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

Justine Samanas, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Director
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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

Find Your Counselor

Stanley Kania

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

About me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff as a Graduate Admissions Counselor in August 2011. A native of Northeast PA, I am a two-time graduate of Marywood University receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science/Law in 2011 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014. In May 2016, I began my two year term as President of PAGAP, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals. I also serve my alma mater as the 2nd Vice-President of the Marywood Alumni Association Board of Directors. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate degree in Marywood University’s Ph.D Program in Human Development focusing my studies in Organizational Leadership. My research interests include alumni engagement in collegiate recruiting, leadership in higher education, and the utilization of post-secondary institutions as incubators for entrepreneurship. My goal in obtaining my PhD is to become a college professor or an enrollment management administrator.

My interests: In my spare time, I love to golf, cook, travel, and hang out with family and friends.

My favorite thing about Marywood: There are endless opportunities for students to get involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities on both the undergraduate and graduate level.

My favorite place on campus: The Admissions Office because I have the privilege of having the best colleagues anyone can ask for.

You'd never guess: I was so indecisive as to what I wanted to major in as an undergraduate that I changed my major nine times.

My best advice: When it comes to applying for graduate school, it is important to do a few things: plan accordingly to get all materials submitted in time, visit campus and tour the academic department of your intended program, and stay in constant contact with your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

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