Physician Assistant Studies Curriculum

The Physician Assistant Studies program at JWU is a 24-month, 104-credit, full-time course of study.


Didactic Year

During the first 12 months of the program, you will follow a curriculum of preclinical studies in preparation for 12 months of clinical experiences.

The summer semester provides a foundation upon which the following fall and spring body system modules are constructed.

Fall and spring courses in clinical medicine, diagnostic skills and pharmacotherapeutics are integrated and presented in a modular format. You will work sequentially through each body system module, one at a time, learning the physiology, pathophysiology, evidence-based medicine, diagnostic skills and treatment specific to that system.

Didactic Year Schedule & Course Descriptions [PDF]
Catalog Course Listing

Clinical Year

Your second year consists of clinical studies, beginning with a 2-week Introduction to Clinical Practice.

You will complete 9 clinical rotations, including 7 required rotations in outpatient family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral and mental health, emergency medicine and general surgery. The remaining two rotations are electives that allow you to further develop skills in the area in which you plan to practice.

Clinical Year Schedule and Course Descriptions [PDF]
Catalog Course Listing

Clinical rotations I-X are assigned by the program.

(5 weeks/4.5 credits)

Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Pediatric Medicine
Women’s Health
Emergency Medicine
Behavioral & Mental Health    
Clinical Elective I
Clinical Elective II

Asthma & Allergy
Cardiac Surgery
ICU/Critical Care
Infectious Disease
Interventional Radiology
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Surgery

About the PA Academic Calendar

Be advised that the PA program academic calendar does not align with the Providence Campus’ published academic calendar.

The PA Program Academic calendar for each class (Class of 2016, Class of 2017, etc.) is part of the Physician Assistant Studies Program Student Handbook. The Handbook for the Class of 2020 is available in Policies and Procedures. Term start and end dates, as well as those of holidays, makeup classes and/or exam schedules, may differ. Be sure to consult with the program director prior to scheduling non-program activities.