Five Year Physician Assistant Programs

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Physician assistants provide therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive health care services to patients under the supervision of a physician. Employment of physician assistants is projected to increase by 39 percent through 2018, reports the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Median annual wages of these professionals in May 2008 were $81,230, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although physician assistants usually must complete four-year bachelor's degree programs followed by two-year master's degree programs, several schools allow aspiring physician assistants to complete their studies in just five years.

Saint Francis University

  • Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, offers a master of physician assistant science degree program. Students can complete the program in five years. The program includes three years of pre-professional coursework and two years of professional study. The first four years are designed for a bachelor's degree in health science. During the professional phase, students complete several clinical experiences and must obtain advanced cardiac life support certification. Following the program, students can take the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistant's board examination. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Saint Francis University was founded in 1847.

    Saint Francis University
    117 Evergreen Drive
    Loretto, PA 15940
    814-472-3130
    francis.edu/MPAShome.htm

University of Detroit Mercy

  • University of Detroit Mercy's physician assistant program in Detroit, Michigan, is the first five-year entry-level master's degree program in the state. In this accelerated program, students at the private Catholic university earn a bachelor's degree in biology followed by a master's degree in physician assistant studies. To get into the program, high school students must have competitive standardized test scores as well as a grade point average of at least 3.3. After completing the three-year pre-professional phase of the five-year program, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 and a 3.3 in the sciences. During the final two years of the program, students learn how to address the physical and psychosocial needs of patients and complete intensive clinical rotations and health projects with communities that are otherwise given little medical attention. The University of Detroit Mercy was founded in 1877. The physician assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

    University of Detroit Mercy
    Physician Assistant Program
    4001 W. McNichols Road
    Detroit, MI 48221
    313-993-1245
    healthprofessions.udmercy.edu

Marquette University

  • Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, also offers a physician assistant program that students can complete in five years. Students are admitted into the biomedical sciences bachelor's degree program before beginning the master's degree program in physician assistant studies. While in the professional phase of the program, students can complete clinical internships in rural areas as well as metro-Milwaukee hospitals and clinics. Students also study rigorous topics such as emergency medicine, clinical medicine and surgery. During the last year of the five-year program, students work full time with practicing physician assistants and physicians in various specialties such as internal medicine, pediatrics and family practice. Marquette University's physician assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. The Roman Catholic university was founded in 1881.

    Marquette University
    1313 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI 53233
    414-288-7710
    marquette.edu

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