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  Mar 30, 2023
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Physician Assistant Studies (MS)

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Degree Requirements

In order to complete the Physician Assistant Program, a student must register for and pass each course set forth in the program’s curriculum outline, including satisfactory completion of the Master’s Project. In addition, a student must be in good academic standing after completing the prescribed program. Normal progression is sequential enrollment in all program classes each semester beginning in fall 1 and successfully meeting all course and program objectives each term.

In addition to the University requirements regarding good academic standing at the graduate level, to remain in good academic standing in the Physician Assistant Program, a student must demonstrate the following:

  1. Compliance with all program policies on professionalism and professional conduct.
  2. Show evidence of effective interpersonal relations with peers, faculty, preceptors, and patients.
  3. Earn a grade of C or higher in all of the PAS didactic phase courses.
  4. Obtain no more than 20 semester hours below a grade of B in the didactic phase.
  5. Maintain a current semester and cumulative GPA of 2.80 or higher in the didactic phase.
  6. Successfully complete the DPSE and the CPSE within the prescribed time.
  7. Complete all reporting requirements in the clinical phase as per the clinical phase handbook.
  8. Receive “satisfactory” or better evaluations from all clinical practicum preceptors in the clinical phase.
  9. Complete each clinical practicum in the clinical phase with a final grade of 80% or higher.
  10. Pass each clinical phase non-practicum course (PAS 6630 , 6640 , 6710 , 6750 ) with a grade of C or higher.
  11. Meet no other criteria requiring him or her to be placed on academic probation.


(listed in semester hours)

Physician Assistant Program courses listed MUST be taken in sequence.

Didactic Phase (53 hours)

Clinical Phase (59 hours)

Fall 2 (19 hours)

Spring 2 (19 hours)

Summer 2 (6 hours)

Fall 3 (15 hours)

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