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Master in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

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The MPAS program will prepare individuals to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician, in compliance with the PA Profession Competencies described and accepted by the profession.

The SHU MPAS program will be designed to prepare future professionals to work as generalist PAs. MPAS graduates will be educated to provide compassionate, respectful, high-quality healthcare, and have proficiency in the competencies as described by the profession PA Competencies. After successfully passing the PA National Certification Exam, graduates of the SHU MPAS Program will qualify to work in any of the 50 states as a certified PA (PA-C). The PA-C must then apply for and obtain state licensure in the state they wish to work.

What is a physician assistant?
- A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional.
- PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers.
- They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.
- As a respected healthcare provider, you will enjoy an exciting and fulfilling career as a PA. The physician assistant profession is one of the fastest growing healthcare careers nationwide.

What can a physician assistant do?
PAs can:
- Take a medical history
- Conduct physical exams
- Diagnose and treat illnesses
- Order and interpret tests
- Develop treatment plans
- Counsel on preventive care
- Assist in surgery
- Write prescriptions
- Make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes

PAs’ specific duties depend on:
- The setting in which they work
- Their level of experience
- Their specialty
- State law in which they work

Where can a physician assistant work?
PAs work in all specialties and settings. They treat patients in:
- Hospitals
- Physician offices
- Rural and urban community health centers
- Nursing homes
- Retail clinics
- Schools and university-based facilities
- Industrial settings
- Correctional institutions
- The uniformed services and other federal government agencies

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