Physician Assistant Studies
How much studying/homework time is needed in the program?
Sarah DeRose, Class of 2006
I most likely devote about 10-25 hours a week to study. That is a wide range, but it varies with exam schedules. The second semester is more demanding than the first.
Matthew Kenny, Class of 2006
Homework during the first semester isn't too difficult at first, but it quickly piles on. The old adage that you should spend 2 hours out of class, for every one hour in it, starts to become very true, and is a good way to think about your homework time.
Regina Kline, Class of 2005
I think that during the first semester, there is a significant amount of studying compared to Undergrad; but then in the winter and s/s semester that workload and time needed to study increases dramatically. Daily studying is needed to survive.
Becky Eversdyk, Class of 2004
It depends on the class. Some classes you'll study more for than others. In the first fall semester regional anatomy probably took up most of the PA students time. When you hit the second semester in the winter you'll find that Clinical Medicine & Neuropathology take the majority of your study time. Its hard to put an exact number on how many hours you need to study because everybody is different.
Steven Heckel, Class of 2004
Expect to work as hard as you would a full-time job. Time spent for papers, research, learning issues, reading, etc. can range anywhere from 30-40 hrs. per week.
Kurt VanderVeen, Class of 2004
I can't give you an average for every day but I would say that I start studying a week in advance and probably study 2-3 hrs a night so about 14hrs for a test. That's some of the clinical medicine tests–not all are like that. But remember you need at least an 80% to pass the test. It's best to start early - trust me - it's no fun cramming the last minute thinking that you might be remediating the test later (you have to outline the important chapters on the clin. Med topic, can be around 30pages). Most people pass though.
Catherine Hallenbeck, Class of 2003
As much as your sanity can withstand.
Kelly Schweiger, Class of 2003
It all depends on the person and his/her own studying habits. At the minimum, devote 10 hours of studying each week, more so on weeks when there are exams planned.
Judy Herbolsheimer, Class of 2002
It depends on what classes you are taking at the time in the program. If you spend your time wisely between classes and keep up on readings and don't miss any lecture you may get some free time. If it is a particularly challenging subject you may spend almost all your free time working on it. A lot also depends on if you are doing the program 3+3 and still have undergrad work to do too or if you are doing it 4+3 and have that all out of the way. It is a lot of work.
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