Eastern Michigan University

Curriculum

The EMU PA Program is a twenty-four month, full-time, year-round graduate professional program leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. The EMU PA Program curriculum plan consists of 103 semester credit hours taken over 6 semesters, separated into Didactic and Clinical Years. For the Didactic Year, the PA Program follows the University Academic Calendar. For the Clinical Year, there are minor variations compared to the University Academic Calendar (discussed in detail with students prior to beginning the Clinical Year).

Didactic Year - 58 credit hours

The Didactic Year for the EMU PA student consists of course delivery via lectures, small group sessions, hands-on skills practice and simulation.

Summer Semester 1 - 20 credit hours
PAS 610 Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants I 6 credit hours
PAS 620 Patient Assessment for Physician Assistants I 3 credit hours
PAS 630 Pharmacotherapeutics for Physician Assistants I 3 credit hours
PAS 640 Pathophysiology for Physician Assistants I 3 credit hours
PAS 650   Advanced Human Anatomy w/Cadaver Lab for Physician Assistants 4 credit hours
PAS 6XX* Simulation for Physician Assistants I 1 credit hour

Fall Semester 1 - 19 credit hours
PAS 611  Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants II                             6 credit hours
PAS 621 Patient Assessment for Physician Assistants II 3 credit hours
PAS 631 Pharmacotherapeutics for Physician Assistants  II 3 credit hours
PAS 641 Pathophysiology for Physician Assistants II 3 credit hours
PAS 670 Ethics and Research Methods for Physician Assistants 3 credit hours
PAS 6XX Simulation for Physician Assistants II 1 credit hour

Winter Semester 1 - 19 credit hours
PAS 612 Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants III 6 credit hours
PAS 622 Physician Assistant Practicum 3 credit hours
PAS 632 Pharmacotherapeutics for Physician Assistants III 3 credit hours
PAS 642 Pathophysiology for Physician Assistants III 3 credit hours
PAS 660  Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures for Physician Assistants 3 credit hours
PAS 6XX* Simulation for Physician Assistants III 1 credit hour

 

Clinical Year - 45 credit hours

The Clinical Year for the EMU PA student consists of 3 semesters with course delivery primarily via supervised clinical practice experiences (clinical rotations) with clinical preceptors and patient interaction and simulations. There are 9 clinical rotations of 4 weeks in duration, which will be taken in any order. The clinical preceptorship is 6 weeks in duration and occurs after successful completion of all 9 clinical rotations. The clinical preceptorship typically occurs in primary care medicine, primarily family or internal medicine.

Summer Semester 2 - 15 credit hours
PAS XXX* Introduction to Clinical Year 3 credit hours
PAS 710a Clinical Rotation: Pediatric Medicine 4 credit hours
PAS 710b Clinical Rotation: Psychiatric Medicine 4 credit hours
PAS 710c Clinical Rotation: General Surgery 4 credit hours

Fall Semester 2 - 16 credit hours
PAS 710d Clinical Rotation: Obstetrics & Gynecological Medicine 4 credit hours
PAS 710e Clinical Rotation: Emergency Medicine 4 credit hours
PAS 710f Clinical Rotation: Family Medicine 4 credit hours
PAS 710g Clinical Rotation: Internal Medicine 4 credit hours

Winter Semester 2 - 14 credit hours
PAS 710h Clinical Rotation: Elective Rotation 4 credit hours
PAS 710i Clinical Rotation: Elective Rotation 4 credit hours
PAS 720 Clinical Preceptorship: Primary Care Medicine 6 credit hours
*Pending change in required program curriculum. Submitted to University input system.
 
In order to complete the PA Program and graduate, a student must satisfactorily complete each course set forth in the Program's curriculum outline (above) including supervised clinical practice experience benchmarks and successful completion of the program Summative Evaluation. In addition, a student must be in good academic standing after completing the required curriculum and meet University guidelines.
 
The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090