The curriculum for the PA Program is broken into a didactic year and a clinical year:

Didactic Year

The didactic year consists of a series of courses taught using an organ system approach (cardiology, pulmonary, etc.), with pediatrics, infectious disease, emergency medicine, geriatrics, and genetics included across each system. Both lecture and small-group formats are used to deliver the curriculum, highlighted by a problem-based learning approach. The didactic year will also include instruction in evidence-based medicine and pre-clinical year prep and procedures course.

Spring Semester Year 1 January- April

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5011Basic Science I           2 Credits
PA 5021Clinical Medicine I     5 Credits
PA 5031Clinical Laboratory Medicine I           1 Credit
PA 5041Pharmacotherapeutics I3 Credits
PA 5051Patient Assessment I3 Credits
PA 5061The Patient and the PA I      1 Credit
PA 5071PA Professional Practice1 Credit
PA 5081Community Outreach Project I (Pass/Fail)

Total16 Credits

Summer Semester Year 1 May- August

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5012Basic Science II          2 Credits
PA 5022Clinical Medicine II    6 Credits
PA 5032Clinical Laboratory Medicine II1 Credits
PA 5042Pharmacotherapeutics II3 Credits
PA 5052Patient Assessment II3 Credits
PA 5062The Patient and the PA II       1 Credit
PA 5072Medical Informatics1 Credits
PA 5082Community Outreach Project II         (Pass/Fail)

Total17 Credits

Fall Semester Year 1 September- December

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5013Basic Science III         2 Credits
PA 5023Clinical Medicine III   5 Credits
PA 5221Inter-Professional Experience1 Credits
PA 5043Pharmacotherapeutics III3 Credits
PA 5052Patient Assessment III3 Credits
PA 5063Intercultural Communications           1 Credits
PA 5093Clinical Integration2 Credits
PA 5083Community Outreach Project III        (Pass/Fail)

Total17 Credits

                                                                                    Didactic Year Total:   50 credits

Clinical Year

During the clinical year, students will complete a total of 11 rotations. This includes seven core rotations: internal medicine, family practice, psychiatry, pediatrics, general surgery, women’s health and emergency medicine. Each student will also complete four elective rotations in a wide variety of areas — including primary care, surgery and hospitalist medicine — based on their interests. Rotations last approximately four weeks each. All students will complete a master's project during the clinical year

Spring Semester Year 2 January- April

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5111Supervised Practice-Family Medicine           4 Credits
PA 5121Supervised Practice- Internal Medicine4 Credits
PA 5131Supervised Practice-Pediatrics4 Credits

Total12 Credits

Summer Semester Year 2 May-August

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5141Supervised Practice-General Surgery            4 Credits
PA 5151Supervised Practice- Emergency Medicine   4 Credits
PA 5161Supervised Practice-Behavioral Health4 Credits

Total12 Credits

Fall Semester Year 2 September- December

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5171Supervised Practice-Women’s Health           4 Credits
PA 5181Supervised Practice-Elective                                   4 Credits
PA 5191Supervised Practice-Elective4 Credits

Total12 Credits

Spring Semester Year 3 January – April

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PA 5211PA Externship Elective I                     3 Credits
PA 5212PA Externship Elective II        3 Credits
PA 5231Summative Course2 Credits
PA 5241Capstone Project        1 Credits

Total9 Credits

Clinical Year Total: 45 credits                

Didactic Year Total 50 Credits + Clinical Year Total 45 credits = 95 credits Overall Total