Course - Under Graduate
Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant

Duration:3 years (6 semesters) + 1 year internship.
Eligibility:Pass in Higher Secondary Science stream(or equivalent +2 examinations)

A physician assistant (PhA) is a health professional who practices healthcare under the supervision of a physician. A physician assistant provides a broad range of health care services that were traditionally performed by a doctor. As part of the physician/PA team, a physician assistant exercises considerable autonomy in diagnosing and managing illnesses. In general, PhA can provide approximately 80 percent of the services typically provided by a family physician. They perform physical examination, diagnose illnesses, develop and carry out treatment plans, order and interpret lab tests, suture wounds, assist in surgery, provide preventive health care counseling. They may also take on managerial duties, supervising various medical staff and ordering hospital supplies.
Students will be trained in performing duties such as: taking medical histories, examining and treating patients, ordering and analyzing lab tests and x-rays, treating minor injuries, developing treatment plans, counseling patients and their families, performing minor procedures and assisting at surgery.

YEAR

COURSE DESCRIPTION

COMPETENCIES

First year
I&II Semester

The course intends to provide basic input to the students so that they have prior knowledge and be equipped in skills to guide them before they opt for the main disciplines.

The students will acquire knowledge and skills in Basic Sciences like Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology. Pharmacology will provide the student an idea about the different drugs. Basic Patient care will help the student to develop hands on skills on how to handle patients.

Second year
III&IV semester

Students are provided basic foundation on clinical pharmacology, clinical medicine, geriatric and home health care, disease prevention, surgery, patient care, patient psychology & medical ethics.

Students will acquire skills on

  • Basic patient care.
  • Immunization.
  • Administration of medication
  • Post- operative patient care.
  • Application of ethical, legal practices in their profession.

Third year
V and VIsemester

Students are provided clinical training in several areas, including family medicine, internal medicine, prenatal care and gynecology, geriatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, basic research methods & quality in health system.

Students will acquire skills on

  • Performing minor surgical procedures.
  • Wound dressing.
  • Identifying health problems.
  • Giving health education to the communities
  • Quality control in health care.

Fourth year (Internship)

Hands-on application in different hospitals within & outside the state.
During this period they will be conducting a project under the supervision of a guide.

Students will be able to:

  • Practice, enhance & strengthen their skills.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret data & write a project report.

Course of the study:

  • Theoretical knowledge: Lecture, demonstration, group discussion, guest lecturer, assignments, case studies Seminars & presentations.
  • Practical skills: Health camps, Hospital, Urban & Rural health centres postings, Project works, Case presentation & Internship.
Course outline:

First Semester

Subject Code

Subject Title

Credits

AHS101

Anatomy and Physiology-I

5

AHS102

Basic Biochemistry

6

AHS103

Microbiology-I

3

AHS104

Basic Patient Care-I

2

AHS105

General Pharmacology-I

2

ENGL101

English and Communication I

4

COMP101

PC Software Laboratory-I

2

Total

24

 

Second Semester

Subject Code

Subject Title

Credits

AHS111

Anatomy and Physiology-II

5

AHS112

Metabolism and Molecular Biology

6

AHS113

Microbiology-II

3

AHS114

Basic Patient Care-II

2

AHS115

General Pharmacology-II

2

AHS116

Pathology

1

ENGL111

English and Communication II

4

COMP111

PC Software Laboratory-II

2

Total

25

 

Third Semester

Subject Code

Subject Title

Credits

BPHA201

Pharmacology I

2

BPHA202

Blood Banking

1

BPHA203

Haematology

1

BPHA204

Clinical Microbiology

2

BPHA205

Parasitology

1

BPHA206

Advance Anatomy I

1

BPHA207

Clinical Biochemistry

2

BPHA208

Community Nutrition

2

BPHA209

Practical Posting

6

BPHA210

Medical Ethics

1

BPHA211

Immunology

1

ENGL201

English and Communication III

3

TOTAL

23

 

Fourth Semester

Subject Code

Subject Title

Credits

BPHA211

Clinical Medicine and Surgery I

1

BPHA212

Clinical Paediatrics I

1

BPHA213

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology I

1

BPHA214

Pharmacology II

2

BPHA215

Advance Anatomy II

1

BPHA216

Community Medicine and Epidemiology I

1

BPHA217

Practical Posting

10

ENGL211

English and Communication IV

3

TOTAL

20

 

Fifth Semester

Subject Code

Subject Title

Credits

BPhA 301

Clinical Medicine and Surgery II

1

BPhA 302

Advanced Secreterial skills

1

BPhA 303

Clinical Paediatrics II

1

BPhA 304

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology II

1

BPhA 305

Emergency Medicine

1

BPhA 306

Practical Posting

10

BPhA 307

Hospital  Management

1

BPhA 308

Research Methods-I

1

ENGL301

English and Communication V

3

TOTAL

20

 

Sixth Semester

Subject Code

Subject Title

Credits

BPhA311

Mental Health

1

BPhA312

Medical Instrumentation

1

BPhA313

Quality in Health System

1

BPhA315

Practical Postings

10

BPhA316

Research Methods-II

2

ENGL311

English and Communication VI

3

TOTAL

18

Career prospects
Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the expansion of health care industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which results in increasing use of PhA by health care establishments. Physicians and institutions are expected to employ more PhA to provide primary care and to assist with medical and surgical procedures because PhA are cost-effective and productive members of the health care team. Physician assistants can relieve physicians of routine duties and procedures. Job opportunities for PhA should be good both in urban settings as well as in rural areas because the latter have difficulty attracting physicians.

This course is offered in:-

Allied Health Sciences Department,
Martin Luther Christian University,
Dongktieh, Nongrah, Shillong-793006

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To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, while upholding and conserving its bio-cultural heritage, by providing knowledge and skills that will enable our students to become global citizens and by recognizing the Christian legacy of the University and its commitment to Christian institutions and the Christian community.

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We the incoming/outgoing students of the Martin Luther Christian University vow to always uphold the principles of Honesty, Sustainability, Tolerance and Respect, Quality, Perseverance, Humility, Teamwork, Leadership, Accountability and Recognition as upheld to us in the University. This pledge we make freely, fully understanding that these values will make us good humans and role models.

Contact Details

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Nongrah, Shillong 793006
Meghalaya
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