The Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) degree at WSU is a rigorous 26-month graduate program that prepares students to function as generalist PAs, who possess a wide array of knowledge in primary care. Students in this program are required to demonstrate a range of physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities and skills necessary to perform successfully in various clinical situations.
During the course of this program, students are trained and educated to serve where healthcare need is greatest; this includes underserved populations, in rural areas, and with minorities and older adults.
- Graduate in just 26 months from an accredited and affordable program. Our Program tuition and even out-of-state tuition compares very favorably with programs across the nation. Our 26-month program allows students to begin clinical rotations in just 13 months and graduate in 26 months. The lock-step curriculum means you start and graduate with the same team of students.
- Excellent NCCPA pass rate and high Program graduation rate. Our graduates exceed the national pass rate on the PANCE and also perform above the national average on other standardized measures of medical knowledge such as PACKRAT and End-of-Rotation Exams. Our 5-year mean graduation rate is also above the national average.
- Clinical Education in rural and underserved communities. We have long-standing and strong community affiliations with preceptors across Kansas. Learning medicine in rural areas allows our students to see it all and really get to know their patients and community. Every WSU PA student completes at least 12 weeks of rotations in primary care and 12 weeks in rural areas. Our graduates practice in rural and underserved communities at almost double the national average.
- Expand your research potential. Our students aren't just consumers of medical literature, they become contributors to the body of medical literature. Since 2006, our students have co-authored with faculty over 40 journal articles and book chapters and have presented over 50 scientific posters, arguable the strongest record of student publication in the nation.