Ashland University Physician Assistant Program Mission Statement:
Educate physician assistants based on a foundation of evidence-based medicine, to competently practice patient-centered care, exercise cultural humility, and cultivate a team approach. Graduates will be prepared for the changing landscape of medicine to serve individuals locally, nationally, and internationally. Physician assistants will be taught the Dwight Schar College Nursing and Health Science’s guiding values: integrity, caring, accountability, respect, and excellence (ICARE), interprofessional collaboration, and lifelong learning.
With a foundation of evidence-based medicine, the PA Studies program aims to:
- Recruit and select diverse and highly qualified applicants for admission.
- Provide a quality educational experience with an emphasis on patient-centered care, and produce practice-ready graduates.
- Deliver a curriculum that integrates interprofessional teams, professionalism and self-assessment to prepare graduates for team integration and continued self-learning.
- Graduate PA students who perform above the national average of first-time pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
- Promote leadership and service of students and faculty.
Graduates will be prepared for the changing landscape of medicine and to serve individuals locally, nationally and globally. They will know how to:
- Apply knowledge from basic, clinical and social sciences to the diagnosis and management of specific diagnoses across all ages and patient populations.
- Use interpersonal skills to communicate clearly and effectively in verbal, nonverbal and written forms.
- Elicit an accurate and pertinent medical history across the patient’s lifespan.
- Perform a comprehensive and problem-focused physical exam.
- Integrate age-related factors, growth and human development milestones into clinical reasoning and decision-making processes.
- Order and interpret diagnostic studies to assist in the evaluation and treatment of the patient.
- Formulate a differential diagnosis based upon historical information, physical exam, laboratory and diagnostic study findings.
- Design personalized patient therapeutic management plans that consider cost, efficacy, possible adverse reactions and contraindications that include pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, monitoring and referrals.
- Communicate the findings of a clinical encounter in written and verbal forms to all members of the healthcare team.
- Deliver evidence-based education to patients and their families on the healthcare plan and clinical therapies and results, preventative health and public health.
- Use clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills to integrate up-to-date scientific evidence, patient preferences and clinical judgment to make informed decisions about the care of the patient.
- Perform common medical and surgical procedures.
- Demonstrate professionalism, including principles of integrity and ethical decision making, sensitivity and responsiveness in all interactions with patients, families and healthcare teams.
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies at Ashland University is looking for students who demonstrate professionalism, dedication and commitment to patient care.
The program accepts applications through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Admission is limited to 36 students per cohort.
Apply early! Students will be accepted on a rolling admission cycle. Applications are processed and interviews are arranged* as applications are received, up to the application deadline of April 1. Students who meet the admission requirements but apply later in the process will be considered, but they may be placed on a waitlist.
*Applicants who have been selected for an interview will be notified via email with details for the interview day. Ashland University PA Program reserves the right to adjust the interview format based on local, regional, state and national restrictions.
Cost & Financial Aid
|COSTS*||Fall 2023 Cohort||Fall 2024 Cohort|
|Total Program Tuition||$92,500||$94,645|
|Learning Technology Fee||$42/credit hour||$46/credit hour|
|Health Insurance (Ashland University option)||$1,821/year||$2,174|
|Background Check & Drug Screen||$250||$250|
|Laptop (if purchased through Ashland University)||$1,100||$1,500|
|Personal Medical Equipment||$1,000||$1,000|
|Estimated Living & Transportation Expenses|
|University Housing (optional)||$9,720/year||$12,213/year|
|Personal Living Expenses||$2,765/semester||$2,904/semester|
|Transportation (car insurance/car payment/gas)||$2,868/year||$3,012/year|
|Eagle ID replacement card||$10||
*All costs are subject to annual adjustments.
To learn more about AU’s policies governing Financial Aid, including the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, Refund Policy and Outside Scholarship Policy, visit Current Students Financial Aid.
The Financial Aid Office will begin packaging aid and generating offer letters in April each year for Physician Assistant students who submit a FAFSA and meet eligibility requirements. Students are encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before April 1. Refer to the Financial Aid Office’s “Physician Assistant Fast Facts Sheet” and the “Graduate Financial Aid” website for more details.
In addition to providing the medical knowledge to graduate practice-ready physician assistants, the program is committed to providing training and certifications to enhance each student’s portfolio and prepare them for employment upon a successful first-time pass of their PANCE exam.
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a full-time, 24-month, year-round graduate program that consists of 103 semester credit hours completed over six consecutive semesters.
The curriculum is separated into didactic and clinical academic work. The didactic curriculum will be completed face-to-face with early integration of the state-of-the-art high-fidelity simulation lab. The clinical year curriculum is delivered primarily through Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (Clinical Rotations).
Students will complete four-week rotations in the disciplines of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Women's Health, Pediatrics and Behavioral Health. Additionally, students have the opportunity to select two elective rotations.
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Student Attrition
|Class of 2023||Class of 2024||Class of 2025|
Maximum entering class size
(as approved by ARC-PA)
|Entering class size||24||30||N/A|
Additional information will be available in fall 2023
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Ashland University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Ashland University.
Accreditation-Provisional status is 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. It may also be granted 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. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-ashland-university/.
The first-time Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass rates for the five most recent graduating classes compared to the national average, as provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, are published once information becomes available for each class year.
Data from our first graduating class will be available in spring 2024.
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