Degree Plan

Degree requirements

You will complete the required 83 semester hours (42 didactic and 41 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)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
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

Second semester (summer)

CoursesHours
Total hours10
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

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
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

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 populations

All students are required to complete at least one rotation with underserved or rural populations.

Behavioral medicine

Experiences in behavioral medicine will be incorporated throughout the clinical year through core rotation experiences. In addition, students will be assigned to a one-week inpatient psychiatry unit.

Distant rotations

All students should anticipate that one, two or three of their assigned clinical rotations will occur in communities far enough outside the Springfield area that separate housing arrangements will be necessary.  Examples of these locations are Tahlequah and Grove in Oklahoma and Lamar and West Plains in Missouri.  The program, through special contractual agreements, can offer free housing for students at some of these distant sites.  At other sites no financial support will be available and students will be required to acquire housing at their own expense.  The program estimates that each student may spend up to $750 for housing at distant sites during the clinical phase of their education. 

Commuting

All students should anticipate several clinical rotations that will require commuting. For safety reasons, students will not typically be asked to commute more than 50 miles (one way) to a clinical site, and such sites are not considered distance rotations. Please note that commuting distances are calculated from the Missouri State campus rather than your home.

Clinical rotation assignments

Core clinical rotation assignments are determined by the program. Students are not allowed to choose core clinical training assignments; however, you may suggest a new clinical training site or preceptor.

For your directed rotation, you may request a particular clinical training site or preceptor.

It is not generally possible to establish new core clinical rotation sites in other states or in Missouri locations that are beyond reasonable driving distance from Missouri State.