MPAS Curriculum

    • Semester 1 (begins in May) - Summer

      Semester 1 (begins in May)
      PHAS 500Intro to the PA Profession1
      PHAS 502Patient Interviewing & Documentation2
      PHAS 532Introduction to Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
      PHAS 512CMM Dermatology1
      PHAS 551Behavioral Medicine2
      PHAS 553Clinical Genetics2
      PHAS 570CMM Hematology and Oncology2
      RELP 507Clinical Ethics I1
    • Semesters 2, 3, 4 - Fall Spring Summer

      Semesters 2, 3, 4
      PHAS 536Evidence-Based Medicine I0.5    
      PHAS 571CMM Infectious Disease2    
      PHAS 516CMM ENT3    
      PHAS 517CMM Cardiovascular Medicine9    
      PHAS 522CMM Endocrinology3    
      PHAS 529CMM Nephrology3    
      PHAS 537Evidence-Based Medicine II0.5
      PHAS 518CMM Pulmonology  5  
      PHAS 526CMM Gastroenterology  6  
      PHAS 533CMM Musculoskeletal Medicine  5  
      PHAS 534CMM Neurology  6  
      PHAS 561Pediatrics    2
      PHAS 574Women's Health    3
      PHAS 566Surgical & Emergency Care    3
      RELP 508Clinical Ethics II    1
      PHAS 567Integration of Clinical Medicine Seminar    1
      RELP 601Applied Spiritual Care I1
      TOTAL CREDITS20.522.511
    • Semesters 5, 6, 7 - Fall Spring Summer

      Semesters 5, 6, 7
      RELP 602Applied Spiritual Care II1
      PHAS**Family Medicine Rotation3
      PHAS**Inpatient Internal Medicine Rotation3
      PHAS**Surgery Rotation3
      PHAS 637Capstone Prep I1
      PHAS 632Health Policy and PA Professional Practice I0.5
      PHAS 633Health Policy and PA Professional Practice II0.5
      PHAS 638Capstone Prep II1  
      PHAS 615Objective Structured Clinical Examination1
      PHAS**Emergency Medicine Rotation3
      PHAS**Behavioral Medicine Rotation3
      PHAS**Pediatric Rotation1.5
      PHAS**Womens Health Rotation1.5
      PHAS** Elective Rotation 11.5
      PHAS**Elective Rotation 21.5
      PHAS**Elective Rotation 33
      PHAS 641Capstone Project1
       TOTAL CREDITS11.511.57
    • Total Credits for Degree

      Total Credit Hours: 98

      **The order of clinical rotations will vary. Students registering for clinical rotations should contact the PA Clinical Office for course numbers.

      CMM indicates Clinical Medicine Module 

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MPAS Clinical Training

The clinical phase of the physician assistant program is 40 weeks. Each student is required to progress through seven required rotations: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, Behavioral Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Emergency Medicine. Additionally, each student must complete three elective rotations.

The clinical education is taught by physicians, physician assistants and other advanced practice providers. 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.The students are not required to secure any of their clinical rotations. The program takes full responsibility for ensuring that students are placed in appropriate clinical settings.


    • Internal Medicine

      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.

    • Surgery

      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.

    • Pediatrics

      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











      Sports medicine



If you have questions about Kettering College’s MPAS degree, call (937) 395-8638 or e-mail


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