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Master of Physician Assistant Studies

If you’re driven by the desire to positively impact the lives of patients, Creighton University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program could be a perfect fit.

In this program, you’ll learn more than just the practice of medicine. You’ll experience an interprofessional, broad-based medical education in an environment of reflective learning that will transform you into an exemplary health care provider. Under the guidance of expert faculty, you’ll learn to lead, collaborate with a team and provide culturally competent, evidence-based patient-centered care.

“At Creighton, students learn how to treat patients as people, care for the community around them, help those in need and also how to keep balance in their own lives. These lessons are woven throughout an education that also provides the solid core science and clinical skills needed to go forth in the world and be excellent researchers.”

—Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD | Dean, School of Medicine

Rooted in Jesuit tradition, the physician assistant program fosters excellence by transforming learners like you into compassionate physician assistants who are dedicated to exemplary patient care. You’ll be encouraged to realize your full potential through a commitment to professional growth and service to humanity. Experienced and dedicated faculty will act as both teachers and mentors, helping form you as an individual who lives a life of service, learning and self-improvement.

Program At A Glance

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

This program is offered On Campus

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST 2020 ENROLLMENT
September 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • 250 hours of patient care
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • In-person interview
  • Meet technical standards and health/immunization requirements
  • Pass drug screen
  • GRE score (use school code 2693)
  • CASPA Application
  • Supplemental application
  • $50 application fee

PROGRAM DETAILS

Program Goals and Curriculum

Creighton’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program prepares individuals to become successful physician assistants who are dedicated to exemplary patient care.

To earn this master’s degree, you will complete a 28-month, two-phase curriculum designed in the medical model.

Phase I: Didactic
The didactic phase of study will include 12 months of integrated, systems-based instruction designed to develop the student’s pre-clinical knowledge base, clinical skills, critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills. Students will apply a biopsychosocial approach to learning patient care with a focus on integrating medical knowledge, clinical problem solving, reflection and communication skills.

Phase II: Clinical
The 16-month clinical phase will allow students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills gained in Phase I in the clinical setting. Students will complete required clinical clerkships in the areas of:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Women’s Health

Additional elective rotations give learners an opportunity to tailor their education to their personal needs and interests. Creighton University PA students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Creighton University clinical network, including locations in Omaha and Phoenix, drawing on Creighton’s partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Valleywise Health.

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The faculty and staff of the Creighton University PA program hail from diverse clinical backgrounds and are committed to the student academic experience. Their commitment to the profession is demonstrated by their leadership in PA professional organizations at the state and national levels.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Physician Assistant (PA) program, applicants must:

  • Complete the CASPA application
  • Complete a supplemental application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Have completed a minimum of 250 hours of patient care
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Participate in an in-person interview, if invited
  • Provide a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score—use code 2693 for this program
  • Meet technical standards and health/immunization requirements
  • Pass a drug screen

International applicants must:

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadline and starting date of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact the Physician Assistant Program for personalized assistance.

ON-CAMPUS

Matriculate In

Apply By

August 2020

September 2019

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

Funding Your Education