Missouri State University

Physician Assistant Studies


Physician Assistant Studies Program at Missouri State University 

  PROFESSIONAL BUILDING, Suite 200, 417-836-6151


 If you are interested in receiving a Program brochure, please e-mail your name, mailing address and telephone number to PhysicianAsstStudies@missouristate.edu. For more information about the Physician Assistant profession check out the American Academy of Physician Assistant's (AAPA) website at: http://www.aapa.org. A list of accredited PA programs is available at http://www.aapa.org/pgmlist.php3.   



Life Sciences, Health Care Experience and PA Shadowing prerequisites have been changed as of 2013


 The Missouri State University PA Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  The CASPA Application Portal will be available beginning April 16, 2014 for current MSU PA Program cycle (May 1 - August 1, 2014) for individuals interested in applying for the class beginning in January 2015. The deadline for applications to CASPA is August 1, 2014. Apply Early!  Please allow 4-8 weeks for a completed and verified CASPA application to reach the Missouri State PA Program.  The GRE or MCAT must be taken prior to August 1, 2014 if applying for January 2015. The CASPA website CASPA LINK provides additional information about the initial application requirements and fees.  

APPLY EARLY!! Once you submit your CASPA application, it can take 4-8 weeks to process through CASPA.  If you submit your application to CASPA too close to the deadline (August 1), it may not reach the Program in time for a full evaluation before interviews begin in September.  The absolute "received by" deadline for the MSU PA Program to consider applications submitted to CASPA by the August 1 application deadline is Friday, August 22, 2014.
All submitted applications must be completed and VERIFIED BY CASPA by August 22, 2014 to be considered for this cycle.

Your CASPA application may be forwarded to the Program by CASPA when CASPA has received the following information: 1) Electronic Application; 2) All Official Transcripts; 3) at least 2 of the 3 letters of recommendation; and 4) Payment.  Any missing information (i.e., 3rd letter of recommendation, GRE scores) should be submitted as soon as possible for timely evaluation.   

 GRE code: For Missouri State University use INSTITUTION CODE 6665.  GRE scores go directly to the MSU Graduate College.

If you have further questions, please contact the Missouri State University PA Department at (417)836-6151. 

Information is updated in a timely manner; however, subject  to change without notice.    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________


View the 2008-2012:  NCCPA Pass Rate Summary Report.
current NCCPA Summary Report:
 NCCPA 2013


The MSU PA Program has a proven track record in achieving its goals. Out of 10 graduating classes, all but one class has scored above the national pass rate for first time test takers. In fact, six of the classes have achieved 100% board pass rates!  Additionally, several of the classes have achieved a higher mean score on the NCCPA exam. For example, the class of 2010 achieved a score of 622, placing this class at the 80th percentile in the nation at a minimum of, and possibly as high as, the 90th percentile!

The most recent alumni survey data revealed the following: Most MSU-PAs are employed on a full-time basis and in clinical practice.  The largest percentage of MSU graduate PAs work in office-based private practice settings. The most prevalent "primary" work setting for MSU graduates was surgery 26%, followed by family practice with or without urgent care (25%), and internal medicine (20%).  Graduate PA's from Missouri State University practice in 19 states with 51% residing in Missouri, and Twenty-seven percent of MSU-PA graduates are employed in rural areas, with Sixty-six out of 68 respondents (97%) report that they would recommend the PAS program at Missouri State University to others.