HSM Practicum

2 cr.

NUR 597, 598 or 599 Research Project

2 cr.

 

RN – BSN – MSN Pathway

Interim Assistant Dean and Chair of Graduate Programs: Janet Baiardi
Office: AD 423a
Outer Drive Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-6423
Fax: (313) 993-6175
E-mail: baiardjm@udmercy.edu

Admission Criteria

1. Graduation from a state-approved associate degree or diploma program
2. Current licensure to practice as an RN in the state of Michigan
3.
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 in previous academic course work and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in science courses.

This pathway of RN to MSN will allow academically outstanding registered nurses to accelerate the process of earning a MSN by allowing them to take graduate credits (9-11 credits, dependent on major) on the undergraduate level. Upon completion of their baccalaureate degree requirements, these graduate credits will count towards their MSN degree.

The RN to MSN student will first focus on completing liberal arts and support core courses and taking the nursing bridge course (NUR 322: Professional Issues Within the Changing Health Care System). Upon completion of 12 credit hours in the BSN completion curriculum (including one nursing course) with an overall GPA of 3.0, the student is eligible to apply for graduate standing. The criteria for progression to graduate standing in the McAuley School of Nursing includes:

• Completion of the graduate application
• Graduate Record Examination
• Three letters of professional recommendation
• Autobiographical statement
• Personal interview
• 2 years of full time nursing experience

The student who qualifies for the graduate program will have two options from which to choose: the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program or the Health Systems Management (HSM) program. Students will complete all the requirements for the BSN program with the following courses from the graduate program taken to fulfill the undergraduate degree requirements:

— PYC 503 (Statistics): Graduate Statistics will replace the undergraduate statistics requirement. The prerequisite for this course is Intermediate Algebra, which RNs will be required to take prior to this course.
— HLH 550 (Research Methods): The Research methods course will replace the undergraduate nursing research requirement (NUR 360).
— NUR 502 (Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice): This core course for the graduate program will replace the nursing elective requirement for the undergraduate nursing program, in addition to providing nursing theoretical foundation knowledge from the undergraduate nursing course.
— NUR 511 (Advanced Health Assessment: FNP program): This course, specifically for nurses who elect the FNP master’s program, will replace the NUR 342 at the undergraduate level (Advanced Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse).

Therefore, students will complete all undergraduate course requirements for the BSN (126 credits), with the preceding listed courses meeting the undergraduate degree requirements. Students who elect to go into the FNP program will have 11 credits to transfer into the master’s program, and students who elect to go into the HSM program will have nine credits to transfer into the master’s program.

RN to MSN Pathway for the RN with a bachelor’s degree outside of nursing
This program is tailored for the registered nurse who holds a bachelor’s degree outside of nursing. It will not have the stop-out option for the BSN degree. This candidate follows the same admission criteria as students who are seeking entrance to the MSN program and meets the same qualifications as master’s applicants to the McAuley School of Nursing. The student must meet graduate standards as outlined in the graduate handbook and the University of Detroit Mercy catalog. These have been detailed above in the first pathway described. The student may choose either the FNP or the HSM graduate programs.

Students in this pathway will be required to meet prerequisite course requirements to ensure that the applicant is prepared for graduate study in nursing. Input from the graduate program coordinator, BSN-completion coordinator, and the graduate committee will be used to assess the bridge course requirements. All students admitted to this program with a bachelor’s degree outside of nursing will be mandated to meet the following competencies or equivalencies, with other courses determined on individual assessment of the student’s transcript:

• ETH 358 (Health Ethics)
• BCS 338 (Pathophysiology)
• NUR 322 (Professional Issues in the Changing Health Care System)
• NUR 422 (Epidemiological Trends and Implications for Urban Health)
• NUR 444 (Leadership and Management in Nursing in a Changing Health Care System)
• NUR 446 ( Integrated Leadership and Community Practicum for the RN)

As noted above, for students to remain in good standing, they must achieve a minimum of B- in all nursing courses, and an overall GPA of 3.0.

