Physician Assistant Studies (MS)

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In slightly more than 2 years, you can launch your career as a Physician Assistant — one of the nation’s most in-demand professions. Our 27-month, full-time PA Studies program will give you the in-depth knowledge and clinical experience needed to become a competent and compassionate practitioner.

Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

Successful by Design

This two-part program is designed to maximize student learning. Here’s how:

Part 1: You’ll spend the first 15 months building your knowledge of biomedical science and developing clinical skills in USF’s on-campus facilities. Students cite the problem-based curriculum as being key to their success: they learn to diagnose and
treat by tackling true-to-life medical scenarios.

Part 2: The final year is spent in clinical rotations, done in the Fort Wayne area or your home base. You’ll spend 40 hours per week with a preceptor at 11 different rotations.

The problem-based curriculum helps a lot: it uses real-life scenarios, which forces us to think deeply about all the potential diagnoses and treatment options. It makes learning more realistic and has given me confidence for clinicals.

Kayla Wolf M’18
Physician Assistant Studies

Career Outlook & Success


Certification exam first attempt pass rate for the past eight years


Median pay: per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Expected job growth by 2026, much faster than average

On-Campus Labs

PA students develop skills and confidence in our state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Simulation Lab with high-fidelity patient simulators (infant, child, and adult patients)
  • Cadaver Lab for human anatomy
  • Resource Lab with patient units, exam rooms, and mid-fidelity patient simulators
PA students working with a simulator

Extensive Clinical Rotations

USF has more than 1,000 physician affiliates! Core rotations include:

  • Family Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (5 weeks)
  • General Surgery (5 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (5 weeks)
  • Elective (5 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (2.5 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (2.5 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (2.5 weeks)
  • Geriatrics/Long-Term Care (2.5 weeks OR incorporated with another experience)

PLUS, 2 additional rotations in one of the following tracks:

Trauma/Surgery Subspecialty

  • Outpatient Clinic/Occupational Medicine
  • Surgery Subspecialties
  • Trauma Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Office Orthopedics
  • Radiology

Hospital-based Care

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Oncology
  • Intensive Critical Care Unit
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology

Family Practice

  • Pediatrics (additional 2.5 weeks)
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (additional 2.5 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (additional 2.5 weeks)
  • Urgent Care

Internal Medicine

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology


The Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Saint Francis has been granted Accreditation-Continued status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This status is granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. The Physician Assistant Studies program will maintain its Accreditation-Continued status until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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Program Director

Christopher Carlin, MDiv, PA-C
260-399-7700, ext. 8560

Admissions Contacts

For last names starting with A-K:

Brooke Corley
260-399-7700 ext. 6302

For last names starting with L-Z:

Kyle Richardson
260-399-7700 ext. 6310