Physician Assistant (MSPA) Program

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The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program embraces the team-based, collaborative and interprofessional approach to patient care. Students will work together in coursework, special interprofessional case study groups, research and clinical skills scenarios. This collaboration extends, but is not limited, to students from occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine, nursing and social work. We believe our PA Program’s curriculum best prepares our graduates to practice the highest quality patient care in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

The overall program goals for the MSPA Program were developed based on the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants’ (NCCPA) Content Blueprint. The curriculum is grounded in both the mission of Mary Baldwin College and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences and reflects the healthcare needs of an ever-changing world and the dynamic requirements of the PA profession. The curricular design strongly considers the needs of patients and society and will be administered in an environment fostering and promoting diversity, along with a commitment to interprofessional education and practice.