Department of Physician Assistant Studies
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.