Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Welcome to the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program website. The University has implemented a graduate medical educational program that grants a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Our PA Program team, consisting of experienced PAs, physicians, a pharmacologist, a professor of anatomy, a pathophysiologist, and inter-professional collaborators, has devoted much time and attention to the development of a PA program that is rooted in sound biomedical concepts and clinical practice.
The Program team has developed a curriculum that includes preparing students for an interprofessional workplace, a strong foundation in health information technology and evidence-based medicine, and keeping current with the changing nature of clinical practice. The curriculum and program competencies have been designed to meet our mission statement to educationally transform and mentor our students to become competent and compassionate Physician Assistants.
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree will require successful completion of a transformative 25-month medical education curriculum. The curriculum is composed of 22 didactic year courses and 9 clinical year courses, totaling 105 graduate credits.
I would like to extend our best wishes for success in your endeavor to become a Physician Assistant. Physician Assistants are playing an essential role in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At MU, our hearts go out to all of the individuals affected by the virus, and we are grateful for the efforts being made to slow the spread.
Erin Burns Kilduff MSPAS, PA-C
Program Director / Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
PA Program Virtual Tour
See what being on campus looks like for a student in the Physician Assistant Program at Misericordia University!
Statement from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Accreditation:
“The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Misericordia University. 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.”
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at: http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-misericordia-university/
Watch a video tour highlighting facilities of the Physician Assistant Program
"The Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program strives to attract intellectually talented and caring students who will be educationally transformed and mentored to become competent and compassionate Physician Assistants."
PA Program Goals
Recruit qualified applicants who have experience in dealing with diversity.
Deliver and advance a curriculum that ensures each graduate possesses the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into clinical practice.
Retain and graduate at least 92% of all matriculated students.
Achieve a first-time-taker PANCE passage rate of 90%, or better.
Demonstration of institutional commitment for continuing professional development of the principal faculty, medical director, and program director.
Report showing evidence of the PA Program effectiveness in meeting its goals: