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Practicing PAs will benefit from this post-professional program designed for students to remain in the clinic full-time while earning their degree, so that they can apply their classroom learning to their clinical practice in a meaningful and impactful way. Pitt’s DPAS curriculum is designed to help learners be informed by, and to inform, their current practice as they learn. This design allows for a balanced curriculum that helps working professionals stay on track.

All courses are sequential and must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next term of the curriculum. Courses are offered consecutively in the summer, fall and spring terms. Learners will proceed sequentially, as a cohort, through the program.  

Internship experiences in each term enhance classroom learning and provide an opportunity to apply skills in the clinical, academic or administrative setting. 

  • Internship experiences may be completed in the learner’s current place of practice and may be job-embedded, aspirant or service-oriented in nature. 
  • The integrated internship opportunity allows you to use what you're learning in the DPAS program to directly impact and align with your current workplace needs and goals. Students will not need to search for an internship opportunity on top of their current workplace, unless desired. 
  • Although each internship consists of a set of fundamental learning objectives, students will have the opportunity to personalize the objectives of each internship experience to provide the most benefit to their scholarly work and future goals. 
    • Options for the internship component include a service internship, choosing to do a service or community engagement project or complete your internship where you work. 

Doctor of PA Studies Curriculum Overview

Term 1 - Summer Term

  • PAS 3001 - Core Concepts of Scholarly Practice, 4 credits
  • PAS 3002 - Examining Supporting Evidence, 4 credits
  • PAS 3003 - Internship Experience 1, 6 credits

Term 2 - Fall Term

  • PAS 3004 - Personalized Elective (Academic or Administrative), 4 credits
  • PAS 3005 - Scholarly Practice Capstone Phase 1, 4 credits
  • PAS 3006 - Internship Experience 2, 6 credits

Term 3 - Spring Term

  • PAS 3007 - Scholarly Practice Capstone Phase 2, 8 credits
  • PAS 3008 - Internship Experience 3, 6 credits

DPAS credits: 42
Graduate transfer credits (from a health-related program of study): 30
Total credits for DPAS degree: 72