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Program of Study

This full-time program encompasses twenty seven months. The first fifteen months consist of didactic training, with a strong emphasis on basic sciences, pharmacology, clinical medicine, interviewing skills, physical diagnosis, diagnostic studies, professionalism, ethics and research methods. The remaining twelve months consist of eleven four-week clinical preceptorships where students practice medicine in a supervised medical setting.  No advanced placement credit can be used to fulfill PA Program requirements.

Clinical Settings

  • Inpatient Medicine
  • Outpatient Medicine
  • Emergency Room
  • Operating Room
  • Long Term Care

Clinical Rotations

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Two Electives

Master's Capstone Project

In addition to eleven clinical rotations, students must complete a Master's Capstone Project. For this project, students choose a relevant medical topic and conduct a literature search, as well as clinical research, on this topic under the guidance of a physician assistant faculty member. Students will then present their research and data in the form of a written report, as well as a power point presentation to colleagues and physician assistant faculty.

Successful Program Completion

To successfully complete the program, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0, successfully complete an Objective Structured Clinical Exam at the end of the didactic year and at the end of the clinical year, pass all clinical rotations, pass all end of rotation objective exams, pass a comprehensive Physician Assistant exam at the end of the clinical year, and pass the Master's Capstone Project Seminar.

Students who successfully complete the requirements for the Physician Assistant Program are awarded a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam (PANCE) developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Due to the rigorous curricular requirements, the Program strongly recommends that students do not seek outside employment, even on a part-time basis.