About This Program

Earn a Bachelor of Science in health science/pre-physician assistant studies and a Master of Science in physician assistant studies in just six years.

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Lucy Saloio
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
(413) 748-3554
lsaloio@springfieldcollege.edu

The Springfield College physician assistant (PA) program is renowned for its unique blend of academic rigor and hands-on experience in this field. The program educates primary care physician assistants eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.

Through our six-year track (pre-professional phase), you’ll enter Springfield College as a first-year student, and in six years, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Science in health science/pre-PA and complete the master’s-level physician assistant program. You’ll enter the professional phase of the program in January of your 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 physician assistant program.

The majority of our students enter the physician assistant program through the six-year track. Students advance to the six-year track as long as all program requirements are met. 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.

We admit to fill a class of 35 seats. During the application process, 35 qualified applicants will be offered admission. We consistently receive applications from many prospective students who meet our criteria for admissions. As a result, we develop a wait-list from which we actively draw to ensure that the class size is exactly 35.

In six years time, you’ll have earned a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and be in a career where you’ll make a huge impact on the lives of many. Interested?

Physician assistant major Taylor Lockrow

Students who follow their passions

Taylor Lockrow, physician assistant major and nutrition minor, shares her experience at Springfield College and how her major and minor work together to prepare her for her career.

Gain first-hand experience providing treatment.

In the physician assistant program, you'll have full access to our medical simulation laboratory, where you'll be able to take what you learn in the classroom and put it into real-life practice on these virtual patients that exhibit human responses. 

Student in sim lab
Studying Physician Assistant At Springfield College
Accreditation

Our physician assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.

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 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.