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The PA Studies Program curriculum is guided by the missions of the University of Pittsburgh, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, as well as the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education (4th edition), the Competencies of the Physician Asssitant Profession, and the Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates.

The courses of the Didactic Component are presented through a mix of traditional lectures, out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities, case-based individual and group activities, and hands-on skills labs. Instruction is provided by physician assistants, physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dentists, genetic counselors, and other professionals who have expertise in their respective specialties and fields. 

All Didactic Component courses are sequential and must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next term of the curriculum.  Since each course in the program is offered only once during each academic year, any departure from completing a course in its planned sequence (e.g. failure to receive a passing grade of 'C' or better, leave of absence from the program) will result in a delay by retaking the course the following year, as well as delays in completing the program and graduating with the Master of Science degree.

Didactic Component (Year One)

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Summer Term:

Fall Term:

Year One Total Credits: 45

Clinical Component  (Year Two)

The order in which a student completes all of the below courses may vary.  Each student must complete PAS 2712 - Summative Evaluation within the final four months of the program.

Spring Term:

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Fall Term:

Year Two Total Credits: 37

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 82