Didactic Curriculum

Didactic Phase (13 Months)

Course NumberCourse NameSemester Credits
Summer (15 weeks)
MPAS 5111Professional Issues I1
MPAS 5121Clinical Reasoning I1
MPAS 5131Patient Communication I1
MPAS 5342Clinical Physiology3
MPAS 5351Clinical Pharmacology3
MPAS 5441PA Gross Anatomy4
MPAS 5591Physical Assessment5
Fall (15 weeks)
MPAS 5112Professional Issues II1
MPAS 5122Clinical Reasoning II1
MPAS 5132Patient Communication II1
MPAS 5281Intro to Evidence Based Medicine2
MPAS 5252Pharmacotherapy I2
MPAS 5361Diagnostic Assessment I3
MPAS 5371Behavioral Medicine3
MPAS 5892Principles of Medicine 18
Spring (15 weeks)
MPAS 5123Clinical Reasoning III1
MPAS 5144Medical Genetics1
MPAS 5253Pharmacotherapy II2
MPAS 5282Foundations of Evidence Based Medicine2
MPAS 5362Diagnostic Assessment II3
MPAS 5372Emergency Medicine3
MPAS 5893Principles of Medicine II8
Summer (6 weeks)
MPAS 5113Professional Issues III1
MPAS 5114Professional Issues IV1
MPAS 5145Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine1
MPAS 5233Medical Ethics2
MPAS 5273Surgical Medicine2
MPAS 5394Principles of Medicine III3

* Required Service Learning Component – five hours per semester across life span (geriatric, pediatric, adult/ diversity) during didactic phase

Total Didactic Phase Credit Hrs 69 cr.

A grade of “C” of better must be achieved in all courses.  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to earn the degree.  See program handbook for more information.


The program has a service-learning requirement that is separate from course work during the didactic phase of the program.  PA students will be required to complete five hours of service-learning activities across the life span (seniors, children, adults) during the first three semesters of the Didactic Phase of the program.  Students will be assigned to a service-learning community partner each semester.  The activity will be medical related, but will be community based.  The goal of the service-learning component is to increase understanding of environmental and social issues that communities and patients face.  Increasing understanding of community issues will enable future medical providers to better care for patients.  Medicine is not about treating the disease, but rather about treating the patient.  Patient management goes way beyond prescribing medication.  It encompasses understanding cultural issues and social determinants, and assisting the patients with areas that ultimately affect their health.