 

Health Services Administration

Chair: Mary Kelly, RSM
Office: AD 303
Outer Drive Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-6218
Fax: (313) 993-6175
E-mail: kellym@udmercy.edu

Master of Science Health Services Administration

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration builds on the health related preparation and work experience that students bring to the program, and develops advanced competencies in management and research techniques, as well as current knowledge of the health care delivery system, health law, program planning and evaluation and health care policy issues. Courses are offered in formats designed for the working person.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program in Health Services Administration is granted to applicants whose academic, professional, and personal qualifications give promise of success in graduate study.

Admission requirements include:
1. A baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0). The requirement may be satisfied by a 3.0 in the most recent 60 credits of the applicant’s baccalaureate record. The quality of academic work taken beyond the bachelor’s degree, either as post-baccalaureate (non-graduate credit) courses or graduate credit courses, can be included with the most recent 60 credits to determine the student’s academic average. In both cases the applicant must satisfactorily meet all additional admission requirements for the program. Conditional admission may be granted to students whose GPA is less than 3.0. Students considered for conditional admission may be required to submit scores on the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination. Where conditional admission is recommended, the student is required to complete a list of courses specified by the program chair with a grade of B or better in each of the courses. These courses may not be repeated.
2. A minimum one year of work experience in a health care setting.
3. Three letters of recommendation from professional and academic acquaintances, including one from a direct supervisor.
4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
5. A well-formulated career plan articulated in a brief essay; and
6. A personal interview with the admissions committee.

Prerequisites

Statistics (PYC 503) is a prerequisite to admission.

Grading Policies

Academic standards are set to ensure the degree in Health Services Administration signifies that student work meets or exceeds a particular level of excellence. In order to remain in good academic standing and to graduate from the program, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better. Students whose grades fall below a 3.0 average in any semester will be placed on probation. Students on probation will be expected to return to good academic standing within the next six credit hours of course work. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program unless the student is able to demonstrate unusual or extraordinary circumstances that are responsible for his/her performance.

Health Services Administration Curriculum Plan – 5 Terms

Term I Fall (3 cr. each)

HSA 500 Theory and Practice of HS Management.
HSA 501 Accounting Principles for HS Professionals
HSA 506 Health Economics

Term 2 Winter (3 cr. each)

HSA 510 Leadership and Human in Health Care Resource Management
HSA 502 Financial Management of Health Services
ETH 552 Ethical Perspectives in HS Administration

Term 3 Summer (3 cr. each)

PYC 503 Statistics
HLH 570 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues
HLH 532 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

Term 4 Fall (3 cr. each)

HSA 512 Quality Planning and Management in HS Administration
HSA 550 Information Systems for HS Administrators
HLH 550 Research Methods in Health Care

Term 5 Winter (3 cr. each)

HSA 505 Legal Aspects of HS Administration
HSA 590 Internship in HSA (or Field Research Project)
HSA 580 Seminar in HS Administration

Total credits required for MS in Health Services Administration 42 cr.

Changes in this plan of study require the approval of the program chair. Part time study may be arranged.

 

Nurse Anesthesiology

Henry Ford Hospital
Clara Ford Pavilion 303
2900 W. Grand Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48202-2689

Director:
Patrick Quinn, CRNA, MS
Assistant Director/Clinical Education Coordinator: Mary Raftery, CRNA, MS
Assistant Director/Curriculum Coordinator: Christine Shrewsbury, BSN, MSNA
Phone: (313) 916-2934
Fax: (313) 916-2606
Email: schanes@hfhs.org


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
P.O. Box 600
44405 N. Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48341-5023

Director: Michael P. Dosch, CRNA, MS
Director of Clinical Services: Anne Glime, CRNA, BSN
Assistant Director: Petra Douglas Hurt, CRNA, MS
Assistant Director: Carmen Ford-Fleifel, CRNA, MS
Clinical Coordinator: Mary Ann Rankowski, CRNA, MS
Phone: (248) 858-6593
Fax: (248) 858-6599
E-mail: doschm@trinity-health.org

