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Program Curriculum

The Oklahoma State University Physician Assistant Program is a 28-month program which consists of 13 months of didactic training and 15 months of clinical training. The program embodies the idea of interprofessional education and as a result a significant portion of the courses occur alongside students in other academic programs on campus. This unique aspect to the program helps to foster relationships between health care providers early on which in turn builds a more successful patient-centered health care team.

  • The program consists of 124 total credit hours
  • Due to the sequential nature of the existing curriculum, OSU PA Program does not consider applicants seeking advanced placement
  • The program curriculum meets educational requirements for PA licensure in all 50 states

Didactic Curriculum

The didactic curriculum consists of in-class lectures and hands-on experiences that will prepare the PA student for clinical rotations.


The following is the curriculum for the PA Class of 2025 and beyond. Program curriculum is subject to approval by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


To see the curriculum for the Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 please click here.

Course Credits
5011: Introduction to Pharmacology 1
5015: Human Anatomy 5
5021: Fundamentals of Medical Imaging 1
5031: Introduction to Microbiology & Immunology 1
5041: Laboratory Medicine 1
5112: Developing the Physician Assistant I 2
5113: Respiratory System 3
5114: Applied Clinical Medicine I 4
5121: Rural and Underserved Populations 1
5124: Cardiovascular System 4
5125: Nervous System 5
5132: Hematology System 2
5134: Applied Clinical Medicine II 4
5144: Genitourinary System 4
5163: Developing the Physician Assistant II 3
5223: Gastrointestinal System 3
5233: Psychiatry System 3
5242: Developing the Physician Assistant III 2
5243: Endocrine System 3
5253: Reproductive System 3
5263: Musculoskeletal/Integumentary System 3
5273: Applied Clinical Medicine III 3
Total Credit Hours 61


Clinical Curriculum

The clinical curriculum begins with the Fall II semester and continues until graduation. It consists of 15-four week rotations. The curriculum consists of seven required rotations as well as medical and/or surgery electives. 


* Denotes a required rotation


Course Credits
5301: Research Methods for Evidence Based Medicine 1
5302: Developing the Physician Assistant IV 2
5554: Professional Enrichment 4
5404: Family Medicine I* 4
5414: Family Medicine II* 4
5424: Internal Medicine I* 4
5434: Internal Medicine II* 4
5444: Emergency Medicine I* 4
5454: Emergency Medicine II* 4
5464: Obstetrics/Gynecology* 4
5474: Pediatrics* 4
5484: Psychiatry* 4
5494: Surgery* 4
5544: Medicine Selective 4
5504: Clinical Elective I 4
5514: Clinical Elective II 4

5524: Clinical Elective III

Total Credit Hours 63
Name Total Credit Hours
Total Didactic Year Credit Hours 61
Total Clinical Year Credit Hours 63
Total Program Credit Hours 124


Student Information

  • Students will not be required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors
  • Due to the rigorous nature and extensive time commitment of the Program, it is not recommended student’s maintain employment while enrolled
  • Students enrolled in the Program are prohibited from working for the Program
  • Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, students are strongly discouraged from enrolling in any other academic program while enrolled in the PA program. Any PA student wishing to pursue another graduate program should discuss their interests with their faculty advisor and the Program Director before applying to another program.
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