Curriculum

The Physician Assistant Program Curriculum

Requirements for the BS/MS in Physician Assistant Studies

Twenty-seven (27) units or 108 credits in physician assistant (PA) courses during the three-year Physician Assistant Program:

PROFESSIONAL YEAR 1:
• PA 411E/411 Medical Science I (Clinical Anatomy; Medical Physiology; Diagnostic Anatomy, Gross Anatomy Lab)
• PA 412 Medical Science II (Pathophysiology & Human Genetics; Medical Microbiology; Introduction to Clinical Medicine)
• PA 416 Clinical Prep Science I (Patient Assessment I; Patient Assessment II, Radiology Interpretation)
• PA 417 Primary Care and Pharmacotherapeutics I (Primary Care I; Primary Care II, Pharmotherapeutics I)
• PA 418 PA Professional Practice (Human Behavior & Cultural Diversity; Critical Thinking & Clinical Skills; PA Professionalism, Health Promotion & Medical Ethics )
• PA 421 Emergency and Surgical Medicine (Emergency Medicine; General Surgery; Surgical Subspecialties)
• PA 422 General Medicine (General Medicine I, General Medicine II, General Medicine III, Interpretation of Lab Data, Problem Based Learning)
• PA 423 Maternal and Child Health (Women’s Health & General Pediatrics)
• PA 424 Primary Care and Pharmacotherapeutics II (Primary Care III, Primary Care IV, Pharmacotherpeutics II; Patient Assessment III)

PROFESSIONAL YEAR 2:
PA 514E/514 Advanced Health Assessment
Required
PA 431 Clinical Practice in Internal Medicine
PA 432 Clinical Practice in Primary Care & Family Medicine
PA 434 Clinical Practice in Surgery, General Medicine
PA 436 Clinical Practice in Pediatrics, General Practice
PA 441 Clinical Practice in Women’s Health
PA 442 Clinical Practice in Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine
Elective: (Select 3 – 1 unit each)
PA 443 Clinical Practice in Primary Care & Community Health
PA 444 Clinical Practice in Primary Care & Adolescent Medicine
PA 501 Art and Practice of Health Education
PA 503 Leadership Development and Professionalism
PA 504 Medical Literature Review and Analysis

PROFESSIONAL YEAR 3:
PA 533E Medical Clinical Practice V (0 credits)
Required
PA 533 Medical Clinical Practice V (6 credits)
PA 541 Medical Clinical Practice VI (6 credits)
PA 543 Medical Clinical Practice VII (6 credits)
PA 790 Research Design (4 credits)
PA 799 Thesis (4 credits)
Elective: (Select 10 credits)
PA 504 Medical Literature Review and Analysis (4 credits)
PA 612 Critical Thinking in Medicine (4 credits)
PA 651 Leadership Development and Professionalism (4 credits)
PA 630 Clerkship I – Developing Community Health (6 credits)
PA 645 Clerkship II – Advanced Procedures and Skills (6 credits)