• Master of Science in Physician Assistant

    (95 credits)

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    Beginning Fall 2014, Monmouth University began offering a full-time physician assistant (PA) program to prepare students to enter this highly sought-after profession. With an increasing need for healthcare providers, the PA field is expected to grow rapidly through the next decade. This three-year Master of Science program will provide close, personalized training so that students can successfully achieve PA certification.

    What is a physician assistant?

    A PA is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a physician. PAs have a variety of responsibilities, including...

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    • performing physical exams and procedures,
    • diagnosing and treating illnesses,
    • ordering and interpreting lab tests,
    • assisting in surgery,
    • providing patient education and counseling, and
    • making rounds in hospitals and nursing homes.

    To become a physician assistant, students must graduate from an accredited PA educational program, which is modeled on the medical school curriculum. They must then become nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.

    The physician-PA practice is described as delegated autonomy—physicians delegate duties to PAs, and within those range of duties, PAs have autonomous decision-making in patient care. PAs embrace this team model in providing and enhancing medical care.

    Accreditation

    The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Monmouth University Physician Assistant Program.

    Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

    Students must graduate from an accredited program in order to be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

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