The graduate Nurse Anesthesia programs offered through the University of Detroit Mercy have two hospital affiliations with St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The programs are dedicated to providing educational excellence for the graduate student through comprehensive classroom and clinical experiences. Our faculty nurture professional responsibility and commitment to research and other professional activities. Both hospital sites offer a variety of clinical experiences in addition to the academic curriculum to prepare competent and highly skilled Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). High quality anesthesia care encompasses in-depth knowledge, judgment and problem solving skills, proficient implementation of technical skills, and values and beliefs which positively affect relationships with patients and members of the health care team. To integrate these critical skills, the programs incorporate learning activities which facilitate the development of entry-level CRNAs. Students prepare for full participation in anesthesia care as members of a health care team responsible for total patient care.

Accreditation

Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Admission Criteria and Process

The master's program is targeted to outstanding Registered Nurses with critical care experience who possess a baccalaureate degree. Requirements include:

1. Graduation from an NLN accredited nursing program.
2. Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or appropriate science degree.
3. Minimum of one year recent experience (within last 5 years) as a professional registered nurse in a critical care area in which the applicant has had the opportunity to develop as an independent decision maker, demonstrate psychomotor skills and the ability to use and interpret advanced monitoring techniques. Direct patient contact is required.
4. Professional/academic competency attested by three letters of recommendation.
5. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with scores available before the interview is scheduled. (You may send us your copy. The suggested minimum total [Verbal + Quantitative + Analytical] score is 1200).
6. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
7. Undergraduate coursework: Transcripts should reflect one undergraduate course taken within the last seven years, with a grade of B or above, in each of the following areas:

–Inorganic chemistry
–Organic (or Bio-) chemistry
–Anatomy and Physiology
–Research methods
–Statistics (Statistics courses taken as part of the BSN are acceptable. If taken later, they must be considered equivalent to STA225 by UDM Admissions).

8. Submission of a professional autobiography delineating personal goals of graduate study.
9. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
10. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) (for students entering after Jan 1, 2001)
11. Current licensure as a professional registered nurse in Michigan or ability to obtain the same.
12. Application for Graduate Admission completed and sent with the fee to the University.

Admissions process

Please note that applications are reviewed continuously as they are received (twelve months a year). Approximately ten to fifteen students are enrolled each year for the St. Joseph Mercy Program, and ten for the Henry Ford Hospital Program. Accepted applicants begin coursework in September. Orientation is held for the first week of the Program. Clinical experience begins during the first semester.

To apply for admission a candidate should:

1. Contact the program and download information and applications forms from the program website http://www.udmercy.edu/crna/
2. Ensure that supporting documentation is sent promptly. This includes three letters of reference, transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended since high school, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

The top candidates meeting or exceeding admission requirements will be granted an interview (normally held in January, but it may vary from year to year).

The Admissions Committee goal is to notify all applicants of their decision within two weeks after the interviews. Applicants are either accepted, accepted as alternates, or their application is rejected. After they receive notice from the Admissions Committee, accepted applicants confirm their intention to enroll in writing, and by submitting a deposit ($800, which is non-refundable and applied to the first term clinical fees). If there are unfilled positions available after fall interviews, qualified candidates whose applications are received after October may be scheduled during a second round of interviews in the spring.

Note: The Program welcomes applications or inquiries twelve months a year. The fall series of interviews are held each year. A second series of interviews may be held in the spring, if there is a need.

Outcome Criteria

Upon completion of the program, the graduate registered nurse anesthetist will:

1. Show clinical excellence and the ability to think critically, by administering all types of anesthetics and with a high degree of skill.
2. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity, reflecting the values of the sponsoring institutions and the standards of care developed by the profession and specialty.
3. Communicate effectively with patients and with the other members of the interdisciplinary team, in and out of the operating room.
4. Make decisions for patient care that reflect awareness of the legal, ethical, economic, and cultural milieu in which care is delivered.
5. Possess professional research skills, gained by conducting a research project from idea inception through dissemination of findings.

