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.
Now is an exciting time to join the physician assistant profession. According to US News & World Report, the physician assistant profession ranks #3 on the 2017 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 30% (much faster than average) between now and 2024.
Graduates of the Creighton University PA program will be able to work and communicate effectively as a leader or member of a collaborative health care team to provide culturally-competent, evidence-based patient-centered care. 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.
For more information on what PAs do, visit the AAPA’s What is a PA? website.
Upon successful completion of the Creighton University PA program, students will be able to:
- Incorporate principles of cultural competence across the health care continuum.
- Gather essential and accurate information about patients through history-taking, physical examination, and the use of laboratory data, imaging and other methods.
- Locate, critically evaluate, integrate and appropriately apply scientific evidence to patient care.
- Develop and implement patient management plans.
- Provide preventive health care services and education.
- Provide transfer of care in a variety of settings.
- Develop and manage interpersonal interactions in a health care setting.
- Work and communicate effectively as a leader or member of an interprofessional health care team to provide patient-centered care.
- Identify and correct gaps in knowledge, skills, or attitudes.
- Use information technology to manage information and optimize patient care.
- Apply public health principles to improve care for patients, populations, communities and systems
- Identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement.
- Recognize and develop strategies to address system biases that contribute to health care disparities.
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 instruction in the biomedical sciences and pre-clinical coursework designed to develop the student’s pre-clinical knowledge base, critical thinking skills 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. During the didactic phase, students will also be provided an early introduction to interprofessional clinical experiences to facilitate the transition into full-time experiential learning during Phase II.
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 campuses in Omaha and Phoenix, drawing on Creighton’s partnership with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Openings at the Phoenix campus will be limited. A lottery system will determine which interested students will train at the Phoenix campus and which students will train in Omaha and the surrounding regional area. Creighton’s Phoenix campus is the only Catholic medical school campus west of Omaha.
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Student and Program Policies are under development and will be posted soon.
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.