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MSPAS: Program Overview

Program Details

Mission

The North Central College Master's Degree Physician Assistant program will prepare our diverse students to become competent medical providers who deliver humane, patient and relationship-centered primary care in collaboration with healthcare professionals while developing future leaders committed to community service, life-long learning and advancement of the PA profession. The Program’s Five Foundational Pillars of Excellence are as follows: Humanism, Scholarship, Innovation, Leadership, and Community.

The mission of the program aligns with both the North Central College and School of Education and Health Science missions: to provide students the opportunities to advance in their chosen professions in the medical field and develop strong communication, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving skills, while staying rooted in the liberal arts foundation.

Vision

The North Central College MSPAS program will deliver an exemplary relationship-centered medical curriculum using a competency-based approach.

Program Goals

  1. Recruit and retain diverse and highly qualified students.

  2. Prepare graduates in the therapeutic use of lifestyle changes to prevent and treat disease.

  3. Educate graduates who possess the competence required of contemporary health care practice.

  4. Develop future PA leaders and interprofessional team members.

  5. Engage students in community service and prepare them to be self-directed scholars. 

MSPAS Students

PANCE Results

The North Central College MSPAS program will publish first-time pass rates for each graduating class beginning in 2023 using the NCCPA PANCE Rate Summary Report.

Success of the Program in Achieving Goals

The program will provide accurate evidence of its effectiveness in meeting its goals. 


MSPAS Program News and Announcements

6.14-17.21 Dr. Timothy Woods and Dr. Mary Groll, Invited Workshop Presenters - Anatomage Annual National Event: Users Group Meeting 2021

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Pedagogical Dilemma and The Anatomage Table Solution. Virtual

5.23 to 5.26.21 Dr. Thomas Meersman, Invited Speaker AAPA National Conference - virtual

'Lost at Sea' in ASD? Techniques for Improved Communication and Examination of Pediatric Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference on Demand CME Session for 1.25 credits.

4.6.21 Dr. Ashwani Garg Will a Plant-Based Lifestyle Protect the Worlds from the Next Global Pandemic? as one of three invited presenters at the Chicago Bar Association’s “How Vegans Will Save the World!” moderated seminar for Illinois Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) - 2 credits.

4.6.21 Dr. Ashwani Garg’s Daily Herald’s Letter-to-the-Editor A Doctor's Perspective: Diet hazards Lurk for Students as They Return to In-person Schooling https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20210406/a-doctors-perspective-diet-hazards-lurk-for-students-as-they-return-to-in-person-schooling

3.17.21 North Central College PA Program Podcast of Health Disparities Interview featuring Dr. Tiffany Delane, Assistant Professor and Dr. Ashwani Garg, Medical Director https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/cardinalpaprogram/episodes/2021-03-17T12_03_38-07_00

2.1.21 North Central College PA Program Podcast of Lifestyle Medicine Interview featuring Dr. Ashwani Garg, Medical Director and Dr. Mary Groll https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/cardinalpaprogram

10.17.20 Ericka Stoor-Burning received the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA)'s Region 3/Chicagoland Outstanding PA of 2020 award.

5.20.20 Telemundo Chicago with Dr. Ashwani Garg, Medical Director speaking. Exigen Más Protecciones Para Trabajadores de Procesadoras de Carne https://www.telemundochicago.com/noticias/local/profesionales-de-la-salud-exigen-mas-protecciones-para-trabajadores-de-procesadoras-de-carne/2091273/

5.15.20 Dr. Thomas Meersman, Invited Speaker AAPA National Conference                                

Broadening the 'Spectrum' of Our Care: Key Evidence Based Pearls to Ease the Examination of Patients with Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorder. Nashville TN (AAPA's in-person/traditional conference is cancelled. An on demand/virtual option was researched, but not offered: https://www.aapa.org/conference/cancellation-faqs/.)

3.20.20 The New York Times quoting Dr. Ashwani Garg, Medical Director. A Dilemma for Some: Should You Still Hire a Cleaner? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/us/coronavirus-house-cleaner.html

3.11.20 US News and World Report quoting Dr. Mary Groll. How to Handle Colds and Flu at Work  https://money.usnews.com/careers/company-culture/articles/how-to-handle-colds-and-flu-at-work

3.5.20 Ericka Stoor-Burning PA-C, MS

"Maximizing the Impact of Medical Mission Trips"
Platform Presentation, Global Association for Clinical Officers and Physician Associates Kigali, Rwanda

1.21.20 Naperville Sun North Central to Build Graduate Health Sciences Center on Land Across from Wentz Hall https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-north-central-health-sciences-building-st-0122-20200122-n646j6oqnzh3fje6r4s5cbwrxq-story.html

5.17.19 Dr. Thomas Meersman, Invited Speaker AAPA National Conference                                

Broadening the 'Spectrum' of Our Care: Key Evidence Based Pearls to Ease the Examination of Patients with Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders. Denver, CO.
 

Contact Information

The developing MSPAS program at North Central warmly welcomes your questions and comments. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to Graduate Admission at 630-637-5555 or email to grad@noctrl.edu.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (P.A.) Program

The North Central College Master's Degree Physician Assistant program will prepare our diverse students to become competent medical providers who deliver humane, patient and relationship-centered primary care in collaboration with healthcare professionals while developing future leaders committed to community service, life-long learning and advancement of the PA profession. 

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