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 eight clinical preceptorship experiences that each last six weeks. You will take eight sessions of PAS 790 for a total of 40 hours.

You will be required to complete the following required clinical preceptorships:

  • Family medicine I
  • Family medicine II
  • General surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology/women’s health
  • Pediatrics
  • Directed

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

You will also register for PAS 798, a 2-credit research project during the final semester of your 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.

Special note about family medicine experiences

Although two family medicine rotation experiences are the goal, there may be instances in which this does not occur. For example, instead of a family medicine rotation, you might be assigned to an internal medicine facility. In this example, you would graduate with two internal medicine experiences and one family medicine experience. In some instances a family medicine clinic might be used to provide a pediatric or women’s health experience. This substitution only occurs when we have collected data about the facility that confirms it has the ability to meet program-defined criteria for a pediatric or women’s health experience.

Underserved/Rural Populations

Students typically complete at least one underserved or rural population rotation.

Behavioral Medicine

Experiences in behavioral medicine will be incorporated throughout the clinical year through core rotation experiences. 

Distant Rotations

All students should anticipate that up to three of their assigned clinical rotations will occur outside of the Springfield area and will require living in "off-campus" housing.  At some distant rotations, housing will be provided by the program (Tahlequah, OK, Superior, NE, Aurora, MO, and Joplin, MO).  At all other distant sites, students will be responsible for providing their own housing.   


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.