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