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Master of Science Degree in the Clinical Sciences


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN THE CENTER FOR NURSE ANESTHESIOLOGY - The course of study for the Master's of Science degree in the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology extends over a 28-month period. The program consists of 54 credits, including 8 credit hours of research. Graduate students in the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5 to remain in good academic standing, pass ANES 505, 517, 507A, 507B, 512A and 512B with a C or better, and all other courses with a B or better. In the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology, credit for graduate-level practicum courses is allocated according to the individual course and ranges from 200 to 300 practicum hours per credit hour.

The research project requirements for the Master of Science Degree in the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology are designed to provide the graduate student the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking and clinical judgment. The outcome of the research project requirements is for the graduate student to prepare a scholarly project developed according to Center guidelines and make a formal presentation. Evaluation of the thesis research will be completed by the Mentor and a faculty Reader. The requirements for the project are described in detail in the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology Student Handbook and the course syllabus for ANES 501.

Go to http://www.amc.edu/Academic/NurseAnes/index.html for more information on the Center for Nurse Anesthesiology M.S. Degree Program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAM IN THE CENTER FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES - The program design is 28 consecutive months of didactic instruction, clinical rotations, and research. During the first four terms students complete coursework in Basic Medical Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health Policy, Clinical Preparatory Science, and Research Methods. (See: Didactic and Clinical Curriculum at www.amc.edu/Academic/PhysicianAssistant/Curriculum.cfm)

In the Center for Physician Assistant Studies, clinical rotations range 40-50 hours per week for 4 weeks (160 to 200 hours per 3 credit hour rotation).

Graduate students in the Center for Physician Assistant Studies are required to maintain a G.P.A. of 2.5 to remain in good academic standing and must pass all courses with grades of "C" or better.

During the clinical year (Terms 5-7) students complete rotations in primary care medicine, surgery, and medical and/or  surgical specialties. A concurrent Master's Portfolio is assembled with ongoing PA faculty advisement documenting the student's achievement of PA Competencies.

Graduation requirements include successful completion of all coursework and clinical rotations, the Master's Portfolio, and passing of summative clinical competency and written examinations.

Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Go to http://www.amc.edu/Academic/PhysicianAssistant/index.html for more information on the Center for Physician Assistant Studies' M.S. Degree Program.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN BIOETHICS - ALDEN MARCH BIOETHICS INSTITUTE - A Master of Science degree in Bioethics is available as a distance learning program and provides training for physicians, attorneys, clergy, journalists, and others to bring skills in ethical reasoning, policy analysis, and ethics consultation back to their current workplaces, to new careers, or as a supplement to joint degrees. Students who earn an M.S. in Bioethics degree go on to chair hospital ethics committees, be members of institutional review boards, serve as advisors to corporations, write scholarly articles in bioethics publications, and much more.

Given the intensity of the Bioethics courses and their term length, Albany Medical College has established a base of 6 semester-based term credits for full-time study and 3 semester-based term credits per term for half-time study with an academic year consisting of the Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms.

The academic year definition for the Bioethics Program is 30 weeks. Full-time students take 6 credits per term. Over 3 terms this is 18 credits in 30 weeks. The minimum number of credits that a student would need to take a term to qualify for a student loan would be 3 semester-based credits in a term.  Expected progress for an AMBI student is completion of the M.S. Degree program within 12 registered terms.

Go to http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.html for more information on the Alden March Bioethics Institute.

COMMENCEMENT - Please note: for a student to receive a graduate degree at the annual Commencement Exercises, all requirements must be completed by May 1 of that year. Please see the checklist of degree requirements found on the AMC Intranet for details. Graduate students who have satisfactorily completed all requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Science degree are recommended to the Board of Trustees of the Albany Medical Center to receive their graduate degrees at the annual Commencement Exercise. Attendance at Commencement is required for all degree candidates.

EXIT INTERVIEW - The student must complete an exit interview and Clearance Form within their Center before leaving Albany Medical College. The Clearance Form can be downloaded from the AMC Intranet.

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