PA 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*
  • Surgery
  • Internal Medicine*
  • Pediatrics
  • 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 two hours 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.

Experiential Curriculum

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.

Summer (Clinical)

Community Mental Health Rotation 4 credit hours
Core Topics I 1 credit hours
Emergency Medicine I Rotation 4 credit hours
Internal Medicine I Rotation 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours 13 credit hours

Fall (Clinical)

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 4 credit hours
Women’s Health Rotation 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours 20 credit hours

Spring (Clinical)

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
Surgery Rotation 4 credit hours
Inter-professional Experience 1 credit hour
Summative Practicum 1 credit hour
Total Credit Hours 20 credit hours