MS for Clinical PAs

Nora Lowy, PhD, M.P.A., PA-C, Director of PA Program

Mission and Student Learning Goals

The Graduate Program in Advanced PA Studies is a comprehensive program that prepares practicing PAs for career advancement as educators, health care managers, and clinical leaders dedicated to improving the quality of health care.

The mission of the program is to prepare PAs committed to contributing to an improved community and quality health care through leadership roles in research, education, healthcare management and advanced clinical care.

By graduation, students with MS degrees in Advanced PA Studies will be prepared for...

  • clinical leadership in primary and specialty-focused health care.
  • research development in health care.
  • serving as educators of future PA students and graduate members of the profession.
  • management roles within health care.
  • incorporating effective research, teaching, and management skills into professional practice.

Upon completion of the Program, the PA will receive a Master of Science (MS) in Advanced PA Studies with a concentration in one of the following:

  • Health Care Management
  • Health Education
  • Clinical Specialty

Admission Requirements

The general requirements for graduate student admission are...

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college
  • official transcripts of previous university or college study
  • two letters of reference, preferably from former or present employers or professors

Additional admission requirements for the MS in Advanced PA Studies are...

  • successful completion of a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA)
  • minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  • minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 in PA studies
  • national certification or eligibility for certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • state licensure or eligibility for state licensure
  • supplemental application consisting of three focused essays
  • panel interview

Program of Study

The requirements for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Advanced PA Studies consist of 36 credits. Students must complete three courses of core requirements, a minimum of 15 credits in a selected track, and capstone work. Capstone courses may be taken only after completion of all core curriculum courses.

Core Requirements

All students in the program shall be required to complete three of the following core courses:

  • PA 501 — The Art and Practice of Health Education (3 credits)
  • PA 502 — The Challenges of Medical Ethics (3 credits)
  • PA 503 — Leadership Development and Professionalism (4 credits)
  • PA 504 — Medical Literature Review and Analysis (4 credits)
  • PA 514 — Advanced Health Assessment (4 credits)

Track Requirements

The student will select one of three tracks and complete a minimum of 15 credits specific to that track:

A. Health Education

  • PA 605 — Curricular Development (3 credits)
  • PA 615 — Teaching Styles and Strategies (3 credits)
  • PA 620 — Clerkship I: Practicum in Curriculum Development (6 credits)
  • PA 625 — Clerkship II: Teaching Methodology for Health Care (6 credits)

B. Health Care Management

  • PA 610 — Administrative Strategies in Health Care (3 credits)
  • PA 630 — Clerkship I: Developing Community Health (6 credits)
  • PA 635 — Clerkship II: Health Care Administration (6 credits)
  • PA 651 — Health Care Management Theory and Practice (3 credits)

C. Clinical Specialty

  • PA 612 — Critical Thinking in Medicine (4 credits)
  • PA 630 — Clerkship I: Developing Community Health (6 credits)
  • PA 645 — Clerkship II: Advanced Procedures and Skills (6 credits)
  • PA 651 — Health Care Management Theory and Practice (3 credits)

Capstone Requirements

  • PA 790 — Research Design (4 credits)
  • PA 799 — Thesis (4 credits)


To complete the 36 credits for this program, students may select elective courses from the above list and/or the following:

  • PA 691 — Special Topics in Health Care (3 credits)
  • PA 693 — Independent Study (1-3 credits)