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  • 1. master of physician assistant studies • Prepares graduates to be certified and licensed to practice as extenders to practicing physicians • Students learn to practice as primary care providers • Two-year curriculum integrates basic medical sciences, research, clinical methods, and clinical experiences • Highly structured problem-based learning (PBL) format encourages students to learn new material by confronting and solving problems in the form of a clinical patient case • Students serve local, national, and international communities through active involvement in service-oriented programs for medically underserved populations and professional organizations • Students choose their clinical rotations through affiliations with local, national and international clinical facilities • Curriculum stresses evidence-based practice and professionalism • Faculty are clinically active and professionally involved • Small class sizes with ratios as low as 1:8, with faculty accessible to students • Prepares graduates to practice as generalists in all areas of medicine or to practice in any medical specialty • A first-time pass rate average of 95% the past five years on the national certifying exam • Graduates’ job placement is 100% • An admissions process that positively achieves the educational benefits of a student body that is both diverse and academically excellent Office of Graduate Admissions Woodland Road . . . Berry Hall . . . Pittsburgh, PA 15232 800-837-1290 . . . 909
  • 2. admission requirements prerequisites • A baccalaureate degree or higher from an • General biology with lab (two terms) accredited college or university or completion of • General chemistry with lab (two terms) the 3+2 Integrated Degree Program • Physiology, animal or human (one term) • Cumulative science course GPA of 3.0 or better on • Anatomy with lab (one term) a 4.0 scale with a minimum 20 semester credits • Microbiology (one term) • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, or an • General psychology (one term) overall GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 semester credits Recommended, but not required • Required prerequisite courses; grades of less than • Genetics (one term) “C” are not acceptable in prerequisite courses • Statistics (one term) • Demonstration of ethical, personal, and/or • Child Psychology or Lifespan Developmental Psychology (one term) professional qualities necessary to fulfill the role • Nutrition (one term) of a physician assistant • Application deadline is October 1 course curriculum • All applications for admission must be done YeAR 1 through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Seminar 1 (6 credits) Physician Assistants) at • PAS 612 Introduction to the PA Profession (1 cr) • Official transcripts verifying cumulative GPA of 3.0 • PAS 614 Medical ethics (1 cr) or above submitted through CASPA • PAS 616 History & Physical examination (4 cr) • evidence of community service/volunteer Fall (20 credits) experience (either related to healthcare or not • PAS 600 essentials for the Physician Assistant I (9 cr) healthcare related) • PAS 602 Clinical Application of Basic Sciences I (4 cr) • Three references: one academic, one from a • PAS 604 Critical Reading of the Literature I (1 cr) volunteer or work experience, and one other • PAS 606 Clinical Pharmacology I (2 cr) (candidate’s choice) submitted through CASPA • PAS 610 Introduction to Clinical experience I (1 cr) • Shadowing form found online at • PAS 633 Physical Diagnosis I (3 cr) Must be submitted by October 1 Spring (20 credits) Holistic Approach to Admissions Process • PAS 601 essentials for the Physician Assistant II (7 cr) After verifying that the minimum requirements are • PAS 603 Clinical Application of Basic Sciences II (4 cr) met, a holistic approach is used in reviewing the • PAS 605 Critical Reading of the Literature II (1 cr) candidate’s entire application. This includes an • PAS 607 Clinical Pharmacology II (2 cr) evaluation of academic achievements, personal • PAS 611 Introduction to Clinical experience II (1 cr) characteristics, attributes, and life experiences. • PAS 634 Physical Diagnosis II (3 cr) Maymester: Seminar 2 (2 credit) • PAS 617 Clinical Procedures (2 cr) Summer (10 credits) • PAS 625 Clinical Decision Making I (2 cr) • PAS 640 Clinical experience I (3 cr) • PAS 641 Clinical experience II (3 cr) YeAR 2 Fall (10 credits) • PAS 626 Clinical Decision Making II (1 cr) • PAS 642 Clinical experience III (3 cr) • PAS 643 Clinical experience IV (3 cr) • PAS 644 Clinical experience V (3 cr) Spring (11 credits) • PAS 627 Clinical Decision Making III (2 cr) • PAS 645 Clinical experience VI (3 cr) • PAS 646 Clinical experience VII (3 cr) chatham university • PAS 647 Clinical experience VIII (3 cr) graduate programs in Summer (11 credits) science and health professions • PAS 628 Clinical Decision Making IV (1 cr) • Master of Science in Biology • PAS 648 Clinical experience IX (3 cr) • Master of Occupational Therapy Seminar 3 (5 credits) • Master of Physician Assistant Studies • PAS 630 Topics in Clinical Medicine (3 cr) • Doctor of Physical Therapy • PAS 635 Healthcare Policy (1 cr) • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy • PAS 636 Program to Practice (1 cr) Big thinking for a big world.