Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
More than ever before, there is a need for quality primary care providers, and physician assistants are playing a crucial role in filling that need. As a physician assistant, you'll practice medicine with physician supervision and provide health care in a variety of practice settings, from family medicine to specialties. Marietta's Physician Assistant Studies (PA) Program will give you the cognitive, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary for a career in this growing field.
The Marietta College PA Program is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The PA program includes 14 months of supervised clinical rotations that will give you experience in a wide range of clinical settings.
As a PA student, you'll take courses in medical science and clinical medicine along with 14 months of clinical experiences. PA courses include:
- Gross Anatomy
- Professional Issues I
- Advanced Human Physiology I & II
- Pathophysiology I & II
- Advanced Pharmacology I & II
- Physical Examination I & II
- Clinical Medicine I & II
- Research Methods I & II
Clinical experiences include rotations and courses in:
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- General Surgery
- Prenatal Care/Gynecology
- Emergency Medicine
- Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine
- Elective Rotation
- Professional Issues II
- Capstone Project
Admission to the PA Program
To qualify for admission, you must:
- have a bachelor's degree
- have a minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0
- all pre-requisite courses must be taken within the past 10 years prior to application
- must obtain a "C" or better in all pre-requisite courses
- complete the following pre-requisite courses: Upper Level Biology, General Chemistry I and II (with labs), Microbiology (with lab), Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, General Psychology, Abnormal or Developmental Psychology, and Statistics
You are also strongly encouraged, though not required, to have completed courses in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Immunology.
To apply, you should:
- apply to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at www.caspaonline.org. The deadline is November 1st for entry the following summer. CASPA collects and transmits standardized information to both you and the PA programs you select.
- complete the supplemental application for Marietta's PA Program by November 1st .
- send official test scores from the GRE (or MCAT) to Marietta's PA Program. The school/department code is 1444.
Applicants to the program are selected based on their academic preparation, potential for primary care practice, motivation and ability to work with people, knowledge of the PA profession, and letters of recommendation. Prior health care experience is recommended but not required.
The application is reviewed by an admissions committee to select applicants for an interview. To be eligible for consideration, the Marietta College PA Program must have received the CASPA and supplemental applications by November 1st (apply early). Offers of admission will be made two weeks after interview date. Applicants are required to have all prerequisites completed by December of the year of application for the program's June start date, except for one which can be completed in the spring before entering.
First year: $33,528
Second year: $33,528
To learn more, please visit the PA Program Department website.