Info and Useful Resources for Incoming Students


'Boot Camp'/Orientation Week (Required): week prior to first day of class

[See Required Pre-Reading Assignment For 'Boot Camp'/Orientation Below]

White-Coat Ceremony (Late Afternoon/Early Evening): TBA

[Friends and Family Invited]

First Day of Class: Monday, May 21st, 2018

See Below for Tentative Semster Start and End Dates for 2017-2019


Our Bootcamp and Orientation Session

The week prior to our first day of class, the Program has a required bootcamp/orientation session taking place. The boot camp is designed to help prepare incoming students for the rigorous program and will include the following:

  • Workshop on study skills
  • Mini-lectures on clinical medicine topics with built-in training on how to best attend to lectures, take notes, and encode information for accurate retrieval
  • Workshop on test-taking skills including mock exams related to the mini-lectures with built-in exam review sessions
  • Workshop  on study groups
  • Workshop on self-care and life as a PA Student

Family members/significant others are invited to accompany students to the 'bootcamp'.

Pre-Matriculation Reading List

Below is a list of readings that we believe will be useful to our incoming students. Some of these are required and will be discussed during our 'Bootcamp' Orientation Session. Others are recommended by individual faculty who are particularly fond of the books. Regardless, if you have the energy and time, feel free to read everything.

Required Pre-Reading

Of the following required prereading, choose and read ONE of the following books. We will discuss these in groups during our Orientation session as part of your intro to team-based learning.

Some of Our Recommended But Not Required Favorites....

Dr. Tony Clary's Favorites

  • "All of our required texts are my favorite books."

Ms. Laura Dowell's Favorites (see if you can guess the her Master's degree field of study)

  • The Rainbow Fish Book by Marcus Pfister
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • The Pout-Pout Fish Book by Deborah Diesen
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt Book by Michael Rosen
  • Goodnight Moon Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Book by Eric Litwin
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama Book by Anna Dewdney
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

Prof. Amanda Fleenor's Favorites

  • Soon to be posted

Dr. Jim McDowell's Favorites

Dr. Scott Richards' Favorites

Prof. Steven Wilson's Favorites

2017/2018 Class/Activity Block Schedule

We Have So Many Resources They Can't all Be Listed on One Page!

Tentative Semester Start and End Dates*

  • Bootcamp/Orientation Week 2017: May 15 - May 19

  • Summer Semester 2017 (12 weeks): May 22 - Aug 18 (no 'finals week' - finals will be given on the last day of each class)

  • Fall Semester 2017 (15 weeks): Aug 22 - Dec 14 (the last 4 days are in 'finals week')

  • Spring Semester 2018 (15 weeks): Jan 2 - May 3 (the last 4 days are in 'finals week')

  • Summer Semester 2018 (12 weeks): May 21 - Aug 17 (no 'finals week' - finals will be given on the last day of each class)

  • Fall Semester 2018 (15 weeks): Aug 27 - Dec 20 (the last 4 days are in 'finals week')

  • Spring Semester 2019 (15 weeks): Jan 7 - May 4 (the last 4 days are in 'finals week')

  • Summer Semester 2019 (12 weeks): May 20 - Aug 9

*During the clinical phase of training, students complete their supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) following a month to month calendar schedule and not the above academic calendar schedule.

All-Inclusive Medical Equipment Kit Purchase (Required)

We have made arrangements with a vendor for a discounted group-purchasing all-inclusive medical equipment kit price for our students; students are required to make their purchase via this vendor to ensure the lowest price and also ensure all students have the same equipment. In order to receive equipment prior to the first day of class, students should purchase the medical kit prior to April. If you are unable to purchase the kit by this time, please email Ms. Laura Dowell at X&5}/sT*LEYeM\9]#[Eh!uo`AE.*9n/A/.

Click Here To Order Your Medical Equipment Kit

Potential Scholarships (Large & Small)

PA Foundation (scholarships ranging from $1000.00 to $2000.00 for students having completed one semester or more of PA studies)

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