pa36-150x150Physician Assistants (PAs) are health-care professionals who practice as part of a team with a physician.  Physician assistants exercise autonomy in decision-making and provide a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services with physician supervision. The role of the physician assistant includes provision of primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practices located in rural, urban or suburban areas. Physician assistant practice is patient-care centered but may include education, research and administrative duties. (Adapted from AAPA, 2013)

The Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program is a graduate entry-level professional course of study enabling individuals who hold baccalaureate degrees to become physician assistants. The program is designed to prepare graduates for primary-care practice with emphasis on service to medically underserved populations and the team approach to the delivery of health care. The program integrates graduate-level critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, scientific inquiry, self-directed learning and the effective use of modern technology for professional practice that includes elements of research, leadership, education and continued enhancement of the physician assistant profession.

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StudentsThe admission information provides both potential and matriculated student with details about the educational program leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. It should be viewed as an adjunct to Shenandoah University’s Graduate Catalog and the Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Program Student Handbook, which contain specific information regarding the university and related policies.   More about Admissions…


To be considered for the Physician Assistant program, applicants must:  1) Submit all application materials.  More about admissions requirements.. 

The Shenandoah University PA Program participates in CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants.  How to Apply.

Open Houses

Candidates are STRONGLY encouraged to attend one of the information sessions at Shenandoah University. The scheduled dates for 2014 – 2015 are November 1, January 17 and March 21. To make reservations for the information sessions online, click here>>  Please note that reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of the Open House date for you to receive an acknowledgement email by the Physician Assistant Program.  Directions and the agenda  are available for viewing.

Due to the volume of applications received each year, we are unable to offer individual appointments or the service of reviewing prerequisite courses for candidates who have yet to apply to the Shenandoah PA Program through CASPA. See the FAQ section on evaluation of transcripts or courses for additional information.

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees are set annually. It is estimated that tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year will be $813 per semester credit hour or an estimated total of $69,918 for the entire program.  More about Financial Aid..

Acceptance Status

Candidates with all prerequisites completed will be recommended for full acceptance. Read more..

Graduation 2011What Alumni & Students Have to Say

“I decided on Shenandoah because of its excellence in pass rates, the inviting and friendly atmosphere from the staff and students, and the emphasis they place on outreach and global missions. I believe this university integrates my two passions: medicine and serving others through missions.  Read more..