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    Welcome to the Department of PA Science

    Our Mission: To educate individuals as physician assistants to provide competent, compassionate and comprehensive health care to people and communities in need, as expressed through the Franciscan tradition.

    Our Vision for you is to:

    • Be a leader of the physician assistant profession
    • Strive for excellence in all academic and professional endeavors
    • Provide for the health care needs of all
    • Have a love of lifelong learning
    • Provide service to others, especially to the poor and needy
    • Have reverence for all life
    • Have respect for the uniqueness of individual persons

    Saint Francis University offers two pathways for admission to the Physician Assistant Program. Applicants may be accepted as freshmen (five-year student) or graduate students. The majority of the Program’s students enter through the five-year track. Preference for admission to the accredited portion of the PA Program is given to students entering through the five-year track as long as all Program requirements for progression are met. The number of seats available for graduate students is limited and based on the number of five-year students that meet progression standards. An estimate of the graduate seats available for the upcoming admission cycle may be found on the PA Graduate Admissions page.

    To succeed in becoming a physician assistant, be ready to work hard (develop a strong work ethic) and be willing to devote the majority of your time to your academic studies, especially in the “PA coursework-only” (last two) years for five-year students.  

    For the five-year student, you will have plenty of time in the first three years to take advantage of all the opportunities that SFU has to offer, such as sports, study abroad, community service.  Your schedule will be flexible enough for you to enjoy the entire college experience.

    During the “PA coursework-only” years of the Program, as either a five-year or graduate student, you will be immersed in medicine.  In the first year of this phase you will participate in a variety of half-day clinical experiences, such as the operating room, emergency room, a rehabilitation center or an ophthalmology office.  Some students have actually been able to first-assist in a surgery at the half-day experiences.  During the second year students may have the opportunity to complete rotations throughout the United States, as well as internationally. 

    Physician Assistant Program Highlights

    • The Master of Physician Assistant Science Program has a 95% first-time taker pass-rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE):   Graduate Performance on Certification Exam
    • The MPAS Program maintains accreditation-continued status for the “PA coursework-only” (didactic and clinical) years by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.  Our next review will be in 2026.
    • Numerous community service activities through on and off-campus events, such as free clinics, health fairs and medical mission trips
    • Onsite human cadaver lab
    • National and international clinical rotation opportunities
    • Plans for a new Health Science building which will include state-of-the-art facilities, including a simulation lab