Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Because of the advantages of having a master's degree, physician assistants are seeking ways to further their education. Recognizing that returning to a college campus for postgraduate study is impractical for most working physician assistants, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program has developed a distance learning program to enable practicing PAs to "transition" from the bachelor's degree to the master's degree. This program provides an opportunity for practicing physician assistants with a bachelor's degree to obtain a professional postgraduate master's degree in one year at a reasonable cost and without any required travel. Upon completion of the distance learning program, the physician assistant is awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.
The Distance Learning Program is a post professional education program that provides the practicing PA with additional knowledge and skills since the PA's graduation with a bachelor's degree. It is, therefore, a "transition" or "bridge" program to the master's level. The program utilizes distance learning as its method and requires no physical presence or resident time on the UNMC campus. It is, therefore, not a residency program nor an entry-level program. Consequently, it is not accredited by, or being considered for accreditation by the ARC-PA since the ARC-PA does not currently consider "transition" programs under their purview. The Distance Learning Program is an integral part of the University of Nebraska educational programs which are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional institutional accrediting agency.
•Must be a graduate of an accredited PA Program and possess a bachelor's degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.
•Present a PA student GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
•Present evidence of current or prior certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
•Identify a physician who agrees to be your preceptor for the duration of your clinical practice experience.
•Present evidence of personal professional liability coverage.
•Provide evidence of current State PA license (except military or federal employees).
•Must be employed in a clinical role. (PA's employed full-time or part-time can qualify.)
Applicants will be considered without regard to age, sex, race, color, national origin, religion, political beliefs, or disability.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Medical Schools/Medical Centers
Institution Sector: Public
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 1,000 - 4,999