SUMMARY: Reporting directly to the Program Director, Physician Assistant Program represents West Coast University Master Physician Assistant Program (MPA) to the community. During the development phase of the program primary responsibilities are clinical education site development, assuring all clinical sites meet the program’s prescribed expectations for student learning and performance evaluation, oversight of affiliation agreements, planning and coordinating clinical faculty development, curriculum development, and oversight of clinical year scheduling. With the matriculation of students the Director, Clinical Education is additionally responsible for oversight of education in the clinical year, serving as a liaison between the program and clinical education sites, manage student clinical education placements, conduct site visits, teach, mentor students, participate in student admissions, and support efforts of the academic program in preparing students to meet prescribed clinical competencies of Physician Assistant practice including student assessment and program evaluation. Associate will hold a principal faculty appointment and is responsible for communication between West Coast University and affiliated clinical education sites.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides administrative support to the Master Physician Assistant (MPA) Program informing the Program Director of recommendations in planning, organizing, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the MPA clinical curriculum and coordinates with Program Director in new site development and apprised of needed support to facilitate Program/Preceptor relationships.
- Contacts, develops new and maintains established clinical affiliations, assures all clinical sites meet the program’s prescribed expectations for student learning and performance, and secures appropriate contact and specific contractual agreement information including identified preceptors, number and types of placements, renewals, insurance and liability matters and other pertinent issues important to seamless transition of students to clinical sites.
- Prepares and submits to Program Director annual program clinical calendar, individual student clinical placement schedule, and oversees preparation and formal distribution of student placement assignments with detailed site and discipline related information on timeline set by Program Director.
- Develops, maintains and conducts a schedule for clinical site visitation and presents a written copy to the Program Director at a specified time each Fall semester with updated list of new and renewed affiliation agreements.
- Master degree in physician assistant, health profession, education, administration, or health related field or Doctoral degree from an appropriately accredited university required.
- NCCPA certification required.
- Licensure or eligibility for Physician Assistant licensure in California required.
- Must meet and maintain the qualifications and standards set forth by any accreditation body that West Coast University is accredited by or in process of obtaining accreditation from, for area of expertise and expectations of faculty member as set forth in regulatory documents and any professional certifications deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the teaching role.
- Current Driver’s License.
- Knowledge of regulatory, legal, practice and workforce issues related to physician assistant profession and practice.
- Minimum of five years of clinical practice in the United States required.
- Experience in Physician Assistant education preferred.
- Knowledgeable of education standards such as WASC, ARC-PA and other accreditation standards preferred.
- Experience with MS Office.