Requirements

Curriculum

The graduate curriculum includes 71 credit hours and is offered in full-time and part-time tracks. The academic and clinical course work are integrated throughout the program. The full-time track consists of seven semesters or 27 months and the part-time track consists of 10 semesters over 39 months.

Master of Science Curriculum 2002-2003

The listing includes course number, title, and credit hours. These credit hours are based on 4 month terms. For example, BCS538 meets for 4 hours of lecture per week, over a four month period (4 x 16 = 64 contact hours total). Please note that only classroom experiences follow this format. Clinical Internships or research classes may require more time commitment than indicated by their credit weight. ANE530 Physics and Biomedical Instrumentation is offered online.

There are 71 credits (total) which are typically taken in either 27 months ("full time") or 39 months ("extended" or "part time"- see Extended curriculum).

Term I Fall

 

BCS 538 Physiology I

4 cr.

BCS 560 Pharmacology I

4 cr.

BCS 542 Gross Anatomy

4 cr.

ANE 549 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I

4 cr.*

ANE 601 Clinical Internship I

1 cr.*

 

17 credits

 

 

Term II Winter

 

CHM 570 Biochemistry

1.5 cr.

BCS 539 Physiology II

4 cr.

BCS 561 Pharmacology II

4 cr.

ANE 550 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I

4 cr.*

ANE 602 Clinical Internship II

1 cr.*

ANE 570 Principles of Regional Anesthesia

2 cr.*

 

16.5 credits

 

 

Term III Summer

 

ANE 551 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II

3 cr.*

HLH 550 Research Methodology

3 cr.

ANE 610 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 603 Clinical Internship III

1 cr.*

PYC 503 Statistics

3 cr.

 

11 credits

 

 

Term IV Fall

 

ANE 552 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III

3 cr.*

ANE 530 Physics and Biomedical Instrumentation

3 cr.*

ANE 611 Seminar

1 cr.*

BCS 699 Microbiology Seminar

1.5 cr.

ANE 604 Clinical Internship IV

1 cr.*

 

9.5 credits

 

 

Term V Winter

 

BCS 562 Advanced Pharmacology

2 cr.

ANE 594 Pathophysiology

3 cr.*

ANE 612 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 605 Clinical Internship V

1 cr.*

 

7 credits

 

 

Term VI Summer

 

ANE 510 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia

2 cr.*

ANE 613 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 606 Clinical Internship VI

1 cr.*

ANE 699 Masters Project

2 cr.*

 

6 credits

Term VII Fall

 

ANE 614 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 699 Master’s Project

4 cr.*

ANE 607 Clinical Internship VII

1 cr.*

 

6 credits

Total:

71 credits

 

 

 

 

 

*Courses taught at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital or Henry Ford Hospital

Extended (39 month) Curriculum 2002-2003

There are 71 credits total (like the 27 month track) which are taken in 39 months. We refer to this curriculum as an extended curriculum (rather than "part time") because the time commitment for the students in this track, in their last 15-18 months, is identical to the time commitment of students in the full-time track. In the first 12 months of the 39 month track, the student takes 14 credits and has no clinical component. It is realistic to remain employed (part time or perhaps even full time) during this period. In months 13-24, the student has clinical and classroom commitments (with the exception of the 14 credits already taken) identical to the full time track. So the time commitment is less than the full time track. How many hours you can continue to be employed depends on your energy level, family responsibilities, and how well you are doing in the classroom and in the clinical area.

In months 25-39, there is no difference in time commitment between the two tracks and it is suggested that students will do better without any outside work responsibilities in view of the demands of the clinical area and the research project. The choice of full or part time track is generally left up to the individual student, who declares their intent at the time enrollment is offered. You are strongly encouraged to speak directly to the program Director or Assistant Director/Coordinator if you are interested in this track.

