Academic Programs of Study

Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies

  • Classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience
  • Ten 5-week clinical rotations
  • Specialty clinical tracks available in Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, and General Surgery

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

Alan Vannan, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator

Justine Samanas, PhD, PA-C
Clinical Director
This is just a sample of our Physician Assistant Studies faculty - see them all!
  • The Physician Assistant Program here at Marywood University is housed in the Keith O'Neill Center for Healthy Families.

  • It features a state-of-the-art, technology-ready, amphitheater style classroom.

  • In 2013, the program renovated its physical space to build a new Physical Assessment Lab (PAL). 

  • The PAL includes 22 exam tables and 5 private exam rooms for practical education and individual testing of history taking and physical examination techniques. In addition, there are X-ray view boxes, operating room scrub sinks and a variety of teaching models.

  • In addition, the Human Physiology Laboratory is available to our students for both clinical teaching and applied research opportunities.

  • Marywood's library supports the PA Program and includes a variety of medical resources, relevant journals, and texts.

Specific Program Requirements

The Professional Phase Requirements:

  • 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 labs (Science Major Level)
    • 2 semesters of Organic chemistry with labs
    • 2 semesters of General Biology with labs (Science Major Level)
    • 1 semester of Microbiology with lab (Science Major Level)
    • 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs (Science Major Level)
    • In most cases, these courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
  • Successful completion of a Medical Terminology Course from an accredited institution within the last two years prior to matriculation.
  • 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 November 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 an 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.
  • Applicants must provide official GRE or PA-CAT scores by the time of the interview.  Both standardized tests are recommended, but only one is required.
  • PA shadowing, a PA-C reference, and community service are considered advantageous on application.
  • Already have an undergraduate degree but need prerequisite courses to be eligible? Learn more about our PA Program Eligibility Track.

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'm also a very proud Mom to my daughter, Vera.

My interests: I love spending time with my family and friends.  During the summer I spend most of my free time at Lake Wallenpaupack.  Whether I'm boating, swimming, or fishing, it's one of my favorite places to be!

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 Learning Commons.  Whether it is enjoying a Starbucks tea or just taking in the beautiful view of the mountains, it is a cozy place to be.

You’d never guess: I like to go trout fishing.  It's something I get to enjoy doing with my Dad and Husband and will continue to be by the stream every opening day in April!     

Best advice: Ask questions! This is your investment and your future.  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