Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Our program will prepare you to provide high-quality health care in a respectful, caring manner.

Health Professions

Preparing you to provide quality health care to those in need

Are you looking to take the next step in your medical career? Becoming a Physician Assistant is a great option. You’ll have the advanced training to collaborate with one or more physicians and be able to examine, diagnose, treat, and counsel patients. There is a significant need in health care for high-level professionals. At CUAA, we strive to prepare you to provide quality health care in a respectful, caring manner. If you value the same things we do, consider pursuing your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) with us.

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Program Overview

Becoming a Physician Assistant is a great option if you are looking for a rewarding career in medicine. You’ll have the advanced training to collaborate with one or more physicians and be able to examine, diagnose, treat, and counsel patients. PAs have the flexibility, once certified, to practice in any field they desire without having to complete a residency in that field, as all PAs are trained in primary medicine as the basis of their medical knowledge. There has been, and will continue to be, a significant need in health care for high-level professionals.

Statistics from 2019 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics note that median earnings in 2018 were 108,610/year; number of jobs available (in 2016) were 106,200; the job outlook is 37% (much better than average per the BLS), and employment increases are expected to exceed 39,600 between now and 2026.

At CUAA, we strive to prepare you to provide quality health care and to do so in a respectful, caring manner addressing mind, body, and spirit.  If you value the same things we do, consider pursuing your Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) with us.

Program Vision

The vision of the PA program at Ann Arbor is to provide the local and global community with competent medical providers who will improve lives and influence communities through clinical service and leadership, and do so in a compassionate and respectful manner that changes the lives of all patients who seek our care.

Program Mission

The mission of the PA program at Ann Arbor is to develop Physician Assistant graduates in mind, body and spirit to practice competent, patient-centered primary care medicine.

What to Expect

Physician Assistants (PA) are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine in collaboration with an MD or DO. PAs in conjunction with their collaborating physician provide patient care by obtaining histories, performing physical examinations, diagnosing injuries and illnesses, prescribing, assisting in surgery, educating patients on prevention as well as their conditions, and ordering and interpreting lab and radiologic results. PAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, universities, governmental services, and industries.

Graduates must successfully complete the PA program that is accredited by the ARC-PA and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in order to obtain a license in the state(s) they desire to practice. Upon graduation, there are opportunities to work in all the different specialties of medicine. PAs are required to complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and continue to pass the Physician Assistant Recertifying Examination (PANRE) every ten years to maintain certification.

PLEASE NOTE:

The Concordia University Ann Arbor Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  Concordia University Ann Arbor anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the June 2020 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 appears 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 graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

CASPA applications will not be available for completion until such time as the CUAA program has successfully been provisionally accredited.  This is anticipated to be no sooner than July 2020 and admission decisions will not be made until successful accreditation is granted.  Program applicants will be notified as soon as we are informed of accreditation process results.  Information on accreditation is available at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/, or at: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30097, (770) 476-1224.

The proposed Physician Assistant program will grant the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.

 

Licensure / Certifications
Graduates take the PANCE exam after successful completion from the program. Licensure is required in all states.