Physician Assistant ProgramStudents in the Physician Assistant Program must complete the following items before orientation:
☐ Complete a self-study in medical terminology
Many years ago, medical terminology was taught as a separate course in
PA Program, but it has long since been relegated to self-study texts that
students complete prior to entering the first semester of their respective
program. Numerous programmed texts exist for this purpose, and you are
free to choose the one that appeals to you the most. Please note that we are
only interested in your ability to create and define medical words. We are
not interested in the anatomical or physiological words and diagrams that
some texts focus on in great detail. For example, when you enter the
program this Fall, you will be given a simple written test that asks you either
define a series of words like “hysterorrhaphy”, or create a series of word
such as the “surgical repair of a lacerated uterus.” We will not ask you about
the location or function of the gallbladder, peritoneum, or foramen of the skull
Two texts that students have given favorable reviews to in the past are:
Thierer/Medical Terminology, language for Hlth Care ISBN 0073022640, and
Jones/Comprehensive Medical Terminology ISBN 1401810047.
Both these texts, and many similar ones, can be located at bookstores or on the
web via Amazon.com.
☐ Print Program Handbook
Print a copy of the PA Program Handbook and bring it with you to orientation.
Print and sign the Receipt and Acknowledge form.
☐ Dress code for orientation
Students in the Physician Assistant Program should observe the following
dress code for new student orientation:
Day I: August 22nd
Professional Attire. Individual and class photographs will be
taken during this time. These photographs will follow you
throughout your 27 months (meaning they will be hanging on
hospital walls, in the operating suite locker room, physician
offices, etc.), so dress for success!
Day II: August 23rd
Morning Session: Business Casual
Afternoon Session: Scrubs. Anatomy class begins and you will go into
the cadaver laboratory.