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  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant

    (95 credits)


    Monmouth University offers one of just three physician assistant programs in New Jersey. The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies’ physician assistant (PA) program prepares students to enter this highly sought-after profession. Because of 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 provides 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...

    • 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 PA, 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 that range of duties, PAs have autonomous decision-making in patient care. PAs embrace this team model in providing and enhancing medical care.


    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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