Physician Assistant Clinical Phase
The second phase of the of the PA Program’s curriculum is the clinical year. This phase consists of 53 credit hours in a trimester format. There are seven core specialty areas and one elective. The seven core clinical rotations are:
- Community Mental Health
- Emergency Medicine*
- Family Medicine*
- General Surgery
- Internal Medicine*
- Women’s Health
* Contains two rotations (total of 8 weeks).
Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in clinical experiences with other health care professionals over the course of their clinical year. This exposure to interprofessional education will allow students to learn from, with and about other members of the healthcare team.
Students will be assigned rotations in a circumference from campus within the Indianapolis area. All attempts are made to be within one hour of campus.
Students who are in good standing may be allowed to complete distant rotations. Students may locate a distant rotation site of their choice. The Program will assess the educational appropriateness of the site and secure all necessary paperwork.
For detailed information about becoming a preceptor please visit PA Preceptor Information.
Below is the sample schedule of the formal curriculum for the clinical year. The timing of the rotations will be different for each student; however, all students will complete all items prior to graduation.
|Community Mental Health Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Core Topics I||2 credit hours|
|Emergency Medicine I Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Internal Medicine I Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Total Credit Hours||14 credit hours|
|Core Topics II||2 credit hours|
|Family Medicine I Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Issues in Professional Practice||2 credit hours|
|Internal Medicine II Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Pediatrics Rotation||3 credit hours|
|Women's Health Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Total Credit Hours||19 credit hours|
|Core Topics III||2 credit hours|
|Elective Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Emergency Medicine II Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Family Medicine II Rotation||4 credit hours|
|General Surgery Rotation||4 credit hours|
|Inter-professional Experience||1 credit hour|
|Summative Practicum||1 credit hour|
|Total Credit Hours||20 credit hours|