PA Graduate Program

Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program

By earning your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree from USciences, you’ll acquire the skills needed to become a leader and innovator in this fast-growing profession.

Students advancing from the USciences undergraduate PA program have two options for earning their MSPAS degree:

  • An accelerated 27-month track, available through our partnership with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • A 34-month (summers off) track at USciences

Qualifying candidates with a bachelor’s degree from another university may also enter the 34-month (summers off) USciences program.

We designed the longer, more traditional timeline to match both the needs and preferences of today’s graduate students. Having summers off allows more time to pursue service learning opportunities, travel abroad for exposure to international medicine, engage in scholarly research, or find employment.   

Comprehensive Career Preparation 

During your first three semesters, your didactic education will focus on clinical medicine for every system of the body. You’ll gain both the foundation and motivation to become a lifelong learner able to critically analyze current evidence-based literature and add value to clinical research projects.

Then, under the guidance of a physician or a licensed PA, you will put what you learn into practice. While many programs offer between 38 and 50 weeks of clinical practice experiences, the USciences graduate program offers 55 weeks of 11 clinical rotations. These five-week rotations encompass:

  • Primary care (two rotations)
  • Internal medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s health
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Surgery 
  • Electives (two rotations)

Upon completing your studies, you will be prepared to sit for the national certifying exam, which explores all aspects of medicine. Moreover, you will be ready to immediately contribute to a healthcare team in any medical field or specialty. 

 

Accreditation Statement

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation–Provisional to the University of the Sciences Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program.  Accreditation–Provisional is an accreditation status.  The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned.  Accreditation–Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.