Physician Assistant (Master of Physician Assistant Studies)
At the physician assistant (PA) program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, 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.
If you’re driven by the desire to positively impact the lives of patients, our new Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will be a perfect fit. Experienced and dedicated faculty will inspire you to realize your full potential as a leader in the profession. They’ll help form you as an individual who, in the Jesuit tradition and the image of Christ, lives a life of service, learning and self-improvement.
The Creighton University physician assistant program mission 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.
Creighton University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Creighton University anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2019, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2019 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.
For more information, please visit the ARC-PA’s page on provisional accreditation.
Why Become a PA?
Now is an exciting time to join the physician assistant profession. According to US News & World Report, the physician assistant profession ranks #2 on the 2018 list of Best Health Care Jobs in America and #3 on the 2018 list of Best Jobs in America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual salary of PAs at $101,480 and projects that the field will grow at a rate of 37% (much faster than average) between now and 2026.
A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who practices medicine as a member of health care teams with physicians and other providers. PAs practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and in the uniformed services. Graduates of the Creighton PA program will be able to work and communicate effectively as leaders or members of a collaborative health care team to provide culturally competent, evidence-based patient-centered care.
Upon completion of the Creighton University Physician Assistant Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas of medical practice:
- Patient care: Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
- Medical knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological, and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and lifelong learning
- Interpersonal 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
- Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional 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, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care
The PA program curriculum is a 28-month, two-phase curriculum designed in the medical model. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.
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. The following coursework is required:
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Foundations for Clinical Medicine
Clinical Medicine: Musculoskeletal / Rheumatology
Clinical Medicine: HEENT / Dermatology
Clinical Practice Skills I
PA Profession and the Health System I
Spring Semester (18 Weeks)
Clinical Medicine: Neurology / Psychology
Clinical Medicine: Pulmonology
Clinical Medicine: Cardiovascular
Clinical Medicine: GI / Nutrition
Clinical Practice Skills II
PA Profession and the Health System II
Summer Semester (12 Weeks)
Clinical Medicine: Endocrinology / Hematology / Oncology
Clinical Medicine: Renal / Reproduction
Clinical Practice Skills III
Research Applications in Medicine
Preparation for Clinical Practice
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
- Women’s Health
Additional elective rotations will give learners an opportunity to tailor their education to their personal educational 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 Medical Center and Maricopa Integrated Health Systems.
Core Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences: Required
Ambulatory Internal Medicine
Inpatient Internal Medicine
Selective Supervised Clinical Practice Experience: Required
Medically Underserved Rotation (Selective)
Elective Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (Electives, 12 credit hours required)
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Phase II Clinical Phase Seminar Series (Required)
Seminar Series I
Seminar Series II
Seminar Series III
Seminar Series IV
Phase I Credits: 62
Phase II Credits: 64
Total Credits: 126
How to Apply
The CASPA (Central Application System for Physician Assistants) application cycle opens in April 2018 for applicants who wish to enroll in the program in August of 2019. Applications for the class expected to matriculate in August of 2019 should be made through the Central Application System for Physician Assistants. Applicants may visit the CASPA website for more information. All application materials must be received by CASPA by Sept. 1, 2018.
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*Pending approval from the Board of Directors
The PA Program Student Handbook is under development and the School of Medicine Bylaws are being revised. These documents will be posted soon.
See the University's Guide to Policies, including the faculty handbook.
Pending successful achievement of provisional accreditation in March of 2019, the inaugural class will matriculate in August of 2019 and will complete training in December of 2021. Data, metrics and PANCE pass rates will be available in 2022.