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Fairfield, CT 06825
Master in Physician Assistant Studies
The Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program prepares individuals to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician, in compliance with the PA Profession Competencies described and accepted by the profession. For more information on the PA profession competencies, visit the NCCPA website.
The Sacred Heart University MPAS program is designed to prepare future professionals to work as generalist PAs. MPAS graduates will be educated to provide compassionate, respectful, high-quality healthcare, and have proficiency in the competencies as described by the profession PA Competencies. After completing the program and successfully passing the PA National Certification Exam, graduates of the SHU MPAS Program will qualify to work in any of the 50 states as a certified PA (PA-C). The PA-C must then apply for and obtain state licensure in the state they wish to work.
What is a Physician Assistant?
A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program, who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. PAs may work in various settings, including hospitals, physician offices, emergency departments, and urgent care centers as well as any setting where physicians practice. PAs practice and prescribe medications in all 50 states. Because PAs are educated in the same medical model as physicians, they are uniquely suited to work with physicians and help guide healthcare teams that deliver accessible, high quality care at a lower cost. PAs are particularly critical to increasing access to care for rural and other medically underserved areas and communities. Since PAs typically complete their education in about 27 months, they enter the workforce quickly and are adaptable to any setting or specialty where physicians work.
What can a PA do?
As a member of the healthcare team, PAs’ can obtain medical histories, conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel patients on preventive care, assist in surgery, make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes, and prescribe medications.
PAs’ specific duties depend on:
• The setting in which they work
• Their level of experience
• Their specialty
• Scope of practice
• State laws
Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 123
Classification: Master's College or University I
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