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MX3001 - Physician Assistant Studies 5

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Subject chain: MX3001 MX3002 MX3003
Administered by: School of Medicine & Dentistry (pre 2015)

Available to Bachelor of Health Science (Physician Assistant) students only.

This subject is available to level 3 students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science (Physician Assistant). The subject will cover PA professional role, evidence based medicine, public health topics and board exam review and practice. The emphasis will be on clinical decision making, research skills, public health and health promotion, the health of special populations including Indigenous Australians and preparation for professional practice. The topics will be presented in an integrated fashion across the semester of study. Students will undertake clinical placements in GP settings that may include general outpatient adult medicine, paediatrics, orthopaedics and sports medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, care of diabetic patients and nephrology. In addition, clinical placements in inpatient settings will be undertaken that may include general internal medicine, internal medicine specialties and emergency medicine. Students may also undertake an elective placement.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate advancing level skills in clinical decision making including formulation of differential diagnoses and treatment plans;
  • demonstrated sound understanding of the physician assistant role, including working in a physician assistant doctor partnership in a delegated role, and the ability to promote the new medical profession within the existing health framework of Australia;
  • by the end of the course, demonstrated sound graduate physician assistant level skills in clinical decision making and procedures;
  • demonstrated level of preparedness for practice by passing the equivalent of the US National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification exam.
Prerequisites: MX2001 AND MX2002


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Placement/work experience, Study Period 3
Census Date 06-Feb-2014
Non-standard start/end 06-Jan-2014 to 02-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Mr Al Forde, Mr Ando Kerlen
Workload expectations:
  • 1 hours - variable contact hours including online tutorials, discussion boards or similar activities delivered via Learn JCU.
  • 40 weeks clinical placement
Assessment: integrated assessment across subject chain (%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.