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Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant BS/MS – 5 Year Program Curriculum

Typical Course Sequence at a glance Course Number Credit Hours
First Year (Pre-Professional Phase)
General Biology I and Lab BIOL-101, 103 4
LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I and Lab CHMG-141, 145 4
LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3   9
LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar   3
General Biology II and Lab BIOL-102, 104 4
LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry II and Lab CHMG-142, 146 4
LAS Perspectives 7A: Applied Calculus MATH-161 4
LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing   3
Wellness Education   0
Second Year (Pre-Professional Phase)
Anatomy and Physiology I, II MEDS-250, 251 8
Biochemistry for Health Sciences CHMB-240 3
LAS Perspective 4   3
Free Elective   3
LAS Immersion 1, 2, 3   9
Medical Microbiology PHYA-206 3
LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I STAT-145 3
Third Year (Professional Phase)
Pathophysiology I, II PHYA-405, 406 4
History/Physical Dx I, II PHYA-401, 402 8
Clinical Medicine I, II PHYA-422, 423 10
Advanced Gross Anatomy PHYA-419 2
Physician Assistant Seminar PHYA-420 1
Pharmacology I, II PHYA-415, 416 3
Clinical Genetics PHYA-430 2
Fourth Year (Professional Phase)
Hospital Practice PHYA-510 4
Clinical Medicine III PHYA-424 5
Society and Behavioral Medicine (WI) PHYA-440 3
Pharmacology III PHYA-417 2
Diagnostic Imaging PHYA-421 2
Clinical Lab Medicine PHYA-409 1
Procedural Clinical Skills PHYA-550 3
Clinical Integration PHYA-520 4
Healthcare Policy and Law PHYA-560 2
Clinical Epidemiology PHYA-729 3
Research Methods PHYA-730 2
Free Elective   3
Pediatrics PHYA-750 4
General Medicine PHYA-751 4
Professional Practice I PHYA-761 2
Graduate Project I PHYA-710 2
Fifth Year (Professional Phase)
Emergency Medicine PHYA-753 4
Surgery PHYA-754 4
Orthopedics PHYA-755 4
Professional Practice II, III PHYA-762, 763 4
Graduate Project II PHYA-720 2
Geriatrics PHYA-756 4
Psychiatry PHYA-757 4
Family Medicine PHYA-758 4
Elective Rotation PHYA-759 4
Total Credit Hours: 181
  • Class size and Academic Standards
    • There are approximately 34-36 students enrolled in each class year of the program.  Therefore, the number of openings for all students is limited and competitive.  All prospective applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to qualify for admission consideration and students in the BS/MS degree program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 once enrolled in the program. 
  • Program Progression
    • Students are matriculated into one of the first three years, upon their acceptance into the physician assistant major. Students must complete academic requirements to progress on to the next academic year. Students must meet all program academic requirements, policies, and standards to advance from one year to the next in the pre-professional phase and the professional phase of the program. Once matriculated into the pre-professional phase, students are permitted to take a limited number of courses at another institution during the summer, pending program approval. It is important, however, that students take core science courses at RIT to ensure a consistent educational experience. Students are not permitted to skip class years (i.e. first to third year) once matriculated in the PA program.
    • Moving from the didactic years to the clinical year of PA medical education is a major transition as students embark on clinical rotations.  At the end of the fourth year, all PA students will be evaluated by the entire program faculty in areas of honesty/integrity, responsibility, dependability, respect for patients and others, altruism, commitment to competence and excellence, and self-improvement.  These evaluations are designed to provide students with personal insights, reflections, and thoughts regarding their professional development and overall professionalism as they have progressed through the program-to-date. 
  • Remediation
    • Students are expected to perform at an academic level that fosters growth and development.  The faculty of the PA Program has set guidelines for courses in the professional phase to achieve this level of academic performance.  Students who do not achieve this level of academic performance, or demonstrate a passing score of at least 70% on an exam, clinical competency, or clinical rotation will have the option to formally remediate.  Formal remediation involves the student making arrangements with the course instructor and program faculty to meet and review material and specific areas of deficiency and schedule a make-up session, examination and/or rotation.  That said, informal remediation is done on an ongoing basis within the program and students are always encouraged to seek out faculty and professional staff for help, aide, and assistance on any academic issue. 
  • Honor Code and Grievances
    • An environment that encourages freedom of expression and inquiry is essential to achieving the educational mission of RIT. It is the responsibility of RIT students, faculty, staff and administrators to work towards the achievement of this educational mission through appropriate actions or behaviors related to RIT’s Honor Code. When these actions or behaviors are inappropriate, or when these actions or behaviors lead to conflicts, it is the responsibility of RIT to provide a process that informs and educates the RIT community about appropriate behaviors and provides a fair and reasonable manner for the resolution of conflicts. This Student Code of Conduct provides that process for cases involving students. 
    • Students in the Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program are expected to meet the highest standards of personal, ethical, and moral conduct.  These standards require personal integrity, a commitment to honesty without compromise, as well as truth without equivocation.   All PA students are asked to sign a form stating that they have read the PA Honor Code and RIT Student Academic Integrity Policy and agree to abide by these principles.
    • Students in the physician assistant program understand that the individual submitting the work does work of any kind entirely and without assistance.  Each student will complete their work independently and without recourse to any form of academic dishonestly – which includes (but is not limited to) submission of work which is not one’s own, submission of work from other classes one has taken, use of non-allowed information in exams whether electronic or physical, and sharing of content of exams with others who have not yet taken the exam.  During the professional phase of the program, each student will attest to her/his adherence on every exam and assignment in every course.
  • Deceleration and Dismissal
    • If, for any reason, a student is deemed ineligible to progress into the next year of study (including the clinical year), deceleration in, or dismissal from, the Program will be at the discretion of the program faculty based on academic standards, performance, and individual circumstances.  FOR EXAMPLE: If a student has not completed the pre-requisites for the third, fourth, or fifth year of study (clinical rotations), the student will not be permitted to proceed to the following year.
  • Harassment
  • RIT Five Year First Time NCCPA Report
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