Clinical Phase

The Program makes every attempt to ensure that most, if not all, of our students, will not have to relocate throughout the clinical phase of their training.

Clinical Phase Coursework

The clinical phase of the program includes four semesters of supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs), further didactic training and research, and summative evaluation and training. Didactic sessions will include lectures, grand rounds presentations, small and large group sessions, course and program evaluations, and an in-depth board review session. 

Unlike many other programs, and in addition to the ‘core’ rotations, our students also complete an additional internal medicine SCPE (cardiology, pulmonology, clinical inpatient pharmacology,  clinical rotation, a hospice care clinical rotation, and a preceptorship. 


All of the following courses are required for graduation. The MPAS Program does not permit advanced placement and does not waive any of the below course requirements under any circumstance.

  • PA 601 - Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatric SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female patients in a behavioral medicine and psychiatric practice setting; experiences can take place in the inpatient and/or outpatient setting. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, management, and preventative healthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 602 - Emergency Medicine

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Emergency Medicine SCPE is specifically designed as a 4- week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in the emergency medicine practice setting. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, and preventativehealthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 603 - Family Medicine SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Family Medicine SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in a primarily outpatient family practice setting In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, management, and preventative healthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 604 - General Surgery SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The General Surgery SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female patients in a primarily inpatient surgical treatment setting In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on surgical conditions and procedures; students will participate in operating room cases, hospital consultations for surgical conditions and pre- and post-surgical patientevaluations.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 605 - Internal Medicine/Hospitalist SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Internal Medicine – Hospitalist SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female adult and geriatric patients in a primarily inpatient hospitalist setting. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, management, and preventativehealthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 606 - Pediatrics SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Pediatric SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female pediatric and adolescent patients in a primarily outpatient pediatric practice. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, management, and preventativehealthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 607 - Internal Medicine: Cardiology, Pulmonology, Inpatient Clinical Pharmacology

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Internal Medicine – Cardiology, Pulmonology, Inpatient Clinical Pharmacology SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female adult and geriatric patients in a cardiology and/or pulmonology or inpatient clinical pharmacology specialty setting. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, management, and preventative healthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 608 - Women’s Health SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Women’s Health SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with adult female patients in both outpatient and inpatient practice settings. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment and management specifically related to obstetrical and gynecological conditions and preventative healthcare.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 609 - Elective SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Elective SCPE is specifically designed as a 4-week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training in an elective specialty and practice setting. In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment and management specifically related to specialty and practice setting.

    Elective rotations can take place in a core rotation area or in a wide variety of specialty fields. The type of rotation will depend on student interest, rotation availability, and student performance during the didactic and clinical phases of the Program.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 610 - Preceptorship SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. The Preceptorship SCPE is specifically designed as an 8-week clinical rotation, divided into two 4-week long rotations providing students with exposure to and training with patients in a primary care setting. Both preceptorships will take place in the same practice specialty and setting allowing students the opportunity to participate in continuity of care for patients. The course focus is on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, interviewing and physical examination, laboratory, imaging and procedural evaluation, medical education and counseling, treatment, management, and preventative healthcare.

    6 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 611a - Hospice/Palliative Care or Selective SCPE

    Supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) provide students with the opportunity to gain experience and develop competency in interacting with, evaluating, treating and managing patients seeking medical care for a wide variety of conditions, over a wide variety of situations (e.g., preventative care and health maintenance, acute and chronic illness, inpatient and pre- and post-hospital care), and within a wide variety of environments. For this particular clinical rotation, students will either participate in the Hospice/Palliative Care SCPE - specifically designed as a 4- week clinical rotation providing students with exposure to and training with male and female patients in palliative care and hospice care settings - or in a selective SCPE (a clinical rotation chosen by the Program based on identified student weaknesses and/or student preferences at the discretion of the Director of Clinical Education). In addition to clinical practice experience, the course will also include didactic teaching pertinent to the rotation.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 621 - Masters Research

    The Masters Research course is designed as a second practice-based learning and improvement course specifically designed as the PA students’ graduate-level research course with emphasis on practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI). The course is specifically designed to assist students in completion of a practice-based improvement project. The course will be conducted in a seminar format in which students will meet with their program-specific research advisor and course director(s) for further training in evidence-based and systems-based practices and guidance and support leading to the completion of their project. Completed projects will be presented to the class during SCPE call-back days in the last two semesters of the program. Three semester hours.

    3 Semester Credit Hours
  • PA 622 - Summative Course

    The Summative Course includes lectures and seminars providing students with an intensive board review in preparation for their national certification examination in addition to summative written and practical examinations required for program completion.

    3 Semester Credit Hours