Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Statement from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Accreditation:

“The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Misericordia University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.”

Welcome to the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program website. The University has implemented a graduate medical educational program that grants a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Our PA Program team, consisting of experienced PAs, physicians, a pharmacologist, a professor of anatomy, a pathophysiologist, and inter-professional collaborators, has devoted much time and attention to the development of a PA program that is rooted in sound biomedical concepts and clinical practice. 

The PA Program delivers a rigorous and robust curriculum, one that prepares graduates for success when taking the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).  The curriculum and program competencies have been designed to meet our mission statement to educationally transform and mentor our students to become competent and compassionate Physician Assistants.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree will require successful completion of a transformative 25-month medical education curriculum. The curriculum is composed of 22 didactic year courses and 9 clinical year courses, totaling 105 graduate credits.

I would like to extend our best wishes for success in your endeavor to become a Physician Assistant. Physician Assistants are playing an essential role in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. At MU, our hearts go out to all of the individuals affected by the virus, and we are grateful for the efforts being made to slow the spread.


Erin Burns Kilduff, MSPAS, PA-C

Program Director / Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

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Physician Assistant Program

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Didactic Phase (12 Months - 55 credits)


Didactic Phase (12 Months - 55 credits)


The didactic components will consist of face to face lectures, simulation and physical diagnosis laboratory experiences, inter-professional education activities, hands-on procedural skills training, and standardized healthcare provider certification (ACLS). Courses have been designed to effectively prepare students in disciplines that must be mastered for entry into the clinical phase of the program. These include:

Patient History & Communication
Clinical Anatomy
Evidence Based Practice
Clinical Problem Solving & Diagnosis
Clinical Medicine
Surgery / Emergency Medicine Concepts
Patient Assessment
Clinical Genetics
Medical Procedures & Clinical Skills
Transition to Clinical Practice

Clinical Phase (13 Months - 50 credits)



Clinical Phase (13 Months - 50 credits)

During the clinical year, each student must successfully complete eight six-week clinical clerkships, as they rotate through the following medical disciplines:


Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
General Surgery
Women’s Health
Emergency Medicine
Elective Experience (may occur in a primary care or clinical specialty setting)

Following successful completion of all clerkships, a final course must be completed to end the clinical year. During this five week course, students will work in pairs to complete an evidenced based medicine research paper and develop a professional presentation. In addition, students will participate in PANCE preparation activities.

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Within our web pages, we have provided the information that you will need to understand the Mission and Goals of our PA Program, as well as other detailed information, including our Admission Requirements, process for applying, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If you have unanswered questions after you have reviewed our web pages, please contact us either by phone or e-mail, as indicated below. Someone will contact you within a short time of your inquiry.

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Contact us by phone: 570-674-6716


Remembering Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., F.A.C.S.

It is with great sadness that we announce that Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., F.A.C.S., a world-renowned medical pioneer, and the Robert S. Anderson endowed chairperson and medical director of the physician assistant program at Misericordia University, passed away on January 18.  Visit this link to learn more about Dr. Dudrick's incredible life and impact of his contributions to medicine and humankind.

Visit this link to view the obituary for Dr. Stanley Dudrick as published in The Citizens’ Voice newspaper


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