The Master of Physician Assistant Sciences program prepares graduates for one of the most dynamic and fastest growing careers within the health professions. Since 1977, the Saint Francis University Physician Assistant (PA) Sciences program has provided its students with a challenging curriculum that combines specialized coursework and practical professional application. The ultimate goal of this educational process is to prepare students to deliver high quality, cost-effective primary health care in a wide variety of settings under the responsible supervision of a licensed physician.
The winning combination of high quality coursework, dedicated faculty, student diversity, and strong professional training allows Saint Francis to graduate highly qualified and compassionate health practitioners.
The first year (didactic year - 12 months) begins in the summer semester (late May, early June) and is designed on the medical model to prepare students to become primary care clinicians. Various components of the first year curriculum are integrated to develop a complete approach to the delivery of primary patient care. The 3-semester curriculum is built around core courses in clinical medicine, anatomy and physiology, history-taking/physical exam, and pharmacology. Other areas of study include infectious disease, behavioral medicine, emergency medicine, clinical skills, surgery, well child, public health, and research methods. As part of applied anatomy and physiology, gross anatomy utilizes cadavers to complement lecture presentation.
The second year (clinical year -12 months) is a full-time off-campus experience which allows students to develop their clinical skills under the supervision of physicians and other allied health personnel. The rotations are divided into nine, 5-week blocks. The clinical year includes a Transition to Practice course that is designed to provide a bridge experience for the student who is completing clinical rotations by addressing issues relevant to every-day PA practice. Included within this course is a capstone experience which must be completed at a satisfactory level. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites and general clerkships during the clinical year.
Admission to the program is a competitive process. Eligible students holding an earned baccalaureate degree with the necessary prerequisite coursework may be admitted to the first year of the program based on space available. To be considered for admission in the next academic year, an applicant must complete the Centralized Application Process no later than October 1 (including transcripts and letters of recommendation). Candidates are to apply online by October 1 for the following May/June enrollment (CASPA, P.O. Box 9108, Watertown, MA 02471. Telephone is (617) 612-2080. Initial admissions decisions will generally be made by mid-February.
Saint Francis University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Master of Physician Assistant Sciences program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants.
International Student Requirements:
International students must send their transcripts to an international agency where the transcripts will be converted to the American academic scale. We recommend World Education Services, 1-800-937-3897. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, international students must submit satisfactory scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.), administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. Applicants whose native language is English are exempt from this requirement. International students should apply for admissions and the required testing well in advance in order to ensure evaluation of their credentials in a time frame which is equitable to themselves and the admissions committee.
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Saint Francis University offers an affordable master's degree program. Once you have been accepted, we will schedule a time for you to talk with our financial aid office to assist you in making your education affordable. FAFSA Code: 003366