Didactic Phase


During the first semester of the PA program, the PA student will learn basic science foundations, pathophysiology, and therapies in a systems-based approach. As approved by the Medical Educational Committee of the BU School of Medicine in April 2013, PA students will take the second-year medical school courses entitled Disease and Therapy (DRx) I and II in the second and third semesters. The first semester courses and DRx modules, which include relevant pathology, pharmacology and diagnostic evaluation, are listed below and presented on the First Year Curriculum Map.* The curriculum of the first year has been developed so that each topic builds on a previous concept. As such, all coursework must be taken sequentially.

Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours
PS 700 Anatomy Summer I/II 5 cr.
PS 701 Basic Medical Sciences Summer I/II 3 cr.
PS 702 Physiology Summer I/II 5 cr.
PS 703 Introduction to Research Summer I/II 2 cr.
PS 704 Introduction to Clinical Medicine Summer I/II 2 cr.
PS 220-223 Disease and Therapy (DRx) Fall 12 cr.
PS 742 Clinical Practicum I Fall 2 cr.
PS 224-226 Disease and Therapy (DRx) Spring 12 cr.
PS 743 Clinical Practicum II Spring 2 cr.
PS 744 Preventive Medicine Spring 1 cr.


Mastery of medical knowledge and development of clinical reasoning will be assessed using multiple choice examinations, journal club assignments and preceptor evaluations. Clinical competencies such as history taking, physical examination, oral presentation, professionalism and medical record writing will be assessed using preceptor and faculty observation.

*The graphic represents the projected program 1st year curriculum as of 05/15/2013 and is subject to change.