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The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MPAS) is 29 months in length consisting of a 14-month didactic component followed by 15-month supervised clinical clerkship component. The didactic phase is comprised of classroom instruction in advanced basic sciences, clinical skills, clinical medicine, pharmacology, behavioral medicine, ethics, and research. In general, classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are expected to attend all classes and should have no other commitments during these hours.

The clinical phase of the program consists of 15 months of supervised clinical clerkships. Most clerkships are 4 weeks in length with some exceptions. There are eight required clerkships to include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and General Surgery.

In addition to the required clerkships, students will choose five electives. Some rotations will require students to work on the weekends and evenings. Students are required to be available as instructed by their preceptors. Several times throughout the clinical phase, students will return to campus for end-of-rotation exams as well as other educational sessions. A separate handbook will be distributed during the clinical year orientation detailing specifics for the clinical year.

Year 1: Summer Course (8 weeks)
MPAS 500 Gross Anatomy, 5 credit hours
5 credit hours total

Year 1: Fall Courses
MPAS 510 Advanced Physiology, 5 credit hours
MPAS 520 Medical Pathology, 5 credit hours
MPAS 530 Clinical Laboratory Science, 3 credit hours
MPAS 600 Professional Practice Issues, 1 credit hour
MPAS 620 Communication in Medicine I, 2 credit hours
MPAS 630 Healthcare Systems, 2 credit hours
18 credit hours total

Year 1: Spring Courses
MPAS 640 Medicine I, 8 credit hours
MPAS 650 Pharmacotherapy I, 3 credit hours
MPAS 660 Clinical Skills I, 2 credit hours
MPAS 625 Communication in Medicine II, 1 credit hour
MPAS 670 Issues in Research I, 3 credit hours
17 credit hours total

Year 2: Summer Courses
MPAS 645 Medicine II, 11 credit hours
MPAS 655 Pharmacotherapy II, 3 credit hours
MPAS 680 Behavioral Medicine, 4 credit hours
MPAS 665 Clinical Skills II, 1 credit hour
MPAS 690 Medical Ethics, 2 credit hours
MPAS 675 Issues in Research II, 1 credit hour
22 credit hours total

Year 2: Fall Courses
MPAS 677 Research Application, 2 credit hours
MPAS 700s Clinical Preceptorships, 12 credit hours
14 credit hours total

Year 2: Spring Course
MPAS 700s Clinical Preceptorships, 16 credit hours
16 credit hours total

Year 3: Summer Course
MPAS 700s Clinical Preceptorships, 16 credit hours
16 credit hours total

Year 3: Fall Course
MPAS 700s Clinical Preceptorships, 16 credit hours
16 credit hours total

Total credit hours: 124

We do not allow for advanced standing, regardless of previous graduate work in healthcare.  All incoming students must complete the entire PA curriculum.

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