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MGH Institute of Health Professions Develops
Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

Becoming a physician assistant (PA) will advance your career with the opportunity to provide direct patient care in a variety of settings.

Our intensive, full-time PA program allows you to get your Masters degree in 25 months – immersing you in competent, compassionate, and patient-centered care preparation.

Throughout the program, you will integrate the ability to diagnose and treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions with high-quality prevention and patient care.

Features of the program include:

    • Active, team-based learning in state-of-the-art, high-tech classrooms


    • On-site simulation and health assessment labs


    • Hands-on practice in Boston’s leading clinical and educational institutions


    • Interprofessional learning with students and practitioners across the health professions


  • Emphasis on primary care with the knowledge and skills to practice in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings

With a bachelor’s degree in any field, successful completion of the prerequisite courses, and at least 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience, you can soon be on your way to joining one of the country’s fastest growing and dynamic health care professions.

MGH Institute of Health Professions enrolled its first class for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)  starting in May 2015.

Application deadline is August 1, 2016, for a May 2017 start. See the application process for prerequisites and other admission requirements.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by the MGH Institute of Health Professions. 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.

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