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MX3002 - Physician Assistant Studies 6

Credit points: 9
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. The emphasis will be on clinical decision making, public health and health promotion and the health of special populations including Indigenous Australians. 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 may take place in the inpatient setting in general internal medicine, internal medicine specialties and emergency medicine. Students may also undertake an elective placement.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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;
  • demonstrated level of preparedness for practice by passing the equivalent of the US National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification exam;
  • demonstrate advancing level skills in clinical decision making including formulation of differential diagnoses and treatment plans;
  • by the end of the course, demonstrated sound graduate physician assistant level skills in clinical decision making and procedures.
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 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Non-standard start/end 24-Feb-2014 to 27-Jul-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>, 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.