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

The physician assistant program will not be admitting graduate students for entrance in January 2018 as the program is fully enrolled. Please check back periodically for updates on enrollment opportunities for the January 2019 admissions cycle.

Springfield College has become renowned for its unique blend of academic rigor and hands-on experience in this field. Students enrolled in the Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) Master of Science Program receive the most comprehensive education available in the academics of medicine, combined with significant practical clinical experience in a variety of settings.

Students who enter the two-year track (professional phase) have already earned a bachelor's degree and will be 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.

The 27-month, full-time graduate program comprises seven semesters (116 credits). Students typically attend classes daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some exercises requiring longer attendance. Students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with individual course grades remaining at "B" or higher. Additionally, students are expected to uphold professional standards of conduct. 

The program has the responsibility for arranging the clinical instruction and supervision of each student. Students are encouraged to seek out compatible primary care physician preceptors in their home communities. The program must approve each clinical site and retains the responsibility for student training and evaluation. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) National Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.

The majority of our students enter the physician assistant program through the six-year track. Preference for admission is given to students entering through the six-year track as long as all program requirements are met.

The program will not be accepting students for January 2018.
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. 

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