PA Program: Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is 24 months in duration and begins in May.

  • Didactic Year: The first 12 months are didactic and include classroom and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science. Typical classes are Monday through Friday and include 40 hours of coursework per week. The Medical Anatomy & Physiology course features a lecture component here at Marywood, as well as a Gross Anatomy Lab at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  
  • Clinical Year: The final 12 months are clinical and include ten 5-week rotations. Students return to Marywood at the end of every 5-week rotation to participate in End-of-Rotation examinations, lectures geared toward PANCE review, and professional development activities. 

Didactic Year

Summer (13 credits)

  • PA 310/510: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis I (2 credits)
  • PA 330/530: Clinical Medicine I (3 credits)
  • PA 303/503: Culturally Competent Medicine & Underserved Populations (2 credits)
  • PA 342/542: Laboratory Medicine I (1 credit)
  • PA 322/522: Medical Anatomy & Physiology (3 credits)
  • PA 340/540: Medical Microbiology (1 credit)
  • PA 354/554: Medical Nutrition (1 credit)

Fall (18 credits)

  • PA 311/511: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis II (2 credits)
  • PA 301/501: Clinical Correlations I (1 credit)
  • PA 331/531: Clinical Medicine II (3 credits)
  • PA 343/543: ECG Interpretation (1 credit)
  • PA 345/545: Laboratory Medicine II (1 credit)
  • PA 304/504: Medical Procedures I (1 credit)
  • PA 374/574: Obstetrics & Gynecology (1 credit)
  • PA 332/532: Orthopedics (1 credit)
  • PA 320/520: Pathophysiology I (2 credits)
  • PA 371/571: Pediatrics I (1 credit)
  • PA 350/550: Pharmacology I (2 credits)
  • PA 362/562: Psychiatry (1 credit)
  • PA 344/544: Radiology (1 credit)

Spring (18 credits)

  • PA 512: Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis III (2 credits)
  • PA 502: Clinical Correlations II (1 credit)
  • PA 533: Clinical Medicine III (3 credits)
  • PA 547: Critical Care Medicine (1 credit)
  • PA 552: Emergency Medicine (2 credits)
  • PA 553: General Surgery (1 credit)
  • PA 505: Medical Procedures II (1 credit)
  • PA 521: Pathophysiology II (2 credits)
  • PA 573: Pediatrics II (1 credit)
  • PA 551: Pharmacology II (2 credits)
  • PA 563: Professional Practice (2 credits)

Clinical Year

Summer (9 credits)

  • PA 600: Clinical Rotation 1 (3 credits)
  • PA 601: Clinical Rotation 2 (3 credits)
  • PA 602: Clinical Rotation 3 (3 credits)

Fall (9 credits)

  • PA 603: Clinical Rotation 4 (3 credits)
  • PA 604: Clinical Rotation 5 (3 credits)
  • PA 605: Clinical Rotation 6 (3 credits)

Spring (12 credits)

  • PA 606: Clinical Rotation 7 (3 credits)
  • PA 607: Clinical Rotation 8 (3 credits)
  • PA 608: Clinical Rotation 9 (3 credits)
  • PA 609: Clinical Rotation 10 (3 credits)

Required Clinical Rotations

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine I
  • Family Medicine II
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine I
  • Internal Medicine II
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Women’s Health
  • Elective  

Specialized Clinical Tracks

Unique to Marywood's PA Program, students may choose to focus their studies and clinical experience by applying for acceptance to one of the following Clinical Tracks during the clinical phase of the program:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine
  • Hospitalist
  • General Surgery

A Clinical Track provides an additional 10 weeks in the student’s chosen specialty while still allowing the student to graduate on schedule.  The Clinical Track will take the place of the Family Practice II and Internal Medicine II rotations. 

Students who wish to complete a Clinical Track must complete an application during their didactic year and be approved by the PA faculty.  Students must be in good academic standing to be considered. 

Benefits of the Specialized Clinical Track program:

  • Ten additional weeks of experience in the student’s chosen specialty
  • Ability to work in a variety of different locations and practices within that specialty
  • Networking with potential future employers