The primary goal of the clinical year is to provide students with supervised “hands-on” clinical training in a variety of settings. Prior to the start of the clinical year, students will complete one week of orientation activities followed by 10 months of clinical training.


Students in the Physician Assistant Program will rotate through four core two-month rotations during their clinical year in the following curricular areas:

General surgery, internal medicine and the elective rotation can be split into two four-week experiences. However, it is required that there is a minimum of four weeks of general surgery and four weeks of general internal medicine. We allow this flexibility to ensure students have the opportunity for experience in a subspecialty within these areas if it is of interest to them.

Students are also required to complete a two-month elective or two one-month electives as their final clinical rotation. This elective rotation can be a repeat of one of the core rotations listed above or in a specialty of interest to the student. Clinical rotations are located primarily in Wisconsin; however, some sites can be found in Minnesota, Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Very few sites are located in the city of Madison.

All students are required to complete one rotation at a rural site or with an underserved population. The order of rotations will vary by student during the clinical year.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in international rotations.

At the end of each two-month rotation, students are required to return to campus and successfully complete two to three days of end of rotation (EOR) activities, which include evaluation, testing, educational activities and workshops.