Clinical Year


All students participate in clinical training activities in a variety of settings at program-provided sites. In keeping with the mission of the program, a majority of the clinical opportunities are located outside of metropolitan Portland, many in rural and urban medically underserved sites throughout Oregon, Southwest Washington and Eastern Idaho. Supervised clinical experiences will ensure students will acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. Rotations will provide experiences in: outpatient and inpatient settings, emergency departments and the operating room. With patients seeking: medical care across the life span, prenatal and obstetric care, surgical management (pre-, intra-, and post-operative care) and care for behavioral/mental health conditions.  

All rotations are 4 weeks in length. Students participate in a minimum of 1,760 clock hours of supervised clinical practice.

Required Clinical Rotations (all 8 required, 5 credits each) - Includes all of the following:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Inpatient Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care I
  • Primary Care II
  • Primary Care III
  • Behavioral Medicine

*Prenatal and Maternity Care experiences are included in one of the primary care rotations.

Elective Rotations (2 electives, 5 credits each) - Determined by student interests, needs and availability. Abbreviated list of disciplines; many more options are available:
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Pediatric Subspecialties
  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Gastroenterology

Selective Rotation (1 selective, 5 credits) (Primary Care focus) - Determined by student interests, needs and availability.

  • Dermatology
  • Orthopedics
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urgent Care
  • OB/Gyn

Additional Required Clinical Year Courses:

Total: 69 credits