PA Program Clinical Education

The clinical year of the PA Program takes students from the theoretical classroom setting to an active, hands-on learning environment to prepare them for a lifetime of continued refinement of skills and expanded knowledge as a practicing PA. The WSU PA Program is fortunate to have the support of healthcare providers across the state who are willing to serve as clinical rotation preceptors and mentors for our students. Our clinical rotation sites are located in a wide variety of communities across Kansas and in a wide variety of healthcare settings.

Goals of the Clinical Year

It is intended that PA students experience and participate in as many clinical experiences as possible. To this end, the goals of the clinical year include:

  • Apply didactic knowledge to supervised clinical practice
  • Develop and sharpen clinical problem-solving skills
  • Expand and develop the medical fund of knowledge
  • Perfect the art of history taking and physical examination skills
  • Sharpen and refine oral presentation and written documentation skills
  • Develop an understanding of the PA role in health care delivery
  • Prepare for the PA National Certification Exam
  • Develop interpersonal skills and professionalism necessary to function as part of a medical team

Required Clinical Rotation Experiences

During the clinical year of the program students will be exposed to healthcare provided to patients in a variety of specialties in a variety of healthcare settings. The clinical year consists of 7 (5 – 6 week) rotations scheduled by the Program and 1 (8 week) elective, capstone rotation identified by the student. An individualized clinical rotation schedule is developed for each student in order for each student to meet the following clinical rotation requirements:

Patient Exposure:

  • Medical care across the lifespan to include infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults
  • Women’s health (to include prenatal and gynecologic care)
  • Care for conditions requiring surgical management – including preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care
  • Care for behavioral and mental health conditions

Required Rotations:

  • (3) Primary Care rotations (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine)
  • (2) rotations in a rural setting or undeserved setting

Required Rotation Experiences:

  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine (may be part of family medicine/primary care)
  • Pediatrics (may be part of family medicine/primary care)
  • Prenatal Care/Women’s Health (may be part of family medicine/primary care)
  • Behavioral Health/Psychiatric (generally part of family medicine/primary care)

Required Health Care Settings:

  • Outpatient
  • Inpatient
  • Emergency department
  • Operating room

Required Rotation Case Types:

  • Acute
  • Chronic
  • Preventive
  • Emergent

Resources for Clinical Preceptors

PA Preceptor Handbook (PDF)

Please contact us at any time at or 316-978-3011

Clinical Education Faculty and Staff

Sue NybergSue Nyberg, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Professor and Director of Clinical Education



Melanie Bayles

Melanie Bayles
Clinical Coordinator