Master of Science in Physician Assistant


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Course Overview

A physician’s assistant, or PA, is a certified health care professional who provides diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive healthcare services under the supervision of a medical doctor. These graduate degree programs are designed for both working professionals and bachelor’s degree holders who want to provide direct clinical assistance to patients under the supervision of physicians. Physician assistant master’s degree programs prepare students for a wide range of employment options in medicine, including positions in hospitals, doctor’s offices and community health clinics. Program specializations can include pediatrics, occupational medicine and other specialties. Download Course Catalog.

Program Structure:

Course Code First Semester Courses Credit
PA 501 Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 5
PA 502 History and Physical Examination I 5
PA 503 Clinical Medicine I 5
PA 504 Pharmacology I 3
PA 505 Pathophysiology I 4
PA 506 Preventative Medicine and Health Promotion 3
PA 507 Ethics of Health Care 5
Course Code Second Semester Courses Credit
PA 511 Clinical Reasoning I 5
PA 512 History and Physical Examination II 5
PA 513 Clinical Medicine II 5
PA 514 Pharmacology II 5
PA 515 Diagnostic Methods 5
PA 516 Pathophysiology II 5
Course Code Third Semester Courses Credit
PA 601 Clinical Reasoning II 5
PA 602 Physician Assistant History and Role 5
PA 603 Clinical Medicine III 5
PA 604 Behavioral Aspects of Medicine 5
PA 605 Pharmacology III 5
PA 606 Diagnostic Methods II 5
Course Code Fourth Semester Courses Credit
PA 611 Pathophysiology III 5
PA 612 Clinical Skills Development 5
PA 613 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 5
PA 614 Clinical Reasoning III 5
PA 615 Entrepreneurship 5
PA 616 Master Thesis 5


Career Opportunities

Employment of Physician Assistants is projected to grow 38% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for healthcare services from the growing and aging population and widespread chronic disease, combined with a shortage of physicians, is resulting in an increased demand for Physician Assistants.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are health-care professionals who practice as part of a team with a physician. PAs exercise autonomy in decision-making and provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services with physician supervision. The role of the PA includes provision of primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practices located in rural, urban or suburban areas. PA practice is patient-care centered but may include education, research and administrative duties.


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