Darla Vale, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Patrick Cafferty, MPAS, PA-C, Program Director and Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

The Masters in Physician Assistant Studies degree (MPAS) is a comprehensive graduate program designed to prepare students to become outstanding clinicians, fully prepared to deliver high quality, accessible health care in an ever-changing environment.  The program emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and evidence based clinical decision making, while respecting the unique cultural and demographic needs of each patient.

The Physician Assistant program consists of full time course work delivered over seven consecutive semesters beginning in January of each year.  The initial three semesters consist of on-campus classroom work followed by four semesters of clinical rotations in numerous medical and surgical disciplines.  These five week, full-time clinical experiences are completed off-campus in outpatient clinics or inpatient hospitals and will likely require the student to travel and/or relocate.

Once the student successfully completes the program, he or she must apply for and successfully pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) offered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  The graduates may then apply for licensure from the Board of Medical Licensure in the state where they plan to practice.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mount St. Joseph University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mount St. Joseph University.

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.