Taken in 6-semesters over 24-month, including 15 week summer semesters, the program is a lockstep curriculum. All students must complete the same coursework throughout the 24 months regardless of past degrees. No student can be exempted from any coursework.
The first 12 months, divided into three consecutive semesters, are devoted to didactic work in the basic sciences, medicine, behavioral sciences, and research methodologies. The clinical phase also divided into three consecutive semesters over 12 months, during which students are provided with supervised clinical practice experiences through nine rotations, each lasting five weeks at clinical sites such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices. During this phase students also complete didactic graduate coursework and a required master's research project.
The program provides a nurturing learning environment, and stresses the importance of continuing medical education.
To qualify for graduation with a BS in Health Sciences and MS in Physician Assistant Studies, a student must fulfill all of the following:
Successful completion of all courses and rotations, totaling 118 credits which includes:
- Successful completion of the summative evaluation (PAM 636)
- Successful completion of the master's project
- Overall program GPA of 2.66 (B-) or better
The above requirements are reviewed by the Academic Progress Committee, which informs the Registrar's Office that the student is certified for graduation (Standard A3.14d).