Master of Science in Physician Assistant

On behalf of the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program faculty and staff, I am pleased to welcome you to our website where you will find information about the PA profession and Sullivan University’s twenty-four month, graduate-level PA program.

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects tremendous growth and increased opportunities for the PA profession. PAs work in every medical specialty as valued members of the health care team and the profession offers unmatched flexibility across the spectrum of health care.

As an autonomous program within Sullivan University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we enjoy the dedicated support and leadership of Dean of the college, Dr. Misty Stutz, as well as the administration and staff of our sponsoring institution, Sullivan University. They inspire us to an appreciation for teamwork, life-long learning, and professionalism in all our endeavors. It is with their support and encouragement that we have developed and employ a process of self-assessment and continuous improvement which guides us in our growth. 

I am proud of our highly qualified faculty and staff, whose combined efforts deliver a rigorous curriculum, developed to prepare students for excellence in clinical practice. Our desire is the success of each student in achieving their goal.

It is inspiring to see the caliber of students applying to our program; many candidates already hold master degrees in complementary areas. We encourage you to review our prerequisites and curriculum to see how your own experience and education may support your goal of becoming a PA.

Pa Director

Sincerely,
Steve Gaskins, MPAS, PA-C
Program Director

Locations: Louisville

Overview

The mission of the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program is to train medical professionals who provide ethical, high-quality, and compassionate medical care while serving an integral role in the healthcare team increasing access to health care in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the nation.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) degree program is a rigorous 24 month curriculum consisting of a 12-month didactic phase and a 12-month clinical phase.

The didactic year curriculum builds a foundation for clinical practice and focuses on biomedical, clinical, and behavioral sciences as well as courses in physical diagnosis and critical thinking. During the first quarter of the didactic year, students may be introduced to clinical settings through shadowing experiences. In the second quarter, students must begin to think critically and clinically, correlating classroom knowledge to clinical application through problem based learning and case based scenarios.

The final weeks of the didactic year include summative examinations, both written and practical, including simulated patient encounters, to assess each student’s preparedness for the clinical year. These examinations must be completed successfully as a requirement for entering the clinical year.

The clinical year consists of seven required clinical rotations and one elective clinical rotation. Each rotation is six weeks in length and students return to campus the last 2 days of each rotation for required end of rotation testing, lectures, and debriefing sessions as well as preparation for their next clinical experience.

During the four months prior to program completion, students will be required to pass an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Failure to successfully complete this examination will result in remediation and retesting. The final two weeks of the clinical year are spent on campus for a summative written examination, completion of a graduate survey, presentations, and review for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE).

Academic and professional growth is monitored closely throughout the program by the Program Director, the Medical Director, Directors of Didactic and Clinical Education, and the Academic, Clinical and Course Coordinators. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor for assistance and counseling regarding academic progress. If a student is having academic difficulty, he/she is counseled and offered opportunities to make improvements.

Consistent with the goals of Sullivan University, the PA Program is dedicated to providing cutting-edge educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students while instilling the values of teamwork, compassion, excellence, professionalism, integrity and accountability in the next generation of Physician Assistants.

FAQ's

Yes. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Sullivan University.

Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.

The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

No – The Physician Assistant Program is a full-time, on campus, 24 month program. The first twelve months is dedicated to the didactic year and the second twelve months is spent in clinical rotations.

Yes – The PA Program at Sullivan University uses CASPA. Applications may be submitted between April 30 and July 15 and must be verified on or before July 15.

The admissions cycle for the Sullivan University Physician Assistant Program opens in late April and closes early August each year.

No – student interviews will be scheduled in late 2020. Decision letters should go out by the end of the year.

