Curriculum

27 Month Program

The Sacred Heart University PA Program is a 27-month program that has a 12-consecutive month didactic phase, and a 15-month clinical phase which includes a Masters Capstone Project. Clinical rotations are ten 5-week clinical rotations, providing approximately 2,000 hours of hands-on clinical experience. Clinical rotations include supervised experiences in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Mental Health, Family Medicine, Primary Care, and Emergency Medicine. There is also one elective rotation in which the student chooses the area of medicine for this rotation. Most clinical rotation sites are located in Connecticut and Westchester County, NY. Students must complete all aspects of the curriculum to complete the program. Student are required to successfully complete the entire program in order to qualify to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). For more information on becoming certified, go to the NCCPA website.

Didactic Year | 65 credits

Integrated Curriculum based on Body System Modules

Aug/Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb March April May June July Aug

PA 501 Medical Science I

PA 502 Medical Science II PA 519 Behavioral/Mental Health Medicine

PA 504 Principles of Medicine I

PA 505 Principles of Medicine II PA 506 Principles of Medicine III
PA 510 Patient Assessment & Clinical Reasoning I PA 511 Patient Assessment & Clinical Reasoning II PA 521 Clinical Skills & Procedures

PA 507* Pharmacology I

PA 508* Pharmacology II PA 509* Pharmacology III

PA 512* Diagnostic Medicine I

PA 513* Diagnostic Medicine II PA 515 Population Health and Wellness

PA 503 Infectious Disease/Clinical Microbiology

PA 516* Evidence-Based Practice PA 524 Clinical Integration

PA 514* Professional Practice

PA 523* Medical Spanish PA 520 Primary Care Medicine
    PA 522* Healthcare Delivery

*Denotes hybrid courses

Medical Science I/II:  Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Clinical Genetics. Sequence aligns with medicine organ systems.

Principles of Medicine I: Medicine modules: Dermatology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Hematology, and Pulmonology,

Principles of Medicine II: Medicine modules: Cardiovascular, Nephrology/Genitourinary, Neurology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Orthopedics, and Rheumatology.

Principles of Medicine III:  Medicine modules: Women’s Health (Obstetrics/Gynecology), Pediatrics, Oncology, HIV Medicine, Geriatrics, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine.

Clinical Phase | 58 credits

Post Clinical Activity Day will be the last Friday of every rotation.

Clinical Rotations: Each student will have varied rotation sequence and a varied Masters Capstone Project month.

*Summative Evaluations: will occur for each student within 4 months of program completion. 

Master’s Capstone Project

The Masters Capstone Project builds on first year courses (Evidence-Based Practice, Healthcare Delivery, and Population Health & Wellness) and is designed for the PA student to complete a Masters Capstone Project (MCP) under the guidance of a research advisor. There are four MCP Tracks: Clinical, Global Health, Community Outreach, and PA Education. Each student will choose one of these tracks to complete their MCP. Each student will identify a scholarly question on a clinical, global health, community health, or PA education topic, search and analyze the literature, then develop a scholarly paper of publishable quality in a peer-reviewed journal (i.e. JAAPA, Clinical Review, PA Professional, Journal of PA Education, etc.). In addition to writing a paper, each track will have the following Capstone deliverable:

  • Clinical track: scholarly poster
  • Global Health: presentation
  • Community Outreach: community service learning project
  • PA Education: presentation