Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)
Gain essential experience through clinical practice, research and professional services.
Begin your role as a Physician Assistant by earning a master's level degree from College of Saint Mary. The PA performs many of the same functions as a physician but does so under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician. The PA sees patients independently, examines patients, makes diagnoses and treatment decisions, and performs medical procedures (such as suturing, casting, and assisting in surgical procedures). College of Saint Mary's Physician Assistant Studies program provides the didactic scientific foundation, and essential experiences in clinical practice, research and professional services to prepare the PA for this role.
The MSPAS Degree is full-time only and begins with didactic instruction in the basic and clinical sciences as applied in medicine (Level IV). During the clinical phase (Level V), students are required to complete 8 required rotations in Family Practice (2), Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Psychiatry, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. Students will also complete 4 elective rotations. Students are trained in a variety of clinical settings to assure that they are well prepared to practice medicine with excellence as a part of the PA-physician team.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program sponsored by College of Saint Mary. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. Pre-physician assistant status students are currently being accepted and under all circumstances will be eligible to complete a degree in their current program of study.