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Is PA right for you?

Life as a physician assistant (PA) student is exciting, challenging and rewarding. It takes hard work, dedication and a commitment to immerse oneself in the comprehensive process of learning.

St. Catherine offers a curriculum that has the breadth and depth necessary to prepare students for success as physician assistants. Students can expect to be in class from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for seven consecutive academic terms. An occasional evening and weekend day may also be required. Breaks are scheduled into the curriculum periodically and are 1-2 weeks in length. 

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Graduate Admission Counselor

Hands-on learning during the clinical phase of the program will require students to spend a minimum of 40 hours per week in supervised clinical settings.

Caring advisors, knowledgeable faculty, cohort colleagues and the gift of patients sharing their lives for learning will make the journey memorable.

Success as a PA student 

We look for students who:

  • Have the will and the vision to make a difference in the world.
  • Believe that healthcare is a combination of art, science, compassion and teamwork; it's more than just making the right diagnosis or prescribing the right medication.
  • Have the intellectual capacity to master learning a highly challenging body of knowledge and skills and the drive and dedication to be a lifelong learner.
  • Meet all technical standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Want to be part of a dynamic, professional healthcare team.
  • Have the flexibility to learn and work in a wide range of environments addressing a variety of healthcare needs for people of diverse cultural, age and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Work policy

Due to the intensive nature of this curriculum, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program strongly discourages students from seeking or maintaining outside employment while enrolled. Additionally, the program does not require any student to work for the program while enrolled as a student.

Understanding that certain circumstances necessitate a student to pursue employment against program recommendation, the student must be aware that the program will not 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.