Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Notice: Mercyhurst University and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies reserve the right to modify curriculum requirements as necessary to ensure the academic integrity of its program. Students will be notified of any changes in curriculum or program requirements prior to implementation in accordance with ARC-PA Standards.

Didactic Year | First Year

Summer:
Credits | Course
4 BIO 534 Anatomy
1 BIO 537 Anatomy lab
3 BIO 544 Physiology
2 BIO 524 Microbiology
1 BIO 514 Genetics
3 PA 510 Clinical Skills
1 PA 512 Clinical Skills Lab 1
1 PA 502 PA Profession
2 PUBH 520 Research Methods for Health Professions
18

Fall:
Credits | Course
1 PA 514 Clinical Skills Lab 2
3 PA 520 Clinical Medicine (mini 1)
3 PA 521 Clinical Medicine (mini 2)
3 PA 530 Pharmacotherapeutics 1
3 PSYC 525 Psychology in Healthcare
2 PA 540 Women’s Health (mini 1)
2 PA 545 Pediatrics (mini 2)
1 PA 550 Special Topics in Medicine
18

Spring:
Credits | Course
3 PA 522 Clinical Medicine (mini 3)
3 PA 523 Clinical Medicine (mini 4)
3 PA 532 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
1 PA 565 Evidence Based Medicine
2 PA 570 Healthcare Policy
4 PA 575 Emergency Medicine and Surgery
1 PA 580 Procedures in Medicine
17
 

Clinical Year | Second Year

Summer:
Credits | Course
5 PA 602 Rotation I - Internal Medicine
5 PA 610 Rotation II - Family Practice
2 PA 620 Thesis Guidance
12

Fall:
Credits | Course
5 PA 630 Rotation III - Women’s Health
5 PA 640 Rotation IV - Pediatrics
5 PA 650 Rotation V - Emergency Medicine
15

Spring:
Credits | Course
5 PA 660 Rotation VI - Surgery
5 PA 670 Rotation VII - Elective
4 PA 680 Rotation VIII – Elective
1 PA 690 Rotation IX – Mental Health
2 PA 695 Summative Evaluation Experience
17

Total credits required for Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree: 97 credits