A number of clinical experiences are offered during the first and second year of the physician assistant program. First-year clinical experiences begin as early in the year as possible. The sites are usually within a one-hour hour drive from Des Moines.
The second year of the physician assistant program is divided into 48 weeks of Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPE). The 48 weeks are broken up into the following areas:
Students are assigned to core rotation sites. These can be at affiliated sites both in and out of Iowa. Electives are also available throughout the Midwest at our national affiliate sites. Rotation sites can be broken into the following categories:
PA students may be able to complete one of their clinical experiences internationally through the global health department.
We are proud of the breadth and depth of our clinical offerings and have developed a philosophy of early and regular reinforcement of the basic skills and fundamentals of the profession that are essential to the success of our graduates and the physician assistant profession.