South College School of Physician Assistant Studies
The South College School of Physician Assistant Studies in Knoxville, Tennessee began its vision in 2006.
The program started with 28 graduate students in our first class in 2007 (photo below) and have grown to 85 students (photo above) in 2016 in each cohort. Our program is 27 months long starting each September. Our didactic and clinical curriculum is built around our principal and adjunct faculty team teaching using a variety of active learning modalities based on cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains of learning including lectures, case studies, small group lab sessions, problem-based learning, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, and Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER).
In addition, South College integrates throughout our curriculum both low and high fidelity simulation in the teaching of basic science and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, teamwork, and communication as well as assessment and evaluation of best practice skill sets.
Since our beginning, South College has also promoted our “Vet Up” program offering military veterans with medical experience mentorship and guidance in bridging the transition from military service to graduate Physician Assistant education. To date we have enrolled over 70 veterans in our program.
Community service is part of our commitment to our region, we have provided care for homeless veterans, and homeless patients living “Under the Bridge” provided care for the Nashville Marathon and offered health education for diabetic patients, Remote Area Medical triage for underserved patients and many other community service projects.
Our PA Program Mission is to educate highly qualified physician assistants, preparing them to become competent, compassionate, and comprehensive health care providers for clinical practice in rural and urban areas, focusing on underserved communities. South College focuses on professional growth, career direction and educational excellence.
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Both photographs are courtesy of the South College School of Physician Assistant Studies.