There are twelve (12) weeks of elective rotation time, divided into three four (4) week courses. This is an opportunity for the student to increase his/her knowledge base and skill in a field of interest, or in a complementary medical field. Any student-suggested clinical elective must meet the standards of the PA program and is subject to the same policies and regulations as core rotations. Students should understand that regardless of geographical location of elective rotations, end-of-rotation meetings and requirements for graduation are held on campus and students are required to attend these.
PAS 510 – The Physician Assistant Profession
In this one-semester course, students will explore
all aspects of the physician assistant profession,
including historical, legislative and professional
PAS 520 – Human Gross Anatomy
In this one-semester course, students will study
the structure of the human anatomy through the
use of lectures, clinical applications and cadaver
PAS 527 – Microbiology and Immunology
The course provides students a systematic organbased
review of the more important infectious
disease agents, and the principles and techniques
employed in their laboratory diagnosis. Students
will explore the components and response of the
immune system in mounting defense against
common pathogens. Relevant pharmacotherapy
and preventative measures, such as immunization,
will be discussed.
PAS 530 – Physical Diagnosis I – Effective
This is the first of three semester courses designed
to prepare students to obtain a complete history
and perform a complete physical examination on
any patient with special sensitivity to age, gender
and cultural background.
PAS 562 – Pathophysiology
In this course, students will study the physiology
and pathophysiology that pertain to the nervous,
pulmonary, endocrine, cardiovascular and
gastrointestinal systems. Students also will study
the kidneys, blood, inflammation, hypersensitivity
reactions, rheumatologic disorders and acid-base
PAS 566 – Human Genetics
This course discusses the basic principles of
medical genetics. Students will learn to obtain a
detailed family history and assess possible modes
of inheritance. Principles of genetic screening,
testing and diagnosis will be discussed. Specific
genetic disorders, the underlying etiology, clinical
presentation, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and
treatment options will be reviewed. The ethical
principles related to genetic evaluation and testing
also will be discussed.
PAS 601 – Clinical Medicine I
This course explores the intricacies of human
disease and divides them into individual modules
of various medical disciplines, including Cardiology,
Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology,
Neurology, Rheumatology, Rehabilitation Medicine,
Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Urology/Nephrology,
Geriatrics, Dermatology and Otolaryngology.
PAS 630 – Physical Diagnosis II
This is the second of three semester courses
designed to prepare students to obtain a
complete history and perform a complete physical
examination on any patient with special sensitivity
to age, gender and cultural background. This
course will concentrate on studying the body
system of the adult patient from head to abdomen.
PAS 652 – Public Health and Nutritional
This course introduces counseling and behavioral
science skills and tools to enhance communication
skills and understanding of health care and
wellness issues in the community. Further public
health concepts are discussed in order to gain a
global view of health care. Students also review
the basic principles of nutrition, including nutrition
throughout the life cycle, in diverse cultures and
communities, the nutrition care process, and the
nutritional prevention and management of disease.
PAS 660 – Diagnostic Methodology
This course discusses the principles of using
clinical diagnostic testing. Students will utilize
information obtained in lectures and case
discussions to incorporate laboratory testing,
ECG interpretation and radiology imaging into
appropriate patient scenarios.
PAS 670 – Pharmacology I
This is the first of two courses designed to present
a systematic presentation of pharmacologic agents
based upon drug group classification, nature and
mode of action, toxicity and clinical therapeutic
PAS 702 – Clinical Medicine II – Emergency
This course will explore injuries, diseases and
other conditions relating to various medical
disciplines, such as Cardiology, Gastroenterology
and Pulmonology, from an emergency department
point of view.
PAS 703 – Clinical Medicine II – Surgery
This course is designed to introduce students
to general surgery and surgery subspecialties.
General and subspecialty surgical concepts will be
discussed as they relate to primary care settings.
PAS 704 – Clinical Medicine II – Women’s
Health and Pediatrics
This course is a continuation of medicine from an
obstetric and gynecological point of view. In this
course, students will explore injuries, diseases
and other conditions relating to various medical
and Pulmonology, from an obstetric and
gynecologic point of view. This course will introduce
various aspects of infertility, conception and birth,
including high-risk labor. The pediatric portion
of the course will explore injuries, diseases and
other conditions relating to the various medical
disciplines, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology
and Pulmonology, from a pediatric point of view.
Aspects of development from birth to adolescence,
as well as issues related to violence and behavior
PAS 730 – Physical Diagnosis III
This course is the third of three semester
courses designed to prepare students to obtain a
semester will start by studying adult history and
physical examination from neurology to male and
female genitalia. Students will be instructed on the
examination of the pediatric patient, as well as the
pregnant patient. The remainder of the semester
focuses on directed histories and physical
examinations on targeted body systems.
