Courses

Enrollees must successfully complete all requirements of the physician assistant program and Towson University. The PA Professional Certificate and the M.S. degree in PA Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of all 99 program credits which includes 36 graduate credits.

Tuition and fees for 200-level courses are paid to CCBC-Essex. Tuition and fees for 600-, 700- and 800-level courses are paid to Towson University. Applicants will pay appropriate application fees to both institutions.

Most classes are taken at CCBC-Essex; a few are held at Towson University. Students will register for 200-level courses with CCBC-Essex and will register for 600-, 700- and 800-level courses with Towson University.

Course Descriptions

You can view required courses and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog. Please look up a given course number (see below) to read the corresponding course description in the catalog.

Plan of Study: 99 Total Credits 

Year 1, Summer session Courses: 15 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 212 Public Health and Preventative Medicine 2
PAST 224 Gross Anatomy 2
PAST 226 Ethics, Issues, and Trends 2
PAST 236 Basic Physical Diagnosis 3
PAST 214 Psychosocial Issues in Medicine I
PAST 225 Human Pathophysiology
PAST 603 Medicine I 

Year 1, Fall Term Courses: 16 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 216 Psychosocial Issues II 2
PAST 230 Diagnostic Studies I 2
PAST 237 Advanced Physical Diagnosis 2
PAST 604 Medicine II 6
PAST 606 Pediatrics I 2
PAST 609 Pharmacology I 2

Year 1, Winter (MiniMester) Courses: 4 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 231 Diagnostic Studies II 2
PAST 605 Medicine III 2

Year 1, Spring Term Courses: 19 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 232 Diagnostic Studies III 2
PAST 250 Introduction to Clinical Practice 4
PAST 601 Research Methods 3
PAST 607 Pediatrics II 2
PAST 608 Medicine IV 6
PAST 610 Pharmacology II 2

Year 2, Summer Session Courses: 6 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 251 Clinical Practicum I 6

Year 2, Fall Term Courses: 17 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 252 Clinical Practicum II 12
PAST 653 Clinical Practicum III 6
PAST 730 Clinical Management Seminar 2
PAST 801 Research Seminar 1 1

Year 2, Winter (MiniMester) Courses: 3 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 654 Clinical Practicum IV 3

Year 2, Spring Term Courses: 20 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 655 Clinical Practicum V 11
PAST 731 Clinical Management II 2
PAST 756 Clinical Practicum VI 6
PAST 802 Research Seminar II 1

Year 2, Summer Session Courses: 5 Total Credits

Number Name Credits
PAST 255 Primary Care Preceptorship 5