The Physician Assistant (PA) Program is an accredited, eight-semester, 30-month, graduate-level program leading to a Master of Science in physician assistant studies.
Shenandoah’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a comprehensive graduate entry-level professional program that prepares you for primary care practice. The program emphasizes service to medically underserved populations and a team approach to the delivery of health care.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Shenandoah University PA Program in the top 25 in the nation. We're also the youngest program in this category and the only Virginia program at this level.
The 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.
Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate physician assistant, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.
GEL Switzerland 2016 represented a course change for me in my life and career, and I found attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) 69 particularly humbling. I learned a great deal about how global health leaders interact and the processes that govern change. I had so many meaningful experiences in this trip that allowed me to not only network with global health leaders, but also those individuals on the forefront who are making the changes discussed at the highest levels on the international stage. At the conclusion of the trip, the strongest take-away for me was that education, preventative health, secure systems, government support, and funding are the keys to success in global health initiatives. It is essential to be proactive rather than reactive. As the message spreads, the hope is that public health will become a natural part of daily governance rather than an afterthought. It felt like a lot of progress was made this year, and it was an unforgettable honor to be invited to attend history in the making.”
Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world. Learn more about how you can become a global citizen at SU.
Medical Mission Trips
Physician Assistant Students have the opportunity to explore the world and experience health care in other countries through Medical Mission Trips to countries such as Nicaragua.
International Clinical Placements
Physician Assistant Students can complete their clinical rotations abroad at locations like Clinica Madre de Cristo in Trujillo, Peru.
Global Citizenship Project
Explore the world as you travel to one of five secret destinations around the globe during an all-expenses-paid Global Citizenship Project trip during spring break.
Our Winchester, VA location is on the campus of the Winchester Medical Center, a 445-bed regional referral hospital, which is part of Valley Health System. Winchester is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley, an area that offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking and camping at the nearby Shenandoah National Park.
The Physician Assistant Studies & Master Of Public Health Dual Degree Program offers students an opportunity to earn a Master Of Public Health Degree (MPH) in conjunction with training in the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program.
The purpose of the dual Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health program is to graduate highly qualified health professionals who have obtained competencies necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving health system. The dual program prepares students to enter a wide range of PA and public health positions that address today’s most challenging population health care issues.
The mission of the Shenandoah University Division of Physician Assistant Studies is to provide a comprehensive educational program in a collaborative and supportive environment to develop highly skilled, well-educated, compassionate primary-care oriented physician assistants who are capable of providing high quality, patient-centered team-based health care in a variety of settings.
We believe PAs should:
Practice competently, ethically, and cost-effectively.
Serve where needed, both domestically and globally.
Demonstrate respect and sensitivity to others.
Commit to continued personal and professional growth through lifelong learning.
Contribute to the profession and humankind through leadership, teaching and active scholarship.
Promote and model health and wellness.
Advocate for a team approach to health care delivery.
Promote and uphold the physician assistant profession and its ideals.
Enrich patients and communities through service and a broad-based humanistic approach to the practice of their profession.
Recognize and address the impact of socio-economic factors on health and well-being.