Physician Assistant Studies

Academic Calendar

The Physician Assistant program is 27 months in length and consists of a 15-month didactic phase, followed immediately by a 12-month clinical learning phase. Each new class of students starts the program in the Fall Quarter of each year. The start date for the next class will be around late September / early October. Specific quarter dates and holidays will be given during the PA program orientation. The academic calendar is listed below.


Didactic Phase (15 months)

Fall Quarter (October – December)
     Gross Anatomy (6 quarter credits)
     Neuroanatomy (3 quarter credits)
     Human Physiology (3 quarter credits)
     Health Assessment and Physical Examination (6 quarter credits)

Winter Quarter (January – March)
     Medical Pathology and Genetics (4 quarter credits)
     Epidemiology and Public Health (3 quarter credits)
     Clinical Assessment and Management I (6 quarter credits)
     Pharmacotherapeutics I (3 quarter credits)
     Clinical Laboratory Medicine (2 quarter credits)

Spring Quarter (April – June)
     Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (2 quarter credits)
     Women's Health (3 quarter credits)
     Evidence Based Medicine (2 quarter credits)
     Clinical Assessment and Management II (6 quarter credits)
     Pharmacotherapeutics II (3 quarter credits)
     Physician Assistant History (1 quarter credit)

Summer Quarter (June – September)
     Essentials of Radiology (4 quarter credits)
     Medical Nutrition (2 quarter credits)
     Clinical Pediatrics (3 quarter credits)
     Emergency Medicine (4 quarter credits)
     Clinical Assessment and Management III (3 quarter credits)
     Pharmacotherapeutics III (2 quarter credits)

Fall Quarter (October – December)
     Professional Issues and Health Policy (2 quarter credits)
     Clinical Geriatrics (3 quarter credits)
     Fundamentals of Surgery (5 quarter credits)
     Health Care Ethics and Law (2 quarter credits)
     Research Design and Methodology (1 quarter credit)
     Didactic Summative Evaluation (3 quarter credits)

Clinical Phase (12 months)

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall Quarters (January – December) 
     Clinical Rotation in Internal Medicine (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Rotation in General Surgery (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Rotation in Family Medicine/Geriatrics (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Rotation in Emergency Medicine (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Rotation in Women’s Health (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Rotation in Pediatrics (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Rotation in Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (9 quarter credits)
     Clinical Summative Review (3 quarter credits)
     Capstone Research Project (3 quarter credits)    
     Clinical Summative Review (3 quarter credits)

 

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