Curriculum & Educational Program
The PA Program is divided into two phases, spanning 28 consecutive months over seven semesters.
Phase I, the 16-month pre-clinical year, spans four consecutive semesters (67 credit hours) and incorporates traditional classroom interaction with clinical skills development and simulated patient interaction through the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning.
In Phase II (27 credit hours), students complete 8 clinical field experiences with supervised, direct patient care in various medical and surgical disciplines, which form the basis of the professional socialization process and adaptation to the role and functions of a physician assistant.
- The majority of clinical sites are located throughout the Hampton Roads community. Opportunities exist for clinical placements outside the region and for students to initiate new rotation sites, however international clinical placements are not an option.
Graduates are required to pass the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and meet state-specific regulations in order to practice clinically.