Pharmacy Courses Path

Courses

Didactic Year

Course
Title
Credit Hours
Summer Quarter
PA 510
Principles of PA Practice I
1.50
PA 511
Clinical Medicine I
5.00
PA 512
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I
2.00
PA 514
Medical Microbiology - PA
1.50
PA 515
Medical Genetics and Disease
1.50
PA 518
Gross Human Anatomy
3.00
PA 517
Physiology and Pathophysiology I
2.00
PA 524
Psychosocial Medicine
3.00
TOTAL
19.5
Fall Quarter
PA 520
Principles of PA Practice II
1.50
PA 528
Clinical Medicine II
4.00
PA 522
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
3.00
PA 523
Patient History and Physical Examination I
4.00
PA 529
Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Application I
2.00
PA 527
Physiology and Pathophysiology II
3.00
PA 545
Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine
1.00
PA 554
Women's Health
2.00
TOTAL
20.5
Winter Quarter
PA 530
Principles of PA Practice III
1.50
PA 531
Clinical Medicine III
5.00
PA 532
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics III
3.00
PA 533
Patient History and Physical Examination II
4.00
PA 536
Clinical Problem Solving I
1.50
PA 538
Pediatrics
2.00
PA 537
Physiology and Pathophysiology III
3.00
PA 555
Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Application II
2.00
TOTAL
22
Spring Quarter
PA 550
Principles of PA Practice IV
2.00
PA 541
Clinical Medicine IV
3.00
PA 542
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics IV
2.00
PA 551
Applied Clinical Skills
2.50
PA 552
Clinical Problem Solving II
1.50
PA 546
Principles of Surgery
2.50
PA 547
Physiology and Pathophysiology IV
3.00
PA 548
Principles of Emergency Medicine
2.00
PA 549
Patient History and Physical Examination III
4.00
TOTAL
22.5

Clinical Year

Rotations
Title
Credit Hours
PA 620
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) I
8.00
PA 621
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) II
8.00
PA 640
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) III
8.00
PA 641
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) IV
8.00
PA 660
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) V
8.00
PA 661
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) VI
8.00
PA 680
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) VII
8.00
PA 681
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) VIII
8.00
PA 616
Professional Transition
1.00
TOTAL
65

Didatic Year

First Quarter

Course:
PA 510
Title:
Principles of PA Practice I
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 511
Title:
Clinical Medicine I
Credit Hours:
5.00
Course:
PA 512
Title:
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 514
Title:
Medical Microbiology - PA
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 515
Title:
Medical Genetics and Disease
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 518
Title:
Gross Human Anatomy
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
PA 517
Title:
Physiology and Pathophysiology I
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 524
Title:
Psychosocial Medicine
Credit Hours:
3.00
TOTAL:
19.5

Second Quarter

Course:
PA 520
Title:
Principles of PA Practice II
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 528
Title:
Clinical Medicine II
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
PA 522
Title:
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics II
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
PA 523
Title:
Patient History and Physical Examination I
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
PA 529
Title:
Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Application I
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 527
Title:
Physiology and Pathophysiology II
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
PA 545
Title:
Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine
Credit Hours:
1.00
TOTAL:
20.5

Third Quarter

Course:
PA 554
Title:
Women's Health
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 530
Title:
Principles of PA Practice III
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 531
Title:
Clinical Medicine III
Credit Hours:
5.00
Course:
PA 532
Title:
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics III
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
PA 533
Title:
Patient History and Physical Examination II
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
PA 536
Title:
Clinical Problem Solving I
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 538
Title:
Pediatrics
Credit Hours:
2.00
TOTAL:
22

Fourth Quarter

Course:
PA 537
Title:
Physiology and Pathophysiology III
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
PA 555
Title:
Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Application II
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 550
Title:
Principles of PA Practice IV
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 541
Title:
Clinical Medicine IV
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
PA 542
Title:
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics IV
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 551
Title:
Applied Clinical Skills
Credit Hours:
2.50
Course:
PA 552
Title:
Clinical Problem Solving II
Credit Hours:
1.50
Course:
PA 546
Title:
Principles of Surgery
Credit Hours:
2.50
Course:
PA 547
Title:
Physiology and Pathophysiology IV
Credit Hours:
3.00
TOTAL:
22.5

Clinical Year

Course:
PA 548
Title:
Principles of Emergency Medicine
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
PA 549
Title:
Patient History and Physical Examination III
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
PA 620
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) I
Credit Hours:
8.00
Course:
PA 621
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) II
Credit Hours:
8.00
Course:
PA 640
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) III
Credit Hours:
8.00
Course:
PA 641
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) IV
Credit Hours:
8.00
Course:
PA 660
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) V
Credit Hours:
8.00
TOTAL:
65

Master Degree Project

Course:
PA 661
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) VI
Credit Hours:
8.00
Course:
PA 680
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) VII
Credit Hours:
8.00
TOTAL:
0
Course:
PA 681
Title:
Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE) VIII
Credit Hours:
8.00
Course:
PA 616
Title:
Professional Transition
Credit Hours:
1.00
Total Credit Hours: 149.50