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
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.
More About This Degree
- Learn more about this program or visit the Physician Assistant Studies website.
- College of Health and Human Services
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- This program is accredited by the
Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant
The Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies is accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant.
Lori E. Swanchak, PhD, PA-C
Kathleen Q. Whitney, MPAS, PA-C,
Rebecca Alunni, MPAS, PA-C
Marie S. Bonavoglia, PhD, PA-C
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.
- GRE scores are required at the time of the interview.
- 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
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
Find Your Counselor
Lauren TokashGraduate 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.
|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 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|
|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|