Pathways to Access our Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) Program
- Traditional Admissions
Our Prospective Students & Application Process page contains information detailing the steps to prepare for the application process.
- Early Assurance The Division of Physician Assistant Studies has established a special admissions process with the undergraduate office of admissions to allow highly qualified high school students to be pre-accepted into the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program. These students are assured acceptance into the program provided they meet the criteria identified on the SUPA Early Assurance web page.
- Articulation Agreement This articulation agreement is designed for applicants who have completed the prerequisites and will be obtaining a baccalaureate from Shenandoah University (SU). It is available to all students enrolled full-time at SU for undergraduate study. See Articulation Agreement Guidelines for more details.
Dual Program Opportunities
- PA/MPH Dual Degree
The dual degree program affords individuals interested in pursuing clinical and public health training a unique opportunity to complete both degree programs in less time and save money with up to 15 credits of overlap, students can save approximately $13,000 and one year of time by completing them concurrently. Students may apply their combined PA and public health skills in such areas as population or clinical research, health administration leadership and community health promotion.
- Become officially admitted to both SU’s PA and MPH programs, respectively.
- The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) coursework may not be taken out of sequence due to the program’s rigor and structure. Thus, PA students will not begin MPH coursework until their second year. Once Year 3/Fall 3 is complete, they may continue working on the MPH coursework in any course order on either a full-time or part-time basis.
- For both programs, a passing grade of “C” or better in each course and maintenance of a 3.0 grade-point average is required for satisfactory progression and graduation.
- PA/Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) Certificate
This graduate certificate program embodies collaboration between various health professions alongside educators of the performing art with the common goal of developing teaching practices, healthcare prevention, assessment, and treatment strategies that will enhance and potentially prolong the career of a performing artist.
- Open to all graduates from accredited Physician Assistant studies programs.
- Current Shenandoah University enrollees and applicants from articulated programs within the School of Health Professions may apply to this program for study in addition to their entry-level curriculum. These students must submit a letter requesting admission into the program to the Performing Arts Medicine Program Director by the designated deadline, and they must also have a letter of support for this endeavor from their respective Dean/Program Director. These students must be in good academic standing from their entry-level program in order to be considered.