Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Arizona-based, hybrid 24-month program
The Arizona-based, hybrid 24-month Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Program is designed to prepare PAs to provide compassionate care with the highest level of clinical excellence and ethical standards. We develop PAs who are patient advocates, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners. We nurture the development of culturally sensitive leaders who embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion to serve patients within their communities. Explore a technology-rich environment where you will attend classes virtually. Your clinical training will include rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, behavioral medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and two elective rotations. Develop hands-on, practical skills during scheduled immersion weeks at the Goodyear, Arizona center. In addition to online instruction, in-person clinical experience is a vital component to the program. Full-time courses are designed for program completion in 24 months.Apply to This Program Now
Health care providers are more in-demand than ever, and physician assistants will continue to be an important part of the medical team.
Develop hands-on, practical skills during scheduled immersion weeks at the Goodyear, Arizona center. In addition to online instruction, in-person clinical experience is a vital component to the program. Full-time courses are designed for program completion in 24 months.
Franklin Pierce Hybrid PA students have the benefit of completing the program in 24 months without having to relocate during the preclinical year.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Franklin Pierce University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program sponsored by Franklin Pierce University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.
Applications are accepted only through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications must be verified by CASPA before September 1st and include 3 letters of recommendation to be considered for the 2024 cohort. All applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The admissions cycle opens April 27, 2023 and closes September 1, 2023.
Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits with lab)
Anatomy & Physiology 11 (4 credits with lab)
Biology (8 credits with lab for A.Z., 4 credits with lab for N.H.)
Chemistry I (4 credits with lab)
Chemistry II (4 credits with lab)
Microbiology (4 credits with lab)
Statistics (3 credits)
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (4 credits with lab)
Psychology (A.Z. only)
In addition, the following courses are recommended:
Medical Terminology (1)
Coursework must be recent (within the last 10 years). All prerequisite courses must
be passed with a grade of
“C” or better and be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate science
GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
We strongly recommend that coursework be recent, at least within the last 10 years.
All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better and be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants must have an overall science GPA of at least 3.0 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Applications are ranked for interview according to GPA, personal statement, letters of recommendation, clinical experience(s), and/or other experiences which may include life experience (e.g. challenges, achievements), shadowing, volunteerism, experience with rural and/or underserved communities, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged populations; and research, teaching, and/or publications authored. Selected candidates will be notified by the admissions coordinator for a virtual interview.
Advanced placement is not granted to prospective students
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. There are no exceptions to this requirement, including having attained upper-level education in the United States. 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 C981.
All applicants are required to complete Casper as part of their application. To complete these assessments please visit www.AcuityInsights.app, create an account and register to complete the following assessments: Casper: 90-110 minute online, open-response situational judgment test. Your application will not be deemed eligible for review until we receive your Casper Assessment score.
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