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The Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree at Cedarville University is a practice-focused, professional degree program taught from a distinctly Christian and biblical worldview that prepares you for entry-level practice upon graduation and subsequent certification and licensure. The curriculum is sequenced and structured to build upon your prior education and healthcare experience, preparing you to competently practice patient-centered, evidence-based care on multi-disciplinary teams in diverse healthcare environments. 

The program is a 24-month, residential, full-time, year-round graduate program consisting of 112 semester credits hours completed over six consecutive semesters. The program is rigorous, and we encourage you to limit outside distractions (including employment) to be able to commit yourself to the program requirements.

In effort to provide you with support through the rigors of the program, you will be assigned a faculty mentor to meet with one-on-one or in group settings.

You will be admitted and enrolled as part of a cohort, completing each semester sequentially. You must successfully complete each course for a given semester to be eligible to enroll in the subsequent semester. Advanced placement is not granted under any circumstances and all program requirements must be satisfactorily fulfilled to be eligible for degree conferral.

The program is divided into two phases: a didactic year and a clinical year.

Didactic Year Curriculum

The didactic year is completed on campus face to face in a residential classroom format. The courses have been intentionally aligned to promote learning across the courses, to build on prior knowledge as you progress through the curriculum, and paired with cases to help coalesce and solidify the learning. You can expect to attend class Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some Saturday or evening instruction may also be required.

The curriculum is organized to cover each major organ system and taught from a variety of methods to accommodate various learning styles.

Semester 1 | Didactic 1 | Summer 1 (May to August - 15 weeks) | 19 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MPAS 6000Biblical Foundations of Modern Medicine1 credit
MPAS 6100Clinical Anatomy6 credits
MPAS 6101Introduction to Clinical Medicine4 credits
MPAS 6102History Taking and Medical Documentation3 credits
MPAS 6103Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing 12 credits
MPAS 6104Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 12 credits
MPAS 6105Introduction to the PA Profession1 credit

Semester 2 | Didactic 2 | Fall 1 (August to December - 16 weeks) | 20 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MPAS 6200Evidence-Based Medicine2 credits
MPAS 6201Clinical Medicine 17 credits
MPAS 6202Physical Exam Techniques3 credits
MPAS 6203Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing 22 credits
MPAS 6204Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 23 credits
MPAS 6205Biomedical Ethics and Culture3 credits

Semester 3 | Didactic 3 | Spring 1 (January to April - 16 weeks) | 20 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MPAS- 6300Medicine Across the Lifespan2 credits
MPAS- 6301Clinical Medicine 27 credits
MPAS- 6302Clinical Skills and Interventions3 credits
MPAS- 6303Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing 32 credits
MPAS- 6304Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 33 credits
MPAS- 6305PA Profession and Healthcare Systems3 credits

Clinical Year Curriculum

During the clinical year, you will be placed in supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) for four weeks to work directly with a clinical preceptor to learn care for patients within that discipline. Accreditation requires that students have clinical experiences in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Behavioral Health. You will also complete two additional rotations in your specific areas of interest.

SCPEs are located in southwest Ohio but also extend into the Midwest region and across the nation. You should expect to be placed in rotations outside of the local area; you will be responsible for expenses related to such assignments. You are not required to find your own rotation sites,  but you may recommend preceptors to the program to establish new clinical sites. It is the Program’s responsibility to evaluate and assign each SCPE rotations; there is no guarantee you will be placed at your suggested or requested sites. 

Students will compete the Supervised Clinical Placement Experiences in sequential order but will be placed in discipline-specific sections of each course based on their clinical year assignments. The discipline-specific sections are: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Women's Health, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Elective 1 and Elective 2. The sequence of disciplines completed varies from student to student, however, all students are required to complete the 7 specified disciplines and 2 electives during the clinical year.

Semester 4 | Clinical 1 | Summer 2 (May to August - 14 weeks) | 16 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MPAS-6400Introduction to the Clinical Year4 credits
MPAS-6410Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 14 credits
MPAS-6411Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 24 credits
MPAS-6420Master's Seminar 14 credits

Semester 5 | Clinical 2 | Fall 2 (August to December - 16 weeks) | 19 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MPAS-6510Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 34 credits
MPAS-6511Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 44 credits
MPAS-6512Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 54 credits
MPAS-6513Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 64 credits
MPAS-6520Master's Seminar 23 credits

Semester 6 | Clinical 3 | Spring 2 (January to May - 16 weeks) | 18 credits

Course #Course TitleCredits
MPAS-6610Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 74 credits
MPAS-6611Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 84 credits
MPAS-6612Supervised Clinical Practice Experience 94 credits
MPAS-6620Master's Seminar 36 credits