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Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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On-Campus

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Play a key role in primary care medicine.

Become a vital member in practicing medicine, collaborating with licensed physicians, and in teams with other healthcare providers.

Focus on ethics and team-based practice.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at St. Catherine University provides the building blocks of critical thinking by incorporating medical decision-making, ethical considerations, and principles of team-based practice into every course.

Our innovative curriculum begins with 14 months in the classroom engaging in progressive, rich discussion—one that includes a global perspective—and hands-on experiences alongside experts in clinical settings. Next is 14 months of clinical clerkships (2,000 hours at a clinical location) before concluding with a senior seminar.

Students who complete the program will be prepared to take the National Certification Examination required for licensure and clinical practice, and will demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and medical decision-making skills reflective of quality patient care
  • An active, investigatory thinking approach to clinical situations
  • Understanding of the variety of roles in the healthcare setting through interprofessional education (IPE)

Due to the intensive nature of this curriculum, we strongly discourage students from seeking or maintaining outside employment while enrolled. While understanding that certain circumstances necessitate a student to pursue employment, the program cannot make concessions to accommodate a student’s work obligations, nor should the student’s work obligations interfere with the progression of learning and responsibilities the student has while enrolled.

Students of all genders are welcome in the program.

 

Cost & Time

Cost per semester: $14,455 (2022-23 rate)

Semesters required: 7

Time to completion: 28 months

Start: Fall

 

Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by St. Catherine University. Learn more about accreditation and outcomes here.

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Plan of Study

Below are sample plans of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.

Fall

  • PA 6000 Foundations (1cr)
  • PA 6010 Dermatology (3cr)
  • PA 6020 Musculoskeletal (4cr)
  • PA 6030 Neurology (3cr)
  • PA 6040 Eyes/Ears/Nose/Throat Infectious Disease (3cr)
  • PA 8010 Evidence-Based Medicine I (2cr)

J-term

  • PA 6050 Cardiovascular (5cr)

Spring

  • PA 6060 Pulmonary (4cr)
  • PA 6070 Gastroenterology (3cr)
  • PA 6080 Genitourinary (2cr)
  • PA 6090 Hematology and Oncology (2cr)
  • PA 6115 Endocrine (3cr)
  • PA 6120 Mental Health (2cr)
  • PA 8012 Evidence-Based Medicine II (2cr)

Summer

  • PA 6205 Women’s Health (3cr)
  • PA 6305 Pediatrics (3cr)
  • PA 6400 Geriatrics (2cr)
  • PA 6500 Special Populations (2cr)
  • PA 6605 Primary Care (3cr)

Fall

  • PA 6700 Surgical and Hospital Care (2cr)
  • PA 6800 Urgent and Emergency Care (2cr)
  • Clinical Clerkships (8cr)

J-term

  • Clinical Clerkship (4cr)

Spring

  • Clinical Clerkships (16cr)

Summer

  • Clinical Clerkships (12cr)

Fall

  • PA 7255 Community of Clinical Quality Improvement (4cr)
  • PA 7900 Senior Clerkship I (4cr)
  • PA 7950 Senior Clerkship II (4cr)
  • PA 7985 Senior Seminar-Capstone (2cr)
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