Degree Plan

Degree requirements

You will complete the required 87 semester hours (42 didactic and 45 clinical) in the prescribed sequence for your cohort. Any exceptions to the cohort progression must stem from unavoidable and extreme personal circumstances and must be approved by the program director. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, you should not expect to be employed while you are in the program.

Didactic year courses

The following degree plan is based on the graduate catalog.

First semester (spring)

PAS 717 Medical Human Anatomy and Radiology 6
BMS 752 Medical Physiology 3
PAS 753 Molecular Pathophysiology 1
PAS 765 Clinical Assessment I 3
PAS 769 Behavioral Medicine 1
PAS 775 Principles of Clinical Problem Solving 1
Total hours15

Second semester (summer)

PAS 785 Clinical Medicine I 4
PAS 780 Pharmacotherapeutics I 1
PAS 766 Clinical Assessment II 3
PAS 770 Professional Issues Seminar 1
PAS 783 Clinical Practicum I 1
Total hours10

Third semester (fall)

PAS 786 Clinical Medicine II 6
PAS 781 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics 3
PAS 787 Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Procedures 2
PAS 788 EKG and ACLS 2
PAS 776 Clinical Problem Solving Seminar 1
PAS 777 Introduction to Research and Clinical Epidemiology 2
PAS 784 Clinical Practicum II 1
Total hours17

Clinical year courses

The clinical year consists of 8 six-week clinical preceptorship courses (PAS 790) for 5 credit hours each. The clinical preceptorship courses consist of the following required clinical rotations.

Family medicine I*

Family medicine II*

General surgery

Internal medicine

Emergency medicine

Obstetrics and gynecology/women’s health












*Within one of the Family Medicine or Directed/Elective clinical rotations, the students will experience a 3 week emphasis in behavioral and mental health.

Additionally, students will register for PAS 797 each semester throughout the clinical year for a total of 3 credits.

Students will also register for PAS 798, a 2-credit research project during the final semester of the clinical year. This project will consist of an in-depth study of a clinical problem of interest and culminate in a scholarly paper and formal presentation.

Rural Populations

Students should expect to complete one primary care preceptorship (family practice, internal medicine, or pediatrics) in a rural setting.

Distant Rotations

All students should anticipate that up to three of eight assigned clinical rotations will occur outside of the Springfield area, which will require living in "off-campus" housing. The sequence of this will not occur consecutively so students should not forfeit Springfield housing when assigned to areas outside of Springfield. Students will be responsible for securing housing in such areas and all costs associated with this housing, including travel-related expenses and meals. In some instances, housing resources (i.e., list of available housing options) will be provided by the program.


All students will likely have several clinical rotations which will require commuting; this includes areas outside the Springfield metropolitan area. For safety reasons, students will typically not be asked to commute more than 60 miles (one way) or one hour to the city in which the clinic is located. Such sites are not considered to be a distant rotation. Please note that commuting distances are calculated from the Missouri State campus rather than the student’s home.

Clinical rotation assignments

Core clinical rotation assignments are determined by the program. Students are permitted to request preceptors, however the final decision for rotation assignments is determined by the Clinical Coordinator. It is important to note that a suggested training site does not guarantee placement and can take up to 4 months to coordinate. Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.