The listing includes course number, title, and credit hours. These credit hours are based on 4 month terms. For example, BCS538 meets for 4 hours of lecture per week, over a four month period (4 x 16 = 64 contact hours total). Please note that only classroom experiences follow this format. Clinical Internships or research classes may require more time commitment than indicated by their credit weight.

Year 1

 

Term I Fall

 

BCS 538 Physiology I

4 cr.

CHM 570 Biochemistry

1.5 cr.

BCS 699 Microbiology Seminar

1.5 cr.

 

7 credits

Term II Winter

 

BCS 539 Physiology II

4 cr.

 

4 credits

Term III Summer

 

PYC 503 Statistics

3 cr.

 

3 credits

Year 2

 

Term IV Fall

 

BCS 560 Pharmacology I

4 cr.

BCS 542 Gross Anatomy

4 cr.

ANE 549 Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I

4 cr.*

ANE 601 Clinical Internship I

1 cr.*

 

13 credits

Term V Winter

 

BCS 561 Pharmacology II

4 cr.

ANE 550 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia I

4 cr.*

ANE 602 Clinical Internship II

1 cr.*

ANE 570 Principles of Regional Anesthesia

2 cr.*

 

11 credits

 

Term VI Summer

 

ANE 551 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia II

2 cr.*

HLH 550 Research Methodology

3 cr.

ANE 610 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 603 Clinical Internship III

1 cr.*

 

7 credits

Year 3

 

Term VII Fall

 

ANE 552 Advanced Principles of Nurse Anesthesia III

2 cr.*

ANE 530 Physics and Biomedical Instrumentation

3 cr.*

ANE 611 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 604 Clinical Internship IV

1 cr.*

 

7 credits

 

Term VIII Winter

 

BCS 562 Advanced Pharmacology

2 cr.

ANE 594 Pathophysiology

3 cr.*

ANE 612 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 605 Clinical Internship V

1 cr.*

 

7 credits

Term IX Summer

 

ANE 510 Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia

2 cr.*

ANE 613 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 606 Clinical Internship VI

1 cr.*

ANE 699 Master’s Project

2 cr.*

 

6 credits

Term X Fall

 

ANE 614 Seminar

1 cr.*

ANE 699 Master’s Project

4 cr.*

 

ANE 607 Clinical Internship VII

1 cr.*

 

6 credits

 

 Total :

71 credits

*Courses taught at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital or Henry Ford Hospital

Research

Each student must complete a senior project in a field of education, research, management, or clinical practice. To publish the results of the project a variety of media may be used such as oral defense, journal article, poster or oral presentation at a scientific meeting, or via electronic media.

 

Physician Assistant

Chair: Suzanne Warnimont
Office: AD 207
Outer Drive Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-6057
Fax: (313) 993-6175
Email: chpgrad@udmercy.edu
Website: http://ids.udmercy.edu/paprogram

Master of Science

The master of science degree in the Physician Assistant field prepares medical professionals to assist the primary care physician with all medical and patient care responsibilities within the health care system. The program provides opportunities for those first entering a health care profession and those seeking career mobility within the health care field.

The curriculum builds on the clinical and academic competencies acquired through the bachelor’s degree. An emphasis is placed on the natural and behavioral sciences and work experience. Course work specific to the Physician Assistant program is combined with graduate courses in health promotion/disease prevention and methodology in medical research.

The first year of the program is didactic course work in the medical sciences and related educational experiences which address the physical, interpersonal and psychosocial needs of patients. Classes are scheduled in summer sessions as well as regular fall and winter semesters.

During the second year, students acquire clinical expertise through a broad range of intensive clinical rotations, community health education and health projects with medically underserved communities. Clinical work is scheduled in summer sessions as well as in the regular fall and winter semesters. Each student completes the course of study with a preceptorship in primary care medicine and a research project.

A three-year course of study is provided. This program track is designed for health professionals and others who wish to earn the master’s degree while continuing employment or other obligations. Students in this track divide the didactic coursework over a two-year period rather than one. The clinical year is completed in the same manner as the traditional two-year program.

