Physician Assistant Master of Science (MS)

Make a Difference in Healthcare with a Physician Assistant Degree

Earning a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from Marywood University prepares you for a medical career that's in demand and growing to meet expanding health care needs. 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.

We provide students with the foundation for professional growth through personalized attention, diverse clinical experience, and a commitment to excellence. Our students are encouraged to incorporate Marywood University’s goal of learning to live and practice medicine responsibly in an interdependent world. Our distinctive program offers a non-competitive team approach and specialized clinical tracks.

The Master in Physician Assistant Studies program is 24 months in duration and begins in May.

Didactic Year: The first 12 months are didactic and include classroom and laboratory work in basic and applied medical science. Typical classes are Monday through Friday and include 40 hours of coursework per week.

Clinical Year: The final 12 months are clinical and include ten 5-week rotations. Students return to Marywood at the end of every 5-week rotation to participate in End-of-Rotation examinations, lectures geared toward PANCE review, and professional development activities. 

  • Classroom, laboratory, and hands-on experience
  • Ten, 5-week clinical rotations
  • Personalized attention from highly credentialed faculty
  • Specialty clinical tracks available in Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Surgery, and Addiction Medicine.

5-Year Physician Assistant Program

Top Employers

  • Hospitals
  • Office-Based Private Practice
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Subspecialties

Top Career Paths

  • Surgical Specialties
  • Family Medicine/General Practice
  • Urgent Care
  • Federal government/Hospital/Unit

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

DEADLINE: October 1, 2023 for Summer 2024 cohort. Applications filed through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). CASPA applications open in mid-April 2023. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the October 1st deadline.

 Physician Assistant Program Admission 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 3.00
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.00 in the following required science courses:
  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of General Biology with labs
  • 1 semester of Microbiology with lab
  • 1 semester of Immunology with lab (if Immunology is unavailable, another 300/400 level science course may be substituted at the discretion of the Program Director)
  • 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology with labs
  • 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs
  • Medical Terminology course
  • These courses must have been completed within the last seven years & should be 'science level'
  • GRE or PA-CAT scores
  • Three letters of recommendation, with one letter from a PA-C
  • A minimum of 500 documented direct patient care hours
  • A minimum of 50 hours shadowing a PA is required
  • 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 October 1.
  • 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, clinical experience, 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, several background checks and screenings are required.

Admission to the PA Program is extremely competitive, with hundreds of applications for 60 seats annually. Our admissions committee thoroughly reviews each application and chooses the most competitive applicants for a personal interview. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

 There are three points of entry into the Professional Phase of the PA Program:

  1. Marywood Pre-PA students
    Please see Pre-PA/Internal Application Materials (For Marywood students only)
  2. Marywood PA Eligibility Track students: students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree from another institution and are now taking prerequisite courses at Marywood.
    Please see Pre-PA/Internal Application Materials (For Marywood students only)
  3. Students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation
    Please apply via the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

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    The O'Neill Center for Healthy Families

    The O'Neill Center for Healthy Families joins academic programs to innovative research. Students from the  physician assistant program are among those who have classes in this building. The Physical Assessment Lab (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.

    The Center for Natural and Health Sciences

    In addition to lab and classroom spaces, The Center for Natural and Health Sciences features an Anatomage virtual dissection table, made possible through a generous grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation in Scranton. This table allows students to study human and animal anatomy using state-of-the-art digital technology.

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    O'Neill Center for Healthy Families

    1401 University Avenue
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    The O'Neill Center for Healthy Families, located on University Avenue, provides classroom and research space, joining academic programs to innovative research. Students from the Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Exercise Science, Respiratory Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs have classes in this building.

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    Healthy Families Classrooms

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    The O'Neill Center for Healthy Families is the academic home of students in the nursing, nutrition and dietetics, respiratory therapy, and physician assistant programs, all of whom have classes in this building. Exercise Science students also take classes here. The facility includes traditional classroom space as well as clinical and lab space.

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    Healthy Families Center Computer Lab

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    The Computer Lab in the O'Neill Center is located in Room 207, and there is a printer available.

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    Center for Natural and Health Sciences

    206 Morgan Road
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    The Center for Natural and Health Sciences contains various science laboratories, computer labs, the 100-seat Comerford Theatre, and various classrooms. Classrooms for our Math and Computer Science, Science, Nursing, and Public Administration programs are in this building.

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    Science Center Classrooms

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    The Center for Natural and Health Sciences contains classrooms for our Math and Computer Science, Science, Nursing, and Public Administration programs.

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    An affordable education is possible at Marywood. 

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    Additional Costs:

    PA Program Student Fees (MU fees are separate and can be found on Student Accounts Website): $1,670

    Required Medical Equipment: $500-$800

    Laptop: $700-$1500

    AAPA Membership (2 years): $75

    PSPA Membership (2 years): $50

    Immunizations/Titers/PPD: Varies by insurance

    White Coat/Nametag/MU Patch/Scrubs: $80-$100

    FBI Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse Clearance, Drug Screening: $180-200 for clearances (performed yearly)

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