PAS 770 – Pharmacology II
This is the second of two courses designed to
present a systematic presentation of pharmacologic
agents based upon drug group classification,
nature and mode of action, toxicity and clinical
PAS 773 – Research Methods
In this course, students will explore basic statistical
principles as they relate to the medical literature.
Course Requirements for MSPAS
PAS 801 – Primary Care Seminar
This course explores the most common patient
conditions seen by primary care practitioners.
Students will build upon knowledge already
presented in the Clinical Medicine I course as well
as complement information provided in the Clinical
Medicine II course. Seasonal variations and the top
10 differential diagnoses will be discussed.
PAS 807 – Practical Clinical Skills
This course provides students with practical
experience in the performance of clinical skills
necessary to function as a physician assistant. This
includes training in procedures related to wound
management, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology,
IV access and venipuncture, and parenteral
administration of medications.
PAS 810 – Ethics, Health Systems, Law and
This course is designed to provide students an
appreciation of medical ethics and their legal
implications where applicable. Lectures will provide
a basic understanding of the ethical responsibilities
of physician assistants as health care practitioners
and as individuals. In part, students will examine
the private and public health care sectors, their
interrelation, and the changes that are blurring
their distinction. Students will be exposed to a
discussion of the issues and systems related to the
delivery of health care in the United States, to an
overview of provider roles, and to an examination
of the role of the physician assistant. Electronic
medical records (EMR) will be an important part of
PAS 830 – Diverse and Vulnerable Patient
This course instructs students in the prevention,
recognition, intervention and management of child
maltreatment and domestic violence. Students will
identify ways to advocate for victims of violence
and explore various cultural aspects of medicine
PAS 840 – Clinical Decisions
This course will concentrate on common medical
problems seen in outpatient primary care settings.
Lecture sessions will involve case study reviews.
Class discussions will contribute significantly to
the learning process; hence student participation
will be strongly encouraged. It also will introduce
the appreciation of practice-based learning and
systems-based practice issues such as risk
management and electronic medical records (EMR).
PAS 880 – Behavioral Health and Illness
In this one-term course, students will develop
the skills necessary to evaluate and manage
psychiatric illnesses. There will be an emphasis
on those disorders commonly seen in primary
care and emergency room settings. The course is
set up as a series of lectures that begin with the
psychiatric interview and examination. Several
lectures that follow will focus on specific disorders
and psychiatric emergencies.
Clinical core COURSES
There are nine core clinical rotations.
PAS 901A and 901B – Family Medicine
These four-week rotations take place in an
ambulatory/outpatient or clinic setting. The Family
Medicine rotations provide students with practical
clinical experience in working with the ambulatory
patient who presents with acute or chronic disease.
PAS 902 – Emergency Medicine
This four-week rotation takes place in the
emergency department of a hospital. The
Emergency Medicine rotation provides students
with practical clinical experience working with
acute medical and surgical emergencies.
PAS 903 – Internal Medicine
This four-week rotation takes place in a hospital
and/or outpatient setting. The Internal Medicine
rotation provides students with practical clinical
experience in working with the hospitalized or
ambulatory patient who presents with acute or
chronic disease, and who is routinely seen by
PAS 904 – Women’s Health
This four-week rotation takes place in a hospital,
clinic or private practice setting. The Women’s
Health rotation provides students with practical
clinical experience in the differential diagnosis,
evaluation and management of normal and
abnormal women’s health conditions.
PAS 905 – Pediatrics
clinic or private office setting. The Pediatrics
experience in working with the pediatric patient.
PAS 906 – Surgery
This four-week rotation takes place on the surgical
service. Students should attend conferences,
lectures and perform on-call duties as required.
The Surgery rotation provides students with
exposure to the care and treatment of the surgical
PAS 907 – Behavioral Medicine
This four-week rotation takes place in a behavioral
health setting. The setting may include one or
more of the following: specialized geriatric or
chronic care facility, nursing home, hospice center,
inpatient or outpatient psychiatric facility, or any
other approved setting. The Behavior Medicine
experience in identifying, evaluating and referring
patients presenting with common and/or emergent
PAS 908 – Primary Care
This four-week rotation takes place in an
ambulatory, outpatient, inpatient or a clinic setting.
The purpose of the Primary Care rotation is to
provide practical clinical experience in working with
patients who present with acute or chronic disease
to a family practice or internal medicine office base
practice, clinic, emergency room or urgent care.
Each student will select three elective courses.
The electives will consist of rotations that the PA
program can coordinate throughout the Central
Ohio area in various aspects of primary care and
Clinical Elective Rotations:
There are three, four-week elective rotations. The
electives consist of rotations that the Physician
Assistant program coordinates throughout the
Central Ohio area in various aspects of primary
care and specialty/subspecialty medicine