Academic Programs Physician Assistant Program

Physician Assistant Program

The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) Program educates primary care physician assistants eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.

This is 27-month graduate program leads to a master of science in physician assistant studies. There are two different entry points to the program.

  • Six-year track (Pre-professional Phase): The student enters Springfield College as a first-year student, and in six years, earns a Bachelor of Science in health science/Pre-PA and completes the master’s-level PA program. The student enters the professional phase of the program in January of their senior year. The Bachelor of Science in health science/Pre-PA is awarded in May of the fourth year. The Master of Science degree is awarded at the conclusion of the PA program. The majority of our students enter the PA program through this route.
  • Two-year track (Professional Phase): The student with a bachelor’s degree enters the PA program and is awarded a master’s degree upon completion. Individuals interested in this track should note that these students complete the entire 27-month program, but for the sake of simplicity the track is referred to as the two-year track.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) National Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.

Five Year Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam Results


Springfield College

National Average

2015 100% 96%
2014 100% 95%
2013 100% 94%
2012 100% 93%
2011 100% 91%
2010 100% 94%
2009 100% 92%
2008 100% 94%

Download the full report here.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Springfield College. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 September 2016. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The Mission

The mission of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in clinical, community, and academic service to humanity by building upon its foundations of Humanics and academic excellence.

Lauren Emery ’12, G’13

Physician Assistant at Mercy Medical Center

Springfield, Mass.

“I have been able to help people get better with the knowledge I gained at Springfield College.”