Type of program: Our one-year program combines the best of an “academic enhancer” (AE) program and a Special Master’s Program (SMP). It’s an AE because it’s an opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to succeed in a rigorous graduate environment and to learn unique knowledge and skills from the biomedical industry to offer physician assistant schools. It’s similar to a SMP in that our students may have the option to continue towards completing a master’s degree with an additional year. Our program is best suited for students who are not only looking to further improve upon their credentials, including the need for additional clinical hours, but to develop both breadth and depth to enrich their future career in healthcare.
Curriculum: KGI’s curriculum consists of graduate-level courses within the applied life sciences, which combines courses in science and business. There are additional upper-level undergraduate courses offered over the summer that are often required or highly recommended by many PA programs. Options include: human anatomy with lab, human physiology with lab, microbiology with lab, and biochemistry. PPA students must earn 24 units to complete the certificate.
Clinical Experience: PA programs require a wide range of clinical hours, from 0 to 2,000. Students in the PPA program can earn up to 560 clinical hours over the fall and spring terms, but students in need of additional hours can accumulate up to 1000 hours by continuing afterwards through summer. Academic Advising and Support: One of the greatest benefits of our program is the highly individualized support. Our advising team is dedicated to working with each of our students to help navigate through the admission process, and is readily available as evidenced by ample hours of walk-in appointments. In addition, we have a course in the fall specifically designed to help students produce their best application by learning about relevant concepts from educational psychology, such as theories of motivation and learning strategies. In the spring, we spend time on personal statements and interviewing skills.
Co-curricular Learning Experiences: The following is a list of some of the activities and opportunities for our students:
- Field trips to local and regional PA schools
- Meet with professionals from various medical specialties
- Simulated individual interviews, group interviews, and multi-mini interviews (MMI)
- Guest speakers from various PA schools
- GRE prep course (additional fee required)
- Network opportunities with KGI alumni
- Research opportunities
- Clinical and shadowing opportunities