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master of physician assistant studies



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Program Characteristics:

  • 29 month graduate program, comprised of 14 months didactic and 15 months of clinical rotations
  • Curriculum totals 124 semester credit hours
  • A new class of 30 students will be accepted each year through a competitive application process and begin each summer.
  • Students will enroll after earning a bachelor's degree, successfully completing specific prerequisite classes, and gaining at least 500 hours of health care experience.
  • Students will complete didactic and laboratory classes in subjects including anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical examination, and clinical medicine during the first 14 months followed by 15 months of clinical rotations under the supervision of physicians and other specialists in required and elective practice areas of clinical specialization.
  • Based on projected needs in rural states, primary care will be an emphasis of the program. Graduates will be eligible to seek licensure to practice in one or more of the 50 states.

Program Goals:

  • Meet the primary care work force needs - especially in rural and under-served populations
  • Utilize evidence-based medicine to provid high quality care.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism.
  • Work effectively with other members of the health care team.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills to communicate with patients and families.
  • Assume leadership roles within the profession and the community.
  • Demonstrate participation in life-long learning behaviors.
  • Practice in a manner that reflects an awareness of diverse populations and patient needs.

History and Projected Timeline:

May 2012: Master of Physician Assistant program development announced
July 2012: Clare Kennedy, MPAS, PA-C, begins official duties as the MPAS founding director
March 2014: ARC-PA provisional accreditation meeting
June 2014: first cohort begins studies
June 2015: second cohort begins studies
Dec. 2016: first cohort graduates