Physician Assistant Program–Phoenix (Master of Physician Assistant Studies)
If you’re driven to positively impact the lives of patients, our Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program could be a perfect fit. The application cycle is now open through the CASPA website. The PA Program-Phoenix is not yet accredited.
The mission of the Creighton University physician assistant program is to foster a tradition of excellence by transforming learners into compassionate physician assistants who are dedicated to exemplary patient care. Rooted in our Ignatian heritage, we empower students to realize their full potential through a commitment to professional growth and service to humanity.
U.S. News & World Report rates the physician assistant profession as the #2 health care profession. Creighton’s program can help you earn your credentials, serve your patients well and lead in the field. The physician assistant program aims to develop student competencies in:
- Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge: Provide compassionate, patient-centered, and evidence-based medical care that is effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health while utilizing up-to-date scientific evidence to inform clinical reasoning and clinical judgment.
- Health Literacy and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and health professionals while engaging in shared decision-making with patients and honoring the patients’ unique personal, cultural and social values.
- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient- and population-centered care.
- Professionalism and Ethics: Demonstrate a commitment to professional behaviors and responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles.
- Systems-Based Practice: Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care to deliver high-quality, safe, patient-centered care.
- Self-Assessment and Ongoing Professional Development: Demonstrate an awareness of personal and professional limitations and develop plans and interventions for addressing gaps.
- Cultural Humility: Demonstrate the ability to exercise a state of openness toward understanding and respecting important aspects of other people’s cultural identities.
Graduation and attrition rates are forthcoming.
National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass rate 5-year average are forthcoming.
The PA program curriculum is a 28-month, two-phase curriculum–didactic and clinical. The curriculum for the Phoenix program is a systems-based model which includes active learning and content in ethics and humanities, consistent with the Creighton University mission.
View the 2023-24 Student Handbook.
Students will learn in a new, state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of midtown Phoenix in Park Central. The new, modern health sciences campus will be home to nearly 900 students across multiple professions bringing interprofessional collaborative practice and education to improve and innovate patient care. Learn more about the Phoenix Health Sciences campus.
All applicants for the PA Program–Phoenix will be reviewed based on several admissions requirements related to residency, holding a bachelor’s degree, minimum GPA, prerequisites, patient care experience and more. Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. Accreditation will be separate from the PA Program in Omaha, Nebraska, and admissions requirements may vary between the two programs. See full requirements.
Creighton University’s Physician Assistant Program—Phoenix has applied for Accreditation—Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Creighton University’s Physician Assistant Program—Phoenix anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2023, pending achieving Accreditation—Provisional status at the March 2023 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.
In the event that Accreditation-Provisional status is not granted by the ARC-PA, Creighton University Physician Assistant Program - Phoenix will not matriculate its first class in August 2023 as planned. Any security deposit paid by an applicant will be refunded in full. The University will not be responsible for refunding application fees or expenses incurred by applicants during the application and/or interview process (e.g., CASPA fees, supplemental application fees, travel to/from campus, etc.).
For information on Creighton University’s accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.
Dates & Deadlines
The first enrollment for the physician assistant program in Phoenix is planned for fall 2023. When admissions are opened, invitations will be extended for interviews on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications to CASPA as early as possible. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are verified and completed, including the supplemental application. Invited candidates will be required to participate in an interview to be considered for admission.
See up-to-date information about when we’ll begin accepting admissions on our admissions page.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.
Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.
Creighton in Phoenix
When our partners in Arizona asked us to open a campus in Phoenix to help solve the shortage of health care providers in the Southwest, we answered the call. Today, we’re educating the next generation of providers, in the Creighton tradition, which focuses on care and concern for others.
Our connections in the region mean students will have diverse opportunities for hands-on experiences. The program will be a part of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance with close relationships to Dignity St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health and District Medical Group, Inc.
Creighton’s new, modern health sciences campus will be home to nearly 900 students across multiple professions bringing interprofessional collaborative practice and education to improve and innovate patient care.
- Emily Babcock, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Program Director, Associate Professor
- Jennifer Feirstein, MPAS, PA-C
Director of Didactic Education, Assistant Professor
- Carla Shamblen, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor
- Bree Stalhut, MEd
Program Manager, Admissions Specialist
- Poppy Hochstetler
Administrative Assistant III
- Megan Brown, MS