The Pfeiffer University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program is a 27-month continuous residential program; committed to creating an academic experience known for its excellence in PA education, scholarly activity and servant leadership in the areas of health disparities and social equity.
The Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program will have a strong emphasis on the unequal distribution of health, illness, disease, suffering, and death by social status, where social status includes race/ethnicity, sex/gender, socioeconomic status, geographical region, and other factors locally, nationally and globally. Students will receive instruction in health policy, advocacy and community intervention best practices aimed at reducing health disparities.
The students will participate in collaborative service learning experiences through community initiatives such as interdisciplinary community service, where students identify a specific healthcare disparity within the community and then design and implement a self-sustaining program that addresses the disparity and empowers the community. Through these initiatives, the students will gain real-life experience in culturally competent healthcare for the underserved.
Students will be evaluated and expected to meet the highest standards of competency in the six areas of Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession: Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Patient Care, Professionalism, Practice-Based Learning, and Implementation and System-Based Practice throughout both the didactic and clinical phases of the program. Students will be evaluated using a variety of assessment tools such as multiple choice questions, verbal and written case presentations, simulation activities, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), short essays, reflection journals, research projects, and clinical preceptor evaluations.
Upon successful completion of all curricular elements of the program, the student will be awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.