PA Curriculum

The start date of the Physician Assistant Studies program is July 1st. Below is an outline of your 28-month program curriculum. The didactic phase lasts 16 months (Sessions 1-4), and the clinical phase is 12 months (Sessions 5-7). A blend of challenging classroom education and in-person experience through clinical rotation across multiple specialties is designed to ensure that students acquire core competencies for entry-level practice.

TUN PA Program Competencies

1st Session

Building Your Foundation (17 Hours)

Your first session will focus on a foundation of basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences. This will provide entry-level knowledge on your path to become a primary care Physician Assistant.

PASV 657 Human Science 10
PASV 696 PA History and Role in the US Health Care System 2
PASV 693 A Case Approach to Ethics 1
PASV 659 Immunology 2
PASV 680 Medical Interviewing 1
PASV 670 Clinical Skills I 1

2nd Session

Elevating Your Knowledge (20.5 Hours)

Session two will evolve beyond entry-level knowledge with the introduction of courses that will open your mind and your heart. Learning about various disease-states, comprehensive techniques, clinical history, and other cultural variables will inform your process when providing unique and patient-centered treatments.

PASV 655 Principles of Pharmacology I 2
PASV 658 Infectious Disease/Diagnostic Microscopy 2
PASV 685 Clinical Skills II 3
PASV 671 Clinical Medicine I 8
PASV 672 Physical Diagnosis I 1.5
PASV 691 Management of the Vulnerable and Medically Underserved 2
PASV 674 Clinical Correlations I 2

3rd Session

Using Your Expertise (22.5 Hours)

In this session, you will take courses that will focus on tangible learning skills. Education and information provided throughout this session will be incorporated within your patient diagnosis, laboratory work, and critical analysis of data and research.

PASV 688 Principles of Pharmacology II 2
PASV 673 Clinical Medicine II 8.5
PASV 676 Clinical Correlations II 2
PASV 684 Introduction to Statistics and Epidemiology 3
PASV 686 Clinical Skills III 2
PASV 681 Behavioral and Community Medicine 3
PASV 640 Medical Nutrition 1
PASV 677 Physical Diagnosis II 1

4th Session

Adding Life to Learning (20 Hours)

You continue as an active participant in your education during this session. Your knowledge, innovative spirit, and compassionate approach will help you thrive in this patient-centered environment, both personally and professionally. You will focus on emergencies, interventional procedures, surgical concepts, and the legal regulations of the practice of medicine.

PASV 689 Principles of Pharmacology III 2
PASV 678 Emergency Medicine 2
PASV 679 Surgical Principles for the Primary Care PA 1
PASV 675 Clinical Medicine III 6
PASV 692 Clinical Correlations III 2
PASV 654 Clinical Genetics 1
PASV 687 Clinical Skills IV 3
PASV 698 Introduction to Jurisprudence 1
PASV 683 Physical Diagnosis III 1
PASV 695 Integrated Masters Project (IMP) 1

Sessions 5-7

Clinical Rotations (48 Hours)

Your final sessions include clinical rotations geared to help you become an educator, patient advocate, facilitator, and coordinator of resources. After the broad experience of your rotations, you should graduate ready to start practice in your chosen specialty. Students in our program are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

PASV 699K Internal Medicine 4
PASV 699L Internal Medicine 4
PASV 699M Family Medicine 4
PASV 699N Family Medicine 4
PASV 699C Emergency Medicine 4
PASV 699E Pediatrics 4
PASV 699F Surgery 4
PASV 699G Elective 4
PASV 699H Elective 4
PASV 699I Community Medicine 4
PASV 699J Behavioral Medicine 4