Program Requirements

Technical Standards

Technical standards are available on this page.


The program provides an emphasis on special populations interwoven throughout academic and clinical years, which makes SRU’s Physician Assistant Program unique. Successful graduates will be prepared to sit for the national exam. SRU graduates will learn to adapt to the ever-changing medical profession, while becoming gainfully employed as advanced practice providers and filling the medical needs of the region.

The program is delivered over six continuous terms (summer, fall, spring) and includes three semesters of academic work and then three semesters of clerkships (10 clinical rotations). Students will also participate in half-day clinical experiences during the academic year and educational experiences during the clinical year.

The overarching objective of the PA Program is to prepare future physician assistants; who demonstrate competencies or ability to acquire competencies in the effective and appropriate application of medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice; to practice patient-centered care in a team environment, while advancing the profession and helping to meet the medical needs of the region, state, nation, and world.


Course Catalog Course Descriptions

Didactic Year (12 months)

The didactic year consists of three semesters (12 Months) of classroom study. During this time students will learn the fundamentals of medical education. The didactic year is delivered in a system-based format. 

Clinical Year (12 months)

During the Clinical Year, students will complete clinical practice experiences off-campus. Students are required to complete seven core rotations in family medicine, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, general surgery, and pediatrics. Students will also complete one elective rotation and two rotations with an emphasis on Special Populations.

**All PA Program coursework must be taken in sequence. Transfer credits and advanced placements are not offered.

*** The program has made modifications to the curriculum for the incoming cohort in Summer 2024 (Cohort 2026) They can be found here.The overall tuition has not changed for the program. The website updates to program progression is in the process of being updated. If you have any questions please email the program