Primary Care Associate Program     (2010-2011)

The Primary Care Associate Program, cooperatively administered by the Stanford University School of Medicine and Foothill College, prepares physician assistants to provide primary care services with physician supervision. Physician assistants (PAs) improve the quality of and access to health care for medically underserved populations.
The Program’s curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary to recognize and treat common primary care problems that include acute, chronic, emergent or surgical conditions in patients of all ages. Our students are trained to: evaluate the health status of patients; diagnose and treat common illnesses; manage stable chronic diseases; deliver preventive care; counsel patients about family, psychosocial, and health-related problems.
The curriculum includes lectures, seminars, laboratory groups and clinical preceptorships. Classroom and clinical learning experiences are integrated throughout the 16-month Program. Clinical placements emphasize primary care and include hospital and specialty rotations.
After completing the entire curriculum, a Certificate of Clinical Proficiency is awarded by the Stanford University School of Medicine. The Program trains all students for practice as physician assistants.
Brochures and applications may be obtained online July through September or by contacting the Primary Care Associate Program at: PCA Program, 1215 Welch Road, Modular G, Stanford, CA 94305-5408; telephone: 650-725-6959; web site: http://pcap.stanford.edu ; e-mail: pcap-information@lists.stanford.edu; fax: 650-723-9692.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Upon completion of the Primary Care Associate Program the student will be able to demonstrate competency skills to practice primary care services with physician supervision.
  2. Upon completion of the Primary Care Associate Program the student will demonstrate knowledge of the national and state regulations for the practice of the physician assistant profession.
Career Opportunities
Physician assistants practice in all health care settings, including clinics, private physician offices, hospitals, emergency departments and long-term care facilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the total number of Physician Assistant jobs in the U.S. will grow by 50% by 2014. Our program emphasizes employment in rural and inner-city medically under-served communities.
Units required for Major: 88.5
Units required for Certificate: 88.5

Associate Degree Requirements:
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
• All General Education requirements
• All Program Prerequisites for admission
• Core courses (86 Units)
• Electives & other graduation requirements as appropriate.

NOTE: Questions regarding General Education and prerequisite requirements can be answered by the Counseling office. To schedule an appointment with the PCA Program Counselor call (650) 949-7423.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the Degree or Certificate.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1st
PROGRAM ADMISSION
Academic Prerequisites

All applicants must complete the following courses at a regionally accredited institution in the United States with a grade of “C” or better: Human Anatomy with lab • Human Physiology with lab • Microbiology with lab. • Intermediate Algebra - one year of high school or one college course or equivalent • Introductory Chemistry - one year of high school or one college course • English Composition – ENGL 1A or equivalent • Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology • General Psychology. NOTE: Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology must be completed by application date.

NOTE: A criminal background check is required by the Program. Drug testing may be required by clinical facilities. Positive results could impact a student’s chances of attending clinics, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. Students are responsible for the cost of the required screenings and tests.

Clinical Prerequisites
A minimum of 3,000 hours of direct patient care experience must be completed by the application deadline. This requirement can be met with 18 months of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time hours (paid and/or volunteer). Hours accrued as a student in a training program cannot be used to meet clinical prerequisites. The amount of direct patient contact and level of patient care responsibility are considered when evaluating prior medical experience. Successful applicants come from a variety of clinical backgrounds, including but not limited to: Medical Assistant (Back Office), Military Medical Corpsman, Nurse (RN or LVN), Paramedic, Radiologic Technician, Physical Therapist, Respiratory Therapist. Other clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis.

Preceptorships
The Primary Care Associate Program offers a curriculum that emphasizes community-based clinical training in combination with a didactic program. Much of the training takes place in the office of a preceptor - a practicing physician who teaches the student during the course of his/her regular practice. The Program is responsible to provide and approve a preceptor but expects that the student will propose potential sites. It is important to identify a compatible preceptor because the preceptorship is a crucial part of our training model. During the preceptorship, the Program retains responsibility for student training and evaluation.
The commitment of a general or family physician to serve as the student’s preceptor is not an admission requirement. Preceptorships occur in a variety of clinical settings throughout California. Applicants from the community satellites, if accepted, are expected to do their clinical training in their designated satellite county.

Core Courses: (88.5 units)
The program is 16 months in length, presented in five quarters (with a possibility of extending into a sixth quarter) and leads to a Certificate of Achievement. All courses must be taken in sequence.

Summer Quarter
PC 190 Directed Study in Primary Care Medicine (.5 unit)
Student completes personal portfolio. Complete on-line training.

Fall Quarter
PC 80 Family Medicine Didactic (14 Units)
PC 190Z Directed Studies in Primary Care Medicine (2 Units)
PC 80P Family Medicine Clinical (5 Units)
Students attend classes at Stanford Mondays through Fridays. Each week a different system is highlighted with lectures that focus on common primary health care problems. Students participate in clinical skills sessions and workshops.

Winter Quarter
PC 81 Family Medicine Didactic (8 Units)
PC 81P Family Medicine Clinical (8 Units)
Students are in preceptorships for 12 days per month and attend classes one week/month. Students learn the diagnosis and management of common primary health care problems covered in lectures.

Spring Quarter
PC 82 Family Medicine Didactic (8 Units)
PC 82P Family Medicine Clinical (9 Units)
Students continue to learn about management of acute and chronic primary health care problems. Students learn about pediatric and women health issues including pre-natal care.

Summer Quarter
PC 83 Family Medicine Didactic (6 Units)
PC 83P Family Medicine Clinical (9 Units)
Students learn to recognize and initiate treatment for life threatening emergencies, and participate in the care of hospitalized and surgical patients.

Fall Quarter (5th Quarter)
PC 84 Family Medicine Didactic (8 Units)
PC 84P Family Medicine Clinical (9 Units)
This quarter is an integration of medical conditions presented in previous quarters with a continued emphasis on primary health care and family medicine. This quarter emphasize information on preparation for practice and PA licensure.

Support Courses: (see below)
Courses offered only by special arrangement.
PC 85 Special Clinical Projects in Primary Care Medicine (4 Units)
PC 85X Special Clinical Projects in Primary Care Medicine (5 Units)
PC 85Y Special Clinical Projects in Primary Care Medicine (6 Units)
PC 86 Special Didactic Projects in Primary Care Medicine (4 Units)
PC 86X Special Didactic Projects in Primary Care Medicine (5 Units)
PC 86Y Special Didactic Projects in Primary Care Medicine (6 Units)
PC 87 Extended Clinical Internship (1 unit)
PC 88 Extended Clinical Internship (2 units)
PC 89 Extended Clinical Internship (3 units)
PC 190X Directed Study In Primary Care Medicine (1 units)
PC 190Y Directed Study In Primary Care Medicine (1.5 units)

General Certificate information
 
Certificate of Achievement (88.5 units)

Certificate Requirements
A certificate of achievement is awarded at the completion of all Program Prerequisites and Core course requirements taken in sequence. General education courses are not required.

Academic Year: 2010-2011

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2010-06-11 09:23:34

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