The Master of Science degree in the Physician Assistant field prepares medical professionals to assist the primary care physician with all medical and patient care responsibilities within the health care system. This 2 year program provides opportunities to those first entering a health care profession and those seeking career mobility within the health care field. The curriculum builds on the clinical and academic competencies acquired through the bachelor's degree. An emphasis is placed on the natural and behavioral sciences and work experience. The curriculum contains basic science and applied behavioral science courses as well as course work specific to the Physician Assistant program and graduate courses in health promotion/disease prevention and methodology in medical research. The first year of the program is didactic course work in the medical sciences and related educational experiences which address the physical, interpersonal and psychosocial needs of patients. Classes are scheduled in summer sessions as well as regular fall and winter semesters. During the second year, students acquire clinical expertise through a broad range of intensive clinical rotations, community health education and health projects with medically underserved communities. Clinical work is scheduled in summer sessions as well as in the regular fall and winter semesters. Each student completes the course of study with a preceptorship in primary care medicine.