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Physician Assistant Program Course Sequence

To receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant degree, students must earn 127.5 graduate semester credit hours. The first year includes 78.5 semester credit hours of didactic and laboratory instruction. The second year includes 49 semester credit hours consisting of 45 semester credit hours of clinical rotations and 4 semester credit hours of coursework that includes a Certification Examination Review, and Summative Evaluation.

Learner-centered activities will be used and include: independent and collaborative learning, experiential applications, case study analysis and problem-based instruction through simulations and model-based applications. Graduates are required to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and eligible, upon successful completion of the PANCE, to be licensed and practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.

No elective courses are offered in this program, although two clinical rotation electives are required. All program didactic and clinical hours must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:


Year 1, Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
MPA 500 Introduction to PA Profession 1
MPA 510 Physical Diagnosis I 3
MPA 511 Human Physiology 4
MPA 513 Human Anatomy 5
MPA 515 Healthcare Research I 1
MPA 521 Microbiology 3
MPA 522 Ethical and Legal Medicine 3
MPA 525 Clinical Laboratory Medicine I 1
MPA 526 Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare 2
Semester 1 Total Hours 23
Year 1, Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
MPA 512 Clinical Pathophysiology 3
MPA 516 Healthcare Research II 1
MPA 520 Physical Diagnosis II 3
MPA 523 Clinical Pharmacology 2
MPA 524 Fund of Clinical Medicine and Surgery I 5
MPA 533 Pharmacotherapeutics I 4
MPA 534 Fund of Clinical Medicine and Surgery II 6
MPA 531 Principals of electrocardiography 2
MPA 535 Clinical Laboratory Medicine II 2
Semester 2 Total Hours 28
Year 1, Semester 3
Course Number Course Title Semester Credit Hours
MPA 502 Fundamentals of Diagnostic Methods 3
MPA 514 Applied Learning Experience 1
MPA 517 Healthcare Research III 1
MPA 530 Physical Diagnosis III 3
MPA 536 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 2
MPA 532 Clinical and Surgical Procedures 2.5
MPA 540 Clinical Psychiatry 3
MPA 543 Pharmacotherapeutics II 3
MPA 544 Fund of Clinical Medicine and Surgery III 8
MPA 692 Clinical Transition 1
Semester 3 Total Hours 27.5
Year 2, Semester 4
Course Number Course Title Semester Credit Hours
MPA 650 Family Medicine CR* 5
MPA 610 Internal Medicine CR* 5
MPA 600 Women’s Health CR* 5
Semester 4 Total Hours 15
Year 2, Semester 5
Course Number Course Title Semester Credit Hours
MPA 620 Surgery CR* 5
MPA 630 Emergency Medicine CR* 5
MPA 640 Pediatric CR* 5
MPA 691 Certification Examination Review 2
Semester 5 Total Hours 17
Year 2, Semester 6
Course Number Course Title Semester Credit Hours
MPA 660 Psychiatry CR* 5
MPA 670 Elective CR 1* 5
MPA 680 Elective CR 2* 5
MPA 695 Summative Evaluation 2
Semester 6 Total Hours 17

*Note:  Clinical Rotations (CR) may sequence differently than listed depending on availability.

Courses in the MSPA program last from one week to one semester. Students can expect to attend classes Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend classes, taking multiple classes concurrently. Clinical experiences are a minimum of 40 hours per week and scheduled at the direction of the clinical site. All students in this program attend on a full time basis.


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I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

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Connie Sue Centrella

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

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