The master of science degree is conferred at the completion of the program requirements. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certifying exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

The Physician Assistant Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), holds membership in the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, and is host to a student chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Application deadline: February 15.
Application fee: $50.

Admissions Criteria

Admission requirements for the Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies include:

1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
2. Submission of all official transcripts for college/university education.
3. Official Graduate Record Examination general aptitude scores.
4. Completion of the prerequisite courses within the six years prior to application.
5. Evidence of problem solving ability and communication skills as well as understanding of and commitment to the PA role, as demonstrated on the PA application and in candidate interviews.
6. Two years full-time equivalent of health care or helping care experience with increasing levels of responsibility, leadership and evidence of community service.
7. Three recommendations; one of these must be from a practicing physician assistant or a physician familiar with the role and responsibilities of the physician assistant.
8. A personal interview with the members of the Physician Assistant Graduate Admissions Committee. Personal interviews are by invitation and the class is selected only from among those interviewed.

Academic Policies and Requirements

To remain in good academic standing and to graduate from the program, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Core PA courses must be passed with a B- or better. Students are expected to maintain a mature, professional attitude consistent with that of an effective health care practitioner.

The performance record of each student is reviewed at the end of each semester. Any student who fails to maintain these standards may not be permitted to progress in the program.

The program may be completed in two or three years. The maximum amount of time to complete the course of study is three years, unless approval is granted by the department due to extenuating circumstances.

Curriculum Plan

Didactic Phase

 

Fall Semester

 

BCS 543* Advanced Human Anatomy

4 cr.

BCS 594* Advanced Pathophysiology

3 cr.

PAS 510 Patient Evaluation Practicum I

3 cr.

PAS 524 Clinical Medicine I

3 cr.

PAS 536 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures I

1 cr.

 

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Total: 14 credits

Winter Semester

 

BCS 530* Pharmacology I

2 cr.

HLH 550*Research Methods in Health Care

3 cr.

HLH 570*Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues

3 cr.

PAS 520 Patient Evaluation Practicum II

3 cr.

PAS 525 Clinical Medicine II

3 cr.

PAS 537 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures II

1 cr.

 

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Total: 15 credits

Summer Semester

 

BCS 531* Pharmacology II

2 cr.

HLH 532*Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

3 cr.

PAS 526 Clinical Medicine II

3 cr.

PAS 530 Patient Evaluation Practicum III

3 cr.

PAS 538 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures III

1 cr.

PAS 597* Field Research Project

3-6 cr.

 

OR

 

PAS 598* Research Utilization Project

 

OR

 

PAS 599* Thesis

 

 

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Total: 15-18 credits


Clinical Phase

 

Fall Semester

 

PAS 580 Clinical Rotations I

8 cr.

PAS 587 PA Seminar I

1 cr.

 

 

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Total: 9 credits

Winter Semester

 

PAS 581 Clinical Rotations II .

8 cr.

PAS 588 PA Seminar II

1 cr.

 

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Total: 9 credits

Summer Semester

 

PAS 582 Clinical Rotation III

8 cr.

 

PAS 589 PA Seminar III

1 cr.

 

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Total: 9 credits

 

 

Grand Total 71-74 credits

* Taken the first year of the three-year track.

The PA Master’s Completion Program

Course of Study

The PA Master of Science Degree Completion Program at UDM provides a stimulating and challenging opportunity for graduate physician assistants to obtain theory and practice based education leading to the advanced degree. The minimum 30 credit hour program is designed to enable PAs employed full-time to complete the required didactic studies. An educational track in Administrative Leadership is offered.

The curriculum draws from the knowledge and methods of basic and applied research in the areas of epidemiology, public health, health care administration, health care education and health policy. The multi-disciplinary faculty, curriculum and student population provides a learning environment which allows students to build on their undergraduate experiences and undertake advanced study in their particular field of personal and\or professional interest. The curriculum includes opportunities for research.

Graduates will demonstrate competence in scholarship and research and be prepared to deliver health care services more effectively in a variety of clinical, research, educational and administrative settings.

