Master of Science in Health Sciences in the Field of Physician Assistant

The master of science in health sciences in the field of physician assistant studies prepares individuals to practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. Students are prepared to provide care across the lifespan to patients from diverse populations in various clinical settings. It prepares individuals to work collaboratively in interprofessional patient centered teams.

The curriculum consists of 104 credits of professional coursework over twenty-four months of full-time study beginning in the summer semester. The program curriculum emphasizes a scholarly approach to medicine, development of organizational and critical-thinking skills, and evidence-based medicine. The professional curriculum for PA education includes applied medical, behavioral and social sciences; patient assessment, clinical medicine, clinical specialties, health policy, professional practice issues, professional conduct and supervised clinical practice. The first twelve months are devoted to classroom and laboratory instruction including standardized patients, simulation activities and pre-clinical experiences. The final twelve months consist of six-week full time clerkships in seven areas of medicine plus an elective clerkship at regionally and nationally located clinical sites. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 104 credits in required courses.

Required
ANAT 6215Anatomy for Health Sciences Students
PA 6101Clinical Assessment I
PA 6102Clinical Assessment II
PA 6103Clinical Assessment III
PA 6104Integration into Clinical Concepts I
PA 6105Integration into Clinical Concepts II
PA 6106Integration into Clinical Concepts III
PA 6109Foundations of Medicine
PA 6110Evidence Based Practice for PA Students
or PA 6111 Evidence Based Practice for PA/MPH Students
PA 6112Clinical Medicine I
PA 6113Clinical Medicine II
PA 6116Clinical Skills I
PA 6117Clinical Skills II
PA 6118Health, Justice, and Society I
PA 6119Health, Justice, and Society II
PA 6120Human Behavior
PA 6121Clinical Specialties
PA 6122Role of PA in American Health Care
PA 6259Introduction to Clinical Education
PA 6261Inpatient Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6262Primary Care Clinical Practicum
PA 6263Surgical Inpatient Clinical Practicum
PA 6264Women's Health Clinical Practicum
PA 6265Pediatrics Clinical Practicum
PA 6266Emergency Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6267Behavioral Medicine Clinical Practicum
PA 6268Elective Clinical Practicum I
PA 6300Introduction to Professional Practice
PHAR 6207Basic Principles of Pharmacology
PHAR 6208Pharm in Dis. Pathophysiology
PHYL 6211Physiology for Health Sciences Students