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Program Information

Physician Assistants (PAs) are trained in the medical model, similar to the way that physicians are trained in medical school. Students attending the Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program at GVSU have a diverse experience in health care.  GVSU PAS students have had careers as medical technologists, paramedics, nurses, phlebotomists, medical assistants, and radiology technicians prior to starting the PA program just to name a few.

The PAS program at GVSU  is fully accredited and includes four semesters of didactic coursework followed by three semesters of clinical training.  The didactic courses include human anatomy, medical physiology, clinical applications, clinical medicine, pathophysiology, practical therapeutics, PA professional issues, and evidence based medicine.  Once graduated from the program GVSU PAs work in a variety of healthcare fields and locations.  


Course Schedule

PA's receive 16 months of didactic training followed be 12 months of clinical training (clinical rotations) at Grand Valley State University.

First Year

   Fall—Semester One Credits: 17

  • BMS 561 - Prosected Regional Anatomy Credits: 4
  • STA 610 - Applied Statistics for Health Professions Credits: 3
  • PAS 501 - Clinical Applications I Credits: 2
  • PAS 511 - Foundations of Clinical Medicine Credits: 4
  • PAS 521 - Medical Physiology Credits: 3
  • PAS 561 - Clinical Applications Lab I Credits: 1

  Winter—Semester Two Credits: 17

  • PAS 502 - Clinical Applications II Credits: 1
  • PAS 512 - Clinical Medicine I Credits: 6
  • PAS 522 - Clinical Pathophysiology I Credits: 1
  • PAS 532 - Practical Therapeutics I Credits: 2
  • PAS 542 - Clinical Problem Solving Sessions I Credits: 1
  • PAS 551 - Physician Assistant Prof Issues I: Credits: 1
  • PAS 562 - Clinical Applications Lab II Credits: 1
  • PAS 572 - Hospital Community Experience I Credits: 1
  • PAS 582 - Evidence Based Medicine I Credits: 3

  Spring/Summer—Semester Three Credits: 15

  • PAS 503 - Clinical Applications III Credits: 1
  • PAS 513 - Clinical Medicine II Credits: 6
  • PAS 523 - Clinical Pathophysiology II Credits: 1
  • PAS 533 - Practical Therapeutics II Credits: 2
  • PAS 543 - Clinical Problem Solving Sessions II Credits: 1
  • PAS 563 - Clinical Applications Lab III Credits: 1
  • PAS 573 - Hospital Community Experience II Credits: 1
  • PAS 583 - Evidence Based Medicine II Credits 2

Second Year

  Fall—Semester Four Credits: 18

  • PAS 504 - Clinical Applications IV Credits: 1
  • PAS 514 - Clinical Medicine III Credits: 6
  • PAS 524 - Clinical Pathophysiology III Credits: 3
  • PAS 534 - Practical Therapeutics III Credits: 2
  • PAS 544 - Clinical Problem Solving Sessions III Credits: 1
  • PAS 554 - Physician Assistant Profession Issues II Credits: 1
  • PAS 564 - Clinical Applications Lab IV Credits: 1
  • PAS 574 - Hospital Community Experience III Credits: 1
  • PAS 584 Evidence Based Medicine III Credits: 2

  Winter—Semester Five Credits: 12

  • PAS 610 - Clinical Rotations I Credits: 12

  Spring/Summer—Semester Six Credits: 12

  • PAS 620 - Clinical Rotations II Credits: 12

Third Year

Fall—Semester Seven Credits: 12

  • PAS 630 - Clinical Rotations III Credits: 12

103 Credits Total


Course Information

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Program Requirements

  1. A minimum proficiency level of 80 percent on all evaluations is required for each PAS course or discrete unit of instruction in the professional curriculum
  2. A minimum of a grade "C" is required for passing all "non-PAS" courses
  3. The student's GPA must never drop below the 3.0 or "B" minimum in any semester or the student may be dismissed from the PAS program