Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

Ranked #2 Nationwide for Rural Healthcare Work Placement*

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program is designed to train outstanding PAs who are compassionate, patient-centered providers. Explore a technology-rich environment where you will engage in clinical training experiences among diverse patient populations.

The program was recently ranked #2 in the nation by the Rural Health Research Center (2016) for producing a high proportion of graduates that go on to work in rural health-care. Your clinical training will include rotations throughout the underserved regions of New Hampshire and Vermont.

The program is unique in its emphasis on collaborative medicine and support of life-long learning. Develop hands-on, practical skills at the Lebanon, New Hampshire campus. In addition to classroom instruction, local clinical experience is a vital component to the program. Full-time courses are designed for program completion in 27 months.


  • Madison A. Hawkins

    Madison Hawkins, PA-C, ASCM-CEP '18, works as a Physician Assistant in Cardiology/Electrophysiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.“When selecting a program to prepare for an immensely fulfilling career, the Franklin Pierce Physician Assistant program is unparalleled. The program encourages an interactive, intense education by maintaining a limited cohort of 20-24 students. Utilization of the cadaver lab provides an imperative learning opportunity for students to understand fundamentals of anatomy to an unprecedented extent. At Franklin Pierce, students have the incomparable interprofessional education opportunity to engage with students from Colby-Sawyer College’s extraordinary nursing program and Dartmouth College’s legendary Geisel School of Medicine. Franklin Pierce staff work diligently to facilitate high-quality clinical rotations for every student.” 

    Madison Hawkins '18

    Physician Assistant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

  • Daniel Gallant

    Daniel Gallant, MPAS, PA-C '17, works as a Physician Assistant in the Section of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH."I knew from the time that I decided to become a PA that I wanted to keep my training in New Hampshire. As a New Hampshirite, it was important to me to be able to care for the community that raised and taught me. Through the MPAS program at FPU, I was able to establish local connections with world-class health care and found myself in a rewarding position where I can reach a broad area of patients while staying close to family, friends, and everything else I love about Northern New England."

    Daniel Galliant '17

    Physician Assistant at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 

  • Russell Arpin

    Russell Arpin ’16, MPAS ’19 has made the most of his Franklin Pierce experience at every step along his way, and now finds himself at the threshold of a fulfilling future in primary care medicine. He recently completed the last of nine clinical rotations for his Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree, which have included internal medicine at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, NC and OB/GYN at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH. His final rotation brought him back to the Rindge campus, as a staff member in the Health Services Department of Franklin Pierce University.

    Russell Arpin ’16, MPAS ’19

    Physician Assistant at Franklin Pierce University Health Services

  • Cody Pulsipher

    After graduating from the University of Utah in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Cody Pulsipher went on a medical mission to Guatemala with the Flying Doctors of America. While on his trip he met Dr. Pagliacci, who first spiked his interest in water. “After I first heard Dr. Pagliacci speak about water, I felt I had a moral obligation to act. Here’s my chance to really make a difference.” Pulsipher graduated from the MPAS program at Franklin Pierce in 2015. He is currently a Physician Assistant at The Valley Health system in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Cody Pulsipher, MPAS '15 

    Physician Assistant at the Valley Health System

Additional Resources

Want to Know More?

Download the MPAS SheetDownload a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.


Admissions Questions: (800) 325-1090

Master of Physician Assistant StudiesLebanon Center: (603) 298-6617

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*Source: Franklin Pierce’s Physician Assistant Program Receives National Recognition