Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

St. Catherine'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 inter-professional experiences among students and faculty from a variety of healthcare disciplines. In St. Kate's physician assistant master's program you will gain access to community experts, quality clinical sites and strong support systems with dedicated, well-connected faculty.

Program Details

  • Format: Weekday classes
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 110
  • Completion time: 28 months

what can I do with a degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)?

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 illnesses
  • Treating illnesses
  • Counseling patients
  • Assisting in surgery
  • Writing prescriptions

St. Catherine’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, and 2,000 hours in clinical clerkships. You'll have frequent interaction with program faculty and staff who 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.

how will I study?

St. Catherine’s 110-credit MPAS program is offered in a 28-month, full-time weekday schedule. Classroom and laboratory learning take place on our St. Paul campus.

St. Catherine provides the building blocks of critical thinking by incorporating medical decision-making, ethical considerations and principles of team-based practice into every course. The MPAS program has a primary care focus, and includes opportunities for you to pursue individual interests and practice in a wide variety of settings. Our innovative curriculum systematically weaves threads of ethics, social justice, professional responsibility and a global perspective throughout the program.

You’ll spend 14 months in the classroom with 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. 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.

why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MPAS program is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the MPAS program is $842 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, credentialing requirements, student malpractice insurance, medical equipment, books and other supplies. Those who choose to participate in an international course or rotation will have additional costs.

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

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Students are encouraged to research scholarships available through the physician assistant local or national organization.

Program Goals

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

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.

Learn more about Accreditation for this program

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MPAS Degree Requirements

MPAS Degree Requirements

The MPAS degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MPAS program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements.



Our MPAS faculty are nationally recognized researchers, global leaders and skilled teachers.