Welcome to the Physician Assistant Program!
Welcome to the Physician Assistant (PA) program at Marywood University! The PA program at Marywood is committed to excellence in the training of students to provide both primary care and specialized health care in a variety of health care settings. The program provides students the foundation for professional growth through personalized attention, diverse clinical experience, and a commitment to excellence. Our students are encouraged to incorporate Marywood University’s goal of learning to live and practice medicine responsibly in an interdependent world. Earning a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree from Marywood University prepares you for a medical career that's in demand and growing to meet expanding health care needs.
Unique to the program is our non-competitive team approach and our specialized clinical tracks. Please take some time to explore our site and to learn more about pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at Marywood University.
What is a Physician Assistant?
A Physician Assistant is a highly trained medical professional who works collaboratively with physicians to provide high-quality care to patients. PAs diagnose illness, order diagnostic studies including laboratory studies and x-rays, create treatment plans, prescribe medications, perform medical procedures, and assist in surgery. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
PA Program Overview
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is 24 months in duration and begins in May.
- Didactic Year: The first 12 months are didactic and include classroom and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science. Typical classes are Monday through Friday and include 40 hours of coursework per week.
- Clinical Year: The final 12 months are clinical and include ten 5-week rotations. Students return to Marywood at the end of every 5-week rotation to participate in End-of-Rotation examinations, lectures geared toward PANCE review, and professional development activities.
Please note: Those students interested in the Pre-Physician Assistant/Pre-Professional phase of the program should contact the Science Department.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Marywood University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marywood University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.