School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies

Didactic Phase

Overview
  • 44 Credit hours taught over 12 months
  • Taught at the main campus of USD in Vermillion
  • Courses in basic and clinical sciences, including full dissection human anatomy course
  • Introduction to clinical medicine at local hospitals and clinics
  • Several courses are interdisciplinary to teach teamwork with other students in medicine, physical therapy and occupational therapy
Course of Study
Fall Semester

Course

Course Title

Credits

ANAT 711

Human Gross Anatomy

6

701 CPHD

Introduction to Clinical Basic Sciences

2

PHYG 730

Human Physiology

6

PAST 718

Research Perspectives

3

PAST 720

Professional Practice 1

2

 
Spring Semester

Course

Course Title

Credits

PAST 714

Clinical Medicine I

9

PAST 722

Professional Practice 2

2

PAST 788

Masters Project

1

PHAR 720

Pharmacology

4


Summer Semester

Course

Course Title

Credits

PAST 716

Clinical Medicine 2

7

PAST 724

Professional Practice 3

2


Unified Textbook List

Students are advised that employment during the didactic phase of the program is highly discouraged and not allowed during the clinical phase due to the heavy academic demands of the program.

Complete course descriptions are available in the Graduate School Catalog.