The PA Studies Program curriculum combines didactic courses with clinical rotations to equip students with the necessary skills to become health care leaders as physician assistants at the end of the two-year program.
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)
- PAS 2101 - Introduction to the Physician Assistant Profession (1 credit)
- PAS 2102 - Human Anatomy/Lab (4 credits)
- PAS 2105 - Health Policy (2 credits)
- PAS 2106 - Interpreting and Evaluating the Medical Literature (1 credit)
- PAS 2108 - Introduction to Clinical Medicine with Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2109 - Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 credits)
- PAS 2104 - Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Health and Disease (1 credit)
- PAS 2107 - Patient Education & Counseling (2 credits)
- PAS 2201 - History Taking and Physical Examination 1/Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2202 - Clinical Medicine 1/Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2203 - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures in Medicine 1/Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2204 - Pharmacology 1 (3 credits)
- PAS 2301 - History Taking and Physical Examination 2/Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2302 - Clinical Medicine 2/Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2303 - Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures in Medicine 2/Lab (3 credits)
- PAS 2304 - Pharmacology 2 (3 credits)
- PAS 2305 - Health Issues Across the Life Span (2 credits)
- PAS 2306 - Fundamentals of Surgery (1 credit)
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.
NOTE: Per program policy, prospective and enrolled students are never required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. The program does allow students to suggest clinical sites or preceptors: The program evaluates such suggestions for educational suitability.
- PAS 2701 - Inpatient Medicine (formerly Internal Medicine) (4 credits)
- PAS 2702 - Primary Care Outpatient Medicine (formerly Family Medicine) (4 credits)
- PAS 2703 - Emergency Medicine (4 credits)
- PAS 2704 - Pediatrics (4 credits)
- PAS 2705 - Surgery (formerly General Surgery) (4 credits)
- PAS 2706 - Behavioral Health (4 credits)
- PAS 2707 - Obstetrical and Gynecological Medicine (4 credits)
- PAS 2709 - Elective 1 (4 credits)
- PAS 2713 - Elective 2 (4 credits)
- PAS 2712 - Summative Evaluation (1 credit)
Year Two Total Credits: 37
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 82
All clinical rotations require screening measures. Learn more on our Background Checks page.