Other Characteristics

All required classes will be presented, whenever possible, on weekends. Specific areas of study may require course work in either the evening or traditional settings. Students will meet, by arrangement, with faculty for completion of projects and/or thesis.

Benefits to graduates will include acquisition of skills to address added responsibilities based on the PA’s evolving role in the health care setting including current practice.

The program will:
— Provide bachelor level PAs with the opportunity to advance themselves academically on a level with other mid-range practitioners.
— Increase the quality of health care delivery and health promotion disease prevention services for residents in the community currently served by the PA.
— Enhance the ability of the PA to function in a multidimensional role in the delivery of health care in service to the community and the profession.

Students will complete master’s level studies with:
—Minimal time away from their present practice.
— A knowledge of recent advances In practice of clinical medicine (including the impact of managed care.)
— Renewed commitment to the mission and goals of the profession.

• A deepening of their comprehension and skills in:
• Health education
• Utilizing critical thinking and research skills in the process of lifelong learning.
• Ethical problem solving abilities within a professional code of conduct.
• Integrating advanced knowledge from the biological, behavioral and medical sciences.
• Communicating with and coordinating information among all members of the health care team.
• Accessing and contributing to the body of professional literature.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to demonstrate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5. Candidates must also demonstrate successful completion of an accredited PA program. Admission consideration will be given to PA candidates who are not graduates of an accredited program but who have qualified for clinical practice privileges through experiential learning. These candidates must meet all other admission requirements.

Applicants may be required to hold or be eligible to obtain a license to practice as a PA in Michigan. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all previously completed academic course work. Letters of recommendation are required, preferably one each from the director of the PA program where trained, current supervisor or a professional colleague. In addition, a personal interview with the admissions committee may also be required.

Degree Requirements

Health Professions Master’s Degree Requirements: At least 30 credit hours.
Eighteen credit hours must be completed "in residence" (ie., not transfer) at the graduate level, of which approximately six credits may be a graduate project or thesis.

Candidates may apply for advanced standing. This will consist of transfer credit not more than seven years old being applied toward the 30-hour degree requirement.

Transfer credit

Selected course work completed at other accredited institutions in the areas of public health, health education, health care administration, and profession-related areas will be considered for advanced standing. Such course work will be reviewed by a committee on a case-by-case basis and limited to 12 semester hours.

Course Outline:

 

CHP Core (15 credits):

 

HLH 532 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

3 cr.

HLH 570 Health Care Delivery and Policy Issues

3 cr.

HLH 550 Research Methods in Health Care

3 cr.

PYC 503 Statistics

3 cr.

Choose one of the following:

 

PAS 597 Field Research

3 - 6 cr.

OR

 

PAS 598 Research Utilization Project

 

OR

 

PAS 599 Thesis

 

Administrative Leadership Track (15 credits):

 

HSA 500 Theory and Practice of Health Services Management

3 cr.

HSA 510 Leadership and Human Resource Management in Health Care

3 cr.

HSA 506 Health Economics

3 cr.

HSA 550 Information Systems for Health Services Administrators

3 cr.

Elective (choose one):

 

HSA 505 Legal Aspects of Health Services Administration

3 cr.

HSA 512 Quality Planning and Management in HSA .

3 cr

Any other appropriate Graduate level HSA or MBA course

3 cr.

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Total:30 credits

Schedule

The course work in the fall and winter semesters will be offered in 10 straight weekend sessions:

Friday - 5:30 - 8:30 pm or
Saturday - 9 am - 12 pm or 1 pm - 4 pm

In addition, accelerated courses will be available in the three weekend short session format and seven-week sessions will be offered in the summer.

Application Information:

Please direct inquiries to:
University of Detroit Mercy
Physician Assistant Master’s Completion Program
PO Box 19900
Detroit, MI 48219-0900

Phone: (313) 993-6177
Fax: (313) 993-6175
Email: chpgrad@udmercy.edu
Website: http://ids.udmercy.edu/paprogram