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Physician Assistant Program Requirements

Find degree requirements for the Physician Assistant Program as well as information on Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences, below.

COURSEWORK

Williamsburg

These courses comprise the 68 credits of coursework to be completed for the Williamsburg campus MSPAS program. These classes are all completed during the first four semesters of candidacy.

Semester one – 15 credit hours total

MPAS 510 Human Anatomy 5 credit hours
MPAS 520 Human Medical Physiology 4 credit hours
MPAS 530 Introduction to Patient Assessment 3 credit hours
MPAS 540 Foundations to Clinical Medicine 2 credit hours
MPAS 550 Introduction to the PA Profession 1 credit hour

Semester two – 17 credit hours total

MPAS 501 Integration Seminar I 1 credit hour
MPAS 521 Medical Pathophysiology I 2 credit hours
MPAS 531 Patient Assessment I 3 credit hours
MPAS 541 Clinical Medicine 5 credit hours
MPAS 571 Pharmacology and Therapeutics I 3 credit hours
MPAS 581 Health Care Issues I 2 credit hours
MPAS 591 Research, Epidemiology and Stats 1 credit hour

Semester three – 18 credit hours total

MPAS 502 Integration Seminar II 1 credit hour
MPAS 505 Medical Procedures and Surgery I 3 credit hours
MPAS 522 Medical Pathophysiology II 2 credit hours
MPAS 532 Patient Assessment II 3 credit hours
MPAS 542 Clinical Medicine II 5 credit hours
MPAS 572 Pharmacology Therapeutics II 3 credit hours
MPAS 582 Health Care Issues II 1 credit hour

Semester four – 18 credit hours total

MPAS 503 Integration Seminar III 1 credit hour
MPAS 506 Medical Procedures and Surgery II 3 credit hours
MPAS 523 Medical Pathophysiology III 2 credit hours
MPAS 533 Patient Assessment III 2 credit hours
MPAS 543 Clinical Medicine III 5 credit hours
MPAS 544 Emergency Medicine 2 credit hours
MPAS 573 Pharmacology Therapeutics III 3 credit hours

Semesters five/six/seven – 45 credit hours total
Clinical Rotations

MPAS 600 Family Medicine I 4 credit hours
MPAS 605 Family Medicine II 4 credit hours
MPAS 610 Emergency Medicine 4 credit hours
MPAS 620 Internal Medicine I 4 credit hours
MPAS 625 Internal Medicine II 4 credit hours
MPAS 630 Pediatrics 4 credit hours
MPAS 640 Psychiatry 4 credit hours
MPAS 650 Surgery 4 credit hours
MPAS 660 Women’s Health 4 credit hours
MPAS 670 Clinical Elective 4 credit hours

Semester five – 18 credit hours total

MPAS 692 CAPSTONE I 2 credit hours
  Rotation 1 4 credit hours
  Rotation 2 4 credit hours
  Rotation 3 4 credit hours
  Rotation 4 4 credit hours

Semester six – 16 credit hours total

  Rotation 5 4 credit hours
  Rotation 6 4 credit hours
  Rotation 7 4 credit hours
  Rotation 8 4 credit hours

Semester seven – 11 credit hours total

MPAS 693 CAPSTONE II 2 credit hours
  Rotation 9 4 credit hours
  Rotation 10 4 credit hours
MPAS 680 Professional Development 1 credit hour

Northern Kentucky

These courses comprise the 68 credits of coursework to be completed in the Northern Kentucky Campus MSPAS program. These classes are all completed during the first 16 months of instruction.

