The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree is a twenty-four month program divided into didactic and clinical sections. The didactic portion of the program will include a combination of basic science courses and laboratories as well as classes and laboratories in the applied medical sciences. This portion of the curriculum will occur during the first twelve months of the degree program. The final twelve months of the program will include nine 5-week clinical rotations  with the supervision of licensed clinical preceptors. A critical review of the medical literature  is also required. The twenty-four month program will cycle from July of the entrance year through June of the second twelve months.


Year one:  Didactic

Four terms (11 and 12 weeks)

60 semester hours

Year two: Clinical

Nine 5-week clinical rotations

45 semester hours

Qualities that are consistent with the standards set forth by ARC-PA, and medical practice; integrity, cultural sensitivity, communication skills, commitment to life-long learning and service, and practical knowledge are cornerstones within the physician assistant profession, and are the framework upon which the West Liberty University program is based.