The professional phase of the program at PCOM, leading to a Master of Science degree
at PCOM, is 26 months in duration. It provides comprehensive academic and clinical
medical education to prepare students for their professional roles as Physician Assistants.
The program consists of five consecutive terms (14 continuous months) of classroom
instruction and four consecutive terms (12 continuous months) of clinical preceptorships
in multiple medical disciplines. The didactic component provides a solid foundation
for the clinical component. Core didactic courses such as clinical medicine, pharmacology,
pathology, and history taking and physical examination provide a thorough theoretical
and practical background in basic medical education and clinical diagnostic skills.
Students will develop a solid grounding as a generalist with a focus on patient communication
skills and advanced clinical problem-solving skills. They will acquire technical proficiency
in areas related to professional practice and will learn to use the latest in educational
and medical technology. Following successful completion of the didactic component,
students will then proceed into the clinical component. During their clinical preceptorships
student refine their medical knowledge and clinical skills by participating in supervised
patient care, teaching rounds and clinical procedures as they rotate through various
preceptorships at out-patient and in-patient clinical facilities. In keeping with
the mission of the program, students are exposed to a variety of practice settings
and patient populations.