Term one (8 weeks) – 11 credit hours total

MPAS 510 Human Anatomy 5 credit hours
MPAS 520 Human Medical Physiology 4 credit hours
MPAS 540 Foundations to Clinical Medicine 2 credit hours

Term two (16 weeks) – 15 credit hours total

MPAS 501 Integration Seminar I 1 credit hour
MPAS 521 Medical Pathophysiology I 2 credit hours
MPAS 530 Introduction to Patient Assessment 3 credit hours
MPAS 541 Clinical Medicine I 5 credit hours
MPAS 550 Introduction to the PA Profession 1 credit hour
MPAS 571 Pharmacology & Therapeutics I 3 credit hours

Term three (16 weeks) – 16 credit hours total

MPAS 502     Integration Seminar II 1 credit hour
MPAS 522 Medical Pathophysiology II 2 credit hours
MPAS 531 Patient Assessment I 3 credit hours
MPAS 542 Clinical Medicine II 5 credit hours
MPAS 572 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II 3 credit hours
MPAS 581 Health Care Issues I 2 credit hours

Term four (16 weeks) – 18 credit hours total

MPAS 503 Integration Seminar III 1 credit hour
MPAS 505 Medical Procedures and Surgery I 3 credit hours
MPAS 523 Medical Pathophysiology III 2 credit hours
MPAS 532 Patient Assessment II 3 credit hours
MPAS 543 Clinical Medicine III 5 credit hours
MPAS 573 Pharmacology & Therapeutics III 3 credit hours
MPAS 582 Health Care Issues II 1 credit hour

Term five (8 weeks) – 8 credit hours total

MPAS 506 Medical Procedures and Surgery II 3 credit hours
MPAS 533 Patient Assessment III 2 credit hours
MPAS 544 Emergency Medicine 2 credit hours
MPAS 591 Research, Epidemiology and Stats 1 credit hour

Terms six/seven/eight/nine (Clinical Rotations) – 45 credit hours total

MPAS 600 Family Medicine I 4 credit hours
MPAS 605 Family Medicine II 4 credit hours
MPAS 610 Emergency Medicine 4 credit hours
MPAS 620 Internal Medicine I 4 credit hours
MPAS 625 Internal Medicine II 4 credit hours
MPAS 630 Pediatrics 4 credit hours
MPAS 640 Psychiatry 4 credit hours
MPAS 650 Surgery 4 credit hours
MPAS 660 Women’s Health 4 credit hours
MPAS 670 Clinical Elective 4 credit hours

Term six (8 weeks) – 8 credit hours total

  Rotation 1 4 credit hours
  Rotation 2 4 credit hours

Term seven (16 weeks) – 18 credit hours total

MPAS 692 CAPSTONE I 2 credit hours
  Rotation 3 4 credit hours
  Rotation 4 4 credit hours
  Rotation 5 4 credit hours
  Rotation 6 4 credit hours

Term 8 (16 weeks) – 18 credit hours total

MPAS 693 CAPSTONE II 2 credit hours
  Rotation 7 4 credit hours
  Rotation 8 4 credit hours
  Rotation 9 4 credit hours
  Rotation 10 4 credit hours

Term 9 (3 weeks) – 1 credit hour total

MPAS 680 Professional Development 1 credit hour

Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences

Williamsburg Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences

Clinical rotation experiences are designed to provide physician assistant program students with supervised experiences that will enable the student to do the following:

  • Assess, diagnose, and manage common acute and chronic problems
  • Provide preventative health and health maintenance
  • Integrate with other members of the health care team
  • Utilize evidence based practices/principles as part of the Physician-PA student team Record and communicate medical data in an organized, intelligent process
  • Identify role limitations and indications for referral and consultation
  • Develop skills and habits necessary for life-long learning
  • Provide compassionate culturally competent healthcare to all patients
  • Clinical experiences are designed to provide students with experiences in:
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Pediatrics
    • Women's Health
    • Clinical Elective/Specialized Rotation

Northern Kentucky Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences

Supervised clinical practice experiences are designed to provide MSPAS students with clinical rotation experiences that will enable the student to do the following:

  • Assess, diagnose, and manage common acute and chronic problems
  • Provide preventative health and health maintenance
  • Integrate with other members of the health care team
  • Utilize evidence based practices/principles as part of the Physician-PA student team
  • Record and communicate medical data in an organized, intelligent process
  • Identify role limitations and indications for referral and consultation
  • Develop skills and habits necessary for life-long learning
  • Provide compassionate culturally competent health care to all patients
  • Supervised clinical practice experiences are designed to provide students with experiences in:
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • General Surgery
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry
    • Women's Health
    • Clinical Elective/Specialized Rotation