Professor and students.

Applications for the January 2018 cohort will be accepted through CASPA beginning April 27, 2016 through March 1, 2017.

Mount St. Joseph University’s developing Physician Assistant program seeks to prepare students to become outstanding clinicians fully prepared to deliver quality health care in an ever-changing environment.

The proposed 27-month graduate degree program will emphasize critical thinking and lifelong learning through its use of hands on patient care and state of the art technology.

Mount St. Joseph University has been approved to develop a PA program with initial enrollment proposed for the 2017-18 academic year. The approval was granted by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Program Highlights

  • A Physician Assistant (PA) is a licensed health care professional who practices medicine under the supervision of a physician.
  • PA education requires a 27-month graduate program with classroom training including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, genetics, diagnostic lab, EKG, physical exam and clinical skills.
  • Clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, women’s health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, orthopedics and behavioral health. Following the clinical phase, students complete a comprehensive summative evaluation.
  • Graduates receive a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) and are eligible to take the PA national certification exam (PANCE).
  • PAs practice in all specialties although the majority are in primary care. They take medical history, perform physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat illness, write prescriptions, perform minor surgery and provide preventive care.


Mount St. Joseph University has applied for Accreditation Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). 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. Mount St. Joseph’s application will be reviewed during the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting and a determination on accreditation status made at that time. Anticipated matriculation of the initial cohort will be January 2018 pending approval of accreditation provisional status with ARC-PA.

**In the event that provisional accreditation is not received, the program will not commence in January 2018 and tuition deposits will be refunded.



The specific mission of the Physician Assistant program is to educate outstanding, compassionate clinicians, fully prepared to deliver high quality, accessible health care, demonstrating commitment to life-long learning and ethical practice.



The Mount St. Joseph University Physician Assistant program graduates will be recognized for their leadership and for the quality of health care they provide, exemplifying professionalism, empathy and an attitude of service to others.