Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

health sciences students working with patientsThe Physician Assistant Studies Program trains a new generation of qualified and dedicated advanced practice professionals with a focus on providing safe, patient-centered care to underserved populations in metropolitan and rural settings.

Pursue a Regional Impact

  • PAs in Indiana are underutilized compared to the national average (19.5PAs/100K population vs. 36 PAs/100K)
  • 79% of rural counties are without a PA
  • PAs are one of the solutions to the access to care issues in Indiana especially to the underserved populations.

What makes the PA program at Franklin College special?

  • Small class size (18-24) in a dedicated teaching space
  • Emphasis on community engagement and underserved populations
  • Patient-centered humanistic healthcare focus

Program Overview

25-month curriculum

  • 12-month didactic
  • 12-month clinical (7 core rotations, 2 electives)
  • 1-month capstone

Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission has granted approval for Franklin College to offer the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Franklin College Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC‐PA). Franklin College anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2019, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2018 ARC‐PA meeting. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC‐PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation‐provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The program will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.

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Did You Know?

PA consistently ranks in the top 5 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 37% growth rate from 2016-2026.