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Do you have an outstanding and altruistic commitment to service and volunteerism, a passion for medicine and the PA profession?

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PA Medicine

Be ready to enter a rigorous curriculum. Our faculty prepares you with the skills and training necessary for patient care.

Throughout the didactic phase you will learn the foundations of medicine through intensive classroom coursework. The clinical phase includes hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings. You will complete your degree with the month-long summative phase which prepares you for the transition into clinical practice.


Experience Learning

Didactic Phase

The Didactic Phase represents the preclinical year and spans 12 months.

Clinical Phase

The Clinical Phase represents the clinical year and consists of 11 months of supervised clinical education and coursework.

Summative Phase

The Summative Phase is 1 month in duration and represents the final stage of training.

Program Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree and be eligible to sit for the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

Medicine Beside Experienced & Faithful Physicians Assistants

Allison Simon, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor PA Medicine

PA Curriculum

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  • PA Medicine Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses

     

    Spring 1-A: (Didactic Phase)

     

    • DPAM5100 (1 SH) Fundamentals of the PA Profession
    • DPAM5106 (1 SH) Research and Evidence Based Medicine
    • DPAM5108 (1 SH) Population Health
    • DPAM5109 (1 SH) Functional and Preventive Medicine
    • DPAM5140 (1 SH) Introduction to Pharmacology

     

    Spring 1-B: (Didactic Phase)

     

    • DPAM5210 (2 SH) Human Anatomy I
    • DPAM5220 (2 SH) Pathophysiology I
    • DPAM5430 (4 SH) Medical Practice I
    • DPAM5230 (2 SH) Physical Diagnosis I
    • DPAM5160 (1 SH) Clinical Methods and Procedures I
    • DPAM5242 (2 SH) Pharmacotherapy Principles I
    • DPAM5170 (1.5 SH) Pediatric Medicine I
    • DPAM5180 (0.5 SH) Geriatric Medicine I
    • DPAM5250 (2 SH) Critical Thinking I
    • DPAM5260 (2 SH) Psychiatry/Mental Health
    • DPAM5169 (1 SH) Special Populations

     

    Summer 1: (Didactic Phase)

     

    • DPAM5212 (2 SH) Human Anatomy II
    • DPAM5222 (2 SH) Pathophysiology II
    • DPAM5432 (4 SH) Medical Practice II
    • DPAM5232 (2 SH) Physical Diagnosis II
    • DPAM5162 (1 SH) Clinical Methods and Procedures II
    • DPAM5244 (2 SH) Pharmacotherapy Principles II
    • DPAM5172 (1.5 SH) Pediatric Medicine II
    • DPAM5182 (0.5 SH) Geriatric Medicine II
    • DPAM5252 (2 SH) Critical Thinking II
    • DPAM5104 (1 SH) Health Care Ethics
    • DPAM5102 (1 SH) Health Care Policy

     

  • PA Medicine Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses 

     

    Fall 1 : (Clinical Phase)

     

    • DPAM5214 (2 SH) Human Anatomy III
    • DPAM5224 (2 SH) Pathophysiology III
    • DPAM5434 (4 SH) Medical Practice III
    • DPAM5234 (2 SH) Physical Diagnosis III
    • DPAM5164 (1 SH) Clinical Methods and Procedures III
    • DPAM5246 (2 SH) Pharmacotherapy Principles III
    • DPAM5174 (1.5 SH) Pediatric Medicine III
    • DPAM5184 (0.5 SH) Geriatric Medicine III
    • DPAM5254 (2 SH) Critical Thinking III
    • DPAM5396 (3 SH) Global Health
    • DPAM5376 (3 SH) Foundations of Emergency Medicine
    • DPAM5178 (1 SH) Foundations of Surgery
    • DPAM5198 (1 SH) Transition to Clerkships

     

    Spring, Summer, Fall II Clerkships: (Clinical Phase)

     

    • DPAM6500 (5 SH) Psychiatry/Mental Health Clerkship
    • DPAM6502 (5 SH) Emergency Medicine Clerkship
    • DPAM6504 (5 SH) General Surgery Clerkship
    • DPAM6506 (5 SH) Internal Medicine Clerkship
    • DPAM6508 (5 SH) Prenatal and Gynecology Clerkship
    • DPAM6510 (5 SH) Pediatrics Clerkship
    • DPAM6514 (5 SH) Family Medicine Clerkship I
    • DPAM6515 (5 SH) Family Medicine Clerkship II
    • DPAM6516 (5 SH) Family Medicine Clerkship III
    • DPAM6512 (5 SH) Elective Clerkship
    • DPAM5390 (3 SH) Teamwork and Communication for Integrated Healthcare
    • DPAM6216 (2 SH) Rotation Assessment Days I
    • DPAM6218 (2 SH) Rotation Assessment Days II

     

    Summative Evaluation: (Clinical Phase)

     

    • DPAM6520 (5 SH) Summative Evaluation

Curriculum Sequence

This entry-level master’s degree program consists of 131 semester hours of graduate work divided into three phases that span 24 consecutive months. The Didactic Phase represents the preclinical year and spans 12 months. The Clinical Phase represents the clinical year and consists of 11 months of supervised clinical education and coursework. The Summative Phase is 1 month in duration and represents the final stage of training. Learn more about the program.

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