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Students in the Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine take part in the White Coat Ceremony in 2016, during which the students receive their white coats signifying the start of their training. Three female students are seen in the foreground, reading from the event program, with a male and female student visible in the background.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

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Course Timeline

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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Pre-Clinical Year: Summer

  • PAS 701: Applied Human Structure and Function I (3 credits)
  • MEP 721: Medical Ethics and Professionalism (1 credit)
  • PAS 783: Inclusive Healthcare Practices (1 credit)
  • PAS 736: Introductory Concepts in Medicine (2 credits)
  • PAS 736: Principles of Immunology, Hematology, and Oncology (3 credits)
  • PAS 784: Principles of Dermatology (2 credits)
  • PAS 784: Principles of Infectious Disease (3 credits)
  • PAS 786: Principles of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (2 credits)

Total credits: 17