Clinical Training

The clinical phase of the physician assistant program is 40 weeks. Each student is required to progress through eight required rotations: Adult Medicine I and II, Family Medicine, Surgery, Behavioral Medicine, Pediatrics, Women's Health, and Emergency Medicine. Each of these rotations is approximately four weeks long. Additionally, each student must complete two rotations of selected electives.

The clinical education is taught by physicians and physician assistants. Each student is evaluated by his or her preceptor for the designated rotation. Students return to Kettering College for testing as well as didactic and clinical skill assessments.


Adult Medicine I and II

  • Emphasizes pathophysiology, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of systemic and chronic diseases and conditions found in the clinical practice of internal medicine.
  • Teaches proper data collection through history and physical examination, formulation of accurate problem lists, accurate investigation, and treatment plans.
  • Emphasis placed on geriatric patients and complex patients with chronic and co-morbid conditions.

Family Medicine

  • Emphasizes the pathophysiology, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of systemic diseases and conditions unique to the clinical practice of family medicine.
  • Teaches proper data collection through history and physical examination, formulation of accurate problem lists, accurate investigation, and treatment plans.


  • Provides an orientation to patients of various ages with surgically manageable disease.
  • Emphasis on the preoperative evaluation and preparation of patients for surgery, assistance during the intraoperative period to develop an understanding of team member roles and operative procedures, and the care of surgical wounds and postoperative complications.

Behavioral Medicine

  • Designed to provide an understanding of the behavioral components of health, disease, and disability.
  • Exposure to patients with a variety of emotional illnesses and disabilities is used to develop informed history-taking and mental status examination skills, abilities to recognize and categorize psychiatric disturbances, and techniques of early intervention and psychiatric referral.


  • Emphasizes care of the child from birth through adolescence.
  • Focus is on the recognition and management of common childhood illnesses; assessment of variations of normal growth and development; and the counseling of parents regarding immunizations, preventive health care visits, growth and development, nutrition, and common psychosocial problems.

Women's Health

  • Provides exposure to the spectrum of problems and issues associated with women's health care.
  • Emphasizes family planning and birth control, recognition and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, cancer detections, and the evaluation of common gynecological problems.
  • Introduces students to care of patients during prenatal period, which may include delivery and postnatal care.
  • Provides exposure to the surgical management of gynecological problems.

Emergency Medicine

  • Provides an in-depth exposure to illnesses and injuries that necessitate emergency care in children and adults.
  • Emphasizes the focusing of interview and examination skills and performing of techniques and procedures essential to the proper management of life-threatening illness and injury.
  • Stresses ventilatory assistance, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, fluid and electrolyte replacement, and acid-base balance.

Elective rotations include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Community medicine
  • Critical care
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Urology

updated 3/24/09