Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies: FAQs

Q. How long is the Physician Assistant program?

A. The program is 7 trimesters - or 27 months - in duration, including didactic studies and clinical rotations.

Q. What prerequisites are required for admission?

A. Please see the admission requirements page for more information.

Q. Will I need to appear for an interview?

A. Yes, after all applicants are screened, the most qualified will be invited in for interviews each January. Please keep in mind that meeting our minimum requirements for application does not guarantee an interview invitation.

Q. Do I have to complete a bachelor’s degree before I apply to the program?

A. No, you can apply with a bachelor’s degree still in progress. If you are accepted into the program you must submit your updated transcript directly to the university showing a minimum of a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation into the program.

Q. Can I work during the program?

A. Working during the program is highly discouraged due to the intense nature of the coursework.

Q. How many applicants are accepted each year?

A. The Physician Assistant program welcomes 30 students each summer trimester.

Q. Do you require a capstone project?

A. Yes, capstone projects are assigned and completed in the second year of the program. Students will research and disseminate a project applying coursework and evidence-based medicine into daily practice.

Q. Is this program accredited?

A. Please see our accreditation section for more information.

Q. Do you offer advanced placement?
A. We do not offer advanced placement. Every student who enters the program must complete all components of the program.