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Curriculum

There are two segments to the program, the first 15 months (Year 1) are dedicated to didactic education and the last 12 months (Year 2) students attend supervised clinical rotations. The clinical rotations are between four and five weeks in length and at a minimum, the required supervised clinical experiences are family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery and emergency medicine.  Rotation sites may vary in schedule, expectations, and assignments.

To progress through the Master in Physician Assistant Studies Program, a student must:

  1. Pass each required course/rotation with a grade of 75% or higher and maintain overall 3.0GPA.
  2. Pass summative examinations (written, practical, oral, simulation, and OSCEs)
  3. Submission and faculty endorsement of signature paper/Capstone project.
  4. Complete the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Test (PACKRAT) for self-assessment.
  5. Comply with program standards of conduct and guidelines for ethical conduct
  6. Complete the Program’s Physician Assistant Board Review Course

Curriculum Classes

Each student’s records are reviewed by his/her academic advisor, to ensure satisfactory performance prior to progression from the didactic phase to the clinical phase of the program, and prior to recommending students for graduation. Graduation is required for students to be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

Course ID Fall Semester
PAS 6022 Gross Anatomy
PAS 6014 Physiology I
PAS 6040 Clinical Assessment I
PAS 6184 Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Course ID Spring Semester
PAS 6031 Clinical Skills I
PAS 6015 Physiology II
PAS 6011 Clinical Medicine I
PAS 6023 Pharmacology in Disease Pathology I
PAS 6090 Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice I
PAS 6041 Clinical Assessment II
PAS 6016 Integration into Clinical Concepts I
Course ID Summer Semester
PAS 6012 Clinical Medicine II
PAS 6026 Pharmacology in Disease Pathology II
PAS 6017 Integration into Clinical Concepts II
Course ID Fall Semester
PAS 6033 Clinical Medicine III
PAS 6032 Clinical Skills II
PAS 6050 The Role of the PA in American Health Care
PAS 6005 Human Behavior
PAS 6018 Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PAS 6091 Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice II
Course ID Clinical Clerkships
PAS 6103 Internal Medicine
PAS 6400 Family Medicine
PAS 6200 Surgery
PAS 6500 Obstetrics/Gynecology
PAS 6300 Pediatric
PAS 6600 Emergency Medicine
PAS 6125 Psychiatry
PAS 6940 Elective (x2)
  • Class of 2019 Schedule

    Important Dates

    Class of 2019

    Summer Classes begin

    May 7

    Memorial Day (University Closed)

    May 28

    Independence Day

    July 4

    Summer Classes end

    July 27

    Summer Break

    July 30 – August 3

    Professional Development Seminar

    July 23 – July 27

    Fall Classes begin

    August 6

    Labor Day (University Closed)

    September 3

    Veterans Day (University Closed)

    November 12

    Thanksgiving Break (University Closed)

    November 22-23

    Fall Classes end

    December 7

    Graduation Ceremony

    TBA (Class of 2018)

    *Dates are subject to change

  • Class of 2020 Schedule

    Important Dates

    Class of 2020

    Professional Development Seminar

    July 23 – July 27

    Fall Classes begin

    July 30

    Labor Day (University Closed)

    September 3

    White Coat Ceremony

    TBA

    Veterans Day (University Closed)

    November 12

    Thanksgiving Break (University Closed)

    November 22-23

    Fall Classes end

    December 7

    Graduation Ceremony

    TBA (Class of 2018)

    Spring Classes begin

    January 2

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day (University Closed)

    January 14

    Spring Classes end

    April 26

    Summer Classes begin

    May 6

    Memorial Day (University Closed)

    May 27

    Independence Day

    July 4

    Summer Classes end

    July 26

    Summer Break

    July 29 – August 2

    *Dates subject to change