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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

The DeSales MSPAS is a state-of-the-art program with some of the most technologically advanced facilities in which to learn and train. Experience a relevant curriculum that centers on experiential learning and practical application, and also imbues a spirit of care and compassion for others.

About the DeSales PA Program
An onsite gross anatomy lab and the opportunity to observe multiple disciplines in the field are just two of the reasons the DeSales Physician Assistant program is one of the best in the nation.


Our PA program is exceptional because not only do we have a cadaver lab so


it's a big difference I didn't appreciate in my undergrad learning


anatomy how different it is to see muscles and sinews and bones on a person


versus a model. It builds a respect and a deep-seated knowledge for the human body


I don't think I would have gotten otherwise. Another reason why I love this


place is they send you out to all these different disciplines. I went to


speech therapy. I went to cardiothoracic surgery. I went to nephrology, urology,


over the place and it helps you get a sense for what you do and don't like.


I feel so much more knowledgeable about what I want to do because of this


program. So, I'm really glad I came here instead of somewhere else.

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Advanced Pathways to the MSPAS for Undergraduates

In addition to the traditional master's program pathway for new graduate students, DeSales also provides program planning at the undergraduate level with 3+2 and 4+2 options that can culminate with an MSPAS.


Program Information

An In-Demand Career—Now and in the Future

Healthcare is the nation's leading job growth industry, and Physician Assistants are a major driver of this increase. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 37 percent job growth among PAs through 2026.

Physician Assistants are in demand as integral members of care teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers — they examine, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of healthcare settings.

The DeSales MSPAS program is a two-year program of 99 credits:  Year one focuses on didactic studies and year two centers on clinical rotations.

To be a graduate of DeSales' Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is to be dedicated to the total well-being of the patient and cognizant of the Christian humanistic traditions of DeSales University.

Advanced Labs & Facilities

The Gambet Center

Our newest 77,000 square foot academic building has some of the most exciting and cutting-edge technology available in healthcare education. The facility features:

  • simulation labs
  • the area's only gross anatomy lab
  • a standardized patient lab

The Center is a showcase of green architecture featuring environmentally advanced design consistent with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Explore the Gambet Center


The DeSales PA program excels at PANCE preparation, with a near-perfect first-time pass rate since the program began

PANCE is the only exam given to graduating physician assistants and it must be passed in order to be eligible for licensure in all 50 states.

The DeSales MSPAS program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Therefore, when you graduate you are eligible to sit for the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certification Examination).

See DeSales' PANCE rates

ARC-PA Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by  DeSales  University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

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We prepare PA students to pass their boards with an over 99% PANCE pass rate since program inception.

Kathleen Ehrhardt, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA MSPAS Program Director, Assistant Professor

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)
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