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.

We designed the 34 month program 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 NCCPA national certifying exam, which explores all aspects of medicine. Moreover, you will be ready to contribute to a healthcare team in any medical field or specialty. 

 

Accreditation Provisional Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of the Sciences.  

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.