PA Course of Study
Course of Study
PA students are expected to be computer adept in Word, PowerPoint, e-mail, internet, and in performing searches.
Currently classes meet Monday thru Friday, during the first year of PA education. Classes meet all day and students should be prepared for typical class days of 9am to 5pm. Absences from school are not tolerated except under extraordinary conditions.
Students enrolled in the MSPAS Program are not prohibited, but are strongly discouraged from working during the didactic year due to the intense and rigorous nature of the program. If you choose to work and are unable to fulfill program requirements due to a work conflict you will be dismissed from the program.
Students enrolled in the BUPAP are prohibited from working during the clinical year due to the intense and rigorous nature of the program. Students are not required to work for the program. Students are not to receive or accept compensation for any work performed within the preceptor's clinical site or practice. Students may only render services as part of the clinical phase of their education. If you choose to disregard the work policy and are unable to attend scheduled clinical rotations due to a work conflict you will be dismissed from the program.
During the second year clinical training, students rotate through various specialties. Days and hours worked during rotations are determined by clinical preceptors but students will ordinarily work 30 to 50 hours each week. Students may be required to work some weekends, nights, and be on call during some rotations.
The curriculum is based on the medical model with problem oriented case studies and core courses in the first or didactic year that build on each other. Thus setting a foundation for the application of increasingly complex medical concepts that will prepare the student for transition into clinical rotations.
The clinical year comprises supervised clinical rotations in primary care, surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, and behavioral health medicine. Elective rotations may be structured allowing students to achieve significant training in a specialty area of interest or more experience in traditional primary care.
The website reflects the current curriculum for the in-coming cohort; please refer to the appropriate catalog for cohorts other than the incoming class.
Curriculum evaluation and revision is an on-going process.