Graduate

Physician Assistant Studies

A developing 28-month PA program culminating in a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Physician Assistant Studies

Program Tracks Available

On campus


Admission Deadline

October 1, 2023
All applications will be submitted through CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants.  The application cycle for the Class of 2026 will open in late April 2023.  


Degrees Offered

M.S.


School

School of Health Professions


Department

Program Contact

Kayla M. Cetrone

Director, Physician Assist Admissions, Assessment & Academic, Assistant Professor of Practice, PA Studies
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ABOUT THE PA PROGRAM


Career Paths

Graduate PAs work in virtually every medical specialty. Common practice settings are:

Cardiology

Dermatology

Emergency Medicine

Family Practice

Gastroenterology

Inpatient Internal Medicine (Hospitalist - Including Critical Care)

Outpatient Internal Medicine

Oncology

Orthopedics

Surgery

Urgent Care

Admission Requirements

Admission Practices Favoring Individuals or Groups:
The Assumption University PA Program will extend a guaranteed interview to any applicant who has earned a degree from Assumption University and meets all admissions requirements. An interview does not guarantee admission to the PA Program. All applicants must meet the same admissions requirements, including academic standards, education requirements, and clinical experience. 

The Assumption University PA Program will extend a guaranteed interview to any applicant who is currently serving on active duty in, or is an honorably discharged veteran of, the Uniformed Services of the United States and meets all admissions requirements. An interview does not guarantee admission to the PA Program. All applicants must meet the same admissions requirements, including academic standards, education requirements, and clinical experience. 

During the initial development of the Assumption University PA Program, Assumption University undergraduates were offered the opportunity to apply to a “dual degree” program and, if specific requirements were met, were guaranteed admission to the Assumption University PA Program. Students currently enrolled in the “dual degree” program may matriculate, provided they continue to meet all requirements that were previously established at the time of their acceptance to Assumption University; this will reduce the number of available seats in the first cohort. Admission to the “dual degree” program was discontinued in 2020. 

ARC-PA Standard A3.13a

Admissions Requirements (Education, Experience, and Academic Standards):

  • Application: must be completed via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
  • Supplemental Application (completed as part of the CASPA application)
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA)
  • A minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by the PA Program)
  • TOEFL within two years for international applicants 
  • A minimum of 2000 hours of direct patient care

Completion of the following courses with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a “C” or better in each individual class:

  • Biology: 8 Semester Hours (must include labs)
  • Chemistry: 8 Semester Hours (must include labs)
  • Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Cell/Molecular Biology (must have one of these courses, biochemistry encouraged): 4 Semester Hours
  • Human Anatomy: 4 Semester Hours (must include lab)
  • Human Physiology: 4 Semester Hours (must include lab)
  • Microbiology: 3 Semester Hours (lab encouraged)
  • Genetics: 3 Semester Hours
  • Psychology: 3 Semester Hours
  • Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
  • *Classes do not expire and will be accepted regardless of when they were taken.  The program does recommend that Anatomy and Physiology be repeated if it was taken more than 10 years ago.

Ideal Candidates: Our PA Program mission, vision, and goals reflect our commitment to caring for the whole patient.  We aim to help decrease health care disparities and increase health care access to currently underserved populations.  We intend to admit and enroll future PAs who have demonstrated commitment to this philosophy.  

Practices for Advanced Placement:
The Assumption University PA Program does not accept any Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements.  All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.  The PA Program does not provide Advanced Placement in the PA Program based on any coursework completed prior to matriculation in the Assumption University PA Program.  (ARC-PA Standard A3.13c)
 

Admissions Requirements

  • Application: must be completed via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
  • Supplemental Application
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0
  • A TOEFL minimum score of 100 within two years for international applicants 
  • A minimum of 2000 hours of direct patient care
  • Completion of the following courses with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a “C” or better in each individual class (Credit hours pending):
    • Biology: 8 Semester Hours (must include lab)
    • Chemistry: 8 Semester Hours (must include lab)
    • Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Cell/Molecular Biology (must have one of these courses, biochemistry encouraged)
    • Anatomy: 4 Semester Hours (must include lab)
    • Physiology: 4 Semester Hours (must include lab)
    • Microbiology: 3 Semester Hours (lab encouraged)
    • Genetics: 3 Semester Hours
    • Psychology: 3 Semester Hours
    • Statistics: 3 Semester Hours
  • Ideal Candidates:
    • Our PA Program mission, vision, and goals reflect our commitment to caring for the whole patient.  We aim to help decrease health care disparities and increase health care access to currently underserved populations. We intend to admit and enroll future PAs who have demonstrated commitment to this philosophy. 

The New Catrambone Health Sciences Building

The new, 41,000-square foot building features four classrooms, one for 32 students, two for 48 and a large-tiered classroom for 50. Each classroom is fully equipped with a recording system for simulations used during debriefings.

The physician assistant floor features a practice lab with 11 exam tables for teaching how to properly diagnosis a condition. Two simulation labs, comparable to the nursing floor, complement four Objective Structured Clinical Examination rooms where live ‘patient-actors’ dictate a script of medical maladies to teach students how to take a medical history, diagnose a patient and perform a physical exam. The clinical lab space serves as a learning environment for clinical procedures, such as suturing and interventional skills.

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Graduate Research Symposium

Assumption University Graduate School Annual Symposium showcases research, innovative projects, successful case study, and creative work of graduate students and recent alums from every graduate program. We offer all graduate students in every program an opportunity to present their excellent work on diverse topics. 

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Veterans at Assumption

Assumption University recognizes that servicemen and women have demonstrated great courage and made tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation and its people. The University has introduced a number of programs and services to assist veterans during the application process and while veterans are attending Assumption. We also have a lounge designated only for our veteran students. Assumption University is committed to maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution.  We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.

Welcoming Veterans