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Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

(239) 745-4477

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program provides students with the entry-level education to become PAs and practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers.  PA practice includes comprehensive patient care incorporating patient interviewing and history-taking, examination and evaluation, diagnosis, treatment plan development and implementation, patient follow-up, and patient education and counseling.  Upon graduation, students will be eligible for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  Additional information is available at

Program Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Florida Gulf Coast University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast 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.

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Student’s must complete the Program of Study approved by the Program Director and student’s faculty advisor.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 and a “B” (80%) or higher on all courses within the program curriculum.
  • Complete the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Test (PACKRAT).
  • Successfully complete MPAS summative examination.
  • Successfully complete MPAS Capstone project.
  • Comply with MPAS standards of conduct and guidelines for professional and ethical conduct.
  • Apply for graduation per University guidelines and timeline.
  • Meet all Florida Gulf Coast University Graduate Student requirements for graduation.
  • Completion of the MPAS degree is required for eligibility to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).
Program Requirements

Required Courses (90 credits)

PAS 6002 Medical Communications (1)
PAS 6005 Behavioral Medicine (2)
PAS 6010 Clinical Medicine I (4)
PAS 6012 Clinical Integration I (2)
PAS 6013 Evidence-based Medicine (2)
PAS 6017 Clinical Integration II (2)
PAS 6020 Clinical Medicine II (5)
PAS 6021 Public Health (1)
PAS 6022C Gross Anatomy (4)
PAS 6023 Pharmacology I (2)
PAS 6025 Human Physiology (3)
PAS 6026 Pharmacology II (2)
PAS 6030 Diagnostic & Laboratory Study (3)
PAS 6031C Clinical Skills I (2)
PAS 6032C Clinical Skills II (1)
PAS 6033 Clinical Medicine III (3)
PAS 6034 Clinical Medicine IV (4)
PAS 6036C Physical Diagnosis I (2)
PAS 6037C Physical Diagnosis II (2)
PAS 6045 Integrated Clinical Science (2)
PAS 6050 Intro to PA Practice (2)
PAS 6051 Legal & Ethical Issues (2)
PAS 6100 Internal Medicine I (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6101 Internal Medicine II (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6125 Behavioral Health (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6200 Surgery (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6300 Pediatrics (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6400 Primary Care I (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6401 Primary Care II (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6505 Women's Health (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6600 Emergency Medicine (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6935 Seminar (1)
PAS 6940 Selective Rotation I (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6941 Selective Rotation II (Clinical Rotation) (3)
PAS 6942 Selective Rotation III (Clinical Rotation) (3)


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