Here's what you'll study

Physician assistants have to be ready for anything—and our program ensures you will be.

Our 27-month program is based on medical school curriculum and includes classroom education and extensive clinical training. You’ll graduate ready to take on any challenge and make a difference in the lives of people who need you most.

Your studies will cover six broad areas and should empower all graduates with the knowledge and skills to become a practicing physician assistant.

  • Didactic coursework (fundamental science and medical knowledge)
  • Clinical skills (including communication, patient interview and physical exam techniques, critical thinking, and clinical procedures)
  • Professionalism
  • Interprofessional collaborative education and work environments
  • Cultural awareness
  • Clinical rotations in urban and rural community-based practice settings as well as rotations in large, university-affiliated academic medical centers

The third in a series of three, this course provides Physician Assistant students with the knowledge of a variety of general medical problems encountered in clinical practice. Students learn to evaluate and manage common problems while utilizing and amplifying critical thinking skills and knowledge learned in basic science courses.

This course is designed to build on students’ knowledge of the general principles of clinical medicine and pharmacology. Lectures will teach how these principles are used to make rational clinical prescribing decisions. Small groups will be formed, and students will be asked to write and orally present assessments and plans over chief complaint topics. Topics covered will include pharmacology, routes of administration, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacogenomics, and toxicology, drug classes, disease management, and drug safety and regulation.

This course is part of a two-course series on health promotion and disease prevention. This course prepares the Physician Assistant student to apply the principles of health promotion and disease prevention across the lifecycle.

Educational experiences

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
  • Casting and splinting
  • Central line placement
  • Disaster training
  • Emergency medicine simulation cases
  • Incision and drainage
  • Injections
  • Interprofessional education
  • Intravenous access
  • Intubation
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Obstetrics delivery
  • Standardized patient encounters
  • Supervised clinical experiences
  • Suturing and wound closure
  • Ultrasound
PA student works on her ultrasound technique.
PA students participate in a casting exercise.
PA student goes through the lumbar puncture steps with a manican.