Physician Assistant

Degree Awarded

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

Program Delivery


Locations Available

West Lebanon, New Hampshire

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.

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Program Highlights

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 healthcare. 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.


Class of 2021
PANCE Pass Rate


Just 27 months
to program completion

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Mission & Goals

The mission of the Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program is to prepare PAs who demonstrate clinical excellence; embrace diversity, equity and inclusion; advocate for their patients; lead and advance the profession; and serve their communities.

Program Goals Assessment
1. Prepare students to function as competent healthcare providers in primary care settings.
  • 1st Time PANCE Pass Rate (5-Yr Ave.): 94%
  • Total PANCE Pass Rate  (5-Yr Ave.): 92%
  • Graduates currently practicing in primary care: 55%

(last updated: December 2018)

2. Nurture student progress to optimize professional growth and retention.
  • Graduation Rate: 89%

(average of the last 3 cohorts to graduate)

3. Recruit students from rural and underserved communities, particularly those from New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Recruitment from rural and/or medically underserved areas: 49%
  • Recruitment from NH/VT: 28%

(average of the last 3 cohorts to matriculate)

4. Train students in rural and medically underserved communities with a focus on New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Students receiving clinical training in rural and/or medically underserved areas: 100%

Students receiving clinical training in NH/VT: 100%

5. Graduate students who practice in rural and medically underserved communities with emphasis on New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Graduates practicing in rural and/or medically underserved areas: 69%
  • Graduates practicing in NH/VT: 48%

(last updated: December 2018)

Current PANCE Pass Rates

Admissions Requirements

All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better and be completed prior to matriculation.  Applicants must possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants may apply with up to two outstanding prerequisites.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits) - lab required
  • Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits) - lab required
  • Chemistry I (4 credits) - lab required
  • Chemistry II (4 credits) - lab required
  • Biology (4 credits) - lab required
  • Microbiology (4 credits) - lab required
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (4 credits) - lab required

Recommended Courses (not required)

  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology
  • Nutrition
  • Psychology

Applicants are required to shadow at least 20 hours with a PA in order to be eligible for review.  Due to challenges with obtaining in-person shadowing opportunities due to the restrictions put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shadowing hours may be virtual for the April – November 2021 CASPA cycle only.  The PA Shadowing form must be signed by the PA you shadowed or by an individual with authority to attest to the number of hours you shadowed a PA or number of PAs.

All applicants who were born outside of the United States and who did not graduate from a United States high school will be required to submit internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores with their application.  A minimum total score of 100 (with at least 25 in each section) is required.  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for submitting your score to CASPA is 3709.

After verifying that the minimum requirements for admission are met (see above), the program will evaluate each candidate’s academic achievements, personal attributes and experiences. Factors given specific consideration are listed below. Please note that none of these factors, alone or in combination, guarantees admission. However, all else being equal, candidates who demonstrate a greater number of these factors will generally be in a better position for an interview and for admission.

  • Overall GPA or Science GPA of 3.5 and above
  • Research, publications or presentations

  • Overcoming significant life adversities and struggles
  • Multi-lingual ability
  • Work Experience
    • Military or government service (including spouse)
    • Voluntary service
    • Medical or healthcare experience
  • Franklin Pierce University student or alumni
  • Resident of Vermont or New Hampshire
  • From an underserved or rural area or extensive experience with populations from underserved/rural areas

What Can I Do with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies?

“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.”

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Applications are accepted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications must include 3 letters of recommendation and be submitted by November 1 for the following year and will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplemental materials, which must also be submitted through CASPA by the November 1 deadline, include an updated resume and a signed P.A. Shadowing Form reflecting a minimum of 20 shadowing hours completed with a PA-C.

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CONTACT Admissions Team

Physician Assistant Admissions

Lebanon, NH Center
(603) 298-6617

Graduate Admissions

(800) 325-1090
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or by appointment 

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