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Coming Fall 2023: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

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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 28-month intensive program that combines a both didactic and clinical phases. The 14 month didactic phase will engage students in classroom and laboratory instruction in basic and medical science. During the clinical phase, students will engage in the following six-week core clinical clerkships: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, women’s health, behavioral and mental health, and surgery. Students will also be able to select two six week elective clerkships. their clinical and procedural skills through supervised rotations in hospitals, clinics, and other medical settings.

The Drury University Physician Assistant Program requires 10 prerequisite courses listed below.  All prerequisite courses should be taken within the last 10 years prior to application. The courses listed below are required for consideration and admission into the Drury University PA program:

  • General chemistry I and II with labs – 2 semesters or 8 quarter hours
  • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with lab – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • General biology I and II with labs – 2 semesters or 8 quarter hours
  • Microbiology with laboratory – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • *Human Anatomy with laboratory – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • *Physiology – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Introductory psychology – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Statistics – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Genetics – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours
  • Medical Terminology – 1 semester or 4 quarter hours

Please be prepared to take a medical terminology exam your first week of classes

*Human Anatomy and Physiology may be a combined course if total credits received is 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours

Note:  Laboratories may be part of the main course or can be taken separately.

Other course requirements:

  • English composition or English literature – 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours
  • Humanities (e.g., History, Philosophy, Languages, Literature, Art ect) – 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above. A grade of “C-“ will not be accepted.

To fulfill the other biological science course prerequisites, the PA Program recommends courses in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, histology, or immunology. While none of the latter courses are specifically required, they provide a good foundation for the study of medicine.

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.