Degree(s): Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant
Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Physician Assistant Studies
(a minimum of 120 credits at the undergraduate level)
(a minimum of 108 credits at the graduate level)
The mission of the Physician Assistant program is to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in clinical, community, and academic service to humanity, building upon the College’s foundations of humanics and academic excellence. The Springfield College physician assistant program trains primary care physician assistants eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.
This is a six-year program with students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science - Pre-Physician Assistant and a master of science degree in physician assistant studies upon successful completion of the program. The program is divided into two distinct phases: a preprofessional phase in which students complete the General Education Program and basic science program requirements, and the professional phase, which includes 15 months of didactic education and 12 months of clinical rotations. The didactic portion includes courses in clinical medicine, pharmacology, applied clinical skills, genetics, human anatomy and physiology, history taking and physical assessment, mental health issues, foundations of research, advanced statistics, research project, and seminar courses. Clinical education includes inpatient medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, and emergency medicine. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Certification Examination and to apply for state licensure.
A graduate program for students with a bachelor’s degree is also available. The graduate program allows the student to complete the professional phase of the program in 27 months and be awarded a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
For more information about the physician assistant program, contact Charles Milch, M.H.P., M.B.A., P.A.C, the physician assistant program director, at (413) 748-3554 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
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