Department of Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Idaho State University awards the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree and a PA certificate upon successful completion of its 24-month graduate curriculum. A new class of students is enrolled each fall semester. In addition to a baccalaureate degree, students must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher for the following required prerequisite courses: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Human Anatomy (as a single course or as part of a two semester combined anatomy and physiology course), Human Physiology (as a single course or as part of a two semester combined anatomy and physiology course), Statistics and Abnormal Psychology. For information about requirements and courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog or the program website, http://isu.edu/pa/.
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistants, Inc. (ARC-PA). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCCPA’s Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
PAS 4489 Independent Problems in Physician Assistant Studies: 1-3 semester hours.
Explores the field of Physician Assistant through experiential learning predominantly by participating in research with PA program faculty. May be repeated for up to 3 credits. PREREQ: Instructor Permission Required.
Program Director and Associate Professor
Program Associate Director and Assistant Professor
Medical Director, Caldwell
Medical Director, Meridian
Medical Director, Pocatello
Clinical Assistant Professors
Visiting Professor and Research Coordinator