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.
An In-Demand Career—Now and in the Future
With the healthcare being the nation's leading job growth industry, 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. Demand for healthcare services continues to rise and Physician Assistants are in demand as integral members of care teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. Practicing medicine, they examine, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of healthcare settings.
The PA program comprises 99 credits, with year one focused on more didactic studies and year two centering 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 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.
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 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).
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 best way to learn how to take care of patients is to actually take care of patients. Every week you're out doing something that involves patients and their care.