Marshall B. Ketchum University

School of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Curriculum

First Professional Year Curriculum

The didactic phase of the physician assistant curriculum provides the foundation for clinical practice with instruction in applied medical sciences, patient assessment, clinical medicine and pharmacotherapeutics. The curriculum is organized into systems-based modules which incorporate anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, clinical skills, patient assessment, diagnostic testing, and pharmacotherapeutics taught in an organized and integrated sequence with a strong emphasis on active learning. Other courses include medical ethics, PA professional practice issues, population health and evidence-based practice. Students will also participate in interprofessional education courses, and will experience supervised patient interactions. Students must successfully pass all First year didactic academic requirements in order to progress to the second year clinical phase of training.

First Year Fall Quarter

Number Course Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours Units

PAS 524 Fundamentals of Anatomy   20   20     2.0
PAS 525 Applied Medical Science   60   60     6.0
PAS 526 Infectious Disease & Immunology   40   40     4.0
PAS 527 Medical Genetics   20   20     2.0
PAS 528 Clinical History   20   20     2.0
PAS 529 Dermatology   20   20     2.0
PAS 530 Eye, ENT   40   40     4.0
PAS 550 Introduction to the PA Profession   10   20     2.0
PAS 531 Evidence Based Practice   20     0     0.0
PAS 401 Medical Ethics     9     6     1.5
PAS 404 Interprofessional Case Conferences     0     4     0.0
         
Total   259 250   25.5


First Year Winter Quarter

Number Course Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours Units

PAS 532 Pulmonology     40   40     4.0
PAS 533 Cardiology     60   60     6.0
PAS 535 Nephrology     40   40     4.0
PAS 534 Hematology     40   40     4.0
PAS 536 Endocrinology     40   40     4.0
PAS 537 Men’s Health     20   20     2.0
PAS 403 Public & Population Health     20     0     2.0
PAS 404 Interprofessional Case Conferences       0     4     0.0
PAS 531 Evidence Based Practice     20     0     0.0
         
Total     280 244   26.0


First Year Spring Quarter

Number Course Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours Units

PAS 538 Gastroenterology     40   40     4.0
PAS 539 Orthopedics & Rheumatology     60   60     6.0
PAS 540 Neurology     60   60     6.0
PAS 541 Behavioral Health     20   20     2.0
PAS 542 Women’s Health     60   60     6.0
PAS 531 Evidence Based Practice     20     0     2.0
PAS 551 Masters Capstone Project I       0     0     0.0
PAS 404 Interprofessional Case Conferences       0     4     0.75
         
Total     260 244   26.75


First Year Summer Quarter

Number Course Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours Units

PAS 543 Pediatrics     60   60     4.0
PAS 547 Geriatrics     20   20     2.0
PAS 544 Emergency Medicine     40   40     6.0
PAS 545 Surgery     40   40     4.0
PAS 546 Hospital Medicine     20   20     2.0
PAS 551 Masters Capstone Project I       0     0     2.0
         
Total     180  180     20.0


Second Professional Year Curriculum

The second phase of the physician assistant program focuses on direct patient care that offers students a vast array of clinical opportunities with diverse and challenging patient encounters. The students train across a number of different specialty areas such as Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Primary Care, Behavioral Health, Emergency Medicine, to name just a few. These experiences take place in a variety of health care settings (clinics, hospitals and health centers). In order to graduate, students must successfully complete all of their clinical rotations, the Master’s Capstone Project and Graduate Seminars, as well as Summative Examinations.

Number Course Title Lecture Hours Lab Hours Units

PAS 400 Medical Spanish   10   30     2.0
PAS 609 Masters Capstone II   -   -     6.0
PAS 612 Clinical Preparatory   60   60     6.0
PAS 670 Medical Clinical Services I   -   -     6.0
PAS 671 Medical Clinical Services II   -   -     6.0
PAS 672 Medical Clinical Services III   -   -     6.0
PAS 673 Medical Clinical Services IV   -   -     6.0
PAS 674 Medical Clinical Services V   -   -     6.0
PAS 675 Medical Clinical Services VI   -   -     6.0
PAS 676 Medical Clinical Services VII   -   -     6.0
PAS 677 Medical Clinical Services VIII   -   -     6.0
PAS 613 Masters Capstone Project III   0 20     1.0
PAS 610 Graduate Seminar I 30 20     2.0
PAS 611 Graduate Seminar II 20 20     2.0
         
Total   120 150   67.0