The Physician Assistant Program at Missouri State University is a graduate entry-level professional course of study leading to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) degree upon completion of the 24 month curriculum. The program is designed to prepare graduates for primary care practice in the context of team delivered care in a rapidly evolving health care arena. The program is 24 months (six semesters) duration and is divided into didactic (12 months) and clinical phases (12 months). Enrollment is on a continuous, full-time basis only. Coursework begins in January of each year for the (normally up to 30) students who are selected by the Admissions Committee from the annual applicant pool of CASPA applications. The curriculum is based on the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education and incorporates the principles of scientific inquiry, self-directed study, critical analysis, and problem-solving.