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.
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.
|Fall Term||Spring Term||Summer Term||Fall Term|
|Gross Anatomy||Clinical Skills I||Clinical Medicine II||Clinical Medicine III|
|Physiology||Physiology II||Pharmacology in Disease Pathology II||Clinical Skills II|
|Clinical Assessment I||Clinical Medicine I||Integration into Clinical Concepts II||The Role of the PA in American Health Care|
|Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease||Pharmacology in Disease Pathology I||Human Behavior|
|Clinical Application of Evidenced-Based Practice I||Integration into Clinical Concepts III|
|Clinical Assessment II||Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice II|
|Integration into Clinical Concepts I|
Clinical Year Courses **
|Internal Medicine Clerkship|
|Emergency Medicine 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 rotations eight and nine, students will be in their chosen electives.
The MPAS schedule does not follow the FIU calendar. Dates may be subject to change.
Fall Semester 2022
Didactic Classes CO 2024: 8/1/22 – 12/2/22
Didactic Classes CO 2023: 8/8/22 – 12/2/22
Clinical Rotations: 8/2/22 - 11/11/22
Spring Semester 2023
Didactic Classes CO 2024: 1/9/23-4/28/23
Clinical Rotations CO 2023: 1/9/23-4/14/23
Summer Semester 2023
Didactic Classes CO 2024: 5/8/23-7/28/23
Clinical Rotations CO 2023: 4/24/23-7/28/23
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).
|Course ID||Fall Semester|
Clinical Assessment I
Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
|Course ID||Spring Semester|
Clinical Skills I
Clinical Medicine I
Pharmacology in Disease Pathology I
Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice I
Clinical Assessment II
Integration into Clinical Concepts I
|Course ID||Summer Semester|
Clinical Medicine II
Pharmacology in Disease Pathology II
Integration into Clinical Concepts II
|Course ID||Fall Semester|
Clinical Medicine III
Clinical Skills II
The Role of the PA in American Health Care
Integration into Clinical Concepts III
Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Practice II
|Course ID||Clinical Clerkships|