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Transfer of Credit

Miami Dade College Transfer of Credit Policy only applies to pre-requisite or pre-professional courses required in the Physician Assistant Program. The P.A. Program uses the Miami Dade College policy as follows:

a. Transfer credits are only accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities or nationally accredited institutions that participate in the Florida Course Numbering System unless a written agreement between Miami Dade and a specific post-secondary institution has been previously approved.
b. Courses from previous college(s) will be evaluated after the student has applied to MDC.
c. MDC will determine how many credits, if any, will apply toward pre-requisite courses.
d. Students who have taken courses in non-English speaking countries must have an official certified translation made of their credits and submit this translation to the Admissions Office and must successfully pass TOEFL.
e. College courses completed more than 5 years prior to the date of enrollment at Miami Dade may require validation by examination.

Advanced Placement

The Miami Dade College Physician Assistant Program does not provide advance placement or credit to enrollees based upon experiential learning.

Applicants to the Miami Dade College Physician Assistant Program will not be considered for advanced placement unless they have been previously enrolled in an accredited Physician Assistant Program and have successfully completed all coursework (earned a grade of “C” or above) while enrolled in the P.A. Program. Individuals who have previously completed courses that are part of the P.A. Program’s current curriculum may request advanced placement if:

a. a grade of “C” or above has been earned in each course completed.
b. the course work being considered for advanced placement is no more than 5 years old from the time the student would enroll in the P.A. Program.
c. the applicant has completed all required program application materials and has been selected into program. All applicants must participate in a competitive admissions process.

Experiential Learning

No credit for experiential learning will be awarded to a student in the Miami Dade College Physician Assistant Program.

Employment while enrolled in the PA Program

The PA program is an intensive, demanding course of study that requires a full time commitment. For this reason, we strongly discourage students from working while in the program.


Course Plan (in Addition to the Pre-Requisite Courses)



Course Title


Semester 1 (10 credits)

Fall Term

PAS 1800C

Physical Diagnosis I


PAS 1812

Behavioral and Community Medicine I


PAS 1831

Clinical Diagnostic Imaging


PAS 1823

Principles of Pharmacology I


PAS 1822C

Electrocardiography / Cardiology


PAS 1813

Pathophysiological Basis of Disease I


Semester 2 (14 credits)

Spring Term

PAS 1801C

Physical Diagnosis II


PAS 1821

Behavioral and Community Medicine II


PAS 1811

Introduction to Medicine I


PAS 1830



PAS 1824

Pathophysiological Basis of Disease II


Semester 3 (10 credits)

Summer Term

PAS 1820

Introduction to Medicine II


PAS 1810C

Surgical Problems and Procedures



Semester 4 * (8 credits)

Fall Term

PAS 2842L

Clerkship in Psychiatry


PAS 2841L

Clerkship in Geriatrics


PAS 2866L

Clerkship in Family Medicine


Semester 5 * (8 credits)

Spring Term

PAS 2840L

Clerkship in Internal Medicine


PAS 2860L

Clerkship in Pediatrics


PAS 2870L

Clerkship in Obstetrics / Gynecology


Semester 6 * (6 credits)

Summer Term

PAS 2850L

Clerkship in Surgery


PAS 2876L

Clerkship Emergency Medicine


* This is not necessarily the order in which all students will complete the eight rotations. Most clinical rotations are offered every term to maximize the utilization of sites available to students. Students must meet the requirements of the clinical facility assigned.

Retention, promotion, and graduation are not automatically granted to students in this program. The PA program director and faculty review performance records for each student at the end of every term. Didactic grades and classroom work are evaluated as well as the student's clinical performance, patient interaction, professional behavior, and demeanor.






All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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