Heritage University Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Program Clinical Experience

The year-long Community-Based Clinical Experience (I, II, III) provides the student with access to infant, child, adolescent, adult, and elderly patients who present for acute, chronic, emergent, and preventive medical issues within inpatient, outpatient, and surgical settings. The student will be educated and mentored by medical clinicians who specialize in family medicine, internal medicine (inpatient & outpatient), obstetrics/gynecology/women’s health, pediatrics, surgery, behavioral health, emergency medicine, and other specialties. Students will be placed within a primary care specialty for their entire clinical year and complete required and elective specialty rotations arranged in 2-6 week blocks throughout the year. A typical schedule would include the PA Student being in primary care for 2-3 days per week and in specialty rotations in the other 2-3 days per week in blocks of 6 weeks.

Interested in improving your skills as a preceptor?

The Physician Assistant program is a partner of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine who has provided the following link to their Clinical Faculty Development Handbook.

Please feel free to access this great resource:

https://www.pnwu.edu/inside-pnwu/college-osteopathic-medicine/clinical-education/clinical-faculty-development-handbook

Who can Precept a PA Student?

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant specifies that preceptors who are prepared by advanced medical education and experience may supervise clinical practice experiences. The following will be considered as potential candidates as per ARC-PA standards:

  • Physicians who are specialty board certified in their area of instruction;
  • PAs teamed with physicians who are specialty board certified in their area of instruction;
  • Other licensed health care providers experienced in their area of instruction.

Benefits of becoming a Preceptor

Adjunct clinical faculty- when you have 3 or more students in specialty rotation or primary care

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Continuing Medical Education as specified by professional organization:

  • AMA Category 2 – one hour can be claimed for each hour of direct supervision of a student.
  • AAPA Category 1 – may be earned by PA preceptors who register with the program in advance for up to 10 hours per year and complete required evaluations, in addition to;
  • AAPA Category 2 – one hour can be claimed for each hour of direct supervision of a student that was not used to apply for Category 1 CME.
  • AAPA additionally recognizes PA preceptors though the clinical preceptor recognition program. AAPA Fellow members who precept more than one student may register for this program online.

How to Become a Preceptor

Heritage University Physician Assistant Program is interested in preceptors who can provide:

  • Medical care across the life span to include: infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly;
  • Medical care across the life span to include types of patient encounters: acute, emergent, chronic, preventive, and rehabilitative;
  • Women’s health care ( to include prenatal and gynecological care);
  • Care for conditions requiring surgical management, including pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative and;
  • Care for behavioral and mental health conditions.

Preceptors are evaluated by a clinical coordinator. The program will periodically conduct site assessments to assess student training opportunities and discuss student experiences with the preceptor. Students are required to complete a formal assessment of the preceptor and training experience at the end of each experience. Preceptors are also required to complete a formal student evaluation at the completion of each experience. Preceptor’s who are claiming AAPA category 1 will be required to complete additional documents and evaluations in order to receive credit.

Qualifications

  • Possess current board certification in the designated discipline.
  • Possess a current license in good standing to practice medicine.
  • Be a positive role model demonstrating professionalism.
  • Be able to provide ongoing appropriate feedback to students to ensure continued professional growth.
  • Be able to complete required program documentation of student performance and program curriculum.
Interested in Becoming a Preceptor for Heritage University PA Program?

Complete the Preceptor Application or contact us to discuss Preceptor opportunities:

Heritage University Physician Assistant Program
Samantha Visaya
Credentialing Specialist
Phone: (509) 865-8526
Fax: (509) 865-8560
Visaya_S@heritage.edu

Thank you for your interest in wanting to become a preceptor for the Physician Assistant program at Heritage University.

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PA Program
Maria Sanchez
Phone: (509) 865-0707
Email:
pa_hu@heritage.edu