Wondering what to expect as a first-year PA student? Classroom theory and practical skills combine to provide you with what you need to meet Physician Assistant Program requirements.

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It’s back to class for the first three semesters of the PA Program curriculum. Whether you’re a member of the Hendersonville cohort or the Wingate cohort, the first year is about coursework.

As a first-year student, your didactic year courses are the central focus. To support your classroom learning, there are required study and enrichment sessions. You can expect recitation sessions for Clinical Medicine and Pathophysiology and practical skills training in patient assessment in a lab setting. You’ll also have small breakout sessions with six to eight students per faculty member for more intimate discussions on classroom topics.

In addition to course work, you’ll develop practical skills including:

  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification
  • Catheterization
  • Injections
  • Male and female exams
  • Splinting and casting
  • Suturing

By the end of the first year, you’ll be ready for clinical rotations.

Hands-on learning, courses taught by experienced professionals and cutting-edge facilities ensure you’re career ready when you graduate with your master’s degree.

Want to know more? Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to speak with you about a career as a physician assistant.