The first year of the program is primarily based in the classroom and lab while the second year primarily based in a variety of clinical settings. Courses are arranged so that foundation information is learned early and provides students with confidence and a strong basis for subsequent material. The medical content is designed around the most common problems encountered in primary care. The curriculum is presented in a modular format.  Each module corresponds to a body system or medical specialty and contains information regarding: epidemiology, pathophysiology, physical diagnosis, clinical medicine, diagnostic procedures, anatomy, medical reasoning, rural health issues, medical issues, medical records/communications, pharmacology, medical nutrition, and medical research. Each module contains lecture, laboratory, service learning, and case-based learning components.

First Year
Service Learning Module 1sh Ophthalmology 1sh
Introductory Module 5sh Neurology Module 2sh
Women's Health Module 1.5sh Orthopedics Module 1sh
Urology & Sexually Transmitted Disease Module 0.5sh Rheumatology Module 1.5sh
Human Sexuality Module 0.5sh Dermatology Module 1sh
Infectious Disease Module 2sh Gastroenterology Module 1.5sh
Allergy & Immunology Module 1sh Obstetrics Module 1.5sh
Hematology Module 1sh Otorhinolaryngology Module 1sh
Oncology Module 1sh Pediatrics Module 2sh
Endocrinology Module 1.5sh Geriatrics Module 1sh
Cardiology Module 3sh Surgery Module 1.5sh
Pulmonary Module 2sh Emergency Medicine Module 1.5sh
Nephrology Module 1.5sh Alternative Medicine Module 0.5sh
Psychiatry Module 2sh Occupational Medicine Module 1sh
Total Modular hours (year one): 41.5sh         (**Note:  sh = semester hours)

Non-Modular Courses (year one):

HLTH 603 Gross Human Anatomy 4sh PYAS 659 Underserved Populations 3sh
    PYAS 601 Medical Decisions 3sh
Total First Year 51.5sh    

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the above modules to participate in the second year clinical rotations and preceptorships

Clinical experiences in the second year also emphasize primary care. Students gain depth and breadth of knowledge during eight clinical rotations. The rotations are six weeks in duration, with concentrations in the areas of pediatrics, women's health, family medicine, emergency medicine, general internal medicine, general surgery, plus behavioral and mental health care. Students may choose to have a second rotation in one of these fields or an elective in a subspecialty. Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

Second Year

YEAR 2: Summer Session   YEAR 2: Spring Semester  
Clinical Rotations I
Evidence Based Medicine I
Clinical Rotations III
Evidence Based Medicine III

YEAR 2: Fall Semester

Clinical Rotations II
Evidence Based Medicine II
Total Second Year 43sh

*Grand Total of Years 1 & 2  94.5 sh 

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout the entire PA program, as well as the approval of the PA program faculty, to receive the Master of Health Science degree.

Employment Policies While Enrolled in the Program:

  • The two year PA program is concentrated and intense. The program discourages students from employment during either the didactic year or clinical year.
  • One part time graduate assistant is employed by the university at each campus location to assist with the technical needs of speakers in the classroom and to facilitate security of classroom equipment.
  • Students are not required to perform clerical or administrative work for the program.
  • During clinical experiences students are not to substitute for regular clinical or administrative staff.
  • Students who choose to be employed during the program must be aware that:
    • Your job must never get in the way of your studies. Employment will never be considered as a valid excuse for those who have trouble coming to class, attending any functions, studying, taking tests or poor academic performance.
    • The program’s lecture schedule and testing schedule can change without advance notification and students must stay flexible for changes. Employment will not be considered a valid excuse for failure to comply with program schedules in these areas.