The College of Health Sciences' Physician Assistant Program offers you a student-centered environment in which you can develop skills as a compassionate, competent physician assistant in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Faculty mentors, interprofessional education and service, and self-directed learning help you to learn what it takes to provide critical services such as patient diagnoses, minor surgical procedures, emergency medicine, and health counseling and education. We will work with you to build your career as a member of tomorrow's healthcare team.
Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.M.S.)
27 months, full-time
Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine/Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry, Surgery, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Electives.
The Class of 2016 had a 97.8% graduation rate (89/91)
100% of the graduates from the Class of 2016 reported working full time (>32 hours/week)
Primary care, surgery, medical and surgical subspecialties, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine
2014 jobs: 94,400; outlook 2014-2024 employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30%1
The average salary in 2015 grew to $93,800 (varies by specialty, practice setting, location, experience)2
3 www.aapa.org/salaryreport/ (website last accessed July 2016)
Students seeking admission to the PA Program must submit the following documented evidence:
|Course||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab* (must include at least 4 hours of Anatomy)||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab*||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab*||4||6|
|Math (college algebra or above)||3||4|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.)||6||9|
|Biochemistry* (not required but strongly recommended)||4-8||6-12|
|Statistic (not required, but strongly recommended)||3||4|
|*All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science prerequisites. No online labs will be accepted.|
The Physician Assistant program uses a rolling admissions process. Students must apply for admission via the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The application deadline is October 1st each year.
The professional curriculum leads to a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.M.S.). This full-time 27-month professional program offers students the opportunity to earn a graduate degree and satisfy the eligibility requirements for the PA national certifying examination. The PA program does not offer an extended course of study beyond the usual length of the program. The maximum allotted time for completion of this program is 40.5 months. The roles and specific clinical duties and responsibilities that graduates can expect to experience will vary depending on their chosen career path. PA Program graduates are expected to have the ability to competently perform patient histories and physicals, gather pertinent patient data, order and interpret diagnostic studies, recognize common diseases and disorders, choose appropriate therapeutic modalities, perform minor surgical procedures, manage emergency life-threatening conditions, promote health through counseling, education, and disease prevention, and demonstrate interpersonal skills consistent with the physician assistant role. The program is a combination of didactic and clinical education with the first 13.5 months covering a variety of didactic courses.
The didactic coursework includes basic science coursework in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics and microbiology. It also includes clinical preparatory coursework in clinical medicine, pediatrics, behavioral medicine, psychiatry, women's health, emergency medicine and surgical principles. During the remaining 13.5 months, students rotate through core clinical rotations and two elective rotations.
The second-year clinical program is delivered at affiliated clinical sites and facilities. These sites are geographically and demographically diverse, reflecting the broad scope of practice opportunities that exist for PAs in the health care delivery system of this country. Sites include ambulatory practice settings, small and large office-based group practices, community and migrant health centers, in-patient settings involving large and small hospitals, as well as federal and state facilities. These sites are in urban, suburban, and rural communities located throughout Arizona. In addition, the program has established formal affiliations with clinical facilities and practitioners in a number of other states. As part of the clinical education phase of the program, students enrolled in the MWU PA Program will likely be assigned to clinical rotations that reflect this geographic and demographic diversity. Students are required to complete a minimum of one clinical rotation in a rural/medically-underserved community.
No significant changes in the PA Program admission requirements, academic standards, or curriculum are anticipated for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Due to the rigorous time demands during the didactic and clinical years, the PA Program strongly discourages students who are enrolled in the Program from working outside of school during the 27-month Program.
Some students may be able to successfully coordinate campus work-study jobs, but the educational requirements of the Program remain the priority. Students who do choose to work at off-campus jobs despite this recommendation are expected to maintain all university and Program attendance expectations, professionalism, and academic standards.
Students should consult with a counselor in the Financial Aid Office if they are in need of more financial resources. Students who are in the work-study Program for Midwestern University may not conduct their work in the PA Program offices due to confidentiality concerns with student records. PA students may utilize the work-study Program, as outlined by federal guidelines, for community service projects.
The Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program is committed to educate and mentor students in a setting that cultivates excellence and prepares compassionate, competent physician assistants to serve in a changing healthcare environment.
The philosophy of the PA Program is based on a dedication to the student-centered approach to teaching and learning. Program goals include a commitment to the following tenets: 1) mentor students and model professionalism, 2) promote interprofessional education and service within the healthcare community, 3) facilitate self-directed learning and critical-thinking skills, 4) foster a commitment to scholarship within the PA community, and 5) enhance the program through a process of continuous self-assessment.
The program meets the goals in a variety of ways. 1) Students in the program are assigned faculty mentors who serve in that capacity throughout the student's tenure in the program. These mentors are aware of student performance on individual assessments and are readily available to discuss academic resources as well as hear candid opinions and suggestions from their mentees. Faculty model professionalism to the students in a variety of ways including service to the profession and scholarly contributions. All of the faculty provide service to the community, university, and/or community. 2) The program promotes interprofessional education and service through a myriad of approaches. Every first-year PA student participates in a university wide interprofessional course that serves to highlight commonalities between the professions. Program faculty and students also participate in several interprofessional community service opportunities that include providing medical care to the medically underserved communities in the Phoenix area. 3) The program demonstrates success in facilitating self-directed learning and fostering critical thinking skills through the success of the students during their clinical phase of training and on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. 4) The program's commitment to scholarship is evident by the number of publications, presentations, and grants that have been completed with our students and faculty. 5) The program has a continuous process of self-assessment that allows for data collection and subsequent analysis throughout the curriculum. A variety of perspectives are sought in this process including students, faculty, clinical preceptors, and graduates. All of these efforts have allowed the program to achieve success including a 98.4% first-time average PANCE pass rate over the last five graduating classes (96%, 99%, 98% 99%. 100%).
"Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician Assistants are qualified upon graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program and/or certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Within the physician/PA relationship, Physician Assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The clinical role of Physician Assistants includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings in rural and urban areas. Physician Assistant practice is centered on patient care and may include educational, research, and administrative activities."
|Physician Assistant||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Student Services Fee||$628||$628||$158|
|Disability Ins. Fee||$65||$65||$33|
|Books & Supplies||$2,152||$1,260||$150|
Midwestern University's policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees are listed in the catalog on page 28 of the Student Financial Services section under "Leave of Absence for Financial Aid Eligibility Policy and Procedure.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Midwestern University-Glendale. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
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