MSPA Curriculum

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences’ PA Program will utilize an interprofessional, collaborative and specialist model of education.  It is our belief that faculty who have experience in research, teaching and practice are best suited to teach our students. Additionally, collaborative work with such experts will only enhance the educational experience for the student, thus better preparing him/her for practice upon graduation.  All didactic courses (15 months of instruction) will utilize the most appropriate and up-to-date instructional techniques to ensure our students receive the best education possible.  These techniques include, but are not limited to, lecture/discussion, interprofessional group and problem-based discussion, case studies, presentations, clinical skill scenarios and hospital-based experiences.  Beginning the first semester, students will participate in clinical experiences at local institutions and with local practitioners.  The clinical phase follows the didactic and is 12 months in length. Students will study in 6 week rotations with practitioners in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral medicine/mental health and general surgery.  Students may also take one elective rotation, subject to availability and program approval.

Didactic Phase (76 semester hours)



Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
PAS 500 Human Anatomy 5 PAS 503 Pharmacology I 4
PAS 501 Microbiology and Immunology 3 PAS 526 Clinical Medicine I 5
PAS 502 Pathophysiology 5 PAS 527 Clinical Medicine I Casework 1
PAS 511 Professional Issues and The Physician Assistant Profession 1 PAS 528 Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies 4
PAS 513 History and Physical Diagnosis I 4 PAS 529 History and Physical Diagnosis II 4
PAS 530 Clinical Seminar 1 Total 18
Total 19



Course # Course Name Credits Course # Course Name Credits
PAS 504 Pharmacology II 4 PAS 612 Community Practicum 2
PAS 515 Healthcare Systems, Policy & Law 2 PAS 613 Diverse and Vulnerable Patient Populations 2
PAS 521 Research & Critical Inquiry 3 PAS 614 Applied Public Health 2
PAS 531 History and Physical Diagnosis III 4 PAS 621 Medical Ethics 2
PAS 532 Clinical Medicine II 6 PAS 625 Clinical Medicine III 5
PAS 533 Clinical Medicine II Casework 1 PAS 626 Clinical Reasoning 4
Total 20 PAS 627 Clinical Skills and Procedures 2
 Total 19

CLINICAL PHASE (12 MONTHS (49 Semester Hours))

Core Clinical Rotations

Course # Course Name Credits
PAS 641 Behavioral and Mental Health Care 6
PAS 642 Emergency Medicine 6
PAS 643 Family Medicine 6
PAS 644 Internal Medicine 6
PAS 645 Pediatrics 6
PAS 646 General Surgery 6
PAS 647 Women’s Health 6
Additional Clinical Preparation
PAS 648 Clinical Elective 6
PAS 623 Advanced Comprehensive Assessment 1
Total Clinical Phase Credit Hours 49