Physician Assistants (PAs) are health-care professionals prepared to practice medicine with physician supervision. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in decision-making and provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The role of the physician assistant includes provision of primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practices located in rural, urban or suburban areas. Physician assistant practice is patient-care centered but may include education, research and administrative duties. (Adapted from AAPA, 2011)
The Shenandoah University Physician Assistant program is a graduate entry-level professional course of study enabling individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees to become physician assistants. The program is designed to prepare graduates for primary-care practice with emphasis on service to medically underserved populations and the team approach to the delivery of health care. The program integrates graduate-level critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, scientific inquiry, self-directed learning and the effective use of modern technology for professional practice that includes elements of research, leadership, education and continued enhancement of the physician assistant profession.
The admission information provides both potential and matriculated student with details about the educational program leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. It should be viewed as an adjunct to Shenandoah University’s Graduate Catalog and the Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program Student Handbook, which contain specific information regarding the university and related policies. The information…Read More
Full Acceptance Status Candidates with all prerequisites completed will be recommended for full acceptance. Conditional Acceptance Status Candidates with outstanding requirements will be recommended for conditional acceptance. Circumstances which may result in a conditional admission include: An applicant with a bachelor’s degree in progress. An official transcript with the degree posted must be received prior to…Read More
To be considered for the Physician Assistant program, applicants must: 1. Submit all application materials to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at www.caspaonline.org/ including official transcripts for all institutions of higher education attended and three recommendations. All applicants are asked to read and adhere to the CASPA Admissions Code of Cooperation…Read More
Tuition and fees are set annually. It is estimated that tuition and fees for the 2013-14 academic year will be $799 per semester credit hour or an estimated total of $68,714 for the entire program. Additional costs are estimated to be $11,773 which includes the required technology and iMLearning program costs ($3560), ACLS, books, medical equipment, software,…Read More
“I chose SU because of their superior dedication to provide medical service in rural or underserved communities. The facility, atmosphere, and welcoming faculty and students further led to my choice to attend SU. I believe this program can assist in taking my aspirations to serve the less fortunate groups of people to the next level,…Read More
Candidates are STRONGLY encouraged to attend one of the information sessions at Shenandoah University. The scheduled dates for 2013 – 2014 are October 5, January 11 and March 22. To make reservations for the information sessions online as suggested, click here>> Please note that reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of the Open House…Read More