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Physician Assistant Studies

Department of Physician Assistant Studies 

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Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-6151
Fax: 417-836-6406

Career Preparation

Physician Assistant Studies is a graduate entry-level, professional course of study designed to prepare highly competent practitioners to practice primary care medicine in the context of team-delivered care in a rapidly evolving healthcare arena. The Program is 24 months, divided into didactic (12 months) and clinical (12 months) phases. The curriculum is based on the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education and incorporates the principles of scientific inquiry, self-directed study, and problem solving.

Missouri State Physician Assistant Studies is the only state-supported PA program in Missouri.


Accreditation is a process of external peer review to assure standard of excellence and quality are met and maintained. Graduation from an accredited PA program is now a requirement to practice as a PA in the United States and to sit for the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certifying examination. The review process is conducted by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The Missouri State Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the ARC-PA.

Admission Requirements

  1. Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States prior to entering the program. 
  2. Complete all preprofessional prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester before the program begins. All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution. Prerequisite courses can be found on the programs website.
  3. Complete the Graduate Record Examination General Test within the past 5 years.
  4. Meet all requirements for admission to graduate study at Missouri State. Graduate school admission and degree requirements are detailed in the Graduate Catalog.
  5. Present evidence of completion of the Basic Life Support for Health Professionals course approved by the American Heart Association. The certificate must be valid for one year after the beginning of the program.
  6. Meet the technical standards of the program in order to successfully undertake the course of study. These standards are available upon request from the program. Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health, and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus and a complete Hepatitis B series, including a titer demonstrating immunity) and a PPD (Plus chest x-ray for PPD+ individuals).
  7. File an application with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Apply at www.caspaonline.org after May 1. The CASPA web site provides additional information about the initial application requirements and fees. The application deadline for the class entering in January is August 1. Therefore, you are encouraged to get your application and supporting materials into CASPA at least six weeks in advance of the deadline.
  8. Competitive applicants will be invited to interview with members of the programs’ admission committee.
  9. Applicants who are accepted to the Program will be required to submit a Missouri State Graduate school application and pay the $35.00 fee.
  10. Matriculated students must enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program with their class.
  11. All students are required to carry professional liability insurance throughout the program. This insurance is available through the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  12. All students must also carry health (including hospitalization) insurance throughout the entire program. A comprehensive student group health and accident insurance policy is available through Missouri State.
  13. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any security checks and drug screenings required by clinical agencies, for application to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), and when applying for professional licensure.
  14. Apply for criminal record check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMo or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a physician assistant.
  15. GPA and GRE requirements can be found on the PA program’s website.