Please review the Clinical course descriptions.
The clinical phase of the program is 12 months in length and consists of seven required rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics and Surgery.
CLINICAL YEAR CURRICULUM (24 semester hours 1 week = 0.5 hours)
January ‐ May
May ‐ August
August ‐ December
PAS 902 Emergency Medicine (6 Weeks)
PAS 903 Internal Medicine (6 Weeks)
PAS 904 Women’s Health (4 Weeks)
PAS 906 Surgery (4 Weeks)
PAS 907 Behavioral Medicine (4 Weeks)
PAS 908 – 933: 3 assigned or chosen elective rotations
Note: Semesters of Rotations are subject to overflow due to scheduling and length of rotations.
Students may take three elective clinical rotations of 4 weeks each provided there are no academic or probationary restraints. During the clinical rotations, students are visited by a faculty member (either core or adjunct) in order to assess the clinical learning experience. These visits are designed to ensure each student receives an appropriate clinical learning experience. Additionally, the student is required to return to campus for end‐of‐rotation examinations and/or professional practice activities. Students are also required to complete appropriate logging and evaluation forms as delineated in each syllabus, and written assignments as assigned. Finally, clinical phase students will take a program‐administered PACKRAT examination approximately 3 months before graduation. As this examination is available for private purchase through the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), the program encourages students to take the examination as an indicator of knowledge strengths and weaknesses. It is our experience that privately purchasing the examination and self‐administration before the program administers it will not portray an accurate picture of the student’s knowledge base. Understanding one’s fund of knowledge better assists in preparation for the PA board examinations. Students are also required to successfully pass a comprehensive written examination of the program’s design in order to successfully complete the program. Students may be required to successfully complete an Objective Standardized Clinical Experience (OSCE) or other practical examination as well prior to graduation. Additionally, near the end of the clinical phase, students will participate in an intensive board review course to better prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and clinical practice.