Curriculum

The didactic phase of the program consists of basic sciences, clinical and behavioral medicine.  Topic areas include human anatomy with cadaver lab, physical examination and history taking, pharmacology, physiology/pathophysiology, clinical skills, and topics and issues related to the profession.  The didactic phase provides the foundation for the clinical year. Students must begin the clinical year immediately following successful completion of the didactic year. 

The clinical phase of the curriculum includes rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, women's health, behavioral medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and two elective rotations. See our course catalog for a full list of our curriculum.

Employment: Students are strongly discouraged from working during the Physician Assistant program.  

Summer 1 (13 credits) 

PHAS 500

Human Anatomy for PAs

6 credits

PHAS 501

PA Seminar I

1 credit

PHAS 510

Physical Assessment

4 credits

PHAS 515

Molecular Mechanisms for PAs

2 credits

Fall 1 (16 credits)

PHAS 502

PA Seminar II

2 credits

PHAS 520

Neuroanatomy

2 credits

PHAS 525

Clinical Medicine I

6 credits

PHAS 526

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

4 credits

PHAS 527

Medical Diagnostics I

2 credits

PHAS 540

Public Health & Epidemiology

2 credits

Winterim 1 (8 credits)

PHAS 535

Evidence Based Medicine

2 credits

PHAS 565

Medical Ethics

3 credits

PHAS 580

Introduction to Clinical Practice

3 credits

Spring 1 (19 credits) 

PHAS 503

PA Seminar III

2 credits

PHAS 530

Clinical Medicine II

6 credits

PHAS 531

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II

4 credits

PHAS 532

Medical Diagnostics II

2 credits

PHAS 560

Surgical Medicine

3 credits

PHAS 575

Obstetrics and Gynecology

2 credits

Summer 2 (11 credits) 

PHAS 545

Emergency Medicine

4 credits

PHAS 550

Pediatrics

2 credits

PHAS 555

Clinical Skills Laboratory

3 credits

PHAS 570

Behavioral Medicine

2 credits

Fall 2 (16 credits)

Clinical Rotations I - 16 credits

Winterim 2 (4 credits)

Clinical Rotations II - 4 credits

Spring 2 (16 credits)

Clinical Rotations III - 16 credits

Summer 3  (10 credits)

Clinical Rotations IV - 8 credits
PHAS 600 - PA Seminar IV - 2 credits

 Students will be placed on a rotation schedule for the last 11 months of their education. The following rotations are required:

PHAS 610

Family Medicine Clinical Practicum I

4 credits

PHAS 615

Family Medicine Clinical Practicum II

4 credits

PHAS 620

Internal Medicine Clinical Practicum I

4 credits

PHAS 625

Internal Medicine Clinical Practicum II

4 credits

PHAS 630

Women's Health Clinical Practicum

4 credits

PHAS 635

Pediatric Clinical Practicum

4 credits

PHAS 640

Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum

4 credits

PHAS 645

Surgery Clinical Practicum

4 credits

PHAS 650

Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum

4 credits

PHAS 655

Clinical Practicum Elective I

4 credits

PHAS 660

Clinical Practicum Elective II

4 credits

Total Credits Required: 113