The Bethel University Physician Assistant Program will confer a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree upon completion of the 27-month educational program.

  • The program’s curriculum follows the medical education model with instructional modules to include: problem oriented case studies, traditional lectures, lab p racticum, and clinical practice emphasizing evidence based medicine in the first or didactic year. 

  • Exposure to patient problems using case studies will begin early in the training to facilitate the development of critical thinking skills

  • Courses are sequenced with Clinical Medicine and set a foundation for the application of increasingly complex medical concepts that prepare the students as they tr ansition into clinical rotations.

  • Integration of computer technology occurs throughout the program.

  • Educational presentations will correlate information from various parts of the curriculum, to prepare the future PA to think critically, and evaluate a patient in a systematic fashion.

  • The didactic year curriculum follows the NCCPA blueprint in regard to organ systems and task areas.  Following the didactic year, the students will spend 15 m onths in clinical rotations with qualified preceptors learning “hands-on” medicine.

  • The clinical year comprises supervised clinical rotations in primary care, general surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, women’s health, pediatrics , and mental/behavioral health. Elective rotations may be structured allowing students to achieve significant training in a specialty area of interest or more expe rience in traditional primary care.

  • Clinical year students will complete the Business of Medicine course during the fall semester of the clinical year.  The Business of Medicine course educates s tudents on group practice models, management, human resources, insurance products, CPT and ICD coding, third party reimbursement as well as the potential impact of health care reform.

  • The summative course, completed at the end of the clinical year is a comprehensive knowledge and skills assessment, which provides a review of the student’s ability to function as a successful graduate physician assistant.

  • Curriculum evaluation and revision is an on-going process.

The website reflects the current curriculum for the in-coming cohort; please refer to the appropriate catalog for cohorts other than the incoming class.



The PA program is committed to delivering a curriculum that will prepare the student to deliver optimal health care in an ever-changing environment.  In our commitment to the process of continuous quality improvement, students are involved in course evaluations, supervised clinical practice evaluations, and faculty evaluations at the closure of each semester.  As a future health care provider, the evaluation process will be a part of every continuing medical education course in which the practitioner participates to maintain his/her Physician Assistant license.  Students are required to complete these evaluations for didactic courses and supervised clinical experiences.


Course of Study

Didactic Year Curriculum

Clinical Rotations