Physical Assistants (PAs) in NH are licensed health care professionals, trained through the Physical assistant Program in New Hampshire, who have earned certification and NH PA Licensure. Their primary duty include assisting physicians, write prescriptions and provide a broad range of health care services in a variety of health care settings including medical and surgical, and primary cares to underserved population in rural and urban centers. Their basic responsibilities can be summed up as diagnosis of ailments and offering treatments, procure medical histories, conduct physical examination, order diagnostic tests and interpret test reports, educate and counsel patients, develop, implement and assess patient care plans, provide evidence based cares and assist in surgeries. They are also authorized to write medications and take independent medical decisions.
In the state of New Hampshire, there are only two colleges, Franklin Pierce University (FPU) and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) that provides Physician Assistant Program in New Hampshire.
Franklin Pierce University, West Lebanon, NH, PA Program
The Franklin Pierce University offers Master in Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) in Lebanon, NH, that leads to Master’s Degree. The University facility providing M.P.A.S includes all necessary amenities that are essential for the completion of the program, such as classrooms, laboratory, computer lab, seminar rooms and state-of-the art training equipments for clinical hands-on experience. More emphasis is paid on the clinical trainings because clinical hands-on experience plays most vital role in PAs practice for offering primary cares in rural underserved populations residing in Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Franklin Pierce University M.P.A.S. has duration of 27 months that include both didactic classroom instructions and clinical hands-on experience. The clinical portion of the training is conducted in different sites throughout the country in a supervised environment. The successful graduation from the Master’s program awards Master’s Degree in Physician studies and makes students eligible to sit for the national certification exam for earning Certification. The possession of Certification and completion of the accrediting programs meeting the state requirements will grant PA Practice licensure.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) NH PA Program
MCPHS offersthe Master of Physician Assistant program in Manchester, NH. The applicants meeting the college enrollment requirements are eligible to take admission in the Master’s program. The health sciences, premedical and post baccalaureate students of the MCPHS are also eligible for the program.
The program comprises of classroom instructions/lab training and clinical clerkships, offered in different health care settings including ambulatory medicine and hospitals all over New England.
The students enrolling for the program starts with admission into BSN in premedical and health studies program. The students have to complete 10 prerequisite courses with a 3.0 GPA or higher are invited by the faculty for the admission into the 4, 5, and 6 years professional phase of Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. The students are awarded their bachelor’s degree in the 4th year and Master’s Degree is awarded to them in the sixth year. The students possessing Bachelor’s degree also have the option to seek direct admission to professional phase of the Master’s program studies of MCPHS.
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