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Curriculum

The Ohio University Physician Assistant Program curriculum is designed around seven different course series (Professional Development, Foundational Sciences, Clinical Nutrition, Clinical Skills, Clinical Medicine, Clinical Practice and Research). The series are fast-paced and are systems-based, allowing the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a pathology to be taught within the same academic semester, while concomitantly integrating evidence-based medicine throughout the curriculum.

College course credit (i.e, Advanced Placement) cannot be applied toward the following courses. All courses required for fulfillment of the degree in Physician Assistant Practice must be taken in the established sequence.

Year 1


Summer Semester (1) – 16 credit hours

PA 5110 Physician Assistant Practice I 3 credit hours

PA 5210 Clinical Gross Anatomy for the Physician Assistant 5 credit hours

PA 5220 Clinical Pathophysiology I for the Physician Assistant 2 credit hours

PA 5250 Clinical Pharmacology 2 credit hours

PA 5260 Clinical Science for the Physician Assistant 3 credit hours

NUTR 5410 Fundamentals of Nutrition Care for Physician Assistants 1 credit hour

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Fall Semester (1) – 18 credit hours

PA 5120 Physician Assistant Practice II: US Healthcare Systems and Policy 2 credit hours

PA 5230 Clinical Pathophysiology II for the Physician Assistant 3 credit hours

PA 5310 Patient Assessment I 3 credit hours

PA 5510 Clinical Medicine I 6 credit hours

PA 5520 Clinical Medicine II 4 credit hours

Spring Semester (1) – 18 credit hours

PA 5130 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Physician Assistant 2 credit hours

PA 5240 Clinical Pathophysiology III for the Physician Assistant 3 credit hours

PA 5320 Patient Assessment II 3 credit hours

PA 5530 Clinical Medicine III 4 credit hours

PA 5540 Clinical Medicine IV 4 credit hours

PA 5550 Behavioral and Mental Health 2 credit hours

Year 2


Summer Semester (2) – 18 credit hours

PA 5330 Clinical Procedures for the Physician Assistant 2 credit hours

PA 5551 Emergency Medicine 3 credit hours

PA 5552 Pediatric Medicine 2 credit hours

PA 5553 Women’s Health 2 credit hours

PA 5554 General Surgery 3 credit hours

PA 5560 Transition to Clinical Practice 4 credit hours

PA 6210 Evidence-Based Research I 2 credit hours

Fall Semester (2) - 14 credit hours

PA 5140 Concepts of Leadership and Management for the Physician Assistant 1 credit hour

PA 6101 Clinical Rotation- Behavioral and Mental Health 3 credit hours

PA 6102 Clinical Rotation- Emergency Medicine 3 credit hours

PA 6103 Clinical Rotation- Family Medicine 3 credit hours

PA 6104 Clinical Rotation- General Surgery 3 credit hours

PA 6220 Evidence-Based Research II 1 credit hour

Spring Semester (2) – 13 credit hours

PA 6105 Clinical Rotation- Community Medicine 3 credit hours

PA 6106 Clinical Rotation- Internal Medicine I 3 credit hours

PA 6107 Clinical Rotation- Internal Medicine II 3 credit hours

PA 6108 Clinical Rotation- Pediatric Medicine 3 credit hours

PA 6230 Evidence-Based Research III 1 credit hour

Year 3


Summer Semester (3) – 13 credit hours

PA 5150 Professional Development: Certification and Practice for the Physician Assistant 1 credit hour

PA 6109 Clinical Rotation- Women’s Health 3 credit hours

PA 6110 Clinical Rotation- General Selective I 3 credit hours

PA 6111 Clinical Rotation- General Selective II 3 credit hours

PA 6112 Clinical Rotation- Specialty Selective 3 credit hours

Course Listing by Series

  • Professional Development Series

    • Physician Assistant Practice I

    • Physician Assistant Practice II: US Healthcare Systems and Policy

    • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Physician Assistant

    • Concepts of Leadership and Management for the Physician Assistant

    • Professional Development: Certification and Practice for the Physician Assistant

  • Foundational Sciences Series

    • Clinical Gross Anatomy for the Physician Assistant

    • Clinical Science for the Physician Assistant

    • Clinical Pharmacology

    • Clinical Pathophysiology I for the Physician Assistant

    • Clinical Pathophysiology II for the Physician Assistant

    • Clinical Pathophysiology III for the Physician Assistant

  • Clinical Nutrition Series

    • Fundamentals of Nutrition Care for the Physician Assistant

    • Clinical Medicine II-IV (contains nutrition content)

  • Clinical Skills Series

    • Patient Assessment I

    • Patient Assessment II

    • Clinical Procedures for the Physician Assistant

  • Clinical Medicine Series

    • Clinical Medicine I

    • Clinical Medicine II

    • Clinical Medicine III

    • Clinical Medicine IV

    • Behavioral and Mental Health

    • Emergency Medicine

    • Pediatric Medicine

    • Women’s Health

    • General Surgery

    • Transition to Clinical Practice

  • Research Series

    • Evidence-Based Research I

    • Evidence-Based Research II

    • Evidence-Based Research III

The Master of Physician Assistant Practice Degree will require each student to complete a graduate project as partial fulfillment of a graduate degree. The Evidence Based Research course series (I-III) in Year 2 is designed to prepare students with the skills to appraise evidence and to write scientifically.

Clinical Education Plan

Students will complete 15 months of didactic training prior to entering 12 months of supervised clinical experience in 9 required clinical specialties (i.e., Behavioral and Mental Health, Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine (2), Pediatrics, and Women’s Health), 1 specialty selective and 2 general selective rotations. The final semester of didactic training is designed to transition to Physician Assistant student from the classroom to the clinical setting. Problem-based learning, scenarios, case studies, and simulations will be strategically integrated throughout the second summer semester in order to prepare students for clinical thinking necessary for optimal patient care.

Clinical Rotations

In keeping with the mission of Ohio University, students enrolled in the OU PA Program will complete a portion of their clinical training in medically underserved areas of Ohio. In addition to the clinical specialties (i.e., Behavioral and Mental Health, Community Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine (2), Pediatrics, and Women’s Health), OU PA Students will experience rotations in large medical centers, small urban / rural clinics, specialty clinics, and will learn how to function both autonomously in their clinical rotations and in collaboration with Year 3 and 4 medical students.

The majority the OU PA Program’s clinical rotations are within the borders of Ohio, with a few outside of the state. In both cases (i.e., Ohio and out-of-state) student are responsible for all expenses that are incurred as a result of housing and travel.