Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

St. Kate's Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program educates individuals for a career practicing medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. You’ll learn in an environment that fosters opportunities for interprofessional experiences among students and faculty from a variety of healthcare disciplines.

Program Details

Format: Weekdays

Completion time: 28 months

Credit: 110

Cost per credit (2019–2020): $842

Start: Fall

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans, employer tuition benefits, or scholarships.

Students are encouraged to research scholarships available through the physician assistant local or national organization.

Students identifying commitment to practice in primary care will be considered for a limited number of MPAS Primary Care scholarships from St. Catherine University.

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Sample plan of study

A Focus on Ethics and Team-Based Practice

St. Kate’s provides the building blocks of critical thinking by incorporating medical decision-making, ethical considerations, and principles of team-based practice into every course.

You’ll spend 14 months in the classroom benefiting from rich discussion and hands-on experiences, enhanced by frequent and early exposure to clinical experts and settings. You will translate that learning into 14 months of clinical clerkships before completing the curriculum in a senior seminar. The clerkships provide you with experiences in clinical locations such as:

  • outpatient ambulatory practices

  • hospitals

  • surgical settings

  • emergency departments

Due to the intensive nature of this curriculum, we strongly discourage students from seeking or maintaining outside employment while enrolled. While understanding that certain circumstances necessitate a student to pursue employment, the program cannot make concessions to accommodate a student’s work obligations, nor should the student’s work obligations interfere with the progression of learning and responsibilities the student has while enrolled in the program.

MPAS student at clinicals
Careers

Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings and perform medical services traditionally performed by physicians, including:

  • taking medical histories
  • performing physical exams
  • ordering laboratory tests
  • diagnosing and treating illnesses
  • counseling patients
  • assisting in surgery
  • writing prescriptions

St. Kate’s MPAS degree prepares you for career success by educating you to think like a clinician from the start, through lectures, labs, and problem-based learning strategies — not to mention 2,000 hours in clinical clerkships. You'll have frequent interaction with program faculty and staff who will collaborate with you as you hone your professional skills.

Learn about the physician assistant career outlook from the national Bureau of Labor Statistics or the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

For regional career information on the profession, visit the MN Academy of Physician Assistants website.

Program Goals

The MPAS Program measures the success of meeting the program's goals through evaluations made by our graduates.

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Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by St. Catherine University.

In accordance with accreditation requirements, St. Catherine University publishes graduate performance on certification exams.

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