Physician Assistant Studies Program Curriculum

USJ’s PA Studies Program has developed a unique modular curriculum, the only program of its kind in the region.

Students will enroll in one course at a time, allowing for complete focus on mastery of clinical sciences specific to each organ system, with opportunities to begin integrating and applying concepts embedded throughout the curriculum. The knowledge and critical thinking skills developed during the 15-month didactic curriculum will prepare students to excel during the 13-month clinical phase of the program when they will complete nine, 5-week Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences and participate in activities designed to prepare them to enter clinical practice.

Spring Didactic Semester #1
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PHYA 500PA Foundations I1
PHYA 501PA Foundations II2
PHYA 502Essentials of Hematology/Oncology2
PHYA 503Essentials of Endocrinology2
PHYA 504Essentials of Infectious Disease2
PHYA 505Essentials of Nephrology/Urology3
PHYA 506Essentials of Gastroenterology3
PHYA 507Clinical Integration I1
 Total Credits16
Summer Didactic Semester
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PHYA 510Essentials of Cardiology6
PHYA 511Essentials of Pulmonology5
PHYA 517Clinical Integration II1
 Total Credits12
Fall Didactic Semester
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PHYA 520Essentials of Orthopedics/Rheumatology4
PHYA 521Essentials of Neurology3
PHYA 522Essentials of Dermatology2
PHYA 523Essentials of HEENT3
PHYA 524Essentials of Women’s Health3
PHYA 527Clinical Integration III1
 Total Credits16
Spring Didactic Semester #2
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PHYA 530Essentials of Emergency Medicine3
PHYA 531Essentials of Surgery1
PHYA 532Essentials of Pediatrics2
PHYA 533Essentials of Psychiatry2
PHYA 534Essentials of Geriatrics1
PHYA 537Clinical Integration IV1
PHYA 600Transition to Clinical Practice4
 Total Credits14
Clinical Year
Course NumberCourse NameCredits
PHYA 601SCPE Women’s Health5
PHYA 602SCPE Pediatrics5
PHYA 603SCPE Surgery5
PHYA 604SCPE Emergency Medicine5
PHYA 605SCPE Psychiatry5
PHYA 606SCPE Family Medicine5
PHYA 607SCPE Inpatient Internal Medicine5
PHYA 608SCPE Outpatient Medicine5
PHYA 609SCPE Elective5
 Total Credits45
 Program Total Credits103

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