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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

*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.

Didactic (Preclinical) Year Courses 2021-2022
AUG SEPTOCT NOVDECJANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPTOCTNOVDEC
Fall TermSpring TermSummer TermFall Term
Gross AnatomyClinical Skills I Clinical Medicine IIClinical Medicine III
PhysiologyPhysiology IIPharmacology in Disease Pathology IIClinical Skills II
Clinical Assessment IClinical Medicine IIntegration into Clinical Concepts IIThe Role of the PA in American Health Care
 Medical Microbiology and Infectious DiseasePharmacology in Disease Pathology I   Human Behavior
  Clinical Application of Evidenced-Based Practice IIntegration into Clinical Concepts III
 Clinical Assessment II Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice II
 Integration into Clinical Concepts I 

Clinical Year Courses **

Spring semester
Jan.Feb.Mar.Apr.
    
Family MedicineClerkship   
  Internal Medicine Clerkship  
   Surgery Clerkship 
Summer semester
MayJuneJuly
OB/GYN Clerkship  
 Pediatric Clerkship 
  Emergency Medicine Clerkship
Fall semester
Aug.Sept.Oct.Nov.Dec.
Psychiatry Clerkship    
  Elective Clerkship I   
    Elective Clerkship II  
     Summative Evaluation Period Graduation 

** Students will rotate through the first seven (core) clerkships in varying sequences.  Beginning with rotation eight and nine students will all be on their chosen electives.

  • Class of 2021 Academic Schedule

    Important Dates

    Fall 2019 Semester (Semester 1)

    Professional Development Seminar (Orientation)

    Mon-Fri, July 22-26, 2019

    Classes Begin

    Monday, July 29, 2019

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 2, 2019

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, September 3, 2019

    White Coat Ceremony

    Friday, October 4, 2019

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, November 4, 2019

    Veterans’ Day Observed (No Classes)

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 28, 2019

    Thanksgiving break (No classes)

    Friday-Saturday, November 29-30, 2019

    Last Regular Class Day

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    Finals Week (Required Class Meetings)*

    Monday-Saturday, December 9-13, 2019

    End of Term

    Saturday, December 14, 2019

    Christmas Day

    Wednesday, December 25, 2019

    New Year’s Day

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020

    *If a final exam is not required, classes are expected to be held during finals week

    Spring Semester 2020 (Semester 2)

    Classes Begin

    Thursday, January 2, 2020

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    Martin Luther King Day Holiday

    Monday, January 20, 2020

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    Last Regular Class Day

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Finals Week

    Mon-Fri, April 20-24, 2020

    Semester Break (No Classes)

    Mon-Fri, April 27-May 8, 2020

    Summer Semester 2020 (Semester 3)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, May 11, 2020

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, May 18, 2020

    Memorial Day Holiday

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, June 29, 2020

    Independence Day Holiday

    Friday, July 3, 2020

    End of Term

    Friday, July 31, 2020

    Semester Break (No Classes)

    Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2020

    Fall Semester 2020 (Semester 4)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 31, 2020

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 7, 2020

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Wednesday, November 2, 2020

    Veteran’s day Observed (No Classes)

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Fri-Sat, November 25-26, 2020

    Last Regular Class Day

    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Finals Week

    Mon-Fri, December 7-11, 2020

    Christmas Day

    Friday, December 25, 2020

    New Year’s Day

    Friday, January 1, 2021

    Spring Semester 2021 (Semester 5 – Rotations 1 – 3)

    Rotations Begin

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    Martin Luther King Day Holiday

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Tuesday, March 16, 20201

    Summer Semester 2021 (Semester 6 – Rotations 4 - 6)

    Rotations Begin

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, May 17, 2021

    Memorial Day Holiday

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Independence Day Holiday

    Observed Monday, July 5, 2021

    Fall Semester 2021 (Semester 7 – Rotations 7 - 9)

    Rotations Begin

    Monday, August 9, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 30, 2021

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 6, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Wednesday, November 1, 2021

    Veteran’s Day Observed (No Classes)

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Friday, November 26, 2021

    Finals Week

    Mon-Fri, December 6-10, 2021

    Commencement

    TBA

    Christmas Day Observed

    Friday, December 24, 2021

    New Year’s Day Observed

    Friday, December 31, 2021

  • Class of 2022 Academic Schedule

    Important Dates

    Fall Semester 2020 (Semester 1)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 31, 2020

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 7, 2020

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Wednesday, November 2, 2020

    Veteran’s day Observed (No Classes)

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Fri-Sat, November 26-27, 2020

    Last Regular Class Day

    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Finals Week

    Mon-Fri, December 7-11, 2020

    End of Term

    Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Deadline for Faculty to Submit Grades

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    Grades Available for Students

    Thursday, December 17, 2020

    Christmas Day

    Friday, December 25, 2020

    New Year’s Day

    Friday, January 1, 2021

    Spring Semester 2021 (Semester 2)

    Classes Begin

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    Martin Luther King Day Holiday

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    Last Regular Class Day

    Friday, April 17, 2021

    Finals Week

    Mon-Fri, April 19-23, 2021

    Semester Break (No Classes)

    Mon-Fri, April 26-May 7, 2021

    Summer Semester 2021 (Semester 3)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, May 17, 2021

    Memorial Day Holiday

    Monday, May 31, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Independence Day Holiday

    Observed Monday, July 5, 2021

    End of Term

    Friday, July 30, 2021

    Semester Break (No Classes)

