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Coming Fall 2023: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Drury University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program will prepare students to effectively meet the healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse population and become leaders in the healthcare profession.

What is a PA?

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative.

PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. 

Program Requirements

The MS-PAS is a 27 month program that combines a both didactic and clinical phases.  The 12 month didactic phase will engage students in classroom and laboratory instruction in medical science, clinical medicine, and medicinal research.  During the clinical phase students will hone their clinical and procedural skills through supervised rotations in hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings.

Accreditation

Drury University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Drury University anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2023, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2023 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. 

Graduates of an accredited program are recognized for licensure in all 50 states.

Become a MS-PAS Preceptor

Drury’s MS-PAS program is looking to partner with trusted members of the local health community to prepare the next generation of quality healthcare providers. If you are interested in becoming a preceptor, please contact Dr. Beth Harville (bharville@drury.edu). We look forward to partnering with you. 

This website will be updated as more information is available.