***PLEASE NOTE: The Bridge MPA Program is scheduled to be discontinued effect December 31, 2019. The PA Program is no longer accepting applications for this degree track.***
▼Who is eligible to apply for the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
Nationally certified physician assistants who graduated from an accredited bachelor's level physician assistant program and alumni from the Medical College of Georgia Physician Assistant program who graduated between the years of 1974 and 2007 - the last year of the bachelor's degree program - will be eligible to apply for the Bridge MPA Program.
▼How long is the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
The Bridge MPA program is composed of 30 credit hours. It is possible to complete the Bridge MPA program in one year, if the student so chooses. The emphasis of the course work is to develop professional and teaching skills that enhance clinical practice.
Through online learning, email, telephone conferencing with faculty, and the Augusta University internet library resources, the program will allow these health care professionals to earn an MPA while continuing to practice in their community while completing their course of study. The degree awarded at the completion of the bridge program will be the professional degree, Master of Physician Assistant, which is currently offered by Augusta University.
▼What is the cost of the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
Anticipated tuition for 15 hours is $9,000. $600/credit hour x 15 credit hours. The program cost will vary depending on the number of advanced credit hours received and additional institutional fees.
▼Are there residency requirements for the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
Residency requirements for past BS graduates must be in states which have current agreements in place with Augusta University to deliver online curriculum in their states.
▼What courses can I receive advanced credit for to meet the 30 credit hours required for the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
The Bridge MPA program will award credit to those PAs who have maintained national certification and state licensure through prior learning assessment. To receive the maximum credit of 15 hours, the applicant must provide documentation of current CME (50 hours of Category I and 50 hours of Category II), hold an active NCCPA certification, and be actively employed as a PA in clinical practice. The Bridge Program Director will be responsible for evaluating prior learning assessment.
Advanced credit can be received for the following courses:
Courses that applicant can receive advanced credit for maintaining certification and licensure ensures that they will have mastered the competencies they would have earned through the completion of the courses listed. Possible courses total 18 hours, but applicant will only receive up to 15 hours credit.
▼What is the course of study for the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
The courses in the table below acquaint the student with the philosophy and principles of the research process with emphasis on scientific methods of inquiry. The emphasis of the course work is to develop professional and teaching skills that enhance clinical practice. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate current literature from the medical journals in light of research design and data collection. These courses introduce students to the concepts of evidence-based medicine and medical research design, while stressing the examination of evidence from clinical research as a basis for clinical decision-making. Bridge MPA students learn how to construct clinical questions based on patient problems and to perform medical literature searching strategies that yield optimal results. As a summative exercise, students utilize information gained to prepare a MPA project and prepare a written paper on a topic of relevance to clinical practice using the principles of evidence-based medicine. The written paper is done in a journal article format in conjunction with their faculty advisor.
▼What are the elective courses for the Augusta University Bridge MPA Program?
The program will accommodate individual interests and needs through the electives in the table below for the clinical track. Additional electives are being developed for a teaching track.
For more information, please contact our Bridge Program Coordinator, Judith Stallings, EdD, MHE, PA-C via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.