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Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Studies


Program Overview 

With a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree, you can enter the profession assured that you’ll have the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and treat patients and to work with physicians and other healthcare team members.  

Our curriculum begins with 15 months of instruction in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, clinical medicine, clinical integration and clinical skills on campus. The remaining 12 months are dedicated to 4-week supervised clinical rotations at healthcare sites off campus. Core clinical rotations are in primary-care medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, women’s health, general surgery and emergency medicine. Three selective rotations will be arranged based upon the request of the student and needs of the program. 

Demand for physician assistants is expected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With hands-on learning in state-of-the-art facilities and the individualized attention of dedicated faculty, our graduates are poised to lead this growing field. 


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The mission of the MPAS Program at Florida Gulf Coast University is to prepare competent and effective master’s level primary-care physician assistant practitioners who will collaboratively practice with physicians and other members of the healthcare team. As part of our continuous self-study process our mission statement, goals, learning outcomes and competencies will be routinely re-evaluated with input and expertise from faculty, advisory board, students, alumni, patients and employers.


The vision of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Master in Physician Assistant Studies is to emerge as a leader producing graduate physician assistants who serve their communities as professional evidence-based providers seeking to improve health