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PA Program OKC - Curriculum

The Physician Associate Program is a rigorous program that consists of two phases, didactic and clinical.

Didactic Phase

The Didactic phase begins in early June and lasts for 15 months.  Students are exposed to a vigorous classroom schedule with classes held from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday with, occasional evening and Saturday classes.

Didactic Phase Credit Hours:

  • Summer I: 10                                 
  • Fall I: 23
  • Spring I: 23
  • Summer II: 16
  • Fall II: 1

Didactic Phase Total: 73 credit hours

Clinical Phase

Credit Hours:

The remaining 12 months consist of 12 clinical rotations (48 credit hours) and 3 courses (6 credit hours) which begin in October. Many rotation sites are in rural communities. 

Clinical Phase Total: 54 credit hours

Rotations include: 


Number of Rotations Number of Weeks
Pediatrics 1 4
Surgery 1 4
Primary Care/Family Medicine 2 8
Mental Health 1 4
Internal Medicine 1 4
Emergency Medicine 2 8
Women's Health 1 4
Clinical Elective  2 8
Inpatient Medicine 1 4


Total number of program credit hours: 127 credit hours


All rotations are within the state of Oklahoma. Rotation sites are selected by the PA Program and the student is not required to secure their own rotation sites. Students are required to provide their own travel and housing.

Work Policy

Students are highly discouraged from participating in extra-curricular employment. History demonstrates these students are at high risk of dismissal due to poor academic performance attributed to the time conflicts that outside employment brings.  

PA students are not required to work for the PA program.

PA students do not substitute for or function as instructional faculty. Students may share their previous healthcare knowledge and skills with students informally but will not be required to provide lectures. Students are not required and should never substitute for clinical or administrative staff during clinical rotations.

PA students are strongly discouraged from outside employment while enrolled in the program. Coursework or days missed as a result of outside employment will not be excused.