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 rotations are located outside of metropolitan Portland, many in rural and medically underserved communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Supervised clinical experiences ensure students will acquire the competencies needed for entry into clinical PA practice. Rotations will provide experiences in outpatient and inpatient settings, emergency departments and the operating room. 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 9 required, 5 credits each) - Includes all of the following:

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

*Clinical experiences in Obstetrics/Maternity Care and Behavioral Medicine are integrated into the clinical year curriculum in the transition month, primary care rotations and during callbacks.

Primary care rotations may be scheduled at four different locations or may be combined to create an 8-week block at one location. Primary care rotations include family medicine and internal medicine. If available, students may choose to do an additional rotation in pediatrics or in obstetrics/gynecology as one the required four 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
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Urgent Care

Additional Required Clinical Year Courses (14 credits):

  • PAST 526  Applied Clinical Skills (2 credits)
  • PAST 541  Bridge to Professional Practice I (4 credits)
  • PAST 542  Bridge to Professional Practice II (3 credits)
  • PAST 506  Community Outreach Project I - V (1 credit per term) (5 credits total)

Total: 69 credits