Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The Physician Assistant program is an intense, full-time, 27-month cohort curriculum with a total of 98 credit hours. A Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies is awarded upon completion of the curriculum and fulfillment of University of Saint Francis Graduate School requirements.

You and your cohort will spend the first 15 months primarily in the classroom, obtaining a foundation of medical knowledge in the areas of basic biomedical science and clinical skills.

Problem-based learning techniques are introduced early in the curriculum and used exclusively in the third and fourth semesters in medical diagnosis and therapeutics courses.

During the last 12 months of the program, you will be assigned to clinical rotations, spending a minimum of 40 hours per week working with a preceptor in settings such as physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities and hospitals.

Your entire cohort will complete a core of rotations in areas of family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics/long-term care and an elective. Then, you may choose from a series of rotations in the areas of trauma/surgery subspecialty, hospital-based care, family practice or internal medicine.

Clinical Experience

The core rotations for all students are:

  • Family Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)
  • General Surgery (5 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Elective (5 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (2.5 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (2.5 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (2.5 weeks)
  • Geriatrics/Long-Term Care (2.5 weeks OR incorporated with another experience)

After the core rotations, students will choose two additional experiences in one of the following tracks: Trauma/Surgery Subspecialty, Family Practice, Hospital-Inpatient Care, or Internal Medicine.

Choice of Trauma/Surgery Subspecialty Track Rotations (5 weeks each) may include:

  • Outpatient Clinic/Occupational Medicine
  • Surgery Subspecialties
  • Trauma Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Office Orthopedics
  • Radiology

Choice of Family Practice Track Rotations (5 weeks each) may include:

  • Pediatrics (additional 2.5 weeks)
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (additional 2.5 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (additional 2.5 weeks)
  • Urgent Care

Choice of Hospital-Inpatient Care Track Rotations (5 weeks each) may include:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Oncology
  • Intensive Critical Care Unit
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology

Choice of Internal Medicine Track Rotations (5 weeks each) may include:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology