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The overall goal of the clinical year is to provide students with the essential experiences to apply their knowledge and skills as they develop competence in the care of patients. Students will complete clinical rotations designed to provide learning opportunities in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient and long-term care. Students will complete a total of nine rotations assigned by the Clinical Coordinator. These rotations are located primarily within the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia). During clinical rotations, students will return to campus on a regular basis for Transition Days. The students will undergo evaluations to assess proficiency, participate in oral case presentations and attend educational presentations. Some students may be assigned to away rotations. Students will be responsible for travel, housing and parking expenses.

The Program, as with all of the programs in Health Sciences, has a unique relationship with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), one of the most renowned academic medical centers in the United States. Students will benefit from clinical precepting by residency trained physicians and PAs/NPs who are experienced in their specialties.

During the clinical phase of the program students will complete clinical rotations in the following specialties and settings:

  • General Surgery (pre-operative, post-operative and intra-operative care)
  • Obstetrical and Gynecological Medicine (outpatient and/or inpatient)
  • Pediatrics (outpatient and/or inpatient)
  • Behavioral Health (outpatient and/or inpatient)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Electives (2)

The clinical year includes two five-week, four-credit, elective rotations. Students can elect a specialty in the clinical curriculum or a specialty outside the usual clinical rotations, with the approval of the program director.

This program requires the student to complete portions of their education (e.g. clinical preceptorship; practicum) at facilities external to the University to meet requirements for graduation. Many of these external facilities require screening measures such as, but not limited to, background check, child abuse clearance, health appraisal, fingerprint-based background check and/or drug test prior to placement at the facility. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony or felonious or illegal act may prevent the student from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice in the field.