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The required physician assistant curriculum for the master’s degree is designed to be completed in 27 months. This is the physician assistant curriculum you can expect to follow:

Didactic Year

56 total credit hours

During the didactic year, the curriculum is ordered by each major organ system.  This integrative teaching aids students to master each system, and to gain additional understanding of the interactive nature of medicine. The didactic year consists mainly of lectures, small group discussions, labs, and other hands-on learning.

Clinical Year

61 total credit hours

The clinical year consists of ten supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) or clinical rotations. Each rotation is arranged and assigned to our students by our Director of Clinical Education and our clinical staff. Students may request specific types of rotations and/or specific sites for their electives, but are not guaranteed to receive them. Most clinical sites are located within one hour travel of Wingate or Hendersonville campus locations. Occasionally, students may be assigned to a site located outside of this radius, and will be responsible for all costs associated with this arrangement. Students may also choose to coordinate elective rotations in other states or abroad. Students must work with the Director of Clinical Education to ensure rotations meet accreditation standards. Students are responsible for all costs associated with specialty rotations.

During the final semester of our program, students focus on completing their final rotation, their capstone project, a comprehensive written exam, and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). During the OSCE, students interact with a series of patient simulations in stations that involve history taking, physical examination and patient management.

Successful completion of the above culminates in Commencement and sitting for the national certification examination. You’re one step closer to achieving your dream and entering the profession!

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