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.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Franklin College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Franklin College.

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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

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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.