There are two segments to the program: (1) the first 15 months (Year 1) which are dedicated to didactic education and (2) the last 12 months (Year 2) during which students attend supervised clinical rotations. The clinical rotations are between four and five weeks in length. 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 do the following:

  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

Note: Students who enter the program and complete the required curricular components at the typical pace will complete the program in 27-months from initial matriculation. In the event of a granted leave of absence or academic deceleration, students must complete the program no later than 4-years from initial matriculation.


Recruitment and Maintenance of Clinical Sites and Preceptors (A1.10a, A3.03, B3.01)

The MPAS program is responsible for recruiting clinical sites and preceptors, maintaining standards of excellence, and supervising student placement. The Clinical Director and the clinical team are responsible for identifying and evaluating clinical sites and preceptors that adhere to academic, professional, and safety standards of the program. Students may suggest or provide information regarding potential clinical sites or preceptors to the Clinical Director, but students are not to solicit clinical sites or preceptors. All students must accept the clerkship clinical rotation schedule assigned to them. The schedule may be subject to change.

Academic Schedule

The MPAS schedule does not always follow the FIU calendar. Dates may be subject to change.  

Fall Semester 2023

CO 2025: 7/31/23 – 12/8/23
CO 2024: 8/7/23 – 12/8/23
CO 2023: 8/7/23 - 12/8/23

Spring Semester 2024

CO 2025: 1/8/24 - 4/27/24
CO 2024:

  • Rotations: 1/8/24 - 4/12/24
  • Call Back Week: 4/15/24 - 5/19/24

Summer Semester 2024

CO 2025: 5/6/24-7/26/24
CO 2024:

  • Rotations: 4/22/24-7/26/24
  • Call Back Week: 7/29/24 - 8/2/24

Fall Semester 2024

CO 2026:

  • Orientation Week of 8/12/24
  • Classes: 8/19/24 – 12/2/24

CO 2025: 8/19/24 – 12/13/24
CO 2024: 8/5/24 – 12/13/24


Each faculty advisor reviews their students' records 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).

Didactic Phase

Course IDFall Semester

PAS 6014

Physiology I

PAS 6022

Gross Anatomy

PAS 6040

Clinical Assessment I

PAS 6184

Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease


Course IDSpring Semester

PAS 6011

Clinical Medicine I

PAS 6015

Physiology II

PAS 6016

Integration into Clinical Concepts I

PAS 6023

Pharmacology in Disease Pathology I

PAS 6031

Clinical Skills I

PAS 6041

Clinical Assessment II

PAS 6090

Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice I


Course IDSummer Semester

PAS 6012

Clinical Medicine II

PAS 6017

Integration into Clinical Concepts II

PAS 6026

Pharmacology in Disease Pathology II


Course IDFall Semester

PAS 6005

Human Behavior

PAS 6018

Integration into Clinical Concepts III

PAS 6032

Clinical Skills II

PAS 6033

Clinical Medicine III

PAS 6050

The Role of the PA in American Health Care

PAS 6091

Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice II


Clinical Phase

Course IDClinical Clerkships

PAS 6103

Internal Medicine

PAS 6125


PAS 6200


PAS 6300


PAS 6400

Family Medicine

PAS 6500


PAS 6600

Emergency Medicine

PAS 6940

Elective (x2)

*Students will rotate through the clerkship courses in varying sequences.