Physician Assistant Studies (Master's Degree)
About This Program
Earn your Master of Science in physician assistant studies in 27 months.
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Applications for the 2021 and 2022 school year will not be accepted as those cohorts are full.
The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) Master of Science Program values a landscape in which individuals feel included and receive the resources necessary to accomplish outcomes in a fair and accessible way. The Springfield College PA Program’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to enhancing the culture of acceptance and inclusion. We continually create goals and take action in order to support an open and accepting environment that creates visibility and transparency for faculty staff and students.
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 PA 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 (112 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.
Students will complete eleven 4-week clinical rotations in the fields of family medicine, inpatient medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, psychiatry, surgery and the electives of their choice.The program has the responsibility of arranging the clinical instruction and supervision of each student. 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 Springfield College PA Program recognizes the importance of providing a learning environment that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion for not only our college community but also for the community in which we serve. We strive to promote acceptance of diversity which includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age, religion, disability, and socioeconomic status.
This program enrolls students in the spring term only.
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Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section.
Graduate Admissions Essay
Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.
In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume.
Letters of Recommendation
This program requires three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
This program requires an interview for selected finalists.
Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended
- An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
- Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:
- Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
- Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at email@example.com or via phone at (413) 748-3891.
To submit materials:
After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload their letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
I. Professional Phase Core Requirements
- BIOL 376 - Medical Genetics Credits: 3
- EMSM 251 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support Credits: 1
- PAST 512 - History Taking and Physical Assessment I Credits: 4
- PAST 513 - Mental Health Issues in Primary Care Credits: 3
- PAST 515 - Clinical Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 2
- PAST 521 - Applied Clinical Skills I Credits: 2
- PAST 522 - History Taking and Physical Assessment II Credits: 4
- PAST 523 - Pharmacology I Credits: 2
- PAST 524 - Clinical Medicine I Credits: 6
- PAST 525 - Clinical Human Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 2
- PAST 531 - Applied Clinical Skills II Credits: 2
- PAST 532 - History Taking and Physical Assessment Credits: 4
- PAST 533 - Pharmacology II Credits: 2
- PAST 534 - Clinical Medicine II Credits: 6
- PAST 540 - Ethical and Professional Issues in PA Practice Credits: 3
- PAST 543 - Pharmacology III Credits: 2
- PAST 544 - Clinical Medicine III Credits: 6
- PAST 626 - Physician Assistant Research Project Credits: 3
- PAST 640 - PA Seminar VIII Credits: 1
- PAST 650 - PA Seminar IX Credits: 1
- PAST 660 - PA Seminar X Credits: 1
- PAST 670 - Inpatient Medicine Credits: 4
- PAST 671 - Inpatient Medicine II Credits: 4
- PAST 672 - Family Medicine Credits: 4
- PAST 673 - Family Medicine II Credits: 4
- PAST 678 - General Surgery Credits: 4
- PAST 674 - Emergency Medicine Credits: 4
- PAST 675 - Obstetrics and Gynecology Credits: 4
- PAST 676 - General Pediatrics Credits: 4
- PAST 677 - Psychiatry Credits: 4
- PAST 679 - Preceptorship Credits: 4
- PAST 680 - Preceptorship II Credits: 4
- RSCH 610 - Foundations and Methods of Research Credits: 3
- RSCH 612 - Proposal Design Credits: 2
- RSCH 620 - Educational and Psychological Statistics I Credits: 3
Technical standards define the attributes considered necessary for students to possess in order to complete their education and training, and subsequently enter clinical practice. These standards are prerequisites for entrance, continuation, and graduation from the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program. Students must possess aptitude, ability, and skills in five areas: 1) observation, 2) communication, 3) sensory and motor coordination and function, 4) conceptualization, integration, and quantitation, and 5) behavioral and social attributes. These functions are critically important and must be autonomously performed by the student. It should be understood that these are standards for minimum competence in the program. More information on technical standards is available from the Office of Admissions and can be found in the Physician Assistant Program Student Handbook.
Students are required to follow the procedures and adhere to the policies of the physician assistant program as outlined in the Physician Assistant Program Student Handbook
Applications for the 2021 and 2022 cycles will not be accepted as those cohorts are full.