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 U.S. Department of Labor projects demand for physician assistants will grow by 22 percent by 2022. Physician assistants earn a median annual salary of $108,610 nationally and $103,400 in Nebraska.
Physician assistant education is accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
At its March 2019 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the College of Saint Mary on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2021.
Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the pa [at] csm.edu (Program Director) and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-college-of-st-mary/ and clicking on the document provided.