Program Requirements

First Year - Summer (19 hours)

​A regional approach to the structure of the human body, concentrating on the interrelationships of different anatomical structures and their clinical applications. Prerequisites: HSC 214; admission to physical therapy program, physician assistant program or graduate program in exercise science. 

Credits 5(3-4) 

Contact Hours (3-4) 

Course Syllabus

​Comprehensive survey course that studies prioritized medical topics within organ systems. The systems covered are otolaryngologic, ophthalmologic, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Prerequisites: admittance to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 4(4-0) 

Contact Hours (4-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Survey clinical course that emphasizes principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapy as they relate to drugs in the treatment of common primary care conditions. Prerequisites: admittance to Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​An in depth review of the normal and abnormal physiologic processes associated with diseases of the cardiac and pulmonary organ systems. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​An introduction to the indications for and interpretation of the chest radiograph and electrocardiogram. Prerequisites: Admission into the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

Integrated didactic/laboratory course. This course teaches assessment via the medical history with focus on interviewing skill and technique. It prepares students for the clinical setting. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

First Year - Fall (20 hours)

​A comprehensive survey course that studies prioritized medical topics within organ systems. The systems covered are the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, endocrine, hematological systems and oncology. Prerequisites: admittance to the Physician Assistant program and PHA 608. 

Credits 4(4-0) 

Contact Hours (4-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A comprehensive survey course on the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases seen in primary care medicine and organized by organ system. Prerequisites: admittance to Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

This clinical survey course continues instruction in pharmacology of select drugs, prescription essentials general pharmacology resources for the primary care practitioner. Prerequisites: admittance to Physician Assistant program, PHA 625. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​An in-depth review of the normal and abnormal physiologic processes associated with diseases of the renal, neurological, and endocrine system. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Interactive lecture and small group problem-solving sessions in preparation for integrated clinical experience. Develops clinical diagnostic reasoning by focusing on a clinical presentation based model. Prerequisite: Admissions to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 3(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

​Integrated didactic/laboratory series that teaches patient assessment through the complete medical history and physical examination. It prepares students for the clinical setting. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program; successful completion of PHA 660. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​This course enables the student to examine the principles of medical ethics, develop an organized process to resolve clinical dilemmas, and to explore future professional roles. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

First Year - Spring (21 hours)

​Comprehensive survey course that studies prioritized medical topics within organ systems. The topics covered are the immunologic, musculoskeletal and neurologic systems and geriatrics. Prerequisites: admittance to the Physician Assistant program and PHA 609. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Integrated didactic and laboratory course which develops medical procedural diagnostic and therapeutic skills. This prepares the student for the clinical setting. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: admission to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(2-2) 

Contact Hours (2-2) 

Course Syllabus

​An in-depth review of the normal and abnormal physiologic processes associated with diseases of the gastrointestinal system, immune system, heritable conditions, and spontaneous genetic abnormalities. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Onsite interactive problem-solving sessions and offsite patient/student/preceptor clinical interactions. Both modes develop clinical diagnostic reasoning by focusing on a hypothetic-deductive approach. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program; successful completion of PHA 640. 

Credits 3(0-11) 

Contact Hours (0-11) 

Course Syllabus

​Indications for and interpretation of laboratory, pulmonary function, and neurophysiologic testing. Prerequisites: PHA 650. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Integrated didactic/laboratory series that teaches patient assessment through the complete medical history and physical examination. It prepares students for the clinical setting. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program; successful completion of PHA 661. 

Credits 4(2-4) 

Contact Hours (2-4) 

Course Syllabus

​This course introduces the principles of preventive medicine and methods for their incorporation into primary care on an individual, family and community basis. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

​The course includes the identification and management of psychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on the pharmacological management of mood disorders. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Second Year - Summer (22 hours)

​Prioritized instruction in normal function and selected medical conditions in women's health including pregnancy, childbirth, neoplasm and endocrine changes. Prerequisites: admittance to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A survey course of growth, development and diseases from birth to adolescence. It prepares students for the primary care clinical setting. Prerequisites: admittance to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Survey course that focuses on pre-, peri- and postoperative care and medical considerations of the surgical patient and prepares the student for the clinical setting. Prerequisites: admittance to the Physician Assistant program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Survey course that familiarizes the student with common emergency medicine problems and injuries utilizing a priority system. Prerequisites: Admittance to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Topics concerning physician assistant professional practice. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A two module course consisting of Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 3(0-6) 

Contact Hours (0-6) 

Course Syllabus

​Onsite interactive problem-solving sessions and offsite patient/student/preceptor clinical interactions. Both modes develop clinical diagnostic reasoning by focusing on a hypothetic-deductive approach. Prerequisites: admission to the Physician Assistant program; successful completion of PHA 641. 

Credits 3(0-11) 

Contact Hours (0-11) 

Course Syllabus

Students will develop the ability to critically analyze current and past medical research and publications, and apply those concepts to the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine. Prerequisites: Admission into the Physician Assistant Program. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Indications for and interpretation of imaging of the central nervous system, vascular system, abdomen and extremities. Principles of nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance, and computed tomography. Prerequisites: PHA 651. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

Second Year - Fall (16 hours)

​This course consists of a full-time clinical internship. This is the first of three clinical year courses that will include a variety of clinical settings. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 82 credits of didactic course work for the Physician Assistant Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Credits 16(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Second Year - Spring (16 hours)

​This course consists of a full-time clinical internship. This is the second of three clinical year courses that will include a variety of clinical settings. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: PHA 690; Successful completion of 82 credits of didactic course work for the Physician Assistant Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Credits 16(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Third Year - Summer (16 hours)

​This course consists of a full-time clinical internship. This is the third of three clinical year courses that will include a variety of clinical settings. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: PHA 691; Successful completion of 82 credits of didactic course work for the Physician Assistant Program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Credits 16(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 130 semester hours