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
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The Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program is a 25-month, year-round program designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and meet the PA Program’s admission requirements. The didactic year (first year), is composed of twenty-two medical and clinical science courses that prepare students to enter the clinical year. During the clinical year, students must successfully complete nine courses including eight supervised clinical experiences and a master’s project. Each experience has been designed with rotation-specific course topics (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine, and an Elective) and instructional objectives created to complement and guide the physician assistant student to achieve each course’s learning outcome.
The Program curriculum has been designed to support student achievement of the defined mission and goals of the program and the program competencies. Program competencies have been developed to align with professional standards put forth by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Competencies are the medical knowledge; interpersonal, clinical, and technical skills; professional behaviors; and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities required for PA practice. Each student who successfully completes the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program is required to possess the skills, characteristics and attributes listed in the program competencies.
The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a multiple-choice exam that assesses basic medical and surgical knowledge. The program integrates the process of preparing for the PANCE throughout the Clinical phase to minimize duplication of study and create synergy. All the topics listed for each rotation include all of the topics on the NCCPA Content Blueprint for PANCE.
Together the didactic and clinical curriculum totals 105 graduate credits. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree. Misericordia University Physician Assistant Studies Graduates are eligible to take the PANCE for certification.
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/