    Monday-Friday, August 2-6, 2021

    Fall Semester 2021 (Semester 4)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, August 9, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 30, 2021

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 6, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Wednesday, November 1, 2021

    Veteran’s day Observed (No Classes)

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Friday, November 26, 2021

    Last Regular Class Day

    Friday, December 3, 2021

    Finals Week

    Mon-Fri, December 6-10, 2021

    Deadline for Faculty to Submit Grades

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    Grades Available for Students

    Thursday, December 16, 2021

    Christmas Day Observed

    Friday, December 24, 2021

    New Year’s Day Observed

    Friday, December 31, 2021

    Spring Semester 2022 (Semester 5 – Rotations 1 – 3)

    Rotations Begin

    Monday, January 3, 2022

    Martin Luther King Day Holiday (No Classes)

    Monday, January 17, 2022

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, March 21, 2022

    Summer Semester 2022 (Semester 6 – Rotations 4 - 6)

    Rotations Begin

    Monday, May 9, 2022

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, May 16 2022

    Memorial Day Holiday

    Monday, May 30, 2022

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, June 27, 2022

    Independence Day Holiday (No Classes)

    Monday, July 4, 2022

    Fall Semester 2022 (Semester 7 – Rotations 7 - 9)

    Rotations Begin

    Monday, August 8, 2022

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 29, 2022

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 5, 2022

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Monday, October 31, 2022

    Veteran’s day Observed (No Classes)

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Friday, November 25-26, 2022

    Finals Week

    Monday-Saturday, December 5-10, 2022

    Commencement

    TBA

    Winter Break 1 (No Classes)

    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Christmas Day Observed (No Classes)

    Monday, December 26, 2022

    Winter Break 2 (No Classes)

    Friday, December 30, 2022

  • Class of 2023 Academic Schedule

    Important Dates

    Fall Semester 2021 (Semester 1)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, August 2, 2021

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 30, 2021

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 6, 2021

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Monday, November 1, 2021

    Veteran’s day Observed (No Classes)

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Friday-Saturday, November 26-27, 2021

    Last Regular Class Day

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

    Finals Week

    Monday-Saturday, December 6-11, 2021

    Deadline for Faculty to Submit Grades

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    Grades Available for Students

    Thursday, December 16, 2021

    Winter Break 1 (No Classes)

    Thursday, December 23, 2021

    Christmas Day Observed (No Classes)

    Friday, December 24, 2021

    Winter Break 2 (No Classes)

    Thursday, December 30, 2021

    New Year’s Day Observed (No Classes)

    Friday, December 31, 2021

    Spring Semester 2022 (Semester 2)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, January 3, 2022

    Martin Luther King Day Holiday

    Monday, January 17, 2022

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, March 21, 2022

    Last Regular Class Day

    Saturday, April 23, 2022

    Finals Week

    Monday-Saturday, April 25-April 30, 2022

    Semester Break (No Classes)

    Monday-Friday, May 2-6, 2022

    Summer Semester 2022 (Semester 3)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, May 9, 2022

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, May 16, 2022

    Memorial Day Holiday

    Monday, May 30, 2022

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, June 27, 2022

    Independence Day Holiday

    Monday, July 4, 2022

    End of Term

    Friday, July 29, 2022

    Semester Break (No Classes)

    Monday-Friday, August 1-5, 2022

    Fall Semester 2022 (Semester 4)

    Classes Begin

    Monday, August 8, 2022

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, August 29, 2022

    Labor Day Holiday

    Monday, September 5, 2022

    Last Day to Drop with DR Grade

    Monday, October 31, 2022

    Veteran’s Day (No Classes)

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

    Friday, November 25-26, 2022

    Last Regular Class Day

    Saturday, December 3, 2022

    Finals Week

    Monday-Saturday, December 5-10, 2022

    Deadline for Faculty to Submit Grades

    Wednesday, December 14, 2022

    Grades Available for Students

    Thursday, December 15, 2022

    Winter Break 1 (No Classes)

    Friday, December 23, 2022

    Christmas Day Observed (No Classes)

    Monday, December 26, 2022

    Winter Break 2 (No Classes)

    Friday, December 30, 2022

    New Year’s Day Observed (No Classes)

    Monday, January 2, 2023

    Spring Semester 2023 (Semester 5 – Rotations 1 – 3)

    Rotations Begin

    Tuesday, January 3, 2023

    Martin Luther King Day Holiday (No Classes)

    Monday, January 16, 2023

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Tuesday, January 17, 2023

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, March 20, 2023

    Summer Semester 2023 (Semester 6 – Rotations 4 - 6)

    Rotations Begin

    Monday, May 8, 2023

    Last Day to Add/Drop

    Monday, May 15 2023

    Memorial Day Holiday

    Monday, May 29, 2023

    Last Day to Drop with a DR Grade

    Monday, June 26, 2023

    Independence Day Holiday (No Classes)

    Tuesday, July 4, 2023

    Fall Semester 2023 (Semester 7 – Rotations 7 - 9)

    • *Fall 2023 Begins Monday, August 21, 2023. Detailed schedule pending University approval.

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 IDFall Semester

PAS 6022

Gross Anatomy

PAS 6014

Physiology I

PAS 6040

Clinical Assessment I

PAS 6184

Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease

 

Course IDSpring 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 IDSummer Semester

PAS 6012

Clinical Medicine II

PAS 6026

Pharmacology in Disease Pathology II

PAS 6017

Integration into Clinical Concepts II

 

Course IDFall 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 IDClinical 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)