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PA Courses

Didactic Phase

The didactic phase of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program is made up of four semesters and includes a total of 66 credit hours. Although primarily campus-based, students occasionally need to travel to clinical application obligations, including local interprofessional education activities.

Fall 1 (16 weeks – 17 credit hours)
PAS 5001 Clinical Genetics (1)
PAS 5002 Clinical Diagnostics I - Laboratory Medicine (2)
PAS 5003 Clinical Physiology (3)
PAS 5004 Clinical Anatomy (4)
PAS 5012 Clinical Skills I - Medical Documentation and Interviewing (2)
PAS 5022 PA Professional Practice (2)
PAS 5052 Clinical Application and Reflection Experience I (2)
PAS 5161 Clinical Pharmacology I (1)

Spring 1 (16 weeks-18 credit hours)
PAS 5110 Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics I (10)
PAS 5102 Clinical Skills II - Physical Exam and Documentation (2)
PAS 5112 Clinical Diagnostics II - EKG (2)
PAS 5152 Clinical Application and Reflection Experience II (2)
PAS 5171 Evidence Based Practice I (1)
PAS 5261 Clinical Pharmacology II (1) 

Summer 1 (12 weeks – 13 credit hours)
PAS 5205 Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics II (5)
PAS 5212 Clinical Skills III - Special Populations (2)
PAS 5213 Clinical Skills III - Imaging and PFTs (3)
PAS 5252 Clinical Application and Reflection Experience III (2)
PAS 5361 Clinical Pharmacology III (1)

Fall 2 (16 weeks – 18 credit hours)
PAS 5310 Clinical Medicine and Therapeutics III (10)
PAS 5315 Clinical Skills IV - Procedures (5)
PAS 5352 Clinical Application and Reflection Experience IV (2)
PAS 5371 Evidence Based Practice II (1)

Experiential Phase (Clinical Year)

The clinical phase of the physician assistant (PA) program encompasses approximately three semesters and is organized into nine five-week clinical rotation periods. Students will be required to return to campus once every approximately five weeks for end-of-rotation activities and will also return to campus for the last two weeks of the final semester. Not all clinicals are local or a driving distance from campus. Students are responsible for their own travel and housing expenses and should expect to travel for one to two experiences. Students are not eligible for experiential phase courses until they have successfully completed all didactic phase courses.  Concurrent with the clinical experiences are the Senior Seminar and Graduate Project course series.

PAS 6141 Senior Seminar I (1)
PAS 6241 Senior Seminar II (1)
PAS 6341 Senior Seminar III (1)
PAS 6171 Graduate Project I (1)
PAS 6271 Graduate Project II (1)
PAS 6371 Graduate Project III (1)

Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE)

Spring 2
PAS 6015 Clinical Practicum 1 (5)
PAS 6025 Clinical Practicum 2 (5)
PAS 6035 Clinical Practicum 3 (5)

Summer 2
PAS 6045 Clinical Practicum 4 (5)
PAS 6055 Clinical Practicum 5 (5)
PAS 6065 Clinical Practicum 6 (5)

Fall 3
PAS 6075 Clinical Practicum 7 (5)
PAS 6085 Clinical Practicum 8 (5)
PAS 6095 Clinical Practicum 9 (5)

There are seven program required rotation areas and opportunities for elective experiences. Required are rotations in:

  • Family Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (5 weeks)
  • General Surgery (5 weeks)
  • Women’s Health (approximately 2.5 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (approximately 2.5 weeks)
  • Behavioral Health (approximately 2.5 weeks)

Elective rotations include (depending on preceptor availability):

  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Hematology
  • Genitourinary
  • Gastroenterology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dermatology
  • Cardiology
  • Miscellaneous

Learn more about courses by reviewing the course descriptions.