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Curriculum Design

The first year is primarily taught in a traditional lecture format, with computer-based interactive learning, student laboratory, simulation model, and small group teaching incorporated.  The second year utilizes independent study courses, seminars and clinical rotations.  

Curriculum Design:
RFUMS offers a 24 month, entry-level, graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice. The first 12 months consists of didactic course work. The second 12 months entails attending clinical rotations in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Emergency Medicine, and two electives. 

Assessment for Student Learning

Grading System
A 4.00 High Achievement
B 3.00 Above Average Achievement
C 2.00 Average Achievement
F 0.00 Failure

Grades without Associated Grade Points:
P Pass
F Fail

Assessment Methods

Assessment of academic performance is done continuously throughout the program. Satisfactory academic progress is assessed through the successful completion of all course-related work and curricular activities. In addition to all ongoing student assessment processes, at the end of each year there is a formal evaluation process to determine a student’s eligibility to progress to the next portion of the program. This process is known as the Formative Evaluation at the end of the first year, and the Summative Evaluation at the end of the second year.

Satisfactory academic performance is defined as maintaining a minimum grade of at least a C in each course throughout the program, or minimum overall 2.50 GPA starting with the fall quarter of the first year. In addition to academic performance, students must comply with the professionalism policy set forth in the Physician Assistant handbook and the ethical standards of the university and CHP.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following program requirements:

  • 147 quarter hours of required degree program coursework
  • Complete all coursework with a grade of C or better
  • Successful completion of all course requirements within five years from the date of matriculation
  • Maintain a minimum overall 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale starting with the fall quarter of the first year
  • Completion of a Master’s Project
  • Students must complete all course and curriculum work in its entirety