PA Program Curriculum
The course of study is 25 continuous months in length. Starting in January, the first year is dedicated almost exclusively to the foundations of medical science, pathophysiology of disease, and medical therapeutics. Students are introduced to various medical disciplines as well as the principles of physical diagnosis and provided several skill workshops designed to prepare them for the subsequent twelve months in clinical rotations.
Students can expect to spend 6 to 8 hours a day in class the first year. Classes are based at the Health Sciences campus in Boston (Chinatown area), where students have easy access to library and study resources as well as faculty and PA Program staff. Due to the demanding curriculum and full-time clinical rotations, it is strongly recommended that students do not work during their time in the PA program.
During the second (clinical) year, a majority of students will travel within a 60 mile radius of Boston to clinical practice sites around eastern Massachusetts where they will have 4 to 5 week rotations in core clinical disciplines such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Women’s Health, Behavioral Medicine, Family Medicine, and Orthopedics. Students are also permitted to choose one elective in a discipline of their choice after consulting with clinical faculty.
All students must successfully complete the following to meet graduation requirements for the degree of Master of Medical Science.
- Pass all courses (130 credits) with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better
- Successfully complete all Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences
- Pass a comprehensive written examination
- Pass the Objective Standardized Clinical Examination
- Demonstrate professional conduct throughout the entire program