Physician Assistant Studies

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Physician Assistant Studies Program at Missouri State University 



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


The Missouri State University PA Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  The CASPA Application Portal will be available for the next MSU PA Program cycle (May 1 - August 1, 2016) for individuals interested in applying for the class beginning in January 2017. The deadline for applications to CASPA is August 1, 2016. Apply Early (as soon as CASPA opens for this cycle!)  Please allow up to 4 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, 2016 if applying for January 2017. The CASPA website CASPA LINK provides additional information about the initial application requirements and fees.  

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:   All verified applications must be received by the MSU PA Program by August 26, 2016 in order to be considered for the class beginning January 2017. 

APPLY EARLY!! Once you submit your CASPA application, it can take up to 4 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. 
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 2010-2015:  NCCPA Pass Rate Summary Report.


The typical entering student in the Missouri State University PA Program in 2015 is 27 years old (range 22-46), earned a BS degree, has an overall grade point average of 3.58, a Science GPA of 3.51, and 5219 hours (range of 742-31000 hours) of paid, direct patient healthcare experience prior to admission, and GRE scores (combined) 301 for the verbal and quantitative sections, respectively. No averaged data are available for the MCAT (MCAT has been accepted in lieu of the GRE) since 2012.  


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.