Physician Assistant Course Requirements
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree is a twenty-four-month program divided into didactic and clinical sections. Below is an overview of our physician assistant course requirements.
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 our physician assistant course requirements 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.
PA School Course Requirements Year One: Didactic
- Four terms (11 and 12 weeks)
- 59 semester hours
PA School Course Requirements Year Two: Clinical
- Nine 5-week clinical rotations
- 46 semester hours
Qualities that are consistent with the standards set forth by ARC-PA, and medical practice:
- Cultural sensitivity
- Communication skills
- Commitment to life-long learning and service
- Practical knowledge
These are cornerstones within the physician assistant profession and are the framework upon which the West Liberty University program is based.