Programs of Study

Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies

  • Emergency medicine, orthopedics/sports medicine, pediatrics, hospitalist, general surgery
  • Classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience
  • 6 clinical rotations and 2 preceptorships

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Physician Assistant Studies at Marywood

The physician assistant program at Marywood is committed to providing students with an exceptional education in a supportive and nurturing environment. This professional education will include the knowledge necessary to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients in a variety of settings.

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Abigail Davis, MPAS, PA-C
Program Director, Academic Director

Marie S. Bonavoglia, PhD, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator
This is just a sample of our Physician Assistant Studies faculty - see them all!

Most of the coursework for the Physician Assistant Program is conducted in the Keith J. O'Neill Center for Healthy Families. This is the first center of its kind in Northeast Pennsylvania, and integrates academic programs, community outreach and research. The O'Neill Center includes a state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory enhance the learning experiences of health profession students and provides state-of-the-art equipment for health-related research. Students from Marywood's Physician Assistant, Nursing, Athletic training, and Nutrition and Dietetics Programs utilize the laboratory. It includes technology and facilities for both clinical and applied research.

Specific Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements - Professional Phase

  • The successful completion of the Pre-Professional Phase at Marywood University or a Bachelor's degree from another college or university.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in the following required science courses:
    • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with lab
    • 2 semesters of General Biology with lab
    • 1 semester of Microbiology with lab
    • 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with lab
    • In most cases these courses must have been completed within the last seven years
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A minimum of 500 documented direct patient care hours
  • Completion of Technical Standards (upon acceptance to the program)
  • Submission of an application through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants). The application deadline is December 1st.
  • Successful interview by the Physician Assistant Selection Committee. Final acceptance to the Professional phase is ultimately based not only on performance in the prerequisite sciences and overall academic performance but also on the student's desire for and understanding of the profession, demonstration of maturity, self-confidence and good interpersonal skills.
  • Marywood University currently does not accept transfer credits from other Professional PA Programs nor does Marywood offer advanced placement or credit for experiential learning.
  • Due to affiliation agreements with clinical sites, a background check is required

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Find Your Counselor

Lauren Tokash

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 2271

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions team in February 2018.  I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology.  I was born and raised in Moscow, PA and currently reside in Jermyn, PA with my husband and our dog, Copper.

My interests: I love to be with my family and friends!  During the summer I spend most of my free time on my family’s boat at Lake Wallenpaupack.  It truly is one of my favorite places to be. I also enjoy doing anything outdoors, traveling, and venturing to new places to eat.

My favorite thing about Marywood:  Everyone is so pleasant and welcoming.  From the faculty and staff to the students, you can’t walk around campus without getting a friendly hello.  

My favorite place at Marywood: The entire campus at Marywood is beautiful. But, if I had to narrow it down, I would say the School of Architecture is my favorite.  The converted building is very impressive!

You’d never guess: I love to go fishing, especially for trout!  I always get an interesting reaction from people when I inform them of this.  I have formed a great bond with my dad and husband while fishing and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!   

Best advice: Ask questions! This is YOUR investment and YOUR future, you want to make sure you get it right.   Whether you are confirming the application process with your admissions counselor or learning more about the field from faculty, don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you may have. 

Year 4 – PA Didactic Phase


PA 510 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I
PA 522 Medical Anatomy and Physiology (at the Commonwealth Medical College)
PA 540 Medical Microbiology
PA 503 Culturally Competent Medicine and Underserved Populations
PA 542 Laboratory Medicine I
PA 530 Clinical Medicine I


PA 501 Clinical Correlations I
PA 511 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis II
PA 520A Pathophysiology I
PA 531 Clinical Medicine II
PA 550  Pharmacology I
PA 571  Pediatrics I
PA 532  Orthopedics
PA 545  Laboratory Medicine II
PA 543 EKG Interpretation


PA 502 Clinical Correlations II
PA 533 Clinical Medicine III
PA 551 Pharmacology II
PA 521A  Pathophysiology II
PA 547  Critical Care
PA 552 Emergency Medicine
PA 553 General Surgery
PA 554 Medical Nutrition
PA 563 Professional Practice
PA 512 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis III
PA 573 Pedriatrics II

Year 5 – PA Clinical Phase


PA 600 Clinical Rotation 1
PA 601 Clinical Rotation 2
PA 602 Clinical Rotation 3


PA 603 Clinical Rotation 4
PA 604 Clinical Rotation 5
PA 605 Clinical Rotation 6


PA 606 Clinical Rotation 7
PA 607 Clinical Rotation 8
PA 608 Clinical Rotation 9
PA 609 Clinical Rotation 10