Physician Assistant Studies | MS

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is designed to provide a comprehensive primary care training program that combines didactic coursework with clinical experiences to enable the graduate to work in a variety of practice settings.

The program is offered over seven consecutive semesters, taking 27 months to complete. The program emphasizes problem-based, team-based learning, small group sessions, diversity awareness, evidence-based healthcare, inter-professional activities, integration of Simulation technology and the use of Standardized Patients in the educational process. A graduate project provides an opportunity to integrate evidence-based medicine with a literature review and research process, preparing the graduate to be a critically thinking clinician who can effectively respond to the ever-changing demands of the healthcare system.

In addition, students participate in community service projects that include staffing of a low-cost clinic and healthcare screening for the homeless. Clinical sites are located throughout the United States, and students have the option of selecting an international community medicine rotation in many countries of the world.

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Academic Faculty, Professor
Associate Director & Director of Academic Education, Assistant Professor
Director of Global Education, Assistant Professor
Simulation Coordinator & Academic Faculty, Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Academic Education, Academic Faculty, Associate Professor
Associate Medical Director, Professor
Academic Faculty, Associate Professor
Academic Faculty, Assistant Professor
Academic Faculty, Assistant Professor
Academic Faculty, Assistant Professor
Director & Associate Professor-School of Physician Assistant Studies

The curriculum is 27 months divided into two phases over seven consecutive semesters.

Students are strongly encouraged not to work while enrolled in the school. Any student who chooses to work is required to attend all program related activities and will not be granted an excused absence for work obligations.

Phase I — Didactic (13 months - 63 semester hours)

The didactic curriculum is organized into blocks to allow for a comprehensive and integrated approach to learning medicine across the lifespan by organ system. Each clinical medicine module contains anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical skills, laboratory studies, study of disease states, pharmacology, behavioral medicine, preventive medicine, and evidence based healthcare (EBHC). The morning classes are traditional lectures and as possible, the afternoon classes focus on active learning through cases, skills, Simulation, role playing and problem solving. Letter grades have been eliminated and all students must earn an 80 percent or higher to pass each module and longitudinal course (Anatomy, EBHC). There is a comprehensive assessment at the end of each module. Students take an individual assessment exam and then retake the same assessment in their small groups, facilitating the opportunity to further learn the material through group discussion of clinical concepts. If a student does not pass the assessment, there are two opportunities to further learn the medical information and reassess. Every student graduating from the program will have met the minimum competency of 80 percent in every area of the curriculum.

Summer Semester (13 weeks - 18 semester hours)

  • PA 510 | Current Topics in the PA Profession (2 semester hours)
  • PA 530 | Clinical History (3 semester hours)
  • PA 553 | Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine (CM) (6 semester hours) (Physiology, Nutrition, Pharmacology)
  • PA 554 | Fundamentals of Anatomy (1 semester hour)
  • PA 556 | CM Genetics (1 semester hour)
  • PA 581 | CM Infection and Immunology (3 semester hours)
  • PA 595 | Introduction to Evidence Based Healthcare (2 semester hours)

Fall Semester (16 weeks - 25 semester hours)

  • PA 558 | Fundamentals of Anatomy II (1 semester hour)
  • PA 571 | CM Nephrology (3 semester hours)
  • PA 576 | CM Hematology, Oncology (3 semester hours)
  • PA 577 | CM Endocrinology (3 semester hours)
  • PA 582 | CM Dermatology, Eye, ENT (3 semester hours)
  • PA 583 | CM Pulmonology (3 semester hours)
  • PA 585 | CM Cardiology, ECG (4 semester hours)
  • PA 586 | CM Gastroenterology (3 semester hours)
  • CHP 510/511 | Interprofessional Competence:Theory & Practice (1 semester hour)

Spring Semester (16 weeks - 20 semester hours)

  • PA 559 | Fundamentals of Anatomy III (1 semester hour)
  • PA 590 | CM Neurology (4 semester hours)
  • PA 591 | CM Musculoskeletal (4 semester hours)
  • PA 592 | CM Women's Health (4 semester hour)
  • PA 593 | CM Pediatric Medicine (3 semester hours)
  • PA 520 | Behavioral Medicine (2 semester hours)
  • PA 557 | CM Geriatrics (1 semester hour)
  • PA 587 | CM Men's Health (1 semester hour)

Phase II — Clinical Rotations/Graduate Project (14 months - 68 semester hours)

Summer Semester (15 weeks - 17 semester hours)

  • PA 596 | CM Emergency Medicine (4 semester hours)
  • PA 597 | CM Surgery, Hospital Care (3 semester hours)
  • PA 599 | CM Whole Patient (3 semester hours)
  • PA 665 | Professional Practice Seminar I (1 semester hour)
  • PA 696 | Graduate Project (6 semester hours)

Fall Semester (18 weeks - 19 semester hours)

  • Rotation 1 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • Rotation 2 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • Rotation 3 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • PA 666 | Professional Practice Seminar II (1 semester hour)

Spring Semester (19 weeks - 19 semester hours)

  • Rotation 4 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • Rotation 5 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • Rotation 6 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • PA 667 | Professional Practice Seminar III (1 semester hour)

Summer Semester (13 weeks - 13 semester hours)

  • Rotation 7 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • Rotation 8 | 6-week Rotation* (6 semester hours)
  • PA 668 | Professional Practice Seminar IV (1 semester hour)

*Note: Each student must successfully complete the following clinical rotations and the graduate project to complete the clinical phase.

  • PA 630 | Family Practice Rotation (12 semester hours)
  • PA 631 | Internal Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)
  • PA 633 | Inpatient Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)
  • PA 634 | Surgery Rotation (6 semester hours)
  • PA 636 | Emergency Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)
  • PA 637 | Community Medicine Rotation (6 semester hours)
  • PA 639 | Primary Care Focus Rotation: Pediatrics, Women's Health, Geriatrics, Family Medicine (6 semester hours)
  • PA 696 | Graduate Project (6 semester hours)