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 100 semester credit hours taken over 6 semesters, separated into Didactic and Clinical Years. Final University approval for this curriculum is ongoing.

Didactic Year - 55 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 - 19 credit hours (Sample Weekly Schedule)
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

Fall Semester 1 - 18 credit hours (Sample Weekly Schedule)
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

Winter Semester 1 - 18 credit hours (Sample Weekly Schedule)
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

 

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 will be 9 clinical rotations of 4 weeks in duration, which will be taken in any order. The clinical preceptorship will be 6 weeks in duration and will occur after successful completion of all 9 clinical rotations. The clinical preceptorship will be in primary care medicine, primarily family or internal medicine.

Summer Semester 2 - 13 credit hours
PAS 730a* Graduate Project for Physician Assistant Students I 1 credit hour
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 - 17 credit hours
PAS 730b* Graduate Project for Physician Assistant Students II 1 credit hour
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 - 15 credit hours
PAS 730c* Graduate Project for Physician Assistant Students III 1 credit hour
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
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 satisfactory completion and defense of the Graduate Project, attain 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.

*Final University approval of these courses are pending.

 
The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090