School of Health and Medical Sciences

Didactic Curriculum: A rock-solid foundation

didactic curriculum

didactic curriculum

Our curriculum was designed from the ground up as a Master's level curriculum with special attention to extensive clinical experience and promoting competence in research.  The first year of the program is designed to provide a solid foundation in the basic sciences and in history taking and physical examination skills.  The curriculum is team-taught by practicing physician assistants, physicians, and instructors with doctoral training in a variety of areas.  A blend of traditional lectures, online coursework and problem-based learning is used throughout the year to ensure that new knowledge can be practically applied.

While the first year of the program is primarily devoted to didactic coursework, students enter the clinical environment in the first semester of the program to practice history taking and physical examination skills.  Early exposure to patients is a cornerstone of the program.

Clinical Education: More patients, more experience, more confidence

The second and third years of the program are characterized by extensive exposure to patients.  Students complete a minimum of 64 weeks of core and elective rotations in a variety of settings.  This extensive clinical experience produces graduates who are confident, flexible and able to make an immediate impact in the clinical setting.

clinical education
clinical education

Research: Building tomorrow's knowledge

A graduate degree requires competence in research.  While research at many programs consists of a literature review, our students conduct original research.  Working with a group of your classmates, you will progress through carefully sequenced coursework to develop a research question, design a study, collect and analyze data and draw a conclusion.  Past projects have focused on a wide variety of areas including public health and preventive medicine.  Our authentic research experience will enhance your ability to critically appraise medical literature.

SHMS Poster Session

Year I PA Program
Fall Semester
GMPA 6001 Human Anatomy
GMPA 6111 Human Physiology
GMPA 6104 Psychiatry
GMPA 6108 Health Maintenance and Education
GMPA 6203 Introduction to Clinical Medicine I

Spring Semester
GMED 6102 Neuroscience
GMPA 6107 Pathophysiology
GMPA 6112 Pharmacology and Clinical Therapeutics
GMPA 6204 Clinical and Diagnostic Methods
GMPA 6205 Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

Year II PA Program
Fall Semester
GMPA 6211 Clinical Transitions
GMPA 7311 Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine
GMPA 7403 Clinical I
GMPA 8510 Biostatistics

Spring Semester
GMPA 7404 Research Methods I
GMPA 7402 Clinical II

Year III PA Program
Fall Semester
GMPA 6102 Principles of Epidemiology
GMPA 7303 Biomedical Ethics
GMPA 8507 Internship I

Spring Semester
GMPA 8509 Research Methods II
GMPA 8602 Internship II
GMPA 8603 Healthcare Policy

Academic Policy
In order to ensure that the School graduates competent and ethical practitioners, the School of Health and Medical Sciences faculty, in conjunction with the Dean's Office, developed the Academic Performance Standards Policy and Student Performance Review Committee Procedures (PDF).

The form for student requests to appeal to the Student Performance Review Committee is available here.

Department Secretary:
Joann Codella

(973) 275-2596

Outcomes Link

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