Physician Assistant (Master of Physician Assistant Studies)

Program Availability

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. 

Mission

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. 

See also the Creighton University mission and the School of Medicine mission.

Accreditation

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.

For more information on what PAs do, visit the AAPA’s What is a PA? website. For more information on PA education, visit the PA Focus website.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Creighton University Physician Assistant Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas of medical practice: 

  1. Patient care: Provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health 
  2. 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 
  3. 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 
  4. 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 
  5. Professionalism: Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles 
  6. 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  

Curriculum

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:

Fall Semester

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

IPE 500

Introduction to Collaborative Care

0

PAS 601 

Foundations for Clinical Medicine

5

PAS 603

Clinical Medicine: Musculoskeletal / Rheumatology

6

PAS 605

Clinical Medicine: HEENT / Dermatology

PAS 614 

Clinical Practice Skills I

PAS 616

PA Profession and the Health System I 

1

Total Credits 

22 

Spring Semester (18 Weeks)

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

PAS 607 

Clinical Medicine: Neurology / Psychology 

PAS 609 

Clinical Medicine: Pulmonology 

PAS 611 

Clinical Medicine: Cardiovascular 

PAS 613 

Clinical Medicine: GI / Nutrition 

PAS 624 

Clinical Practice Skills II 

PAS 626 

PA Profession and the Health System II 

Total Credits 

24 

Summer Semester (12 Weeks)

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

PAS 615 

Clinical Medicine: Endocrinology / Hematology / Oncology 

PAS 617 

Clinical Medicine: Renal / Reproduction 

PAS 634 

Clinical Practice Skills III 

PAS 628 

Research Applications in Medicine  

PAS 680 

Preparation for Clinical Practice  

Total Credits 

16 

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
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • 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 

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

PAS 721 

Family Practice

PAS 723 

Ambulatory Internal Medicine

PAS 725 

Inpatient Internal Medicine

PAS 727 

Pediatrics

PAS 729 

Women's Health

PAS 731 

Behavioral Health

PAS 733 

Emergency Medicine

PAS 735 

Surgery 

Total Credits 

44 

Selective Supervised Clinical Practice Experience: Required 

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

PAS 741 

Medically Underserved Rotation (Selective) 

Total Credits

Elective Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (Electives, 12 credit hours required) 

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

PAS 751 

Cardiology

PAS 753 

Orthopedic Surgery  

PAS 755 

Urology 

PAS 757 

Dermatology 

PAS 759 

Otolaryngology  

PAS 761 

Hematology/Oncology 

PAS 763 

Cardiothoracic Surgery 

PAS 765 

Gastroenterology 

PAS 767 

Neurosurgery

PAS 769 

Geriatrics

PAS 771 

Critical Care 

PAS 773 

Neurology 

PAS 775 

Endocrinology 

PAS 777 

Pulmonology 

PAS 779 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 

PAS 781 

Nephrology

PAS 783Primary Care4
Total Credits

12

Phase II Clinical Phase Seminar Series (Required)

Course # 

Course  

Credits 

PAS 726 

Seminar Series I  

PAS 736 

Seminar Series II  

PAS 746 

Seminar Series III  

PAS 756 

Seminar Series IV  

Total Credits 

Phase I Credits: 62 
Phase II Credits: 64 
Total Credits: 126 

Admissions Requirements

See complete admissions requirements, prerequisites and process details.

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.

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

 The Creighton University PA Program offers financial aid to offset your cost of attendance and to help you fund your education. Depending on financial need, you may qualify for a federal loan

 2019-20202020-20212021-2022total
Tuition*$35,000$35,875$12,257$83,132.29
Living Allowance$21,600$21,600$7200

$50,400

Travel$1,200$2,200$733$4133
Medical Instruments$850$0$0$850

Lab Fees

$275$0$0$275
Tech Fee$528$544$560$1,632
Loan Fee$2,230$2,220$350$4,800
Mobile Device Fee$600$600$600$1,800
University Fee$1,237$1,274$656$3,167.11
Health Insurance$2,500$2,500$1,250$6,250
Exams$0$202$110$312
Textbooks$1,600$300$0$1,900
Drug Screen$50$50$0

$100

TOTALS$67,570$67,365$23,716$157,502

*Pending approval from the Board of Directors

See also the University’s policies on Withdrawals and Tuition Refunds

POLICIES and BYLAWS

GRADUATE DATA

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.