Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The mission of the Bryant University Physician Assistant Program is to improve universal access to health care by graduating highly competent and confident physician assistants prepared to provide exceptional quality, ethical patient-centered health care in a collaborative environment to diverse populations.
Bryant University has a 150-year tradition of creating innovative academic programs that anticipate the future. In keeping with its mission to “deliver exceptional education in an age of unlimited global opportunity,” Bryant's Physician Assistant Program will prepare physician assistants to deliver exceptional health care in a complex, rapidly evolving health care system. Capitalizing on our strong undergraduate science program and innovative business programs, the Physician Assistant Program will be a key pillar of a new School of Health Sciences at Bryant University.
About Physician Assistants
A physician assistant is a medical professional who works with a physician as part of a team.
Physician assistants conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling, and make rounds of patients in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow physician assistants to practice medicine and prescribe medications.
Physician assistants work side-by-side with physician team members in all medical specialties.
The physician assistant profession is often rated first or second for overall job satisfaction. The average annual salary for a physician assistant working full time was $102,165 in 2012. The average physician assistant has been in practice for 12 years. The projected rate of growth in employment for physician assistants through 2020 is 30 percent, much higher than average.
- March 2013: Program Director and Medical Director hired
- September 2013: Feasibility study due to the ARC-PA
- January 2014: Program self-study due to the ARC-PA
- March 2014: Accreditation site visit
- April 2014: Admission process begins
- September 2014: Provisional accreditation expected
- January 2015: Matriculate inaugural PA class
- January 2016: First PA class begins clinical rotations; matriculate second cohort
- September 2016: Second accreditation site visit
- April 2017: Inaugural PA class graduates
- Complete an online CASPA application, available April 2014
- Complete a supplemental Bryant University Physician Assistant Program Application Package, mailed to you upon completion of CASPA application
- Provide three professional references
- Provide one personal reference
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution (no preferred major)
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- International applicants must complete the TOEFL unless they have completed a baccalaureate degree in the United States
- Document at least 2,000 hours of direct patient care experience
- Complete the following prerequisites with a minimum 3.0 GPA in each class:
- Biology with lab: 8SH
- Chemistry with lab: 8SH
- Human Anatomy and Physiology: 8SH
- Microbiology: 3SH
- Organic or Biochemistry: 4SH
- Psychology: 3SH
- Statistics: 3SH
- Undergo a background investigation
- Meet all technical standards required for program completion
- Attend an on-site interview
DIDACTIC YEAR (consists of four three-month blocks*)
- Semester 1: coursework in Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Medical History Taking, Clinical Laboratory, PA History and Professional Issues, Genetics, Research Methods and Gross Anatomy
- Semester 2: coursework in Clinical Medicine, Physical Examination, Electrocardiography, Clinical Skills, Psychiatry, and Clinical Correlations
- Semester 3: coursework in Clinical Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Public Health, Radiology, Diagnostic Testing, Dental and Clinical Correlations
- Semester 4 : coursework in Clinical Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Ethics, Medical Law, and Clinical Correlations
CLINICAL YEAR (Twelve clinical rotations in 15 months*)
- Inpatient Internal Medicine
- Outpatient Internal Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Emergency Medicine
- An elective
The Bryant University Physician Assistant Program is currently in the accreditation process seeking initial Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). We expect to receive this provisional status in late 2014.
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.
Students will be conditionally accepted to the program pending accreditation. The program will not commence until provisional accreditation is awarded.