Physician Assistant Program Curriculum

Professional Curriculum

The curriculum is 27 months in duration, is completed in seven semesters, and requires full-time student participation. The curriculum is divided into two phases: Didactic and Clinical. The PA Program academic calendar may not always match the University calendar.

Didactic Phase: Consists of 15 months of basic medical science and clinical medicine courses.

Clinical Phase: Consists of 12 months of required and elective rotations, each six week's duration, and completed in private physician offices, hospitals, and clinics. It is expected that students accepting admission to the PA Program will accept rotation assignments where and when they are available. Reliable transportation is required. All expenses related to travel, meals, and lodging during rotations are the responsibility of the student. Financial planning in this area is important.

Program of Study

Didactic Phase

Summer Semester I

PAS 5010Medical Ethics

2

PAS 5025Research Methods and Designs in Medicine

3

PAS 5030Introduction to the Physician Assistant (PA) Profession

2

PAS 5070Applied Anatomy

4

PAS 5310Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology I

4

Total Credit Hours:15

Fall Semester

PAS 5080Clinical Medicine I

8

PAS 5090Introduction to Psychiatry

3

PAS 5100Medical Communications

2

PAS 5125Laboratory Medicine I

2

PAS 5180Physical Assessment

4

PAS 5315Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology II

4

PAS 5340Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics I

3

PAS 5400Introduction to EKG

1

Total Credit Hours:27

Spring Semester

PAS 5050Clinical Procedures

2

PAS 5126Laboratory Medicine II

2

PAS 5140Clinical Medicine II

8

PAS 5170Introduction to Surgery

3

PAS 5290Clinical Integration Skills I

2

PAS 5320Medical Physiology and Pathophysiology III

4

PAS 5345Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics II

4

PAS 5410Clinical Radiology

2

Total Credit Hours:27

Summer Semester II

PAS 5200Introduction to Pediatrics

3

PAS 5230Introduction to Obstetrics and Gynecology

3

PAS 5240Clinical Medicine III

8

PAS 5250Introduction to Emergency Medicine

3

PAS 5260Clinical Practicum

1

PAS 5291Clinical Integration Skills II

2

PAS 5350Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics III

4

Total Credit Hours:24

Clinical Phase

All clinical rotations are six weeks in duration with a forty-hour per week minimum.

PAS 5280Seminar: Research Methods and Design

1

PAS 6010Family Medicine I

6

PAS 6020Family Medicine II

6

PAS 6030Emergency Medicine

6

PAS 6050Internal Medicine

6

PAS 6070Pediatrics

6

PAS 6090Surgery

6

PAS 6110Behavioral and Mental Health

6

PAS 6xxx Elective

6

Total Credit Hours:49

Elective Rotations

Elective rotations are six weeks in duration and are available in a variety of medical and surgical disciplines:

PAS 6120Pain Management

6

PAS 6200Family Medicine

6

PAS 6210Emergency Medicine

6

PAS 6220Internal Medicine

6

PAS 6230Cardiology

6

PAS 6240Dermatology

6

PAS 6250Cardiovascular Surgery

6

PAS 6260Surgery

6

PAS 6260Pediatrics

6

PAS 6280Orthopedics

6

PAS 6290Sports Medicine

6

PAS 6300Obstetrics & Gynecology

6

PAS 6320Radiology

6

PAS 6330Otorhinolaryngology

6

PAS 6340Geriatrics

6

PAS 6350Medical Education

6

PAS 6390Neurology

6

PAS 6460Behavioral and Mental Health

6

PAS 6470Neurosurgery

6

PAS 6480Urology

6

PAS 6500Oncology

6

Total Credit Hours: 116