The curriculum offers 12 months of didactic study, followed by 12 months of clinical course work and supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs). The program concludes with a 25th month of summative assessments.
In addition to basic science and clinical medicine courses, the program features education in medical ethics, health care delivery systems, health policy, public health, research, diversity and inclusion, and PA professional topics. Additionally, the program offers interprofessional education (IPE) experiences with both internal and external health professions education programs.
The clinical curriculum allows students the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the didactic phase to the clinical setting. Clinical sites are located throughout Iowa, the Midwest, and the United States. Students may also be able to complete one of their clinical experiences internationally through the global health department.
Students are not required to solicit clinical sites or preceptors. The program allows students to suggest clinical sites and/or preceptors. The program will then comprehensively evaluate suggested sites and/or preceptors and approve based on educational suitability.
We are proud of the breadth and depth of our curriculum and have developed a philosophy of early and regular reinforcement of the knowledge, skills, abilities and fundamentals of the profession that are essential to the success of our graduates.