Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies

  • Diagnose, treat, educate and empower patients
  • 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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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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David Isgan, MHS, PA-C
Clinical Instructor

Justine Samanas, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Director

Marie S. Bonavoglia, PhD, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator

Heather Walters, MPAS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator
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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

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Year 4 – PA Didactic Phase


P A 510 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I
P A 522 Medical Anatomy and Physiology (at the Commonwealth Medical College)
P A 540 Diagnostic Methods I
P A 570 Developmental Medicine I
P A 580 Epidemiology/Research Methods


P A 501 Clinical Correlations I
P A 511 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis II
P A 520A Pathophysiology I
P A 530 Clinical Medicine I
P A 541 Diagnostic Methods II
P A 550 Basic Medical Science I
P A 571 Developmental Medicine II


P A 502 Clinical Correlations II
P A 531 Clinical Medicine II
P A 551 Basic Medical Science II
P A 560 Behavioral Sciences
P A 572 Developmental Medicine III

Year 5 – PA Clinical Phase


P A 610 Clerkship I
P A 611 Clerkship II


P A 612 Clerkship III
P A 613 Clerkship IV
P A 614 Clerkship V


P A 615 Clerkship VI
P A 640 Preceptorship I


P A 650 Preceptorship II