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Members of the Physician Assistant Class of 2024 recite the student oath during a ceremony on April 7, 2023, in Hershey.

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You’ll need 101 credits total to complete our program: 55 credits in the pre-clinical year and 46 credits in the clinical year, as described below.

All courses in the curriculum are graded on a letter grade basis with the exception of the Evidence-Based Medicine Course in the didactic year and the Summative Experience in the clinical year. These are both Pass/Fail courses. Course descriptions can be found in the Penn State Graduate Bulletin.  


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Didactic Year: Summer

  • PAS 701: Applied Human Structure and Function I (3 credits)
  • PAS 700: Medical Ethics and Professionalism (1 credit)
  • PAS 783: Inclusive Healthcare Practices (1 credit)
  • PAS 736: Introductory Concepts in Medicine (2 credits)
  • PAS 763: Principles of Immunology, Hematology, and Oncology (3 credits)
  • PAS 784: Principles of Dermatology (2 credits)
  • PAS 785: Principles of Infectious Disease (3 credits)
  • PAS 786: Principles of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (2 credits)

Total credits: 17