Physician Assistant Program -  Curriculum & Duration

Comprehensive Career Preparation

During your first three semesters, your didactic education will focus on clinical medicine for every system of the body. Then, under the guidance of a physician or a licensed PA, you will put what you learn into practice. The USciences graduate program offers 45 weeks of nine clinical rotations. These five-week rotations encompass:

  • Family medicine (2 consecutive rotations)
  • Internal medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Surgery
  • Elective

Upon successfully completing the program, you will be prepared to sit for the NCCPA national certifying exam, which explores all aspects of medicine. Moreover, you will be ready to contribute to a healthcare team in any medical field or specialty.

Each physician assistant  program has unique requirements.  Please review the curricular requirements for USciences PA Program below.

Student Employment Policy

Program faculty does not advise outside employment while participating in the PA Program. Faculty recognizes that employment may be an issue that some students will face. Given this recognition, realize that Program obligations will not be altered due to a student’s work obligations. It is further expected that work obligations will not interfere with the student’s learning progress or responsibilities while in the Program. Working often interferes with learning opportunities during rotation activities. The schedule of clinical experiences and clerkship hours to be observed are set by the Program or preceptor and are not negotiable. The PA Program also does not allow the student to substitute for clinical or administrative staff during any of their supervised clinical/practical experiences.  The PA student is not allowed to work at the same site where they are completing clinical experiences or clerkships.

Students who are involved in or commence volunteer or paid work during the course of their PA training cannot use their affiliation with the PA Program in any aspect of that job. Work outside the PA Program undertaken by the student, independent of the Program, is not covered by the liability offered for clinical work associated with the educational experience and students may not represent themselves as University of the Sciences PA students.

The PA Program will not employ students at any time.  Students are not permitted to serve as either didactic or clinical year instructional faculty.  If a student has specific knowledge, experiences, or skills that are beneficial to the classroom or laboratory, they are encouraged to share them with the class under the supervision of the course director or principal faculty member. Known prospective students will not be permitted to work for the program. 

Program Competencies

Read the Physician Assistant Program Competencies.

Curriculum

Year 1

Fall

Course Name
Credits
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 3
History/Physical I 3
Pharmacology I 3
PA History 1
Genetics 1
Psychosocial Medicine 2
Total Fall Year 1 17

Spring

Course Name
Credits
Pathophysiology 3
History/Physical II and Clinical Skills 3
Clinical Medicine I 4
Pharmacology II 3
Diagnostics I 2
Introduction to Research/EBM 2
Total Spring Year 1
17

Summer

Course Name
Credits
Clinical Medicine II 4
Diagnostics II 2
Research Methods, Designs and Implementation 3
Pediatrics 2
Emergency Medicine 2
Surgery 2
Women's Health 2
Total Summer Year 1
17

Year 2

Fall

Course Name
Credits
5 week Family Medicine Rotation I 5
5 week Family Medicine Rotation II 5
5 week Internal Medicine Rotation 5
Professional Practice Issues I  1
Total Fall Year 2
16

Spring

Course Name
Credits
5 Week Pediatric Rotation 5
5 Week Behavioral/Mental Health Rotation 5
5 Week Surgery Rotation  5
Professional Practice Issues II   1
Issues in Geriatrics I  1
Total Spring Year 2
17

Summer

Course Name
Credits
5 Week Emergency Medicine Rotation 5
5 Week Women’s Health Rotation 5
5 Week Elective Rotation 5
Professional Practice Issues III 1
Issues in Geriatrics II     1
Capstone 2
Total Summer Year 2
19
   
Total Curriculum 103

Admission Contact:

Katherine Jackson, MA
Admissions and Assessment Coordinator

Office Location:

IPEX, 2nd floor

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7145

Email:

kjackson@usciences.edu

General Contact:

Angela Flowers, Administrative Coordinator

Office Location:

IPEX, 2nd floor

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7140

Email:

a.flowers@usciences.edu