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Curriculum

All didactic courses must be completed in the sequence listed. Clinical rotation courses will be completed in the order assigned to the individual PA student by the program.

Individual course requirements and deadlines for assignments are included on the course syllabus available on Blackboard for the enrolled PA student.

This is a graduate program consisting of 112 semester hours. The program is delivered over 24 months leading to the conferment of the degree: Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant (MMS-PA).

Total Credit Semester Hours for Didactic (First) Year: 62
Total Credit Semester Hours for Clinical (Second) Year: 50
Total Credit Semester Hours for the Curriculum: 112

The Professional Curriculum

The schedule of a physician assistant student is rigorous. Because of the time required for attending lectures, laboratories and clinical assignments, plus the time necessary for study and practice, students are encouraged to minimize outside work commitments during the time they are enrolled in the program.

The following is a summary of the required courses included in the Master of Medical Science- Physician Assistant professional curriculum. Required courses are offered annually in the terms indicated. The courses offered during year 1- didactic year must be completed in sequence and are only offered in the terms indicated.

Credit hours determined by the following:

15 Lecture Hours = 1 Credit Hour
45 Lab Hours = 1 Credit Hour

Master of Medical Science
Physician Assistant Program

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Memphis TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-8000


Admin Coordinator:

Chandra Johnson
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(1) SPRING TERM BLOCK I (Jan-Mar)

Course Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
PAS 510 General Medicine I 4 60 0
PAS 520* Special Topics I 2 30 0
PAS 530* Diagnostics I (Lab Medicine) 3 37 23
PAS 540* History and Physical Examination I 3 30 45
PAS 503* Medical Physiology 5 75 0
Total 17 232 68

(1) SPRING TERM BLOCK 2 (Mar-May)

Course Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
PAS 511 General Medicine II 4 60 0
PAS 520* Special Topics I (cont from Spring Block 1) 2 30 0
PAS 530* Diagnostics I (Lab Medicine) (cont from Spring Block 1) 3 37 23
PAS 540* History & Physical Examination I (cont from Spring Block 1) 3 30 45
PAS 503* Medical Physiology (cont from Spring Block 1) 5 75 0
Total 17 232 68

*The following courses are continuous over the Spring Term Blocks 1 and 2: PAS 520, PAS 530, PAS 540 and PAS 503.

(1) SPRING TERM BLOCK 3 (Mar-June)

Course Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
ANAT 501 Gross Anatomy 5 52 64

(2) SUMMER TERM (June-Aug)

Course Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
PAS 512 General Medicine III 4 60 0
PAS 521 Special Topics II 2 30 0
PAS 531 Diagnostics II (EKG) 1 15 0
PAS 541 History and Physical Examination II 2 22 23
PAS 560 Pharmacotherapeutics I 2 30 0
PAS 570 The PA Profession 2 30 0
PAS 572 Critical Appraisal 2 30 0
Total 15 217 23

(3) FALL TERM BLOCK 1 (Aug-Oct)

Course Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
PAS 513 General Medicine IV 3 45 0
PAS 522* Special Topics III 2 30 0
PAS 532* Diagnostics III (Radiology) 2 30 0
PAS 542* History and Physical Examination II 3 30 45
PAS 561* Pharmacotherapeutics I 3 45 0
PAS 550* Skills and Procedures 4 30 90
PAS 580* Capstone I 1 15 0
Total 18 225 135

(3) FALL TERM BLOCK 2 (Oct-Dec)

Course Name Credit Hours Lecture Hours Lab Hours
PAS 514 General Medicine V 3 45 0
PAS 522* Special Topics III (cont from Fall Block 1) 2 30 0
PAS 532* Diagnostics III (Radiology) (cont from Fall Block 1) 2 30 0
PAS 542* History and Physical Examination II (cont from Fall Block 1) 3 30 45
PAS 561* Pharmacotherapeutics I (cont from Fall Block 1) 3 45 0
PAS 550* Skills and Procedures (cont from Fall Block 1) 4 30 90
PAS 580* Capstone I (cont from Fall Block 1) 1 15 0
    Total 18 225 135

*The following courses are continuous over the Fall Term Blocks 1 and 2: PAS 522, PAS 532, PAS 542, PAS 561, PAS 551 and PAS 580.

The clinical year curriculum includes 11 required rotations that will be completed in the order determined by the Clinical Coordinator. An individual student's rotation schedule will vary. The tables below are representative of a potential student schedule. All rotations are offered each term of the clinical year. Students are not allowed to set up their own rotations. No international rotations are offered at this time.

Required rotations include: Family Medicine I, Family Medicine II, Internal Medicine I, Internal Medicine II, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Behavioral Medicine, Elective I and Elective II.

(4) Spring Term (Jan-May)

Course Name Credit Hours Rotation Length
PAS 601 Family Medicine I 4 4 weeks
PAS 602 Family Medicine II 4 4 weeks
PAS 603 Internal Medicine I 4 4 weeks
PAS 604 Internal Medicine II 4 4 weeks
PAS 605 General Surgery 4 4 weeks
PAS 606 Emergency Medicine 4 4 weeks
Total 24

(5) Summer Term (June-Aug)

Course Name Credit Hours Rotation Length
PAS 607 Pediatrics 4 4 weeks
PAS 608 Women's Health 4 4 weeks
PAS 609 Behavioral Medicine 4 4 weeks
Total 12

(6) Fall Term (Aug-Dec)

Course Name Credit Hours Rotation Length
PAS 610 Elective Rotation I 4 4 weeks
PAS 611 Elective Rotation II 4 4 weeks
PAS 620 Summative Evaluation 4 4 weeks
PAS 621 Capstone II 2 4 weeks
Total 14